Iron overload is commonly observed during the course of aplastic anemia (AA), which is believed to aggravate hematopoiesis, cause multiple organ dysfunction, lead to disease progression, and impair quality of life. Deferasirox (DFX) and deferoxamine (DFO) are among the most common iron chelation agents available in the clinical setting. The aim of this study was to investigate if the combination therapy with DFX and DFO is superior in hematopoietic recovery and iron chelation.
Briefly, we developed a composite mouse model with AA and iron overload that was consequently treated with DFX, DFO, or with a combination of both agents. The changes in peripheral hemogram, marrow apoptosis, and its related protein expressions were compared during the process of iron chelation, while the iron depositions in liver and bone marrow and its regulator were also detected.
The obtained results showed that compared to DFX, DFO has a better effect in protecting the bone marrow from apoptosis-induced failure. The combination of DFO and DFX accelerated the chelation of iron, while their efficiency on further hemogram improvement appeared limited.
To sum up, our data suggest that single treatment with DFO may be a better choice for improving the hematopoiesis during the gradual chelation treatment irrespective of the convenience of oral DFX, while the combination treatment should be considered for urgent reduction of the iron burden.