Publications by authors named "Larisa Shelikhova"

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Blinatumomab following haematopoietic stem cell transplantation - a novel approach for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in infants.

Br J Haematol 2021 Apr 11. Epub 2021 Apr 11.

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

Blinatumomab with subsequent haematopoietic stem cell transplantation was applied in 13 infants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Eight patients were treated in first remission due to slow clearance of minimal residual disease (MRD); one for MRD-reappearance after long MRD negativity, one for primary refractory disease and three during relapse treatment. In slow MRD responders, complete MRD response was achieved prior to transplantation, with an 18-month event-free survival of 75%. In contrast, only one of five patients with relapsed/refractory ALL is still in complete remission. These data provide a basis for future studies of immunotherapy in very high-risk infant ALL.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjh.17466DOI Listing
April 2021

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

Relative expansion of CD19-negative very-early normal B-cell precursors in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia after CD19 targeting by blinatumomab and CAR-T cell therapy: implications for flow cytometric detection of minimal residual disease.

Br J Haematol 2021 May 14;193(3):602-612. Epub 2021 Mar 14.

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

CD19-directed treatment in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (BCP-ALL) frequently leads to the downmodulation of targeted antigens. As multicolour flow cytometry (MFC) application for minimal/measurable residual disease (MRD) assessment in BCP-ALL is based on B-cell compartment study, CD19 loss could hamper MFC-MRD monitoring after blinatumomab or chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. The use of other antigens (CD22, CD10, CD79a, etc.) as B-lineage gating markers allows the identification of CD19-negative leukaemia, but it could also lead to misidentification of normal very-early CD19-negative BCPs as tumour blasts. In the current study, we summarized the results of the investigation of CD19-negative normal BCPs in 106 children with BCP-ALL who underwent CD19 targeting (blinatumomab, n = 64; CAR-T, n = 25; or both, n = 17). It was found that normal CD19-negative BCPs could be found in bone marrow after CD19-directed treatment more frequently than in healthy donors and children with BCP-ALL during chemotherapy or after stem cell transplantation. Analysis of the antigen expression profile revealed that normal CD19-negative BCPs could be mixed up with residual leukaemic blasts, even in bioinformatic analyses of MFC data. The results of our study should help to investigate MFC-MRD more accurately in patients who have undergone CD19-targeted therapy, even in cases with normal CD19-negative BCP expansion.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjh.17382DOI Listing
May 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

Immunophenotypic changes of leukemic blasts in children with relapsed/refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who have been treated with Blinatumomab.

Haematologica 2020 Dec 30;Online ahead of print. Epub 2020 Dec 30.

Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology; 1 Samory Mashela St., Moscow 117998, Russian Federation.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2019.241596DOI Listing
December 2020

Chimerism evaluation in measurable residual disease-suspected cells isolated by flow cell sorting as a reliable tool for measurable residual disease verification in acute leukemia patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Cytometry B Clin Cytom 2020 Dec 28. Epub 2020 Dec 28.

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

Background: The presence of minimal/measurable residual disease (MRD) before or after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is known as a predictor of poor outcome in patients with acute myeloid (AML) or lymphoblastic (ALL) leukemia. When performed with multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC), assessment of residual leukemic cells after HSCT may be limited by therapy-induced shifts in the immunophenotype (e.g., loss of surface molecules used for therapeutic targeting). However, in such cases, questionable cells can be isolated and tested for hematopoietic chimerism to clarify their origin.

Methods: Questionable cell populations were detected during the MFC-based MRD monitoring of 52 follow-up bone marrow samples from 37 patients diagnosed with T cell neoplasms (n =14), B cell precursor ALL (n = 16), AML (n = 7). These cells (suspected leukemic or normal) were isolated by flow cell sorting and tested for hematopoietic chimerism by RTQ-PCR.

Results: The origin of cells was successfully identified in 96.15% of cases (n = 50), which helped to validate the results of MFC-based MRD monitoring.

Conclusions: We believe that a combination of MFC, cell sorting, and chimerism testing may help confirm or disprove MRD presence in complicated cases after HSCT.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cyto.b.21982DOI Listing
December 2020

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

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

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

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

Prospective Study of a Cohort of Russian Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome Patients Demonstrating Predictive Value of Low Kappa-Deleting Recombination Excision Circle (KREC) Numbers and Beneficial Effect of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT).

Front Immunol 2017 24;8:807. Epub 2017 Jul 24.

Dmitry Rogachev National Research and Clinical Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

Background: Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) is a combined primary immunodeficiency with DNA repair defect, microcephaly, and other phenotypical features. It predominantly occurs in Slavic populations that have a high frequency of carriers with the causative NBN gene c.657_661del5 mutation. Due to the rarity of the disease in the rest of the world, studies of NBS patients are few. Here, we report a prospective study of a cohort of Russian NBS patients.

Methods: 35 Russian NBS patients of ages 1-19 years, referred to our Center between years 2012 and 2016, were prospectively studied.

Results: Despite the fact that in 80% of the patients microcephaly was diagnosed at birth or shortly thereafter, the average delay of NBS diagnosis was 6.5 years. Though 80% of the patients had laboratory signs of immunodeficiency, only 51% of the patients experienced significant infections. Autoimmune complications including interstitial lymphocytic lung disease and skin granulomas were noted in 34%, malignancies-in 57% of the patients. T-cell excision circle (TREC)/kappa-deleting recombination excision circle (KREC) levels were low in the majority of patients studied. Lower KREC levels correlated with autoimmune and oncological complications. Fifteen patients underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), 10 of them were alive and well, with good graft function. Three patients in the HSCT group and five non-transplanted patients died; tumor progression being the main cause of death. The probability of the overall survival since NBS diagnosis was 0.76 in the HSCT group and 0.3 in the non-transplanted group.

Conclusion: Based on our findings of low TRECs in most NBS patients, independent of their age, TREC detection can be potentially useful for detection of NBS patients during neonatal screening. KREC concentration can be used as a prognostic marker of disease severity. HSCT is a viable treatment option in NBS and should be especially considered in patients with low KREC numbers early on, before development of life-threatening complications.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2017.00807DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5523727PMC
July 2017

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

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

A new variant of KMT2A(MLL)-FLNA fusion transcript in acute myeloid leukemia with ins(X;11)(q28;q23q23).

Cancer Genet 2015 Apr 7;208(4):148-51. Epub 2015 Mar 7.

Federal Scientifc Clinical Centre of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russia.

The KMT2A gene (previously known as MLL) located at 11q23 is often involved in recurrent chromosomal translocations that lead to the development of acute leukemia, particularly in infants. Acute leukemias with KMT2A rearrangements have different prognoses, which depend on the partner gene involved in the translocation. The detection of all possible types of KMT2A gene rearrangements is of key importance for the identification of biological subgroups, which may differ in clinical outcome. In this report, we describe a case study of a 7-month-old boy who presented with AML-M4; however, no obvious 11q23 rearrangement was detected in the analyzed karyotype. Fluorescence in situ hybridization evaluation showed a nonstandard signal distribution in blast cells, corresponding to the presence of two KMT2A copies and one additional copy of 5'-KMT2A inserted into the long arm of the X chromosome (ins(X;11)(q28;q23q23)). Subsequent molecular analysis showed a novel variant form of the previously described KMT2A-FLNA fusion gene, in which the KMT2A intron 9 is fused to the FLNA exon 16.
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April 2015

Therapy of advanced-stage mature B-cell lymphoma and leukemia in children and adolescents with rituximab and reduced intensity induction chemotherapy (B-NHL 2004M protocol): the results of a multicenter study.

J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2014 Jul;36(5):395-401

*Federal Research Centre of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology named after Dmitry Rogachev †Russian Pediatric Clinical Hospital, Moscow ‡Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 31, Saint-Petersburg §Regional Pediatric Clinical Hospital, Yekaterinburg ∥Regional Pediatric Clinical Hospital, Nizhniy Novgorod ¶Territorial Pediatric Clinical Hospital, Perm, Russia.

Pediatric mature B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHLs) are highly aggressive malignant tumors that are curable with chemotherapy (ChT). High-dose methotrexate (MTX) is considered indispensable for successful treatment, but this therapy frequently induces severe mucositis and infectious complications, especially in induction, which can cause treatment failure. A prospective multicenter trial of combined immunochemotherapy for advanced-stage B-NHL with rituximab and the modified NHL-BFM-90 protocol was conducted. The major differences from the original protocol were a decrease in the dose of MTX from 5000 to 1000 mg/m/24 h in the first 2 ChT blocks and the addition of rituximab at 375 mg/m to each of the first 4 blocks of ChT. Eighty-three newly diagnosed patients with a median age of 8.84 years with Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas stage III to IV were included. Four patients died during induction ChT due to tumor lysis syndrome and infection. Two additional patients died subsequently due to tumor resistance. Complete remission was achieved in 77 (92.8%) patients; 2 patients relapsed at 1 and 3 months, and 2 developed secondary malignancies at 1 and 6.5 years, respectively, after the completion of therapy. The overall survival probability was 82%±8% with a median follow-up of 65.2 months. Combined therapy with rituximab and intensive ChT with a reduced MTX dose of 1 g/m in the 2 induction courses was feasible and produced high cure rates in patients with pediatric advanced-stage mature B-NHL.
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July 2014