Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) associated with polyomavirus JC (JCV) infection has been reported to be usually fatal in allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) recipients. We present the case of a 19-year-old HSCT patient diagnosed with JCV-associated PML after prolonged immunosuppression for severe GVHD. No short-term neurological improvement was observed after antiviral treatment and discontinuation of immunosuppressive therapy. Donor-derived JCV Ag-specific CTLs were generated in vitro after stimulation with 15-mer peptides derived from VP1 and large T viral proteins. After adoptive CTL infusion, virus-specific cytotoxic cells were shown in the peripheral blood, JCV-DNA was cleared in the cerebrospinal fluid and the patient showed remarkable improvement. Adoptive T-lymphocyte therapy with JCV-specific CTLs was feasible and had no side effects. This case suggests that adoptive transfer of JCV-targeted CTLs may contribute to restore JCV-specific immune competence and control PML in transplanted patients.
- adoptive Immunotherapy
- allogeneic transplantation
- polyomavirus JC
- progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
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