International Journal of Hematology

DOI: 10.1007/s12185-019-02743-6 Pages: 736-742

Phase I study of graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis including bortezomib for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation from unrelated donors with one or two HLA loci mismatches in Japanese patients

1. Osaka City University, Hematology, Graduate School of Medicine

Correspondence to:
Takahiko Nakane
Tel: 81-6-6645-3881



This phase I study was designed for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis including bortezomib in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) from human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-mismatched unrelated donors in Japanese patients. Patients were administered bortezomib on days 1, 4, and 7, with short-term methotrexate and tacrolimus. Three bortezomib dose levels were prepared (1.0, 1.3, and 1.5 mg/m2). A dose of 1.3 mg/m2 was planned for administration to the initial six patients, and was adjusted if dose-limiting toxicity developed. Five of six patients enrolled for the initial dose had bone marrow donors. Two cases had single-antigen and single-allele mismatches; four had single-antigen mismatch at the A, B, C, and/or DRB1 loci in the GVH direction. All patients achieved neutrophil engraftment and complete donor chimerism. Three patients developed grade II acute GVHD, and none developed grade III–IV GVHD or any dose-limiting toxicity attributable to bortezomib by day 100. Two patients developed late-onset acute GVHD, and two developed chronic GVHD, but all cases were manageable. All patients were alive without relapse after a median follow-up period of 52 months. The optimal dose of bortezomib was determined to be 1.3 mg/m2. Prophylaxis against GVHD using a regimen including bortezomib thus seems feasible for HLA-mismatched unrelated allo-HCT.

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