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On July 1, 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted 'breakthrough therapy' designation to CTL019, the anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy developed at the University of Pennsylvania. This is the first personalized cellular therapy for cancer to be so designated and occurred 25 years after the first publication describing(More)
Many patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are incurable with chemotherapy and may benefit from novel approaches. One such approach involves the transfer of T cells engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) for a specific cell-surface antigen. This strategy depends upon preferential expression of the target on tumor cells. To date, the(More)
Reported rates of central nervous system (CNS) involvement in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) are highly variable but substantial (4-26%). Data is lacking regarding risk factors for CNS relapse, and for those patients in whom CNS prophylaxis could be beneficial. We present single institution retrospective analysis of data of baseline features, clinical course,(More)
Monoclonal antibodies are standard therapeutics for several cancers including the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab for B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Rituximab and other antibodies are not curative and must be combined with cytotoxic chemotherapy for clinical benefit. Here we report the eradication of human NHL solely with a monoclonal antibody therapy(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells suppress graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without causing GVHD themselves. Our previous studies demonstrated that allogeneic T cells and NK cells traffic similarly after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). We therefore investigated the impact of donor NK cells on donor alloreactive T cells in GVHD induction. Animals(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the development of a spontaneous subcapsular splenic hematoma following filgrastim administration in a patient undergoing an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. CASE SUMMARY A 60-year-old female with myelodysplastic syndrome was admitted for a reduced-intensity allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant from an unrelated(More)
BACKGROUND Extranodal involvement, including central nervous system (CNS), is a frequent event in patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). However, the incidence, risk factors, and impact on outcome remain controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS Main clinical, biological, and evolutive features of 82 patients (60 males/22 females; median age: 61 years)(More)
Natural killer (NK) cells are potent anti-viral and antitumor "first responders" endowed with natural cytotoxicity and cytokine production capabilities. To date, attempts to translate these promising biologic functions through the adoptive transfer of NK cells for the treatment of cancer have been of limited benefit. Here we trace the fate of adoptively(More)
The success of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) is limited by a high rate of disease relapse. Early risk assessment could potentially improve outcomes by identifying appropriate patients for preemptive strategies that may ameliorate this high risk. Using a series of landmark analyses, we investigated(More)
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation combines the power of cytotoxic chemo/radiotherapy with the ability of the new immune system to seek out and destroy tumor cells. However, administration of such myeloablative transplants is fraught with risks, some of which are related to the intensive conditioning regimens. Reductions in the intensity of the(More)