Efficacy and safety of ex vivo cultured adult human mesenchymal stem cells (Prochymal™) in pediatric patients with severe refractory acute graft-versus-host disease in a compassionate use study.
ABSTRACT Preliminary studies using directed-donor ex vivo expanded human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have shown promise in the treatment of acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD). However, their production is cumbersome and standardization is difficult. We describe the first experience of using a premanufactured, universal donor, formulation of hMSCs (Prochymal) in children (n = 12; 10 boys; 9 Caucasian; age range: 0.4-15 years) with treatment-resistant grade III and IV aGVHD who received therapy on compassionate use basis between July 2005 and June 2007 at 5 transplant centers. All patients had stage III or IV gut (GI) symptoms and half had additional liver and/or skin involvement. Disease was refractory to steroids in all cases and additionally to a median of 3 other immunosuppressive therapies. The hMSCs (8 × 10(6)cells/kg/dose in 2 patients and 2 × 10(6)cells/kg/dose in the rest) were infused intravenously over 1 hour twice a week for 4 weeks. Partial and mixed responders received subsequent weekly therapy for 4 weeks. HLA or other matching was not needed. The hMSCs were started at a median of 98 days (range: 45-237) posttransplant. A total of 124 doses were administered, with a median of 8 doses (range: 2-21) per patient. Overall, 7 (58%) patients had complete response, 2 (17%) partial response, and 3 (25%) mixed response. Complete resolution of GI symptoms occurred in 9 (75%) patients. Two patients relapsed after initial response and showed partial response to retreatment. The cumulative incidence of survival at 100 days from the initiation of Prochymal therapy was 58%. Five of 12 patients (42%) were still alive after a median follow-up of 611 days (range: 427-1111) in surviving patients. No infusional or other identifiable acute toxicity was seen in any patient. Multiple infusions of hMSCs were well tolerated and appeared to be safe in children. Clinical responses, particularly in the GI system, were seen in the majority of children with severe refractory aGVHD. Given the favorable results observed in a patient population with an otherwise grave prognosis, we conclude that hMSCs hold potential for the treatment of aGVHD, and should be further studied in phase III trials in pediatric and adult patients.
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ABSTRACT: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have generated a great amount of enthusiasm over the past decade as a novel therapeutic paradigm for a variety of diseases. Currently, MSC based clinical trials have been conducted for at least 12 kinds of pathological conditions, with many completed trials demonstrating the safety and efficacy. This review provides an overview of the recent clinical findings related to MSC therapeutic effects. Roles of MSCs in clinical trials conducted to treat graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) and cardiovascular diseases are highlighted. Clinical application of MSC are mainly attributed to their important four biological properties- the ability to home to sites of inflammation following tissue injury when injected intravenously; to differentiate into various cell types; to secrete multiple bioactive molecules capable of stimulating recovery of injured cells and inhibiting inflammation and to perform immunomodulatory functions. Here, we will discuss these four properties. Moreover, the issues surrounding clinical grade MSCs and principles for MSC therapeutic approaches are also addressed on the transition of MSCs therapy from bench side to bedside.Journal of Hematology & Oncology 04/2012; 5:19. · 3.99 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recent advances in stem cell research have highlighted the role played by such cells and their environment (the stem cell niche) in tissue renewal and homeostasis. The control and regulation of stem cells and their niche are remaining challenges for cell therapy and regenerative medicine on several tissues and organs. These advances are important for both, the basic knowledge of stem cell regulation, and their practical translational applications into clinical medicine. This article is primarily concerned with the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and it reviews the current aspects of their own niche. We discuss on the need for a deeper understanding of the identity of this cell type and its microenvironment in order to improve the effectiveness of any cell therapy for regenerative medicine. Ex vivo reproduction of the conditions of the natural stem cell niche, when necessary, would provide success to tissue engineering. The first challenge of regenerative medicine is to find cells able to replace and/or repair the lost function of tissues and organs by disease or aging and the trophic and immunomodulatory effects recently found for MSCs open up for new opportunities. If MSCs are pericytes, as it has been proposed, perhaps it may explain the ubiquity of these cells and their possible role in miscellaneous repairs throughout the body opening for new chances for extensive tissue repair.Stem cell reviews 10/2010; 7(2):248-55. · 5.08 Impact Factor
Article: Mesenchymal stromal cells for treatment of steroid-refractory GvHD: a review of the literature and two pediatric cases.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Severe acute graft versus host disease (GvHD) is a life-threatening complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Human mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) play an important role in endogenous tissue repair and possess strong immune-modulatory properties making them a promising tool for the treatment of steroid-refractory GvHD. To date, a few reports exist on the use of MSCs in treatment of GvHD in children indicating that children tend to respond better than adults, albeit with heterogeneous results.We here present a review of the literature and the clinical course of two instructive pediatric patients with acute steroid-refractory GvHD after haploidentical stem cell transplantation, which exemplify the beneficial effects of third-party transplanted MSCs in treatment of acute steroid-refractory GvHD. Moreover, we provide a meta-analysis of clinical studies addressing the outcome of patients with steroid-refractory GvHD and treatment with MSCs in adults and in children (n = 183; 122 adults, 61 children). Our meta-analysis demonstrates that the overall response-rate is high (73.8%) and confirms, for the first time, that children indeed respond better to treatment of GvHD with MSCs than adults (complete response 57.4% vs. 45.1%, respectively).These data emphasize the significance of this therapeutic approach especially in children and indicate that future prospective studies are needed to assess the reasons for the observed differential response-rates in pediatric and adult patients.International Archives of Medicine 08/2011; 4(1):27.