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

in Blood (in press)

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 detailErythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation : a prospective randomised trial.
JASPERS, Aurélie ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; WILLEMS, Evelyne ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013, January)

Based on the impairment of erythropoietin production after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), we previously reported in a phase-2 trial that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO ... [more ▼]

Based on the impairment of erythropoietin production after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), we previously reported in a phase-2 trial that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) therapy was very efficient when started one month after transplantation. We also demonstrated that anemia after nonmyeloabalative (NM) HCT was less sensitive to rhEPO therapy than after conventional allogeneic HCT. This prompted us to confirm these findings in a prospective randomised trial. One hundred and thirty-one patients were randomised (1:1) between no treatment (arm 1) or erythropoietin (Neorecormon) at the dose of 500 U/kg/week (arm 2). Once the target Hb (13g/dL) has been attained, the dose of rhEPO was reduced by half, while it was withheld when Hb was = 14g/dL. Cohort A included 42 patients on day 28 after myeloablative HCT, cohort B 39 patients on day 28 after NMHCT, and cohort C 50 patients on day 0 of NMHCT. Primary endpoints included proportion of complete correctors (i.e. patients reaching Hb = 13g/dL) and median time to achieve Hb correction in each arm. The proportion of complete correctors before day 126 posttransplant was 0% in group 1A vs 52.4% in group 2A, 0% in group 1B vs 69.5% in group 2B and 19.1% in group 1C vs 70.2% in group 2C. Median time to achieve Hb = 13g/dL was not reached in group 1B vs 49 days in group 2B; 363 and 59 days in groups 1A and 1B respectively and 363 and 87 days in groups 3A and 3B respectively (figure 1). Hb evolution in each group is shown in figure 2. Seventyone patients (47/62 in control groups and 24/57 in treated groups, p=0.0003) required red blood cell transfusions. The difference was most pronounced in cohort B. There was no difference in rates of thrombo-embolic events or other complications between the two arms. In conclusion, this is the first trial to demonstrate that EPO therapy hastens erythroid recovery and decreases transfusion requirements when started one month after allogeneic HCT. [less ▲]

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See detailLeucémie myélomonocytaire chronique : diagnostic et thérapeutique
HAFRAOUI, Kaoutar ULg; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2013), 9

Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a disease typically of the elderly. It is suspected when monocytosis reaches IOOO/fil. It may be associated with «B» symptoms (fever, sweating, and weight loss ... [more ▼]

Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a disease typically of the elderly. It is suspected when monocytosis reaches IOOO/fil. It may be associated with «B» symptoms (fever, sweating, and weight loss) but also visceral, skin and autoimmune complications. Current treatment strategies aim at reducing the symptoms and have no curative goals. In this context hypomethylating agents have shown a good efficacy. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains the only curative option but remains difficult to perform in elderly patients population, even if transplantation with a reduced intensity conditioning has reduced the risks. A new prognostic scoring helps to recognize the patients with poor prognosis and to better selected candidates for the HSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailDarbepoetin-alfa and intravenous iron administration after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation : A prospective multicenter randomized trial
BEGUIN, Yves ULg; Maertens, Johan; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg et al

in American Journal of Hematology (2013), 88

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell ... [more ▼]

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Patients were randomized between no DA (Arm 1), DA 300 lg every 2 weeks starting on Day 28 after HCT (Arm 2), or DA plus i.v. iron 200 mg on Days 28, 42, and 56 (Arm 3). The proportion achieving complete hemoglobin (Hb) response within 18 weeks (primary end point) was 21% in Arm 1 (n524), 79% in Arm 2 (n525), and 100% in Arm 3 (n523; P < 0.0001). Erythropoietic response was shown to be significantly higher in Arm 3 (n546) than in Arm 2 (n550; P50.008), resulting in lower DA use, reduced drug costs, and improved quality of life scores, but the effect on transfusions was not significant. In multivariate analysis, DA administration (P< 0.0001), i.v. iron administration (P50.0010), high baseline Hb (P< 0.0001), and low baseline creatinine (P50.0458) were independently associated with faster achievement of complete Hb response. In conclusion, DA is highly effective to ensure full erythroid reconstitution after autologous HCT when started on Day 28 post-transplant. I.v. iron sucrose further improves erythroid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphome du manteau : prise en charge 2011
Bonnet, Christophe ULg; CAERS, Jo ULg; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2011), 7

Le lymphome du manteau (LM) représente 6% des lymphomes non hodgkiniens (LNH). Le diagnostic repose sur l'immunophénotypage et la démonstration de la présence de la location entre les chromosomes 11 et 14 ... [more ▼]

Le lymphome du manteau (LM) représente 6% des lymphomes non hodgkiniens (LNH). Le diagnostic repose sur l'immunophénotypage et la démonstration de la présence de la location entre les chromosomes 11 et 14, avec surexpression de la cycline D1. Le traitement de première ligne du sujet jeune associe trois cures de R-CHOP21 alternées avec trois cures de R-DHAP21, suivies d'une autogreffe conditionnée par irradiation corporelle totale, cyclophosphamide et aracytine. Le sujet de plus de 65 ans peut bénéficier de huit cures de R-CHOP21. L'intérêt du traitement de maintenance est en cours d'évaluation. L'allogreffe de cellules souches hématopoïétiques offre une chance de guérison aux patients en rechute en bon état général. Les traitements ciblés permettront une amélioration du pronostic de cette maladie. [less ▲]

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See detailCotransplantation of mesenchymal stem cells might prevent death from graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without abrogating graft-versus-tumor effects after HLA-mismatched allogeneic transplantation following nonmyeloablative conditioning.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2010), 16(6), 838-47

Recent studies have suggested that coinfusion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) the day of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) might promote engraftment and prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have suggested that coinfusion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) the day of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) might promote engraftment and prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after myeloablative allogeneic HCT. This prompted us to investigate in a pilot study whether MSC infusion before HCT could allow nonmyeloablative (NMA) HCT (a transplant strategy based nearly exclusively on graft-versus-tumor effects for tumor eradication) from HLA-mismatched donors to be performed safely. Twenty patients with hematologic malignancies were given MSCs from third party unrelated donors 30-120 minutes before peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) from HLA-mismatched unrelated donors, after conditioning with 2 Gy total body irradiation (TBI) and fludarabine. The primary endpoint was safety, defined as a 100-day incidence of nonrelapse mortality (NRM) <35%. One patient had primary graft rejection, whereas the remaining 19 patients had sustained engraftment. The 100-day cumulative incidence of grade II-IV acute GVHD (aGVHD) was 35%, whereas 65% of the patients experienced moderate/severe chronic GVHD (cGVHD). One-year NRM (10%), relapse (30%), overall survival (OS) (80%) and progression-free survival (PFS) (60%), and 1-year incidence of death from GVHD or infection with GVHD (10%) were encouraging. These figures compare favorably with those observed in a historic group of 16 patients given HLA-mismatched PBSCs (but no MSCs) after NMA conditioning, which had a 1-year incidence of NRM of 37% (P = .02), a 1-year incidence of relapse of 25% (NS), a 1-year OS and PFS of 44% (P = .02), and 38% (P = .1), respectively, and a 1-year rate of death from GVHD or infection with GVHD of 31% (P = .04). In conclusion, our data suggest that HLA-mismatched NMA HCT with MSC coinfusion appeared to be safe. [less ▲]

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See detailA prospective randomized multicenter trial of darbepoetin-alfa and I.V. iron administration after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Maertens, J.; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2009)

We conducted a multicenter prospective randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) with or mithout i.v. iron on erythroid recovery after autologous HCT.

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See detailCo-transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells might mitigate acute GvHD without abrogating graftversus- tumour alloreactivity after allogeneic transplantation with non-myeloablative conditioning
Baron, Frédéric ULg; WILLEMS, Evelyne ULg; LECHANTEUR, Chantal ULg et al

Conference (2009)

Background: Results of nonmyeloablative HCT in pts with HLA-mismatched donors have been disappointing due to high incidence of graft rejection and severe acute GVHD. Recent studies have suggested that ... [more ▼]

Background: Results of nonmyeloablative HCT in pts with HLA-mismatched donors have been disappointing due to high incidence of graft rejection and severe acute GVHD. Recent studies have suggested that infusion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) the day of HCT might promote engraftment and prevent acute GVHD after myeloablative allogeneic HCT. However, some studies suggested that MSC co-infusion might abrogate graft-versus-host alloreactivity and graft-versus-tumor effects. This prompted us to investigate whether MSC infusion a few hours before HCT could allow nonmyeloablative HCT from HLA-mismatched donors to be performed safely (i.e. with a 100-day incidence of nonrelapse mortality < 35%). Methods: 20 patients with hematological malignancies were given MSC (1-2 x 10E6 cells/kg) from third party donors a few hours before PBSC from HLA-mismatched unrelated donors, after conditioning with 2 Gy TBI and fl udarabine 90 mg/m. Postgrafting immunosuppression included tacrolimus (day -3 to +180; tapered by day +365) and mycophenolate mofetil (tid days 0 to +42). HLA-compatibility was assessed at the HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRBI and DQBI loci: 13 pairs were mismatched for at least one HLA class I antigen (including 4 pairs who were also mismatched for 1 HLA-class II antigens (n=3) or 1 HLA-class I allele (n=1)), 1 pair was mismatched for 2 HLA class II alleles, while 6 pairs were mismatched for a single HLA class I (n=3) or HLA class II (n=3) alleles. Results: Median follow-up for surviving patients was 288 (range, 76-571) days. One patient with secondary AML had primary graft rejection, while the remaining 19 patients had sustained engraftment. Median donor T-cell chimerism levels on days 28, 100, 180 and 365 after HCT were 90%, 98%, 96%, and 98%, respectively. Grade II, III and IV acute GVHD were seen in 5, 2 and 1 patients, respectively, while 7 experienced NIH moderate/severe chronic GVHD. Three of 7 patients with measurable disease at transplantation achieved complete remission on days 41, 104 and 353 after HCT. Two patients died of nonrelapse causes on days 74 and 114 after HCT, while 3 died of disease progression. Projected 1-yr overall and progressionfree survivals were 77% and 61%, respectively. Conclusions: HLA-mismatched nonmyeloablative HCT with MSC co-infusion appeared to be safe, with MSC co-infusion possibly mitigating graft-versus-host alloreactivity without abrogating graft-versus-tumor effects. Survival is encouraging. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-myeloablative transplantation with CD8-depleted or unmanipulated peripheral blood stem cells: a phase II randomized trial.
Willems, Evelyne ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Leukemia : Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K (2009), 23(3), 608-10

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See detailSelective defect of anti-pneumococcal IgG in a patient with persistent polyclonal B cell lymphocytosis.
Hafraoui, Kaoutar ULg; Moutschen, Michel ULg; Smet, Julie et al

in European Journal of Internal Medicine (2009), 20(3), 62-5

BACKGROUND: Persistent polyclonal B cell lymphocytosis (PPBL) is a rare condition characterized by increased IgM and large excess of B cells with an IgD(+) CD27(+) phenotype. In normal individuals, these ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Persistent polyclonal B cell lymphocytosis (PPBL) is a rare condition characterized by increased IgM and large excess of B cells with an IgD(+) CD27(+) phenotype. In normal individuals, these cells play a central role in the defense against pneumococcal infection. So far, few studies have characterized humoral immune responses in PPBL patients. We therefore measured IgG directed against S. pneumoniae antigens in a 51 yr-old woman with PPBL before and after vaccination with a pneumococcal 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine. METHODS: Antibodies against pneumococcal antigens were measured first with an overall immunoassay using microplates coated with the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine. A serotype-specific test was also performed according to the WHO consensus protocol. RESULTS: Despite a large number of IgD(+) CD27(+) cells, our patient had low baseline titers of IgG directed against pneumococcal antigens and did not significantly respond to a 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine against S. pneumoniae. On the contrary, she had good titers of IgG directed against tetanus toxoid. CONCLUSION: IgM(+) IgD(+) CD27(+) cells which accumulate in this patient with typical PPBL patient failed to perform IgG isotype switch after a polysaccharide vaccine. The potential mechanisms and relationships with the main features of PPBL are discussed. Further studies on a larger number of similar patients are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailCancers secondaires après allogreffe de cellules souches hématopoïétiques
Hafraoui, Kaoutar ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(10), 496-499

This article reviews the incidence, risk factors and prevention of secondary malignancies after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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See detailRecombinant human erythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation with a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen: low donor chimerism predicts for poor response.
Vanstraelen, Gaëtan; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Experimental hematology (2006), 34(7), 841-50

PURPOSE: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMHCT), many patients experience prolonged anemia and require red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. We ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMHCT), many patients experience prolonged anemia and require red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. We enrolled 60 consecutive patients undergoing NMHCT in a phase II trial to determine the optimal utilization of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) therapy in this setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The first 14 NMHCT recipients did not receive rHuEPO (control group). Nineteen patients were scheduled to start rHuEPO on day 0 (EPO group 2) and 27 patients on day 28 after the transplant (EPO group 1). RHuEPO was administered subcutaneously once weekly at a dose of 500 U/kg/wk with the aim of achieving hemoglobin (Hb) levels of 13 g/dL. The 3 groups were well balanced for major characteristics. RESULTS: During the first month (p < 0.0001) as well as days 30 to 100 (p < 0.0001) and days 100 to 180 (p < 0.0001), Hb values were higher in patients receiving rHuEPO compared to those not receiving it. However, transfusion requirements were significantly decreased only in the first month in EPO group 2 (p = 0.0169). T-cell chimerism above 60% on day 42 was the best predictor of Hb response (p < 0.0001) or Hb correction (p = 0.0217), but myeloid chimerism above 90% also predicted for Hb response (p = 0.0069). Hb response was also decreased in patients receiving CD8-depleted grafts and increased in the few patients not receiving TBI, but only in univariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Anemia after NMHCT is sensitive to rHuEPO therapy, but less so than after conventional allogeneic HCT. RHuEPO decreases transfusion requirements only in the first 30 days posttransplant. T-cell chimerism below 60% on day 42 impaired Hb response, suggesting possible inhibition of donor erythropoiesis by residual recipient lymphocytes. A prospective randomized trial should be performed with rHuEPO starting on the day of transplantation to assess its clinical benefit in terms of transfusion requirements and quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailInfections after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Bonnet, Christophe ULg et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2006), 37(4), 411-8

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) following nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMSCT) may be associated with a reduced risk of infection compared to standard allogeneic HCT. We retrospectively analyzed ... [more ▼]

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) following nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMSCT) may be associated with a reduced risk of infection compared to standard allogeneic HCT. We retrospectively analyzed incidence and risk factors of infection in 62 patients undergoing NMSCT with low-dose TBI +/- fludarabine and postgrafting CsA and MMF. The proportion of patients with any infection was 77%, but the majority of infectious events occurred beyond day 30. Donor other than sibling, older age, early disease and male gender were significant risk factors. The incidence of bacteremia was 55% at 1 year and the number of bacteremic episodes was 0.9 per patient (0.08 before day 30). The risk of bacteremia increased with older age and the use of a donor other than an HLA-identical sibling, but not with neutropenia. The incidence of infections other than bacteremia correlated with the use of corticosteroids. The risk of CMV infection increased with high-risk CMV serology, and risk of CMV disease with high-risk CMV serology, older age, first transplantation and a diagnosis of lymphoma. In conclusion, after NMSCT, infections are not frequent in the first 30 days post transplant but careful long-term monitoring is necessary thereafter. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy started one month after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Vanstraelen, Gaetan; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg et al

in Haematologica (2005), 90(9), 1269-70

On day 30 after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), 20 patients were randomized to receive either erythropoietin at a dose of 500 U/kg/week s.c. (Epo group) or no treatment ... [more ▼]

On day 30 after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), 20 patients were randomized to receive either erythropoietin at a dose of 500 U/kg/week s.c. (Epo group) or no treatment (control group). After 3 weeks, hemoglobin (p<0.0001) and serum transferrin receptor (p<0.0001) concentrations were higher in the Epo group. Hb response (+2 g/dL) was achieved in 100% vs 28% (p<0.0001) and Hb correction (> or =13 g/dL) in 70% vs 10% (p=0.0238) of the patients, respectively. This is the first randomized study showing an efficacy of erythropoietin therapy on Hb levels after autologous PBSCT. [less ▲]

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