Publications by authors named "Elena Kurnikova"

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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

Plerixafor added to G-CSF allows mobilization of a sufficient number of hematopoietic progenitors without impacting the efficacy of TCR-alpha/beta depletion in pediatric haploidentical and genoidentical donors failing to mobilize with G-CSF alone.

J Clin Apher 2021 Mar 8. Epub 2021 Mar 8.

Dmitri Rogachev National Research Centre for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia.

Background: Collection of a large number of early hematopoietic progenitors is essential for allogeneic apheresis products intended for TCR-alpha/beta depletion.

Materials And Methods: We added plerixafor 0.24 mg/kg body weight (bw) on day 4 of high-dose filgrastim mobilization 10 hours prior to apheresis in 16 (30.5%) pediatric allogeneic donors who failed to recover a sufficient number of CD34+ cells.

Results: On day 4 of G-CSF, the median CD34+ cell count in peripheral blood was 6 per μL (range 4-9 per μL) in 6 poor mobilizers and 16 per μL (range 12-19 per μL) in insufficient mobilizers. In all donors, the threshold of 50 CD34+ cells/μL was achieved, and the median increase was 14.8-fold in poor mobilizers and 6.5-fold in insufficient mobilizers, whereas it was 3.45-fold increase in those mobilized with G-CSF alone.

Discussion: In all donors, a predefined number of >10 × 10 CD34+ cells/kg of recipient bw before depletion was reached in the apheresis product. The use of plerixafor did not affect the purity of further TCR-alpha/beta depletion. Side effects were mild to moderate and consisted of nausea and vomiting.

Conclusion: Thus, the safety and high efficacy of plerixafor was proven in healthy pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic cell donors.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jca.21891DOI Listing
March 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

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

Control of graft-versus-host disease with rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin, rituximab, and bortezomib in TCRαβ/CD19-depleted graft transplantation for leukemia in children: a single-center retrospective analysis of two GVHD-prophylaxis regimens.

Pediatr Transplant 2020 02 3;24(1):e13594. Epub 2019 Nov 3.

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

Both acute GVHD and chronic GVHD remain the leading cause of morbidity and death after allogeneic HSCT. We conducted a retrospective analysis comparing two GVHD-prophylaxis regimens: 35 patients received "Regimen 1" (horse ATG, tacrolimus, and methotrexate) and 46 "Regimen 2" (rabbit ATG, rituximab, and peritransplant bortezomib). All 81 patients with a median age of 9 (0.6-23) years with ALL (n = 31) or AML (n = 50) in complete remission received TCRαβ/CD19-depleted transplants between May 2012 and October 2016, from 40 HLA-matched unrelated and 41 haploidentical donors. After a median follow-up of 3.9 years, the CI of acute GVHD II-IV was 15% (95% CI: 7-30) in the "Regimen 2" group and 34% (95% CI: -54) in the "Regimen 1" group, P = .05. "Regimen 2" was also more effective in the prevention of chronic GVHD; the CI at 1 year after HSCT was 7% (95% CI: 2-19) vs 31% (95% CI: 19-51), P = .005. The CI of relapse at 3 years adjusted for the GVHD-prophylaxis regimen groups 31% (95% CI: 19-51) for the "Regimen 1" vs 21% (95% CI: 11-37) for the "Regimen 2", P = .3. The retrospective observation suggests that the use of the rATG, rituximab, and bortezomib was associated with significantly lower rate of GVHD without the loss of anti-leukemic activity.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/petr.13594DOI Listing
February 2020

Mismatched related vs matched unrelated donors in TCRαβ/CD19-depleted HSCT for primary immunodeficiencies.

Blood 2019 11;134(20):1755-1763

Department of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion effectively prevents graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). In the current study, we compared the outcomes of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with TCRαβ+/CD19+ depletion from matched unrelated donors (MUDs) and mismatched related donors (MMRDs) in patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID). A total of 98 pediatric patients with various PIDs underwent HSCT with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion from MUDs (n = 75) and MMRDs (n = 23). All patients received a fludarabine-/treosulfan-based conditioning regimen, with 73 also receiving a second alkylating agent. For GVHD prophylaxis, all but 2 received serotherapy (antithymocyte globulin) before HSCT and a short course of posttransplant immunosuppression. Neutrophil and platelet engraftment in both the MUD and MMRD groups occurred on days 14 and 13, respectively. The incidence of secondary graft failure was 0.16 and 0.17 (P = .85), respectively. The cumulative incidence of acute GVHD grade 2 to 4 was 0.17 in the MUD group and 0.22 in the MMRD group (P = .7). The incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) viremia was 0.5 in the MUD group and 0.6 in the MMRD group (P = .35). The frequency of CMV disease was high (17%), and the most common manifestation was retinitis. The kinetics of immune recovery was similar in both groups. The overall survival was 0.86 in the MUD group and 0.87 in the MMRD group (P = .95). In our experience, there was no difference in the outcomes of HSCT performed from MUD and MMRD. Hence, given the immediate availability of donors, in the absence of HLA-identical siblings, HSCT with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion from MMRDs can be considered as the first choice in patients with PID.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood.2019001757DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6856988PMC
November 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

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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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2019.01.023DOI Listing
May 2019

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

Efficacy and safety of pathogen-reduced platelet concentrates in children with cancer: a retrospective cohort study.

Transfusion 2016 Mar;56 Suppl 1:S24-8

Department of Transfusion Medicine, Federal Russian Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Background: The safety of blood component transfusions is still of concern and the use of pathogen reduction (PR) methods is increasing. Limited data are available describing safety and efficacy of PR platelet (PLT) transfusions in children. We report the results of a retrospective evaluation of prophylactic transfusions of PR PLT units treated with riboflavin and ultraviolet light in pediatric patients with malignant disorders.

Study Design And Methods: A total of 137 patients (PR, 51; control, 86) and 432 transfusions (PR, 141; control, 291) with mean age of 11 years were evaluated. The primary clinical efficacy endpoint was the proportion of patients with bleeding on any day of PLT support. Secondary endpoints included 1- and 24-hour PLT increments, corrected count increments (CCIs), and the number of days between PLT transfusions. Safety endpoints included number of posttransfusion adverse reactions.

Results: The incidence of bleeding events, severity, and localization of bleeding sites did not differ between the study groups. Posttransfusion PLT counts and 1- and 4-hour CCIs (12.25 ± 4.26 and 25.67 ± 7.11; p < 0.05; PR vs. control, respectively) and 18- to 24-hour CCIs (9.41 ± 6.42 and 12.47 ± 6.25; p < 0.05) after transfusions were significantly lower in the PR group. Transfusion-related adverse event rates did not differ between groups (8.3% vs. 9.8%, p = 0.73).

Conclusion: In spite of lower numerical increase in PLT count, the hemostatic efficacy and safety of PR PLT transfusions was comparable with the control group. Adverse event rates did not differ between groups, but the sample size was relatively small.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/trf.13332DOI Listing
March 2016

Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of nine candidate genes with custom AmpliSeq in patients and a cardiomyopathy risk group.

Clin Chim Acta 2015 Jun 17;446:132-40. Epub 2015 Apr 17.

Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab., 7-9, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia; Laboratory of Prenatal Diagnostics of Hereditary Diseases, Federal State Budget Scientific Institution "The Research Institute of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductology named after D.O.Ott", Mendeleyevskaya lin., 3, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.

Background: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a common genetic cardiac disease. Prevention and early diagnosis of this disease are very important. Because of the large number of causative genes and the high rate of mutations involved in the pathogenesis of this disease, traditional methods of early diagnosis are ineffective.

Methods: We developed a custom AmpliSeq panel for NGS sequencing of the coding sequences of ACTC1, MYBPC3, MYH7, MYL2, MYL3, TNNI3, TNNT2, TPM1, and CASQ2. A genetic analysis of student cohorts (with and without cardiomyopathy risk in their medical histories) and patients with cardiomyopathies was performed. For the statistical and bioinformatics analysis, Polyphen2, SIFT, SnpSift and PLINK software were used. To select genetic markers in the patients with cardiomyopathy and in the students of the high risk group, four additive models were applied.

Results: Our AmpliSeq custom panel allowed us to efficiently explore targeted sequences. Based on the score analysis, we detected three substitutions in the MYBPC3 and CASQ2 genes and six combinations between loci in the MYBPC3, MYH7 and CASQ2 genes that were responsible for cardiomyopathy risk in our cohorts. We also detected substitutions in the TNNT2 gene that can be considered as protective against cardiomyopathy.

Conclusion: We used NGS with AmpliSeq libraries and Ion PGM sequencing to develop improved predictive information for patients at risk of cardiomyopathy.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cca.2015.04.014DOI Listing
June 2015