Publications by authors named "Alexei Maschan"

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Serotherapy-Free Regimen Improves Non-Relapse Mortality and Immune Recovery Among the Recipients of αβ TCell-Depleted Haploidentical Grafts: Retrospective Study in Childhood Leukemia.

Transplant Cell Ther 2021 Apr 14;27(4):330.e1-330.e9. Epub 2021 Jan 14.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Medical Center Of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology And Immunology, Moscow, Russia. Electronic address:

Depletion of αβ T cells from the graft prevents graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and improves the outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from haploidentical donors. Delayed recovery of adaptive immunity remains a problem, which can be approached by adoptive T-cell transfer. In a randomized trial, we have assessed the safety and efficacy of low-dose memory (CD45RA-depleted) donor lymphocytes (mDLI) after HSCT with αβ T-cell depletion. Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is viewed as an essential component of preparative regimen, critical for both prevention of graft failure and GVHD. Variable pharmacokinetics of ATG may significantly affect lymphocyte subpopulations after HSCT. To uncover the potential of mDLI, we replaced rabbit ATG with tocilizumab and abatacept. Here we compare post hoc the immune recovery and the key clinical outcomes, including nonrelapse mortality (NRM), overall- and event-free survival (OS and EFS), between the cohort enrolled in the prospective randomized trial and a historical cohort, comprised of patients grafted with a conventional ATG-based HSCT with αβ T cell depletion. A cohort of 149 children was enrolled in the prospective trial and 108 patients were selected as historical controls from a prospectively populated database. Patient population was comprised of children with high-risk hematologic malignancies, with more than 90% represented by acute leukemia. Median age at enrollment was 8.8 years. In the prospective cohort 91% of the donors were haploidentical parents, whereas in the historical cohort 72% of the donors were haploidentical. Conditioning was based on either 12Gy total body irradiation or treosulfan. Thiotepa, fludarabine, bortezomib, and rituximab were used as additional agents. Patients in the historical cohort received rabbit ATG at 5 mg/kg total dose, while prospective cohort patients received tocilizumab at 8 mg /kg on day -1 and abatacept at 10 mg/kg on days 0, 7, 14, and 28. Patients in the prospective trial cohort were randomized 1:1 to receive mDLI starting on day 0, whereas 69% of historical cohort patients received mDLI after engraftment, as part of previous trials. Primary engraftment rate was 99% in the prospective cohort and 98% in the historical cohort. The incidence of grade II-IV aGVHD was 13% in the prospective cohort and 16 % in the control group. Chronic GVHD developed among 13% (historical) and 7% (prospective) cohorts (P = .07). The incidence of cytomegalovirus viremia was 51% in the prospective cohort arm and 54% in the historical control arm (p = ns). Overall, in the prospective cohort 2-year NRM was 2%, incidence of relapse was 25%, EFS was 71%, and OS was 80%, whereas in the historical cohort 2-year NRM was 13%, incidence of relapse was 19%, EFS was 67%, and OS was 76%, difference non-significant for relapse and survival. NRM was significantly improved in the ATG-free cohort (P = .002). Recovery of both αβ- and γδ- T cells was significantly improved at days +30 and +60 after HSCT in recipients of ATG-free preparative regimens, as well as recovery of naïve T cells. Among the recipients of αβ T-cell-depleted grafts, replacement of ATG with nonlymphodepleting abatacept and tocilizumab immunomodulation did not compromise engraftment and GVHD control and was associated with significantly lower NRM and better immune recovery early after HSCT.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtct.2021.01.010DOI Listing
April 2021

Safety and efficacy of the low-dose memory (CD45RA-depleted) donor lymphocyte infusion in recipients of αβ T cell-depleted haploidentical grafts: results of a prospective randomized trial in high-risk childhood leukemia.

Bone Marrow Transplant 2021 Feb 16. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Medical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Depletion of αβ T cells from the graft prevents graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD) and improves outcome of HSCT from haploidentical donors. In a randomized trial, we aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of low-dose memory (CD45RA-depleted) donor lymphocytes (mDLI) after HSCT with αβ T-cell depletion. A cohort of 149 children was enrolled, 76 were randomized to receive scheduled mDLI and 73 received standard care. Conditioning was based on either 12 Gy total body irradiation or treosulfan. Rabbit antithymocyte globulin was replaced by tocilizumab and abatacept. Primary end points were the incidence of acute GVHD grades II-IV and the incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) viremia. The incidence of grades II-IV aGVHD was 14% in the experimental arm and 12% in the control arm, p-0.8. The incidence of CMV viremia was 45% in the experimental arm and 55% in the control arm, p-0.4. Overall, in the total cohort 2-year NRM was 2%, cumulative incidence of relapse was 25%, event-free survival 71%, and overall survival 80%, without difference between the study arms. Memory DLI was associated with improved recovery of CMV-specific T-cell responses in a subcohort of CMV IgG seropositive recipients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41409-021-01232-xDOI Listing
February 2021

Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) treatment improves response to G-CSF in severe congenital neutropenia patients.

Br J Haematol 2021 Feb 20;192(4):788-792. Epub 2021 Jan 20.

Oncology and Immunology Ministry of Healthcare of Russian Federation, Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center Of Pediatric Hematology, Moskva, Russia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjh.17313DOI Listing
February 2021

T-cell tracking, safety, and effect of low-dose donor memory T-cell infusions after αβ T cell-depleted hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Bone Marrow Transplant 2021 Apr 17;56(4):900-908. Epub 2020 Nov 17.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

The delayed recovery of adaptive immunity underlies transplant-related mortality (TRM) after αβ T cell-depleted hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We tested the use of low-dose memory donor lymphocyte infusions (mDLIs) after engraftment of αβ T cell-depleted grafts.A cohort of 131 pediatric patients (median age 9 years) were grafted with αβ T cell-depleted products from either haplo (n = 79) or unrelated donors (n = 52). After engraftment, patients received mDLIs prepared by CD45RA depletion. Cell dose was escalated monthly from 25 × 10 to 100 × 10/kg (haplo) and from 100 × 10 to 300 × 10 /kg (MUD). In a subcohort of 16 patients, T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire profiling with deep sequencing was used to track T-cell clones and to evaluate the contribution of mDLI to the immune repertoire.In total, 343 mDLIs were administered. The cumulative incidence (CI) of grades II and III de novo acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) was 5% and 2%, respectively, and the CI of chronic graft-versus-host disease was 7%. Half of the patients with undetectable CMV-specific T cells before mDLI recovered CMV-specific T cells. TCR repertoire profiling confirmed that mDLI-derived T cells significantly contribute to the TCR repertoire up to 1 year after HSCT and include persistent, CMV-specific T-cell clones.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41409-020-01128-2DOI Listing
April 2021

SARS-CoV-2 convalescent plasma therapy in pediatric patient after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Transfus Apher Sci 2021 Feb 1;60(1):102983. Epub 2020 Nov 1.

Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Immunocompromised patients, including HSCT recipients, may have a poor prognosis after contracting COVID-19 due to the absence of a pathogen-specific adaptive immune response. One of the possible options for severe COVID-19 treatment may be the transfusion of hyperimmune SARS-CoV-2 convalescent plasma. A 9-month-old girl with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia received an HSCT from a haploidentical donor. On day +99, during routine virologic monitoring, SARS-CoV-2 was detected without any clinical symptoms. On day +144, the child developed a polysegmental bilateral viral pneumonia with 60 % damage to the lung tissue and confirm a positive SARS-Cov-2 results in throat swab. The patient was treated with tocilizumab and three doses of fresh frozen plasma obtained from a SARS-CoV-2 convalescent patient. Therapy with tocilizumab and three doses of fresh frozen plasma was well tolerated. In spite of full resolution of the lung lesions, complete elimination of SARS-CoV-2 has not been achieved 4 months after the first detection, which is due to persistence of secondary immunodeficiency after HSCT and the lack of reconstitution of the adaptive immune response. This case represents a demonstration of an atypical course of COVID-19 and the delayed development of lung lesions, which was most likely associated with the features of the patient's immune status after HSCT. SARS-CoV-2 convalescent plasma in combination with other therapeutic approaches is one of the possible curative options for this clinical situation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.transci.2020.102983DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7604030PMC
February 2021

Pediatric diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor: Two clinical cases of successful targeted therapy.

Pediatr Blood Cancer 2020 12 25;67(12):e28478. Epub 2020 Aug 25.

Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, Brain Tumor Institute, Washington, District of Columbia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pbc.28478DOI Listing
December 2020

Treosulfan-Based Conditioning Regimen in Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation with TCRαβ/CD19 Depletion in Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome.

J Clin Immunol 2020 08 30;40(6):861-871. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Samory Mashela str, Moscow, Russia, 117997.

Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) is a DNA repair disorder characterized by combined immunodeficiency and a high predisposition to malignancies. HSCT appears to cure immunodeficiency, but remains challenging due to limited experience in long-term risks of transplant-associated toxicity and malignancies. Twenty NBS patients received 22 allogeneic HSCTs with TCRαβ/CD19+ graft depletion with fludarabine 150 mg/m, cyclophosphamide 20-40 mg/kg and thymoglobulin 5 mg/kg based conditioning regimens (CRs). Twelve patients additionally received low-dose busulfan 4 mg/kg (Bu group) and 10 patients (including 2 recipients of a second HSCT) treosulfan (Treo group) 30 g/m. Overall and event-free survival were 0.75 vs 1 (p = 0.16) and 0.47 vs 0.89 (p = 0.1) in the Bu and Treo groups, respectively. In the Bu group, four patients developed graft rejection, and three died: two died of de novo and relapsed lymphomas and one died of adenoviral hepatitis. The four living patients exhibited split chimerism with predominantly recipient myeloid cells and predominantly donor T and B lymphocytes. In Treo group, one patient developed rhabdomyosarcoma. There was no difference in the incidence of GVHD, viral reactivation, or early toxicity between either group. Low-dose Bu-containing CR in NBS leads to increased graft failure and low donor myeloid chimerism. Treo-CR followed by TCRαβ/CD19-depleted HSCT demonstrates a low level of early transplant-associated toxicity and enhanced graft function with stable donor chimerism.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10875-020-00811-9DOI Listing
August 2020

Serious Hemorrhagic Complications After Successful Treatment of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy With Defibrotide in Pediatric Patient With Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Front Pediatr 2020 5;8:155. Epub 2020 May 5.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TAM) is a life-threatening complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). There is some evidence of endothelial injury playing a significant role in TAM development. The efficacy of defibrotide was demonstrated for prophylaxis and treatment of another HSCT-associated endothelial damage syndrome-liver veno-occlusive disease. The data for defibrotide usage in TAM are limited. A 9-year old boy underwent HSCT from a matched unrelated donor for monosomy seven-associated myelodysplastic syndrome treatment. A myeloablative preparative regimen and post-transplant immunosuppression with cyclophosphamide on days +3 and +4 and a combination of tacrolimus with mycophenolate mofetil from day +5 were used. From day +61, sustained fever with progressive neurologic impairment and no evidence of infection was observed. On day +68, the patient developed severe TAM with acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT). Defibrotide therapy 25 mg/kg/day was administered for 7 days with resolution of TAM symptoms. It was followed by multiple hemorrhagic episodes-epistaxis, hemorrhagic cystitis, and renal hemorrhage, which are presumed to be the complications of defibrotide therapy. Defibrotide could be an effective therapy for TAM, but adequate doses, duration of therapy, and drug safety profile both for pediatric and adult patients need to be evaluated by randomized prospective studies.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fped.2020.00155DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7214790PMC
May 2020

BCG-Related Inflammatory Syndromes in Severe Combined Immunodeficiency After TCRαβ+/CD19+ Depleted HSCT.

J Clin Immunol 2020 05 6;40(4):625-636. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Immunology, Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, 1, Samory Mashela str., Moscow, Russia, 117997.

Introduction: The live-attenuated BCG vaccine is known to cause disseminated Mycobacterium bovis infection in patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). However, BCG-related post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromes, similar to those described in patients with HIV infections, are less-known complications of SCID.

Patients And Methods: We reported on 22 BCG-vaccinated SCID patients who had received conditioned allogeneic HSCT with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion. All BCG-vaccinated patients received anti-mycobacterial therapy pre- and post-HSCT. Post-transplant immunosuppression consisted of tacrolimus in 10 patients and of 8 mg/kg tocilizumab (d-1, + 14, + 28) and 10 mg/kg abatacept (d-1, + 5, + 14, + 28) in 11 patients.

Results: Twelve patients, five of whom had BCG infection prior to HSCT, developed BCG-related inflammatory syndromes (BCG-IS). Five developed early BCG-IS with the median time of manifestation 11 days after HSCT, corresponding with a dramatic increase of CD3+TCRγδ+ in at least two patients. Early BCG-IS was noted in only one out of 11 patients who received tocilizumab/abatacept and 4 out of 11 patients who did not. Seven patients developed late BCG-IS which corresponded to T cell immune recovery; at the time of manifestation (median 4.2 months after HSCT), the median number of CD3+ cells was 0.42 × 10/ and CD3+CD4+ cells 0.27 × 10/l. In all patients, late BCG-IS was controlled with IL-1 or IL-6 inhibitors.

Conclusion: BCG-vaccinated SCID patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion are at an increased risk of early and late BCG-IS. Anti-inflammatory therapy with IL-1 and IL-6 blockade is efficient in the prevention of early and treatment of late BCG-IS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10875-020-00774-xDOI Listing
May 2020

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in a patient with type 1 mosaic variegated aneuploidy syndrome.

Orphanet J Rare Dis 2019 05 3;14(1):97. Epub 2019 May 3.

Dmitriy Rogachev National Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Department of Immunology, 1, Samory Mashela str, 117997, Moscow, Russia.

Background: Mosaic variegated aneuploidy (MVA) syndrome is a chromosomal instability disorder that leads to aneuploidies of different chromosomes in various tissues. Type 1 MVA (MVA1) is caused by mutations in the budding uninhibited by benzimidazoles 1 homolog beta (BUB1B) gene. The main clinical features of MVA1 syndrome are growth and mental retardation, central nervous system anomalies, microcephaly, and predisposition to cancers. There have been no reports of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in MVA patients.

Results: We report an 11-year old boy diagnosed with MVA1 syndrome. The BUB1B gene mutations c.498_505delAAACTTTA and c.1288 + 5G > A were detected using the next generation sequencing (NGS) method. The patient presented with cytopenia soon after birth, but remained stable until 9 years of age, when he developed myelodysplastic syndrome associated with monosomy of chromosome 7. Due to severe dependence on blood transfusions, a TCRαβ+/CD19+ depleted HSCT was performed from a matched unrelated donor (MUD) using a treosulfan-based reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen. The engraftment occurred, and no severe toxicity was observed soon after the HSCT, but on day + 47, graft rejection was detected. It was followed by prolonged pancytopenia and sepsis with multi-organ Enterococcus faecium infection, which led to the patient's death on day + 156 after HSCT.

Conclusions: In conclusion, we demonstrate that RIC HSCT with TCRαβ+/CD19+ depletion was well tolerated and resulted in complete hematologic recovery in our MVA1 patient, but, unfortunately, it was followed by rapid graft rejection. This fact needs to be taken into consideration for HSCT in other MVA patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13023-019-1073-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6500003PMC
May 2019

Outcome of αβ T cell-depleted transplantation in children with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia, grafted in remission.

Bone Marrow Transplant 2020 01 15;55(1):256-259. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Medical Research Сenter of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Samory Mashela street, 1, Moscow, 117997, Russia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41409-019-0531-3DOI Listing
January 2020

Use of eltrombopag in aplastic anemia in Europe.

Ann Hematol 2019 Jun 26;98(6):1341-1350. Epub 2019 Mar 26.

Department of Hematology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031, Basel, Switzerland.

Eltrombopag (ELT), an oral thrombopoietin receptor agonist, has recently emerged as a promising new drug for the treatment of aplastic anemia (AA). How ELT is used outside of clinical trials in the real-world setting and results of this treatment are not known. We conducted therefore a retrospective survey on the use of ELT in AA among EBMT member centers. We analyzed the 134 patients reported in our survey together with 46 patients recently published by Lengline et al. The median follow-up from start of ELT treatment was 15.3 months, with 85.6% patients alive at last follow-up. Importantly, only 28.9% of our patients received ELT according to the FDA/EMA label as monotherapy in the relapsed/refractory setting, whereas 16.7% received ELT upfront. The overall response rate in our cohort was 62%, very similar to the results of the pivotal ELT trial. In multivariate analysis, combination therapy with ELT/cyclosporine/ATG and response to previous therapy were associated with response. Overall survival was favorable with a 1-year survival from ELT start of 87.4%. We identified age, AA severity before ELT start and response to ELT as variables significantly associated with OS. Two patients transformed to MDS; other adverse events were mostly benign. In sum, ELT is used widely in Europe to treat AA patients, mostly in the relapsed/refractory setting. Response to ELT is similar to the clinical trial data across different age groups, treatment lines, and treatment combinations and results in favorable survival.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00277-019-03652-8DOI Listing
June 2019

αβ T Cell-Depleted Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation without Antithymocyte Globulin in Children with Chemorefractory Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2019 05 21;25(5):e179-e182. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Immunology, Moscow, Russia. Electronic address:

We evaluated the outcome of αβ T cell-depleted haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in a cohort of children with chemorefractory acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Twenty-two patients with either primary refractory (n = 10) or relapsed refractory (n = 12) AML in active disease status received a transplant from haploidentical donors. The preparative regimen included cytoreduction with fludarabine and cytarabine and subsequent myeloablative conditioning with treosulfan and thiotepa. Antithymocyte globulin was substituted with tocilizumab in all patients and also with abatacept in 10 patients. Grafts were peripheral blood stem cells engineered by αβ T cell and CD19 depletion. Post-transplantation prophylactic therapy included infusion of donor lymphocytes, composed of a CD45RA-depleted fraction with or without a hypomethylating agent. Complete remission was achieved in 21 patients (95%). The cumulative incidence of grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was 18%, and the cumulative incidence of chronic GVHD was 23%. At 2 years, transplantation-related mortality was 9%, relapse rate was 42%, event-free survival was 49%, and overall survival was 53%. Our data suggest that αβ T cell-depleted haploidentical HSCT provides a reasonable chance of long-term survival in a cohort of children with chemorefractory AML and creates a solid basis for further improvement.
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May 2019

Flow cytometry for pediatric platelets.

Platelets 2019 4;30(4):428-437. Epub 2018 Oct 4.

a Cellular Hemostasis and Thrombosis Lab , National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology named after Dmitry Rogachev, Russian Ministry of Healthcare , Moscow , Russian Federation.

The ability of platelets to carry out their hemostatic function can be impaired in a wide range of inherited and acquired conditions: trauma, surgery, inflammation, pre-term birth, sepsis, hematological malignancies, solid tumors, chemotherapy, autoimmune disorders, and many others. Evaluation of this impairment is vitally important for research and clinical purposes. This problem is particularly pronounced in pediatric patients, where these conditions occur frequently, while blood volume and the choice of blood collection methods could be limited. Here we describe a simple flow cytometry-based screening method of comprehensive whole blood platelet function testing that was validated for a range of pediatric and adult samples (n = 31) in the hematology hospital setting including but not limited to: classic inherited platelet function disorders (Glanzmann's thrombasthenia; Bernard-Soulier, Wiscott-Aldrich, and Hermasky-Pudlak syndromes, MYH9-dependent thrombocytopenia), healthy and pre-term newborns, acute and chronic immune thrombocytopenia, chronic lympholeukemia, effects of therapy on platelet function, etc. The method output includes levels of forward and side scatter, levels of major adhesion and aggregation glycoproteins Ib and IIb-IIIa, active integrins' level based on PAC-1 binding, major alpha-granule component P-selectin, dense granule function based on mepacrine uptake and release, and procoagulant activity quantified as a percentage of annexin V-positive platelets. This analysis is performed for both resting and dual-agonist-stimulated platelets. Preanalytical and analytical variables are provided and discussed. Parameter distribution within the healthy donor population for adults (n = 72) and children (n = 17) is analyzed.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537104.2018.1513473DOI Listing
May 2019

A Conditioning Regimen with Plerixafor Is Safe and Improves the Outcome of TCRαβ and CD19 Cell-Depleted Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2018 07 14;24(7):1432-1440. Epub 2018 Mar 14.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Our initial experience with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a matched unrelated donor (MUD; n = 12) or a haploidentical related donor (n = 6) with T cell receptor (TCR)αβ/CD19 graft depletion in patients with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) (n = 18) showed a dramatic decrease in the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and transplantation-related mortality, with an increased overall survival (OS) of 88.9%. Unfortunately, the treatment was associated with mixed myeloid donor chimerism and secondary graft dysfunction (severe thrombocytopenia, n = 2; graft rejection, n = 5). To improve the outcome, we hypothesized that the addition of G-CSF and plerixafor to the conditioning chemotherapy would result in more complete donor stem cell engraftment. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov (NCT03019809). A study group of patients with WAS (n = 16) underwent TCRαβ/CD19-depleted HSCT (MUD, n = 6; haploidentical, n = 10). The conditioning regimen was treosulfan-fludarabine-rabbit antithymocyte globulin-melphalan (or thiophosphamide in 1 patient) with G-CSF (10 µg/kg/day for 5 days starting on day -8) and plerixafor (240 µg/kg/day for 3 days starting on day -6). The clinical outcomes in this study were compared to those in a historical dataset (n = 18). No patients had grade III/IV acute GVHD in either the study or the historical control group. Importantly, in the patients with WAS, there was no statistical significance in OS between those who underwent HSCT from haploidentical donors and those who underwent HSCT from MUDs (93.8% versus 88.5%; P = .612). All patients in the study group had full donor chimerism in whole blood and in the CD3 compartments. The OS was 93.8%, and there were no cases of graft dysfunction. This study demonstrates the efficacy of adding G-CSF/plerixafor to the conditioning regimen before HSCT with TCRαβ/C D19 graft depletion in patients with WAS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2018.03.006DOI Listing
July 2018

Low-dose donor memory T-cell infusion after TCR alpha/beta depleted unrelated and haploidentical transplantation: results of a pilot trial.

Bone Marrow Transplant 2018 03 21;53(3):264-273. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev National Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Recovery of immunity is delayed in recipients of T-depleted grafts. Adoptive transfer of memory T-cells may improve immune response to common pathogens. A cohort of 53 patients with malignant (n = 36) and non-malignant conditions (n = 17) received TCR alpha/beta depleted grafts from haploidentical (n = 25) or MUD (n = 28) donors. Donor lymphocytes were depleted of CD45RA-positive cells. At a median of 48 days after transplantation, patients received DLI at 25 × 10/kg CD3 cells from haploidentical or 100 × 10/kg CD3 from MUD donors. Up to 3 doses of donor lymphocytes were administered at monthly intervals, escalating to 100 × 10/kg in haploidentical transplants and 300 × 10/kg in MUD transplants. At a median follow-up of 23 months, the cumulative incidence of de novo acute GVHD after DLI is 2% (1 of 43), while the rate of reactivation of preexisting aGVHD was 50% (5 of 10). The transplant-related mortality is 6%. The overall survival rates are 80% and 88% in malignant and non-malignant conditions, respectively. Among patients with absent CMV-specific immune reactivity at baseline (n = 31) expansion of CMV-specific T-cells was demonstrated in 20 (64.5%) within 100 days. Infusions of low dose donor memory T-lymphocytes are safe and constitute a simple measure to prevent infections in the setting of alpha/beta T cell-depleted transplantation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41409-017-0035-yDOI Listing
March 2018

Risk Factors for and the Clinical Impact of Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus Infections in Pediatric Recipients of TCR-α/β- and CD19-Depleted Grafts.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2017 Mar 27;23(3):483-490. Epub 2016 Dec 27.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitriy Rogachev Federal Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia. Electronic address:

Alpha/beta T cell and CD19 depletion are used to improve the outcomes of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We evaluated the burden of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in pediatric patients after this HSCT type. A cohort of 182 patients with malignant (n = 114) or nonmalignant (n = 68) disorders was transplanted from either matched unrelated (n = 124) or haploidentical (n = 58) donors. The cumulative incidence of CMV and EBV viremia were 51% and 33%, respectively. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) grades II to IV, D-/R+ serology, and malignant HSCT indications were associated with increased risk of CMV viremia. CMV disease developed in 10 patients (6%). The occurrence of CMV viremia was not associated with inferior outcomes. Acute GVHD grade ≥ II was the only factor significantly associated with an increased risk of EBV viremia. Rituximab significantly decreased the rate of EBV reactivation in a subgroup that received a higher B cell dose in the graft. The rate of EBV-associated disease was .5%, and EBV viremia did not affect survival. TCR-α/β and CD19 depletion are associated with a significant rate of CMV viremia that does not affect survival. The hazard of EBV post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is eliminated by the combination of CD19 depletion and rituximab.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2016.12.635DOI Listing
March 2017

Second allogeneic stem cell transplant for aplastic anaemia: a retrospective study by the Severe Aplastic Anaemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Br J Haematol 2015 Nov 25;171(4):606-14. Epub 2015 Aug 25.

Paediatric Haematology, Institute G. Gaslini, Genova, Italy.

We analysed the outcome of a second allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT) in 162 patients reported to the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation between 1998 and 2009. Donor origin was a sibling in 110 and an unrelated donor in 52 transplants, respectively. The stem cell source was bone marrow in 31% and peripheral blood in 69% of transplants. The same donor as for the first alloHSCT was used in 81% of transplants whereas a change in the choice of stem cell source was reported in 56% of patients, mainly from bone marrow to peripheral blood. Neutrophil and platelet engraftment occurred in 85% and 72% of patients, after a median time of 15 and 17 days, respectively. Grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and chronic GVHD occurred in 21% and 37% of patients, respectively. Graft failure (GF) occurred in 42 patients (26%). After a median follow-up of 3·5 years, the 5-year overall survival (OS) was 60·7%. In multivariate analysis, the only factor significantly associated with a better outcome was a Karnofsky/Lansky score ≥80 (higher OS). We conclude that a second alloHSCT is feasible rescue option for GF in SAA, with a successful outcome in 60% of cases.
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November 2015

Single-Center Experience of Unrelated and Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplantation with TCRαβ and CD19 Depletion in Children with Primary Immunodeficiency Syndromes.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2015 Nov 15;21(11):1955-62. Epub 2015 Jul 15.

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dmitry Rogachev Federal Research and Clinical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

The transplantation of stem cells from a matched unrelated donor (MUD) or a haploidentical mismatched related donor (MMRD) is a widely used variant of curative treatment for patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID). Currently, different strategies are used to reduce the risk of post-transplant complications and enhance immune reconstitution. We report the preliminary results of MUD and MMRD transplantation with TCRαβ/CD19 depletion in patients with PID (trial registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as NCT02327351). Thirty-seven PID patients (median age, 2.6 years; range, .2 to 17) were transplanted from MUDs (n = 27) or haploidentical MMRDs (n = 10) after TCRαβ(+)/CD19(+) graft depletion. The median numbers of CD34(+) and TCRαβ(+) cells in the graft were 11.7 × 10(6)/kg and 10.6 × 10(3)/kg, respectively. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was observed in 8 patients (22%), without a statistically significant difference between MUDs and MMRDs; 7 of these patients had grade II acute GVHD and responded to first-line therapy, whereas 1 patient had grade IV acute GVHD with transformation to extensive chronic GVHD. Primary and secondary graft failure (nonengraftment or rejection) was observed in 10 patients (27%), 9 of whom were treated with 1 alkylating agent in the conditioning regimen. All these patients were successfully retransplanted with different rescue protocols. Preliminary data on immune reconstitution were very encouraging. Most patients had significant numbers of T lymphocytes detected on the first assessment (day +30) and more than 500 T cells/μL, on day +120. Based on our preliminary data, no significant difference was seen between MMRD and MUD hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). With a median follow-up period of 15 months, the cumulative probabilities of overall patient survival and transplant-related mortality were 96.7% and 3.3%, respectively. Based on the results, the ability to control the main post-transplant complications and the immune reconstitution rates are the main factors leading to successful outcome in patients with PID after TCRαβ(+)-depleted HSCT.
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November 2015

Current outcome of HLA identical sibling versus unrelated donor transplants in severe aplastic anemia: an EBMT analysis.

Haematologica 2015 May 23;100(5):696-702. Epub 2015 Jan 23.

GKT School of Medicine, Deptartment of Haematological Medicine, King's Denmark Hill Campus, London, UK.

We have analyzed 1448 patients with acquired aplastic anemia grafted between 2005 and 2009, and compared outcome of identical sibling (n=940) versus unrelated donor (n=508) transplants. When compared to the latter, sibling transplants were less likely to be performed beyond 180 days from diagnosis (39% vs. 85%), to have a cytomegalovirus negative donor/recipient status (15% vs. 23%), to receive antithymocyte globulin in the conditioning (52% vs. 61%), and more frequently received marrow as a stem cell source (60% vs. 52%). Unrelated donor grafts had significantly more acute grade II-IV (25% vs. 13%) and significantly more chronic graft-versus-host disease (26% vs. 14%). In multivariate analysis, the risk of death of unrelated donor grafts was higher, but not significantly higher, compared to a sibling donor (P=0.16). The strongest negative predictor of survival was the use of peripheral blood as a stem cell source (P<0.00001), followed by an interval of diagnosis to transplant of 180 days or more (P=0.0005), patient age 20 years or over (P=0.0005), no antithymocyte globulin in the conditioning (P=0.003), and donor/recipient cytomegalovirus sero-status, other than negative/negative (P=0.04). In conclusion, in multivariate analysis, the outcome of unrelated donor transplants for acquired aplastic anemia, is currently not statistically inferior when compared to sibling transplants, although patients are at greater risk of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. The use of peripheral blood grafts remains the strongest negative predictor of survival.
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May 2015

Control of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura by sirolimus in a child with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and somatic N-RAS mutation.

Pediatr Blood Cancer 2014 Oct 3;61(10):1871-3. Epub 2014 Mar 3.

Federal Research Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

We describe an infant who developed juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) at the age of 6 months. Myeloproliferation was effectively controlled by low-dose cytosine arabinoside and 13-cis retinoic acid therapy. Two years after therapy for JMML was stopped, at the age of 5 years, the patient developed autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). TTP was transiently controlled by plasma exchange, prednisolone, rituximab, and cyclophosphamide, but relapsed within a short time. Long-term control of TTP was established by sirolimus. Somatic N-RAS G38A→Gly13Asp substitution was restricted to hematopoietic cells. The somatic N-RAS mutation may link myeloproliferation and autoimmunity.
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October 2014

Syngeneic transplantation in aplastic anemia: pre-transplant conditioning and peripheral blood are associated with improved engraftment: an observational study on behalf of the Severe Aplastic Anemia and Pediatric Diseases Working Parties of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Haematologica 2013 Nov 26;98(11):1804-9. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

Aplastic anemia is usually treated with immunosuppression or allogeneic transplant, depending on patient and disease characteristics. Syngeneic transplant offers a rare treatment opportunity with minimal transplant-related mortality, and offers an insight into disease mechanisms. We present here a retrospective analysis of all syngeneic transplants for aplastic anemia reported to the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Between 1976 and 2009, 88 patients received 113 transplants. Most transplants (n=85) were preceded by a conditioning regimen, 22 of these including anti-thymocyte globulin. About half of transplants with data available (39 of 86) were followed by posttransplant immunosuppression. Graft source was bone marrow in the majority of cases (n=77). Transplant practice changed over time with more transplants with conditioning and anti-thymocyte globulin as well as peripheral blood stem cells performed in later years. Ten year overall survival was 93% with 5 transplant-related deaths. Graft failure occurred in 32% of transplants. Risk of graft failure was significantly increased in transplants without conditioning, and with bone marrow as graft source. Lack of posttransplant immunosuppression also showed a trend towards increased risk of graft failure, while anti-thymocyte globulin did not have an influence. In summary, syngeneic transplant is associated with a significant risk of graft failure when no conditioning is given, but has an excellent long-term outcome. Furthermore, our comparatively large series enables us to recommend the use of pre-transplant conditioning rather than not and possibly to prefer peripheral blood as a stem cell source.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3815183PMC
November 2013

Improved outcome in pediatric relapsed acute myeloid leukemia: results of a randomized trial on liposomal daunorubicin by the International BFM Study Group.

J Clin Oncol 2013 Feb 14;31(5):599-607. Epub 2013 Jan 14.

Pediatric Oncology/Hematology, VU University Medical Center, De Boelelaan 1117, NL-1081HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Purpose: In pediatric relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), optimal reinduction therapy is unknown. Studies suggest that liposomal daunorubicin (DNX; DaunoXome; Galen, Craigavon, United Kingdom) is effective and less cardiotoxic, which is important in this setting. These considerations led to a randomized phase III study by the International Berlin-Frankfurt-Münster Study Group.

Patients And Methods: Patients with relapsed or primary refractory non-French-American-British type M3 AML who were younger than 21 years of age were eligible. Patients were randomly assigned to fludarabine, cytarabine, and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (FLAG) or to FLAG plus DNX in the first reinduction course. The primary end point was status of the bone marrow (BM) sampled shortly before the second course of chemotherapy (the day 28 BM). Data are presented according to intention-to-treat for all 394 randomly assigned patients (median follow-up, 4.0 years).

Results: The complete remission (CR) rate was 64%, and the 4-year probability of survival (pOS) was 38% (SE, 3%). The day 28 BM status (available in 359 patients) was good (≤ 20% leukemic blasts) in 80% of patients randomly assigned to FLAG/DNX and 70% for patients randomly assigned to FLAG (P = .04). Concerning secondary end points, the CR rate was 69% with FLAG/DNX and 59% with FLAG (P = .07), but overall survival was similar. However, core-binding factor (CBF) AML treated with FLAG/DNX resulted in pOS of 82% versus 58% with FLAG (P = .04). Grade 3 to 4 toxicity was essentially similar in both groups.

Conclusion: DNX added to FLAG improves early treatment response in pediatric relapsed AML. Overall long-term survival was similar, but CBF-AML showed an improved survival with FLAG/DNX. International collaboration proved feasible and resulted in the best outcome for pediatric relapsed AML reported thus far.
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February 2013

Recovery of ovarian function and pregnancy in a patient with AML after myeloablative busulphan-based conditioning regimen.

J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2011 May;33(4):e154-5

Federal Research and Clinical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

We report a rare case of ovarian function recovery and pregnancy after hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) in the acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML) patient in third complete remission received hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with busulphan-based conditioning regimen. Successful engraftment of the donor cells and full donor's chimerism was achieved without the signs of leukemia. One year after HSCT the patient received a course of HRT as a treatment of hypergonadotropic hypogonadism. After 12 months of HRT the recovery of ovarian function was confirmed. Eight years after the HSCT spontaneous pregnancy occurred; heartbeat of the fetus was registered on week 7. Three weeks later a nonsevere vaginal bleeding occurred and the ultrasound examination showed a nondeveloping pregnancy. Genetic examination of the abortion material showed a full triploid genotype (69 XXX). To our knowledge this is a first case of ovarian function restoration and spontaneous pregnancy in a AML patient after multiple courses of high-dose chemotherapy and busulphan-based myeloablative conditioning for HSCT.
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May 2011

Development of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in a patient in very long lasting complete remission of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.

J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2011 Jan;33(1):e32-4

Federal Research Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation.

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) occurs with an incidence of 1.2 per million children a year, and represents 18% to 30% of all myelodysplastic (MDS) and myeloproliferative (MPS) disorders in the age group below 15, being by far the most common MDS/MPS in children younger than 4 years. The only therapeutic approach which results in a definitive cure of patients with JMML is myeloablative chemo-therapy/radio-therapy, followed by allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Few cases of transformation of JMML in acute lymphoblastic leukemia have been reported. We describe a child with JMML diagnosed at the age of 4 months in whom complete remission was achieved with 13-cis retinoic acid and cytosine-arabinoside and was sustained for 7 years with no maintenance therapy. Ninety-eight months after the diagnosis of JMML was established, overt T-cell leukemia developed. Treatment with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)-directed chemotherapy induced complete restoration of normal hemopoiesis, but testicular involvement persisted. The patient died after transplantation with unrelated cord blood. This case suggests that JMML is a true stem cell disorder and that stem cell transplantation should be considered, even in patients with a very favorable clinical course.
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January 2011