Sarah Marktel

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Despite advances in graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) treatment, it is estimated that overall survival (OS) at 2 years for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recipients who experience steroid-resistant GVHD is 10%. Among recent therapeutic approaches for GVHD treatment, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) hold a key position. We describe a multicenter(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haploidentical family donors is a promising therapeutic option for high-risk hematologic malignancies. Here we explored in 121 patients, mostly with advanced stage diseases, a sirolimus-based, calcineurin-inhibitor-free prophylaxis of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) to allow(More)
We previously demonstrated that severe graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), associated with the therapeutic infusion of donor lymphocytes after allogeneic marrow transplantation (BMT), can be efficiently controlled by the SFCMM-2-mediated expression of the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-tk) suicide gene into the allogeneic lymphocytes. This was(More)
The extensive exploitation of the antitumor effect of donor lymphocytes infused after allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is limited by the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). To overcome this limitation, we investigated the therapeutic potential of donor lymphocytes engineered with the suicide gene thymidine kinase of(More)
The importance of HLA-DPB1 matching for the outcome of allogeneic hematologic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is controversial. We have previously identified HLA-DPB1*0901 as a target of cytotoxic T cells mediating in vivo rejection of an HSC allograft. Here we show that HLA-DPB1*0901 encodes a T-cell epitope shared by a subset of DPB1 alleles that(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Thalassemia is a common disorder worldwide with a predominant incidence in Mediterranean countries, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. Whilst substantial progress has been made towards the improvement of Health related quality of life (HRQoL) in western countries, scarce evidence-based data(More)
We assessed clinical results in 145 patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia in chronic phase who satisfied criteria for interferon-alpha failure and were thus eligible for treatment with imatinib at the Hammersmith Hospital. We used univariate and multivariate analyses to develop a risk score based on features defined after treatment for 3 months. We(More)
Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic strategy for genetic and acquired hematologic diseases. With the improvements in gene transfer and expression, factors affecting safety and efficacy of gene therapy can now be evaluated to establish the best clinical benefit-to-risk ratio. The induction of immune responses against gene therapy components is one of the(More)
In allogeneic marrow transplantation (BMT), donor lymphocytes play a central therapeutic role in both graft-versus-leukemia and immune reconstitution. However, their use is limited by the risk of severe graft-vs-host disease (GvHD). Different strategies have been investigated to obtain all the benefits derived from donor lymphocytes while avoiding the risk(More)
Polymorphisms in the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of HLA-G, an important player in immunological tolerance, could be involved in post-transcriptional expression control, and their association with different clinical immune-related conditions including autoimmunity and transplantation is of mounting interest. Most studies have focused on a 14 base pair(More)