Safety and efficacy of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy in persons with advanced B-cell cancers and hepatitis B virus-infection


Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell is a safe and effective therapy of B-cell cancers but it is unknown if this is so in persons with prior hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. We studied 70 subjects with advanced B-cell cancers receiving CAR-T-cell therapy, 12 of whom had chronic HBV-infection (HBsAg positive) and 29 with resolved HBV-infection (HBsAg negative and anti-HBc positive). Safety and efficacy were compared with 29 subjects without HBV-infection. HBV was reactivated in 2 subjects with chronic HBV-infection and 1 with resolved HBV-infection. There was no HBV-related hepatitis flare. Responses to CAR-T-cell therapy in the three cohorts were not significantly different. There was no significant difference in the incidence or severity of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurologic toxicity between the cohorts. Our data suggest that chronic and resolved HBV-infection do not affect the safety and efficacy of CAR-T-cell therapy.

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Supported in part by grants 81930005, 81970159, 81871263, 81700177, and 81600145 from National Natural Science Foundation of China, grant BK20160232 from Nature Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, grant 2016M590508 from China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project, grant 2015-WSW-058 from Foundation of Jiangsu Province Six Talents Peak, and grant LGY2018084 from Foundation of Jiangsu Province Six-one Project. RPG acknowledges support from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre funding scheme.

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KX, FZ, YW, and YL designed the study. All the authors did acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data. YW, YL, KQ, JQ, HC, XT, and JG drafted the paper. RPG, KX, FZ, ZY, BP, and JQ performed Critical revision of the paper for important intellectual content. YW, YL, HC, KQ, ZY, and XT did Statistical analysis. MS, GJ, JC, and JZ provided administrative, technical, or material support.

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Correspondence to Junnian Zheng or Feng Zhu or Kailin Xu.

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Wang, Y., Liu, Y., Tan, X. et al. Safety and efficacy of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy in persons with advanced B-cell cancers and hepatitis B virus-infection. Leukemia (2020).

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