Subcutaneous alemtuzumab vs ATG in adjusted conditioning for allogeneic transplantation: Influence of Campath dose on lymphoid recovery, mixed chimerism and survival
2006 (English)In: Bone Marrow Transplantation, ISSN 0268-3369, Vol. 37, no 5, 503-510 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sixty-nine consecutive patients (median age 54 years) were prospectively enrolled in a single-institution protocol for allogeneic transplantation with adjusted non-myeloablative fludarabine-melfalan-based conditioning including cyclosporin A and MMF, and one of three modes of serotherapy. Thirty-one donors (45%) were unrelated. The first cohort of 29 had ATG (Thymoglobulin 2 mg/kg × 3 days), the subsequent 26 had Campath 30 mg × 3 days subcutaneously, and the final cohort of 14 had 30 mg Campath once. The groups were similar as regards age, diagnosis and risk factors. Campath-patients had no acute toxicity, fewer days with fever and antibiotics, and required fewer transfusions than ATG-treated patients. 3-d-Campath patients showed lower lymphocyte counts from day + 4, and CD4 +, CD8 +, CD19 + and NK cells recovered slower than in ATG-treated patients. More Campath patients developed mixed chimerism that required DLI. 3-d-Campath induced more serious and opportunistic infections than ATG, which resulted in a greater non-relapse mortality and an impaired overall survival despite a low tumor-related mortality. The change of the Campath dosing schedule to one dose abrogated the deleterious effect of 3-d-Campath on immune recovery, severe infections and survival. Subcutaneous Campath is simple and provides strong immune suppression with no early toxicity, but dose limitation to 30 mg once is recommended. © 2006 Nature Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 37, no 5, 503-510 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37781DOI: 10.1038/sj.bmt.1705263Local ID: 38533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-37781DiVA: diva2:258630