Selective Depletion of CD45RA+T Cells From Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Grafts for the Prevention of GVHD


Graft Versus Host Disease | Leukemia, not otherwise specified | Myelodysplastic Syndromes | Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Trial Phase

Phase II

Trial Purpose and Description

Trial Purpose

RATIONALE: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is a treatment that can cure acute leukemia and myelodysplasia. After giving the patient chemotherapy and total body irradiation to stop the growth of cancer and remove the patient's diseased bone marrow, healthy stem cells from a donor are infused into the patient to replace the patient's bone marrow and make red and white blood cells and platelets. Unfortunately HSCT is often complicated by 'graft versus host disease' (GVHD) in which the transplanted cells from a donor can make an immune response against the body's normal cells and cause tissue damage and severe symptoms. Removing a subset of the donor T cells, called 'naive T cells', before transplant may reduce the frequency and intensity of GVHD.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial will determine whether the removal of the naive T cells from donor cells can decrease the rate and severity of graft-vs-host disease while preserving specific immunity against infections in patients with acute leukemia or advanced myelodysplastic syndromes.


Participation Guidelines

14 Years - 55 Years

Eligibility Criteria


  • Diagnosis of 1 of the following:
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in first or subsequent remission
  • ALL or AML in relapse or primary refractory ALL or AML with a circulating blast count = 10,000/mm^3
  • Refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB) (RAEB-1 or RAEB-2) if the patient has received induction chemotherapy within the past 60 days
  • Appropriate candidate for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
  • No CNS involvement refractory to intrathecal chemotherapy and/or standard cranial-spinal radiotherapy


  • Age 14-55
  • Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL
  • Cardiac ejection fraction > 45%
  • DLCO corrected > 60% of predicted
  • Total bilirubin < 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) (unless attributed to Gilbert syndrome)
  • AST and ALT < 2 times ULN
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 12 months after transplantation
  • HIV negative
  • No co-existing disease (other than leukemia or RAEB) that would limit life expectancy to < 3 months
  • No uncontrolled infection that, in the opinion of the consulting infectious disease physician, would contraindicate myeloablative HSCT
  • No other medical condition that would contraindicate HSCT
  • No known hypersensitivity to tacrolimus


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior HSCT
  • No concurrent participation in other experimental studies for the prevention of graft-vs-host disease


  • Genotypic or phenotypic HLA-identical related donor
  • Able to donate peripheral blood stem cells
  • Age > 14 years
  • Applicable to male patients only: No female donors who have previously given birth to a male child or have had a pregnancy beyond the first trimester miscarriage or termination of pregnancy or nursing
  • No donors who have received blood transfusions
  • No CD45 Mutation with aberrant CD45RA isoform expression
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Yale University
Yale University
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