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See detailComprehensive plasma profiling for the characterization of graft-versus-host disease biomarkers
De Bock, Muriel; BEGUIN, Yves ULiege; Leprince, Pierre ULiege et al

in Talanta (2014), 125

Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a life-threatening complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), limiting its application. To optimize management of aGVHD and reduce ... [more ▼]

Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a life-threatening complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), limiting its application. To optimize management of aGVHD and reduce therapy-related toxicity, early specific markers are needed. The main objective of this study was thus to uncover diagnostic biomarkers comparing plasma protein profiles of patients at the time of acute GVHD diagnosis and of patients undergoing HSCT without aGVHD. Additional analysis of samples taken 15 days before aGVHD diagnosis was also performed to evaluate the potential of the newly discovered biomarkers for early diagnosis. To extract a maximum of information from plasma samples, we used three complementary proteomic approaches, namely 2D-DIGE, SELDI-TOF-MS and 2D-LC-MSE. We identified and confirmed by means of a independent techniques, the differential expression of several proteins indicating significantly increased inflammation response and disturbance in the coagulation cascade. The variation of these proteins was already observed 15 days before GVHD diagnosis, suggesting the potential early detection of the disease before symptoms appearance. Finally, logistic regression analysis determines a composite biomarker panel comprising fibrinogen, fragment of fibrinogen beta chain, SAA, prothrombin fragments, apolipoprotein A1 and hepcidin that optimally discriminated patients with and without GVHD. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve distinguishing these 2 groups was 0.95. [less ▲]

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See detailInfusion of clinical-grade enriched regulatory T cells delays experimental xenogeneic graft-versus-host disease
Hannon, Muriel ULiege; LECHANTEUR, Chantal ULiege; Lucas, Sophie et al

in Transfusion (2014), 54(February), 353-363

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See detailEffect of postremission therapy before reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia in first complete remission
Warlick, Erica; Paulson, Kristjan; Brazauskas, Ruta et al

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2014), 20(2), 202-208

The impact of pre transplant (HCT) cytarabine consolidation therapy on post HCT outcomes has yet to be evaluated after reduced intensity or non-myeloablative conditioning. We analyzed 604 adults with ... [more ▼]

The impact of pre transplant (HCT) cytarabine consolidation therapy on post HCT outcomes has yet to be evaluated after reduced intensity or non-myeloablative conditioning. We analyzed 604 adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in first complete remission (CR1) reported to the CIBMTR who received a RIC or NMA HCT from an HLA-identical sibling, HLA-matched unrelated donor (URD), or umbilical cord blood (UCB) donor in 2000-2010. We compared transplant outcomes based on exposure to cytarabine post remission consolidation. Three year survival rates were 36% (29-43%, 95% CI) in the no consolidation arm and 42% (37-47%, 95% CI) in the cytarabine consolidation arm (p=0.16). Disease free survival was 34% (27-41%, 95% CI) and 41% (35-46%, 95% CI) (p=0.15), respectively. Three year cumulative incidences of relapse were 37% (30-44%, 95% CI) and 38% (33-43%, 95% CI), respectively (p=0.80). Multivariate regression confirmed no effect of consolidation on relapse, DFS and survival. Prior to RIC/NMA HCT, these data suggest pre-HCT consolidation cytarabine does not significantly alter outcomes and support prompt transition to transplant as soon as morphologic CR1 is attained. If HCT is delayed while identifying a donor, our data suggest that consolidation does not increase transplant TRM and is reasonable if required. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunomodulatory effects of Rapamycin in xenogeneic GVHD
Ehx, Grégory ULiege; HANNON, Muriel ULiege; DUBOIS, Sophie ULiege et al

Poster (2014, January 27)

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See detailImatinib improves survival of chronic Graft-versus-host disease by inhibiting TGF-β and PDGF-R in mice
Fransolet, Gilles ULiege; Belle, Ludovic ULiege; SOMJA, Joan ULiege et al

Poster (2014, January)

Introduction: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Approximately 15% of the patients develop the sclerodermatous ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Approximately 15% of the patients develop the sclerodermatous cGvHD (scl-cGvHD) form of the disease characterized by multiple organ fibrosis and loss of skin elasticity. A few studies have suggested potential benefits of imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, as a treatment of fibrosis in scl-cGVHD due to its ability to inhibit simultaneously the PDGF receptor and TGF-β pathways (via ABL inhibition), which are both involved in fibrosis . Aim: This work investigates the impact of imatinib on fibrosis in the B10.D2 to BALB/cJ scl-cGvHD murine model. Lethally irradiated BALB/cJ recipient mice were injected with 107 bone marrow cells + 7.107 splenocytes from B10.D2 donor mice. Recipients were treated with imatinib 150 mg/kg/day (50 mg/kg in the morning followed by 100 mg/kg in the evening) by oral gavage or the same volume of sterile water. Mice health status was evaluated with a scoring system encompassing five criteria (weight loss, activity, fibrosis, hair loss and mice posture; 0-1-2 points/criteria). Mice were sacrificed at a score of 8/10 according to our local ethical committee. Results: Mice given daily 150 mg/kg imatinib had a better survival than control mice (42 versus 33 days, p = 0,0357). cGvhD scores were suggestively lower in imatinib-treated than in control mice (p ≤ 0,15). Further, histological analyses evidenced reduction in the levels of both PDGF receptor (p = 0,033) and c-Abl (p = 0,185) phosphorylation in imatinib as compared to control mice. Finally, no significant differences were observed in the number or frequency of lymphocyte subsets in the 2 groups of mice. Conclusion: Imatinib slightly decreased fibrosis and significantly improved survival in a severe scl-cGvHD murine model. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablishment of a murine graft-versus-myeloma model using allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Binsfeld, Marilène ULiege; Beguin, Yves ULiege; Belle, Ludovic ULiege et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), (doi:10.1371), 113764

Background: Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignant plasma cell disorder with poor long-term survival and high recurrence rates. Despite evidence of graft-versus-myeloma (GvM) effects, the use of allogeneic ... [more ▼]

Background: Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignant plasma cell disorder with poor long-term survival and high recurrence rates. Despite evidence of graft-versus-myeloma (GvM) effects, the use of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) has remained controversial in MM. In the current study, we investigated the anti-myeloma effects of allo-SCT from B10.D2 mice into MHC-matched myeloma-bearing Balb/cJ mice (previously injected with the MOPC315.BM myeloma cell line), based on a chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) murine model. Methods and results: Balb/cJ mice were injected intravenously with luciferase-transfected MOPC315.BM cells, and received 30 days later an allogeneic (B10.D2 donor) or autologous (Balb/cJ donor) transplantation by intravenous administration of bone marrow cells and splenocytes. We observed a graft-versus-myeloma effect in 94% of the allogeneic transplanted mice, as luciferase signal completely disappeared after transplantation, whereas all the autologous transplanted mice showed myeloma evolution. Lower serum paraprotein levels and myeloma infiltration in bone marrow and spleen in the allogeneic setting confirmed the observed GvM effect, while allogeneic mice also displayed chronic GvHD symptoms. In vivo and in vitro data suggest the involvement of effector memory CD4 and CD8 T cells in the GvM effect. The essential role of CD8 T cells was demonstrated in vivo where CD8 T-cell depletion of the graft resulted in reduced GvM effects. Finally, TCR V spectratyping analysis identified V families within CD4 and CD8 T cells which were associated with both GvM effects and GVHD, whereas other V families within CD4 T cells were associated exclusively with either GvM or GvHD responses. Conclusions: We successfully established an immunocompetent murine model of graft-versus-myeloma. This is the first immunocompetent murine model which is based on a MM model closely resembling human MM disease (bone marrow tropism, ...) and using allo-SCT after the disease establishment, as a curative treatment [less ▲]

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See detailCellular immunotherapy in multiple myeloma : lessons from preclinical models
Binsfeld, Marilène ULiege; Fostier, K.; Muller, Joséphine ULiege et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Reviews on Cancer (2014), 1846

The majority of multiple myeloma patients relapse with the current treatment strategies, raising the need for alternative therapeutic approaches. Cellular immunotherapy is a rapidly evolving field and ... [more ▼]

The majority of multiple myeloma patients relapse with the current treatment strategies, raising the need for alternative therapeutic approaches. Cellular immunotherapy is a rapidly evolving field and currently being translated into clinical trials with encouraging results in several cancer types, including multiple myeloma. Murine multiple myeloma models are of critical importance for the development and refinement of cellular immunotherapy. In this review,we summarize the immune cell changes that occur inmultiplemyelomapatients and we discuss the cell-based immunotherapies that have been tested in multiple myeloma, with a focus on murine models. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cotransplantation of mesenchymal stem cells on lung function after unrelated allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation following non-myeloablative conditioning
MOERMANS, Catherine ULiege; LECHANTEUR, Chantal ULiege; BAUDOUX, Etienne ULiege et al

in Transplantation (2014), 98(3), 348-353

Background: In the context of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used to promote engraftment and prevent graft- versus-host-disease. However, in animal ... [more ▼]

Background: In the context of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used to promote engraftment and prevent graft- versus-host-disease. However, in animal models, MSC were shown to cause pulmonary alterations after systemic administration. The impact of MSC infusion on lung function has not been studied in humans. The objective of the study was to investigate the impact of MSC co-infusion on lung function and airway inflammation as well as on the incidence of pulmonary infections and cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation after HSCT. Methods: We have prospectively followed 30 patients who underwent unrelated HSCT with MSC co-infusion after non-myeloablative conditioning (NMA). Each patient underwent detailed lung function testing (FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC, RV, TLC, DLCO and KCO) and measurement of exhaled nitric oxide before HSCT and 3, 6 and 12 months posttransplant. The incidence of pulmonary infections and CMV reactivation were also monitored. This group was compared with another group of 28 patients who underwent the same type of transplantation but without MSC co-infusion. Results: Lung function tests did not show important modifications over time and did not differ between the MSC and control groups. There was a higher 1-year incidence of infection, particularly of fungal infections, in patients having received a MSC co-infusion. There was no difference between groups regarding the 1-year incidence of CMV reactivation. Conclusions: MSC co-infusion does not induce pulmonary deterioration 1 year after HSCT with NMA conditioning. MSC appear to be safe for the lung but close monitoring of pulmonary infections remains essential. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation : a prospective randomized trial
JASPERS, Aurélie ULiege; Baron, Frédéric ULiege; WILLEMS, Evelyne ULiege et al

in Blood (2014), 124

We conducted a prospective randomized trial to assess hemoglobin (Hb) response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) therapy after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Patients (n=131) were ... [more ▼]

We conducted a prospective randomized trial to assess hemoglobin (Hb) response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) therapy after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Patients (n=131) were randomized (1:1) between no treatment (control arm) or erythropoietin (Neorecormon®) at 500 U/kg/week (EPO arm). Patients were also stratified in 3 cohorts: patients undergoing myeloablative HCT with rhEPO to start on day 28, patients given nonmyeloablative HCT (NMHCT) with rhEPO to start on day 28, and patients also given NMHCT but with rhEPO to start on day 0. The proportion of complete correctors (i.e. achieving Hb ≥ 13 g/dL) before day 126 post-transplant (primary endpoint) was 8.1% in the control arm (median not reached) and 63.1% in the EPO arm (median time 90 days) (p<0.001). Hb levels were higher and transfusions requirements decreased (p<0.001) in the EPO arm, but not during the first month in the nonmyeloablative cohort starting rhEPO on day 0. There was no difference in rates of thrombo-embolic events or other complications between the 2 arms. This is the first randomized trial to demonstrate that rhEPO therapy hastens erythroid recovery and decreases transfusion requirements when started one month after allogeneic HCT. There was no benefit to start rhEPO earlier after NMHCT. [less ▲]

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See detailMortierella wolfii-Associated Invasive Disease.
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULiege; Canivet, Jean-Luc; Baron, Frédéric ULiege et al

in Emerging infectious diseases (2014), 20(9), 1591-2

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See detailThinking out of the box - New approaches to controlling GVHD
Baron, Frédéric ULiege; Humblet-Baron, Stéphanie; Ehx, Grégory ULiege et al

in Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports (2014), 9

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major limitation of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Despite major advances in the understanding of GVHD pathogenesis, standard GVHD ... [more ▼]

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major limitation of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Despite major advances in the understanding of GVHD pathogenesis, standard GVHD prophylaxis regimens continue to bebased on the combination of a calcineurin inhibitor with an antimetabolite, while first line treatmentsstill relies on high-dose corticosteroids. Further, no second line treatment has emerged thus far in acute or chronic GVHD patients who failed on corticosteroids. After briefly reviewing current standards of GVHD prevention and treatment, this article will discuss recent approaches that might change GVHD prophylaxis / treatment in the next decades, with a special focus on recently developed immunoregulatory strategies based on infusion of mesenchymal stromal or regulatory T-cells, or on injection of lowdose interleukin-2. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple myeloma cells instruct myeloid-derived suppressor cells to release pro-angiogenic cytokines
Binsfeld, Marilène ULiege; Heusschen, Roy ULiege; Lamour, Virginie et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detailImpact of in vivo T-cell depletion on outcome of AML patients in first CR given peripheral blood stem cells and reduced-intensity conditioning all-SCT from a HLA-identical sibling donor : a report from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Baron, Frédéric ULiege; Labopin, M.; Blaise, D. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2014)

The impact of in vivo T-cell depletion on transplantation outcomes in patients transplanted with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) remains controversial. This study assessed the outcome of 1250 adult ... [more ▼]

The impact of in vivo T-cell depletion on transplantation outcomes in patients transplanted with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) remains controversial. This study assessed the outcome of 1250 adult patients with de novo AML in first CR (CR1) given PBSC from HLA-identical siblings after chemotherapy-based RIC. A total of 554 patients did not receive any form of in vivo T-cell depletion (control group), whereas antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and alemtuzumab were given in 444 and 252 patients, respectively. The incidences of grade II-IV acute GVHD were 21.4, 17.6 and 10.2% in control, ATG and alemtuzumab patients, respectively (Po0.001). In multivariate analysis, the use of ATG and the use of alemtuzumab were each associated with a lower risk of chronic GVHD (Po0.001 each), but a similar risk of relapse, and of nonrelapse mortality, and similar leukemia-free survival and OS. Further, among patients given BU-based RIC, the use of o6 mg/kg ATG did not increase the risk of relapse (hazard ratio, HR¼1.1), whereas there was a suggestion for higher relapse risk in patients given X6 mg/kg ATG (HR¼1.4, P¼0.08). In summary, these data suggest that a certain amount of in vivo T-cell depletion can be safely used in the conditioning of AML patients in CR1 given PBSC after chemotherapy-based RIC. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination Of Regulatory T Cells and Rapamycin As Treatment For Experimental Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Belle, Ludovic ULiege; Ehx, Grégory ULiege; SOMJA, Joan ULiege et al

in Blood (2013, December), 122(21), 4474

Background Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) is one of the main complications of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Donor CD4+ conventional T cells (Tconv) as well as ... [more ▼]

Background Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) is one of the main complications of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Donor CD4+ conventional T cells (Tconv) as well as regulatory T cells (Treg) are the key-players in its pathogenesis. Rapamycin (sirolimus, rapa) is a mTor inhibitor that can suppress activation and proliferation of Tconv without inhibiting Treg. Aims To assess the impact of a combined treatment with Tregand rapa on experimental cGvHD. Methods Lethally irradiated BALB/c mice were injected with 10x106 bone marrow cells and 70x106 splenocytes from B10.D2 donor mice. Mice were divided in four groups on day -1 and treatments were started on day 20 with either PBS, rapa 1 mg/kg/Day, Treg 1.106 cells (D+20), or rapa 1 mg/kg/Day + Treg 1.106 cells (D+20). Treg (CD4+ CD25+ cells) were purified from spleen cells from donor B10.D2 mice using the CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cell isolation kit (Miltenyi Biotec, GmbH, Germany). Treg purity (defined as CD4+ FoxP3+ cells) was ≥ 70% of total cells and > 92% of CD4+T cells. The severity of sclerodermatous cGvHD was assessed with the following clinical scoring system. Briefly, animals were individually scored every 3 days for five parameters: weight loss (1, 10-20%; 2, > 20%), posture (1, kyphosis only at rest; 2, severe kyphosis when the animal moved), activity (1, moderate activity impairment; 2, no move unless stimulated), skin (1, erythema or scaling tail; 2, open lesion on the body surface) and hair loss (1, > 1 cm2; 2, > 2 cm2). Mice which reached a score of 8 were estimated to have terminal GvHD and were sacrificed. Terminal GvHD-free survivals between the 4 groups were compared using the Log-rank test. Results The effects of the treatments were evaluated 7 days after starting the treatments (D+27 post-transplantation). Numbers of total and central memory and effector memory CD4+ T cells/µL were significantly (p<0.05) decreased in rapa-, Treg-, and Treg + rapa- treated mice compared to PBS mice, while numbers of naïve CD4+ T cells/µL were significantly (p<0.05) decreased in Treg-, and Treg + rapa- treated mice. Further, proliferation of CD4+ T cells (assessed by Ki67 expression) was significantly decreased in rapa- (p<0.05) and Treg + rapa- treated mice (p<0.05). In addition, counts and proliferation of CD8+ T cells/µL were significantly (p<0.05) lower in rapa- and Treg+ rapa- treated mice compared to PBS mice. Importantly, terminal-GvHD-free survival was significantly shorter in PBS mice than in Treg (P=0.03), rapa (P=0.04), and Treg+ rapa mice (P=0.02). Conclusion Our results showed that Treg and rapa administration improved cGvHD in this model of cGvHD. [less ▲]

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