Induction of tumor immunity following allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
ABSTRACT The curative potential of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) for many hematologic malignancies derives in large part from reconstitution of normal donor immunity and the development of a potent graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) immune response capable of rejecting tumor cell in vivo. Elucidation of the mechanisms of GVL by studies of animal models and analysis of clinical data has yielded important insights into how clinically effective tumor immunity is generated following allo-HSCT. These studies have identified NK cells and B cells as well as T cells as important mediators of the GVL response. A variety of antigenic targets of the GVL response have also been identified, and include tumor-associated antigens as well as minor histocompatibility antigens. The principles of effective GVL can now be applied to the development of novel therapies that enhance the therapeutic benefit of allogeneic HSCT while minimizing the toxicities associated with treatment. Moreover, many components of this approach that result in elimination of tumor cells following allogeneic HSCT can potentially be adapted to enhance the effectiveness of tumor immunity in the autologous setting.
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ABSTRACT: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the main complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Current strategies to control GVHD rely on global immunosuppression. These strategies are incompletely effective and decrease the anticancer activity of the allogeneic graft. We previously identified Notch signaling in T cells as a new therapeutic target for preventing GVHD. Notch-deprived T cells showed markedly decreased production of inflammatory cytokines, but normal in vivo proliferation, increased accumulation of regulatory T cells, and preserved anticancer effects. Here, we report that γ-secretase inhibitors can block all Notch signals in alloreactive T cells, but lead to severe on-target intestinal toxicity. Using newly developed humanized antibodies and conditional genetic models, we demonstrate that Notch1/Notch2 receptors and the Notch ligands Delta-like1/4 mediate all the effects of Notch signaling in T cells during GVHD, with dominant roles for Notch1 and Delta-like4. Notch1 inhibition controlled GVHD, but led to treatment-limiting toxicity. In contrast, Delta-like1/4 inhibition blocked GVHD without limiting adverse effects while preserving substantial anticancer activity. Transient blockade in the peritransplant period provided durable protection. These findings open new perspectives for selective and safe targeting of individual Notch pathway components in GVHD and other T cell-mediated human disorders.The Journal of clinical investigation 03/2013; · 15.39 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Targets of curative donor-derived graft-versus-myeloma (GVM) responses after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remain poorly defined, partly because immunity against minor histocompatibility Ags (mHAgs) complicates the elucidation of multiple myeloma (MM)-specific targets. We hypothesized that syngeneic HSCT would facilitate the identification of GVM-associated Ags because donor immune responses in this setting should exclusively target unique tumor Ags in the absence of donor-host genetic disparities. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the development of tumor immunity in an HLA-A0201(+) MM patient who achieved durable remission after myeloablative syngeneic HSCT. Using high-density protein microarrays to screen post-HSCT plasma, we identified 6 Ags that elicited high-titer (1:5000-1:10 000) Abs that correlated with clinical tumor regression. Two Ags (DAPK2 and PIM1) had enriched expression in primary MM tissues. Both elicited Ab responses in other MM patients after chemotherapy or HSCT (11 and 6 of 32 patients for DAPK2 and PIM1, respectively). The index patient also developed specific CD8(+) T-cell responses to HLA-A2-restricted peptides derived from DAPK2 and PIM1. Peptide-specific T cells recognized HLA-A2(+) MM-derived cell lines and primary MM tumor cells. Coordinated T- and B-cell immunity develops against MM-associated Ags after syngeneic HSCT. DAPK1 and PIM1 are promising target Ags for MM-directed immunotherapy.Blood 01/2012; 119(13):3142-50. · 9.06 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Since the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in 2005, there has been an explosion of published studies employing the technology to tackle previously intractable questions in many disparate biological fields. This has been coupled with technology development that has occurred at a remarkable pace. This review discusses the potential impact of this new technology on the field of blood and marrow stem cell transplantation. Hematologic malignancies have been among the forefront of those cancers whose genomes have been the subject of NGS. Hence, these studies have opened novel areas of biology that can be exploited for prognostic, diagnostic, and therapeutic means. Because of the unprecedented depth, resolution and accuracy achievable by NGS, this technology is well-suited for providing detailed information on the diversity of receptors that govern antigen recognition; this approach has the potential to contribute important insights into understanding the biologic effects of transplantation. Finally, the ability to perform comprehensive tumor sequencing provides a systematic approach to the discovery of genetic alterations that can encode peptides with restricted tumor expression, and hence serve as potential target antigens of graft-versus-leukemia responses. Altogether, this increasingly affordable technology will undoubtedly impact the future practice and care of patients with hematologic malignancies.Biology of blood and marrow transplantation: journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation 01/2012; 18(1 Suppl):S151-60. · 3.15 Impact Factor