Evidence for absence of toxicity of T101 immunotoxin on human hematopoietic progenitor cells prior to bone marrow transplantation.Cancer Res. 1985 Jan; 45(1):438-41.CR
T101-ricin A-chain immunotoxin is a hybrid molecule made up of the T101 monoclonal antibody bound to the A-chain of ricin. It specifically destroys cells expressing the cell surface T65 antigen. We have designed a preclinical study to evaluate its possible use for the in vitro treatment of T-cell hematological cancers prior to autologous bone marrow transplantation. The data presented here show that conditions previously defined to produce high tumor cell killing, i.e., a 20-hr incubation at 37 degrees in the presence of T101-ricin A-chain immunotoxin up to 10(-7) M in a 10 mM ammonium chloride solution, do not affect the in vitro proliferative capacity of human hematopoietic stem cells studied by means of semisolid medium cultures (granulocyte-macrophage progenitors, burst-forming units-erythrocyte) and continuous liquid cultures (pre-granulocyte-macrophage progenitors). Therefore, autologous bone marrow transplantation with T101-ricin A-chain immunotoxin-treated graft should be feasible.