Human γδ+ T lymphocytes have in vitro graft vs leukemia activity in the absence of an allogeneic response

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  • Refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is often incurable, and relapse rates following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) remain high. We have reported that patients who develop increased numbers of γδ+ T cells soon after BMT are significantly less likely to relapse. We now show in seven donor/recipient pairs that donor-derived to bind and lyse the recipient ALL blasts. Separately, γδ+ T cells proliferate poorly or not at all in mixed lymphocyte culture against HLA-mismatched unrelated stimulator cells. These observations suggest that allogeneic γδ+ T cells could be an effective immunotherapeutic strategy against refractory disease without the risk of graft-versus-host disease.
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  • Lamb LS; Musk P; Ye Z; Van Rhee F; Geier SS; Tong JJ; King KM; Henslee-Downey PJ
  • Start Page

  • 601
  • End Page

  • 606
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 6