[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In T-cell-depleted allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (TCD-BMT) using unrelated donors, the role of donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) for survival and disease control has not been defined. In a study of 116 patients (92 matched, 24 mismatched) who received CD3+ T-cell-depleted marrow graft, sequential infusions of escalated doses of donor T lymphocytes up to 1 x 10(6) CD3+ cells/kg were prospectively investigated. T cells were administered while patients were on cyclosporine, provided >or=grade II acute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) had not occurred. Acute GVHD of >or=grade II occurred in 27 of 110 (25%) patients before DLI and in 39 of 79 (49%) patients after DLI. In total, 12 of 27 (44%) patients without DLI and 44 of 72 (61%) patients who received DLI developed chronic GVHD. A total of 19 patients died of GVHD, with 17 of acute and two of chronic GVHD. Overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) at 5 years were 27 and 21%, respectively. The 2-year incidence of relapse was 14%. In multivariate analysis, only chronic GVHD was a good prognostic factor for both OS: hazard ratio (HR) 1.4, P=0.04, and EFS: HR 1.6, P=0.01. Both acute and chronic GVHD were favorable prognostic factors for relapse probability: HR 1.9 for both, P=0.02, 0.01, respectively. The 1-year cumulative incidence of transplant-related mortality (TRM), excluding cases of GVHD, was 42%. The two most common causes of 1-year non-GVHD death were viral infection (9%) and idiopathic pneumonia syndrome (12%). Although the incidence of relapse was low, the study suggests that the current scheme of DLI in unrelated TCD-BMT would not improve survival unless TRM decreases significantly.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 01/2003; 31(2):121-8. · 3.54 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chemosensitive response prior to transplantation has been shown to be most significant for survival post transplant. To estimate toxicity of a dose-intensive regimen that was to improve chemosensitive response rate, 15 patients with primary refractory lymphoma were enrolled in dose escalation of pre-transplant salvage chemotherapy. The first cycle had a fixed dose of ifosfamide 6 g/m2 and mitoxantrone 12 mg/m2, with arabinosyl cytosine (Ara-C) 2 g/m2, and methylprednisolone 2.0 g. Each cycle of the second and third had cisplatin 90 mg/m2, Ara-C 6 g/m2, methylprednisolone 2.0 g, and escalated doses of ifosfamide from 7.5 g/m2 to 15 g/m2 and mitoxantrone from 16 to 28 mg/m2. Blood stem cells were collected before the second cycle and > or = 3 x 10(6) CD34 cells/kg were infused 2 days after the second and third cycles, respectively. The maximum tolerated doses of ifosfamide and mitoxantrone were 11.25 g/m2 and 16 mg/m2, respectively. Acute renal failure and bacterial infection occurred as non-hematologic dose limiting toxicities. Eleven patients completed therapy. Five patients achieved complete remission and five had partial remission. Nine patients received autologous and four received allogeneic transplants. Currently, six are alive without evidence of disease, with a 3-year survival of 40%. Although preliminary, the regimen suggests acceptable toxicity and significant activity that warrants further study.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 04/2002; 29(8):647-52. · 3.54 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fifty-two patients with refractory lymphoma were prospectively treated with prophylactic T lymphocyte infusion after T cell-depleted allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, to induce graft-versus-lymphoma effect. Thirty-three patients had related donors; 19 had unrelated donors. After transplantation with marrow that had 0.8 +/- 0.4 x 10(5)CD3(+) cells/kg, T cells up to 1.75 x 10(6) CD3(+) cells/kg were given over 3 months provided > or = grade II acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was not seen. The cumulative incidence of grades II-IV acute GVHD was 69%. Twenty of 32 evaluable patients (63%) developed chronic GVHD. Ten patients (19%) died of GVHD. The Kaplan-Meier 5-year overall survival of all patients was 34%. On multivariate analyses, chronic GVHD was significant for relapse (hazard ratio of 1.7, P < 0.05), and for overall survival (hazard ratio 1.4, P < 0.001). Chemosensitivity was significant for relapse only on univariate analysis. Patients who developed chronic GVHD had 4 years median survival, compared with 9 months in patients without chronic GVHD, P < 0.001. The study shows that patients with chronic GVHD have superior survivals, most probably related to a graft-versus-lymphoma effect, which could be modulated by prophylactic T cell infusion.
Bone Marrow Transplantation 04/2002; 29(7):615-20. · 3.54 Impact Factor