Dinutuximab for the treatment of pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma.
- Jaume Mora
- Expert review of clinical pharmacology
We investigated the in vitro antitumor activity of monocytes derived from autologous bone marrow transplanted (ABMT) patients treated in vivo with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Thirty-four patients (17 female, 17 male), median age 42 (range 3-57) years, were enrolled in the study. Fourteen patients were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), eight with Hodgkin's disease (HD), nine with breast cancer and three with neuroblastoma. Six patients who did not receive GM-CSF post-ABMT served as controls. We assessed cytotoxicity, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC), expression of the activation antigen CD16, and cytokine production by an enriched population of monocytes (> 90% CD+14) pre-, during and post-GM-CSF administration. Within the group of patients receiving treatment, ADCC was significantly higher during in vivo GM-CSF administration than post-therapy (P < 0.05) and in 50% of these patients, ADCC increased during in vivo GM-CSF administration over pretreatment values. In addition, in vivo GM-CSF administration caused the monocytes to secrete elevated levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and GM-CSF (P < 0.05). We conclude that GM-CSF augments monocyte-mediated cytotoxicity post-ABMT, and therefore may have a role in controlling minimal residual disease post-transplant.