[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with autoimmune multi-lineage cytopenias are often refractory to standard therapies requiring chronic immunosuppression with medications with limited efficacy and high toxicity. We present data on 30 patients treated on a multicenter prospective clinical trial using sirolimus as monotherapy. All children (N=12) with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) achieved a durable complete response, including rapid improvement in autoimmune disease, lymphadenopathy, and splenomegaly within 1-3 months of starting sirolimus. Double negative T (DNT) cells were no longer detectable in most, yet other lymphocyte populations were spared, suggesting a targeted effect of sirolimus. We also treated 12 patients with multi-lineage cytopenias secondary to common variable immune deficiency (CVID), Evans syndrome (ES) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and most achieved a CR (N= 8), although the time to CR was often slower than was seen in ALPS. Six children with single lineage autoimmune cytopenias were treated and only two responded. Sirolimus was well tolerated with very few side effects. All of the responding patients have remained on therapy for over one year (median 2 years, range 1-4.5 years). In summary, sirolimus led to complete and durable responses in a majority of children with refractory multi-lineage autoimmune cytopenias. The responses seen in ALPS patients were profound suggesting that sirolimus should be considered as a first-line, steroid-sparing treatment for patients needing chronic therapy. The results in other multi-lineage autoimmune cytopenia cohorts were encouraging and sirolimus should be considered in children with SLE, ES, and CVID.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with multiply relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have a poor prognosis. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells targeting CD19 have the potential to improve on the low complete response rates with conventional therapies by inducing sustained remissions in patients with refractory B cell malignancies. We previously reported preliminary results on three patients with refractory CLL. We report the mature results from our initial trial using CAR-modified T cells to treat 14 patients with relapsed and refractory CLL. Autologous T cells transduced with a CD19-directed CAR (CTL019) lentiviral vector were infused into patients with relapsed/refractory CLL at doses of 0.14 × 10(8) to 11 × 10(8) CTL019 cells (median, 1.6 × 10(8) cells). Patients were monitored for toxicity, response, expansion, and persistence of circulating CTL019 T cells. The overall response rate in these heavily pretreated CLL patients was 8 of 14 (57%), with 4 complete remissions (CR) and 4 partial remissions (PR). The in vivo expansion of the CAR T cells correlated with clinical responses, and the CAR T cells persisted and remained functional beyond 4 years in the first two patients achieving CR. No patient in CR has relapsed. All responding patients developed B cell aplasia and experienced cytokine release syndrome, coincident with T cell proliferation. Minimal residual disease was not detectable in patients who achieved CR, suggesting that disease eradication may be possible in some patients with advanced CLL.
Science translational medicine 09/2015; 7(303):303ra139. DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.aac5415 · 15.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We previously showed that minimal residual disease (MRD) detection pre-hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) and acute GvHD (aGvHD) independently predicted risk of relapse in pediatric ALL. In this study we further define risk by assessing timing of relapse and the effects of leukemia risk category and post-HCT MRD. By multivariate analysis, pre-HCT MRD <0.1% and aGvHD by day +55 were associated with decreased relapse and improved event-free survival (EFS). Intermediate leukemia risk status predicted decreased relapse, and improved EFS and overall survival (OS). Patients with pre-HCT MRD ⩾0.1% who did not develop aGvHD compared with those with MRD <0.1% who did develop aGvHD had much worse survival (2 years EFS 18% vs 71%; P=0.001, 2 years OS 46 vs 74%; P=0.04). Patients with pre-HCT MRD <0.1% who did not experience aGvHD had higher rates of relapse than those who did develop aGvHD (40% vs 13%; P= 0.008). Post-HCT MRD led to a substantial increase in relapse risk (HR=4.5, P<0.01). Patients at high risk of relapse can be defined after transplant using leukemia risk category, presence of MRD pre or post HCT, and occurrence of aGvHD. An optimal window to initiate intervention to prevent relapse occurs between day +55 and +200 after HCT.Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication, 11 May 2015; doi:10.1038/bmt.2015.103.
Bone marrow transplantation 05/2015; 50(9). DOI:10.1038/bmt.2015.103 · 3.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
Relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is difficult to treat despite the availability of aggressive therapies. Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells targeting CD19 may overcome many limitations of conventional therapies and induce remission in patients with refractory disease.
We infused autologous T cells transduced with a CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CTL019) lentiviral vector in patients with relapsed or refractory ALL at doses of 0.76×10(6) to 20.6×10(6) CTL019 cells per kilogram of body weight. Patients were monitored for a response, toxic effects, and the expansion and persistence of circulating CTL019 T cells.
A total of 30 children and adults received CTL019. Complete remission was achieved in 27 patients (90%), including 2 patients with blinatumomab-refractory disease and 15 who had undergone stem-cell transplantation. CTL019 cells proliferated in vivo and were detectable in the blood, bone marrow, and cerebrospinal fluid of patients who had a response. Sustained remission was achieved with a 6-month event-free survival rate of 67% (95% confidence interval [CI], 51 to 88) and an overall survival rate of 78% (95% CI, 65 to 95). At 6 months, the probability that a patient would have persistence of CTL019 was 68% (95% CI, 50 to 92) and the probability that a patient would have relapse-free B-cell aplasia was 73% (95% CI, 57 to 94). All the patients had the cytokine-release syndrome. Severe cytokine-release syndrome, which developed in 27% of the patients, was associated with a higher disease burden before infusion and was effectively treated with the anti-interleukin-6 receptor antibody tocilizumab.
Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T-cell therapy against CD19 was effective in treating relapsed and refractory ALL. CTL019 was associated with a high remission rate, even among patients for whom stem-cell transplantation had failed, and durable remissions up to 24 months were observed. (Funded by Novartis and others; CART19 ClinicalTrials.gov numbers, NCT01626495 and NCT01029366.).
New England Journal of Medicine 10/2014; 371(16):1507-17. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa1407222 · 55.87 Impact Factor