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Adoptive immunotherapy with allogeneic purified natural killer (NK) cell products might exert graft-versus-tumor alloreactivity with little risk of GVHD. In a prospective phase II study in two centers, we administered purified NK cell products to high-risk patients treated with haploidentical T-cell-depleted SCT. Sixteen patients received a total of 29 NK(More)
Gene transfer into hematopoietic stem cells has been used successfully for correcting lymphoid but not myeloid immunodeficiencies. Here we report on two adults who received gene therapy after nonmyeloablative bone marrow conditioning for the treatment of X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD), a primary immunodeficiency caused by a defect in the(More)
Gene-modified autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) can provide ample clinical benefits to subjects suffering from X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD), a rare inherited immunodeficiency characterized by recurrent, often life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections. Here we report on the molecular and cellular events observed in two young(More)
Chromosomal rearrangements of the human MLL gene are associated with high-risk pediatric, adult and therapy-associated acute leukemias. These patients need to be identified, treated appropriately and minimal residual disease was monitored by quantitative PCR techniques. Genomic DNA was isolated from individual acute leukemia patients to identify and(More)
Chromosomal rearrangements of the human MLL gene are a hallmark for aggressive (high-risk) pediatric, adult and therapy-associated acute leukemias. These patients need to be identified in order to subject these patients to appropriate therapy regimen. A recently developed long-distance inverse PCR method was applied to genomic DNA isolated from individual(More)
Because natural killer (NK) cells kill tumor cells and combat infections, there is growing interest in adoptively transferring NK cells to hematopoietic stem cell recipients. Unfortunately, in humans, the activity of NK cells against Aspergillus species, the major cause of invasive fungal infection in stem cell recipients, are poorly characterized. Our(More)
Invasive aspergillosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic SCT. There is a growing body of evidence that T cells are important in the host defense against Aspergillus, and adoptively transferred anti-Aspergillus T-helper 1 (T(H)) 1 cells might reduce infectious mortality in hematopoietic transplant(More)
To evaluate the correlation between kinetics of immune reconstitution and survival, we prospectively evaluated lymphocyte subsets in 32 paediatric patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for haematological malignancies. Four-colour flow cytometric analysis was performed at short intervals with a median follow-up of 4 years post SCT. A(More)
PURPOSE The alkylating agent treosulfan exerts a high cytotoxic activity against various malignant cells. Due to limited non-hematological toxicity, treosulfan might be a promising compound in myeloablative therapy for hematopoietic transplantation in children. Since in vitro data regarding the activity of treosulfan against childhood leukemic cells are(More)
Retargeting of lentiviral vector entry to cell types of interest is a key factor in improving the safety and efficacy of gene transfer. In this study we show that the retargetable envelope glycoproteins of measles virus (MV), namely, the hemagglutinin (H) responsible for receptor recognition and the fusion protein (F), can pseudotype human immunodeficiency(More)