Outcome of children with acute leukemia given HLA-haploidentical HSCT after ab T-cell and B-cell depletion

Franco Locatelli, Franco Locatelli, Pietro Merli, Daria Pagliara, Giuseppina Li Pira, Michela Falco, Daniela Pende, Roberto Rondelli, Barbarella Lucarelli, Letizia Pomponia Brescia, Riccardo Masetti, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Valentina Bertaina, Mattia Algeri, Rita Maria Pinto, Luisa Strocchio, Raffaella Meazza, Lavinia Grapulin, Rupert Handgretinger, Alessandro MorettaAlice Bertaina, Lorenzo Moretta

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© 2017 by The American Society of Hematology. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from an HLA-haploidentical relative (haplo-HSCT) is a suitable option for children with acute leukemia (AL) either relapsed or at high-risk of treatment failure. We developed a novel method of graft manipulation based on negative depletion of ab T and B cells and conducted a prospective trial evaluating the outcome of children with AL transplanted with this approach. Eighty AL children, transplanted between September 2011 and September 2014, were enrolled in the trial. All children were given a fully myeloablative preparative regimen. Anti–T-lymphocyte globulin from day 25 to 23 was used for preventing graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD); no patient received any posttransplantation GVHD prophylaxis. Two children experienced primary graft failure. The cumulative incidence of skin-only, grade 1-2 acute GVHD was 30%; no patient developed extensive chronic GVHD. Four patients died, the cumulative incidence of nonrelapse mortality being 5%, whereas 19 relapsed, resulting in a 24% cumulative incidence of relapse. With a median follow-up of 46 months for surviving patients, the 5-year probability of chronic GVHD-free, relapse-free survival (GRFS) is 71%. Total body irradiation–containing preparative regimen was the only variable favorably influencing relapse incidence and GRFS. The outcomes of these 80 patients are comparable to those of 41 and 51 children given transplantation from an HLA-identical sibling or a 10/10 allelic-matched unrelated donor in the same period. These data indicate that haplo-HSCT after ab T- and B-cell depletion represents a competitive alternative for children with AL in need of urgent allograft. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01810120.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-685
Number of pages9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 3 2017


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