Efficacy and Toxicity of Non-T-Cell Depleted Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplantation in Children with Refractory or Relapsed Acute Leukemia

Atsushi Kikuta, MD, PhD*, Hideki Sano*, Shogo Kobayashi*, Mitsuko Akaihata*, and Masaki Ito

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Cancer Center, Division of Pediatric Oncology, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan, Department of Pediatrics, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan


Background: The efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem celltransplantation(SCT) is primarily attributed to a T/NK- cell-mediatedresponse to HLA disparity between donor and tumor cell. Non-T-cell depleted (non-TCD) HLA-haploidentical SCT (haplo-SCT) is a form of adoptive cellular therapy that has a high degree of efficacy in hematologic malignancies. The major problems of non-TCD haplo-SCT are lethal graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), graft failure (GF) and high-risk of early death. Previously we reported the safety profile from the retrospective study assessing GVHD prophylaxis that was conducted with anti-human thymocyte immunoglobulin(ATG), tacrolimus, methotrexate and prednisolone in non-TCD haplo-SCT (Mochizuki, Kikuta, Clin Transplant, 2010 DOI :10.1111/j.13990012.2010.01352.x). We evaluated efficacy and toxicity of non-TCD haplo-SCT in children with very high risk refractory/relapsed acute leukemia (VHR-R/R AL). Methods: VHR-R/R AL was defined by the 1-year survival rate less than 30%. From Aug 2000 to April 2011, consecutive 16 patients (pts) with VHR-R/R AL who underwent non-TCD-haplo-SCT were included. The median age of patients was 7.7(0.517.9) years old. The diagnosis included ALL (10), AML (3), M/NKL (3). The disease status at non-TCD-haplo-SCT were 4 in CR2 (MLL rearrangement: 1 pt, Ph positive: 1 pt, after SCT: 2 pts), 12 in non-CR (after SCT: 5 pts, after chemotherapy: 7 pts). HLA disparities were 3/8 in 1 pt, 4/8 in 15 pts. Donors included fathers (9), mothers (5), and siblings (2). Fifteen pts received myeloablative conditioning (TBI based: 11 pts, Bu based: 4 pts) and 1 pt received reduced intensity conditioning, and 12 pts of them received ATG (rabbit, thymoglobulin 2.5mg/kg) containing regimen. The GVHD prophylaxis was conducted with tacrolimus (0.03mg/kg/day, start on day-1), methotrexate (10mg/m2, 7mg/m2, 7mg/m2 on day+1, +3, +6) and prednisolone (1mg/kg/day, day029, taper on day30 without GVHD). Thirteen pts received peripheral blood stem cells and 3 pts received bone marrow. Results: All patients achieved engraftment (median 14 days for neutrophils[range: 1115]). All patients achieved CR in non-remission at non-TCD-haplo-SCT and full donor chimerism by day +30. Acute GVHD grade24 and grade 34 occurred in 12/16 pts(75%) and 2/16(13%), respectively, all of which were controllable by steroids. Chronic GVHD occurred in 8/13(62%). The treatment-related non-hematologicalcomplications observed within day+100 included: viral reactivations (14 pts [CMV: 8, EBV: 3, VZV; 1, BKV: 1, HHV6: 1]), Candida sepsis(2 pts), Aspergillus(1 pt), Bacterial sepsis(2 pts), hemorrhagic cystitis(2 pts), thrombotic microangiopathy(1 pt), and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome(1 pt). Non-relapsed mortality occurred in 3 pts and the causes of death were CMV-peumonia(1 pt) and EBV-lymphoproliferative disease(2 pts) which occurred day+48, day+71 and day+439, respectively. Relapse occurred in 2 pts. With the median follow-up of 12(6133) months, 1-year and 2-year event free survival (EFS) were 73% and 61%. Conclusions: These data suggest that non-TCD haplo-SCT combined with our GVHD prophylaxis is well tolerated, facilitate engraftment, and has significant anti-tumor activity, particularly in pediatric patients with non-remission acute leukemia. The safety profile is acceptable in this refractory/ relapsed population.

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53rd American Society of Haematology
    • ASH 53rd (2011)