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Graft-versus-leukemia effects in T lineage and B lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Bone Marrow Transplant 1998 Jan;21(2):153-8 PMID: 9489632

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T and B lineage ALL cells express different levels of HLA-class II antigens, which may serve as targets for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and graft-versus-leukemia (GVL). The object of this study was to determine whether GVL effects after HLA-identical sibling bone marrow transplantation differed in T and B lineage ALL. We studied 1132 patients with ALL of T lineage (n = 416) or of B lineage (cALLa+) (n = 716) transplanted in first (n = 605) or second (n = 527) remission with bone marrow from an HLA-identical sibling donor, between 1982 and 1992, and reported to the IBMTR by 165 teams. Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to determine the relative risk (RR) of relapse in patients with acute (grades II-IV) or chronic GVHD vs patients without GVHD. Acute and chronic GVHD were considered as time-dependent covariates. Patients transplanted in first and second remission were analyzed separately. GVHD decreased relapse risks to a similar extent in T and B lineage ALL. For first remission transplants, relative risks of relapse for patients with vs those without GVHD was 0.34 for T lineage ALL and 0.44 for B lineage ALL. Corresponding relative risks in second remission transplants were 0.54 and 0.61. This study confirms earlier findings of an antileukemia effect of GVHD in ALL. This effect was similar in T lineage and B lineage ALL, despite probable differences in HLA-class II antigen expression.

Author List

Passweg JR, Tiberghien P, Cahn JY, Vowels MR, Camitta BM, Gale RP, Herzig RH, Hoelzer D, Horowitz MM, Ifrah N, Klein JP, Marks DI, Ramsay NK, Rowlings PA, Weisdorf DJ, Zhang MJ, Barrett AJ


Bruce M. Camitta MD Clinical Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bone Marrow Transplantation
Burkitt Lymphoma
Child, Preschool
Graft vs Host Disease
Graft vs Host Reaction
HLA Antigens
HLA-D Antigens
Leukemia-Lymphoma, Adult T-Cell
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Transplantation, Homologous
jenkins-FCD Prod-332 f92a19b0ec5e8e1eff783fac390ec127e367c2b5