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PURPOSE The role of allogeneic transplantation with reduced-intensity conditioning in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is currently unclear, with relatively little published data. We report the outcome of reduced-intensity transplantation (RIT) in a cohort of 48 consecutive patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL (30 patients with de novo disease and(More)
The T-cell receptor (TCR) is critical for T-cell lineage selection, antigen specificity, effector function and survival. Recently, TCR gene transfer has been developed as a reliable method to generate ex vivo large numbers of T cells of a given antigen-specificity and functional avidity. Such approaches have major applications for the adoptive cellular(More)
We have previously described the functional activity of a human TCR specific for an HLA-A2-presented peptide derived from the Wilms tumor Ag 1 (WT1). Recent studies showed that the expression and function of human TCR was improved by the introduction of an additional disulfide bond between the alpha- and beta-chains or by the exchange of the human constant(More)
T-cell receptor (TCR) gene transfer is an attractive strategy to generate antigen-specific T-cells for adoptive immunotherapy of cancer and chronic viral infection. However, current TCR gene transfer protocols trigger T-cell differentiation into terminally differentiated effector cells, which likely have reduced ability to mediate disease protection in(More)
Persistence of alemtuzumab at lympholytic concentrations after reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic stem cell transplantations (RITs) could impair immune reconstitution and reduce donor T-cell-mediated graft-versus-leukemia/lymphoma (GVL) effects, derived from the graft or subsequent adoptive immunotherapy. We have studied the pharmacokinetics of(More)
The use of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Allo-HSCT) is a standard treatment option for many patients with haematological malignancies. Historically, patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission for transplant-related toxicities have fared extremely poorly, with high ICU mortality rates. Little is known about the impact of(More)
Reduced-intensity allogeneic stem cell transplantation (RIC-AlloSCT) is being increasingly considered for patients with aggressive lymphoma, but limited evidence exists in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). We report a retrospective study of transplant outcomes of RIC-AlloSCT for MCL in 70 patients (median age, 48 years, range: 30-67 years), with 57 patients(More)
Quantitative two-site monoclonal antibody (MAb)-based enzyme-linked immunoassays for two cockroach (CR) allergens, Bla g I and Bla g II, have been developed and used to measure allergen levels in house-dust samples. Dust collected from the CR-infested homes of two patients with asthma from Charlottesville, Va., demonstrated wide variation in the levels of(More)
This study compares outcome of reduced-intensity conditioned transplant (RIT) with outcome of conventional non-transplant therapy in patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma relapsing following autograft. There were 72 patients in two groups who had relapsed, and received salvage therapy with chemotherapy+/-radiotherapy. One group (n=38) then underwent(More)
The latent membrane protein-2 (LMP2) of Epstein-Barr virus is a potential target for T-cell receptor (TCR) gene therapy of Hodgkin lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Here, we modified a human leukocyte antigen-A2-restricted, LMP2-specific TCR to achieve efficient expression following retroviral TCR gene transfer. The unmodified TCR was poorly expressed(More)