Low-dose alemtuzumab vs. standard policy for prevention of graft-versus-host disease in unrelated and related allogeneic stem cell transplantation-a matched pair analysis.Ann Hematol. 2013 Jul; 92(7):945-52.AH
Antibody-mediated in vivo T cell depletion is common prior to unrelated (URD) or mismatched allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) and optional in HLA-identical sibling (FAM) alloSCT. While anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) is the current standard, alemtuzumab is an alternative. The optimal dose of alemtuzumab has not been defined. This retrospective analysis compares low-dose alemtuzumab with ATG in URD alloSCT and with no antibody in FAM alloSCT. Twenty-eight patients treated with alemtuzumab (10 mg; HLA mismatch, 20 mg) were matched to 28 patients who have either received ATG (URD) or no antibody (noAB) according to disease, disease stage, age, transplant type and risk state. Both groups were compared for engraftment, outcome, disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS), graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), freedom from GvHD (ffGvHD) and transplant-related mortality (TRM). No significant differences were found between the groups for leukocyte engraftment, GvHD, ffGvHD, TRM, DFS and OS. There was a trend for reduction of cGvHD by alemtuzumab (p = 0.05). A transplant-type stratified subanalysis consolidated equivalency of alemtuzumab and ATG in URD-SCT and indicates possible superiority of low-dose alemtuzumab compared to noAB in FAM-SCT. Low-dose alemtuzumab, as part of conditioning regimen prior to alloSCT, is safe and comparable to standard ATG. Prospective trials, particularly comparing alemtuzumab vs. noAB in FAM alloSCT, should be conducted.