Correlation of CD33 expression level with disease characteristics and response to gemtuzumab ozogamicin containing chemotherapy in childhood AML

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA.
Blood (Impact Factor: 10.45). 02/2012; 119(16):3705-11. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2011-12-398370
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ABSTRACT CD33 is expressed on the majority of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) leukemic blasts and is the target for gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO), a toxin-conjugated anti-CD33 mAb. In the present study, we quantified the CD33 mean fluorescent intensity of leukemic blasts prospectively in 619 de novo pediatric AML patients enrolled in Children's Oncology Group GO-containing clinical trials and determined its correlation with disease characteristics and clinical outcome. CD33 expression varied more than 2-log fold; a median mean fluorescent intensity of 129 (range, 3-1550.07) was observed. Patients were divided into 4 quartiles, quartiles 1-4 (Q1-4) based on expression and disease characteristics and clinical response defined across quartiles. High CD33 expression was associated with high-risk FLT3/ITD mutations (P < .001) and was inversely associated with low-risk disease (P < .001). Complete remission (CR) rates were similar, but patients in Q4 had significantly lower overall survival (57% ± 16% vs 77% ± 7%, P = .002) and disease-free survival from CR (44% ± 16% vs 62% ± 8%, P = .022). In a multivariate model, high CD33 expression remained a significant predictor of overall survival (P = .011) and disease-free survival (P = .038) from CR. Our findings suggest that CD33 expression is heterogeneous within de novo pediatric AML. High expression is associated with adverse disease features and is an independent predictor of inferior outcome. The correlation between CD33 expression and GO response is under investigation. These studies are registered at as NCT00070174 and NCT00372593.

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    • "Approximately 80% of childhood AML cases express CD33, a glycosylated sialic acid-binding transmembrane receptor protein of the lectin family. High CD33 surface expression is associated with worse outcomes in children and adults with AML (9–12). The potent humanized anti-CD33 monoclonal antibody/calicheamicin conjugate gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) has been studied extensively in adults with AML, including APL. "
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    • "Numerous antibodies to CD33 have been developed for clinical use, including gemtuzumab ozogamicin, a recombinant humanized anti-CD33 conjugated with calicheamicin (Hamann et al., 2002). This conjugate induced remission in relapsed AML, most cases being CD33+, but it also had some activity in CD33- cases probably due in large part to the calicheamicin effects (Jawad et al., 2010; Pollard et al., 2012). It was also able to eliminate promyelocytes in cases of acute promyelocytic leukemia. "
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