International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-018-2423-5 Pages: 1-9

T-cell-replete haploidentical stem cell transplantation using low-dose antithymocyte globulin in children with relapsed or refractory acute leukemia

1. Fukushima Medical University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology

2. Fukushima Medical University Hospital, Department of Blood Transfusion and Transplantation Immunology

Correspondence to:
Atsushi Kikuta
Tel: +81-24-547-1437
Email: akikuta@fmu.ac.jp

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Abstract

We evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of T-cell-replete haploidentical stem cell transplantation (TCR-haploSCT) using low-dose antithymocyte globulin (ATG) in children with refractory/relapsed (R/R) acute leukemia. From October 2009 to April 2016, 39 consecutive patients with R/R acute leukemia who underwent TCR-haploSCT were included. At the time of TCR-haploSCT, 17 patients were in complete remission (CR), but 22 had active disease. Thirty-three patients received a myeloablative regimen and six received a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen. Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) prophylaxis comprised tacrolimus, methotrexate, prednisolone, and low-dose ATG (thymoglobulin 2.5 mg/kg). Neutrophil engraftment (> 0.5 × 109/L) was 95% after a median of 13 days. The median follow-up period was 527 days, with mean 3-year overall and disease-free survival rates of 45.1% [standard deviation (SD), ± 8.5%) and 33.8% (SD, ± 7.9%), respectively. The cumulative incidence of acute GvHD was 73.0%, but that of grade III–IV acute GvHD was 34.1%. The 3-year cumulative incidences of relapse and transplant-related mortality were 50.3 and 15.9%, respectively. Age < 10 years at transplantation was associated with a better overall survival in the multivariate analysis. These data suggest that TCR-haploSCT using a low-dose ATG combined with the GvHD prophylaxis described here has a significant anti-leukemic activity, particularly in younger patients.

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