The 45th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation: Physicians – Oral Session

    24–27 March 2019 Frankfurt, Germany

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    Acute leukaemia

    O010 The impact of the starting day of graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis on haploidentical transplantation with post-transplant cyclophosphamide: A retrospective study on behalf of acute leukaemia working party-EBMT

    Annalisa Ruggeri1, Myriam Labopin2, Johanna Tischer3, Jean - Luis Diez Martin4, Benedetto Bruno5, Simona Sica6, Luca Castagna7, Boris Afanasyev8, Antonin Vitek9, Montserrat Rovira10, Arnon Nagler11, Mohamad Mohty2

    1 Ospedale Pediatrico Bambin Gesú, Roma, Italy, 2 Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 3 BMT Unit, Muenchen, Germany, 4 BMT Unit, Madrid, Spain, 5 Le Molinette, Torino, Italy, 6 Universita Cattolica, Roma, Italy, 7 Humanitas Clinical and Research Center Rozzano, Milano, Italy, 8 BMT Unit, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 9 BMT Unit, Prague, Czech Republic, 10 BMT Unit, Barcelona, Spain, 11 Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Background: Post-transplant-Cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) is being used successfully in the setting of unmanipulated haploidentical-transplant (haplo) as graft-versus-host-disease(GVHD) prophylaxis. However, the combined immunosuppressive compounds (IST) used as GVHD-prophylaxis and the post-transplant initiation day varies and is not fully standardized.

    Methods: Study aim was to evaluate the schedule of IST given in combination with PT-Cy as GVHD-prophylaxis post-haplo for acute leukemia (AL) and reported to the ALWP/EBMT registry. Patients were divided into 3 groups: received cyclosporine A-mycofenolate-mofetil(CSA+MMF) initiated at day+1 (group-1, n=124) or CSA+MMF both started at day+5 (group-2, n=170) and tacrolimus + MMF from day+5 (group-3, n=215). Transplants were performed from 2006-2017 and median follow up is 21 months (range 11-36). PT-CY was given on Day+3 and Day+5 in group-1 and on day+3 and day+4 in group-2 and 3.

    Results: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) was the most common indication for haplo (76%) and approximately 45% of patients were transplanted in CR1. There were some differences among groups: patients in group-1 were younger (median age 46 years, p< 0.02) were transplanted in more recent year (2015, p< 0.001), received more frequently a regimen based on TBF (thiotepa, fludarabine and busulfan) (83%, p< 0.001) and bone marrow (BM) as source of stem cells (77%, p< 0.001), with no ATG (100%, p< 0.001). Probability of OS at 2 years was 59%, 48% and 44%, for the 3 groups, respectively, p=0.15. Probability of LFS and GRFS at 2 years were 52% and 46%, 43% and 36%, 39% and 33%, for the 3 groups, respectively, (LFS p=0.05, GRFS p=0.01. Overall the cumulative incidence (CI) of grade II-IV acute GVHD was 18%, 39% and 25%, for the 3 groups, respectively, p< 0.001, and the CI of chronic GVHD was 23%, 21% and 25%; p=0.28. The CI of relapse at 2 years was 26%, 37% and 35% (p=0.01) and non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 21%, 20% and 26% (p=0.34) for group-1, 2 and 3, respectively. Disease recurrence, infections and GVHD were the most common causes of death in the whole cohort.In multivariate analysis, the early start of MMF at day+1 in addition to PT-CY was associated with reduced risk of chronic GVHD (HR 0.48, p=0.03) and improved GRFS (HR 0.63, p=0.02) while the effect on relapse was not confirmed. Stem cell source and type of conditioning regimen did not influenced the outcomes in multivariate analysis.The timing of immunosuppression did not influenced NRM and survival. Diagnosis of ALL (HR 1.64, p=0.04), performance-status less than 90% (KPS90) (HR 1.72, p=0.001), were associated with increased risk of NRM. Older age (HR 0.87, p=0.02), and active disease (HR 3.58, p< 0.001) were associated with increased risk of relapse. KPS (OS, HR 0.59, p< 0.01; LFS, HR 0.62, p< 0.001) and active disease (OS, HR 2.3, p< 0.01; LFS, HR 2.43, p< 0.001) were independently associated with reduced risk of OS and LFS.

    Conclusions: The time of starting of immunosuppression drugs after haplo in combination with PT-Cy influences the results of unmanipulated haploidentical transplant. The early starting of CSA+MMF at day+1 decreases the risk of chronic GVHD, and improves GRFS.

    Disclosure: No disclosure

    O011 Human acute myeloid leukemia stem cells selectively escape NKG2D-mediated NK cell control

    Anna Paczulla1, Kathrin Rothfelder2,3, Simon Raffel4,5,6, Martina Konantz1, Julia Steinbacher2,3, Hui Wang1, Marcelle Christine Ndoh Mbarga1, Thorsten Schäfer1, Daniela Dörfel3, Mattia Falcone4, Claudia Tandler2,3, Jakob Passweg1, Pontus Lundberg1, Lothar Kanz3, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez3, Alexander Steinle7, Andreas Trumpp4,5, Helmut R. Salih2,3, Claudia Lengerke1

    1 University and University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2 German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), Partner Site Tuebingen, Heidelberg, Germany, 3 University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 4 Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany, 5 Heidelberg Institute for Stem Cell Technology and Experimental Medicine (HI-STEM gGmbH), Heidelberg, Germany, 6 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 7 Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

    Background: Patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) often achieve remission but subsequently die of relapse driven by chemotherapy resistant leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Here we hypothesized that LSCs must also escape immunosurveillance to initiate and maintain cancer and investigate the interplay with NKG2D, a danger detector expressed by cytotoxic lymphocytes such as natural killer (NK) cells that recognizes stress-induced ligands (NKG2DL) of the MIC and ULBP protein families on AML cells.

    Methods: 175 de novo AML were stained with antibodies against MICA, MICB and ULB2/5/6 or an NKG2D-Fc chimeric protein recognizing pan-NKG2DL. NKG2DLpos and NKG2DLneg AML cells sorted from the same patient were analysed in colony forming assays, leukemogenesis assays in NSG mice, by RNAseq, gene expression arrays, qRT-PCR and targeted next generation sequencing. AML cells co-cultured or not with NK cells (control or anti-NKG2D pre-treated) were co-stained for additional stem/immunological markers. PARP1 expression was analysed by qRT-PCR and immunoblot, and binding to NKG2DL promoters by chromatin immunoprecipitation. PARP1 inhibition (PARPi) in AML cells was performed in vitro or in vivo using siRNAs or inhibitors (AG-14361, veliparib).

    Results: Heterogeneous NKG2DL expression was detected among leukemic cells of the same patient (Fig. 1a). Interestingly, when compared to NKG2DLpos subpopulations, NKG2DLneg AML cells isolated from the same patient showed immature morphology, enhanced in vitro clonogenicity (39±47 colonies vs. 1±4, p< 0.001, n=32 AML patients) and selective abilities to initiate leukemia (NKG2DLneg, 64/70, 91%; NKG2DLpos, 0/78, 0%; p< 0.00001, Fig. 1b, n=19 AML patients) and survive chemotherapy in NSG mice devoid of functional NK cells. In mice, NKG2DLneg AML cells generated both NKG2DLpos and NKG2DLneg progeny of which again only latter was able to induce leukemia in re-transplant assays. Similar leukemia-specific mutations were detected in NKG2DLneg compared to NKG2DLpos AML cells from the same AML but published LSC (Fig. 1c), HSC and 17-genes stemness score signatures were specifically enriched in NKG2DLneg subfractions. NKG2DLneg cells enriched for LSCs defined by alternative markers (CD34+, CD38-, GPR56+) but could identify cells with functional and molecular LSC activity also in CD34 non-expressing AML (n=11 analyzed patients). NKG2DL expression was repressed by PARP1 recruitment at NKG2DL promoters. PARP1 inhibition (PARPi) induced NKG2DL surface expression in LSCs and co-treatment with PARPi and NK cells (but not with either alone) suppressed leukemogenesis in patient derived xenograft (PDX) models (Fig. 2c) co-transplanted with NK cells. Low NKG2DL surface or high PARP1 mRNA expression associated with poor outcome in AML patients. Furthermore, NKG2DLneg and CD34+ LSCs showed reduced expression of other immune stimulatory molecules (e.g. CD112, CD155, CD80, CD86) and different expression of immune or inflammatory response gene signatures (GSEA).

    Conclusions: These data indicate that LSCs escape NK cell recognition by selectively suppressing the surface expression of NKG2DL and other immunostimulatory molecules. Absence of NKG2DL can identify LSCs across genetic AML subtypes (including CD34 negative AMLs). This LSC specific mechanism of immune evasion could be overcome by treatment with PARP1 inhibitors, which in conjunction with functional NK cells holds promise to eradicate LSCs and promote immune-mediated cure of AML.

    Disclosure: C.L.: Sanofi, Novartis, Otsuka (consultancy); Roche (research funding)


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    O013 Second and third generation tyrosin kinase inhibitors in persisting minimal residual disease, molecular and hematological relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation for philadelphia chromosome positive adult all

    Klaus Hirschbühl1, Myriam Labopin2, Christoph Schmid1, Mohamed Houhou2, Nathalie Fegueux3, Hélène Labussière-Wallet4, Bruno Lioure5, Dietrich Beelen6, Jan Cornelissen7, Gerald Wulf8, Pavel Jindra9, Herve Tilly10, Jakob Passweg11, Riita Niittyvuopio12, Gesine Bug13, Arnon Nagler14, Sebastian Giebel15, Mohamad Mohty2

    1 Klinikum Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany, 2 Hôpital Saint Antoine, ALWP Office (EBMT), Paris, France, 3 CHU Lapeyronie, Montpellier, France, 4 Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, France, 5 Nouvel Hopital Civil, Strasbourg, France, 6 University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 7 Erasmus MC Cancer Institute University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8 Universitätsklinikum Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 9 Charles University Hospital, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 10 Centre Henri Becquerel, Rouen, France, 11 University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland, 12 HUCH Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki, Finland, 13 Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 14 Tel- Hashomer and Tel-Aviv University, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, 15 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Gliwice, Poland

    Background: In contrast to imatinib, data on the use of 2nd and 3rd generation tyrosin kinase inhibitors (TKI) in the treatment of minimal residual disease (MRD), molecular and hematological relapse (MR/HR) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in Philadelphia chromosome positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are scarce.

    Methods: We performed a retrospective, EBMT registry based analysis, including patients with documented use of 2nd or 3rd generation TKI given for persisting MRD, MR or HR after alloSCT in 2006-2016. Choice of TKI, efficacy, and toxicity of TKI and patient outcome were analysed.

    Results: 140 patients (female 58, male 82) were identified, out of which 136 had also received a TKI (78% imatinib) before alloSCT. Median age at transplant was 48 years (18-66), 81% were transplanted in first complete remission (CR1), 51% of the patients were in molecular CR. Conditioning was myeloablative in 71% and reduced in 29%, donors were matched siblings (48%), unrelated (41%), haploidentical (6%) and cord blood (5%). After alloSCT, 111 patients developed HR, 23 MR and 6 had persisting MRD. For treatment, patients received dasatinib (n=104), nilotinib (n=18) and ponatinib (n=18). Median interval between diagnosis of persisting MRD or MR/HR and first application of a TKI was 10 days, median duration of TKI treatment was 154 days (range 4 - 2193). Fifty-eight patients were treated with TKI only (dasatinib, n=50, nilotinib, n=3, ponatinib, n=5), while 82 received additional treatment such as DLI, chemotherapy, or second alloSCT. Main toxicities of dasatinib were effusion, edema, or other pulmonary complaints (10 - 15% of patients) and infections (13%). No particular side effects were reported for nilotinib and ponatinib (no vascular events). Dose reduction of TKI was required in 32%. Response rates were 71% (entire cohort) and 72% (patients receiving TKI only). For the entire cohort, 2- and 5-year overall survival (OS) from first application of TKI was 49% and 33%. Two-year OS was comparable in patients treated for persisting MRD/MR and for HR (48% and 50%). Among patients treated with TKI only, 2/5-year OS was 38%/33%. Rate of cGvHD was 11% for the whole population and 14% for the TKI alone cohort.

    Conclusions: The use of 2nd and 3rd generation TKI, given alone or in combination with other therapies for treating persisting MRD, MR or HR after alloSCT in Ph+ ALL was not associated with increased toxicities. Dasatinib was the most frequently used drug. Outcome compared favorably with published results on relapse after alloSCT in Ph negative ALL, suggesting that treatment with TKI could improve survival after post-transplant relapse, even when given as single therapy. Type of relapse did not influence response rates and outcome.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O014 Multi-state modelling of the interplay between remission-induction chemotherapy and consolidation with alloSCT in newly diagnosed AML patients

    Katerina Bakunina1, Liesbeth C. de Wreede2, Jurjen Versluis1, Markus G. Manz3, Dimitri A. Breems4, Bjorn T. Gjertsen5, Yvette van Norden1, Jacqueline Cloos6, Jakob Passweg7, Thomas Pabst8, Gert J. Ossenkoppele6, Bob Löwenberg1, Hein Putter2, Jan J. Conelissen1

    1 Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2 Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, 4 Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium, 5 Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway, 6 Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7 University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 8 University Hospital/Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland

    Background: Many randomized phase III clinical trials for newly diagnosed patients with AML are designed to contrast the efficacy of a standard remission-induction chemotherapy with the addition of a new promising chemotherapeutic agent. After achieving CR, patients are consolidated with chemotherapy, autoSCT or alloSCT, according to estimated risk of relapse and NRM, and timing of CR. A remission-induction chemotherapy leading to higher or earlier CR rates thus would influence the accessibility of consolidation treatments, and the successive clinical outcomes. Nontrivial statistical methods like multi-state models help to disentangle the direct effects of remission-induction chemotherapy and the indirect effects through consolidation therapy. They are of special relevance for modelling the impact of alloSCT considering the significance of its influence on subsequent outcomes.

    Methods: Between August 2010 and September 2013, 795 eligible patients (708 AML, 87 MDS with excess blasts) aged 18-65 years have been randomized in the HOVON-102 / SAKK-30/09 prospective controlled clinical trial to receive standard induction chemotherapy with or without clofarabine (10 mg/m2 for 5 days) Consolidation therapy options included alloSCT, depending on the patients' prognostic risk score as described in the study protocol and the achievement of CR. A multi-state model was designed to evaluate the effect of the treatment arm on relapse and death, where distinction is made between events happening before and after consolidation with alloSCT.

    Results: The study population and primary results have previously been reported (Blood 2017;129(12):1636-1645); after a median follow-up of 36 months no significant difference in CR rates, EFS and OS between the treatment arms has been found. Among the 402 patients randomized to the control arm, 184 (46%) were consolidated with alloSCT, compared to 176 (45%) of the 393 patients randomized to receive clofarabine. Using a multi-state model which distinguishes between relapse before and after alloSCT, we further investigated the previously published reduced rate of relapse in the clofarabine arm, discovering a significant difference between the treatment arms in the hazard of relapse only after alloSCT (HR 0.65, 95% CI 0.46-0.94, p-value = 0.02), and not before alloSCT (HR 0.81, 95% CI 0.58-1.13, p-value = 0.20). In addition, we found increased NRM in the clofarabine arm before alloSCT (HR 1.95, 95% CI 1.15-3.31, p-value = 0.01), and not after alloSCT (HR 0.80, 95% CI 0.50-1.28, p-value = 0.34). These effects are statistically significantly different (interaction test HR 0.41, 95% CI 0.20-0.83, p-value = 0.01). At two years after registration, 20.4% (95% CI 16.6-24.1) of the patients in the control arm, and 19.9% (16.1-23.6) in the clofarabine arm were alive relapse-free in CR without alloSCT, while 20.9% (16.7-25.1) and 26.8% (22.3-31.4) were alive relapse-free after alloSCT.

    Conclusions: Presented results suggest that the rate of relapse after alloSCT is lower among patients whose induction therapy includes clofarabine. These results could possibly be explained by higher rate of MRD negativity achieved in the clofarabine arm before proceeding to alloSCT. We also observed a higher NRM rate in CR before alloSCT in the clofarabine arm, indicating that the favorable effect of clofarabine on relapse may be compromised by toxicity.

    Clinical Trial Registry: HOVON 102 study is registered at Netherlands Trial Registry #NTR2187

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O015 Haploidentical transplant with post-transplant cyclophosphamide for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Outcome strongly correlates with disease status; a report from the EBMT acute leukemia working party

    Ali Bazarbachi1, Myriam Labopin2, Emanuele Angelucci3, Zafer Gülbas4, Hakan Ozdogu5, Mutlu Arat6, Luca De Rosa7, Corrado Tarella8, Pietro Pioltelli9, Rovira Montserrat10, Massimo Martino11, Fabio Ciceri12, Yener Koc13, Gerard Socié14, Didier Blaise15, Concepcion Herrera Arroyo16, Yves Chalandon17, Paolo Bernasconi18, Giuseppe Marotta19, Luca Castagna20, Andrew McDonald21, Guiseppe Visani22, Giorgina Specchia23, Antonin Vitek24, Bruno Lioure25, Boris Afanasyev26, Wolf Rösler27, J.L. Diez-Martin28, Arnon Nagler29, Eolia Brissot30, Sebastian Giebel31, Mohamad Mohty30

    1 American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, 2 EBMT Paris Study Office/CEREST-TC, Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, France, 3 Hematology and Transplant Center, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Italy, 4 Anadolu Medical Center Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey, 5 Baskent University Hospital, Adana, Turkey, 6 Florence Nightingale Sisli Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, 7 Ospedale S. Camillo-Forlanini, Rome, Italy, 8 European Institute of Oncology, Milano, Italy, 9 Ospedale San Gerardo, Monza, Italy, 10 Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, 11 Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Bianchi Melacrino Morelli - Centro Unico Trapianti A. Neri, Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 12 Ospedale San Raffaele s.r.l., Milano, Italy, 13 Medical Park Hospitals, Antalya, Turkey, 14 Hopital St. Louis, Paris, France, 15 Aix Marseille University, Marseille, France, 16 Hosp. Reina Sofia, Córdoba Hospital, Cordoba, Spain, 17 Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève and Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy, 19 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Policlinico S.Maria alle Scotte, Siena, Italy, 20 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milano, Italy, 21 Pretoria East Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 Pesaro Hospital Hematology & Transplant Centre, Pesaro, Italy, 23 U.O. Ematologia con Trapianto Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Policlinico Bari, Bari, Italy, 24 Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Prague, Czech Republic, 25 Nouvel Hopital Civil, Strasbourg, France, 26 First State Pavlov Medical University of St. Petersburg, Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Research Institute for Paediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Transplantation, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 27 University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, 28 Hospital Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain, 29 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel, 30 Hopital St. Antoine, Paris, France, 31 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute-Oncology Centre, Gliwice, Poland

    Background: T-ALL represents 20 to 25% of ALL cases. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HCT) is recommended in second complete remission (CR2) or beyond, as well as in CR1 with high-risk features. For patients with no HLA identical donor, haploidentical transplant (haplo-HCT) is becoming the leading source of donors, particularly following the introduction of post-transplant cyclophosphamide (ptCy). However, data is scarce on haplo-HCT for T-ALL and on predictive factors for transplant outcomes in that setting, particularly that total body irradiation (TBI)-based myeloablative conditioning (MAC) are less frequently used. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of patient, disease and transplant characteristics on outcomes of haplo-HCT with ptCy for T-ALL.

    Methods: We identified 122 adults (20% females; median age 31 years; range 18-68) with T-ALL who received a haplo-HCT with ptCy between 2010 and 2017 at EBMT centers. Patients who received in vivo T cell depletion were excluded. Median white blood cells count at diagnosis was 33,5 G/L [Interquartile range; IQR: 8-82]. Karyotype was normal in 37 patients, abnormal in 21 and missing in 64. More patients (43%) were transplanted in first complete remission (CR1), 32% in CR2 or beyond and 25% with active disease. Ten patients had a previous autologous HCT. Karnovsky score was < 90% for 28 patients. Conditioning was TBI-based MAC in 28% of patients, chemotherapy-based MAC in 53% (predominantly thiotepa/busulfan/fludarabine in 40%), and reduced intensity (RIC) in 19%. Patients received bone marrow (52%) or peripheral blood stem cells (48%), predominantly from male donors (57%). Median donor age was 42 years (range 17-72). Most patients (76%) and donors (77%) were CMV positive. Thirty five percent of patients were males with a female donor. Median follow-up of alive patients was 23 months (IQR 12-38).

    Results: 95% of patients engrafted. Day 100 acute GVHD grade II-IV and grade III-IV were encountered in 22.5% and 13.5% of patients, respectively, whereas the 2-year cumulative incidence of chronic and extensive chronic GVHD were 25.5% and 9.5%, respectively. The 2-year relapse incidence and non-relapse mortality were 45% and 21%, respectively. The 2-year leukemia free survival (LFS), overall survival (OS) and GVHD relapse free survival (GRFS) were 34%, 42% and 27%, respectively. The 2-year LFS and OS were highly influenced by the disease status at transplant, being 49% and 55% respectively for CR1, 34% and 50% respectively for CR2, 8% and 12 respectively for patients with active disease (p< 0.0001 for both). In multivariate analysis, only disease status affected LFS and OS. Transplantation in CR2 negatively affected LFS (HR 2.09; p = 0.02), whereas active disease at haplo-HCT negatively affected LFS (HR 3.88; p < 10-4) and OS (HR 4.3; p < 10-4). When multivariate analysis was restricted to patients transplanted in CR, only transplantation beyond CR1 affected LFS (HR 1.91; p = 0.045), but not OS.

    Conclusions: Haplo-HCT with ptCy produced encouraging results in this challenging disease, particularly when performed in CR. With the limitation of the small sample size, results were not affected by the type of conditioning, questioning the need for MAC TBI in that setting.

    Disclosure: nothing to declare, no funding

    O016 Favourable outcome after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in first complete remission for AML with MLL (KMT2A) partial tandem duplication: An analysis by the ALWP

    Marta Pratcorona1, Christophe Peczynski2, Myriam Labopin2, Dietrich Beelen3, Christoph Schmid4, Jean Henry Bouhris5, Xavier Poiré6, Arnold Ganser7, Pavel Jindra8, Jorge Sierra1, Johanna Tischer9, Mar Tormo10, Johan Maertens11, Marina Díaz-Beyá12, Jürgen Finke13, Audrey Mailhol2, Mohamad Mohty2, Jordi Esteve12, Arnon Nagler2,14

    1 Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain, 2 EBMT ALWP Office, Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 3 University Hospital, Essen, Germany, 4 University Hospital, Augsburg, Germany, 5 Gustave Roussy, Institut de Cancérologie, Villejuif, France, 6 Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc, Brussels, Belgium, 7 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 8 Charles University Hospital Pilsen, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 9 Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich, Germany, 10 Hospital Clínico Universitario, Valencia, Spain, 11 University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium, 12 Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute (IJC), Barcelona, Spain, 13 University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 14 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

    Background: Partial tandem duplication of MLL (MLL-PTD) is an infrequent mutation in AML which produces a number gain of 5' acetyltransferase domains of KMT2A protein as a result of a repeated exon 3-9/10 gene sequence. MLL-PTD leads to a disturbed histone acetylation and upregulation of determined HOX genes. MLL-PTD AML defines a specific AML entity, distinguishable from cases of AML with MLL rearrangement, with a characteristic pattern of co-mutations, including a high association with FLT3-ITD (Q-Y Sun et al., Leukemia 2017). Prognosis of MLL-PTD-AML is remarkably poor, with initial chemoresistance and high relapse rate; as a consequence, allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) in early phase is recommended to overcome its high-risk prognostic impact (JP Patel et al., NEJM 2012; V Grossmann et al, Blood 2012). Nonetheless, studies focusing on transplant outcome have not been previously addressed.

    Methods: For this purpose, we analysed the outcome of MLL-PTD AML adult patients reported to EBMT who had received an alloHCT from matched related or unrelated donors in CR1 during the period 2000-2016. Molecular screening of MLL-PTD was performed locally, but the presence of this mutation was verified specifically by a focused questionnaire among participating centres.

    Results: Overall, we identified 58 patients fulfilling inclusion criteria (median age, 52.8 years; 29/58 female patients). Most patients harboured an intermediate risk cytogenetics (50/56; 89% of available) and 14 (14/54, 26% of available) patients presented with concomitant FLT3-ITD. Donor was a matched sibling in 27 transplants (47%) and an unrelated donor in the remaining cases. Conditioning was myeloablative (MAC) in 35 procedures (61%) and reduced intensity in 22 (40%). In vivo T-cell depletion was used in 36 (64%) of transplants. At two years, cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) was 33% (95% CI: 21-45), and non-relapse mortality (NRM) 16% (8-26); 100-day acute GvHD of grade III-IV was 7% (2-16) and 2-yr chronic GvHD was 38% (extensive, 13%, 6-23). Two-year overall survival (OS) was 56% (45-71), with leukemia-free survival (LFS) and graft- and relapse-free survival (GRFS) of 51% (40-65) and 39% (27-58), respectively (Figure). Multivariate analysis did not identify any prognostic factor for LFS; notably, presence of FLT3-ITD, conditioning regimen intensity or donor type did not influence outcome.

    Conclusions: These results support the potential clinical benefit of alloHCT performed in CR1 in patients with MLL-PTD AML, with a decreased relapse risk compared to previously reported series, suggesting the existence of a tangible graft-versus-leukemia effect (GvL) in this setting.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O017 Safety and efficacy of reduced intensity conditioning regimen combined with anti-thymocyte globulin and post-transplantation cyclophosphamide as graft versus host disease prophylaxis for acute myeloid leukemia

    Maria Queralt Salas1, Shruti Prem1, Eshetu G. Atenafu1, Arjun Datt Law1, Lam Wilson1, Fotios V Michelis1, Santhosh Thyagu1, Dennis (Dong Hwan) Kim1, Jeffrey Howard Lipton1, Rajat Kumar1, Auro Viswabandya1

    1 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada,

    Background: We aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the use of reduced intensity conditioning regimen (RIC) combined with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) and post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCy) for graft versus host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis in patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

    Methods: One hundred four adult patients were included. All patients received the same RIC regimen including fludarabine (30mg/m2/day day -5 to -2), busulfan (3.2kg/m2/day day -3 and -2), and total body irradiation (200 cGy) (day -1) combined with rabbit-ATG (4.5 mg/kg: day -3 to -1), PTCy (50mg/kg/day: day +3,+4), and cyclosporine. Unmanipulated peripheral blood stem cells were infused. Last follow-up was November 2018. Median follow-up was 19 months (range 5-35).

    Results: Findings are summarized in Figure 1. One year overall survival (OS) progression-free survival (PFS) and non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 67.7% (95% CI 58.6-76.8), 60.8% (95% CI 51.1-70.5) and 16.4% (95% CI 6.9-25.8) respectively. Main causes of death were relapse (18%) and infection (13%).

    Three patients had residual disease prior-transplant and they had a significant worst OS (p=0.000) and RFS (p=0.002). Patients who had Karnofsky performance status (KPS) ≤80% had a significantly worse OS (p=0.004) and PFS (p=0.014). The achievement of ≥95% chimerism of donor cells at day +60 was a significant predictor of better PFS (p=0.004). Disease risk index, cytogenetic at diagnosis, and donor type did not have a significant impact in OS or PFS.

    Conclusions: For patients diagnosed with AML, RIC combined with ATG and PTCy provides a route to potentially curative therapy with very low rate of acute and chronic GVHD and acceptable relapse rate. Donor type had not a significant impact in overall survival using the combination of ATG and PTCy.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O018 Trends in the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A report from the ALWP of the EBMT

    Sebastian Giebel1, Ariane Boumendil2, Myriam Labopin3, Anouchka Seesaghur4, Frederic Baron5, Fabio Ciceri6, Jordi Esteve7, Norbert-Claude Gorin3, Bipin Savani8, Christoph Schmid9, Sally Wetten4, Mohamad Mohty3, Arnon Nagler10

    1 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute - Oncology Center, Gliwice, Poland, 2 Hospital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 3 Hospital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 4 Amgen Limited, London, United Kingdom, 5 University of Liege, Liege, Belgium, 6 IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy, 7 IDIBAPS, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain, 8 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States, 9 Klinikum Augsburg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Munich, Germany, 10 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

    Background: Indications for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for adults with ALL evolve over time and vary among countries.

    Methods: The goal of this study was to assess general trends in the number of various types of HSCTs performed between years 2001 and 2015 in Europe. Data reported to the EBMT registry were used for this analysis. In addition, we evaluated HSCT rates with respect to the incidence of ALL in selected European countries.

    Results: Altogether, 15346 first allogeneic (n=13460) or autologous (n=1886) HSCTs were performed in the period 2001-2015. Comparing years 2013-2015 and 2001-2003, the number of alloHSCTs performed in first CR increased by 136%, most prominently for transplantations from unrelated (272%) and mismatched related donors (339%). The number of HSCTs from matched sibling donors increased by 42%, while the number of autoHSCTs decreased by 70%.

    The increase of the use of alloHSCT, irrespective of the disease stage, was stronger for Ph-pos (166%) than Ph-neg ALL (38%). Among patients aged >55 years, the number of alloHSCT increased by 559% while among younger adults (18-55 years), by 59%. Between 2001 and 2003, peripheral blood was used as source of stem cells in 61% cases of alloHSCT, compared to 84% between 2013-2015. The use of bone marrow decreased from 38% to 16%, respectively. The proportion of alloHSCT with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) increased from 6% to 27%. Among myeloablative transplantations, regimens based on total body irradiation were the preferable option (app. 80% over the whole study period). In contrast, among RIC regimens, the use of chemotherapy predominated (84% between 2013-2015).

    In most of analyzed individual countries, the estimated rates of alloHSCT (no. HSCT per 100 newly diagnosed ALL) for patients in CR1 increased over time. However, the values for a period 2013-2015 varied strongly, being highest in Finland (57.9), followed by the Netherlands (35.4) and Sweden (35.4) while lowest in Russia (2.6).

    Conclusions: Results of our analysis indicate continued trend to increased use of alloHSCT for adults with ALL, which may be attributed to increasing availability of unrelated donors. However, it may also be speculated that the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors allowed higher proportion of patients with Ph-pos ALL proceeding to transplantation. Finally, the implementation of RIC regimens contributed to wider use of alloHSCT among older adults. Limitations of the analysis include any assumptions made regarding ALL incidence for the specified time period and possible variation in reporting to the EBMT registry from different countries over time.

    Type of HSCT 2001-2003 2004-2006 2007-2009 2010-2012 2014-2015
    Total alloHSCT 1006 1347 1816 2108 2374
    MSD-HSCT 606 737 823 867 860
    URD-HSCT 362 583 957 1169 1347
    MMRD-HSCT 38 27 36 72 167
    AutoHSCT 561 327 164 135 156
    MSD, matched sibling donor; URD, unrelated donor; MMRD, mismatched related donor

    [ [O018 Table] 1 . Numbers of HSCT procedures for ALL in first complete remission according to donor type]

    Disclosure: SG has received honoraria for Amgen. AS and SW are employees of Amgen and own shares in Amgen. MM has received honoraria for speaking for Amgen and Pfizer.

    O019 Outcome of allogeneic-HSCT in adult patients with PH-positive-all in the era of TKI: A retrospective analysis of the Italian blood and marrow transplantation society (GITMO)

    Anna Candoni1, Renato Fanin1, Alessandro Rambaldi2, Andrea Velardi3, William Arcese4, Fabio Ciceri5, Davide Lazzarotto1, Federico Lussana6, Jacopo Olivieri1, Giovanni Grillo7, Matteo Parma8, Benedetto Bruno9,10, Federica Sora11, Paolo Bernasconi12, Riccardo Saccardi13, Roberto Foà14, Mariarosa Sessa15, Paola Bresciani16, Fabio Giglio5, Raffaella Cerretti4, Alessandro Busca10, Simona Sica11, Elisa Diral8, Anna Amelia Colombo12, Stefano Tringali17, Stella Santarone18, Giuseppe Irrera19, Stefano Mancini20, Francesco Zallio21, Michele Malagola22, Francesco Albano23, Angelo Michele Carella24, Attilio Olivieri25, Cristina Tecchio26, Alida Dominietto27, Adriana Vacca28, Roberto Sorasio29, Enrico Orciuolo30, Antonio Maria Risitano31, Agostino Cortelezzi32, Sonia Mammoliti33, Elena Oldani34, Francesca Bonifazi, on behalf of GITMO.15

    1 University of Udine, Santa Maria Misericordia Hospital, Udine, Italy, 2 Universita' degli Studi di Milano and Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, 3 University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 4 University ‘Tor Vergata', Rome, Italy, 5 University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy, 6 Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, 7 Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda, Milano, Italy, 8 Ospedale San Gerardo, Clinica Ematologica e Centro Trapianto di Midollo, Monza, Italy, 9 Università di Torino, Torino, Italy, 10 Presidio Molinette - AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza, Trapianto Allogenico di Cellule Staminali, Torino, Italy, 11 Fondazione Policlinico Universitario ‘A.Gemelli', Istituto di Ematologia, Roma, Italy, 12 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Centro Trapianti SC Ematologia, Pavia, Italy, 13 Careggi University Hospital, Centro Trapianti di Midollo Osseo, Firenze, Italy, 14 Sapienza University, Policlinico ‘Umberto I', Cellular Biotechnologies and Hematology, Roma, Italy, 15 University Hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi, Institute of Hematology ‘L. and A. Seragnoli', Bologna, Italy, 16 University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy, 17 AOR Villa Sofia-Cervello, UOS Trapianto di Midollo, Palermo, Italy, 18 Ospedale Civile, Pescara, Italy, 19 Grande Ospedale Metropolitano ‘Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli', Centro Unico Regionale Trapianto Cellule Staminali e Terapie Cellulari ‘A. Neri', Reggio Calabria, Italy, 20 Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini, Centro Trapianti di Cellule Staminali, Roma, Italy, 21 Azienda Ospedaliera S. Antonio e Biagio, Unità Trapianti Midollo, Alessandria, Italy, 22 University of Brescia, ASST-Spedali Civili, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy, 23 University of Bari, Bari, Italy, 24 Fondazione IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, UO Ematologia e Centro Trapianti TMO, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, 25 University of Marche-Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy, 26 University of Verona, Verona, Italy, 27 IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, U.O. Ematologia e Centro Trapianti, Genova, Italy, 28 P.O. ‘ Roberto Binaghi', U.O. Ematologia-CTMO, Cagliari, Italy, 29 Azienda Ospedaliera S Croce e Carle, Cuneo, Italy, 30 Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, UO Ematologia, Pisa, Italy, 31 Università di Napoli, Napoli, Italy, 32 Università degli Studi e Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano, Milano, Italy, 33 GITMO Clinical Trial Co-Ordinator, Genova, Italy, 34 Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy

    Background: We conducted a retrospective, nationwide analysis to describe the clinical outcome of adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) after being treated with a TKI based therapy.

    Methods: A total of 441 patients were included in the study. The median age at HSCT was 44 (range: 18-70). All 441 patients (100%) received TKI before HSCT (performed between 2005-2016). Of these patients, 404 (92%) were in cytologic complete remission (CR) while 37 (8%) had an active disease at the time of HSCT. Molecularly Measurable Residual Disease (MRD) was negative in 147 patients (36%) at the time of HSCT. The donor was unrelated in 46% of cases. The prevalent source of stem cells was peripheral blood (70%). The conditioning regimen was myeloablative in 82% of cases (TBI-based in 50%) and included ATG in 51% of cases.

    Results: With a median follow-up after HSCT of 39.4 months (range: 1-145), the probability of Overall Survival (OS) at 1, 2 and 5 years was 69.6%, 61.1%, and 50.3%, respectively, with a median OS of 62 months. Progression Free Survival (PFS) at 1, 2 and 5 years was 60.2%, 52.1% and 43.7%, respectively. OS and PFS were significantly better in patients with CR and MRD-negativity at the time of transplant compared to patients with CR but MRD-positive (50% OS not reached vs. 36 months, P=0,015; 50% PFS not reached vs 26 months, P=0.003). The cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) at 5 years was significantly lower in patients with CR and MRD-negativity (19.5% vs. 35.4%, P=0.001). The non relapse mortality (NRM) after 1, 2, and 5 years was 19.1% (95%CI: 15.5-22.9), 20.7% (95%CI: 17-24.7), and 24.1% (95%CI: 20-28.5), respectively. The subgroup of patients with MRD-negative both at HSCT and at 3rd month after HSCT had a better outcome (5 year OS 70%). Conversely, the 37 patients who underwent HSCT with active Ph+ALL had a median OS and PFS of 7 and 5 months, respectively.

    Conclusions: The median OS of all patients with Ph+ALL, treated with TKI based therapy and allografted in recent years at the GITMO Centers, is 62 months. The outcome of Ph+ALL patients undergoing HSCT after TKI therapy has improved (with a 2 yrs NRM of 20,7%), particularly for younger patients and those achieving a molecular remission before transplant (50% OS and PFS not reached). HSCT remains a standard of care consolidation treatment for Ph+ALL and only prospective randomized trials can suggest a survival benefit of non transplant based treatment strategies.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Registered at Italian Clinical Trial Registry

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O020 Haploidentical transplant in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Argentina: A comparison with matched related and unrelated donors

    Ana Lisa Basquiera1, Mariano Berro2, Sebastian Yantorno3, Martin Castro4, Alejandro Requejo5, Miguel Sorrentino6, Daniel Sutovsky7, Diego Giunta1, Silvina Palmer8, Adriana Vitriu9, Gonzalo Ferini1, Georgina Bendek10, Milagros Szelagowski3, Maria Leticia Rapan6, Nicolas Fernandez Escobar4, Patricio Duarte11, Amalia Cerutti12, Maximiliano Cattaneo13, Juliana Martinez Rolon14, Gregorio Jaimovich5, Javier Bordone7, Vera Milovic15, Gustavo Kusminsky2, Jorge Alberto Alberbide1

    1 Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2 Hospital Universitario Austral, Pilar, Argentina, 3 Hospital Italiano de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, 4 Sanatorio Anchorena, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5 Fundación Favaloro, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 6 Sanatorio Sagrado Corazon, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 7 Hospital El Cruce, Florencio Varela, Argentina, 8 Hospital Británico, Ciuidad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9 Instituto Alexander Fleming, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 Hospital Italiano de San Justo Agustin Rocca, San Justo, Argentina, 11 Centro de Educación Médica e Investigactiones Clínicas Norberto Quirno (CEMIC), Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 12 Centro de Hematología y Trasplante, Rosario, Argentina, 13 Centro de Transplante Médula Osea de Rosario (CETRAMOR), Rosario, Argentina, 14 FUNDALEU, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15 Hospital Aleman, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Background: Haploidentical (Haplo) donors have expanded patient transplant access. However, outcome of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplant (ASCT) with Haplo donors in Argentina has not been reported. We aimed to analyze the outcome of ASCT in patients with ALL, particularly results with Haplo donors.

    Methods: We collected data from patients with an ALL diagnosis who underwent ASCT in first complete remission (CR1) and subsequent remissions (CR2+) in 15 centers in Argentina, affiliated to GATMO, between 2008 and 2017. Patients that underwent ASCT with matched donors (sibling and unrelated) and Haplo donors (with post-transplant cyclophosphamide) were included. Both donor categories were compared in terms of overall survival (OS), non-relapsed mortality (NRM) and cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR). Graft versus host disease (GVHD) was also evaluated. Multivariate analysis was performed by Cox regression for OS and Fine-Gray for CI of competing events. A further propensity score (PS) adjustment was performed by donor group.

    Results: In a 10-year period, 236 patients were included (mean age 31y; range 16-64; male 63.1%); 188 (80%) during last 5 years. ALL phenotype was B (79%) and T (21%). At diagnosis, 47/236 (20%) had CNS involvement and 75/236 (32%) were Philadelphia chromosome positive. ASCT was performed in CR1 (n=126; 53%) and in CR2+ (n=110; 47%) after a median time from ALL diagnosis to ASCT of 9 and 26 months, respectively. Comorbidity index (HCT-CI) was 0-1 in 199/236 (90%). Donors were matched (n=175; 74%; 146 related and 29 unrelated) and Haplo (n=61; 26%). Conditioning regimen was myeloablative in 215/236 (91%; 170 patients with total body irradiation), and this conditioning was more frequent in matched (95%) than Haplo (79%) (p=0.001) donors. Two-years OS was 54 % (95%CI 46-60) for the entire population; 55% (95CI 47-63) for matched donors and 49% (95% CI 34-62) for Haplo donors (p=0.350). In the multivariate analysis, pre-transplant status (CR1 vs CR2+; HR 2.06, p< 0.001), CNS status at diagnosis (yes vs no; HR 1.70; p=0.019) and unrelated donors (yes vs no; HR 1.77; p=0.036) were independently associated with OS; donor category had not impact in the OS. By adjusting the PS term (ROC area 0.787), no difference was found by donor category. Two-years NRM was 24% (95%CI 18-31) for matched and 22% (95%CI 12-33) for Haplo (p=0.999) donors; older donors (p=0.049) and unrelated donors (p=0.001) were associated with higher NRM. Two-years CIR was 25% (95%CI 19-33) for matched and 38% (95%CI 24-51) for Haplo (p=0.137) donors; only male donors were associated with higher CIR (p=0.031). CI of grade 3-4 acute GVHD was 20% vs 17% (p=0.784) and chronic GVHD was 35% vs 27% (p=0.057) for matched and Haplo donors respectively. In both groups, matched and Haplo donors, the half of deaths were due to relapse.

    Conclusions: Patients with ALL undergoing ASCT were young with a low HCT-CI. In this setting, an Haplo donor represents an alternative widely available in the absence of a matched donor. Relapse remains a challenge for all donor categories.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O021 TIM-3-mediated immunosurveillance of acute lymphoblastic leukemia by CD4+ bone marrow T cells: Implications for relapse and graft-versus-leukemia effects

    Franziska Blaeschke1, Semjon Willier1, Dana Stenger1, Mareike Lepenies1, Martin A. Horstmann2, Gabriele Escherich2, Martin Zimmermann3, Francisca Rojas Ringeling4, Theresa Kaeuferle1, Meino Rohlfs1, Irene Schmid1, Michael H. Albert1, Vera Binder1, Stefan Canzar4, Christoph Klein1, Tobias Feuchtinger1

    1 Dr. von Hauner University Children's Hospital, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Munich, Germany, 2 Clinic of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 3 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 4 Gene Center Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Munich, Germany

    Background: Relapse is the most important cause for treatment failure in pediatric B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) occurring in 10-20% of patients. Mechanisms of ineffective graft-versus-leukemia (GvL) effects or T-cell responses against ALL remain to be investigated.

    Methods: We analyzed parameters of immunosurveillance in bone marrow (BM) samples of 100 pediatric patients to identify potential mechanisms of T-cell suppression. Expression of co-stimulatory/ co-inhibitory molecules was analyzed to identify implications for GvL. Expression was correlated with clinical outcome (8 years mean follow-up). T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin-domain containing-3 (TIM-3) overexpression and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout (KO) in primary T cells were performed to analyze its role for anti-leukemic T-cell functionality. To induce an interaction of T cells with leukemic blasts, anti-CD19/-CD3 bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) was added and T-cell activation/ proliferation were analyzed. Fold change (FC) was created by comparing levels of T-cell activation/ proliferation before vs. after co-culture. Transcriptome analysis of primary BM samples identified expression levels of known TIM-3 inducers.

    Results: Flow cytometric analyses of 100 BCP-ALL samples showed increased TIM-3 expression on CD4+ BM T cells at initial diagnosis in patients with relapse in the course of disease. Multivariate analysis confirmed 7-fold increased relapse risk in TIM-3 high (n=37) vs. TIM-3 low expressing (n=37) patients. PD-1 expression on BM T cells alone had no impact on relapse-free survival (RFS), whereas patients with high percentage of TIM-3/PD-1 double positive CD4+ BM T cells showed significantly decreased RFS (87.8% vs 41.7%). Co-culture experiments revealed that TIM-3 is induced in primary T cells by contact with leukemic cells (mean TIM-3 expression 51.1% vs. 29.7% on T cells with vs. without addition of leukemic cells, n=3). Transcriptome analysis was performed to identify expression levels of known TIM-3 ligands/ inducers in BM samples with high vs. low TIM-3 expression. No significant differences in expression levels of High-Mobility-Group-Protein B1 (HMGB1), Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) or Galectin 9 were observed. Known TIM-3 inducers IL-12, IL-15, IL-27, IL-7 or Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) were not differentially expressed indicating that another mechanism must be responsible for TIM-3 overexpression. TIM-3 overexpression and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated TIM-3 KO were performed to analyze functional relevance of TIM-3 expression in an in vitro leukemia model. T cells of healthy donors were co-cultured with leukemic cells and anti-CD19/-CD3 BiTE to induce anti-leukemic T-cell response. TIM-3 KO T cells showed significantly increased activation compared to wildtype T cells (FC of CD69 expression 5.0 vs. 3.2, n=3). In contrast, proliferation of TIM-3 overexpressing T cells was significantly impaired (FC 1.6 vs. 2.3, n=3), whereas TIM-3 KO T cells showed higher proliferation levels compared to controls (FC 6.5 vs. 2.4, n=3).

    Conclusions: TIM-3 expression on CD4+ BM T cells is a strong predictor for pediatric BCP-ALL relapse and is induced by T-cell interaction with leukemic cells. TIM-3 expression decreases anti-leukemic T-cell activation and proliferation and thus constitutes a new mechanism of immune escape and potentially insufficient GvL effects in pediatric BCP-ALL. Targeting the TIM-3 axis can be of interest to improve future immunotherapy of advanced BCP-ALL.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.

    O023 Multiparameter flow cytometric minimal residual disease before myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in acute myeloid leukemia influences patients survival in first and second complete remission

    Anna Czyz1, Barbara Nasilowska-Adamska2, Agnieszka Piekarska3, Patrycja Mensah-Glanowska4, Anna Lojko-Dankowska5, Malgorzata Sobczyk-Kruszelnicka6, Tomasz Czerw6, Jolanta Wozniak2, Agnieszka Balana4, Jolanta Parulska5, Donata Szymczak1, Tomasz Wrobel1, Kazimierz Halaburda2, Maria Bieniaszewska3, Lidia Gil5, Sebastian Giebel6

    1 Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland, 2 Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Warszawa, Poland, 3 Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 4 Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 5 University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, 6 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute - Oncology Center, Gliwice Branch, Gliwice, Poland

    Background: The growing evidence from the literature strongly suggest that multiparameter flow cytometric (MFC) minimal residual disease (MRD) assessment in AML can be used to risk-stratify patients at the time of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHCT). We sought to determine the significance of MFC-MRD status in patients with AML in first or second complete remission (CR) treated with myeloablative conditioning (MAC) alloHCT at six centers of the Polish Adult Leukemia Group (PALG).

    Methods: MRD was assessed by 6-color (8-color since 2017) MFC performed on bone marrow aspirates obtained as routine assessment before alloHCT. All consecutive patients undergoing MAC alloHCT were included in the analysis if they underwent pre-HCT MFC-MRD analysis from May 2013 until January 2018. The abnormal population was quantified as a percentage of the total CD45+ white cell events. Residual disease at a ≥ 0.1% level was considered MRD-positive (MRD+).

    Results: We identified 83 adult patients (median age 41 years, range 19-64) with AML undergoing alloHCT from either HLA-identical sibling (n=30) or unrelated donor (n=53), in CR1 (n=72) or CR2 (n=11), who were conditioned with i.v. busulfan given in myeloablative dose (9,6-12,8 mg/kg) in combination with Flu (n=46) or Cy (n=37). GvHD prophylaxis consisted of calcineurin inhibitor combined with MTX plus ATG in alloHCT from unrelated donors. Positive MRD status before alloHCT was detected in 30/72 (42%) pts in CR1 and 6/11 (55%) pts in CR2. The MRD(-) and MRD(+) groups did not differ in terms of gender, age, ELN cytogenetic and molecular genetic risk, first and second CR, conditioning regimen, HSC source, and type of donor. The 3-year overall survival (OS) for MRD(-) and MRD(+) patients were 77% and 49% (log-rank p= 0.023). The respective 3-year leukemia-free survival (LFS) were 61% and 37% (log-rank p=0.012). In univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazard model the only significant adverse prognostic factors for LFS were MRD(+) (HR 2.45, 95%CI 1.12-5.33; p=0.025) and high ELN genetic risk (HR 3.70, 95%CI 1.71-8.0; p=0.0009). The same factors significantly influenced OS [HR 2.48, 95%CI 1.06-5.83; p=0.036 and HR 3.47, 95%CI 1.49-8.05; p=0.004 for MRD(+) and high ELN risk, respectively].

    Conclusions: Our findings confirm that pre-transplant residual disease at a ≥ 0.1% level assessed by MFC is independent risk factor for both LFS and OS in patients undergoing alloHCT. In addition, the results of our study show that MAC alloHSCT outcomes in patients with AML in first and second CR are significantly influenced by both MFC-MRD status and ELN cytogenetic and molecular genetic risk.


    [ [O023 Image] 1 . Leukemia-free survival according to pre-transplant minimal residual disease level]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O024 Second allogeneic stem cell transplantation in acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients in second complete remission or relapse: A study on behalf of the ALWP / EBMT

    Arnon Nagler1,2, Myriam Labopin3, Jürgen Finke4, Arne Brecht5, Urs Schanz6, Riitta Niittyvuopio7, Andreas Neubauer8, Martin Bornhäuser9, Stella Santarone10, Dietrich Beelen11, Avichai Shimoni12, Wolf Rösler13, Zinaida Peric14, Bipin N Savani15, Sebastian Giebel16, Mohamad Mohty3

    1 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 2 EBMT ALWP Office, Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 3 Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 4 University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 5 Deutsche Klinik fuer Diagnostik, KMT Zentrum, Wiesbaden, Germany, 6 University Hospital, Clinic of Hematology, Zurich, Swaziland, 7 HUCH Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki, Finland, 8 Philipps Universitaet Marburg, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Marburg, Germany, 9 Universitaetsklinikum Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 10 Ospedale Civile, Pescara, Italy, 11 University Hospital, Essen, Germany, 12 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 13 University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, 14 University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 15 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, United States, 16 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer and Institute of Oncology, Gliwice, Poland

    Background: Second allogeneic transplantation (HSCT2) is a therapeutic option for patients (pts) relapsing (Rel) after first HSCT (HSCT1) however most of the available data is in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and there is very limited data on HSCT2 in patients (pts) with ALL. Therefore, the ALWP of the EBMT performed a large registry analysis to study the outcome of HSCT2 in pts with ALL.

    Methods: We studied 245 pts receiving HSCT2 as a salvage treatment between the years (y) 2000-2017 for Rel following HSCT1 in CR1. Median follow-up of surviving pts was 58 months (IQR: 24-98).

    Results: 142 pts (58%) were males and median age at HSCT2 was 34.6 years (range: 18-74). Median time from HSCT1 to HSCT2 was 463 (63-5482) days (d) and from Rel to HSCT2 it was 114 (15-348) d. At the time of HSCT2 157(64 %) pts were in CR2 while 88 (36%) had advanced disease.101 (41%) pts received sibling donor (MSD) and 144 (59%) unrelated donor (UD) HSCT2 (10/10-63; 9/10-10, missing HLA- 71). In 34% of pts with available data the HSCT2 was performed from the same donor. The majority of pts with available MRD data transplanted in CR2 (64/84 pts) were MRD negative pre-HSCT2. Karnofsky performance status was >90 in 60% of pts. 93% were transplanted with PB graft. 204 (83%) pts received chemotherapy based conditioning (reduced intensity 63%, myeloablative 37%) while it was TBI based in 41(17%) pts. 109 (52 %) pts received in vivo T-cell depleted (TCD) grafts. 94% of the pts engrafted. Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) ≥ II and ≥ III-IV occurred in 33% and 17% of the pts. Incidence of 2y total and extensive chronic GVHD was 38% and 19%, respectively. Main causes of death were leukemia recurrence in 54%, GVHD in 18% and infections in 19%. At 2 and 5 y, the cumulative incidence of NRM, RI, LFS, OS and GRFS were 24% & 26 %: 56% & 62%, 20% & 12 %, 30% & 14 % and 12% & 7%, respectively. In MVA no factor predict NRM. In multivariate analysis, RI was independently associated with time from HSCT1 to Rel, aGVHD ≥II after HSCT1 and in vivo TCD and LFS the prognostic factors were time from HSCT1 to Rel and KPS≥90 at HSCT2. Factors associated with OS were age (per 10 years), time from HSCT1 to Rel, RIC at HSCT1, KPS>90 at HSCT2 and UD vs MSD. Longer time internal from Rel to HSCT2 and in vivo TCD was associated with inferior cGVHD. Lastly for GRFS the prognostic factors were time from HSCT1 to Rel, aGVHD ≥II after HSCT1, RIC at HSCT2 and KPS≥90 at HSCT2.

    Conclusions: Results of HSCT2 in ALL pts with Rel or CR2 are poor with only 14% OS and 7% GRFS at 5 y with very high RI of 62%.The prognostic factors are similar to those previously reported for HSCT2 in AML. The future goals are to prevent and treat relapsed ALL by MRD driven novel monoclonal antibodies and CAR-T cell therapy.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    Aplastic anaemia

    O025 Outcomes of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (hsct) for older patients (> 50 years) with severe aplastic anaemia using alemtuzumab-based ('FCC') regimen: King’s college hospital experience

    Vipul Sheth1, Inam Shafqat1, Austin Kulasekararaj1, Shreyans Gandhi1, Hugues Delavallade1, Petra Muus1, Antonio Pagliuca1, Carmel Rice1, Varun Mehra1, Ghulam Mufti1, Victoria Potter1, Judith Marsh1

    1 Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Treatment of older patients with severe aplastic anaemia (SAA) is problematic with poor long-term survival after treatment with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and/or ciclosporin (CSA). Use of fludarabine, low dose cyclophosphamide (CY) and ATG ('FCATG') conditioning suggests better outcomes among older patients transplanted from matched sibling donors compared to high dose CY/ATG conditioning, but GVHD remains a serious concern. We have transplanted SAA patients aged > 50 years, predominantly from unrelated donors, using alemtuzumab-based ('FCC') regimen.

    Methods: From our FCC SAA database of 65 patients, 27 aged > 50 years were transplanted between 2007-18. Median age was 61 years (range 51-71); 12 aged 50-59 and 15 aged ≥ 60 years. Donor was matched sibling (MSD) in 6 (22%), 10/10 matched unrelated (MUD) in 18 (66%), 9/10 unrelated (MMUD) in 3 (12%). Conditioning was fludarabine 30mg/m2 x 4, CY 300mg/m2 x 4, Alemtuzumab 0.2mg/kg daily from day -7 to -3. Post graft immune suppression was CSA alone. 2Gy TBI was added to FCC for MMUD HSCT. All patients received peripheral blood (PBSC) as stem cell source. 10/27 (36%) patients were HLA alloimmunised. PB telomere length (TL) by multiplex qPCR measured in 17 patients, was < 1st centile in 3 (17%), < 10th centile in 2 (11%) and normal in 12 (70%) patients. First line HSCT was performed in 2/6 (38%) MSD and 3/21 (12%) among unrelated donors. HCT comorbidity index (HTC-CI) score was 0-1 in 10 (37%); 2 in 7 (25%) and >2 in 10 (37%).

    Results: Three patients had invasive fungal infection at time of HCT and died day +14 to 21, and one patient died at 11 months from multiorgan failure with recurrent parainfluenza virus and CMV. Median CD3 chimerism was 71% (1-100), 77% (23-100) and 60% (22-98) at day+100, Iyr and 3yr post HSCT. One late graft failure at 6 months was associated with low CSA blood levels, and was followed by successful 2nd transplanted with no GVHD. 5-year OS was 86%, compared to 96% among 27 patients aged < 50years (p=0.14). OS was 89% and 82% for patients aged 50-59 and ≥ 60 year, respectively, p=0.8. OS for MSD, MUD and 9/10 MMUD was 100%, 80% and 100%, respectively. HTC-IC score of >2 was associated with worse OS of 72% compared to 94% with score < 2, p=0.13. Outcomes were comparable irrespective of telomere length (84% vs 80% for normal vs short telomere, p=0.76). Cumulative rates of acute and chronic GVHD were 5% and 12%, respectively. All cases of acute GVHD were confined to skin and grade I/II only, and no cases of severe chronic GVHD. 17 (62%) patients needed dose reduction of CSA with addition of mycophenolate due to renal dysfunction. Rates of CMV and EBV reactivation were 25% and 27% respectively, with no CMV or EBV disease.

    Conclusions: FCC conditioning regimen enabled high survival and low risk of GVHD among older patients with HCT-CI score < 2 and who did not have established invasive fungal disease at time of HSCT.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Not applicable

    Disclosure: No conflicts of interest to declare

    O026 Haploidentical transplantation with post-transplant cyclophosphamide (Haplo-PTCy) for 71 patients with acquired or inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (BMF): The experience from Curitiba, Brazil

    Carmem Bonfim1,2,3, Samantha Nichele1,2, Lisandro Ribeiro1,2, Gisele Loth1,3, Cilmara Kuwahara3, Ana Luiza Melo Rodrigues3, Fernanda Moreira Lara Benini3, Adriana Koliski1, Daniela Marinho1, Rebeca Toassa Gomes Mousquer1, Suellen Renoste2,3, Joanna Trennepohl1, Adriana Mello Rodrigues1, Alberto Cardoso Martins Lima1, Daniela Pilonetto1, Noemi Farah Pereira1, Ricardo Pasquini1,2

    1 Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil, 2 Hospital Nossa Senhora das Graças, Curitiba, Brazil, 3 Hospital Infantil Pequeno Principe, Curitiba, Brazil

    Background: Availability of unrelated donors as well as time to find a donor and the costs related to graft acquisition are important limitations in countries with ethnical minorities and fewer resources.

    Methods: We describe the experience of 78 transplants in 71 patients(pts) with acquired or inherited BMF submitted to an Haplo-PTCy transplantation between 04.2008 and 08.2018. The median age was 9ys, 70% were male and 94% were CMV positive. Haplo-PTCy was the 1st transplant for 62 pts, second or third for 9pts.

    Diagnosis: Fanconi Anemia (FA,N=48), acquired severe aplastic anemia (aSAA,N=10), Telomere diseases (N=6); other inherited BMF (N=7). All pts had failed prior therapies and 96% had previous blood transfusions. The majority received a RIC regimen with low dose TBI (N=69, 97%). Donors were father(N=28), mother(N=31), other relatives(N=12). Bone marrow was the stem cell source in 70pts. All pts received GVHD prophylaxis that included PTCy followed by cyclosporine and Mycophenolate mofetil. FA pts received a modified preparatory regimen and PTCy at a total dose of 50mg/kg (n=32) or 60mg/kg (n=16) while other BMF received 100mg/kg

    Results: FA pts: 14 pts did not receive ATG in the preparatory regimen and all engrafted, despite the presence of donor specific antibodies(DSA) in 2 pts. Three pts had AML and 2 are in remission 3 and 6ys after transplant. 7pts died due to GVHD (N=5); toxoplasmosis/CMV pneumonia (N=1) or relapse (N=1). 7/14 pts are alive with a median follow-up(FU) of 6.7ys. In the subgroup of FA pts receiving r-ATG(N=34), 3pts presented primary or secondary graft failure(GF), none had DSA and all died despite a 2nd Haplo-PTCy with different donors. 6pts had advanced disease and 4 are in remission at the last FU. 26/34pts are alive at a median of 4 ys after transplant. Eight pts died due to GvHD (N=4); RSV pneumonitis (N=1) and GF (N=3). All 10 pts transplanted with aSAA are alive and fully engrafted at a median of 5.6ys after transplant and none developed GvHD, Nine out of 13pts transplanted for other inherited BMF are alive at a median of 3ys after transplant. GF occurred in 4pts, all received a 2nd Haplo-PTCy from different donors and 2 are alive and engrafted. 4pts died due to GvHD (N=1), GF (N=2) and TMA (N=1). Altogether CMV reactivation occurred in 51pts (72%), at a median of 31 days (range:15-90) and hemorrhagic cystitis in 31pts (44%) at a median of 44 days (range:8-65). after transplant.

    Conclusions: Haplo-PTCy for pts with acquired or inherited BMF should be offered for those who need an immediate transplant but lack a matched donor. 70% of pts are alive at a median FU of 3ys but GvHD is a major complication for pts with inherited BMF, especially FA. New approaches to GVHD prophylaxis and treatment are needed in order to improve quality of survival for these pts.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O027 Relationship between plasma rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin level and response to immunosuppressive therapy in patients with severe aplastic anemia: Results of a multicenter, prospective, randomized study

    Atsushi Narita1, Hideki Muramatsu1, Yinyan Xu1, Eri Nishikawa1, Nozomu Kawashima1, Yusuke Okuno1, Nobuhiro Nishio1, Asahito Hama1, Hirohito Yamazaki2, Shinji Nakao3, Seiji Kojima1, Yoshiyuki Takahashi1

    1 Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan, 2 Kanazawa University Hospital, Kanazawa, Japan, 3 Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

    Background: Patients with acquired aplastic anemia (AA) who do not have HLA-matched donors receive immunosuppressive therapy (IST) with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG). Previous studies have suggested several variables that predict response to IST. However, no studies have investigated the plasma ATG level as a variable. In this study, we assessed the relationship between plasma rabbit ATG (r-ATG) level and response to IST in patients with severe AA.

    Methods: Patients with severe AA who required initial IST were enrolled from May 2012 to October 2017. The IST regimen included r-ATG (thymoglobulin®, Sanofi, Cambridge, 2.5 or 3.5 mg/kg/day for 5 days) and cyclosporine A (6 mg/kg/day for minimum 6 months). Plasma r-ATG level was measured using a rabbit IgG ELISA kit on days 14 and 28. Response rate was defined as complete and partial responses at 6 months. Receiver operator characteristic curves were generated to discriminate between response and no response to IST.

    Results: A total of 81 patients (aged 1.7-67.9 years) were randomized; 43 and 38 patients received 2.5 and 3.5 mg/kg of r-ATG, respectively. In the 2.5 mg group, the response rate was 63%, which was comparable with that in the 3.5 mg group (58%) (P = 0.820). Plasma r-ATG level greatly varied in both groups. Median r-ATG level on days 14 and 28 after IST was 15.2 (0.0-97.7) and 1.8 (0.0-74.9 µg/mL), respectively, which was not significantly different between two dosages of ATG groups (day 14, P = 0.498; day 28, P = 0.404). According to the r-ATG level, response rates were significantly higher in the group with higher r-ATG level than in that with lower ATG level (day 14, 88% vs. 52%, respectively; P = 0.006 and day 28, 79% vs. 46%; P = 0.005) (Figure). Cut-off levels at days 14 and 28 were 21.6 and 4.8 µg/mL, respectively. The vast majority (90%) of patients with levels higher than cut-off levels on day 14 responded to IST. In multivariate analysis, higher ATG levels at day 28 were independent favorable predictors of response to IST at 6 months (OR = 0.29; 95% CI: 0.09-0.93; P = 0.037). There were no significant differences in the kinetics of lymphocyte subsets among patients treated with different dosages of ATG. However, higher ATG level was associated with lower CD4+ T and regulatory T cell numbers for the entire 6-month period.

    Conclusions: The present data indicate interindividual variability in plasma r-ATG level. Higher ATG level resulted in improved response to IST and correlated with prolonged immune reconstitution. Individualized dosing of ATG via a pharmacokinetic model may improve the response rate to IST and reduce the number of patients who require allogeneic stem cell transplantation following IST.

    Clinical Trial Registry: UMIN000011134

    Disclosure: This study was partly supported by Sanofi K.K.


    [ [O027 Image] 1 . Response rates of IST at 6 months according to plasma ATG levels]


    Abstract already published.

    O029 Hematopoietic cell transplantation without radiation or dna alkylating agents in bone marrow failure with short telomeres

    Suneet Agarwal1,2, Kasiani Myers3, Joseph Antin4, Alison Bertuch5, Lauri Burroughs6, Inga Hofmann7, Mark Juckett8, Ghadir Sasa9, Sundin Mikael10, Farid Boulad11, Timothy Olson12, Michael Pulsipher13, Wendy London1,2, David Williams1,2, Leslie Lehmann1,2

    1 Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Boston, MA, United States, 2 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 3 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 4 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hematologic Malignancies, Boston, MA, United States, 5 Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Houston, TX, United States, 6 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, United States, 7 University of Wisconsin - Madison, Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Madison, WI, United States, 8 University of Wisconsin - Madison, Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI, United States, 9 Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Houston, TX, United States, 10 Karolinksa University, Pediatric Hematology, Immunology and HCT, Stockholm, Sweden, 11 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatrics, New York, NY, United States, 12 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 13 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Background: Radiation and DNA alkylating agents used in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) can cause organ damage, malignancy and death. These risks are heightened in patients with genetic bone marrow failure (BMF) syndromes driven by defects in cellular proliferation or DNA repair, including dyskeratosis congenita (DC), which arises from impaired telomere maintenance. We hypothesized that proliferative defects in hematopoietic cells of patients with BMF and very short telomeres might permit myeloid engraftment following HCT without the need for radiation or DNA alkylating agents. We conducted a multi-center prospective trial (NCT01659606) evaluating engraftment after HCT without these agents.

    Methods: We enrolled BMF patients with genetic validation of DC or lymphocyte telomere length < 1st percentile by flow-FISH. We performed HCT using bone marrow allografts from related or unrelated donors matched at 7 or 8 of 8 HLA alleles after a preparative regimen consisting of only fludarabine and alemtuzumab. Graft versus host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporine A and mycophenolate mofetil. The primary endpoint of the trial was donor myeloid engraftment, defined as an absolute neutrophil count ≥500 cells/µL by day +42 and donor myeloid chimerism >50% by day +100.


    [ [O029 Image] 1 . Engraftment and Survival after Radiation- and Alkylator-Free HCT for BMF with Very Short Telomeres]

    Results: Twenty patients (age 1.7-31.5 years old at HCT) received treatment between August 2012 - October 2018 at 7 institutions. Eighteen of the 20 patients received unrelated donor grafts (15 matched, 3 single-allele mismatched). Primary myeloid engraftment was achieved in 19 of 20 patients (95%) at a median 22 days post-HCT (range 1-35 days). The single patient with primary graft failure had DC-related liver disease and hypersplenism; in this case, splenectomy at day +47 promptly revealed donor myeloid engraftment. Of the other 19 patients, 16 had sustained myeloid engraftment, with a median post-HCT follow-up of 21 months (range 1-74 months). Three patients had secondary graft failure. Two of these had early graft rejection and underwent successful repeat HCT using higher intensity regimens. The third patient maintained high donor chimerism after primary engraftment but developed severe neutropenia in the setting of multiple viral reactivations, and died of a fungal infection 90 days post-HCT. There was one other death, due to DC-related gastrointestinal complications 19 months post-HCT. None of the 16 patients who engrafted durably under the protocol regimen had acute GVHD. Four had chronic GVHD (3 limited, 1 extensive), treated successfully with limited courses of topical or oral steroids.

    Conclusions: We conclude that this radiation- and alkylator-free HCT conditioning regimen is an effective strategy for BMF in patients with DC or very short lymphocyte telomeres. Eliminating DNA damaging agents may reduce HCT complications including GVHD and enable transplant in patients with high-risk co-morbidities.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01659606

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    Abstract already published.

    O031 HLA-Alloimmunization in acquired aplastic anemia

    Katja Julen1, Thomas Volken2, Andreas Holbro1,3, Laura Infanti1,3, Jörg Halter3, Stefan Schaub3, Tamara Diesch4, Jakob Passweg3, Andreas Buser1,3, Beatrice Drexler1,3

    1 Blood Transfusion Center, Swiss Red Cross, Basel, Switzerland, 2 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland, 3 University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland, 4 University Children's Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

    Background: The standard treatment of acquired aplastic anemia (AA) is either intensive immunosuppressive therapy (IST) or allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). As supportive measures, red blood cells and platelet transfusions are the mainstay of therapy and patients are often multitransfused, which in turn can lead to anti-human leukocyte (HLA) alloimmunization. In acquired AA the rate of HLA-alloimmunization has previously shown a higher frequency in patients with AA compared to hematological malignancies. However, these results date back before the general introduction of leukoreduction of blood products and photochemical pathogen reduction of platelet components, and are based on cell-based assays. In recent years, leukoreduction and pathogen reduction of blood products became standard in Switzerland and the solid-phase assay (Luminex® technology) is now widely available to test for HLA-antibodies, allowing a more extensive and detailed characterization of HLA-antibodies. With these techniques, less is known on the exact incidence of HLA-antibodies and their magnitude, associated cofactors and its impact on treatment outcomes in acquired AA.

    Methods: We retrospectively investigated 54 AA patients treated with IST (n=44) and/or HCT (n=25) at the University Hospital of Basel and the University Children's Hospital of Basel (Switzerland) regarding HLA antibodies since the introduction of testing with the Luminex® at our center in 2008. At least one HLA antibody measurement before and/or after therapy was available per patient. All patients received leukoreduced blood products and as of 2011 platelets treated with INTERCEPT® (UV+ amotosalen).

    Results: Overall, HLA-antibodies were detected in 40 (74%) patients with a higher rate of HLA alloimmunziation by severity of AA (p< 0.01). The median number of HLA-antibodies in each patient before therapy (i.e. IST or HCT) was 3 (IQR 0-25). In patients undergoing HCT HLA-antibodies were more frequent before treatment start as compared to patients with IST treatment (median 13 (IQR 0-45) versus 2.5 (IQR 0-16.5), p< 0.05). Differences between treatments remained after adjusting for all covariates (p< 0.01). There was no statistically significant difference regarding the HLA antibody mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) between the two treatment forms (overall mean MFI of 1580 +/- 2075). The highest mean HLA-antibody MFI before therapy was 4747 (+/-7221) with a maximum of 24020. Females showed a significantly higher number of HLA-antibodies (p< 0.01) and also higher mean MFI (p< 0.05). Furthermore, the number of pregnancies was associated with higher numbers of HLA-antibodies (p< 0.01), however the number of transfusions did not have significant impact on HLA-antibody number and MFI. Regarding outcome, there was no significant association between the number of HLA-antibodies and engraftment as well as bleeding events.

    Conclusions: HLA-alloimmunization is still frequent in patients with acquired AA but today number of pregnancies and gender seem to be more important for development of HLA-alloimmunization than number of transfusions. Interestingly, patients treated by HCT show a higher rate of HLA-alloimmunization before treatment start in comparison to IST, thereby emphazing the importance of blood management and donor selection in HCT in acquired AA as HLA-antibodies can cause platelet refractoriness and can represent donor-specific antibodies in the setting of mismatched HCT (e.g. haploidentical).

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    Autoimmune diseases

    O032 Health-related quality of life in systemic sclerosis before and after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant - a systematic review

    Mathieu Puyade1, Nancy Maltez2, Gregory Pugnet3, Zora Marjanovic4, Anne Huyn5, Inés Colmegna6, Marie Hudson2, Dominique Farge-Bancel4

    1 CHU de Poitiers, Poitiers, France, 2 Mc Gill University/Jewish General Hospital and Lady David Research Institute, Montreal, Canada, 3 CHU de Toulouse Service de Médecine Interne, Toulouse, France, 4 APHP Hopital Saint Antoine, Paris, France, 5 IUCT Oncopole, Toulouse, France, 6 Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada,

    Background: Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) for severe rapidly progressive Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) allows significant regression in skin and lung fibrosis and improvements in overall and event free survival up to 7 years after transplant. We undertook this study to synthesize the evidence on changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) associated with AHSCT for SSc.

    Methods: Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) for severe rapidly progressive Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) allows significant regression in skin and lung fibrosis and improvements in overall and event free survival up to 7 years after transplant. We undertook this study to synthesize the evidence on changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) associated with AHSCT for SSc.

    Results: The search returned 656 articles. Eight were selected: 3 uncontrolled phase I or II trials, 2 cohort studies and 3 RCT (ASSIST, ASTIS, SCOT). HRQoL data from 289 SSc patients treated with AHSCT and 125 with intravenous cyclophosphamide (CYC) as a comparator were extracted. HRQoL was assessed using the Health Assessment Questionnaire-Disability Index (HAQ-DI) (n=275 patients), the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) (n=249 patients) and the EuroQol 5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) (n=138 patients). HRQoL was analyzed as a secondary outcome in all studies. Quality of the data was assessed as high.

    HAQ-DI improved significantly more with AHSCT compared to CYC (-0.58 vs -0.19, p=0.02 at 2 years in ASTIS; 53% vs 16% improved at 4.8 years in SCOT). Scores also improved pre-post AHSCT in the uncontrolled studies (ranging from -0.6 to -1.7 points at one year (all p< 0.05), and up to -1.5 points at 7.5 years (p< 0.001)). SF-36 Physical Component Summary scores were significantly better in subjects treated with AHSCT compared to CYC (between group differences ranging from 26 points at one year in ASSIST and 6.1 points at 2 years in ASTIS (p=0.01); 56% vs 15% improved at 4.8 years in SCOT (p=0.02)). Similar differences pre-post treatment scores were also reported in an uncontrolled study (increase of 20 points, p< 0.0001). In ASSIST, there was a trend for the SF-36 Mental Component Summary score to improve in the AHSCT arm (46 vs 58, p=0.07) and worsen in the CYC arm (56 vs 42, p=0.04) at one year. There were no significant differences between the AHSCT and CYC arms in ASTIS and SCOT with 2.0 and 4.8 years of follow-up, respectively. Post-treatment scores improved significantly compared to pre-treatment in an uncontrolled study (from 51 to 64 points, p=0.005). ASTIS showed a significant difference in the index-based utility score of the EQ-5D (0.29, p< 0.001) and a non-significant difference in the general health visual analogue scale (6.7, p=0.36) at two years, in favour of AHSCT compared to CYC.

    Conclusions: Although there is heterogeneity in the reported data, AHSCT in SSc was consistently associated with marked and sustained improvement in HRQoL. This analysis provides additional compelling data for the role of AHSCT in SSc when assessing patient's point of view.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest

    O033 Immune reconstitution following autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis is driven by sustained thymic reactivation

    Jennifer Massey1, Carole Ford1, Melissa Khoo1, Remi Cheynier2, Benedicte Charmantu2, John Zaunders3, Kevin Hendrawan1, Ian Sutton1, Barbara Withers1, Sam Milliken1, David Ma1, John Moore1

    1 St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia, 2 INSERM, Institut Cochin, Paris, France, 3 Kirby Institute, Sydney, Australia

    Background: Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) is a promising strategy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients that do not respond to conventional treatments, but the mechanisms enabling clinical improvement of MS in transplant recipients are not fully understood. We hypothesised that AHSCT induces a rebooting of thymic function, resulting in the re-development of a functional, tolerant immune system. We aimed to examine cell-surface and DNA markers of recent thymic emigrants (RTE's) longitudinally in a cohort of MS patients post-AHSCT in order to identify markers that correlate with a durable treatment response.

    Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) were collected from patients enrolled in the Phase II trial at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney for AHSCT in MS (Moore et al, JNNP in press). A multicolour flow cytometry panel to optimally identify RTE's was performed on 10 patient samples at 0, 6, 12, 24 and 36 month timepoints, allowing us to track changes in thymic output longitudinally following AHSCT. DNA markers of thymic function - Sj:b TREC ratio was performed in the same cohort of patients, on the same bio-banked sample to enhance the validity of observed changes. Statistical analysis was performed with GraphPad Prism.

    Results: A sustained, significant increase in RTE's and Sj:b TREC was detected between pre-transplant and 24 month post-transplant specimens (p = 0.024). In patients where similar analysis was able to be performed at 36 months a trend to increased markers of thymic output was observed. A correlation between RTE's and Sj:b TREC was observed (r=0.70, p = 0.003). Contrary to other publications in the field, TREC as a marker of thymic output did not appear to be lower when patients were analysed by age (< 30 yrs vs. >30 yrs). Greater thymic output as determined by Sj:b TREC was observed at all timepoints in patients who had evidence of sustained disease remission as opposed to patients who experienced disease relapse.

    Conclusions: We have seen evidence that sustained thymic reactivation is a component of immune reconstitution following AHSCT for MS. Previous studies have only demonstrated thymic activity at 12 months but this study confirms that thymic activity remains prominent at 24 and even 36 months. This thymic regeneration may contribute to a durable clinical response in patients with MS post HSCT.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry


    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    [ [O033 Image] 1 . Thymic output post HSCT for MS]

    O034 Allogeneic hsct for autoimmune diseases: A retrospective study from the ebmt autoimmune diseases, inborn errors and paediatric working parties

    Raffaella Greco1, Myriam Labopin2, Manuela Badoglio2, Paul Veys3, Juliana Silva3, Mario Abinun4, Francesca Gualandi5, Martin Bornhauser6, Fabio Ciceri7, Riccardo Saccardi8, Arjan Lankester9, Tobias Alexander10, Andrew Gennery11, Peter Bader12, Dominique Farge13, John Snowden14

    1 IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy, 2 EBMT Paris Study Office / CEREST-TC, Saint Antoine Hospital - INSERM UMR 938 - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 3 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, London, United Kingdom, 4 Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 5 IRCCS AOU San Martino-IST, Genova, Italy, 6 Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Dresden, Germany, 7 Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italy, 8 Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy, 9 University Medical Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, 10 Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 11 Newcastle University, Great North Childrens' Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, 132 University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 14 Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France, 15 Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Background: Allogeneic HSCT offers the potential replacement of an aberrant immune system. This retrospective study assessed long-term outcomes of this strategy in patients treated for severe autoimmune diseases (ADs), reported to the EBMT registry.

    Methods: Among the total 126 patients who received allogeneic HSCT between 1997-2014, we received detailed questionnaires on long-term outcomes from 64 patients. The diagnosis of AD was hematological (n=21) and non-hematological (n=43), among pediatric (=45) and adult (=19) populations. The median age of patients at HSCT was 11.14 years (pediatric: median 8.07 years, range 1.22-17.77); adult : median 31.30 years, range 21.43-51.57). All patients were refractory to previous immunosuppressive therapies (median of 4 lines of treatments, range 1-13), and eight of them received a previous autologous transplant.

    The graft source was PBSCs in 38, BM in 24, and cord blood in 2 patients. Donors were as follows; 41% MRD, 42% MUD, 9% MMRD, 5% syngeneic and 3% cord blood. Conditioning was MAC in 35 and RIC in 29 patients. Serotherapy with ATG was given in 16 patients, while 30 patients received alemtuzumab. Post-transplant GvHD prophylaxis was cyclosporine-based for the majority of patients (n=54).

    Results: Median follow-up was 67 months (range 7.9-189 months). Toxicity profile was similar to allogeneic HSCT in other contexts. The incidence of grades II-IV acute GvHD was 16.4% (95% CI: 8.4 - 26.8) at 100-days; severe acute GvHD was reported in 6.5% of them. Cumulative incidence of chronic GvHD was 32.5% (95% CI: 20.8 - 44.8) at 5-year; extensive manifestations were reported for 58% of chronic GvHD. Overall graft rejection rate was 4.9%.

    Seven secondary AD and one case of new malignancy (lymphoma) occurred. Viral reactivations were reported in a total of 33 patients, including CMV (n=14), EBV (n= 10), Adenovirus (n=5), BK virus (n=3), HSV (n=2), HHV6 (n=3) and VZV (n=2). Seven cases of invasive fungal infection were reported (one aspergillosis and three candidiasis). Ten bacterial infections (only 4 patients developed infection from Gram-negative bacteria) and four pneumonia were observed.

    At the last follow-up complete clinical response was obtained in 69.4% of patients, while partial remission was reported in 6.5%. Relapse incidence (RI) was 21.9% (95% CI: 11.8 - 33.9) at the last follow-up. Post-HSCT autoimmune disease specific treatment was required for 12 patients. In subgroup analysis among different diseases, the OS rates were similar between immune cytopenia and other ADs.

    At 5 years, OS was 76% (95% CI: 64.8 - 87.3), NRM was 13.3% (95% CI: 6.1 - 23.2) and PFS was 64.8% (95% CI: 52.1 - 77.6), with no differences between immune cytopenia (73.8%) and other ADs (64.3%).

    By multivariate analysis, only one prognostic factor remained significantly associated with long-term outcomes: a more recent year of transplant (better OS, p=0.007; lower chronic GvHD, p=0.047).

    Conclusions: This large retrospective survey of the EBMT registry confirms the potential of allogeneic HSCT to produce long-term disease remission in a large proportion of refractory ADs, with acceptable toxicities and NRM. Outcomes have improved in recent years.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O035 Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation improves functional capacity and quality of life of systemic sclerosis patients

    Karla Ribeiro Costa-Pereira1, Juliana Elias1, Daniela Moraes1, Ana Luisa Guimaraes1, Vania Mara Silva1, Erika Arantes Oliveira Cardoso1, Marilia De Fatima Cirioli1, Vanessa Leopoldo1, Andreia Ferreira Zombrilli1, Thalita C M Costa1, Belinda Simoes1, Maria Carolina Oliveira1

    1 University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

    Background: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by skin thickening and visceral involvement, leading to impairment of physical function, daily life activities and quality of life. Severe cases usually have poor prognosis, despite conventional immunosuppressive treatment. Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) has been investigated as treatment for patients with severe and rapidly progressive SSc and promotes reduction of skin thickening and at least stabilization of pulmonary involvement. There are no reports in the literature addressing the influence of AHSCT on the functional outcomes of SSc patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of AHSCT on skin involvement, pulmonary function, functional capacity and quality of life (QoL) of SSc patients, and to evaluate if pulmonary function measurements correlate with the other evaluated variables.

    Methods: in this prospective longitudinal study, 27 SSc patients were evaluated before, and at six and twelve months after AHSCT. Assessments included modified Rodnan's skin score (mRSS), pulmonary function test (forced vital capacity - FVC and carbon monoxide diffusion capacity - DLCO), respiratory muscle strength test (maximal inspiratory pressure - MIP and maximal expiratory pressure - MEP), six-minute walk test (6MWT) and quality of life questionnaire (SF-36). Results underwent statistical analyses and significance levels were established at p< 0.05.

    Results: Twenty-seven patients were evaluated before and at 6 months after transplant, 22 of which were additionally evaluated at 12 months. At 6 and 12 months after AHSCT, patients presented significant improvement of mRSS (p< 0.01), MIP (p< 0.01), MEP (p< 0.01), 6MWT distance (p=0.02), and physical (p< 0.01) and mental (p=0.02) components of the SF-36, when compared to pre-transplant evaluations. No changes were observed in FVC after treatment. Despite a transient decline in DLCO at 6 months (p< 0.01) after transplant, DLCO levels at 12 months were not different from baseline (pre-transplant). Significant correlations were observed between the 6MWT distance and physical component score of quality of life (R=0.62, p< 0.01). No significant correlation was observed between pulmonary function and the other evaluated variables (mRSS, respiratory muscle strength, physical capacity and quality of life).

    Conclusions: AHSCT significantly improves the functional status of SSc patients in the first year of follow-up. Although the pulmonary function remained stable after AHSCT, there was significant increase in the physical capacity and quality of life of patients. These results can be interpreted as positive outcomes of AHSCT for SSc.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O036 Model of multidisciplinary and multicenter approach for HSCT for children with multiple sclerosis: Long-term follow-up, late effects and transfer to adult healthcare

    Kirill Kirgizov1,2, Ekaterina Pristanskova1, Elvira Volkova1, Oksana Blagonravova1, Nataliya Sidorova1, Veronika Konstantinova1, Elena Machneva1, Sergey Piliya1, Olga Filina1, Julia Nikolaeva1, Anastasiya Mezentseva1, Raisa Bembeeva1, Elena Skorobogatova1

    1 The Russian Children's Research Hospital, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology,

    Moscow, Russian Federation

    Background: HSCT for children with multiple sclerosis (MS) proved effectiveness and safety. It is required to improve the results by analysis of long-term follow-up and late effects. Several challenges identified in multidisciplinary collaboration for successful treatment as well as a problem of switching these patients to the adult healthcare. We aimed to create a model of organization of help for children with severe refractory multiple sclerosis based on multidisciplinary and multicenter approach.

    Methods: Fifteen children with MS received autologous HSCT (aHSCT) from January 2010 to May 2018. Gender: females - 11, males - 4. Mean length of MS prior aHSCT was 22.7±8.4 months and mean age of MS debut was 12.7±2.1 years old. All patients had severe refractory MS treated with corticosteroids, interferons, plasmapheresis and mitoxantron with negative results. These patients presented signs of neuroinflammation. Mean baseline EDSS before the start of mobilization was 4.8±1.4. Procedures included mobilization with the help of cyclophosphamide and filgrastim and conditioning: Cyclophosphamide 200 mg/kg and hATG 160 mg/kg. All patients received at least 2 x 10˄6/kg CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells (mean 4.3 x 10˄6±2.6 x 10 ˄6). We analysed the incidence and nature of late effects in patients with at least one year of follow-up (based on the standard protocol for late effects). Fertility preservation proposed for patients. aHSCT as well as pre- and post-transplant care was done by multidisciplinary team involved both transplant and neurological team. Technology of transfer patients to adult center for post-transplant observation was identified.

    Results: All patients survived. Mean time to engraftment was 11 ±1.6 days. Eleven patients experienced culture negative fever, one patient - cystitis, and one patient had CMV reactivation within 100 days of the transplant. No patient experienced an EDSS increase post-HSCT above baseline, and all patients improved. Mean improvement of EDSS was 2.8±1.2 during the first 60 days after aHSCT (fast recovery). In-time transplanted patients improved better. Improvement confirmed by immunological data (increasing of immune regulation index and T-regs in comparison with the baseline). Median follow-up period was 48 months (8-93 months). Four patients (26.7%) experienced exacerbations (both neurological and MRI) in median of 2 years (1-3 years) after aHSCT. No onsets of secondary autoimmune disease and malignancies was seen. Cardiocascular late effects were seen in 6 patients and endocrine - in 3 patients (all females). All these late effects were successfully treated. Patients after the age of 18 years old were transferred to partnering adult center. This center uses the same protocol for HSCT (in adults) and post-transplant observation. Detailed scheme of transfer developed.

    Conclusions: aHSCT for pediatric patients with severe refractory MS appears to be safe and effective method and in-time HSCT can significantly improve the outcomes. Most of the patients did not experienced exacerbations. Late effects found in patients were successfully treated. We provide a best care for these patients in both childhood and adulthood by transferring them to adult center. Thus, a unique multicenter and multidisciplinary model of care for children with severe refractory MS was found.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O037 Autologous non-myeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD): An open-label pilot study

    Richard Burt1, Xiaoqiang Han1, Jiraporn Jitprapaikulsan2, Sean Pittock2

    1 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 2 Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, MN, United States

    Background: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is an inflammatory central nervous system disorder characterized, despite immunotherapy treatments, by life-long, severe, and disabling attacks of optic neuritis and myelitis. The aim is to determine if autologous non-myeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation could be an alternative treatment option.

    Methods: Following stem cell mobilization with cyclophosphamide (2 g/m2) and filgrastim, patients were treated with cyclophosphamide (200 mg/kg) divided as 50 mg/kg intravenously (IV) on day -5 to day -2, rATG (thymoglobulin) given IV at 0.5 mg/kg on day -5, 1 mg/kg on day -4, and 1.5 mg/kg on days -3, -2, and -1 (total dose 6 mg/kg), and rituximab 500 mg IV on days -6 and +1. Unselected peripheral blood stem cells were infused on day 0. AQP4-IgG antibody status was determined by CLIA validated ELISA or flow cytometry assays. Cell killing activity was measured using a flow cytometry based complement assay.

    Results: Twelve (eleven AQP4-IgG positive) patients were treated with a median follow-up of 54 months. Ten patients are more than five years post-transplant. At five years, 80% of patients were relapse-free off all immunosuppression (p< 0.001). At one and five years after HSCT, EDSS improved from a baseline mean of 4.3 to 2.8 (P<0.001) and 3.25 (P<0.001), respectively. NRS improved after HSCT from a baseline mean of 69.5 to 83.8 at one year (p<0.001) and 85.9 at five years (P<0.001). The SF-36 quality of life total score improved from mean 34.2 to 55.1 (P=0.03) and 62.1 (P=0.001). AQP4-IgG serostatus converted to negative in nine patients and complement activating and cell killing ability of patient serum was switched off. Two patients remained AQP4-IgG seropositive (with persistent cell killing ability) and relapsed within two years of HSCT (P< 0.01).

    Conclusions: Prolonged drug-free remission with AQP4-IgG seroconversion to negative following non-myeloablative autologous HSCT warrants further investigation in larger randomized controlled trial.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Identifier: NCT00787722

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    Abstract already published.

    O039 Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children: A french multicenter study

    Aurélie Guinot1, Marc Arca1, Nicole Raus2, Cecile Renard3, Claire Galambrun4, Pierre-Simon Rohrlich5, Benedicte Bruno6, Virginie Gandemer7, Cecile Pochon8, Jean-Hugues Dalle9, Nathalie Aladjidi10, Catherine Paillard1

    1 University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, 2 Société Francophone de Greffe de Moelle et de Thérapie Cellulaire (SFGM-TC), Lyon, France, 3 Lyon University Hospital, Lyon, France, 4 APHM, Timone Hospital, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, 5 Nice University Hospital, Nice, France, 6 University of Lille Nord de France, Lille, France, 7 University Hospital of Rennes, Rennes, France, 8 Nancy University Hospital, Nancy, France, 9 APHP, Robert Debré Hospital, Paris Diderot University, Paris, France, 10 University Hospital of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

    Background: Autoimmune cytopenias (AIC) are a rare but serious complication of haematopoietic stem cells transplantation (HSCT). The auto immune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) is the most frequent of these complications in paediatrics and is difficult to treat. So far, there has been no nationwide post transplantation AIHA study.

    Methods: This observational, retrospective and multicentric study focused on French paediatric cases of AIHA after HSCT between January 2007 and January 2018.

    Data was collected from national reference databases and direct interview of physicians.

    The inclusion criteria were patients between 0 to 18 years old who developed an AIHA or an Evans syndrome after HSCT. Data concerning patient, primary diagnosis, HSCT procedure, pre-transplant viral status, blood group compatibility, characteristics of cytopenia, delay transplant-cytopenia, graft vs host reaction. Laboratory characteristics and therapies were analyzed as well as the response to first, second or third line treatments.

    Results: 2856 paediatric HSCT were performed in 16 French paediatric centers between 2007 and 2018. Among them, 36 children developed an AIC: 30 AIHA, 1 pancytopenia and 5 Evans syndromes. The median age at HSCT was 4,9 years old (0,3-14,8). Average delay between transplantation and AIC was 192 days (20-600). The median follow-up after transplant was 35,8 months (5-94).

    23 patients were transplanted for non-malignant disease (12 benign hemopathies, 11 immunodeficiencies) and 13 for a malignant one.

    Stem cell source was bone marrow for 50% of patients, peripheral blood stem cells for 29% and cord blood for 12%. The donor was unrelated for 65% of HSCT, matched related for 15% and 12% of procedures were haplo-identical. 76% of patients received ALS as part of their conditioning regimen, it was myeloablative in 65 % (TBI based for 6%) and reduced intensity in 20%.

    Direct anti-globulin test (DAT) was positive to IgG +/- C3d for 52% of patients, 16 patients had a blood group incompatibility (8 minor and 8 major).

    64% of patients had an acute GvH and chronic GvH on time of AIHA was find in 12% of patients.

    For 70% of patients the first line treatment was a combination of steroids (2mg/kg/day), intravenous immunoglobulin and rituximab (375mg/m2per week). For 41% of patients a second or third-line treatment was required (Imurel, Cellcept, Cyclophosphamide, Sirolimus, Campath, Bortezomib). 8 patients died (4 relapse, 2 infections and 1 severe anaemia, 1 multiple organ failure).

    Conclusions: This is the first study describing precisely the AIHA post HSCT in pediatrics in France along with the various treatments used. It's a rare but severe complication with multiple risk factors associated with a high mortality rate and no standardized therapy at this time. Further studies would allow us to understand the disease better in order to prevent its occurrence and treat it more efficiently.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Cellular Therapy

    O040 Updated analysis of CART19-BE-01 trial: An academic trial on the use of ARI-0001 cells (A3B1:CD8:4-1BB:CD3Z CAR19 cells) in patients with CD19+ relapsed / refractory malignancies

    Valentín Ortiz-Maldonado1, Anna Alonso-Saladrigues2, Miguel Caballero Baños1, María Castella1, Anna Boronat1, Enric Garcia Rey3, Tycho Baumann1, Montse Torrebadell2, Joan Cid1, Miquel Lozano1, Cristina Llanos2, Berta Marzal1, Alex Bataller1, Aina Oliver1, Andrea Rivero1, Pedro Castro1, Yolanda Jordan2, Jordi Esteve1, Josep María Canals4, Esteve Trias3, Jordi Yagüe1, Montserrat Rovira1, Alvaro Urbano-Izpizúa1, Manel Juan1, Susana Rives2, Julio Delgado1

    1 Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2 Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain, 3 Banc de Sang i Teixits, Barcelona, Spain, 4 University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

    Background: The prognosis of relapsed/refractory acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), non Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is very poor, particularly in patients relapsing after autologous (autoHCT) or allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT). In the last decade, several chimeric antigen receptor anti-CD19 (CAR19) constructs have been developed. Two of them (tisa-cel and axi-cel) are already approved by the FDA and EMA for ALL and NHL. However, the availability and affordability of these commercial CARTs remains a challenge in Europe.

    Methods: The first academic pilot clinical trial ( NCT03144583) using our fully academic (A3B1:CD8:4-1BB:CD3Z) CAR19 was approved by the Spanish Agency of Medicines on May/2017. Eligibility criteria included R/R ALL (adult and pediatric), NHL and CLL who had failed standard available therapy. The primary objective of the study was safety, and secondary objectives were response rate and its duration (progression-free survival). Here we report an updated analysis of this trial.

    Results: As of December/2018 we have included 35 patients in the study. Of these, we performed lymphoapheresis to 34 and we processed the cells of 33, although for the moment we have only infused to 25 of them. The diagnoses of these 25 patients were ALL in 20 (13 adults), NHL in 4 and CLL in 1. Median age was 23 (3-54) years and 40% were women. Of the 20 patients with ALL, 17 had relapsed after alloHCT, while 3/4 patients with NHL had relapsed after autoHCT. After conditioning with fludarabine (90 mg/m2) and cyclophosphamide (900 mg/m2), we infused 0.4-5 x106 ARI-0001 cells /kg, first as a single infusion (first 19 patients, cohort 1), and then in 2-3 fractions (last 6 patients, cohort 2). We have observed 5 (20%) cases of severe cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and the non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 12% (3/25). These deaths were due to CRS (2) and pseudomembranous colitis (1), and all happened in cohort 1. We had no cases of severe neurotoxicity, and grade II neurotoxicity was only seen in 2 patients. Of the 14 patients with active ALL at inclusion, 11 had enough follow-up for efficacy analysis, and all of them achieved a CR (9 of them with negative MRD). With a median follow-up of 8.7 months (range, 1.3-14.8), relapses were observed on days +223 (CD19+), +105 and +284 (CD19-), leading to a progression-free survival of 53% at 12 months. In patients with NHL/CLL we have documented CR in 2, one of them (NHL) relapsing at day +259. One NHL patient has not been evaluated yet and the other 2 patients did not respond and have died due to their lymphoma. The CLL patient, refractory to 5 lines of treatment, achieved a CR, which is maintained at day +377.

    Conclusions: Treatment with ARI-0001 cells is effective with a response rate of 78.5% in ALL (PFS of 53% at 1y) and 50% in NHL/CLL. We also observed cases of severe CRS in 20% and a NRM of 12% of patients, though dose fractioning seems to improve safety profile. Still, longer median follow-up and further patient inclusions are needed.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Phase I, CART19-BE-01 clinical trial (EudraCT: 2016-002972-29, NCT03144583) for relapsed/refractory CD19+ leukemia and lymphoma at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona (Spain).

    Disclosure: Source of funding: Proyecto ARI, Fundació Gloria Soler, ISCIII, CatSalut.


    Abstract already published.

    O042 High expansion level and long term persistence of BCMA CAR-T cells contribute to potent anti-tumor activity against heavily treated multiple myeloma patients

    Yongxian Hu1, Yanlei Zhang2, Guoqing Wei1, Huijun Xu1, Wenjun Wu1, Shaohui Liu2, Jiazhen Cui1, Alex Hongsheng Chang2, He Huang1

    1 Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2 Shanghai YaKe Biotechnology Ltd, Shanghai, China

    Background: BCMA CAR-T cells have demonstrated substantial preclinical and clinical activity for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) patients. In different clinical trials, the overall response rate (ORR) varied from 50% to 100%. Complete remission (CR) rate varied from 7% to 60%. Previous studies indicated higher CAR-T cell expansion in vivo achieved better remission. Here we developed a BCMA CAR-T cell product manufactured via lentiviral vector-mediated transduction of activated T cells to express a second-generation CAR with 4-1BB costimulatory domain.

    Methods: Our trial (ChiCTR1800017404) was initiated to evaluate the safety and efficacy of autologous BCMA CAR-T treatment for RRMM. The enrolled RRMM patients either had received at least 3 prior treatment regimens, including a proteasome inhibitor, an immunomodulatory agent, anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody or were double or triple-refractory, and have over 30% BCMA expression. Patients were subjected to a lymphodepleting regimen with Flu daily for 3 days (30mg/m2, D4 to D2) and Cy (500mg/m2, D-3 to D-2) prior to the CAR-T cell infusion (D0) at a dose range of 1-5 x106 CAR+ cells/kg.

    Results: As of the data cut-off date (Nov 28th, 2018), 17 patients, median age 61.8 (49 to 75) years old, with a median of 4.9 (0.4 to 10.8) years since MM diagnosis, were infused with BCMA CAR-T cells. Patients had a median of 14 prior regimens (range 4 to 24) (Figure 1A). All the 17 patients were eligible for initial evaluation of early clinical response with a median observation period of 12 (0.9 to 40) weeks. ORR was 100%. All the patients achieved MRD negative in bone marrow by flow cytometry within 1-2 weeks after CAR-T infusion. Partial response (1 PR, 5.9%), very good PR (6 VGPR, 35.3%), and complete response (10 CR, 58.9%) within 12 weeks post CAR-T infusion were achieved. Durable responses from 4 weeks towards the data cut-off date were found in 15/17 patients (88.2%). The disease progressed in 1 patient from PR by week 5 (Figure 1B). One patient died of severe infection by Day 9. All patients had detectable CAR-T expansion by flow cytometry from Day 3 post CAR-T cell infusion. Expansion peaks were found between Day 6 to Day 17. The peak CAR-T cell expansion in CD3+ lymphocytes of peripheral blood (PB) varied from 35% to 95% with a median percentage of 83.5% (Figure 1C). The peak absolute number of CAR-T cells in PB varied from 530 to 23000 per µL with a median number of 10300 per µL. Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) was reported in all the 17 patients, including 2 with Grade 1, 4 with Grade 2 and 11 with Grade 3. CAR-T -related AEs were 9 pancytopenia (52.9%), 14 fever (82.3%), 8 nausea (47.1%), 1 heart failure (5.8%). No patient died of CRS complication.

    Conclusions: Our data showed BCMA CAR-T treatment is safe with prominent efficacy. We also observed high expansion level and long term persistence of BCMA CAR-T cells contribute to potent anti-myeloma activity. These initial data provide strong evidence to support the further development of this anti-myeloma cellular immunotherapy.

    Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR1800017404

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O043 Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-mediated BCL11B suppression in lymphoid progenitor cells propagates natural killer-like cell development

    Marcel Maluski1, Arnab Ghosh2, Jessica Herbst3, Vanessa Scholl3, Rolf Baumann4, Robert Geffers5, Johann Meyer6, Andreas Krueger7, Axel Schambach6, Marcel van den Brink2, Martin Sauer3

    1 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Hannover, Germany, 2 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States, 3 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Hannover, Germany, 4 Clinic for Radiation Oncology, Hannover, Germany, 5 Genome Analytics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany, 6 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Experimental Hematology, Hannover, Germany, 7 Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

    Background: The transcription factor B Cell CLL/Lymphoma 11B (Bcl11b) is indispensable for T lineage development of lymphoid progenitors. Pre-fabricated T cell products, allowing for a wider choice of effectively targetable antigens, being applicable to a wider range of patients, and minimizing the risk of long-term sequalae from on target/off tumor effects would be highly desirable. Here we hypothesized that antigen receptor engineering of hematopoietic stem cells would fundamentally impact lymphoid progenitor cell fate and as a consequence biological properties thereby allowing to generate an ubiquitously available lymphoid cell product for targeted immunotherapy across MHC barriers.

    Methods: Murine hematopoietic stem cells were transduced with a broad panel of 1stand 2ndgeneration murine CARs containing different costimulatory domains and numbers of active immune receptor-based activation motifs (ITAMs) against CD19 in a lentiviral backbone and consecutively differentiated into lymphoid progenitors using the OP9-DL1 feeder layer system. Resulting products were comparatively assessed in vitro and in vivo (FACS, functional assays, microarray gene transcript analysis, western blotting, timely controlled transgene expression, leukemia challenge experiments, in vivo lymphoid depletion experiments) upon co-transplantation into a MHC-mismatched myeloablative transplantation model for relapsed leukemia.

    Results: CAR expression on early ex vivo generated lymphoid progenitors suppresses Bcl11b (Figure 1B) and leads to decreased T cell-associated gene expression. Concomitantly, suppressed Bcl11b permits lymphoid progenitors to acquire NK cell-like properties (Figure 1A) and upon adoptive transfer into hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients they differentiate into CAR-induced killer cells (CARiK) that mediate potent antigen-directed antileukemic activity across MHC barriers (Figure 1C,D). A CD28, but not 4-1BB, costimulatory domain and active ITAMs are critical for a functional CARiK phenotype.

    Conclusions: These results give important insights into differentiation of lymphoid progenitors driven by synthetic CAR transgene-expression and inform the potential use of ex vivo generated CARiK as an “off-the-shelf” product for targeted immunotherapy.

    Disclosure: M.v.d.B has IP Licensing with Seres Therapeutics and Juno Therapeutics. M.v.d.B. has also received honorariums from Flagship Ventures, Novartis, Evelo, Seres, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Therakos, Amgen, Merck & Co, Inc., Acute Leukemia Forum (ALF), and DKMS Medical Council (Board) and research support and has stock options with Seres Therapeutics. A.G. has received research support from Aprea therapeutics and Infinity therapeutics. All remaining authors have no conflict of interest.


    [ [O043 Image] 1 . Figure 1: CAR-induced killer (CARiK) cells provide strong anti-leukemia effects in vivo.]

    (A) C57BL/6 (B6) recipients received 3 x 106 B6 TCD-BM only or additionally with 8 x 106 syngeneic im1928z1-lymphoid progenitors. Numbers of NK1.1+CARiK cells and frequencies of CD3+TCRβ+progeny within the Tom+ gate in spleens on day 28 (im1928z1, n= 5; iTom, n= 4). Statistics was performed by using Students t-test (two-tailed). Data represent means ± s.e.m. (B) Western blot analysis for BCL11B in lysates from iTom lymphoid progenitors, im1928z1-lymphoid progenitors or B6 WT thymocytes. (C) Recipients co-transplanted with either syngeneic (syn) or MHC class I and II mismatched (allo) im1928z1-expressing lymphoid progenitors (n= 10 mice, respectively) received 1.2 x 106 C1498-mCD19 leukemic cells on day 21 after transplantation and monitored for survival. (D) CAR-lymphoid progenitor-co-transplanted mice were treated with weekly i.p. injections of either an anti-NK1.1 antibody (clone: PK136; 200µg/dose) or with PBS for control (n= 10 per group). All mice received 1.2 x 106 C1498-mCD19 cells on day 21 after transplantation and were monitored for survival. Survival curves were compared using Mantel-Cox (log-rank) test. Significant differences are indicated by *P < 0.05, ***P < 0.001, ****P < 0.0001.

    O044 Characterization of an HLA-DPB1 specific T-cell receptor for adoptive immunotherapy

    Sebastian Klobuch1, Elisabeth Neidlinger1, Carina Mirbeth1, Wolfgang Herr1,2, Simone Thomas1,2

    1 University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, 2 University of Regensburg, Regensburg Center for Interventional Immunology, Regensburg, Germany

    Background: HLA-DPB1 mismatches occur in up to 80% of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations from HLA 10/10 matched donors and were shown to be associated with a decreased risk of leukemia relapse. Therefore, targeting HLA-DPB1 mismatched antigens by donor T cells seems to be an attractive strategy to enhance graft-versus-leukemia effect. We recently established a reliable method to generate and isolate HLA-DPB1 mismatch reactive T cells receptors (TCR). TCR-modified T cells showed leukemia eradication of primary human AML blasts in a xenogeneic NOD/SCID/IL2Rgc-/- (NSG) mouse model. However, human fibroblasts used as surrogate cells for graft-versus-host (GvH) reactivity were also recognized by HLA-DPB1-specific T cells upon IFN-γ pretreatment, which up-regulates HLA-class II expression on these cells. In this project, we aim at the isolation of TCRs recognizing mismatched HLA-DPB1 only on hematopoietic cells, which might lower their risk for GvHD.

    Methods: Naive-enriched CD4 T cells were stimulated with autologous dendritic cells expressing allo-HLA-DPB1 alleles upon RNA transfection. To drive the outgrowth of CD4 T-cell populations expressing ‘CD4-independent' TCR which allow the redirection of both CD4 and CD8 T cells, we blocked the CD4/HLA interactions by the addition of CD4 binding antibody. Allo-HLA-DPB1 reactive cultures were analyzed for their recognition of primary AML blasts in IFN-γ ELISpot as well as 51Chromium-release assays. Highly reactive CD4 T cell populations were further analyzed for their IFN-γ secretion against non-hematopoietic cells. TCRs from most promising CD4 T cell clones with an HLA-DPB1 specific recognition of hematopoietic but not non-hematopoietic cells were isolated and further analyzed.

    Results: Two CD4-independent T cell clones with reactivity to the HLA-DPB1*03:01 mismatch allele specifically lysed HLA-DPB1*03:01+ primary AML blasts. Most importantly, one of these T cell clones did not show IFN-γ secretion upon co-culture with IFN-γ pretreated primary fibroblasts. Therefore, we isolated this TCR and transferred it into CD4 and CD8 T cells from healthy donors. TCRDP03 re-directed CD4 and CD8 T cells specifically recognized and lysed primary AML blasts from several HLA-DPB1*03:01+ patients in vitro. Again, cells of non-hematopoietic origin (fibroblasts) were not recognized even after IFN-γ pretreatment and HLA-DP upregulation.

    To optimize TCR expression and activity, we exchanged the constant domains of the TCR by their murine counterparts. This modification not only led to a higher IFN-γ production and lysis of AML blasts, but also induced recognition of IFN-γ pretreated fibroblasts. However, tumor cell lines overexpressing HLA-DPB1*03:01 were also recognized by CD4 T cells engineered with the wild-type or murinized TCRDP03, suggesting that recognition of hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells is rather triggered by the avidity between the T cell and the target cell than by the TCR target epitope.

    Conclusions: In conclusion, our data suggest that allo-HLA-DPB1 specific TCRs are powerful therapeutic off-the-shelf reagents in allogeneic T-cell therapy of leukemia. The isolation of allo-HLA-DPB1 specific TCR without cross-reactivity to non-hematopoietic cells might be one strategy to avoid HLA-DPB1 specific GvH reactivity upon inflammatory situations (e.g. viral infections). However, our data also indicate that finding of the most suitable TCR candidate is challenging.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.

    O046 Infusion of memory T cell (CD45RA-Depleted) DLI improves CMV-specific immune response early after ABT cell-depleted HSCT: First results of a prospective randomized trial

    Zhanna Shekhovtsova1, Maria Dunaykina1, Larisa Shelikhova1, Dmitry Balashov1, Elena Kurnikova1, Yakov Muzalevsky1, Alexey Kazachenok1, Elena Osipova1, Viktoria Kiseleva1, Dmitry Pershin1, Daria Shasheleva1, Rimma Khismatullina1, Sergey Blagov1, Andrei Abrosimov1, Irina Shipitsina1, Elena Gutovskaya1, Galina Novichkova1, Alexei Maschan1, Michael Maschan1

    1 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Background: abT cell depletion effectively prevents severe GVHD in mismatched HSCT, but in a proportion of cases delayed immune recovery leads to increased infection risk and NRM. We've shown in a pilot study that infusion of low-dose memory T cells (CD45-RA depleted) is safe after engraftment among recipients of ab T cell-depleted grafts (PMID:29269793). We initiated a prospective trial to directly test the efficiency of this approach. We report here an interim result of a prospective, randomized, single-centre trial (NCT02942173).

    Methods: A total of 100 paediatric patients with malignant disorders (ALL, n=56; AML, n=30; NHL, n=8; acute mixed lineage leukemia, n=5 and MPD, n=1) were enrolled between October 2016 and September 2018. Patients were randomly assigned to receive CD45RA-depleted DLIs (experimental arm), n=54, or not (control arm), n=46. Median age at HSCT was 8.9 years, m:f ratio - 42:58. The conditioning consisted of either treosulfan (n= 50) or TBI (n= 50) in combination with fludarabine and thiotepa. GVHD prophylaxis included tocilizumab at 8 mg/kg at day 0, abatacept at 10 mg/kg at day 0, +7, +14 and +28, and bortezomib at 1,3 mg/m2 at days -5, -2, +2, +5. Neither anti-thymocyte globulin nor calcineurin inhibitors were used. Donors were HLA-haploidentical (n=94) or matched (n=6). All donors and 76% of the recipients were CMV seropositive. PMBC grafts were split and TCRαβ/CD19 depletion and CD45RA depletion were performed with CliniMACS Prodigy. The median dose of CD34+ cells was 10x106/kg, αβT cells - 28x103/kg. In the experimental arm memory DLIs were infused on day 0 at 25x103/kg and on days +30, +60, +90, +120 at 50x103/kg. In the control arm 8 patients received DLI after engraftment to prevent relapse (n=6) or treat infections (n=2). Primary endpoints were the cumulative incidence (CI) of CMV viremia (>500 copies/ml) by day +100 and the CI of acute GvHD grade ≥ II.

    Results: Median follow-up for survivors was 1 year (0,2-2). Engraftment of WBC and platelets was achieved in 99 pts, one patient died at day +8. WBC and platelets engrafted at a median of 11 days and 14 days, respectively. The incidence of CMV viremia was 45% (36-56) overall, 41% (30-56) in the experimental arm vs. 50% (38-67) in the control arm, p=ns. The CI of aGvHD ≥ grade II was 10% (6-18) overall, 10% (4-23) in the experimental arm vs. 9% (4-24) in the control arm, p=ns. Two patients died, one per treatment arm, resulting in 2% (0-14) CI of TRM at 1 year among the whole cohort. Causes of death were pre-engraftment bloodstream infection and disseminated adenovirus infection. Patients randomized to experimental arm acquired anti-CMV reactivity significantly earlier, according to IFN-g ELISPOT assay on day +30 after HSCT (p=0,0001).

    Conclusions: Co-infusion of donor-derived memory DLI with the αβ T cell-depleted graft is safe and improves recovery of virus-specific immune responses. Replacement of ATG with targeted blockade of CD28/CD80 co-stimulation and IL-6 receptor does not compromise engraftment and GVHD control, and is associated with low rate of non-relapse mortality.


    [ [O046 Image] 1 . Incidence of CMV viremia]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O047 conditioning prior to CD19-specific CAR (19-28Z) T cells predicts response and survival in pediatric relapse/refractory (R/R) B-ALL

    Kevin Curran1, Steven Margossian2, Nancy Kernan1, Susan Prockop1, Farid Boulad1, Maria Cancio1, Victoria Szenes1, Andrew Kung1, Jaap Jan Boelens1, Richard O'Reilly1, Isabelle Riviere3, Michel Sadelain3, Renier Brentjens3

    1 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatrics, New York, NY, United States, 2 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, United States, 3 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States

    Background: CD19-specific CAR T cells have demonstrated clinical benefit in patients with R/R B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). Several factors have been associated with response including conditioning chemotherapy, CD4/8 ratio, and post infusion CAR T cell expansion.

    Methods: We studied the feasibility of a multi-center trial of a MSK-developed CD19-specific CAR (19-28z) for the treatment of R/R B-ALL, the toxicity following infusion, and performed predictor analysis for optimal response. Pediatric and young adult patients with R/R B-ALL were eligible for infusion. Patients received a cyclophosphamide-based (Cy) conditioning of high dose (HD; 3g/m2) or low dose (LD; 1.5g/m2) chemotherapy. Outcomes of interest were complete response (CR), overall survival (OS). Variables considered were conditioning regimen (HD-Cy vs LD-Cy), pre-treatment disease burden (MRD vs morphologic), complete remission (CR) status, absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) change, and in vivo CAR T cell expansion.

    Results: 25 patients were included; 17 patients received HD-Cy and 8 received LD-Cy prior to CAR T cell infusion. Among evaluable patients (n=24), CR or CR with incomplete count recovery was demonstrated in 94% and 38% for HD-Cy vs LD-Cy cohorts respectively (p=0·01). OS was superior in the HD-Cy cohort as compared to the LD-Cy cohort (median OS = not reached; NR) vs. 4·7 months (p=0·004; Figure 1). Lymphodepletion (Delta ALC: prior to and following Cy) was significantly higher in the HD-Cy cohort as compared to the LD-Cy cohort (p< 0·001; Figure 2). The in vivo CAR T cell expansion (peak CAR T cell vector copy number/ml) in peripheral blood was higher in the HD-Cy cohort as compared to the LD-Cy cohort (p=0·01; Figure 2). To less extent, disease burden prior to treatment with conditioning chemotherapy and CAR T cells impacted response. Disease response was 93% (13/14) in low disease burden group (MRD-cohort) compared to 50% (5/10) in the high disease burden group (morphologic cohort) (p=0·05). OS was also superior in the low disease burden group (median OS = NR) compared to high disease burden group (median OS = 4.3 months; p=0·01). Combined response for HD-Cy/MRD was 100% (12/12), HD-Cy/Morphologic 75% (3/4), LD-Cy/MRD 50% (1/2), and LD-Cy/Morphologic 33% (2/6). Grade III/IV toxicity occurred in 32% (8/25) of patients including severe cytokine release syndrome (sCRS) in 16% of patients and severe CAR-associated neurotoxicity in 28% of patients.

    Conclusions: In this preliminary analysis we demonstrate that dose intensity of conditioning chemotherapy positively correlated with response and overall survival for patients treated with CAR T cells and confirms, to a lesser extent, pre-treatment disease burden impacts both response and overall survival.


    [ [O047 Image] 1 . Figure1_2]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01860937

    Disclosure: The authors acknowledge William Lawrence and Blanche Hughes Foundation provided funding for the conduct of this study with Juno Therapeutics providing funding for an extension cohort of patients. K.J.C. has received research support from Juno Therapeutics; has consulted, participated in advisory boards, or participated in educational seminars for Juno Therapeutics, and Novartis. R.J.B. M.S. I.R. are co-founder, stock holders, and consultants for Juno Therapeutics. C.S.S. has received research support from Juno Therapeutics; has consulted or participated in advisory boards for Juno Therapeutics, Kite and Novartis.

    O048 Early and late hematologic toxicities in children and adults treated with CD19-CAR T cells

    Elad Jacoby1,2, Shalev Fried1,2, Abraham Avigdor1,2, Bella Bielorai1,2, Amilia Meir1, Michal Besser1,2, Jacob Schachter1,2, Avichai Shimoni1,2, Arnon Nagler,1,2, Amos Toren1,2

    1 Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel, 2 Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Background: Autologous T cells transduced with CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptors show notable remission rate in advanced patients, leading to approval by the FDA and EMA for treatment of relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The most common adverse events reported are cytokine-release syndrome (CRS) and neurotoxicity. Here we study and profile of hematologic toxicity of patients following locally produced CAR T cells.

    Methods: We studied the first 38 patients treated on a phase 1b/2 clinical trial using CD19 CAR-T cells for B-cell malignancies, focusing on hematologic toxicities (neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and anemia), from the initial lymphodepleting regimen till progression or an additional treatment was administered. Cytokine levels were studied using Milliplex Map, human cytokine/chemokine panel II.

    Results: Between July 2016 and March 2018, 38 patients were enrolled on the trial, and 35 patients who received CAR-T cells and survived more than 21 days were included in this analysis. Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and anemia occurred frequently (94%, 80% and 51%, respectively) after CAR T cell infusion, and were associated with a prolonged or biphasic nature: In 93% of patients hematologic toxicity occurred or were ongoing after 21 days from cell infusion, and in 52% (neutropenia) and 44% (thrombocytopenia), two trough levels were noted, the second trough occurring after day +21. Later events of cytopenia, following more than 42 days from CAR infusion and in absence of further therapy, occurred in 62% (neutropenia), 44% (thrombocytopenia) and 17% (anemia requiring PRBC transfusion) of patients.

    We identified a strong correlation between the late hematologic toxicities (thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, p=0.018, thrombocytopenia and anemia, p< 0.0001, anemia and neutropenia p=0.05).

    On univariate analysis, factors affecting late cytopenia were prior HSCT (p=0.0015, 0.0083 and 0.02 for anemia, thrombocytopenia and neutropenia respectively) and higher CRS grade p=0.003, 0.018 and 0.04 for late anemia, thrombocytopenia and anemia respectively). Diagnosis (ALL vs NHL) or age were not correlated to the incidence of early or late post-CAR cytopenia. To further study potential causes of late events in patients who were in remission, and in absence of signs of hemophagocytosis, patients' serum was analyzed for chemokine panel at different time points. As expected, serum thrombopoietin levels were correlated with the platelet count. We observed that only in late events (more than 21 days from infusion) SDF-1 serum levels correlated to neutrophil count (R2=0.3, p=0.04).

    Conclusions: Cytopenia are common events following CD19 CAR T cell therapy, and may have a prolonged and even biphasic course. Patients at risk include those following a recent HSCT or with high grade CRS. Late neutropenia events which occurred later than expected recovery from conditioning chemotherapy and following resolution of CRS, were correlated with serum SDF1 levels, similar to prior observations with late onset neutropenia related to rituximab (Dunleavy, Blood 2005). As CAR T cell products are entering standard of care for relapsed patients, detection and proper management of hematologic toxicities is warranted.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02772198

    Disclosure: Elad Jacoby - Advisory board, Novartis

    O049 Natural killer cells infusion as consolidative strategy in AML pediatric patients

    Luisa Sisinni1, José Luis Fuster2, Antonia Pascual3, José Manuel Vagace4, María Vela1, Berta González1, David Bueno1, Yasmina Mozo1, Blanca Rosich1, Jaime Valentín1, Mario Muñoz1, Antonio Balas1, Isabel Mirones1, Lucia Fernández5, Antonio Pérez-Martínez1

    1 Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain, 2 Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain, 3 Hospital Pediatrico, Malaga, Spain, 4 Badajoz Hospital, Badajoz, Spain, 5 Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Madrid, Spain

    Background: Acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML) represents 40% of all leukemias of western countries, being the second malignant hemopathy in pediatric population. In the last decades, the survival rate has maintained around 60%, being relapse the main problem. It has been highlighted the role of immune system for the control of AML and new therapeutic strategies have been developed. In this setting, the use of alloreactive Natural Killer (NK) cells could play a key role not only in the context of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) but also as adoptive immunotherapy in patients with minimal residual disease. In this project we proposed including the cellular therapy with haploidentical activated and expanded NK cells as adjuvant therapy in pediatric patients affected by AML in complete remission and without indication of HSCT.

    Methods: It is a multicentre, open, prospective and no randomized phase II clinical trial, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of allogenic NK cells infusion from haploidentical donor after a lympho- ablative chemotherapy in pediatric patients affected by low and intermediate risk AML in first complete cytological remission. Patients were treated according to Spanish protocol (SEHOP 2002) including 2 inductions plus 2 consolidation cycles. After chemotherapy patients received the infusion of activated and expanded NK cells (NKAE) after a lympho-ablative treatment based on cyclophosphamide 60mg/Kg and fludarabine 125mg/Kg. NK cells were obtained from 250 ml of peripheral blood from haploidentical donors selected based on alloreactivity of KIR inhibitors and KIR activators receptors. NK cells were activated and expanded for 3 weeks trough co-culture with the cellular line K562-mbil15-41bbl suitable for clinical use in humans (Good Manufacturing Practices, GMP).

    Results: At this time 14 products in 7 patients have been infused, with the following characteristics: NK cells (CD45+ CD56+ CD3-) 86.64 ± 11.36%; T lymphocytes (CD45+ CD56- CD3+) 2.94 ± 3.55%. One product was rejected for quality criteria. A mean of 51.14 ± 53.99 x 106 NK cells/kg and 0.69 ± 0.35 x 106 T cells/kg were infused. Median age of the patients were 7 years (1-16). Treatment and infusions were well tolerated. The main adverse event was neutropenic fever in one patient. After a median follow up of 530 days (371-813) all the 7 patients are alive. Only one patient showed relapse at day +307 after NK cells infusion and was submitted to an HSCT from a matched unrelated donor.

    Conclusions: The preliminary results of this trial suggest that NK cells infusion as consolidative strategy in pediatric patients with AML, is feasible and secure. The therapeutic effect should be confirmed in a larger cohort of patients.

    Clinical Trial Registry: (NCT02763475) and EudraCT (2015-001901-15).

    Disclosure: Authors have no conflict of interest.

    The trial was funded by "Fundación Mutua Madrileña" Grant

    O050 TCRαβ/CD19 depleted and IL-15 stimulated donor cell infusions can exert anti-tumor effects after allosct without inducing GVHD in vitro and in vivo

    Anne-Marie Lang1, Patrick Hundsdörfer2, Florian Heubach1, Emmanuelle Moraes Ribeiro1, Armin Rabsteyn1, Annette Künkele2, Patrick Schlegel1, Christian Seitz1, Michaela Döring1, Michael Schumm1, Angelika Eggert2, Rupert Handgretinger1, Peter Lang1, Johannes Schulte2

    1 University Children´s Hospital Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 2 Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Background: Natural killer (NK) cells and γδ T-cells have been shown to play a significant role in GvL effects after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Both cell types are not restricted by MHC molecules which makes them unlikely to elicit graft versus host disease (GvHD) even in mismatched SCT and therefore are suited also for cell-based posttransplant immunotherapy. Incubation with cytokines strongly enhances their spontaneous and antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC).

    Methods: Thus, we investigated the efficacy of a combination of IL-15 stimulated NK- and γδ T-cells from mismatched donors in vitro and based on urgent medical need in ultra high risk patients.

    Results: In vitro data: Spontaneous cytotoxic activity and ADCC with TCRαβ/CD19 depleted PBMCs from healthy donors against LS (neuroblastoma) and Nalm-6 (leukemia) target cells after overnight stimulation with IL-15 was significantly increased compared to non-stimulated cells (E:T ratio 20:1; LS cells: 43% and 61% vs 19%; Nalm-6 cells: 44% and 68% vs 26%). The results for CD107a assays are in line with the cytotoxicity approaches. NK and γδ T-cells showed a significantly stronger stimulation after IL-15 incubation +/- ADCC, as measured by secreting cytokines (CD107a, INFγ, TNFα).

    Moreover, 7 patients at extremely high risk for relapse received NK-/ γδ T-cell infusions after previous transplantation from haploidentical (n=5) or matched donors (n= 2); Diagnoses: T-ALL, relapse after 1st SCT n=1; B-lineage-ALL, CR after 2nd SCT, n=3; AML, relapse after 1st SCT, n=1; relapsed neuroblastoma, PR after 2nd SCT, n=1.

    For that purpose magnetic microbeads and the CliniMACS® device were used for TCRαβ/CD19 depletion of leukapheresis products from the original donors. Afterwards, remaining cells (NK, γδ T and myeloic cells) were stimulated with IL-15 (10 ng/ml) overnight. Efficacy of the stimulation procedure was measured in 3 leukapheresis products: after incubation with target cells (LS) both, NK-cells as well as γδ T-cells showed a significant increase in CD107a secretion compared to non-stimulated effectors (n=4) from healthy donors (NK-cells: 75% vs 12%; γδ T-cells: 44% vs 2%). A median number of 12.4x106 NK-cells and 1.66x106 γδ T-cells and 1.08x103 residual TCRαβ cells/kg were infused. Four patients had received therapeutic mAbs (anti-GD2, anti-CD19 or anti-CD38) within 48 hours after cell infusion to induce ADCC.

    Side effects were treatable cytokine release syndrome in 3 patients; no GvHD occurred. Infused cells could be tracked by CD69 expression for up to 26 days in peripheral blood.

    Outcome: 2 patients with T-ALL and neuroblastoma responded and achieved another CR, 2 patients maintained their previous CR for up to now 55/222 days; 3 patients progressed/relapsed after 26/69/89 days. Additional therapies were applied in 4/7 patients. 4 patients are alive (median follow up: 248 days after infusion), 2/4 are disease free.

    Conclusions: Infusion of a combination of NK/ γδ T-cells can increase anti-tumor effects and ADCC with appropriate therapeutic mAbs without inducing GvHD even after mismatched SCT. Further investigations are needed to evaluate the role of this cellular therapy.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    Abstract already published.

    O052 Identifying chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) centers and CAR activity in Europe, a survey on behalf of the cellular therapy & immunobiology working-party (CTIWP) of EBMT

    Alvaro Urbano1, Mickael Hudecek2, Francesco Dazzi3, Rose Ellard4, Katharina Fleischhauer2, Ulrike Koehl5, Jurgen Kuball6, Franco Locatelli7, Florent Malard8, Paolo Pedrazzoli9, Luca Vago10, Lotte Wieten11, Chiara Bonini10, Anja Van Biezen12, Steffie Vanderwerf12, Junfan Wang12, Annalisa Ruggeri13, Christian Chabannon14

    1 Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2 BMT Unit, Essen, Germany, 3 King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, 4 BMT Unit, London, United Kingdom, 5 BMT Unit, Hannover, Germany, 6 BMT Unit, Utrecht, Netherlands, 7 Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital IRCCS, Rome, Italy, 8 Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 9 San Matteo, Pavia, Italy, 10 San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy, 11 BMT Unit, Leiden, Netherlands, 12 EBMT Data Office Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands, 13 Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital IRCCS, Roma, Italy, 14 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France.

    Background: The use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells has shown outstanding efficacy in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphoid malignancies, as reported by many groups in United States (US) and China. CAR-T cell based activity in Europe is still at early stages. Few European academic and pharma-sponsored clinical trials are currently opened to inclusions, and access to the two EMA-approved autologous CAR-T products remains limited for the majority of European centers, since they must undergo a tedious and non-harmonized qualification process imposed by the manufacturer as part of the drug label. Improved awareness of CAR-T centers and ongoing CAR-T activities in Europe are essential to promote European networking activities, improve competitiveness of EU medical centers, and develop clinical trials, education, accreditation, and registration/long-term follow-up, thus fulfilling the needs of stakeholders.

    Methods: A survey questionnaire was prepared by the committee members of the EBMT Cellular-Therapy-&-Immunobiology-Working-Party (CTIWP). Questions were formulated to identify CAR-T centers and CAR-T based activity in Europe, and to know the characteristics of centers and the organization for implementing a clinical CAR-T program. Using monkey survey, the survey was sent to 566 EBMT-centers.

    Results: 123 centers replied to the survey. 340 patients (ALL 45%, NHL 32%, MM 10%, CLL 5%, AML 1.6%, Solid tumors 7%) have been treated so far in 31 EBMT centers from 12 countries. Most of these centers are JACIE-accredited (90% for clinical activities; 93% for cell collection activities). 54 additional centers reported plans to start CAR-T cell administration within the following 6-months. Most patients were treated in the setting of academic clinical trials (58.6%l) or pharma sponsored trials (36%l). Few patients (7%) received marketed CAR-T cells. PCR (36%) and flow-cytometry (60%) were used to monitoring the persistence of CAR-T cells after infusion. Cytokine levels were measured in 78% of the cases, and NGS was performed in 45% of the centers. Half of the centers reported to use “point of care” manufacturing. Patient management was mainly carried out by bone marrow transplant (BMT) physicians (85%).

    However, 77% of the centers reported to have also implemented a “CAR-T team”, as a multidisciplinary team managed by a coordinator, with weekly clinical meetings. In more than 90% of the centers, there were specific rules for transferring patients to the intensive-care-unit. In contrast, only 40% of the centers had a nurse coordinator for management assistance of these patients. 77% of the centers plan to expand the capacity of their own department for CAR-T program.

    Conclusions: This survey is the first attempt to gather information about CAR-T cell activity in Europe. This first results confirms active and growing involvement and high quality standards of European centers having CAR-T cell program.

    The expanding use of these complex ATMP approaches could be facilitated through harmonization of the clinical practice, shared analysis of good quality data, and by a centralized European clinical trial office.

    The cellular therapy CAR-T form is readily available to capture in more detail safety and efficacy of this intervention and will allow sharing in a transparent process registry data with stakeholders.

    Disclosure: No disclosure

    O053 Coagulation disorders during CRS of a BCMA targeted CAR T cell therapy in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma: Periodic results of a phase I clinical trial

    Mi Shao1, Yongxian Hu1, Huijun Xu1, Yanlei Zhang1, Jiazhen Cui1, He Huang1

    1 The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

    Background: Despite rapid advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), outcomes remain poor in relapse/refractory patients. B-Cell Maturation Antigen (BCMA) chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, are showing promising responses rates in early trials. But there are still lots of uncertainties pending research. Herein, we conducted a clinical study aiming to determine the safety, efficacy and cytokinetic of CAR-BCMA T cells in patients with BCMA-positive refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma (RRMM).

    Methods: This is an open-label, phase 1 study (ChiCTR1800017404). Eligible patients had RRMM, confirmed as BCMA-positive by flow cytometry or pathological examination. Autologous T cells transduced with a BCMA-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-BCMA T cells) are used(1×10^7/kg CAR+T cells), following pre-infusion treatment——intravenous administration and lymphodepletion conditioning (fludarabine and cyclophosphamide). The primary outcome measure is incidence of adverse events (AEs) especially clinical events, including CRS, neurotoxicity and coagulopathy, et al. Additional outcome measures are duration and expansion of BCMA CAR T cells.

    Results: 19 patients (median age of 61, range 41 to 71) with RRMM have received treatment. The median %PC in BM at enrollment was 30.23% (range 2% to 72%). 4/19 had high tumor burden, defined as ≥ 50% bone marrow plasma cells. 3/19 had prior autologous stem cell transplant. As of data cut-off (Dec 1,2018), CRS grade 1-2 occurred in 8 patients, grade 3-4 occurred in 11. Surprisingly, not a few patients developed coagulation disfunction, manifesting elevated D-dimer, prolonged APTT, PT, TT, and decreased fibrinogen, with 0 case of organ bleeding. Laboratory values correlating with CRS reaching grade 3-4 (N=11) compared to those with milder CRS (N=8) included peak ferritin (mean: 31095.23 vs 1665.53 ug/L, p< 0.005), peak IL-6 (mean: 8001.07 vs 266.92 pg/mL, p< 0.005), peak IL-10 (mean: 324.89 vs 43.81 pg/mL, p< 0.01), and peak IFN-γ(mean: 2936.46 vs 58.21 pg/mL, p< 0.05). No significant difference was seen in peak CRP, IL-2 and TNF-α.

    Patients with CRS 3-4 had a higher APTT (mean: 38.86 vs 12.09 s, p< 0.01), D-dimer (mean: 44509.18 vs 13347.75 ug/L, p< 0.05) and fibrinogen (mean: -1.68 vs -0.34 g/L, p< 0.05) compared to those with milder CRS. There was no significant difference in PT and TT.The changes of D-dimer and APTT were in line with the indictors of CRS, such as CRP, IL-6 and IL-10 in some individual cases. The significant correlation between APTT and CRP (p< 0.05) appeared on 17 patients (89.5%), while the significant correlation between IL-6 and APTT as well as between IL-6 and D-dimer only appeared on 7 patients (36.84%).

    Conclusions: Early safety and efficacy results of BCMA CAR T therapy in RRMM are encouraging. AEs of coagulation were observed. Changes of APTT, D-dimer and fibrinogen of patients with high CRS level were more significant than those with milder CRS. On the individual level, APTT correlated with CRP in the course of therapy. Given extensive cross-talk between inflammation and coagulation, coagulation-related indictors are more convenient for monitoring CRS. Also, our study suggests the importance in diagnosis and early management for coagulopathy to avoid CRS-related mortality.

    Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR1800017404

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    Abstract already published.

    O055 Point-of-care production of CD19 CAR-T cells in an automated closed-system bioreactor: Report of first clinical experience

    O Molostova1, Larisa Shelikhova1, Y Muzalevsky1, A Kazachenok1, D Pershin1, E Kurnikova1, M Dunaylkina1, Y Abugova1, D Abramov1, P Trakhtman1, B Boro Dropulic2, D Shneider2, R Orentas2, L Preußner3, G Rauser3, R Alex3, M Essl3, N Miakova1, A Karachunskiy1, D Litvinov1, G Novichkova1, A Maschan1, Michael Maschan1

    1 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2 Lentigen, A Miltenyi Biotec Company, Gaithersburg, MD, United States, 3 Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

    Background: CD19 CAR-T cell products are approved as therapy for advanced B-cell malignancies. The predominant manufacturing model is a centralized industrial-type production process. An alternative approach to CAR-T cell production and delivery to the patient is via a point-of care manufacturing process.

    Methods: Between February 2018 to November 2018 a total of 15 pts with relapsed/refractory B-cell malignancies (4 female, 11 male[GR1], median age 12 y) were screened, 10 pts were enrolled for single center, phase I-II trial of safety and clinical efficacy of automatically produced cell therapy product, 5 were eligible for compassionate use of therapy.

    Seven patients had relapsed B-ALL after HSCT, 6 pts had refractory relapse after chemotherapy, 1 pt had refractory induction failure, 1 pt had refractory primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). Eight patients received previous blinatumomab infusion.

    Eight patients had high disease burden >5% blast cells in BM, median 89% (14-100), 6 pts had minimal residual disease (MRD) in BM.

    The CliniMACS Prodigy T cell transduction (TCT) process was used to produce CD19 CAR-T cells from fresh patient-derived leukapheresis product. Automatic production included CD4/CD8 selection, stimulation with MACS GMP T Cell TransAct, transduction with lentiviral (second generation CD19.4-1BB zeta) vector (Lentigen, Miltenyi Biotec company) and expansion over 10 days in the presence of TexMACS GMP Medium and MACS GMP IL-7/IL-15 combination. Final product was administered without cryopreservation after fludarabine/cyclophosphamide preconditioning. All patients received prophylactic tocilizumab at 8 mg/kg.

    Results: All production cycles were successful. Median transduction efficiency was 59% (32-75). Median expansion of T cells was 36 fold (18-49). CD4/CD8 ratio in the final product was 0,6. The cell products were administered at 1*105/kg of CAR-T cells in 5 pts, 5*105/kg in 5 pts, 1*106/kg in 5 pts.

    Cytokine release syndrome occurred in 8 (53%) pts: grade I in 5 pts, grade II in 2 pts, grade IV in 1 pts. CAR-T cell related encephalopathy occurred in 4 (26%) pts, including one fatal brain edema. Grade I neurotoxicity had 2 pts, grade II - 1 pt, grade V - 1 pt. Four patients were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Three patients died until day 28 (2 due to sepsis, 1 due to fatal brain edema and sepsis, on autopsy in the brain vessels of this patient were found Klebsiella pneumoniae emboli)

    Twelve patients were evaluable for response at day 28. Three pts had persistent leukemia, without evidence of CAR-T expansion. MRD-negative responses were achieved in 8 cases among 11 evaluable cases with bone marrow involvement. Patient with PMBCL had a decrease in metabolic activity on PET/CT scan. CD19(-) relapse after initial response was registered in 1 case at 109 day.

    Conclusions: Production of CAR-T cells with the CliniMACS Prodigy TCT process is a robust option that provides a point-of-care manufacturing approach to enable rapid and flexible delivery of CAR-T cells to patients in need. Robustness and consistency of this approach provides a solid basis for multi-center academic trials in the field of adoptive cell therapy.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Chronic leukaemia and other myeloproliferative disorders


    Abstract already published.

    O057 Development and validation of a clinical-molecular transplant scoring system for myelofibrosis

    Nico Gagelmann1, Markus Ditschkowski2, Rashit Bogdanov2, Swan Bredin3, Marie Robin3, Bruno Cassinat3, Rabia Shahswar4, Felicitas Thol4, Michael Heuser4, Gerard Socié3, Dietrich Beelen2, Anita Badbaran1, Nicolaus Kröger1

    1 University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 2 West German Cancer Center, Essen, Germany, 3 Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France, 4 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

    Background: In the last decade, several prognostic scoring models such as the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS), the dynamic IPSS (DIPSS) or DIPSS-plus have been developed for diagnosed primary myelofibrosis (PMF) and are currently used for decision finding regarding allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Furthermore, the prognostic relevance of mutation profile resulted in a mutation-enhanced system (MIPSS70) in transplant-age PMF patients (70 years or younger). For secondary myelofibrosis, the MYSEC-PM was developed. While all scoring systems were developed in non-transplant populations and may be useful in decision finding regarding transplantation, uncertainty remains regarding usefulness of these systems to predict posttransplant outcome and thus counseling patients whether to proceed to transplant.

    Methods: Bone marrow or peripheral blood samples were obtained before transplantation and mutations were detected using next-generation sequencing. The following myelofibrosis-associated genes were sequenced: JAK2, CALR, MPL, ASXL1, IDH1/2, CBL, DNMT3A, TET2, SF3B1, SRSF2, U2AF1, EZH2, TP53, NRAS, KRAS, RUNX1, and FLT3. Cytogenetic analysis and reporting were performed according to the International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature criteria using standardized techniques. We examined 361 myelofibrosis patients, of whom 260 had PMF and 101 SMF at time of transplantation. A training cohort of 205 patients was used to create a clinical-molecular transplant scoring system (MTSS) predicting survival from Cox models, internally validated by use of bootstrap and cross-validation. Model discrimination was measured by the concordance index (C). The final MTSS was externally validated in a cohort of 156 patients and was furthermore applied to posttransplant non-relapse mortality as a secondary objective.

    Results: Multivariable analysis on 5-year survival identified age ≥ 57 years, Karnofsky performance status < 90%, platelet count < 150 x 109/L and leukocyte count > 25 x 109/L at time of transplantation, HLA-mismatched unrelated donor, ASXL1 mutated and CALR-/MPL-unmutated genotype being independent prognostic factors for outcome. The uncorrected concordance index for the final survival model was 0.723 (0.713-0.733), and bias-corrected indices were similar. A weighted score of 2 was assigned to transplantation from an HLA-mismatched unrelated donor and an CALR-/MPL-unmutated genotype, whereas a score of 1 was assigned to older age, leukocytosis, thrombocytopenia, ASXL1 mutation, and poor performance status. The MTSS consisted of four distinct risk groups showing 5-year survival in the validation cohort of 83% (71-95%) for low (score 0-2), 64% (53-75%) for intermediate (score 3-4), 37% (17-57%) for high (score 5), and 22% (4-39%) for very high risk (score > 5), respectively (P < 0.001). Increasing score was predictive of non-relapse mortality (P < 0.001) and remained applicable to PMF (C= 0.718; 0.710-726) and SMF (C=0.701; 0.690-0.711) improving prognostic ability in comparison to current systems such as DIPSS (C=0.573; 0.564-0.582), DIPSS-plus (C=0.557; 0.546-0.568), MIPSS70 (C=0.587; 0.578-0.596), MIPSS70-plus (C=0.547; 0.538-0.556), MIPSS70-plus version 2.0 (C=0.566; 0.558-0.574), GIPSS (C=0.544; 0.532-0.556) as well as MYSEC-PM (C=0.605; 0.593-0.617).

    Conclusions: We show here that this internally and externally validated MTSS accurately discriminated different risk for death and may improve counseling patients with respect to transplant compared with currently existing systems, as well as facilitate design of clinical trials in the transplant setting.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O058 Response to up-front azacitidine in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML): Interim analysis of the prospective European multicenter study AZA-JMML-001

    Charlotte M. Niemeyer1, Christian Flotho1, Daniel B. Lipka2, Jan Starý3, Claudia Rössig4, André Baruchel5, Giuseppe Basso6, Thomas Klingebiel7, Concetta Micalizzi8, Gérard Michel9, Karsten Nysom10, Susana Rives11, Markus Schmugge Liner12, Marco Zecca13, Irith Baumann14, Bouchra Benettaib15, Noha Biserna15, Jennifer Poon15, Mathew Simcock16, Meera Patturajan15, Marry M. van den Heuvel-Eibrink17, Franco Locatelli18,19

    1 University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2 German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany, 3 Fakultní nemocnice v Motole, Prague, Czech Republic, 4 University Children's Hospital Münster, Münster, Germany, 5 CHU Paris - Hôpital Universitaire Robert Debré (APHP), Paris, France, 6 Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Padua, Italy, 7 Universitaetsklinikum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 8 Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy, 9 Hôpital de la Timone, Marseilles, France, 10 Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 Hospital Sant Joan de Deu de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 12 Kinderspital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 13 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy, 14Böblingen Hospital, Sindelfingen, Germany, 15 Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ, United States, 16 Celgene Corporation, Uxbridge, United Kingdom, 17 Prinses Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology/Hematology, Utrecht, Netherlands, 18 IRCCS Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Rome, Italy, 19 Sapienza, University of Rome, Rome, Italy

    Background: JMML is a chemotherapy-resistant neoplasia of early childhood. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative therapy, saving approximately 50% of these children. Relapse is the major cause of treatment failure, with chemotherapy prior to HSCT being notably unsuccessful. Novel therapies controlling the disorder prior to HSCT are urgently needed.

    Methods: We conducted a phase 2, multicenter, open-label study to evaluate pharmacodynamics, safety, and antileukemic activity of azacitidine monotherapy prior to HSCT in patients with newly diagnosed JMML. Azacitidine was administered at 75 mg/m2/day intravenously on days 1-7 of a 28-day cycle for 3 to 6 cycles. The primary endpoint was the number of patients with clinical complete remission or clinical partial remission (cPR) at Cycle 3 Day 28 (C3D28); secondary endpoints included overall survival following HSCT.

    Results: Eighteen JMML patients (13 PTPN11-, 3 NRAS-, 1 KRAS-, 1 NF1-mutated) aged 0.2-7.0 years were enrolled. Median (range) WBC, platelet count and spleen size were: 19.7 (4.3-59.0) × 109/L, 28 (7-85) × 109/L, and 4 (2-14) cm below the costal margin, respectively. DNA methylation class (Lipka et al. Nat Comm 2017; n=17) was high, intermediate, or low in 10, 5, and 2 patients, respectively. Sixteen patients completed 3 cycles of therapy and 5 of them completed 6 cycles. Two patients discontinued treatment before completing 3 cycles due to disease progression. Six patients (33%) experienced ≥ 1 grade 3 or 4 manageable adverse event, consistent with the known azacitidine safety profile. Eleven patients (61%) achieved cPR at C3D28 and 7 had progressive disease either at C3D28 or prior. Importantly, 8 of the 15 patients who needed platelet transfusions before or shortly after treatment initiation did not require transfusions at the time of HSCT. Seven of these 8 platelet responders had normalized their platelet count (≥ 130 × 109/L). Palpable spleen size decreased in 11 responders by a median of 3.5 cm after 3 cycles and ranged from 0-2 cm below the costal margin after 6 cycles. Sixteen patients received allo-HSCT from a family or compatible unrelated donor following a busulfan- (n=15) or treosulfan-based (n=1) preparative regimen after a median of 57 days (36-112) from last azacitidine dose. Thirteen transplanted patients were leukemia-free at median follow-up of 15.7 months (0.1-31.7) after HSCT. Two children (both high methylation class) given HSCT relapsed after the allograft. Sixteen of the 18 patients were alive at a median follow-up of 19.8 months (2.6-37.3). One patient who discontinued treatment before cycle 3 died from disease progression, and 1 non-responder died from graft failure.

    Conclusions: This study shows azacitidine monotherapy was well tolerated in children with newly diagnosed JMML. Although the long-term advantage of azacitidine therapy remains to be fully assessed, both the decrease in spleen size and significant platelet responses observed demonstrate that the drug was effective in JMML and provided clinical benefit to JMML patients in this study. This clinical trial has shown that azacitidine therapy prior to HSCT may be considered for patients with JMML.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02447666

    Disclosure: Charlotte Niemeyer is a member of a board of directors or advisory committee and provides consultancy for Celgene.

    Claudia Rössig is a member of a board of directors or advisory committee at Amgen, EUSAPharm, Roche, Celgene, Novartis, Pfizer, BMS; honoraria from Amgen, Roche, Pfizer.

    André Baruchel provides consultancy (includes expert testimony) with Celgene, Novartis, Servier, JAZZ Pharma; research funding and honoraria from Shire; honoraria from Novartis, Jazz Pharma.

    Susana Rives has received honoraria (for talks in Industria sponsored Satellite Symposia) from Novartis, JAZZ Pharma, Baxalta, Shire, Servier; Speaker's Bureau at Novartis, JAZZ Pharma, Baxalta, Shire, Servier, Amgen, Erytech Pharma; membership on an entity´s board of directors or advisory committees at Novartis; received travel and accommodation expenses for medical congresses from Novartis, JAZZ Pharma, Baxalta, Shire, Servier, Amgen, Erytech Pharma.

    Marco Zecca has received honoraria from CHIMERIX and JAZZ Pharma.

    Marry M. van den Heuvel-Eibrink received honoraria from Celgene (consultation fee).

    Bouchra Benettaib, Noha Biserna, Jennifer Poon, Mathew Simcock, Meera Patturajan are employees of and hold stock or other equity ownership in Celgene.

    Christian Flotho, Daniel Lipka, Jan Starý, Karsten Nysom, Gérard Michel, Thomas Kilngebiel, Franco Locatelli, Giuseppe Basso, Concetta Micalizzi, Irith Baumann, Markus Schmugge Liner have nothing to disclose.

    O059 Ruxolitinib before allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients with myelofibrosis: A preliminary descriptive report of the JAK ALLO phase II study

    Marie Robin1,2, Raphael Porcher3, Corentin Orvain4, Jacques Olivier Bay5, Hélène Labussière6, Anne Huynh7, Amandine Charbonnier8, Edouard Forcade9, Sylvain Chantepie10, Claude Bulabois11, Ibrahim Yakoub Agha12, Pascal Turlure13, Marie Dutrait14, Nicole Raus6, Françoise Boyer4, Felipe Suarez15, Stephanie N Guyen16, Jerome Cornillon17, Alban Villate18, Brigitte Dupriez19, Bruno Cassinat1, Valerie Rolland11, Marie Helene Schlageter1, Gerard Socie1, Jean Jacques Kiladjian1

    1 Hopital Saint-Louis, APHP, Paris, France, 2 University Paris 7, INSERM 1131, Paris, France, 3 Hotel Dieu, APHP, Paris, France, 4 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Angers, Angers, France, 5 CHU Clermont Ferrand, Clermont Ferrand, France, 6 CHU Lyon Sud, Lyon, France, 7 CHU Toulouse, Paris, France, 8 CHU Amiens Picardie, Amiens, France, 9 CHU Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 10 CHU Caen, Caen, France, 11 CHU Grenoble Alpes - Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France, 12 CHRU de Lille, Lille, France, 13 CHU Limoges, Limoges, France, 14 CHU Nancy, Nancy, France, 15 CHU Necker, APHP, Paris, France, 16 Hôpita de la Pitie Saletrière, APHP, Paris, France, 17 CHU Saint Etienne, Saint Etienne, France, 18 CHU Tours, Tours, France, 19 CH Lens, Lens, France

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative treatment for patients with myelofibrosis; OS is from 30 to 60% depending on age, comorbidities, disease status and type of donors. JAK1/2 inhibitors have been reported to decrease constitutional symptoms and spleen size in one half of patients with a possible advantage of OS as compared to best current treatment. Retrospective studies show that ruxolitinib has been used in patients before HSCT with apparent good tolerance.

    Methods: In 2012, we initiated a phase II prospective French collaborative (FILO and SFGM-TC) trial testing the role of ruxolitinib given before allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation in patients with myelofibrosis. Patients could be included if they were intermediate or high risk according to Lille score or IPSS. Patients had to start ruxolitinib after inclusion and were transplanted in case a donor has been identified within 4 months. Primary aim was progression-free survival at one year after HSCT.

    Results: 76 patients could be included. 53 (70%) had a primary myelofibrosis and 23 (30%) had a myelofibrosis secondary to Essential Thrombocythemia (n=10) or Polycythemia Vera (n=13). At time of inclusion, 43 (57%) patients had constitutional symptoms, 72 (95%) had palpable splenomegaly, 48 (63%) patients had hemoglobin < 10 gr/dl, 23 (30%) patients had peripheral blast cell count > or = at 1% and 16 (21%) had thrombocytopenia < 100 G/L. Median follow-up was 31 months. At 4 months, one patient has died, 11 patients had no donor, 18 had an HLA matched sibling donor, 31 had an HLA matched unrelated donor and 15 had a 9/10 HLA mismatched unrelated donor. 59 (78%) patients with a donor at 4 months could be transplanted of whom 18 underwent a splenectomy before transplantation. Conditioning regimen was fludarabine 90mg/m2 in combination with melphaln 140mg/m2. GVHD prophylaxis was cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil with ATG in unrelated donor. Partial response under ruxolitinib was 26% while the whole complete response incidence was 46% at one year. OS and PFS at 2 years were 68% (95% CI: 59-80) and 53% (95% CI: 43-66). OS was significantly better in patients with HLA matched sibling donor as compared to patients without a donor or with an unrelated donor (p=0.008, figure 1). Cumulative incidence of acute GVHD on day 100 was 66% of whom 44% had grade 3-4 acute GVHD. Cardiogenic shock generally associated with severe sepsis or “sepsis like” syndrome occurred in 7 patients: 2 patients were not transplanted because of this complication while in the 5 other patients CS occurred within the 15 days after transplantation. Three renal failures secondary to tumor lysis syndrome were declared just after conditioning regimen initiation.

    Figure 1. Overall survival in JAK ALLO patients.

    Conclusions: OS was very good in patients with HLA matched related donor and significantly better than in patients with an unrelated donor. More analyses are currently ongoing to determinate the potential role of cytokine release in peri-transplantation time, as well as specific myelofibrosis and quality of life questionnaires assessing the impact of ruxolitinib in patients.


    [ [O059 Image] 1 . Figure 1. Overall survival in JAK ALLO patients]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01795677

    Disclosure: no

    O060 Impact of cytogenetics on prognosis in primary myelofibrosis after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    Nico Gagelmann1, Markus Ditschkowski2, Rashit Bogdanov2, Swan Bredin3, Marie Robin3, Bruno Cassinat3, Rabia Shahswar4, Felicitas Thol4, Michael Heuser4, Dietrich Beelen2, Anita Badbaran1, Nicolaus Kröger1

    1 University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 2 West German Cancer Center, Essen, Germany, 3 Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France, 4 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

    Background: While cytogenetics may influence outcome in primary myelofibrosis (PMF) from diagnosis which lead to several prognostic systems incorporating different cytogenetic risk classifications, its definitive role specific after allogeneic stem cell transplantation is still unclear. Here, we aim to evaluate the role of currently existing cytogenetic risk classifications included in the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS)-plus and in the mutation-enhanced system (MIPSS70-plus version 2.0).

    Methods: In this multicenter retrospective study, we examined 149 PMF patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Current cytogenetic risk stratifications used in DIPSS-plus and MIPSS70-plus version 2.0 were evaluated. According to DIPSS-plus, an unfavorable karyotype includes +8, -7/7q, i(17)q, -5/5q,12p-, inv(3), and 11q23 rearrangements while MIPSS70-plus version 2.0 consisted of very high risk (VHR: single/multiple abnormalities of -7, i(17q), inv(3)/3q21, 12p-/12p11.2, 11q-/11q23, +21, or other autosomal trisomy, not including +8/+9), favorable (normal karyotype or sole abnormalities of 13q-, +9, 20q-, chromosome 1 translocation/duplication or sex chromosome abnormality including -Y), and unfavorable (all other abnormalities).

    Results: The median follow-up period of all 149 PMF patients was 56 months and the median time from diagnosis to transplant was 26 months. After five years, 51 (34%) patients had died. The median age at transplant was 57 years and 63% of patients were male. Most allografts were applied using peripheral blood (97%) and were received from an HLA-matched unrelated donor (42%), followed by mismatched unrelated (34%), matched related (23%), and mismatched related or haploidentical (1%). Reduced intensity conditioning was applied to 75% of patients. Splenectomy before transplant was undergone in 15% and ruxolitinib was received by 27%. Frequencies according to driver mutation genotype were: CALR (19%), JAK2 (59%), MPL (5%), and triple negative (17%). ASXL1 mutation was present in 38% while 64% had more than two mutations overall. 94 (63%) patients had normal karyotype. Most frequent abnormalities were trisomy 8 in 11 (7%), trisomy 9 in 5 (3%), deletion in 20q in 17 (11%), deletion in 13q in 11 (7%), chromosome 7 in 5 (3%), chromosome 5 in 5 (3%), and chromosome 1 translocation/duplication in 2 (1%). More than two abnormalities were present in 9 (6%) patients. High cytogenetic risk category according to DIPSS-plus was present in 24 (16%) while 12 (8%) had VHR and 25 (17%) had unfavorable risk according to MIPSS70-plus version 2.0. Regarding outcome, an unfavorable karyotype according to DIPSS-plus showed 5-year OS of 62% (52-72%) vs 63% (57-70%), with cause-specific hazard being 1.16 (P=0.69). 5-year relapse and non-relapse mortality rates were not significantly different showing 9% and 33% for unfavorable karyotype vs 17% and 28% (P=0.31 and 0.52). With respect to the three-tiered classification of MIPSS70-plus version 2.0, 5-year OS of VHR was 74% (62-86%) and unfavorable was 52% (42-62%) vs favorable risk of 64% (58-70%), with cause-specific hazard of 1.09 (P=0.74). Relapse and non-relapse mortality were 9% and 17% for VHR, 4% and 48% for unfavorable, and 19% and 26% for favorable risk (P=0.19 and 0.48).

    Conclusions: Current cytogenetic risk stratifications do not predict outcome in PMF after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.


    [ [O060 Image] 1 . Figure 1. Cytogenetic risk classification according to DIPSS-plus and MIPSS70-plus version 2.0]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O061 allogeneic transplants for myelofibrosis: Improved outcome in 2018

    Stefania Bregante1, Anna Maria Raiola1, Alida Dominietto1, Carmen di Grazia1, Maria Teresa van Lint1, Francesca Gualandi1, Patrizia Chiusolo2, Sabrina Giammarco2, Luca Laurenti2, Federica Sora'2, Elena Rossi2, Valerio de Stefano2, Simona Sica2, Emanuele Angelucci1, Andrea Bacigalupo2

    1 AOU S.Martino IST IRCCS, Genova, Italy, 2 Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Italy

    Background: The aim of this study was to assess the outcome of patients with Myelofibrosis allografted before and after 2010, in two transplant Centers (Genova San Martino and Rome Gemelli).

    Methods: We have studied 147 patients, divided in two groups: 2001-2010 (n=59) and between 2011 and 2018 (n=88). The age was significantly older in the most recent group (53 vs 58 years, p< 001), and there was a greater use of alternative donors (38% vs 80%, p< 0.0001), and more patients with DIPSS-R high score (40% vs 47%, p=0.1). The transplant score (based on transfusions >20 and splee size >22 cm) was intermediate-high risk in 82% and 58% (p< 0.01) of patients respectively. The conditioning regimen was a combination of thiotepa, busulfan fludarabine (TBF) in 1% and 87% of patients grafted before and after 2010 (p< 0.00001). The transplant risk score (TS) was based on spleen size (>22 cm) and pre-graft transfusion (>20) as previously described (Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 Mar;45(3):458-63)

    Results: Outcome. The cumulative incidence (CI) of acute grade II-IV (25%) and of chronic GvHD (18%) was comparable in the two time periods. The 5 year CI of non relapse mortality (NRM) was reduced overall from 37% to 20% (p=0.01) and the 5 year CI of relapse from 47% to 11% (p=0.00006). As a consequence the overall 5 year actuarial survival has improved from 35% to 64% (p=0.003).

    Predictive factors. The following factors predicted survival in multivariate Cox analysis: high risk transplant score (HR 2.5, p=0.01), high risk DIPSS-R (HR 2.0, p=0.01), the use of TBF (HR 0,50, p=0.02), ALT donor (HT 1.8m p=0.04), donor age >29 years (HR 1.8, p=0.06) and ABO match (HR 0.64, p=0.08).

    DIPSS and Transplant score. When combining DIPSS-R (high) and Transplant Score (int2-high) we could identify 3 groups : score 0 (DIPSS not high and TS not high) (n=40) score 1 (either high DIPSS or high TS) (n=51), score 2 (both DIPSS a TS high risk) (n=55) . NRM was 9%, 27% 40% in these 3 group (p=0.0004), relapse was 17%, 29%, 25% (p=0.1) and 5 year survival was 78%, 55%, 20% (p< 0.00001). In the current transplant era (>2010) the 5 year disease free survival of these 3 groups is 78%, 70%, 35% (p< 0.00001). ABO matching further increases DFS for score 0 patients. NRM mortality for these 3 groups is currently 6%, 16%, 36% (p=0.01).

    Conclusions: The 5 year survival of allografts in patients with Myelofibrosis has improved overall from 35% before 2010, to 64% beyond 2010, despite the current use of 80% ALT donors. Predictive factors are the Transplant Score (transfusions and spleen size), DIPSS-R and the use of 2 alkylating agents (TBF), the latter being the major change in the 2 transplant eras. Other factors include donor age >30 and ABO match . Combining DIPSS and TS identifies patients with a current 5 year disease free survival of 78%, and a NRM of 6%: this may call for earlier grafts in transplant eligible patients.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Not applicable

    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

    O062 Favorable outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in myelofibrosis harboring MPL mutation

    Daniele Mannina1, Nico Gagelmann1, Markus Ditschkowski2, Rashit Bogdanov2, Swan Bredin3, Marie Robin3, Bruno Cassinat3, Rabia Shahswar4, Felicitas Thol4, Michael Heuser4, Dietrich Beelen2, Anita Badbaran1, Nicolaus Kröger1

    1 University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 2 West German Cancer Center, Essen, Germany, 3 Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France, 4 Medical School, Hannover, Germany

    Background: Primary and post-ET/PV myelofibrosis are myeloproliferative neoplasms harboring in most cases driving mutations in JAK2, CALR or MPL, and a variable number of additional mutations in other genes. Molecular analysis, today available for all the affected patients, allows the physicians to correlate mutational status with prognosis, potentially representing a powerful tool to guide the clinical management. Only about 10% of patients with myelofibrosis harbor alterations in MPL gene, consisting in MPL W515K or W515L point mutation. No data are available about the outcome of transplantation in the specific MPL-mutated group.

    Methods: We collected the data of 18 patients (male 8, female 10) transplanted in 4 EBMT centers (Hamburg Paris, Essen, Hannover) affected by MPL-mutated myelofibrosis (primary: 14; post-ET: 4), who underwent allo-SCT between 2005 and 2016. Median age was 59 years (min 43, max 67). Prognostic risk assessed according to the international DIPSS system was high in 6 cases, intermediate-2 in 7 cases, intermediate 1 in 5 cases. One patient was previously splenectomised, 8 patients received ruxolitinib before the transplantation, 7 were transfusion-dependent. All the patients underwent PBSC infusion, except one who received BMSC. In 7 cases the source was a sibling donor, in 9 a MUD, in 2 a HLA-mismatched UD (1 mismatch). Conditioning regimen was mostly based on the combination of single-alkylating agent and Fludarabine (12 Bu/Flu; 3 Mel/Flu/BCNU; 1 Mel/Flu; 1 Treo/Flu) with ATG infusion. Six patients received a fully myeloablative schema, 12 reduced-intensity conditioning. Only one patient received conditioning with TBI.

    Results: Before the transplant, a panel of molecular analysis based on next-generation-sequencing revealed, in addition to the MPL mutation, alterations in ASXL1 (22%), SRSF2 (11%), SF3B1 (5.5%), EZH2 (11%), IDH1 (5.5%), IDH2 (5.5%), TET2 (33.5%), TP53 (5.5%). After the transplant, the incidence of acute GVHD was 72%; only 3 patients (16.5%) experienced acute GVHD grade 3-4. Chronic GVHD was registered in 50% of cases (9 patients: 8 mild, 1 moderate, 0 severe). Relapse occurred in only 1 case. NRM incidence was 16.5% of cases, occurring in the first year after transplant. With a median follow up of 55 months, 5-year overall survival was 83.5%, and 5-years PFS reported the same value, beeing the only relapse at >10 years after transplantation. The relapse occurred in the only patient who harbored mutations in both ASXL1 and EZH2 genes.

    Conclusions: These retrospective data suggest that the particular group of MPL-mutated myelofibrosis may have a good outcome after stem cells transplantation. In particular, our data revealed very low rate of disease relapse (5.5%) in comparison with the available historical controls regarding myelofibrosis in toto.


    [ [O062 Image] 1 . OS and PFS of MPL patients after transplant]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O063 TKI discontinuation after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML): A retrospective study from the chronic malignances working party (CMWP)

    Hugues de Lavallade1, Dirk-Jan Eikema2, Jennifer Hoek3, Marie Robin4, Maija Itälä-Remes5, Jakob Passweg6, J. Cornelissen7, Arnold Ganser8, Charles Craddock9, Mahmoud Aljurf10, Goda Choi11, Arnon Nagler12, Nicolaus Kröger13, Paul Browne14, Peter Dreger15, Christof Scheid16, Mareike Verbeek17, Jürgen Finke18, Yves Chalandon19, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha20

    1 King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, 2 EBMT Statistical Unit, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 EBMT Data Office, Leiden, Netherlands, 4 Hospital St. Louis, Hematologie, Paris, France, 5 HUCH Comprehensive Cancer Center, Helsinki, Finland, 6 University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland, 7 Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 9 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 10 King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 11 University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands, 12 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel, 13 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 14 Hope Directorate St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 15 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 16 University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 17 Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany, 18 University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 19 Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 Hopital Huriez, Lille, France

    Background: A significant proportion of CML patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) restart TKI following transplant to prevent relapse. There is however no data to support if TKI can be discontinued following allo-HSCT and whether such patients can safely discontinue TKI remains controversial. Practices varies among transplant centres depending on countrywide practices, centre experience, duration of molecular remission, patients ‘wish and analysis of retrospective data on the outcome of patients who discontinue TKI after transplant may provide further insight to help elaborating future guidelines. The present study objective is to investigate the outcome of patients with CML who discontinue TKI therapy after restarting TKI following allo-HSCT. This retrospective study may be helpful to support future guidelines.

    Methods: Through the EBMT database of patients who received an allo-HSCT between March 2004 and September 2013, we identified 81 CML patients who restarted TKI treatment post allo-HSCT and stopped it after at least 3 months of TKI therapy.

    Results: Out of 81 patients who discontinued TKI, 21 were in first chronic phase (CP1) at the time of transplant, 31 in second or third chronic phase (CP1 and CP2) and 28 in accelerated or blastic phase (AP/BP) or primary refractory disease. One patient had missing data at the time to transplant.

    Allo-HSCT conditioning was of reduced intensity (RIC) in 27 patients and myeloablative (MAC) in 54 patients, including TBI in 29 patients. TKI therapy was (re)started in all patients after a median time from transplant of 4.4 months (range, 0.4 to 57.6 months) for a duration of 9.7 (range, 3.1-62.3 months). After a median time from TKI discontinuation of 65.8 months (range 51.8-71.1), 5-years progression free survival (PFS) and Overall survival (OS) were 51% (95%CI 39 to 62%) and 62% (95%CI 51 to 73%) respectively. Patients in CP1 at the time of transplant had a significantly higher 5-years OS compared to those in CP2/CP3 or AP/BP, 100% vs 37% (95%CI 17 to 58%) and 59% (95%CI 39 to 80%) respectively (p< 0.001, Figure 1). Causes of death (COD) in the CP2/3 and AP/BP groups were relapse (12/31 and 5/28 respectively) and NRM (4/31 and 4/28 respectively, 1 missing COD in each group).

    Conclusions: Post-transplant TKI discontinuation appears safe in patients who receive an allo-HSCT while still in first chronic phase. However, such approach in patients who transform to advanced phases before allo-HSCT remains a matter of concerns given the high incidence of post allo-HSCT relapse. Further analysis to identify reason for restating TKI post-transplant and for subsequent discontinuation will be performed after further data is collected through the ongoing Data Quality Initiative (DQI) in CML.


    [ [O063 Image] 1 . OS according to pre-transplant status]

    Demographics Patients (n=81)
    Median age (range) 45 years (18.5-67.3)
    Gender (M/F, missing) 52/28 (one missing)
    Median interval diagnostic-transplant (months, range) 16.8 (2.6-253.6)
    Pre-transplant response: Haematological; Cytogenetic; Molecular 48 (16 missing); 18 (25 missing); 8 (20 missing)
    Conditioning: RIC/MAC 27/54
    Median TKI duration (months, range) 9.7 (3.1-62.3)

    [ [O063 Table] 1 . Patient's characteristics]

    Disclosure: HdL: research grants from Incyte and BMS

    travel grants from Incyte; honoraria from Incyte, BMS and NovartisYC: advisory board from Novartis, BMS, Pfizer and Incyte

    Travel grants from Novartis and BMS

    Conditioning regimen

    O064 effect of the thiotepa dose in the TBF conditioning regimen in patients undergoing allogeneic stem-cell transplantation for AML in CR, report from the EBMT ALWP

    Jean El Cheikh1, Myriam Labopin2, Ali Bazarbachi1, Emanuele Angelucci3, William Arcese4, Stella Santarone5, Francesca Bonifazi6, Angelo Michele Carella7, Luca Castagna8, Bruno Benedetto9, Anna Paola Iori10, Giorgio La Nasa11, Bipin Savani12, Arnon Nagler13, Mohamad Mohty14

    1 American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, 2 EBMT Paris Study Office / CEREST-TC, Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 3 Ospedale San Martino, Genova, Italy, 4 Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 5 Medicina Trasfusionale e Biotecnologie, Pescara, Italy, 6 Bologna University, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna, Italy, 7 IRCCS, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Giovanni Rot, Italy, 8 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milano, Italy, 9 S.S.C.V.D Trapianto di Cellule Staminali, A.O.U Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino Presidio Molinette, Torino, Italy, 10 Univ. La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 11 Centro Trapianti Unico Di CSE Adulti e Pediatrico A. O Brotzu, Cagliari, Italy, 12 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, United States, 13 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel, 14 Hopital Saint Antoine, Paris, France

    Background: Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is a well-established treatment modality for high-risk hematopoietic malignancies. However, the optimal intensity of myeloablation with a reduced-toxicity conditioning regimen to decrease relapse rate after allo-SCT without increasing TRM has not been well established. Thiotepa is an alkylating compound with antineoplastic activity and immunosuppressive properties, as well as the ability to penetrate the blood brain barrier. Thiotepa has become an integral part of the Thiotepa, Busulfan iv (Busilvex), and fludarabine (TBF) conditioning regimen, which is being used with increasing frequency, particularly for Haploidentical and cord-blood transplants. However, few studies have focused on analyzing the effect of Thiotepa dose in the TBF conditioning.

    Methods: The aim of this study was to evaluate the optimal dose of Thiotepa, as part of the TBF conditioning for allo-SCT in adults with AML transplanted in complete remission (CR), by comparing the transplantation outcomes of patients who received 5 mg/kg Thiotepa and 2 days of Busilvex (6.4 mg/kg) (T1B2F) versus those who received 10 mg/kg Thiotepa with 2 days of Busilvex (T2B2F) or 3 days of Busilvex (9.6 mg/kg) (T2B3F) using a large dataset from the EBMT registry.

    Results: We identified 639 AML patients allotransplanted between January 2009 and June 2018 from matched related or unrelated donors or T replete haplo-identical donors. 127 patients (20%) received (T1B2F); 113 patients (18%) received (T2B2F); the remaining 399 patients (62%) received (T2B3F). all the patients were in CR at transplant. Median follow-up was 20 months (IQR: 9-37). Outcomes are summarized in the table 1. Acute GVHD grade II-IV was 15%, 17% and 19% (p=0.14) respectively. At 2 years the non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 22%, 25% and 21% respectively (p=0.62); the relapse incidence (RI) was 18%, 19% and 17% (p=0.37) respectively; the leukemia free survival (LFS) was 60% vs 56% vs 63% (p=0.21) respectively and the overall survival (OS) was 67% vs 62% vs 67% (p=0.56) in the 3 groups, respectively. the 2-year GRFS was 50%, 43%, and 55% respectively (p=0.02). In multivariate analysis, acute GVHD was higher for patients receiving T2B2F (p=0.01; HR 2.25) or T2B3F (p=0.02; HR 2.05) as well as for patients receiving transplant from Haploidentical donor or peripheral blood stem cells, whereas NRM was higher for older patients (p=0.001; HR 1.56), patients receiving T2B3F (p=0.008; HR 2.28) or Haploidentical transplant (p=0.009; HR 2.2). Importantly, OS was lower for older patients (p=0.001; HR 1.4) or for patients receiving T2B3F (p=0.004; HR 2.09). the multivariate analysis was adjusted to all the different factors between the 3 groups.

    Conclusions: T2B2F is associated with higher incidence of acute GVHD compared to T1B1F whereas T2B3F associated with higher NRM, a higher incidence of acute GVHD and a lower OS compared to T1B1F. With the limitation of the retrospective nature of registry data, these results suggest that a lower dose-intensity of Thiotepa and Busilvex in the TBF regimen in general may yield better results in AML patients transplanted in complete remission.

      RI NRM LFS OS GRFS Acute GVHD II-IV Acute GVHD III-IV chronic GVHD extensive chronic GVHD
    T1B2F (n=127) T2B2F (n=113) T2B3F (n=399) p value 18.1%[10.6-27.3] 18.7%[11.3-27.4] 16.7%[12.8-21] 0.37 21.9%[14-30.9] 25.1%[16.3-34.9] 20.7%[16.5-25.3] 0.62 60.3%[49.8-70.9] 56.3%[45.5-67.1] 62.6%[57.2-68] 0.21 67.2%[56.7-77.7] 62.2%[51-73.4] 67.1%[61.8-72.4] 0.56 50.4%[39.8-61] 43.1%[32.6-53.6] 55.3%[49.9-60.8] 0.02 15.1%[9.4-22.2] 17%[10.6-24.8] 19.1%[15.3-23.2] 0.13 4.2%[1.6-9] 6.6%[2.9-12.4] 8.1%[5.6-11.1] 0.31 31.4%[21.4-41.8] 34%[23.4-44.8] 28.4%[23.2-33.8] 0.14 15.5%[8.6-24.2] 16.6%[9.1-26] 9.5%[6.5-13.2] 0.10

    [ [O064 Table] 1 . results at 2 years]

    Clinical Trial Registry: na

    Disclosure: no disclosure to decalre

    O065 The role of anti-thymocyte globulin withthiotepa-Busulfan-Fludarabine based conditioning in patients undergoing haploidentical stem cell transplant and post-transplant cyclophosphamide

    Jean El Cheikh1, Raynier Devillier2, Remy Dulery3, Radwan Massoud1, Nour Moukalled1, Nohra Ghaoui1, Thomas Pagliardini2, Fabrizio Marino4, Ali Bazarbachi1, Lucas Castagna4, Mohammad Mohty3, Didier Blaise2

    1 American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, 2 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 3 Hôpital Saint-Antoine, AP-HP, Paris, France, 4 Humanitas University, Milan, Italy

    Background: TheThiotepa-Busulfan-Fludarabine (TBF) based conditioning regimen is widely used in T-cell repleted haploidentical transplantation (Haplo) with post-transplant cyclophosphamide. However, the use of Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) has not been well established. It decreases the incidence of graft versus host disease however some claim that it's at the cost of increased relapse. We conducted this multi centric study to compare the outcomes of patients who underwent Haplo with TBF conditioning regimen with ATG to those without.

    Methods: This is a multicentric retrospective study. Data was collected from 4 centers, the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Hospital Saint Antoine Paris, institute Paoli Calmette Marseille, and Humanitas Research Hospital Milan. We included all consecutive adult patients who underwent Haplo with TBF conditioning. The conditioning consisted of thiotepa 5 mg/kg per day infused on days -7 and/or -6, fludarabine 30 mg/m2 infused on day -5 to day -2; and busulfan 130 mg/m2 infused on day -5 to day -3. Graft versus host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis consisted of post transplantation cyclophosphamide 50 mg/kg per day on day +3 and day +5, cyclosporine on day +6 and readjusted according to level, and mycophenolate mofetil 500 mg every 6 hours beginning on days +6 to +28 or +35 depending on the center. Patients who received ATG received a dose of 2.5 mg/kg per day.

    Results: We included a total of 268 patients, 69 of whom (26%) received ATG (group 2) as part of the conditioning chemotherapy. Patients who received ATG had a younger median age compared to the second group without ATG (group 1) (53 and 58 years respectively; p value 0.004). (63% vs 61%) of each group had acute leukemia, and (71% vs 70%) were in complete remission at the time of transplant, while 47 patients (24%) in the group 1 had progressive disease at transplant. 151 patients (56.5%) had an intermediate disease risk index (DRI). In the ATG group, 59 patients (30%) compared to 50 (73%) in the other group received 5mg/kg Thiotepa, while 140 (70) and 19 (27%) received 10mg/kg respectively. Peripheral blood stem cells were the most common graft source in both groups (83% and 88% respectively). At a median follow-up of 15.4 months, patients receiving ATG had a statistically significant decreased risk of acute graft versus host disease (aGVHD) (RR 0.47; p value 0.031), and non-relapse mortality (NRM) at 24 months (RR 0.5; p value 0.027). ATG also resulted in higher progression and overall survival at 24 months, which was not statistically significant (66.2% and 59.8%; p value 0.168, with 76.6% and 67.8%; p value 0.056 respectively).

    Conclusions: ATG as part of the pre-transplantation conditioning leads to significant reduction in aGVHD and NRM at 24 months without significant effects on PFS or OS.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    Abstract already published.


    Abstract already published.

    O068 Randomized, multicenter, phase II trial of clofarabine / ARA-C (CLARAC) or of flamsa treatment in high risk AML or advanced MDS scheduled for allogeneic SCT

    Gernot Beutel1, Stefanie Buchholz1, Marie von Lilienfeld-Toal2, Gerhard Behre3, Michael Stadler1, Inken Hilgendorf2, Theodor Framke4, Anika Großhennig4, Elke Dammann1, Catherina Lück1, Dietger Niederwieser3, Andreas Hochhaus2, Armin Koch4, Matthias Eder1, Arnold Ganser1

    1 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 2 Universitätsklinikum Jena, Jena, Germany, 3 University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 4 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

    Background: High-risk leukemia is associated with poor prognosis and inferior outcome. In elderly or comorbid patients allogeneic SCT with myeloablativ conditioning regimen as the most effective treatment option is not available. Sequential regimen combining cytoreductive therapy with RIC has shown high antileukemic activity for high-risk patients with acceptable toxicity profile. This study is based on the observation that antileukemic effects have been described previously for the nucleoside analogue clofarabine.

    Methods: The trial was designed as an investigator-initiated prospective, multicenter, open-label, two-arm, parallel-group phase II study comparing ClAraC to FLAMSA regimen. FLAMSA regimen consists of Fludarabine (30 mg/m2, days -13 to -10), Amsacrine (100 mg/m2, days -13 to -10) and Cytarabine (2000 mg/m2, days -13 to -10). ClAraC regimen consists of Clofarabine (30 mg/m2, days -16 to -12) and Cytarabine (1000 mg/m2, days -16 to -12). Both cytoreductive therapies were combined with Bu/Cy (Busulfan, 4 x 0.8mg/kg, days -6 to -5 and Cyclophosphamide 60 mg/kg, days -4 to -3). As GvHD-prophylaxis ATG, CsA and MMF were used. Patients with high risk AML or advanced MDS (IPSS ≥ int2) with contraindication for conventional conditioning or refractory to induction therapy were eligible. Primary objective was to demonstrate that event-free survival is improved by ClAraC instead of the FLAMSA. Secondary objectives were overall and relapse-free survival, mortality rate, safety profiles and cardiac toxicity.

    Results: Between 2011 and 2017, 62 patients were recruited, 2 patients did not meet the in-/exclusion criteria. A total of 60 were randomized with 30 patients each in the ClAraC and FLAMSA group.

    Mean time to event was 656.6 ± 84.6 days for FLAMSA and 565.6 ± 49.2 days for ClAraC, respectively (p=0.177, figure 1). In total 38 of the adverse events were serious with fatal outcome of 3 patients in the ClAraC and 4 patients in the FLAMSA group. Cardiac toxicity was observed in 26 patients in the ClAraC treatment arm, whereas 27 patients were affected in the FLAMSA treatment arm (p=0.730).

    Overall survival for ClAraC was numerically, but not statistically inferior to FLAMSA (p=0.134). A part of 16/30 (53.3%) patients died until the end of the study in the ClAraC treatment arm, whereas only 12/30 (40.0%) died in the FLAMSA treatment arm (p=0.134).

    Conclusions: This study did compare two different conditioning regimens for allogeneic stem cell recipients with high risk AML/MDS. 62 patients have been included and 60 were randomized. The treatment arms were well-balanced at study baseline for relevant covariates. Superiority of the ClAraC treatment regimen over the FLAMSA regimen could not be demonstrated. Consistently hazard ratios for event free survival, overall survival and relapse-free survival were in favor of the control group with FLAMSA treatment. No differences were found regarding cardiac toxicity, rate of engraftment, or chimerism. Regarding general safety parameters, no relevant differences between the two treatment strategies were found.

    Clinical Trial Registry: EudraCT-No. 2010-021944-17

    Disclosure: Conflict of interest: Nothing to declare. Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

    O069 Impact of molecular genetics on outcome after different conditioning intensity in myelofibrosis undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation

    Nico Gagelmann1, Markus Ditschkowski2, Rashit Bogdanov2, Swan Bredin3, Marie Robin3, Bruno Cassinat3, Rabia Shahswar4, Felicitas Thol4, Michael Heuser4, Dietrich Beelen2, Anita Badbaran1, Nicolaus Kröger1

    1 University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 2 West German Cancer Center, Essen, Germany, 3 Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France, 4 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

    Background: Currently, there is no direct evidence to recommend specific conditioning intensities in myelofibrosis undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Moreover, recent risk stratifications for diagnosed myelofibrosis (MF) included specific mutation profiles as prognostic factors. Using clinical-molecular data from four different centers from Germany and France, we sought to determine whether molecular genetics have an impact on outcome after reduced intensity (RIC) and myeloablative conditioning (MAC) stem cell transplantation in MF.

    Methods: Previously published methods were used to sequence myelofibrosis-associated genes (i.a. CALR, JAK2, MPL, ASXL1, SRSF2, EZH2, IDH1/2, DNMT3A, TET2, TP53). Risk stratifications according to Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS), mutation-enhanced system (MIPSS70), genetic inspired prognostic system (GIPSS), prognostic model for secondary myelofibrosis (MYSEC-PM), cytogenetics as well as other clinical and transplant-specific variables were included in analyses. Cox model with hazard ratios (HR) was used for survival (OS) and cumulative incidence for relapse and non-relapse mortality (NRM). Risk ratios (RR) were obtained for subgroup analysis.

    Results: The study included 361 MF patients (260 primary and 101 secondary MF) of whom 230 received RIC and 131 MAC. The median follow-up was 61 months in RIC and 73 months in MAC and the median age was 57 and 54 years. Patients receiving RIC were at higher risk according to DIPSS, MIPSS70, and MYSEC-PM, whereas frequencies of driver mutation genotype (CALR, JAK2, MPL, triple negative) as well as ASXL1 mutation were similar. HLA-mismatched unrelated donors were more frequent in RIC. Most common conditioning regimens for RIC were Bu/Flu (83%) and Flamsa (12%), and Flu/Mel (37%), Treo/Flu and TBI/Flu (21%, respectively) for MAC.

    No significant difference was found for RIC versus MAC with respect to OS (62% vs 57%; p=0.35), relapse (16% vs 13%; p=0.60) or NRM (28% vs 30%; p=0.68). Early relapse within five months was increased after RIC (7% vs 3%). Including molecular variables, RIC showed higher but not significantly different OS rates in patients with < 3 mutations, in triple negative driver mutation genotype, ASXL1 mutation (Figure 1). When evaluating patients with an ASXL1 mutation, those 88 patients who had only one ASXL1 or one additional mutation seemed to benefit from RIC showing 5-year OS of 65% vs 20% for MAC (p=0.001), whereas no difference was identified when more than two additional mutations were present (57% vs 65%; p=0.27). Furthermore, in patients with an ASXL1 mutation and one additional driver mutation (CALR, MPL, JAK2), 5-year OS was significantly different showing 63% in RIC vs 18% in MAC (p=0.005). Regarding current risk stratifications, RIC showed significantly improved OS only in high risk DIPSS and MYSEC-PM, whereas no difference was found regarding the remaining systems such as DIPSS-plus, MIPSS70 and GIPSS (Figure 1).

    Conclusions: The evaluation of different conditioning intensities in MF did not favor RIC or MAC regarding currently existing risk stratifications. With respect to molecular genetics, a proportion of patients specifically harboring up to two mutations including ASXL1 may benefit from RIC with respect to OS.


    [ [O069 Image] 1 . Subgroup analysis on survival for RIC vs MAC]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O070 Comparison of sequential conditioning regimens for allogeneic stem cell transplantation in relapsed/refractory AML: A study on behalf of the ALWP of EBMT

    Thomas Heinicke1, Myriam Labopin2,3, Emmanuelle Polge4, Johanna Tischer5, Arnold Ganser6, Nicolaus Kröger7, Arne Brecht8, Lothar Kanz9, Christof Scheid10, Peter Dreger11, Donald Bunjes12, Uwe Platzbecker13, Eva Wagner14, Bipin N. Savani15, Arnon Nagler4,16,17, Mohamad Mohty2,4

    1 Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, 2 Hopital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 3 Acute Leucemia Working Party of EBMT, Paris, France, 4 Acute Leukemia Working Party of EBMT Office, Paris, France, 5 University Hospital of Munich-Campus Grosshadern, Munich, Germany, 6 Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 7 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 8 DKD Helios-Klinikum, KMT- Abteilung, Wiesbaden, Germany, 9 University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 10 University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 11 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 12 University Hospital Basel Ulm, Ulm, Germany, 13 University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 14 University Medical Center Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 15 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Brentwood, TN, United States, 16 Tel-Hashomer and Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Israel, 17 Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Background: Sequential conditioning regimens (SR) have shown substantial activity in relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (r/rAML). The original prototype SR is the FLAMSA-CYTBI regimen. Various modifications of this protocol have been developed in recent years (see table 1). In the current study, we compared the outcomes of patients suffering from r/rAML that had received their first allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) after conditioning with a SR.

    Methods: Adult patients with r/rAML who had received their first alloSCT following SR conditioning between 2000 and 2017 and were reported to the EBMT registry were analyzed. Patients were grouped according to the type of SR used as shown in table1. The FLAMSA-CYTBI group served as comparator for all others. The primary endpoint was leukemia-free survival (LFS). Secondary endpoints were overall survival (OS), relapse incidence (RI), non-relapse mortality (NRM), refined graft-versus-host-disease-free, relapse-free survival (GRFS), acute (a)GVHD and chronic (c)GVHD. Multivariate analysis was done using Cox regression.

    Results: A total of 2250 patients were eligible for the study of which 1240 (55%) were male. Median follow-up was 41 months (IQR 14.4-78.1). Median age was 54.7 years (IQR: 44.2-62.2). Donors were matched siblings/syngeneic, unrelated and other relatives in 666(29.6%), 1482(65.9%) and 102(4.5%) of the cases, respectively. LFS, OS, RI, NRM, GRFS, aGVHD and cGVHD at 2 years for all patients were 29%(95%CI 26.9-31), 35.2%(95%CI: 33-37.4), 46.4%(95%CI: 44.2-48.6), 24.6%(95%CI: 22.8-26.5), 22.2%(95%CI: 20.3-24.1), 28.2 %(95% CI: 26.3 - 30.1) and 31.5 %(95% CI: 29.2 - 33.9), respectively. Univariate analysis revealed that LFS and OS were not significantly different between groups. However, lowest RI and highest NRM, aGVHD II-IV and aGVHD III-IV were seen in the MEL group with 34.3%(26.7-42.1), 34.9%(27.2-42.6), 37.6%(30.2-45) and 26.1%(19.6-33), respectively. Highest cGVHD was seen in the OTHERS group with 40.8%(29.6-51.8). Highest GRFS was found in the TREO group with 30%(18.5-41.4).

    Multivariate analysis showed that compared to FLAMSA-CYTBI there was no significant difference in LFS, OS, GRFS, cGvHD or extensive cGVHDfor any of the other treatment groups. However, the BUCY and MEL groups were associated with reduced RI with a hazard ratio (HR) and 95%CI of 0.79(0.64-0.98), p=.03, and 0.60(0.41-0.87), p=.007, respectively. In addition, the CLOFA and MEL groups were associated with increased NRM with a HR of 1.49(1.03-2.15), p=.03 and 1.60(1.06-2.42), p=.025, respectively. Acute GvHD II-IV and aGvHD III-IV were both higher in the MEL group with HR of 1.56 (1.06-2.29), p=.023 and 2.12 (1.36-3.3), p< 10e-3, respectively.

    Group Regimens Patients N
    BU ARAC+AMSA+FLUDA+Bu ARAC+Bu+FLUDA+Idarub ARAC+Daunorub+Bu+Flu 421
    CLOFA ARAC+Clofa+Cy+TBI ARAC+Clofa+Bu+Cy ARAC+FLUDA+Bu+Clofa 191

    [ [O070 Table] 1 . Table 1 Groups of Sequential Regimens]

    Conclusions: Results of allogeneic transplantation in patients with r/rAML following the various sequential regimens are equivalent to those of the original FLAMSA-CYTBI with similar LFS, OS and GRFS.

    Disclosure: Thomas Heinicke: Eurocept: travel grant;

    Gilead: travel grant; Jazz Pharmaceuticals. travel grant;

    all other authors: Nothing to declare.

    O071 Bendamustine-based versus BEAM conditioning regimen. A matched controlled study in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma from LYSA and LWP-EBMT

    Baptiste Lapierre1, Ariane Boumendil2, Christian Creveuil1, Sylvain Garciaz3, Frederic Peyrade4, Hervé Finel2, Irma Khvedelidze2, Sandra Malak5, Richard Lemal6, Mari Virgine Larcher7, Luc Matthieu Fornecker10, Nathalie Fegueux11, Caroline Delette12, Ahmad Ibrahim13, Bertrand Joly14, Loic Fouillard15, Steven Legouill16, Olivier Casasnovas17, Mohammed Bekadja18, Adrien Chauchet19, Sylvain Chantepie1, Remy Gressin20, Ibrahim Yakoub Agha21, Roch Houot22, Mohammad Mohty23, Edouard Durot24, Sylvain Choquet25, Catherine Thieblemont26, Stephen Robinson27, Krimo Bouabdallah28, Sylvia Montoto29, Gandhi Damaj1

    1 University Hospital, Caen, France, 2 Saint-Antoine Hospital, European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Lymphoma Working Party Paris Office, Paris, France, 3 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 4 Centre Antoine Lacassagne, Nice, France, 5 Institut Curie, Saint Cloud, France, 6 CHU Clermont Ferrand, Clermont Ferrand, France, 7 CHU Toulouse, Toulouse, France, 10 CHU Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, 11 CHU Montpellier, Montpellier, France, 12 CHU Amiens Picardie, Amiens, France, 13 Makkassed General Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon, 14 Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien, Corbeil-Essonnes, France, 15 Centre Hospitalier Meaux, Meaux, France, 16 CHU Nantes, Nantes, France, 17 CHU Dijon, Dijon, France, 18 EHU, Oran, Algeria, 19 CHU Besancon, Besancon, France, 20 CHU Grenoble Alpes - Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France, 21 CHU Lille, Lille, France, 22 CHU Rennes, Rennes, France, 23 Hopital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 24 CHU Reims, Reims, France, 25 Hopital Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France, 26 Hopital Saint Louis, Paris, France, 27 University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom, 28 CHU Bordeaux, Hôpital Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux, France, 29 St Bartholomew's Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Bendamustine-based conditioning regimens have been extensively used prior to autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) for lymphoma. We recently reported on the toxicities in 474 lymphoma patients who received an ASCT after BeEAM (bendamustine, etoposide, cytarabine, melphalan) at LYSA centres. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the BeEAM in comparison with BEAM regimen, in terms of overall survival (OS), lymphoma-free survival (LFS), relapse incidence (CIR) and non-relapse mortality (NRM), in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

    Methods: 131 patients with DLBCL from LYSA centers were matched to 230 patients from the EBMT database. Inclusion criteria were adult patients with DLBCL, who received 1st ASCT between 2012 and 2016 after BeEAM or BEAM conditioning. Matched criteria were age at transplant, gender, stage at diagnosis, number of prior lines of chemotherapy, disease status at transplant and year of transplant. Hazard ratios for OS and LFS were estimated using Cox regression models stratified on the matched sets, to account for the matched-cohort design. Stratified Fine and Gray regression models were used for NRM and CIR


    [ [O071 Image] 1 . figure 1 : cumulative incidence of relapse]

      BEAM (n = 230) BeEAM (n = 131) P
    Age at SCT, median (range) (years) 55,7 (25,6 - 68,4) 56,0 (23,4 - 71,6) 0.75
    Gender, n (%) male female 129 (56,1%) 101 (43,9%) 74 (56,5%) 57 (43,5%) 1
    AA Stage,n (%) I-II III-IV 24 (10,4%) 206 (89,6%) 17 (13,0%) 114 (87,0%) 1
    Disease status prior to AST, n (%) CR PR SD 207 (90,0%) 22 (9,6%) 1 (0,4%) 115 (87,8%) 15 (11,5%) 1 (0,8%) 1
    Year of transplantation, n (%) 2012-2013 2014-2016 194 (84,3%) 36 (15,7%) 2 (1,5%) 129 (98,5%) <0.001
    Lymphome subtype, n (%) DLBCL t-DLBCL 173 (82,4%) 37 (17,6%) 122 (93,1%) 9 (6,9%) 0.010

    Results: Patients' characteristics are detailed in Table 1. There were more patients with transformed NHL in the BEAM (18%vs7%). The median time to neutrophil count > 0.5 G/l and platelet counts > 50 G/l were 10 (4 - 24) and 10 (1- 124) days for BeEAM and 12 (1-34) and 12 (9-50) days for BEAM, respectively. Twenty-nine (22%) patients in the BeEAM and 35 (15%) patients in the BEAM groups relapsed after a median time to relapse of 6 and 9 months, respectively. After a median follow-up from transplant of 33 months, 54 (15%) patients died, 24 (18%) in the BeEAM and 30 (13%) in the BEAM groups, respectively. The main causes of death was lymphoma in 31 patients, (BeEAM:13, BEAM:18), infections in 16, (BeEAM:7, BEAM:9), secondary cancers in 2 patients (BeEAM).

    There were no significant differences between BeEAM and BEAM regimens for OS: HR=1.02 [(0.55-1.86), p=0.96], LFS: HR = 1.27 [(0.79-2.06), p=0.32] or NRM: HR=0.55 [(0.21-1.43), p=0.22]. However, relapse incidence (CIR) was higher in the BeEAM group HR=1.71 [(1.01-2.86), p=0.045] (figure 1).

    Conclusions: In this matched pair analysis, BeEAM and BEAM resulted in equivalent NRM, LFS and OS suggesting that both conditioning regimens may reasonably be employed in patients with DLBCL. The higher relapse rate following BeEAM requires further evaluation. A prospective randomized study will be required to confirm the equivalence of the two regimens.

    [ [O071 Table] 1 . Table 1: Patient Characteristics]

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest

    Early complications / late effects & quality of life / fertility

    O072 Influence of inflammatory bowel disease on the outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation: A matched-pair analysis study from the transplant complications working party of EBMT

    Zinaida Peric1, Christophe Peczynsky2, Emmanuelle Polge2, Nicolaus Kröger 3, Henrik Sengeloev 4, Peter Dreger5, Grzegorz Helbig6, NH Russell7, Donald Bunjes8, Gerard Socié 9, Dietger Niederwieser10, Victoria Potter 11, Dietrich Beelen 12, Charles Crawley 13, Adrian Bloor 14, Jürgen Finke15, Christian Koenecke16, Grzegorz W Basak17

    1 University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2 EBMT Data Office Paris, Paris, France, 3 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 4 National University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 6 Silesian Medical Academy, Katowice, Poland, 7 Nottingham University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 8 Universitätsklinikum Ulm, Ulm, Germany, 9 Hopital St. Louis, Paris, France, 10 University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 11 GKT School of Medicine, London, London, United Kingdom, 12 University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 13 Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 14 Christie NHS Trust Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom, 15 University of Freiburg,, Freiburg, Germany, 16 Institute of Immunology, Hannover, Germany, 17 Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

    Background: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are thought to increase the risk and severity of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and non-relapse mortality (NRM) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Thus, IBD have been included in pre-transplant comorbidity risk scores, although formal analysis of allo-HSCT outcomes in patients with IBD are lacking.

    Methods: With this background, we designed an EBMT registry retrospective case-controlled analysis to assess outcomes of allo-HSCT in patients with IBD. The aim was to compare the incidence of GVHD, NRM and overall survival (OS) after allo-HSCT in the 2 groups of patients. Each patient with IBD was matched with 3 controls according to following factors: patient sex, patient age, disease, intensity of conditioning, donor type and HLA disparity, cell source and year of transplant. Group comparisons were done using log-rank test or Gray test for competing risks outcomes.

    Results: Between 2011 and 2015, 175 patients with IBD who underwent allo-HSCT for a hematologic malignancy were reported to EBMT. The cohort comprised 94 males and 81 females, with a median age of 53 years (range, 18 to 69 years) at the time of transplantation. The most frequent malignancies in the IBD group were acute leukemia (106 patients; 61%) and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm (42 patients; 24%). The donor was an identical sibling for 66 patients (38%), and a matched unrelated donor for 56 patients (32%). 93 patients (53%) received a myeloablative conditioning regimen while 82 patients (47%) received a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen. With a median follow-up of 37 months (range, 32-45) for the patients with IBD and 36 months (range, 33-39) for controls, the cumulative incidence of grade II-IV acute GVHD was 27% for the patients with IBD and 28% for controls (hazard ratio (HR) for IBD versus controls, 0.95; 95% CI, 0.66 to 1.36; p=0.77). The cumulative incidence of extensive chronic GVHD at 36 months was 25% in patients with IBD and 17% in controls (HR, 1.54; 95% CI, 1.03 to 2.28; p=0.03). NRM at 36 months was 27% for the patients with IBD and 25% for controls (HR, 1.07; 95% CI, 0.76-1.52; p=0.68). The relapse incidence at 36 months was 32% in patients with IBD and 33% in patients without IBD (HR, 1.19; 95% CI, 0.94-1.49; p=0.82). OS at 36 months was 47% for the patients with IBD and 49% for matched controls (HR, 1.04; 95% CI, 0.81-1.33; p=0.79). Finally, GVHD-free relapse-free survival (GRFS) at 36 months was 29% for the patients with IBD and 34% for matched controls (HR, 1.19; 95% CI, 0.94-1.49; p=0.14).

    Conclusions: We report the largest matched-controlled study of allo-HSCT in patients with IBD conducted so far. Contrary to our expectations, we found no significant differences in acute GVHD, NRM or OS between the IBD group and controls. However, IBD patients had significantly more extensive chronic GVHD than the control group. Our results suggest that allo-HSCT should not be contraindicated if IBD alone is considered a comorbidity. However, IBD patients have a higher risk for developing severe forms of chronic GVHD, which could considerably impair their long-term quality of life.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: NO disclosures

    O073 easix score predicts high-grade acute GVHD, non-relapse mortality, and overall survival in adult patients undergoing unmodified or CD34-selected allogeneic HCT

    Miriam Sanchez-Escamilla1,2, Patrick Hilden2, Molly Malloy2, Josel D Ruiz2, Samira Fatmi2, Craig S Sauter2, Doris Ponce2, Sergio A Giralt2, Michael Scordo2,3, Miguel-Angel Perales2,3

    1 IDIVAL (Research Institute of Marques de Valdecilla), Santander, Spain, 2 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States, 3 Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, Department of Medicine, New York, NY, United States

    Background: The EASIX (Endothelial Activation and Stress Index) score is associated with non-relapse mortality (NRM) and overall survival (OS) after reduced intensity (RIC) AlloHCT (Luft et al, Lancet Haematol 2017). We aimed to validate the prognostic ability of EASIX in a cohort of both unmodified and CD34-selected alloHCT.

    Methods: Between April 2008 and December 2016, 509 adult patients (pts) underwent unmodified RIC or non-myeloablative (NMA) alloHCT (N=149) with uniform GVHD prophylaxis of sirolimus/tacrolimus and low/dose MTX or myeloablative conditioning (MAC) alloHCT using ex vivo CD34-selection (N=360) with the CliniMACS CD34 Reagent System (Miltenyi Biotech) as GVHD prophylaxis. The EASIX formula (LDH*Creatinine/Thrombocytes) was calculated at multiple timepoints (pre-alloHCT, day 30, day 100 and onset of acute GVHD). A log transformation using base 2 (log2) was applied to all EASIX variables to reduce skew. A one unit increase in log2 EASIX is associated with a doubling (one-fold increase) of EASIX on the original scale. Relapse and death or relapse, were considered competing risks for NRM and acute GVHD, respectively.

    Results: Median age was 55.6 years (19.6-78.7) and most pts were male (59%). Most pts had myeloid malignancies (72%) and received MAC (70%). With a median follow up of 4.8 years (0.7-10) among survivors, 1 and 3-year OS were 79.9% (95% CI, 76.2-83.2) and 63.2% (95% CI, 5.7-67.3), respectively. The 1 and 3-year NRM were 13.2% (95% CI, 10.4-16.3) and 22.2% (95% CI, 18.6-25.9), respectively. The 1-year cumulative incidence of grade 1-4, 2-4 and 3-4 acute GVHD was 44.4% (95% CI, 40.0-48.7), 33.0% (95% CI, 29.0-37.1) and 10.4% (95% CI, 8.0-13.3), respectively. Causes of death in 211 pts at last follow up included relapse (34%), GVHD (25%) and infection (20%).

    The median [range] EASIX scores for unmodified vs. CD34-selected pts were 1.2 [0.4-27.8] vs. 0.9 [0.1-37.4], p=0.008, pre-alloHCT, 2.1 [0.3-317.6] vs. 1.5 [0.2-284.7], p< 0.001, at day 30, and 2.1 [0.3-97.9] vs. 1.3 [0.3-164.1], p< 0.001, at day 100, respectively. Higher pre-alloHCT EASIX score was associated with increased NRM (HR=1.17 [95% CI, 1.02-1.35], p=0.022) and grade 3-4 acute GVHD (HR=1.23 [95% CI, 1.01-1.50], p=0.044), but not with OS or other acute GVHD grades. Higher EASIX score at d30, d100 and at onset of acute GVHD was significantly associated with increased risk of death and NRM (table 1 and figure 1).

    Conclusions: Higher EASIX scores at day 30, day 100, and at onset of acute GVHD are associated with higher NRM and inferior OS with a more prominent association in calcineurin inhibitor-based unmodified alloHCT compared to CD34-selected alloHCT. Endothelial damage is an important contributor to poorer outcomes after alloHCT and EASIX formula provides an easy complimentary tool to predict outcomes in these patients.

      OS NRM Acute GVHD
      HR (95% CI) p-value HR (95% CI) p-value Grade HR (95% CI) p-value
    Pre-EASIX 1.05 (0.94-1.18) 0.394 1.17 (1.02-1.35) 0.022 Grade 1-4 Grade 2-4 Grade 3-4 1.09 (0.98-1.21) 1.07 (0.95-1.21) 1.23 (1.01-1.50) 0.106 0.257 0.044
    EASIX d30 1.33 (1.20-1.47) <0.001 1.54 (1.37-1.74) <0.001    
    EASIX d100 1.36 (1.23-1.51) <0.001 1.52 (1.34-1.72) p<0.001    
    EASIX-aGVHD 1.16 (1.01-1.33) 0.032 1.27 (1.09-1.48) 0.003    

    [ [O073 Table] 1 . Table 1. Univariate analysis]


    [ [O073 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Disclosure: M.Sanchez-Escamilla: Was supported by Research Institute of Marques de Valdecilla (IDIVAL) Lopez-Albo Wenceslao Grant (WLA17/03).

    CS Sauter: Juno Therapeutics: Consultancy, Research Funding; Sanofi-Genzyme: Consultancy, Research Funding; Spectrum Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy; Novartis: Consultancy; Precision Biosciences: Consultancy; Kite: Consultancy.

    S Giralt: Consultancy: Amgen, Actinuum, Celgene, Johnson&Johnson, JAZZ pharmaceutical, Milteny, Takeda, Novartis, Kite and Spectrum Pharma.

    MA Perales: Consultancy: Merck; Ad Board: Incyte, Novartis, Abbvie and Nektar Therapeutics; Member and Scientific advisory board: MolMed and NexImmune; Personal fees and Clinical trial support; Merk: Personal fees; Takeda, Abbvie: and Novartis.

    M Scordo: Consultancy: Angiocrine Bioscience and McKinsey & Company.

    P Hilden, M Maloy, SA Fatmi, JD Ruiz and D Ponce declare no conflict of interest.

    O074 subsequent malignant neoplasms after pediatric, adolescent and young adulthood stem-cell transplantation: a population-based cohort

    Jason D Pole1, Fotios V Michelis2, Muhammad Ali3, Jeff Lipton2, Lillian Sung3, Kylie Lepic4, Joerg Krueger3, Mark Greenberg1, David Hodgson2, KY Chiang3, Paul Nathan3, Tal Schechcter3

    1 Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 2 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 3 The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 4 McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    Background: Subsequent malignant neoplasms (SMNs) are one of the most important complications of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and result in considerable morbidity and mortality. The reported rate of SMNs after HSCT in adults ranges between 1-11% at 10-years. There is limited data on SMNs after pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA) HSCT, where the potential years of life gained is greater than among older adults. The objective of this study was to assess the incidence and types of SMNs in a cohort of survivors of childhood and AYA HSCTs that were performed for malignant indications.

    Methods: All HSCT patients (age 0-30 years at time of transplant) who survived at least 2-years after HSCT in the province of Ontario, Canada between 1994 and 2017 were identified from 3 transplant centers. Clinical data were linked to provincial administrative databases and the Ontario Cancer Registry that identifies cancer cases based on pathology reports and electronic patient records.

    Results: Four-hundred and forty-six 2-year allogeneic HCST survivors were included in this study. Of them, 36 (8%) developed 45 SMNs at a median follow up of 13.1 years (range: 0.25-22.8 years). The 10-year cumulative incidence of SMN was 4% (2.1-6.3%) and the 20-year cumulative incidence of SMN was 18% (12.4-24.6%). Several patients developed more than 1 SMN. The most common SMNs were: papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (n=11); secondary leukemia/lymphoma (n=10); squamous cell carcinoma of the skin/oral mucosa (n=9); and adenocarcinoma of colon/lung (n=5). Ten other types of SMNs were found including sarcoma, melanoma, nerve sheath tumor and breast cancer. Nine survivors died at a median of 7.7 months after SMN diagnosis. The 10-year cumulative incidence of SMN for 190 acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivors who received total-body irradiation was 5% (2.4%-10.6%).

    Conclusions: Our findings corroborate the observation that children and AYA who undergo allogeneic HSCT are at a significant risk for developing SMN. Careful observation in the survivorship period is required for potential early detection.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O075 Comorbidity profile of survivors at 20 years following allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation

    Ayesh Kumar Seneviratne1, Wilson Lam1, Jeffrey H. Lipton1, Fotios V. Michelis1

    1 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada

    Background: Allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is potentially curative for a variety of benign and malignant haematological disorders. Numerous long-term conditions and complications can arise as a result of the transplant that may decrease survival and quality of life. The purpose of the present study is to review the comorbidities of a single-centre cohort of allogeneic HCT recipients that survived twenty years post-transplant.

    Methods: We retrospectively investigated 173 patients that underwent allogeneic HCT at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Toronto, Canada) between 1979 and 1998 and who survived at least 20 years post-HCT while continuing follow-up at our centre. We documented performance status, comorbidities, number of medications and occurrence of secondary malignancies at 20 years, as well as survival following the 20-year time-point.

    Results: The median age of the cohort at 20 years post-HCT was 56 years (range 37-77), 157 (91%) of patients underwent transplant using a related donor. Eighty patients (46%) underwent HCT for CML, 44 (25%) for AML, 14 (8%) for ALL, 12 (7%) for aplastic anemia, 23 (13%) for other indications. Bone marrow grafts were used in 163 (94%) patients. Myeloablative conditioning was used in 163 (94%) patients. Individual comorbidities were categorized into five major groups: endocrine 79 (46%), cardiac 59 (34%), secondary cancer 46 (27%), psychosocial 39 (23%), and other organ dysfunctions 94 (54%). At the 20 year mark, median Karnofsky Performance Status was 100 (range 30-100). No comorbidities were seen in 24 (14%) patients. The most frequent individual comorbidities were dyslipidemia (n=54, 31%), hypertension (n=54, 31%), osteoporosis (n=31, 18%) and hypothyroidism (n=28, 16%). At the time of the 20-year post-HCT follow-up, the median number of medications patients were taking was 2 (range 0-25).

    Follow-up data after the 20-year mark was available for 146 (84%) patients. Median follow-up of survivors after the 20-year mark was 59 months (range 4-219 months). Five-year overall survival of the 146 patients was 92% (95%CI 85-96%) and at 10 years was 89% (95% CI 79-94%). When grouped by age at the 20-year mark, there was no significant difference in 5-year OS survival between ages 35-49 (n=48, 5-year OS 91%), 50-60 (n=58, 5-year OS 95%) and 61-75 (n=40, 5-year OS 87%) (p=0.90). When grouped by the number of concurrent comorbidities, there was a significant difference in OS between the groups with 0-1 (n=54), 2-3 (n=53) and ≥4 comorbidities (n=39) (10-year OS 98%, 87% and 67% respectively, p=0.0001, Figure 1). When grouped by the number of medications patients were on at the 20-year mark, there was a borderline significant difference between the groups on 0-1 (n=61), 2-4 (n=46) and ≥5 (n=39) different medications (10-year OS 93%, 93% and 76% respectively, p=0.05).

    Conclusions: Long-term allogeneic HCT recipients may develop a number of long-term comorbidities that negatively influence survival even past the 20-year mark. These findings warrant the continuous long-term medical follow-up of allogeneic transplant patients, regardless of age or time that has lapsed post-HCT.


    [ [O075 Image] 1 . Overal Survival of 20 year HCT-survivors after 20 years]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O076 Predicting sinusoidal obstruction syndrome/venoocclusive disease (SOS/VOD) after ALLOSCT with the EASIX biomarker panel and the cibmtr clinical risk score

    Olaf Penack1, Sihe Jiang2, David Schult3, Joshua Majer-Lauterbach3, Aleksandar Radujkovic3, Peter Dreger3, Thomas Luft3

    1 Charite Campus Virchow Klinikum, Berlin, Germany, 2 Charité Univerisätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 3 University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

    Background: No standard procedure is in use to predict sinusoidal obstruction syndrome/venoocclusive disease (SOS/VOD). Recently the SOS/VOD CIBMTR clinical risk score (age, Karnofsky, Sirolimus, Hepatitis B/C, conditioning regimen, disease type) has been established using the CIBMTR database (Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018;24:2072). The Endothelial Activation and Stress Index (EASIX), based on the simple formula ‘LDH(U/l) x Creatinine(mg/dl) / Thrombocytes(109/l)', has been proven to predict mortality after GVHD (Lancet Haematol 2017;4:e414). The aim of the current study was to test prediction of SOS/VOD by EASIX compared with the CIBMTR score in two independent European cohorts.

    Methods: SOS/VOD was defined according to the 2016 EBMT criteria. The capacity of EASIX and of the CIBMTR score for predicting SOS/VOD was tested retrospectively in 556 consecutive adult patients undergoing alloSCT at a single institution between 2001 and 2013 (training cohort). The primary endpoint was prediction of SOS/VOD by the CIBMTR score or by EASIX-d0 (EASIX measured at the day of alloSCT). Results were validated in an independent cohort of 446 adult alloSCT recipients from another single institution transplanted between 2013 and 2015. Incidence of SOS/VOD was assessed by uni- and multivariable Cox regression analyses using age, EASIX and the CIBMTR score as confounders.

    Results: SOS/VOD was diagnosed in 35 patients (6.3%, median onset day +8) in the training cohort and in 45 patients (10.1%, median onset d +9) in the validation cohort, respectively. In the training cohort, increasing EASIX-d0 was significantly associated with SOS/VOD incidence on multivariate analysis (HR per log2 increase 1.27, 95%CI 1.03-1.57, p=0.023). Similarly, EASIX-d0 predicted the incidence of SOS/VOD in the validation cohort (HR per log2 increase 1.35, 95% CI 1.14-1.59, p< 0.001). Also, the CIBMTR score showed an association with SOS/VOD incidence which was however significant only in the training cohort (HR per log2 increase 1.55, 95% CI 1.09-1.62, p=0.016) but not in the validation cohort, (HR per log2 increase 1.43, 95% CI 0.98-2.08, p=0.060). These results are visualized by comparing EASIX-d0 and CIBMTR-VOD scores in patients grouped according to later VOD development within the observation period (Figure 1, Kruskal-Wallis tests; 1A-B EASIX-d0 and 1C-D CIBMTR risk score). The association of EASIXd0 with VOD incidence was independent from CIBMTR score.

    Conclusions: EASIX-d0 is very easy to test and predicted SOS/VOD in two separate cohorts of alloSCT recipients independent of the CIBMTR-VOD score. Patients with high EASIX-d0 scores might be candidates for clinical evaluation of intensified strategies to prevent SOS/VOD after alloSCT.


    [ [O076 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Disclosure: The authors thank Jazz Pharmaceuticals for providing financial support that was used for data collection. The company had no active part in this project, did not have access to data and was not involved in analyses or writing/editing of this abstract.

    O077 Early hyperbilirubinaemia without SOS/VOD - A link between endothelial dysfunction and early mortality after allogeneic transplantation

    Thomas Luft1, David Schult1, Joshua Majer-Lauterbach1, Sihe Jiang2, Aleksandar Radujkovic1, Peter Dreger1, Olaf Penack2

    1 University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2 Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Background: Endothelial dysfunction is a risk factor for early mortality after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) and is linked to transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TAM). Similar to TAM, diagnosis of sinusoidal obstruction syndrome / venoocclusive disease (SOS/VOD) is based on consensus criteria, and several scores have been proposed that include earlier or later stages of the diseases.

    Early hyperbilirubinaemia occurs frequently after alloSCT. The pathophysiology is often elusive, and only in a subset of alloSCT recipients with hyperbilirubinaemia SOS/VOD is identified as the underlying mechanism. The aim of the current study was to explore clinical impact and pathophysiological context of early hyperbilirubinaemia without SOS/VOD.

    Methods: In two independent cohorts of 864 and 446 patients, serum bilirubin levels before alloSCT and on days 0, 3, 5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 were retrospectively retrieved. SOS/VOD was defined according to the 2016 EBMT criteria. Patients with at least one bilirubin value of >3mg/dl between days 0-28 were grouped as “early hyperbilirubinaemia”. We assessed overall survival (OS), non-relapse mortality (NRM) and time to relapse (TTR) with and without early hyperbilirubinaemia depending on coincident SOS/VOD, TAM, and refractory acute GVHD, and we investigated the impact of statin-based endothelial cell prophylaxis (pravastatin plus ursodeoxycholic acid). Serum bilirubin levels were correlated with the Endothelial Activation and Stress Index (EASIX, ‘LDH(U/l) x Creatinine(mg/dl) / Thrombocytes(109/l)'), measured before alloSCT (EASIX-pre) or on the day of transplantation (EASIX-d0). Similarly, bilirubin levels were correlated with the SOS/VOD CIBMTR clinical risk score, and with serum markers of liver damage (alanine transaminase, ALT, Gamma-glutamyltransferase, GGT) and endothelial cell distress markers (Angiopoietin-2).

    Results: Early hyperbilirubinaemia was diagnosed in 156 (18%) and 141 (32%) patients of the training and validation cohort, and VOD diagnostic criteria were met by 23% and 30% of patients with early hyperbilirubinaemia, respectively. In all patients, early hyperbilirubinaemia was associated with increased NRM and OS (NRM, training: HR 2.03, 95%CI 1.47-2.80, p< 0.001; NRM validation: HR 2.12, 95%CI 1.48-3.06, p< 0.001). Increased NRM in recipients with hyperbilirubinaemia without SOS/VOD was independent from TMA or refractory acute GVHD (Figure 1). EASIX-pre and EASIX-d0 correlated with day 0-28 bilirubin in both cohorts. EASIX-pre, EASIX-d0 and the CIBMTR-VOD score predicted risk of early hyperbilirubinaemia. However, only EASIX predicted risk of NRM in patients without SOS/VOD. Endothelial protection with statins and ursodeoxycholic acid was associated with reduced incidence of and reduced NRM after early hyperbilirubinaemia. Furthermore, pre-transplant Angiopoietin-2 correlated with early hyperbilirubinaemia, whereas ALT and GGT did not.

    Conclusions: Early hyperbilirubinaemia represents a novel risk factor for NRM independent of TMA and refractory acute GVHD, even in patients not meeting the diagnostic criteria for VOD. The endothelial relationship of this condition is underlined by the observation that Angiopoietin-2, EASIX-pre and EASIX-d0 but not markers of liver damage associate with the incidence of early hyperbilirubinaemia. Therapeutic strategies aiming at normalization of endothelial dysfunction after alloSCT are attractive. As a first example, our data demonstrate reduced incidence of early hyperbilirubinaemia and reduced NRM thereafter in alloSCT recipients prophylactically treated with statins and ursodeoxycholic acid in the peri-transplant period.


    [ [O077 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Clinical Trial Registry: not applicable

    Disclosure: no conflicts of interest

    O078 Crosstalk between complement and neutrophil activation in transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy

    Eleni Gavriilaki1, Ioanna Sakellari1, Ioannis Batsis1, Despina Mallouri1, Anna Vardi1, Akrivi Chrysanthopoulou2, Maria Georgoutsou-Spyridonos3, Zoi Bousiou1, Michalis Iskas1, Tasoula Touloumenidou1, Apostolia Papalexandri1, Dimitris Mastellos3, Konstantinos Ritis2, Ioannis Mitroulis2,4, Achilles Anagnostopoulos1

    1 G. Papanicolaou Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2 Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece, 3 National Center for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos', Athens, Greece, 4 Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

    Background: Accumulating evidence has suggested complement activation in transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA), mainly in the pediatric setting. To further understand its pathogenesis in adults, we hypothesized that both complement and neutrophils are activated in TA-TMA as previously observed in distinct thrombotic disorders.

    Methods: We enrolled adult TA-TMA (International Working Group/IWG criteria), acute and/or chronic graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) and control hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recipients in a 1:1:1 ratio (January 2015-June 2018). Complement activation was detected in patient sera and plasma with the modified Ham test (mHam), soluble C5b-9 and activated C3 fragments; while neutrophil activation with neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) using extracellular DNA and myeloperoxidase/MPO-DNA.

    Results: We studied 10 TA-TMA, 10 GVHD and 10 control patients. TA-TMA patients suffered from severe acute and/or extensive chronic GVHD. TA-TMA presented at median +109 (9-930) day post-transplant. Full donor chimerism was evident in all patients. No significant difference in transplant characteristics was observed among groups, except for the significantly lower GVHD rate in the control group.

    C5b-9 and mHam levels were significantly increased in TA-TMA compared to GVHD (p=0.004 and p=0.006, Figure A) and control patients (p=0.001 and p=0.005, Figure B), while no significant difference was observed in activated plasma C3 levels in the plasma. In the multivariate analysis, C5b-9 levels were an independent predictor of TA-TMA diagnosis (p=0.026). We next sought to determine the cutoff value of C5b-9 that distinguishes TA-TMA from other HCT recipients. In the receiver-operating characteristic curve, we found a significantly high area under the curve (0.823, p=003). Values higher than 321.5 ng/ml conferred a specificity of 70% with a very high sensitivity of 91.7% for TA-TMA diagnosis.

    Regarding NETs, both extracellular and MPO-DNA were significantly increased in patients with TA-TMA compared to GVHD (p< 0.001 and p=0.042, Figure C) and control patients (p< 0.001 and p=0.029, Figure D). Interestingly, increased complement activation markers (C5b-9 and mHam) were strongly associated with MPO-DNA (r2=0.461, p=0.001 and r2=0.403, p=0.018, respectively) and extracellular DNA (r2=0.555, p=0.001 and r2=0.502, p=0.002, respectively).

    Lastly, we studied changes of complement and neutrophil activation in 3 patients that received complement inhibition by eculizumab. Despite delayed initiation in the first two patients (28 and 18 days post TA-TMA diagnosis respectively), we observed laboratory response including evidence of reduced hemolysis, schistocytosis and transfusion needs. Both extracellular DNA and C5b-9 levels were significantly reduced post 2 doses of eculizumab (p< 0.001). However, all patients succumbed to complications of end-stage renal disease and infections after a median of 3 (2-8) doses of eculizumab.

    Conclusions: Our findings demonstrate for the first time a crosstalk between complement and neutrophils in adult TA-TMA. In addition, we were able to set a cut-off C5b-9 value for distinguishing complement activation in unselected patients diagnosed with the IWG criteria. Although complement inhibition by eculizumab seems to hinder this pathophysiological process, further studies are needed to clarify changes and identify optimal therapeutic targets in this complex setting.


    [ [O078 Image] 1 . Figure: Markers of complement (A,B) and neutrophil (C,D) activation]

    Disclosure: E.G. was supported by the European Hematology Association Clinical Research Grant. The remaining authors declare no competing financial interest.

    O079 Pooled analysis of time to complete response after defibrotide treatment initiation in patients with hepatic veno-occlusive disease/sinusoidal obstruction syndrome after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    Paul Richardson1, Angela Smith2, Nancy Kernan3, Leslie Lehmann4, Robert Ryan5, William Tappe5, Stephan Grupp6

    1 Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Boston, MA, United States, 2 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 3 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States, 4 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 5 Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Palo Alto, CA, United States, 6 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States

    Background: Hepatic VOD/SOS with multi-organ dysfunction (MOD; typically, renal or pulmonary) may be associated with >80% mortality. Defibrotide is approved for treating severe hepatic VOD/SOS post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients aged >1 month in the European Union, and for hepatic VOD/SOS with renal or pulmonary dysfunction post-HSCT in the United States and Canada. Per prescribing guidelines, defibrotide 25 mg/kg/day (4 divided doses) is recommended for ≥21 days. This pooled analysis examined time to complete response (CR) of VOD/SOS and MOD symptoms relative to day of defibrotide initiation in patients who received defibrotide 25 mg/kg/day.

    Methods: Time to CR and safety data were pooled from 2 studies that included patients with VOD/SOS and MOD post-HSCT who were treated with defibrotide: a phase 3 trial (n=102) and a phase 2, randomized dose-finding trial (n=74 receiving 25 mg/kg/day). Duration of therapy in patients who discontinued due to CR in an expanded-access program (T-IND) in VOD/SOS patients with and without MOD post-HSCT (n=1000) was analyzed separately due to differences in the patient population and data monitoring protocol (eg, CR data by day were not collected). VOD/SOS diagnosis was defined by Baltimore criteria/biopsy for the phase 2 and 3 studies; in the T-IND, modified Seattle criteria also was permitted. Minimum recommended treatment duration was ≥14 days (phase 2) or ≥21 days (phase 3, T-IND).

    Results: The pooled phase 2 and 3 trials had 60 patients with CR (n=34 and n=26, respectively) and 116 patients without CR (n=40 and n=76, respectively).

    Of 60 patients with CR (Figure) in the phase 2 and 3 trials, the median time to CR was 24.5 days (range: 7-123); of these, 53.3% achieved CR after 4 or more weeks of treatment. In the T-IND, 390 patients discontinued treatment due to CR (median time to discontinuation, 22 days after initiation of defibrotide; range, 2-64), with 57 patients (14.6%) discontinuing on or after week 4 of treatment.

    In the phase 2 and 3 studies (n=176), 58 patients (33%) had treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs); most common were gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage (4.0%), epistaxis (4.5%), hypotension (5.7%), and pulmonary alveolar hemorrhage (5.7%). In the T-IND (n=1000), 210 patients (21.0%) had ≥1 TRAE; most common were pulmonary hemorrhage (4.6%), GI hemorrhage (3.0%), epistaxis (2.3%), and hypotension (2.0%).

    Conclusions: Among patients with CR in the phase 2 and 3 studies, a significant number of patients achieve CR (40%) after 4 weeks of persistent treatment, highlighting the importance of continued therapy as per label indication.

    Support: Jazz Pharmaceuticals


    [ [O079 Image] 1 . Figure. Time to CR Among 60 Patients Achieving CR in Defibrotide Phase 2 and 3 Studies]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT00003966, NCT00358501, and NCT00628498

    Disclosure: Paul G. Richardson has served on advisory committees and as a consultant, and has received research funding from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

    Angela R. Smith and Leslie Lehmann have nothing to disclose.

    Nancy A. Kernan received grants from Gentium during the conduct of the study, and her research was supported by The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30 CA008748; the content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. She has a research grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

    Robert Ryan and William Tappe are employees of Jazz Pharmaceuticals and hold stock and/or stock options in Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc.

    Stephan A. Grupp has served on a steering committee and as a consultant to Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

    O080 Sperm counts and prevalence of testosterone substitution at long-term follow-up after myeloablative allogeneic HSCT in childhood

    Sidsel Mathiesen1, Malene Mejdahl1, Anu Suominen2, Kaspar Sørensen1, Marianne Ifversen1, Päivi Lähteenmäki3, Hanne Frederiksen1, Anders Juul1, Klaus Müller1, Kirsi Jahnukainen2,4

    1 Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 Children's Hospital, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland, 3 Turku University Hospital and Turku University, Turku, Finland, 4 Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

    Background: Little is known about the long-term effects of pediatric HSCT on the male reproductive axis. We investigated sperm counts and prevalence of testosterone substitution twenty years after pediatric HSCT and aimed at identifying risk factors for azoospermia and testosterone substitution.

    Methods: This cross-sectional follow-up study included two national cohorts of adult males (≥ 18 years) treated with myeloablative allogeneic pediatric HSCT before age 17 between 1980-2010 in Denmark and Finland. The study included medical history; physical examination including testicular volume and screening for chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGvHD); sex hormones and a semen sample. Cumulative (pre-HSCT and HSCT) gonadal irradiation including TBI and cumulative cyclophosphamide equivalent doses (CED) were estimated from patient files.

    Results: 98/181 (54%) of eligible patients (age 18-47 years) participated with a median (range) follow up time of 18 (8-35) years. 76% had malignant diagnoses and 74% were treated with TBI-conditioning. 91 delivered a semen sample. Results of semen and sex hormone analyses are listed in table 1. 30/98 (31%) had detectable sperm counts (0.010-524.8 million), of these 15 were treated with chemotherapy only and 15 with TBI (2 with 2 Gy TBI and 13 with 10-12 Gy TBI including 5 with gonadal shielding).

    In patients with detectable sperm in the ejaculate, increase in sperm counts was associated with time from HSCT (β=6.6 million per year 95%CI ((-0.18)-13.32), p=0.056, time range 9-32 years) indicating late spermatogenic recovery. Testicular irradiation was a strong risk factor for azoospermia (OR=6.2 95%CI (2.0-20.7), p< 0.001) and testosterone substitution (OR=5.0 95%CI (1.3-28.3), p=0.012) and no patients with cumulative testicular irradiation doses >12 Gy had detectable sperms, figure 1.

    Pre-pubertal stage at HSCT was a risk factor for later testosterone substitution (OR=10.4 95%CI (1.5-453), p=0.0060). Risk of testosterone substitution was associated with time from transplantation (OR for +1 year 1.1 95%CI (1.0-1.2), p=0.025). Cumulative CED adjusted for testicular irradiation was not a risk factor for azoospermia or testosterone substitution, nor was cGvHD.

      Sperms detected, n=30 Azoospermia, n=42 Testosterone substitution, n=24
    Pre-pubertal/pubertal/post-pubertal at HSCT (1 missing), n 23/5/2 25/10/7 22/1/01
    Orchiectomy unilateral/bilateral, n 1/0 2/0 2/4
    Total testes volume (ml), median (range) 40 (7.5-27) 24 (4-52) 6 (0-30)
    Chronic graft-versus-host-disease, n (%) 7 (23) 12 (29) 8 (33)
    Follicle stimulating hormone (U/l), median (range) 5.38 (1.40-32.30) 17.05 (4.29-64.40) 0.47 (0.01-52.50)
    Luteinizing hormone (U/l), median (range) 4.31 (0.06-13.20) 8.07 (2.53-22.2) 0.11 (0.01-31.00)
    Inhibin B (pg/ml), median (range) 109.5 (10.0-247.0) 19.00 (1.00-134.00) 4.00 (1.00-30.00)
    Sex hormone binding globulin (nmol/l), median (range) 29.55 (7.30-61.40) 27.70 (4.80-68.80) 23.20 (7.10-62.10)
    Total testosterone (nmol/l), median (range) 18.40 (8.06-31.19) 13.66 (1.65-26.20) 18.55 (3.99-53.82)

    [ [O080 Table] 1 . Table 1: Results of semen sample, pubertal stage at HSCT, physical examination and sex hormones]


    [ [O080 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Conclusions: Late spermatogenic recovery is possible 10-30 years following myeloablative HSCT but depends on cumulative testicular irradiation dose; azoospermia was present in all patients treated with >12 Gy. Pre-pubertal stage at HSCT increases the risk for later testosterone substitution supporting the hypothesis that pre-pubertal Leydig cells are more sensitive to irradiation than more mature ones. Additionally, the risk of testosterone substitution increased with time from transplantation indicating a potential early androgen insufficiency in male HSCT recipients. Thus, close follow-up and focus on cumulative irradiation doses are needed.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O081 Late hospitalizations among survivors of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation performed for malignant indications

    Jason D Pole1, Muhammad Ali2, Fotios V Michelis3, Lillian Sung2, Jeff Lipton3, Kylie Lepic4, Joerg Krueger2, KY Chiang2, Mark Greenberg1, Paul Nathan2, Tal Schechcter2

    1 Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 2 The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 3 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 4 McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

    Background: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has become a standard component of therapy for several malignant indications. As HSCT may improve survival for some cancers, the risk for late complications is of increasing concern. The frequency of hospitalizations can serve as a proxy measure of severe morbidity. However, knowledge regarding late hospitalizations is limited. The objectives of the study were to describe health care utilization as measured by hospitalizations beyond 2 years following transplant in survivors of pediatric/adolescent and young adult (AYA) HSCT for a malignant indication.

    Methods: We linked data from 3 Ontario HSCT centers and provincial health care utilization data housed at Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to describe all hospitalizations and their indications. We also described intensive-care unit admissions. The study population included Ontario residents with cancer age 0-30 years who underwent HSCT between 1992 and 2015, who survived more than 2 years from transplant (index date). Hospitalizations were described from the index date until Dec 2017 or death.

    Results: The cohort consisted of 446 survivors who were followed for a median of 11.4 years from index date (interquartile range (IQR) 2.6-18.5). Indications for transplant included: acute lymphoblastic leukemia (n=190, 42.6%); myeloid malignancy (n=231, 51.8%); and lymphoma (n=25, 5.6%). Of these, 150 (33.6%) received a related-donor bone-marrow HSCT. At the time of HSCT, ages were: 0-9 (n=132, 29.6%); 10-18 (n=137, 30.7%); and 19-29 (n=177, 39.7%) years. There were 269 patients (60%) with at least 1 hospitalization beyond 2 years from HSCT. There were a total of 1879 hospitalizations, resulting in a hospitalization rate of 0.43 per follow-up year. Average length of hospital stay was 6.1 days. A total of 97 intensive-care unit admissions were documented among 57 (12.8%) patients. The most common indications for hospitalization were: graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (n=486, 25.9%), relapse (n=303, 16.1%), infection (n=186, 9.8%), orthopedic procedures/fractures (n=90, 5.4%), benign neoplasm (n=96, 5.3%) and subsequent malignant neoplasm (n=83, 4.7%). Among those who did not relapse, 190/320 (59%) were hospitalized. At 10 years following HSCT, the proportion of patients hospitalized was 10.5%. An underlying diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (p=0.001) and chronic GVHD (p=0.014) were associated with increased rate of hospitalization. In the follow-up period, 73 (16.4%) patients died.

    Conclusions: We identified a high rate of late hospitalization in pediatric/AYA survivors who underwent HSCT for a malignant indication, even among those without relapse. A diagnosis of AML and chronic GVHD were associated with increased risk for hospitalization. Careful observation in the survivorship period is required for potential prevention of hospitalization.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O082 Engraftment syndrome after haploidentical stem cell TRANSPLANTATION with post-transplant cyclophosphamide

    Elena Landete1, Laura Solán1,2, Rebeca Bailén1,2, Nieves Dorado1,2, Pascual Balsalobre1,2, Carolina Martínez-Laperche1,2, Javier Anguita1,2, José Luis Díez-Martín1,2, Mi Kwon1,2

    1 Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital, Madrid, Spain, 2 Gregorio Marañón Health Research Institute (IiSGM), Madrid, Spain

    Background: Engraftment syndrome (ES) is a clinical complication characterized by inflammatory signs and symptoms occurring during neutrophil recovery after stem cell transplantation (SCT). Its incidence varies depending on the clinical criteria used. The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence, clinical characteristics, risk factors and clinical outcomes of ES after haploidentical-SCT with post-transplant cyclophosphamide (HaploSCT) in a single center.

    Methods: 105 consecutive Haplo-SCT performed between 2010-2016 in our center were retrospectively reviewed. GVHD prophylaxis was performed with cyclophosphamide 50mg/kg/day days +4 and +5, MMF and CsA from day +5. G-CSF was started in all cases from day +5 until engraftment. 11 cases were excluded from the analysis (9 due to death before engraftment and 2 due to primary graft failure). Maiolino and Spitzer´s diagnostic criteria were used to define ES.

    Results: Characteristics of the 94 transplant included are shown in Table 1. The ES incidence was 27.6%, with median time to diagnosis of 17 days (IQR, 15-19). Median time to neutrophil engraftment in the ES cohort was 17 days (IQR, 14-20). Fever (100%) and skin rash (77%) were the most frequent clinical findings. There were other 5 cases of fever and skin rash during the peri-engraftment period with a final diagnosis of GVHD considering clinical outcome. 18 patients (69%) received high doses of corticosteroids, with favorable response in 78% of cases. Of note, 28% cases also needed intensive supportive care. There were no deaths secondary to ES. Univariable analysis showed a higher risk of ES with use of brother/sister as cell donor (61% cases of ES; p=0,003). No other risk factors were identified. No association was noted with acute or chronic GVHD. There was no significant difference in NRM, overall survival and progression-free survival between ES and non-ES patients.

    SCT characteristics  
    SCT, n 94
    Age (years), median (range) 46 (33-58)
    Sex, female n (%)/ male n(%) 28 (30)/66 (70)
    Diagnosis, n(%)  
    Acute myeloid leukaemia 38 (40)
    MDS 6 (6)
    HL 21 (22)
    NHL 11 (12)
    ALL 11(12)
    Others 6 (6)
    Stem cell source PB/BM, n (%) 87 (92)/7 (8)
    Conditioning regimen, n (%)  
    Myeloablative 39 (41)
    Non myeloablative 55 (59)
    Engraftment (days), median (IQR) 17 (15-19)
    Cellularity -TNC-, x10 8 /Kg median (IQR) 8,66 (5,81-10,71)
    Median follow up, months (range) 25 (9,2-43,4)
    2 years CI of relapse, % 26
    2 years Overall survival, % 61
    2 years event free survival, % 47

    [ [O082 Table] 1 . SCT characteristics]

    Conclusions: In our experience, ES is a frequent complication of HaploSCT with post-transplant cyclophosphamide. To our knowledge, this is the largest study including only haploidentical SCT. Most cases of ES had a self-limited course or good response to corticosteroids, and there were no associated mortality. However ES can progress to multi-organ dysfunction with need of intensive supportive care. In our analysis, incidence of ES was higher with the use of sibling haplo-donors, and further studies are needed to confirm these results. We have not found relationship between ES and GVHD. Specific biomarkers may contribute to an early identification of this entity in order to install therapeutic measures.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O083 Features and outcome of early cardiac toxicity associated with post-transplant cyclophosphamide in allogeneic stem cell transplantatioN

    Rémy Duléry1, Razan Mohty2, Myriam Labopin1, Simona Sestili2, Florent Malard1, Eolia Brissot1, Giorgia Battipaglia1, Clemence Mediavilla1, Anne Banet2, Zoé Van de Wyngaert2, Annalisa Paviglianiti2, Ramdane Belhocine2, Françoise Isnard2, Simona Lapusan2, Rosa Adaeva2, Anne Vekhoff2, Tounes Ledraa2, Ollivier Legrand1, Ariel Cohen3, Agnès Bonnin2, Stéphane Ederhy3, Mohamad Mohty2

    1 Sorbonne University (UPMC), Paris, France, 2 Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France, 3 Saint Antoine Hospital, AP-HP, Sorbonne University (UPMC), Paris, France

    Background: Data on risk factors and incidence of early cardiac events (ECE) after post-transplant Cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) are scarce. Thus, we compared clinical outcomes between patients who received PT-Cy and patients who did not in a cohort study including all consecutive patients allografted in our center.

    Methods: We analyzed all ECE occurring within 3 months after HSCT in 331 patients. Transthoracic echocardiography and EKG were performed before HSCT, at day +90 and in case of ECE. Prior to transplant, 276 patients (83.4%) had at least one cardiovascular risk factor, 72 (21.8%) cardiovascular disease history and 31 (9.4%) left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) (defined by left ventricular ejection fraction < 53%). Median age was 55 years (range, 15-76) and 60.4% of patients were males. Patients were transplanted for AML (n=153, 46%), ALL (n=49, 15%), lymphoma (n=44, 13%), multiple myeloma (n=8, 2.4%), MDS (n=35, 11%) and MPN (n=42, 13%). Disease risk index was high or very-high in 93 patients (28%). Conditioning regimen were MAC (n=131, 40%), RIC (n=85, 26%) or sequential (Flamsa-like) (n=115, 35%). Donors were matched related (n=89, 27%), unrelated (n=124, 37%) or haploidentical (n=118, 36%). Stem cell source was peripheral blood (n=310, 94%) or bone marrow (n=21, 6%). GVHD prophylaxis included cyclosporine in all patients associated with mycophenolate mofetil (n=267, 81%), short courses of methotrexate (n=23, 7%) and/or antithymocyte globulin (n=312, 94%). In the PT-Cy group, 136 patients received PT-Cy at 50 mg/kg/day for at least 1 day and 100 patients for 2 days, including 13 patients with unrelated donor and 6 patients with matched related donor, either because of HLA-mismatch or renal insufficiency, or inclusion in a clinical trial.

    Results: In univariate analysis, cumulative incidence of ECE was 21.3% in the PT-Cy group and 8.2% in the no PT-Cy group (p< 0.001). The main complication was LVSD (15% of patients in the PT-Cy group and 3% in the no PT-Cy group, p< 0.001). Other ECE included acute pulmonary edema (n=13, 4%), arrhythmia (n=12, 4%), pericarditis (n=7, 2%) and coronary artery syndrome (n=3, 1%) in the whole patient group. ECE resolved in 38 patients (78%). Cardiovascular risk factors and the cumulative doses of anthracycline were not significantly associated with the incidence of ECE. In multivariate analysis, the main factors associated with ECE were the use of PT-Cy [HR=2.8, 95%CI 1.5-5.1; p=0.001], older age [HR=1.3, 95%CI 1-1.6; p=0.04], sequential conditioning [HR=2.5, 95% CI 1.2-5; p=0.01]. A trend was observed in case of a cardiovascular disease history [HR=1.8, 95%CI 0.9-3.4; p=0.07].

    After a median follow-up of 36.5 months (IQR, 32-40), the 2-year cumulative incidences of NRM, relapse, OS and DFS were 28% vs. 22%; 23% vs. 19%; 56% vs. 63%; 49% vs. 59% in the PT-Cy and no PT-CY groups, respectively (p values non significant). At last-follow-up, 136 patients have died. The main causes of death were disease relapse (n=51), GVHD/infection (n=48) and ECE (n=8).

    Conclusions: Incidence of ECE is significantly higher in the PT-Cy group. In elderly patients or with a history of pre-transplant cardiac event, an alternative to PT-Cy should be considered to prevent ECE.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O084 Severe iron overload, measured by liver MRI at the pre-allo-HSCT, significantly impaired the long-term outcome of the procedure

    Lourdes Aguirre1, Emma Salvador2, Josune Zubicaray1, M. José Pizarro1, Ane Ugarte2, Anunciación Urquía1, Iratxe Urreta3, José Emparanza3, José M. Alustiza2, Carlos Vallejo1

    1 University Hospital Donostia, San Sebastián, Spain, 2 University Hospital Donostia, OSATEK, San Sebastián, Spain, 3 University Hospital Donostia, San Sebastián, Spain

    Background: Pre-transplant iron overload (IO) has been suggested to have a detrimental effect on long-term survival of HSCT recipients. In this analysis, we wanted to check if IO affected adversely to the long-term outcome of our series de patients.

    Methods: Once approved by the Clinical Trials and Ethics Committee, a liver MRI was systematically offered to patients who were admitted to undergo an allo-HSCT in our Center. Among the 131 pts consecutively transplanted between June 2015 and July 2018, 100 pts signed the informed consent and underwent a pre-HSCT MRI to assess the hepatic iron load. A Signal Intensity Ratio (SIR) method was employed for the measurement.

    Results: 64 pts were male, and 36 were female. Median age was 54 years (range: 12-69). The baseline diseases were: 37 AML, 24 NHL, 16 ALL, 8 MDS, 8 cMPD, 6 MM, and 1 BMF. 67 underwent alternative donor transplants (56 unrelated, and 11 haplo-identical), and 33 HLA-id family donor transplants. Stem cell source was PB in 96, and BM in 4 cases. Conditioning regimen was intensive in 51 pts, and RIC in 49; no non-myeloablative allo-HSCT were performed. Based on hepatic iron overload at pre-HSCT MRI, the patients were classified into the following groups: 23 pts (23%) showed severe IO (LIC > 80 micromol/g or 4.5 mg/g), 25 pts (25%) moderate IO (LIC 36-80 micromol/g or 2.1-4.4 mg/g) and 52 pts (52%) no significant IO (LIC < 36 micromol/g or 2.1 mg/g). As shown in table 1, majority of patients with severe iron overload had been heavily transfused, and had a high pre-HCST ferritin level. Surprisingly, pre-HSCT chelation had been employed only in 3 pts (13%) of this group. Overall mortalities at days +100, +180 and +365 in the global series, and in severe versus non-severe IO group are reflexed in table 2.


    1) our data shows that pre-allo-HSCT iron-overload correlates with previous PRBC transfusion load;

    2) it also makes evident that IO is an important risk factors for post-transplant mortality.

    3) our real-life study reflects that only a minority of heavily transfused pts had received chelation therapy previously to the allo-HSCT.

    4) considering the relevance of pre-allo-HSCT iron overload, we strongly suggest to referring physicians to employ chelation therapy for patient candidates to transplant during the treatment of the underline disease.

      Liver MRI Pre-HSCT (micromol/g) Liver MRI Pre-HSCT (mg/g) PRBC transfused pre-HSCT Ferritin pre-HSCT
    Pts without severe iron overload in pre-HSCT liver MRI (N=77) 1.4 (0.3-4.4) 24.7 (5.6-79.6) 12 (0-159) 919 (18-3382)
    Pts with severe iron overload in pre-HSCT liver MRI (N=23) 5.6 (4.5-13.9) 99.5 (80-248) 28 (5-120) 1880 (454-6195)
    p < 0.05 < 0.05 < 0.05 < 0.05

    [ [O084 Table] 1 . Table 1: Characteristics of pts based on pre-allo-HSCT iron overload (liver MRI)]

      Day +100 overall mortality Day +180 overall mortality Day +365 overal mortality*
    Global (N=100) 6/100 (6.0%) 9/100 (9.0%) 18/68 (26.5%)
    Pts without severe iron overload in pre-HSCT liver MRI (N=77) 3/77 (3.9%) 4/77 (5.2%) 8/48 (16.7%)
    Pts with severe iron overload in pre-HSCT liver MRI (N=23) 3/23 (13.0%) 5/23 (21.7%) 10/20 (50.0%)
    p < 0.05 < 0.05 < 0.05

    *Only pts with follow-up >1 year or death before

    [ [O084 Table] 2 . Table 2:Overall short and long term mortality based on pre-allo-HSCT iron overload (liver MRI)]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O085 Non-infectious neurologic complications after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ALLO-HSCT)

    Aitana Balaguer Rosello1, Luis Bataller1, Carlos Carretero1, Carmen Freiria1, Ana Villalba1, Marta Santiago1, Maria Isabel Moreno2, Juan Montoro1, Jose Luis Piñana1, Manuel Guerreiro1, Jose Ignacio Lorenzo1, Guillermo Sanz1, Miguel Ángel Sanz1, Jaime Sanz1

    1 Hospital Universitari i Politècnic la Fe, Valencia, Spain

    Background: Neurologic complications (NCs) are associated with relevant morbidity and mortality after allo-HSCT. The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence, characteristics, risk factors and outcomes of patients developing NCs after allo-HSCT.

    Methods: We evaluated 971 consecutive adult patients (>17 years) who underwent allo-HSCT at our center between January 2000 and December 2016.

    We collected data on neurological symptoms, diagnostic methods, time of onset and cause. NC was defined as any neurological event that occurred after starting the conditioning regimen and before relapse. NC due to central nervous system (CNS) infections o neoplastic infiltration were excluded. We considered both CNS and peripheral nervous system (PNS) complications.

    Results: The current series comprised 467 allo-HSCT from matched sibling donor (MSD), 381 from umbilical cord blood (UCB), 49 matched unrelated donor (MUD) and 74 haploidentical donor (HAPLO). Median age was 41 years and most patients had acute leukemia (63%). Median follow-up of surviving patients was 71 months (range, 11-213). There were differences in median follow-up according to the donor source, being longer in UCB and MSD, 87 and 67 months respectively, and shorter in MUD and HAPLO, 23 and 24 months respectively (P< 0.0001).

    Overall, NCs were documented in 149 cases, 64 after MSD transplants, 74 after UCB, 9 after MUD, and 5 after HAPLO. CNS complications (68%) were more common than PNS events. The most frequent NC was encephalopathy (31%) followed by myopathy (13%) and neuropathy (13%). 17% of the PNS complications were immune-mediated. Median time to NC was 78 days (range, -5-3722)

    Neurologic complications Events, n (%) Days 0-30, 95 (100) Days 31-100, 26 (100) Days 101-365, 30 (100) >1 year, 24 (100) Total, 149 (100)
    Stroke 6 (9) 2 (8) 4 (13) 3 (13) 15 (10)
    Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome 5 (7) 0 0 1 (4) 6 (4)
    Encephalopathy 25 (36) 7 (26) 7 (23) 7 (29) 46 (31)
    Isolated seizures 4 (6) 1 (4) 3 (10) 1 (4) 9 (6)
    Headache 17 (25) 0 1 (3) 2 (8) 20 (13)
    Myelopathy 1 (1) 2 (8) 0 2 (8) 5 (3)
    Neuropathy 6 (9) 5 (19) 6 (20) 3 (13) 20 (13)
    Myopathy 5 (7) 7 (27) 6 (20) 2 (8) 20 (13)
    PNS immune-mediated disorders 0 2 (8) 3 (10) 3 (13) 8 (5)

    [ [O085 Table] 1 . Neurologic complications according to post-transplant period]

    1-year and 5-year cumulative incidence of NCs was 11% and 13%, respectively. 5-year cumulative incidence was 11% after MSD, 17% after UCB, 16% after MUD, and 6% after HAPLO transplants (P=0.014).

    Multivariable analyses identified alternative donors (hazard risk[HR],1.7; 95%confidence interval[CI], 1.12-2.3; P=0.009)(Figure1B), older age (>40y;HR 1.6; 95%CI, 1.1-2.7; P=0.009), acute GvHD grade II-IV (HR,3.3; 95%CI, 2.2-5; P< 0.00001) and extensive chronic GvHD (HR,3.2; 95%CI, 1.7-5.9; P=0.0002) as risk factors for developing NCs.

    The 5-year overall survival (OS) was 21% for patients who developed NCs and 41% for the rest (P< 0.0001; Figure1C). Statistically significant differences in OS were seen in patients who developed CNS NCs (P=0.001), but not in patients who developed PNS complications (P=0.36).


    [ [O085 Image] 1 . Cumulative incidence of neurologic complications (1A, 1B) and impact on OS (1C)]

    Conclusions: NCs are common and diverse after allo-HSCT. NCs were more frequent in recipients allografted from alternative donors, recipients older than 40 years, and in those developing GvHD. CNS complications, but not PNS, are associated with poor OS.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.

    O087 Using ciclosporin's area under the curve (AUC) to predict risk of acute kidney injury in non-myeloablative haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    VAIDIE Julien1, Jean-Baptiste Woillard1, Stéphane Girault1, Pierre Marquet1, Franck Saint-Marcoux1, Arnaud Jaccard1, Pascal Turlure1

    1 CHU Limoges, Limoges, France

    Background: Non myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) by limiting toxicity, can be proposed to elderly patients. However, acute renal injuries related to anti-calcineurin, which are frequent in this population, can negatively impact the outcome. Currently, the exposure indexes to follow and the target to use are not consensually established. However, using the area under the curve (AUC) for therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) is theoretically the best method to describe the patient's exposure. The primary objective of this study was to determine an AUC target for ciclosporin associated to the occurrence of acute kidney injury in HSCT patients.

    Methods: We retrospectively studied all consecutive patients who received a non-myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation at Limoges University Hospital from June 2009 to December 2015. Patients received Fludarabine 30 mg/m2/day between D-6 and D-2 before allograft and Busulfan 3.2 mg/kg/day at D-4 and D-3. GvH prophylaxis consisted in rabbit anti-lymphocyte serum at the dose of 2.5 mg/kg at D-2 and D-1, and ciclosporin at the beginning dose of 3mg/kg per os twice a day. Mycophenolate mofetil was added for patients with HLA-matched or mismatched unrelated donors. TDM of ciclosporin was done based on trough concentration (C0) twice a week with concomitant renal evaluation using creatininemia. Dose adjustments were done in according to the SFGM-TC recommendations and renal tolerance. Ciclosporin's AUC was evaluated at day 1, day 14 and day 28 after allograft using bayesian estimation from a limited sampling strategy and a population pharmacokinetics model previously published. The association between ciclosporin AUC and acute kidney injury was investigated using a joint model. A ROC curve was then constructed to investigate an AUC threshold associated with the best sensibility/specificity ratio for acute kidney injury (AKI).

    Results: We included 79 patients, with a median [min-max] age of 60 [33-70] years. 17% of patients received an HLA-identical related donor, 70% an HLA-matched related donor and 13% an HLA-mismatched unrelated donor. The five years overall survival and survival without relapse or GVH probabilities were 73% IC95 [63%-84%] and 60% respectively IC 95 [56%-64%]. At M3, 39 patients (49%) developed an AKI at a median time of 64 [7-100] days. The risk of developing AKI increased with ciclosporin AUC (per unit AUC increase, HR [95%CI] = 1.10 [1.004-1.265]) (p=0.035). A threshold of 5,15mg*h/L for ciclosporin AUC0-12h was associated with an AUC ROC of 0.64 IC95 [0.57-0.71] (sensitivity= 70,27% IC95 [53%-84.1%] and specificity = 57.42% IC95 [49.2%-65.3%]). Interestingly, a very low correlation was observed between ciclosporin C0 and AUC (r² =0.55 for the overall period). Additionally, an higher intra-individual variability was observed with C0 than AUC (coefficient of variation= 36% and 26% respectively).

    Conclusions: We report in this study that a ciclosporin AUC=5.15 mg*h/L could be used as a high threshold for AKI. New evaluations of AUC in prospective studies are needed to better define the relevance of this marker in clinical practice.

    Disclosure: No disclosure

    Experimental stem cell transplantation


    Abstract already published.

    O089 Clonal Dynamics of single-donor derived human cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cells in murine xenografts revealed by cellular barcoding

    Mirjam Belderbos1,2, Taco Koster2, Sabrina Jacobs2, Bertien Dethmers-Ausema2, Erik Zwart2, Gerald de Haan2, Leonid Bystrykh2

    1 Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2 European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Groningen, Netherlands

    Background: Human cord blood (CB) provides an attractive source of hematopoietic stem cells for allogeneic transplantation of patients with a variety of diseases. A sufficient hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) dose, currently measured as CD34+ cells/kg recipient, is essential for successful engraftment. Nevertheless, the frequency of true HSC within the CD34+ population and the dynamics of their clonal offspring remain poorly understood and may differ between donors.

    Methods: Here, we use cellular barcoding and multiplexed high-throughput sequencing to determine the frequency of repopulating cells among CD34+ cells from 20 individual human CB donors, and to quantify their contribution to each of the blood lineages over time in murine NOD/Scid/IL2Ry-/- (NSG) xenografts.

    Results: In total, we detected a median of 14.3 (range 5-168) clones in blood and 15.0 (range 1.7-85) clones in bone marrow, corresponding to HSPC frequencies of 1:100 to 1:1000. The number of retrieved clones correlated to barcoded CD34+ cell dose (Spearman R=0.85, p=0.001), yet could vary up to four-fold between mice transplanted with the same cell dose. Clonal patterns in blood early after transplant differed markedly from those at later time points, and became increasingly deterministic over time. The majority of clones displayed multilineage output, yet clones with bias towards lymphoid or myeloid lineages were also present. Similar to recent data on murine HSC clones, human CB clones were distributed asymmetrically across different bone marrow sites.

    Conclusions: In conclusion, the frequency of NSG-repopulating cells among cord blood CD34+ cells is low, and highly variable between individual CB donors. Heterogeneity in HSC frequency, proliferation and lineage fate decisions may contribute to (non-)engraftment upon HSCT. Future research will be aimed at identifying the underlying mechanisms guiding HSC behavior upon transplantation and expanding our findings to human HSCT recipients.


    [ [O089 Image] 1 . Figure 1: Frequency and inter-donor variability in HSPC among cord blood CD34+ cells]

    Clinical Trial Registry: n/a.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.


    Abstract already published.

    Gene Therapy

    O092 Effective lentiviral gene therapy for X-linked chronic granulomatous disease

    Claire Booth1, Donald B Kohn2, Elizabeth M Kang3, Sung-Yun Pai4, Kit L Shaw2, Giorgia Santilli5, Myriam Armant4, Karen Buckland5, Uimook Choi3, Suk See De Ravin3, Morna Dorsey6, Caroline Kuo2, Diego Leon-Rico5, Christine Rivat5, Katie Snell5, Jinhua Xu-Bayford5, Emma Morris5, Dayna Terrazas2, Leo D Wang7,4, Geraldine Honnet8, Peter Newburger9, Frederic D Bushman10, Manuel Grez11, H Bobby Gaspar5,12, David A Williams4, Harry L Malech3, Anne Galy8, Adrian J Thrasher5

    1 University College London/Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom, 2 University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 3 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD, United States, 4 Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 5 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom, 6 University of California, San Fransisco, CA, United States, 7City of Hope, Beckman Research Institute, Duarte, CA, United States, 8 Genethon, Evry, Paris, France, 9 University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, United States, 10 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 11 Georg-Speyer Haus, Frankfurt, Germany, 12 Orchard Therapeutics, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) is a rare genetic immune disorder that leaves patients susceptible to life-threatening infections, chronic inflammation and often long hospital stays. X-linked CGD (X-CGD) is caused by mutations in CYBB encoding the gp91phox subunit of the phagocyte NADPH-oxidase, which regulates cell pH and ionic content for efficient microbial killing. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) has been a potentially curative approach for X-CGD patients, but is often complicated by lack of HLA-matched donors and risks of graft versus host disease, graft rejection, and procedure-related fatality. Previous attempts at autologous ex vivo gene therapy for X-CGD using gammaretroviral vectors have met with limited efficacy due to transient engraftment of gene corrected cells, gene silencing, and mutagenic activation leading to myelodysplasia. Here we report on 9 patients with a history of severe X-CGD-related complications, who received autologous ex vivo gene therapy (GT) using a novel self-inactivating lentiviral vector (G1XCGD LV) designed to limit the risk of mutagenesis through preferential expression of the missing g91phox subunit in mature myeloid cells.

    Methods: Similar trials of GT with G1XCGD LV were initiated in the UK (n=3, plus 1 compassionate use patient) and in the USA (n=5, 3 sites). All patients had histories of severe, persistent infections, and inflammatory disease. G-CSF and Plerixafor-mobilized CD34+ selected hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells were transduced ex vivo with G1XCGD LV. Subjects received near-myeloablative conditioning with single agent busulfan, targeted to net area-under-the-curve of 70,000 ng/ml*hr. Freshly prepared or cryopreserved quality-tested gene-modified cells, manufactured on-site, were administered intravenously. Primary endpoints were efficacy, as determined by percent of oxidase positive granulocytes by dihydrorhodamine [DHR] flow cytometry, and safety at 12 months.

    Results: We report results for 7 patients (2-27 years) with 1-2.5 years of follow-up; 2 additional patients were treated but died within 3 months of GT from complications deemed related to pre-existing disease-related co-morbidities (severe pulmonary disease, anti-platelet antibodies). GT was well-tolerated, only one serious adverse reaction (a systemic inflammatory process at engraftment of functional neutrophils) was reported as possibly related to GT. Patients experienced typical conditioning-related transient neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and mucositis. There has been no molecular evidence for clonal dysregulation or gene silencing through CpG dinucleotide methylation. Follow-up demonstrated sustained stable persistence of 12-46% oxidase (+) neutrophils for >12 months in 6/7 surviving patients (one, who remains clinically well, had a decline to < 5% after 3 months) [Figure]. These patients have maintained restoration of biochemical function and immunity (defined as ≥10% of oxidase (+) by DHR) as of December 2018. Patients have been well, without new X-CGD-related infections, and 4 are successfully weaned off prophylactic antibiotics.

    Conclusions: These results are the first demonstration of effective autologous lentiviral GT at 12 months in severely affected X-CGD patients without evidence of genotoxicity. Corrected neutrophil function has been observed in 6 patients for >12 months and has been associated with significant clinical improvement, freedom from infections, and resolution of chronic inflammation. Results are supportive of extended clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of G1XCGD LV-based gene therapy.


    [ [O092 Image] 1 . Percent oxidase (+) neutrophils over time]

    Clinical Trial Registry: USA: NCT02234934, Europe: NCT01855685

    Disclosure: Donald Kohn: National Institutes of Health (grants), Orchard Therapeutics (grants, paid consultant), patent Lentiviral vector: gene therapy of ADA-SCID. Claire Booth: Honoraria from GSK: providing educational material on ADA-SCID. Sung-Yun Pai: Boston Children´s Hospital (salary support), National Institutes of Health (grants). Kit Shaw: California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (grants); Orchard Therapeutics (personal fees, non-financial support) Caroline Kuo: California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Gene Therapy Resource Program (grants). Dayna Terrazas: California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (grants). Leo Wang: NHLBI (grants), Genethon (non-financial support); Magenta Therapeutics (personal fees). H Bobby Gaspar: Orchard Therapeutics (employee, equity/stock holder), patent Lentiviral vector: gene therapy of ADA-SCID. David Williams: Orchard Therapeutics (co-founder, SAB member) Harry Malech: Orchard Therapeutics (unpaid member scientific advisory board) Adrian Thrasher: Orchard Therapeutics, Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Generation Bio (Board member, consultant); 4BIOCapital (board member). The following authors have nothing to declare: Elizabeth Kang, Giorgia Santilli, Myriam Armant, Karen Buckland, Uimook Choi, Suk See De Ravin, Morna Dorsey, Karen Buckland, Uimook Choi, Suk See De Ravin, Diego Leon-Rico, Christine Rivat, Katie Snell, Jinhua Xu-Bayford, Emma Morris, Geraldine Honnet, Peter Newburger, Frederic Bushman, Manuel Grez, Anne Galy.

    O093 Updated results from the ongoing northstar-2 (HGB-207) trial of lentiglobin gene therapy in patients with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia and non-β00 genotypes

    Franco Locatelli1, Alexis Thompson2,3, Janet Kwiatkowski4,5, Suradej Hongeng6, John Porter7, Martin Sauer8, Adrian Thrasher9, Isabelle Thuret10, Heidi Elliot11, Ge Tao11, Mohammed Asmal11, Mark Walters12

    1 IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Rome, Italy, 2 Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL, United States, 3 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 4 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 5 Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 6 Mahidol University and Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, 7 University College London Hospitals, London, United Kingdom, 8 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany, 9 UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, United Kingdom, 10 University Hospital of Marseille - Timone Hospital, Marseille, France, 11 bluebird bio, Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States, 12 UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA, United States

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is potentially curative for patients with transfusion dependent β-thalassemia (TDT); however, it is associated with risks of morbidity and mortality and is limited by donor availability. Gene therapy has the potential to be an effective treatment option for patients with TDT, but without some of these limitations. LentiGlobin gene therapy contains autologous CD34+ HSCs transduced ex vivo with the BB305 lentiviral vector encoding β-globin with the T87Q amino-acid substitution. LentiGlobin is being studied in patients with TDT and non-β00 genotypes in the ongoing, phase 3 Northstar-2 study (HGB-207; NCT02906202).

    Methods: Northstar-2 is enrolling patients with TDT who had a history of ≥100 mL/kg/year of red blood cells (RBCs) or ≥8 RBC transfusions/year. To generate drug product (DP), autologous CD34+ cells were collected by apheresis after G-CSF and plerixafor mobilization and transduced with the BB305 lentiviral vector. Patients received myeloablative conditioning with single-agent busulfan before DP infusion. Primary endpoint was the proportion of patients achieving transfusion independence (TI, weighted average hemoglobin [Hb] ≥ 9 g/dL without RBC transfusions for ≥ 12 months). Patients are followed for 2 years and offered participation in a long-term follow-up study. Statistics are presented as median (min-max).

    Results: As of 14 September 2018, 16 patients (age 19 [8-34] years; 9 patients ≥ 18 years) have been treated (follow-up 9.3 [0.7-20.4] months). Patients received a cell dose of 7.7x106 (5.0-19.4) CD34+ cells/kg with a DP vector copy number of 3.1 (2.1-5.6) vector copies/diploid genome and 82% (53-90%) of cells were transduced. Baseline liver iron content (LIC) was 6.4 (1.0-41.0) mg Fe/g dw. Outcomes by age and baseline LIC will be reported. Times to neutrophil and platelet engraftment were 19 (13-32) and 44.5 (20-84) days, respectively; 1 patient (1.0-month follow-up) and 4 patients (1.0-2.1 months follow-up) had not achieved neutrophil and platelet engraftment, respectively, at time of analysis.

    Of 11 patients with ≥ 3 months of follow-up, 10 (6 ≥ 18 years old) stopped chronic RBC transfusions and two have achieved TI. At last study visit, total Hb in these 10 patients was 11.1-13.3 g/dL consisting of 7.7-10.6 g/dL gene therapy-derived Hb, HbAT87Q. One treated patient had no RBC transfusions for 11 months, then re-initiated transfusions due to low Hb.

    Non-hematologic grade ≥ 3 adverse events post-infusion in ≥ 3 patients included stomatitis, febrile neutropenia, epistaxis, pyrexia, and veno-occlusive liver disease (VOD). One grade 3 event of serious prolonged thrombocytopenia after platelet engraftment was considered possibly related to LentiGlobin. The three grade 4 serious VOD events were attributed to myeloablative conditioning (Table 1). The events resulted in extended hospitalization and resolved following defibrotide treatment. There were no deaths or graft failure and no evidence of vector-mediated replication of competent lentivirus or clonal dominance.

    Conclusions: In Northstar-2, 10/11 patients with TDT and non-β00 genotypes treated to date produced sufficient gene therapy-derived Hb, HbAT87Q, to stop chronic transfusions following LentiGlobin gene therapy. Total Hb in patients off RBC transfusions remains stable at > 11 g/dL. The safety profile of LentiGlobin remains generally consistent with myeloablative busulfan conditioning.

    Parameters Patient 9 Patient 10 Patient 11 Patients who did not have a VOD event (N=13)
    Age at consent, years median (min-max) 12 12 34 20 (10-24)
    Gender Male Female Male 54% female (7/13)
         46% male (6/13)
    VOD prophylaxis No No Ursodeoxycholic acid Day-8 to +38 62% Yes (8/13)
    Baseline, median (min-max)
     Imaging LIC mg Fe/g dw 1.0 5.6 8.5 7.2 (1.4-41)
     AST, U/L 23 14 40 21 (17-67)
     ALT, U/L 32 7 43 24 (9-164)
     Total bilirubin, µmol/L 20.9 22.9 25.3 36.8 (13.9-96.8)
    Average busulfan AUC, ± µM*min, median (min-max) 4595 4471 4545 4428 (3709-8947) ±
    Busulfan dosing schedule Every 24hr Every 24hr Every 24hr 58% every 24hr (7/12) ±
         42% every 6hr (5/12) ±
    Busulfan dose adjustment during conditioning One increase and one decrease in dose One increase in dose One decrease in dose 42% 1 increase and 1 decrease (5/12) ± 25% ≥ 1 increase (3/12) ± 25% ≥ 1 increase (3/12) ± 8% no dose change (1/12) ±
    ALT, alanine aminotransferase; AST, aspartate aminotransferase; AUC, are under curve; hr, hours, VOD, veno-occlusive liver disease, +Estimated average daily busulfan exposure over 4 days. Target busulfan AUC of 1100 (min-max 1000 – 1250) µM*min for every 6 hours dosing, or 4500 (min-max 4000-5000) µM*min for once daily dosing. After protocol amendment, target busulfan AUC was reduced to 1050 (min-max 950-1125) µM*min for every 6 hours dosing, or 4200 (min-max 3800-4500) µM*min for once daily dosing. ±N=12, busulfan conditioning regimen was not available for one patient at time of data snapshot.

    [ [O093 Table] 1 . Table 1. Characteristics of patients who did or did not experience a VOD in the Northstar-2 study]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02906202

    Disclosure: Franco Locatelli: honoraria from and board member for Amgen; honoraria from Miltenyi; consultant and board member for Novartis and Bellicum; consultant for bluebird bio, Inc. Alexis Thompson: research funding from Amgen, Baxalta/Shire, bluebird bio, Inc., Celgene, Novartis, Biomarin, La Jolla Pharmaceutical; consultant for bluebird bio, Inc. Janet Kwiatkowski: consultant for bluebird bio, Inc. and Agios Pharmaceuticals; research funding from bluebird bio, Inc., Agios Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Apopharma, and Terumo.John Porter: honoraria from Agios and Cerus; consultant for Novartis. Adrian Thrasher: consultant for and owns stock in Orchard Therapeutics; consultant and board member for Generation Bio and Rocket Pharmaceuticals. Isabelle Thuret: research funding from Addmedica, bluebird bio, Inc., and Novartis. Heidi Elliot, Ge Tao, Mohammed Asmal: employees of and hold stock in bluebird bio, Inc. Mark Walters: consultant for bluebird bio, Inc., bioverativ, Trucode, Editas, and Sangamo Therapeutics; medical director of ViaCord Processing Lab and AllCells, Inc. Suradej Hongeng and Martin Sauer: have nothing to declare.

    O094 Lentiviral hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy (HSC-GT) for metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) provides sustained clinical benefit

    Francesca Fumagalli1,2, Valeria Calbi1,2, Maria Sessa1,2, Federica Cugnata3, Paola M V Rancoita3, Serena Acquati1, Daniela Redaelli1, Vanessa Attanasio1, Simona Miglietta1, Sara Magni1, Salvatore Recupero2, Francesca Ferrua1,2, Federica Barzaghi1,2, Maria Pia Cicalese1,2, Maddalena Migliavacca1,2, Francesca Tucci1,2, Rossana Fiori2, Maurizio Ferrari2,3, Ivana Spiga2, Paolo Silvani2, Marcella Facchini1, Sara Locatelli1, Stefano Zancan1, Francesca Ciotti2, Maddalena Fraschini2, Marina Sarzana2, Alberto Zambon2, Andrea Calabria1, Eugenio Montini1, Sabrina Canale1, Gigliola Antonioli1,2, Michela Gabaldo1, Giada Farinelli1, Francesco Morena4, Cristina Baldoli2, Martino Sabata2, Clelia Di Serio3, Fabio Ciceri2,3, Maria Grazia Natali Sora2, Maria Ester Bernardo1,2, Luigi Naldini1,3, Alessandra Biffi1,2,5, Alessandro Aiuti1,2,3

    1 San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET), Milan, Italy, 2 IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy, 3 Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy, 4 University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 5 University of Padova, Pediatric Onco-Hematology, Padova, Italy

    Background: Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is an ultra-rare and devastating demyelinating lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in the Arylsulfatase A (ARSA) gene, currently with no approved treatment. We report an interim analysis of the safety and efficacy results of 20 early-onset MLD subjects treated with experimental autologous, ex-vivo, lentiviral-mediated hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy (HSC-GT) followed for up to 8 years post-treatment, as part of an ongoing, open-label, study. The study has completed the enrollment period; follow up visits are currently on-going.

    Methods: GT consists of a formulation of autologous CD34+ cells transduced ex vivo with a self-inactivating lentiviral vector encoding for the human ARSA gene and administered intravenously after Busulfan conditioning. Twenty early-onset MLD subjects (pre-symptomatic or early symptomatic) were enrolled and treated (9 Late Infantile [LI] and 11 Early Juvenile [EJ]). Co-primary efficacy endpoints were improvement in Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) score (10%) and a significant increase in ARSA activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), evaluated 24 months after treatment. Safety endpoints include engraftment failure and long-term safety and tolerability of lentiviral-transduction.

    Results: 18/20 subjects are alive after a clinical follow-up of 3-8 years. Two EJ subjects, treated after onset of symptoms, died due to rapid disease progression 8- and 15-months post-treatment. There was no treatment-related mortality, no evidence of abnormal clonal expansion, and no adverse events related to the Medicinal Product.

    Durable and stable engraftment of gene-corrected cells were observed beginning 1-month post-treatment, with persistent vector copy number in CD34+ bone marrow cells and PBMCs throughout the follow-up for all 18 subjects. Reconstitution of ARSA activity in the hematopoietic system was observed in both populations (LI and EJ), stabilizing at normal to supranormal levels within three months. ARSA activity in CSF showed a similar pattern; normal levels were observed 9-12 months post-treatment, demonstrating effective enzymatic production in the central nervous system (CNS).

    The majority of LI and EJ subjects treated before the onset of overt symptoms showed normal motor development, stabilization of motor dysfunction or a significant delay in disease progression, as measured by GMFM total score and gross motor function classification (GMFC)-MLD. Cognitive function (measurements included performance and verbal IQ scores) was maintained within normal range for most subjects, independent of their symptomatic status at the time of treatment. Improvement or stabilization of central demyelination and peripheral nervous system (PNS) abnormalities were observed in most subjects treated.

    Conclusions: This interim analysis demonstrates that HSC-GT continues to be a safe and well-tolerated treatment for all MLD subjects treated with a clinical follow-up ≤8 years. All subjects achieved high levels of multi-linage engraftment, polyclonal hematological reconstitution and central and peripheral ARSA activity reconstitution within or above normal levels. Patients treated prior to symptom onset achieved a sustained clinical benefit in motor and cognitive function as well as on instrumental biomarkers of PNS and CNS demyelination, suggesting that autologous, ex-vivo HSC-GT is a highly promising therapeutic approach for LI and EJ MLD pre-symptomatic subjects. Further research is needed to support the benefit:risk profile in EJ patients.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01560182

    Disclosure: The San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET) is a joint venture between Telethon and Ospedale San Raffaele (OSR). ADA-SCID gene therapy (Strimvelis) was licensed to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2010 and received European marketing authorization in 2016. Alessandro Aiuti is the PI of the ADA-SCID long-term follow up clinical trial sponsored by GSK. Strimvelis was licensed to Orchard Therapeutics (OTL) in April 2018.

    O095 Lentiglobin gene therapy in patients with sickle cell disease: Updated interim results from HGB-206

    Markus Y. Mapara1, John F. Tisdale2, Julie Kanter3, Janet L. Kwiatkowski4,5, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti6, Manfred Schmidt7, Alexandra L. Miller8, Francis J. Pierciey Jr.8, Weiliang Shi8, Jean-Antoine Ribeil8, Mohammed Asmal8, Alexis A. Thompson9,10, Mark Walters11

    1 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, United States, 2 Sickle Cell Branch, NHLBI/NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States, 3 Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, United States, 4 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 5 Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 6 Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States, 7 GeneWerk GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany, 8 bluebird bio, Inc., Cambridge, MA, United States, 9 Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL, United States, 10 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 11 UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA, United States

    Background: β-globin gene transfer may reduce or eliminate complications in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). LentiGlobin gene therapy (GT) comprises drug product (DP) made from autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) transduced with the BB305 lentiviral vector (LVV) encoding β-globin with an anti-sickling T87Q substitution (HbAT87Q). The safety and efficacy of LentiGlobin GT in adults with SCD is being evaluated in a phase 1 study, HGB-206 (NCT02140554). Patients were initially treated with DP made from bone marrow harvested (BMH) HSCs (Group A, fully enrolled), then from DP made from BMH HSCs but using a refined manufacturing process (Group B, fully enrolled), and subsequently from plerixafor mobilized HSCs (Group C, currently enrolling).

    Methods: Adults with severe SCD (history of recurrent vaso-occlusive crisis, acute chest syndrome, stroke, or tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity of > 2.5 m/s) were enrolled. Autologous CD34+ cells, collected by BMH or apheresis following mobilization with 240 µg/kg plerixafor, were transduced with BB305 LVV. After myeloablative busulfan conditioning (area under the curve goal of 5000 [range 4400—5400] µM*min daily), patients were infused with the transduced cells and monitored for safety and efficacy. Summary statistics are median (min-max).

    Results: As of May 15, 2018, 22 patients had HSCs collected, 18 patients had DP manufactured and 15 patients were treated. Eleven patients (9 in Group A, 2 in Group B) underwent BMH and 12 patients (1 in Group B [who also had BMH], 11 in Group C) underwent mobilization/apheresis. Median of 4.3 (0.1—10.8) x 106 and 10.4 (3.8—21.6) x 106 CD34+ cells/kg were collected per BMH (N=26) and per mobilization cycle (N=17), respectively. Eighteen grade 3 adverse events (AEs) in 6 patients were attributed to BMH and 5 grade 3 AEs in 3 patients to mobilization/apheresis. DP and treatment characteristics are shown in Table 1. DP characteristics were improved in Group B and Group C vs Group A. The safety profile post-DP infusion was consistent with myeloablative conditioning and underlying SCD; most common non-hematologic grade ≥ 3 AEs were stomatitis, febrile neutropenia, and vaso-occlusive pain. No grade ≥ 3 DP-related AEs, graft failure, veno-occlusive liver disease, replication competent lentivirus detection or clonal dominance were reported.

    At last visit (Table 1), HbAT87Q levels were higher in Group B (3.2—7.2 g/dL) vs Group A (0.5—1.2 g/dL). In 4 Group C patients at the 3-month visit, HbAT87Q (4.1 [3.2—6.0] g/dL) levels were equal to or exceeded HbS levels (3.3 [2.8—3.8] g/dL). In 1 Group C patient at the 6-month visit, HbAT87Q was 8.8 g/dL and total Hb was 14.2 g/dL.

    Conclusions: These data support the safety and feasibility of plerixafor-mediated HSC collection in patients with SCD. HGB-206 protocol changes have improved LentiGlobin DP characteristics yielding higher HbAT87Q levels. Additional data will determine the clinical effect of increased HbAT87Q/HbS ratios.

      Group A (N=7) Group B (N=2) Group C (N=6)
    Bone Marrow harvest (number) 2 (1-4) 2.5 (2-3) NA
    Mobilization cycles (number) NA 1* 1 (1-2)
    Cell dose (x 106 CD34+ cells/kg) 2.1 (1.6-5.1) 2.7 (2.2-3-2) 7.1 (3.0-8.0)
    DP vector copy number (copies/diploid genome) 0.6 (0.3-1-3) 3.1 (1.4-5.0) 4.0 (2.8-5.6)
    Transduced cells (%) 25 (8-42) 87 (46-95) 81 (78-88)
    Neutrophil engraftment (days) 22 (17-29) 26 (23-28) 19 (18-20)
    Platelet engraftment (days) 56 (29-63) 46 (31-61) 28 (12-64)±
    Hsopitalization time from conditioning to discharge (days) 37 (29-54) 41 (36-46) 34 (30-65)
    Follow-up (months) 24.2 (22.8-32.9) 11.4 (8.5-14.3) 3.0 (1.2-6.0)

    Values are presented as median (min-max); *For research purposes; ±n=4 Group C patients; platelet engraftment was pending in 2 Group C patients as of data cut; NA=not applicable

    [ [O095 Table] 1 . Table 1. DP and Treatment Characteristics]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02140554

    Disclosure: Markus Mapara - consultant: Incyte.

    Julie Kanter - Advisory Board member: NHLBI, ASH, AstraZeneca, bluebird bio, Inc. and Novartis; research funding: bluebird bio, Inc., Apopharma, Global Blood Therapeutics, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sancilio. Janet Kwiatkowski - consultant: bluebird bio, Inc., and Agios Pharmaceuticals; research funding: bluebird bio, Inc., Agios Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Apopharma, and Terumo.

    Manfred Schmidt - employee: GeneWerk GmbH and German Cancer Research Center; consultant - bluebird bio, Inc. Alexandra Miller, Francis Pierciey, Weiliang Shi, Jean-Antoine Ribeil, and Mohammed Asmal - employees of and hold stock in bluebird bio, Inc. Alexis Thompson - research funding: Amgen, Baxalta/Shire, bluebird bio, Inc., Celgene, Novartis, Biomarin, and La Jolla Pharmaceutical; consultant: bluebird bio, Inc. Mark Walters - consultant: bluebird bio, Inc., Bioverativ, Trucode, Editas, and Sangamo Therapeutics; medical director: ViaCord Processing Lab and AllCells, Inc. John Tisdale and Lakshmanan Krishnamurti declare no conflicts of interest.

    O096 A new promising, third-generation (3RD) CAR-CD30 T cells therapy for CD30+ lymphoma patients

    Biagio De Angelis1, Marika Guercio1, Domenico Orlando1, Iolanda Boffa1, Simona Caruso1, Zeinab Abbaszadeh1, Stefano Di Cecca1, Antonio Camera1, Matilde Sinibaldi1, Rita De Vito1, Luciana Vinti1, Mattia Algeri1, Franco Locatelli1,2, Concetta Quintarelli1,3

    1 Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesú (OPBG), Roma, Italy, 2 Sapienza, University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 3 Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

    Background: The prognosis of most patients with chemotherapy-refractory or multiply-relapsed CD30+ (a cell membrane protein) Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) or Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) still remain poor. Targeting CD30 with monoclonal antibodies in HL and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) was shown to induce remarkable clinical activity; however, occurrence of adverse events (mainly neuropathy) may result into treatment discontinuation in many patients. Immunotherapeutic approaches targeting CD30 by chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) has been demonstrated to be of value in two independent clinical trials (PMID: 27582488) (PMID:28805662), although clinical benefit was sub-optimal.

    Methods: We designed two 3rd generation, clinical-grade retroviral vectors carrying the cassette anti-CD30 single-chain variable fragment linked via CD8 hinge-transmembrane domain, to the signaling domains of two costimulatory domains, namely either CD28/4-1BB or CD28/OX40 and CD3-ζ.

    The inducible Caspase-9 (iCasp9) safety switch was also included in the constructs with the goal of promptly controlling undue toxicity. As a selectable marker, we added, in frame with the CAR molecule, a peptide derived from CD34 antigen. The in vitro anti-tumor efficacy was evaluated by using Karpas299, L428 or HDML-2, in both short-term cytotoxic assay (represented by Cr51 release assays) and long-term co-cultures (7 days). Cytokine profile upon antigen stimulation was characterized, as well as T-cell exhaustion and memory marker profile. To assess the expansion, persistence, and antitumor effect of CAR.CD30 T cells in vivo, we used a NSG mouse model engrafted i.v. with human lymphoma cell lines (Karpas299 and L428) genetically modified with FF-luciferase, this allowing the monitoring of tumor growth by IVIS Imaging system. Persistence of CAR.CD30 T cells was evaluated every 15 days, together with a deep characterization of memory profile and policlonality of persisting T cells.

    Results: Independently from the costimulatory domains CD28/OX40 or CD28/4-1BB, the generated retroviral vectors showed similar transduction efficiency of T cells (86.50±5.08% and 79.30±5.33%, respectively). Nevertheless, CAR.CD30 incorporating CD28.OX40 costimulatory domains was associated with more stable expression of the CAR over time, during extensive in vitro culture (84.72±5.30% vs 63.98±11.51% CAR+ T cells at 30 days after transduction; p=0.002). This finding was also associated with the evidence that CAR.CD30-CD28.OX40 T cells showed a superior anti-lymphoma in vitro activity as compared to CAR.CD30-CD28.41BB T cells, when challenged at very high tumor/effector ratio (8:1).

    Moreover, antigen-specific stimulation was associated to high levels of Th1 cytokine production, with CAR.CD30-CD28.OX40 T cells secreting a significantly higher amount of IFNγ (8306.03±3745.85 pg/ml), IL2 (13492.68±5837.77 pg/ml) and TNFα (17661.00±11113.27 pg/ml) as compared to CAR.CD30-CD28.41BB T cells (6617.81±3025.67 pg/ml, p= 0.040; 7616.67±4464.06 pg/ml, p=0.008; 5824.63±1823.73 pg/ml, p=0.02; respectively). In NSG mouse lymphoma models, we proved that CAR.CD30-CD28.OX40 T cells had an extensive superior anti-tumor control than CAR.CD30-CD28.41BB T cells, leading to a significant reduction of bioluminescence at day 45 (3.32x106 vs 2.29x1010, p=0.04) and an increased overall survival of the treated mice (60% vs 10%, at 180 days, p=0.0014).

    Conclusions: Overall, these data indicate that, in the context of CAR.CD30 T cells, the costimulatory machinery of CD28.OX40 is crucial for improving both persistence and ultimately the antitumor efficacy of the approach.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Graft-versus-host disease – clinical

    O097 Ruxolitinib in combination with corticosteroids for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute Graft-vs-host disease: 6-month follow-up data from the phase 2 REACH1 trial

    Madan Jagasia1, Haris Ali2, Mark A. Schroeder3, Nirav N. Shah4, Yi-Bin Chen5, Fitzroy Dawkins6, Michael Arbushites6, Chuan Tian6, Miguel-Angel Perales7

    1 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN, United States, 2 City of Hope, Duarte, CA, United States, 3 Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States, 4 Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States, 5 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 6 Incyte Corporation, Wilmington, DE, United States, 7 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States

    Background: Acute graft-vs-host disease (aGVHD) is a serious complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Less than 50% of patients (pts) achieve sustained responses with first-line corticosteroid (CS) treatment. Retrospective studies demonstrated clinical benefit with the Janus kinase (JAK)1/JAK2 inhibitor ruxolitinib (RUX) in pts with steroid-refractory (SR) aGVHD. Here we present 6-month follow-up data from patients enrolled in REACH1 (NCT02953678), a phase 2 trial evaluating RUX plus CS in SR aGVHD.

    Methods: REACH1 was a single-arm, open-label, multicenter study. Eligible pts were aged ≥12 years and developed grade II-IV SR aGVHD following allo-HSCT from any donor source for hematologic malignancies. SR aGVHD was defined as GVHD that progressed after 3 days or had not improved after 7 days of primary treatment with methylprednisolone ≥2 mg/kg/d (or equivalent), development of GVHD in another organ after receiving ≥1 mg/kg/d methylprednisolone for skin or skin plus upper gastrointestinal GVHD, or inability to tolerate CS taper. Pts received RUX 5 mg twice daily (BID), with optional increase to 10 mg BID in the absence of cytopenias. The primary endpoint was Day 28 overall response rate (ORR), and the key secondary endpoint was 6-month duration of response (DOR). ORR was defined as the proportion of patients demonstrating a complete response (CR), very good partial response, or partial response.

    Results: The study enrolled 71 pts. Median age was 58 years, and 49.3% were male. Treatment was ongoing in 11 pts (15.5%) at data cutoff (2 Jul 2018). At Day 28, ORR was 54.9% (CR, 26.8%). Responses were observed irrespective of aGVHD grade and SR criteria. Best ORR at any time during treatment was 73.2% (CR, 56.3%). Median (range) time to response was 7 (6-49) days. Median DOR with minimum 6 months follow-up was 345 days for both Day 28 responders (Figure 1) and for pts who had a best overall response at any time during treatment. Four pts (5.6%) had malignancy relapse. Overall, nonrelapse mortality at 6 months was 44.4%; results varied by Day 28 response (Day 28 responders, 21.2%; other responders, 64.1%; nonresponders, 78.9%). Median overall survival had not been reached for Day 28 responders. The most frequently reported hematologic treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were anemia (64.8%), thrombocytopenia (62.0%), and neutropenia (47.9%). Cytomegalovirus infection (12.7%), sepsis (12.7%), and bacteremia (9.9%) were the most frequently reported infections. Fatal RUX-related TEAEs were sepsis and pulmonary hemorrhage (1 pt each) and were attributed to both RUX and CS.

    Conclusions: In this first prospective trial of RUX in SR aGVHD, ORR was 54.9% by Day 28 and 73.2% at any time during treatment. Responses were rapid and durable. The AE profile was consistent with expectations for RUX and pts with SR aGVHD. RUX represents a promising therapeutic strategy.

    Clinical Trial Registry: identifier: NCT02953678

    Disclosure: Madan Jagasia and Haris Ali served on advisory boards for Incyte Corporation.

    Mark A. Schroeder served as a consultant for Incyte Corporation, Amgen, Pfizer, Sanofi/Genzyme, and Flatiron and as a speaker for Merck and Takeda. Yi-Bin Chen served as a consultant for Incyte Corporation, Magenta, Takeda, and Kiadis.Fitzroy Dawkins, Michael Arbushites, and Chuan Tian are employees of Incyte Corporation.Miguel-Angel Perales received honoraria from MolMed, NexImmune, Abbvie, Bellicum, Incyte Corporation, Nektar Therapeutics, Novartis, Merck, Medigene, Servier, and Takeda and received research funding from Incyte Corporation and Miltenyi. Nirav N. Shah has nothing to disclose


    Abstract already published.

    O099 single cell immune profiling by mass cytometry of chronic graft-versus-host disease

    Haowen Xiao1,2, Yang Gao1,2, Yi Luo2,3, Hongyu Shi4, Weiwei Yin5, Wei Chen5, Xun Zeng5, He Huang2,3

    1 Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China, 2 Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 3 The First Affiliated Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, Hangzhou, China, 4 Zhejiang PuLuoTing Health Tech Co. LTD, Hangzhou, China, 5 Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China

    Background: Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) remains a major complication after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Over the last decade, clinical success in patients with cGVHD has been hampered by the lack of insight into the complex pathobiological mechanisms of the disease and the paucity of specific therapeutic targets. Although, it is now evident that the clinical manifestations of cGVHD are the result of a highly complex immune pathology involving both donor B cells and T cells as well as other cells. Current work on immune cells involved in cGVHD pathobiology is limited by the number of parameters that conventional flow cytometry (FCM) can analyze because of cell autofluorescence and fluorescent dye spectral overlap. Mass cytometry time-of-flight (CyTOF) substitutes rare earth elements for fluorophores to label antibodies, which allows simultaneous measurements of more than 40 parameters in single cells without correction for spectral overlap, and empowers us to understand cGVHD biology at the single-cell level.

    Methods: We used mass cytometry with extensive antibody panels to perform in-depth immune profiling of peripheral blood samples from 34 patients following allo-HSCT, in which 11 patients were without cGVHD, 7 patients experienced moderate cGVHD and 16 patients experienced severe cGVHD. The involved organs in patients with cGVHD are skin, liver and lung.

    Results: We simultaneously stained cells with 42 antibody panels created for this study. The T cell panel was designed to identify different populations of naive, memory, effector, regulatory, and exhausted T cells. The panels also included markers for the identification of B cells, natural killer cells, NKT cells, DC cells, plasma cells, granulocytes, and myeloid cells. In 4 million measured cells, we identified 40 immune cell phenotypes, in which there were 22 T cell phenotypes, 6 B cell phenotypes, 6 monocyte phenotypes and 6 granulocyte phenotypes. To generate a comprehensive view of the immune ecosystem of cGVHD, we generated two-dimensional maps of the data using the dimensionality reduction algorithm t-SNE. This analysis showed a strong overlap between cGVHD of moderate and severe grades, but seperation from patients without cGVHD. Seven immune compositions were identified to be cGVHD-associated. Five distinct immune cells were correlated with specific cGVHD-involved organs (skin or lung), thereby presenting an in-depth human atlas of the immune cells in this disease.

    Conclusions: This study revealed potential biomarkers and targets for immunotherapy of cGVHD and validated CyTOF as a valuable tool that can be used for immune profiling of cGVHD.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O100 T cell costimulation blockade with abatacept for acute graft-versus-host disease prevention in matched and mismatched unrelated donor transplantation: Results of the first phase 2 trial

    Muna Qayed1,2, Benjamin Watkins1,2, Brandi Bratrude3, Kayla Betz3, James Rhodes2, Shauna Sinclair4, Yvonne Suessmuth1, Alison Yu4, Carol Dean4, Kayla Cribbin4, Alexandria Narayan4, Daniel Hunt3, Naomi Schwartz4, Kyle Hebert5, Marcelo Pasquini5, Andre' Rogatko6, Mourad Tighiouart6, Sungjin Kim6, Catherine Bresee6, Scott Gillespie1, Jeffrey Davis7, Sung Choi8, Christine Duncan3, Roger Giller9, Michael Grimley10, Andrew Harris11, David Jacobsohn12, Nahal Lalefar13, Maxim Norkin14, Michael Pulsipher15, Shalini Shenoy16, Aleksandra Petrovic4, Kirk Schultz7, Bruce Blazar17, Amelia Langston1,18, John Horan1,2, Leslie Kean3,19

    1 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 2 Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Atlanta, GA, United States, 3 Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 4 Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, WA, United States, 5 CIBMTR and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States, 6 Cedars-Sinai Cancer Institute, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 7 British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada, 8 University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 9 Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO, United States, 10 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 11 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 12 Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC, DC, United States, 13 UCSF, Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA, United States, 14 University of Florida Health Cancer Center, Gainesville, FL, United States, 15 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 16 Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, United States, 17 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 18 Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA, United States, 19 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, United States

    Background: We performed a Phase 2 trial in adults and children to test abatacept for AGVHD prevention ('ABA2'), based on our promising preclinical and pilot patient data.

    Methods: ABA2 had 2 cohorts: A) HLA mismatched ('7/8', n= 43), a single-arm study with pre-specified CIBMTR matched analysis (vs CNI+MTX or CNI+MTX+ATG). B) HLA-matched ('8/8', n= 142), randomized double-blind, comparing CNI+MTX+placebo vs CNI+MTX+ABA ('ABA'). Abatacept dosing was 10mg/kg on d -1, +5, +14, +28. ABA2 was designed as a screening Phase 2 trial, with relaxed Type 1 error (0.2) and standard Type 2 error (0.2). Power analysis assumed reduction of Gr 3-4 AGVHD from 30%-->10% in 7/8s and 20%-->10% in 8/8s. Median follow up = 708 days (7/8s) and 369 days (8/8s).

    Results: Reduced grade 3-4 AGVHD: ABA was associated with decreased d180 Gr 3-4 AGVHD. In 7/8s, Gr 3-4 AGVHD =2.5% (ABA) vs 31% (CNI+MTX) and 22% (+ATG), (1-sided p =0.001, 0.005). In 8/8s, Gr 3-4 AGVHD =6.85 % in ABA vs 14.6% in placebo, (1-sided p =0.068). Reduced grade 2-4 AGVHD in 8/8s: ABA was associated with decreased d180 Gr 2-4 AGVHD. In 7/8s, Gr 2-4 AGVHD =42% (ABA) vs 54% (CNI+MTX) and 45% (+ATG, 1-sided p =0.098, 0.25). In 8/8s, Gr 2-4 AGVHD =44.5% in ABA vs 62.3% in placebo (1-sided p =0.004). Chronic GVHD: For 7/8s, 1 yr CGVHD =38.8% (ABA) vs 43.5% (CNI+MTX) and 35.5% (+ATG, p =0.4, 0.99). In 8/8s, data collection is ongoing. Safety indicators: There was no difference in neutrophil or platelet engraftment, CMV and EBV reactivation between ABA and controls. Cumulative incidence of relapse in 7/8s at 2 yr 9.4% (ABA) vs 20.6% (CNI+MTX) and 23.4% (+ATG) (p=0.115, 0.085). In 8/8s, at 1 yr, it was 13.8% (ABA) vs 20.5% (Placebo, p =0.7). Statistically significant survival advantage in 7/8s: For 7/8s, 1 yr non-relapse mortality (NRM) = 10.5% (ABA) vs 32.7% (CNI+MTX) and 26% (+ATG, p =0.024, 0.365). For 8/8s, NRM = 7.1% vs 14.6% at 1 yr (p =0.5). Severe AGVHD free survival at 6 months for 7/8s =97% (ABA) vs 55% (CNI+MTX) and 59% (+ATG, p =0.001, 0.006). For 8/8s = 89.0% (ABA) vs 76.8% (Placebo, p = 0.049). For 7/8s, relapse-free survival (RFS) = 73.7% (ABA) vs 38.7% in CNI+MTX and 48.7% in +ATG (p =0.001, 0.027). For 8/8s, RFS = 79.1% for ABA vs 64.9% (placebo, p =0.38). For 7/8s, overall survival (OS) =71% (ABA) vs 47.5% (CNI+MTX) and 58% (+ATG, p =0.01, 0.145). For 8/8s, OS =83.2% (ABA) vs 76.6 (placebo, p =0.32).

    Conclusions: Our results suggest that short-course ABA can safely prevent AGVHD without compromising relapse. Despite the modestly sized study, the comparative event size for 7/8s was high enough that the protective effect of ABA against Gr3-4 AGVHD was highly significant. For 8/8s, there was a statistically significant improvement for Gr 2-4 GVHD and a trend toward an advantage in all parameters. For both cohorts, severe AGVHD free survival was statistically-significantly improved. These results are the first to demonstrate efficacy of in vivo T cell costimulation blockade in preventing AGVHD.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01743131

    Disclosure: Muna Qayed, Consultancy: Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Christine Duncan, Consultancy: Bluebird Bio, Magenta Therapeutics, Advanced Clinical, AbGenomics. Michael Pulsipher, Consultancy: Adaptive Biotech, CSL Behring, Novartis, Honoraria: Amgen, Novartis, Speakers Bureau: Novartis, Research funding: Adaptive Biotech. Shalini Shenoy, Consultancy: Novartis, Vertex, Bluebird Bio.

    Bruce Blazar, Consultancy and Research funding: Kadmon Corporation. John Horan, Consultancy: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Leslie Kean honoraria and grant Bristol-Myers Squibb.Leslie Kean, Consultancy: Magenta Therapeutics, Kymab, Bioverativ, Equillium, EMDSerono, Research funding: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Intellectual property: Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    O101 Biological differences between pediatric late acute graft-versus-host disease (AGVHD) AND chronic GVHD (CGVHD) identified by day 100 biomarker analysis: Results of the PBMTC 1202/ABLE studies

    Geoffrey Cuvelier1, Amina Kariminia2, Bernard Ng3, Sayeh Abdossamadi2, Peter Subrt2, Anat Halevy2, Sara Mostafavi3, Kirk R. Schultz2

    1 CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 3 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

    Background: In the NIH cGvHD diagnostic classification, patients with GvHD after 3 months are classified as either late aGvHD or cGvHD. To date, this is only a clinical classification, with no biological differences identified. Recently, the PBMTC 1202/ Applied Biomarker in Late Effects of Children and Adolescent (ABLE) study completed accrual of 302 pediatric allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) patients. We used day 100 biomarkers to identify biological differences between cGvHD and late aGvHD.

    Methods: The PBMTC1202/ABLE study with 26 centers in Canada, US, and Europe prospectively collected peripheral blood samples at 3, 6, 12 month post HCT and at the onset of cGvHD in 302 children. A comprehensive analysis for previously identified cGvHD immune cell markers by flow and cytokines by ELISA on plasma and STRECK tubes shipped overnight and centrally evaluated at BC Children's Hospital. Clinical data was collected centrally with a thorough central clinical adjudication by the PBMTC study committee. Of those enrolled, 228 were evaluable at day 100 and classified as a) late aGvHD (N = 58), b) cGvHD (N = 44), and c) controls that did not develop cGvHD (N = 132). Univariate analysis was performed comparing late aGvHD, cGvHD, and no GvHD controls. Significant differences were defined as a biomarker with both a ROC AUC ≥0.60 and p value ≤0.05 compared to controls.

    Results: The profile of cGvHD included a cluster of abnormalities in memory and transitional B cells, conventional naïve and follicular helper T cells, and a loss of both recent thymic emigrant regulatory T cells and CD56brightNK regulatory cells. Four inflammatory cytokines, ST2, Aminopeptidase N, CXCL9 and MMP3 (See Table 1) were increased. Patients clinically identified as late aGvHD had a more restricted biomarker pattern of limited B cell abnormalities and ST2.

    Conclusions: Late acute GvHD is limited to restricted B cell and elevation of ST2. cGvHD is characterized by the identical B cell abnormalities but with the additional loss of regulatory function in CD56bright NKregs and RTE Treg cells. With the loss of regulatory function in cGvHD, there is an increase in CD21loB cells, follicular T helper cells, and additional cytokines. These prognostic markers findings may suggest therapeutic targets that differ for late aGvHD compared to cGvHD.

    Cell type Late aGvHD cGvHD
    B cells (total) Decreased Significantly decreased
    Transitional B cells Anergic Naïve B cells and Naïve mature B cells - Decreased Anergic Naïve B cells and Naïve mature B cells - Decreased
    CD21lo B cells Normal Increased
    Memory B cells Switched and Unswitched Memory B cells - Increased Switched and Unswitched Memory B cells - Increased
    T cells (effector cells)
    Naïve helper T cells and Follicular T helper cells Naïve helper T cells and Follicular T helper cells - Normal Naïve helper T cells and Follicular T helper cells - Increased
    Regulatory Populations
    NKreg cells and Recent Thymus emigrant (RTE) Treg cells NKreg and RTE Treg Cells - Normal NKreg and RTE Treg Cells - Decreased
    Cytokines ST2 - Increased Increased - ST2, Aminopeptidase N, and CXCL9. Significantly increased - MMP3

    [ [O101 Table] 1 . Table 1 - Biomarker Differences Between Late aGvHD and cGvHD Measured at Day 100: PBMTC1202/ABLE Study Results]

    Clinical Trial Registry:


    Disclosure: None of the authors have any conflict of interest.

    O102 Treatment of steroid resistant acute graft versus host disease with an ANTI-CD26 Monoclonal antibody – Begelomab

    Elisabetta Metafuni1, Francesca Gualandi2, Anna Maria Raiola2, Riccardo Varaldo2, Carmen Di Grazia2, Emanuele Angelucci2, Edoardo Benedetti3, Franco Locatelli4, Antonio Risitano5, Maurizio Musso6, Francesco Zallio7, Fabio Ciceri8, Patrizia Chiusolo1, Alessandro Rambaldi9, Francesca Bonifazi10, Matteo Parma11, Massimo Martino12, Francesco Onida13, Anna Paola Iori14, Carmine Selleri15, Carlo Borghero16, Alice Bertaina4, Maria Teresa Van Lint17, Andrea Bacigalupo1

    1 Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, Rome, Italy, 2 IRCCS AOU San Martino IST, Genoa, Italy, 3 Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, Hematology, Pisa, Italy, 4 Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Rome, Italy, 5 Università Federico II, Naples, Italy, 6 Ospedale La Maddalena, Palermo, Italy, 7 Ospedale San Biagio, Alexandria, Italy, 8 Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy, 9 Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Hematology, Bergamo, Italy, 10 Policlinico S. Orsola, Institute Seragnoli, Bologna, Italy, 11 Ospedale S. Gerardo, Monza, Italy, 12 Ospedale Bianchi Melacrino Morelli, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 13 Policlinico Università di Milano, Milan, Italy, 14 Policlinico Umberto I, Hematology, Rome, Italy, 15 Ospedale S. Giovanni di Dio, Hematology, Salerno, Italy, 16 Ospedale S. Bortolo, Vicenza, Italy, 17 IRCCS AOU San Martino IST, Genoa, Italy

    Background: We are reporting the outcome of 69 patients with steroid refractory acute graft versus host disease (SR-GvHD), treated with an anti-CD26 monoclonal antibody (BegelomabR).

    Methods: Twenty-eight patients were enrolled in two pilot studies EudraCT No. 2007-005809-21 and No. 2012-001353-19, whereas 41 patient were treated on a multicenter follow up compassionate use of the antibody. The median age of the patients was respectively 42 and 44 years. At the time of anti-CD26 treatment, GvHD was overall recorded as grade II in 8 patients, grade III in 33 and grade IV in 28 patients. In the pilot sudies patients had failed 1 line of treatment, wheas in the follow up compassionate use, patients had failed one line (n=18), two lines (n=11), three lines (n=11) or 4 lines of treatment (n=1).

    Results: There were no adverse events attributable to the antibody. Day 28 response was recorded in 75% and 63% in the pilot studies and follow up patients. Response in grade II GvHD was evaluable only in the pilot studies (57%); response in grade III GvHD was recorded in 80% and 83% patients in the two groups; response in grade IV GvHD was recorded in 66% and 56% of patients in the two groups. Overall there were 60% responses for skin and liver stage 3-4, and 70% responses for gut stage 3-4 GvHD. The cumulative incidence of non relapse mortality (NRM) at 6 months was 28% and 38%. For day 28 responders, this figure was 19% and 22%, for non responders it was 57% and 66% in the two groups. The overall survival at 1 year was 50% for the pilot studies and 33% for the follow up patients.

    Conclusions: In conclusion, Begelomab induces a high remission rate on day+28 in patients with SR-GvHD, including a significant proportion of patients wih severe gut and liver GvHD.

    Clinical Trial Registry: EudraCT No. 2007-005809-21

    Eudtract No. 2012-001353-19

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O103 KD025-208: A phase 2A open-label trial of KD025-208 for steroid-dependent chronic graft-versus-host disease (CGVHD): Updated safety, efficacy, and pharmacodynamic results

    Carlos R. Bachier1, Behyar Zoghi2, Amandeep Salhotra3, Daniel J. Weisdorf4, Aleksandr Lazaryan4, James Essell5, Alexandra Zanin-Zhorov6, Jonathan M. Weiss6, Laurie S. Green6, Olivier Schueller6, David Eiznhamer6, Zhongming Yang6, Sanjay K. Aggarwal6, Stephanie J. Lee7, Bruce R. Blazar4, Madan Jagasia8

    1 Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, Nashville, TN, United States, 2 Texas Transplant Institute, Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX, United States, 3 City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, United States, 4 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 5 Oncology/Hematology Care, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 6 Kadmon, New York, NY, United States, 7 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, United States, 8 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, United States

    Background: cGVHD is characterized by an imbalance between effector and regulatory arms of the immune system that results in overproduction of inflammatory cytokines including IL-17 and IL-21. Moreover, a persistent reduction in the number of regulatory T (Treg) cells limits the ability of the immune system to recalibrate this pro-inflammatory environment.

    KD025 is an orally available Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase 2 (ROCK2) selective inhibitor. In vitro data suggest that KD025 modulates immune homeostasis by shifting the TH17/Treg balance towards a Treg phenotype.

    Methods: KD025-208 is an open-label Phase 2a study in patients with steroid-dependent cGVHD after no more than 3 prior lines of treatment. Three cohorts (C1: 200mg QD (n=17), C2: 200mg BID (n=16), and C3: 400mg QD (n=21)) were enrolled. The primary endpoint is Overall Response Rate (ORR), defined per the 2014 NIH Consensus criteria.

    Results: As of 13-September-2018, the median duration of treatment was 37, 33 and 27 weeks for C1, C2 and C3, respectively. The median age was 52 years (range 20-75) and median time from cGVHD diagnosis to KD025 treatment was 19 months. 67% of patients had received ≥2 prior lines of therapy and 48% had ≥4 organs involved at baseline. 20 patients remain on treatment with KD025, with median duration of treatment of 89 weeks (n=6), 68 weeks (n=3) and 34 weeks (n=11) for each cohort, respectively. The ORR was 65% in C1, 63% in C2 and 52% in C3. Responses were rapid, with 75% of responders achieving a response at the first assessment (8 weeks). Among responders, 82%, 50% and 36% have sustained responses for ≥20 weeks in each cohort, respectively. Responses were observed across all affected organ systems, including CRs in upper GI, lower GI, esophagus, mouth, skin, joints/fascia, eyes, and liver. Two patients with lung cGVHD achieved PR. 69% of patients achieved reductions in corticosteroid dose and 7 patients discontinued corticosteroid treatment while receiving KD025. 72% of responders achieved a clinically meaningful improvement (≥7-point reduction) in the Lee Symptom Scale (LSS) score. KD025 has been well tolerated. Commonly reported AEs (≥20% patients) were URTI, AST/ALT elevations, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea. Grade ≥3 AEs occurring in >3 patients were GGT elevations (n=6) and hyperglycemia (n=4). No SAEs were considered related to study drug. Two patients discontinued treatment due to AEs considered possibly related to KD025 (headache, diarrhea). Three fatal events occurred (relapse of leukemia; lung infection; cardiac arrest); none were considered related to KD025. No increase in incidence of infection was observed. Consistent with the postulated KD025 mechanism of action, TH17 cells decreased and Treg cells increased in patients receiving KD025 treatment

    Conclusions: Treatment with KD025 has demonstrated clinically meaningful responses in cGVHD patients. Responses were durable, led to reduction in steroid and/or immunosuppressant dose and reflected improvements in LSS score. KD025 treatment was well tolerated with no treatment-related SAEs and no increased risk of infection observed. Pharmacodynamic data are consistent with the postulated KD025 mechanism of action. A pivotal trial (KD025-213) of KD025 in cGVHD is currently enrolling.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02841995

    Disclosure: Carlos Bachier: Speakers Bureau (Sanofi, Seattle Genetics) Daniel Weisdorf: Consultancy (Pharmacyclics, Seattle Genetics, SL Behring, FATE, Equillium) Alexandra Zanin-Zhorov: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) Jonathan Weiss: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) Laurie Green: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) Olivier Schueller: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) David Eiznhamer: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) Zhongming Yang: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC) Sanjay Aggarwal: Employment (Kadmon Corporation, LLC)

    Stephanie Lee: Consultancy (Kadmon Corporation LLC, Pfizer, Incyte, Amgen), Honoraria (Mallinckrodt) Bruce Blazar: Consulting and Research Funding (Kadmon Corporation) Madan Jagasia: Advisory Committee (Incyte)

    O104 Antithymocyte globulin inhibits chronic GVHD by suppressing naïve CD4+ T cells and enhancing CD56BRIGHT NK regulatory cells at day 100: Canadian BMT group 0801 study

    Lena Naeije1, Amina Kariminia1, Sayeh Abdossamadi1, Peter Subrt1, Boris Kuzeljevic2, Irwin Walker3, Kirk R. Schultz1

    1 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2 BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, Canada, 3 Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada

    Background: Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) treatment significantly decreases later development of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD). One phase 3 trial evaluating ATG was the Canadian BMT Group (CBMTG) 0801 study that found that ATG treatment resulted in significantly less cGvHD and dependence on immunosuppressive treatment at 1 year. The exact mechanism by which ATG decreases cGvHD is not known. We hypothesized that using known prognostic day 100 cGvHD biomarkers in the well-controlled CBMTG 0801 trial represented an optimal approach to understand ATG's biological impact on cGvHD in humans.

    Methods: A separately developed CBMTG cGvHD biomarker study opened while CBMTG 0801 was ongoing and accrued 40 patients (N = 25; ATG treated and N = 15 controls) of the 203 CBMTG 0801 patients. Samples were collected at 3, 6, and 12 months and at the onset of cGvHD and evaluated at BC Children's' Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, BC. Patients were evaluated for day 100 immune cellular markers previously associated with later cGvHD including: a) Naive helper T (Th) cells, b) recent thymic emigrant (RTE) Th cells; c) CD21low B cells; d) CD56bright NKreg cells; and e) Treg cells. Frequencies in the ATG treated and control group were evaluated to detect significant difference using non-parametric t-test Mann-Whitney test.

    Results: Patients of this subpopulation (aged 16-70 years) were shown to be representative of the larger CBMTG 0801 study population. The ATG treated group had a significant decrease in total T cells, RTE Th cells, and naïve Th cells at day 100 compared to the control population (p < 0.0001 each population - See Table 1). ATG treatment had no impact on Tregcells, CD19+ B cells, and CD21lowB cells but there was a significant increase in CD56bright NKreg cells (p < 0.0001). We evaluated the ratio of Naïve Th effector cells to the regulatory NKregcell population and saw a >100 fold difference the ATG treated group (Naïve Th cell:NKregcell ratio = 0.06) compared to untreated patients (ratio of 9.2; p < 0.0001). In this small population we found that the Naïve Th cell:NKregcell ratio was also high prognostic for later development of cGvHD (1.37 vs. 0.13; p < 0.0001).

    Conclusions: These results suggest that ATG's major mechanism of action is related to its ability to simultaneously inhibit Naïve Th cells and enhance CD56brightNKregcells after transplantation. While these results require confirmation, they support strategies that target the ratio of NKregcell and Naive CD4+ T cells to modulate cGvHD.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01217723

    Immune Cell Population ATG Treatment group (Median%) N=25 Control group (No ATG treatment) (Median%) N=15 P value
    CD56bright NKreg cells (% of total NK population) 0.8 0.85 <0.0001
    Recent Thymus Emigrant Th cells (CD31+CD45RA+CD4+ T cells - % of CD4+ T cells) 0.74 12.5 <0.0001
    Total T cells (% of MNCs) 0.80 14.5 <0.0001
    Naive Helper T cells (CD45RA+CD4+ T cells - % of Th Cells) 0.94 11.7 <0.0001
    Naive Helper T cell:NKreg cell ratio 0.06 9.2 <0.0001
    CD21low B cells (% of B cells) 17.1 18.9 0.68
    Treg Cells (% of CD4+ cells) 6.68 4.09 0.13
      cGvHD Develops after 100 days (Median %) cGvHD Develops after 100 days <0.0001
    Naive Helper T cell:NKreg cell ratio 1.37 0.13 <0.0001

    [ [O104 Table] 1 . Table 1 - Impact of ATG on Chronic GvHD Biomarkers Measured at Day 100 after Transplantation]

    Disclosure: None of the Authors have any conflicts of interest to declare

    O105 Immune reconstitution - based score at diagnosis of CGVHD predicts GVHD severity and overall-survival: A novel prognostication tool for GVHD treatment tailoring

    Maria Teresa Lupo-Stanghellini1, Fabio Serpenti2, Raffaella Milani1, Carlo Messina1, Raffaella Greco1, Stefania Girlanda1, Carmine Liberatore1, Gabriele Casirati1, Francesca Farina1, Sara Mastaglio1, Elena Guggiari1, Francesca Lunghi1, Massimo Bernardi1, Chiara Bonini2,1, Andrea Assanelli1, Jacopo Peccatori1, Consuelo Corti1, Fabio Ciceri1,2, Francesca Lorentino1

    1 San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy, 2 University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

    Background: Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) survivors are at a relevant risk of developing chronic GvHD (cGvHD), which importantly affects quality of life and increases morbidity and mortality. Early identification of patients at risk of development of severe cGvHD related morbidity would be a relevant tool to tailor preventive strategies. We have previously demonstrated the role of immune reconstitution (IR) as predictive biomarker of occurrence of cGvHD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostication power of IR at cGvHD onset through a new IR-based score.

    Methods: We analyzed clinical data from 383 adult patients consecutively undergoing first allogeneic HSCT transplant between January 2011 and December 2016 at our Institution. A written consent was given for the use of medical records for research. Patients were divided into a test cohort (307 pts) and a validation cohort (76 pts). Median follow-up for surviving patients was 4 years.We built a Cox multivariate models for OS in patients with cGvHD of any severity. Variables included in the models were: patient age (according to median value), R-DRI score, type of donor (matched related donor vs matched unrelated vs haploidentical), main GvHD prophylaxis platform (ATG-based vs PtCy-based vs neither of the two), IR values (CD4, CD19, NK, IgA, IgM according to median values) at cGvHD diagnosis, history of prior aGvHD, Karnofsky PS, Plt < 100.000/µL, ALC< 1000/µL, Eos < 500/µL.Once we identified the variables independently predicting OS by multivariate analysis, we derived a formula for a prognostic risk index by using the β coefficients found in the model. Each patient was then assigned a score and we defined three groups of OS risk (low, intermediate and high) by dividing the score into three classes using the first and third quartiles. Finally, to evaluate predictive performance of the IR-score we calculated the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve via the area under the curve (AUC), to summarize the IR-score ability to correctly classify events and non-events.

    Results: 115 patients (87 test-cohort, 28 validation-cohort) were evaluated for cGvHD and outcome.

    Our multivariate model defined the variables independently predicting OS at cGvHD onset: CD4+ count >233/mcl, NK count < 115/mcl, IgM < 0.45 g/L, Karnofsky PS < 80%.

    Final score was calculated as follows: 2,4 (if CD4 >233/mcL) + 2,1 (if NK < 115/mcL) + 2,1 (if IgM < 0,45) + 4,3 (if Karnofsky < 80). Low risk patients were defined as having a score ≤2.4, intermediate >2,4 and ≤4.5, high risk >4.5. The 3y-OS for low risk patients was 96%, for intermediate 76% and for high risk 27% in the test-cohort and 100%, 66% and 35% in the validation-cohort (figure 1a-b). The ROC curve analysis supports the validity of the IR-score in our cohort of patients - AUC 85.5%, with 95% confidence intervals higher than 50%. Furthermore IR-score was able to stratify across NIH-severity classification (figure 1c).

    Conclusions: Immune-Reconstitution score at diagnosis of cGvHD predicts GvHD severity and overall-survival. IR-score could be adopted to identify patients at high risk and modulate cGvHD treatments accordingly.

    Disclosure: Chiara Bonini has research contract with Intellia Therapeutics. The other authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

    O106 Haploidentical transplantation with sirolimus-based GVHD prophylaxis and unmanipulated PBSC graft: Ten year experience in 354 adult patients

    Raffaella Greco1, Serena Albanese2, Francesca Lorentino1, Fabio Giglio1, Daniela Clerici1, Lorenzo Lazzari1, Maria Teresa Lupo Stanghellini1, Simona Piemontese1, Magda Marcatti1, Sara Mastaglio1, Andrea Assanelli1, Luca Vago1, Chiara Bonini1, Consuelo Corti1, Massimo Bernardi1, Fabio Ciceri1, Jacopo Peccatori1

    1 IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy, 2 University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

    Background: Haploidentical transplantation has emerged as a viable option for patients lacking a fully matched donor. We firstly explored the association of sirolimus and ATG, later followed by sirolimus with PT-Cy as GvHD strategy. Herein, we describe long-term outcomes of haploidentical HSCT using sirolimus-based GvHD prophylaxis.

    Methods: Between October 2007 and March 2017, a total of 354 adult patients received an haploidentical HSCT for high-risk hematological malignancies. Disease risk index (DRI; Armand et al) was low-intermediate in 116, high in 148 and very high in 86 patients. Conditioning was myeloablative in 211 and reduced-intensity in 143 patients. Most patients (n=349) received unmanipulated PBSCs.

    All patients received sirolimus and MMF as GvHD backbone prophylaxis plus ATG in 203 patients, and PT-Cy in 151. Conditioning regimen was based on treosulfan-fludarabine; recipients of PT-Cy transplants were more likely to receive a regimen intensified by a 2nd alkylating agent (melphalan or thiotepa). Median follow up was longer in ATG group (70 vs 26 monhs, p< 0.01). There were no differences in DRI.

    Results: The majority of patients reached the neutrophil (89% in ATG group vs 86% in PT-Cy group) and platelet (76% vs 77%) engraftment within 30 days after HSCT.

    Immune-reconstitution was broad and fast, reaching more than 100/ml CD3+ T cells within a median of 35 vs 33 days. The two groups were similar in terms of survival and main transplant outcomes.

    In the ATG group, the cumulative incidence of grades II-IV and III-IV acute GvHD at 100 days was 26% and 20%. Corresponding rates after PT-Cy were 35% and 20%. The cumulative incidence of overall and severe chronic GvHD was 31% and 10% at 3 years in ATG group and 42% and 16% after PT-Cy .The cumulative incidences of relapse and NRM in ATG group were respectively 41% and 31% at 3 years. Corresponding rates after PT-Cy were 35% and 27%.In ATG group, 3-year OS was 36%, while GRFS was 24%. The corresponding probabilities after PT-Cy were 44% and 24%.

    The only difference reported was a better PFS in favour of PT-Cy (38% vs 29%, p=0.04). Multivariate analysis confirmed the effect of DRI on transplant outcomes, with worse PFS in high (p=0.001; HR 2.07; 95%CI, 1.37-3.15) and very high (p< 0.001; HR 3.55; 95%CI, 2.24-5.63) compared to low-intermediate DRI population.The protective role of PT-Cy compared to ATG-based platform on PFS was more relevant in patients with low-intermediate DRI (p=0.003), showing also lower relapse (p=0.009) and better OS (69% vs 49% at 3-year); multivariate analysis confirmed this effect on PFS (p=0.036; HR 0.39; 95%CI, 0.16-0.94) and relapse (p=0.043; HR 0.25; 95%CI, 0.07-0.96).

    Conclusions: Extended follow-up in 354 patients confirms Sirolimus-based GvHD prophylaxis as feasible and safe in haploidentical HSCT based on unmanipulated PBSC graft. Both ATG and PTCy association to sirolimus provide an effective prevention of GvHD and translate into a similar long-term overall survival. A significant advantage of Sir-PT-Cy on relapse rate warrants further investigation.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O107 Human-derived α1-antirypsin is Effective in a cohort of high-risk patients with steroid-resistant gastrointestinal graft-versus-host disease

    Livia Giannoni1, Florence Morin1, Marie Robin1, Marine Peyneau1, Marie Hélène Schlageter1, Simona Pagliuca1, Helene Moins-Teisserenc1, Flore Sicre de Fontbrune1, Regis Peffault de Latour1, Gerard Socié1, David Michonneau1

    1 Hôpital Saint Louis, AP-HP, Paris, France

    Background: Steroid-refractory graft-versus-host disease (SR-GVHD) is still responsible for high mortality in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation; a number of agents is currently available in case of steroid-refractoriness, yet there is so far no consensus about a standard second-line treatment and overall survival (OS) remains poor.α1-antitripsyn (αAT) is a circulating 52-kDa serine protease inhibitor found to enhance the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines and to favor the expansion of regulatory T-cells; it has therefore been tested in situations of altered tolerance and disproportionate inflammation, including GVHD. Two studies showed that treatment of SR acute GVHD with αAT is feasible and effective.

    Methods: We retrospectively analyzed a series of patients who received exogenous αAT for SR acute gastrointestinal GVHD or overlap GVHD with acute gut features. SR-GVHD was defined and graded according to standard criteria. αAT was administered intravenously at a loading dose of 90 mg/kg at day 1 followed by 30 mg/kg /day every other day for a total of 8 doses. Response to treatment was defined according to published criteria; OS was estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method.A panel of 46 cytokines and immune cell subsets were measured before treatment and once weekly during treatment by a Luminex assay and by flow cytometry, respectively.

    Results: Sixteen patients were treated for gut GVHD between September 2016 and March 2018. Median age was 50 years (range 18-56). αAT was administered at a median time of 104 days from transplantation (range 38-215) and of 65 days from GVHD onset (range 12-198). Acute GVHD was scored as grade II in 28% of patients, grade III in 66%, grade IV in 6%. Sixty-seven percent of patients had already received one or more lines of treatment other than steroids, including ruxolitinib, etanercept, ATG; ORR was 44% with a CR rate of 27%; median time to best response was 21 days (range 6-26), with a continued ORR at day 56 of 39%. The overall rate of gastrointestinal responses was 61%. Median follow-up of living patients was 440 days (range 84-602); median OS was 138 days and 1-year OS was 48% (95% CI 26% - 74%).The most common infectious event was CMV reactivation (29%); 2 grade 3-4 infectious complications were recorded. There was no quantitative deficiency of blood AAT levels before treatment (1.72 g/L ± 0.46); blood αAT rose significantly during and after treatment. Baseline αAT level didn´t differ between responding and non-responding patients.

    A cytokine profile was evaluable in 12 patients; no statistically significant increase or decrease in cytokine plasma concentration after αAT infusion was observed. Surprisingly, a decrease in circulating T regs after exposure was found (p=0.002), regardless of patients´ responding status.

    Conclusions: Treatment with αAT was safe and effective in a cohort of SR-aGVHD high risk, pre-treated patients and should be considered as a possible alternative. Changes in the cytokine milieu and T-cell subsets shown in murine models were not observed in a real-life setting.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O108 Post-transplant cyclophosphamide for GVHD prophylaxis in matched unrelated donor transplantation

    Rebeca Bailén1,2, María Jesús Pascual-Cascón3, Pascual Balsalobre1,2, Jaime Sanz4, Alberto Doblas-Marquez3, Olga Benítez-Hidalgo3, José Luis Piñana4, Leyre Bento5, Antonia Sampol5, Gillen Oarbeascoa1, Laura Solán1,2, Nieves Dorado1,2, Carolina Martínez-Laperche1,2, Javier Anguita1,2,6, Ismael Buño1,2, José Luis Díez-Martín1,2,6, Mi Kwon1,2

    1 Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain, 2 Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain, 3 Hospital Regional de Málaga, Málaga, Spain, 4 Hospital Universitari i Politècnic la Fe, Valencia, Spain, 5 Hospital Universitario Son Espases, Mallorca, Spain, 6 Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Background: Post-transplant high dose cyclophosphamide (PT-CY) effectively prevents graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after unmanipulated HLA-haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The use of PT-CY in HLA-identical donor is less explored. In this study, we analyzed the results of PT-CY for GVHD prophylaxis in matched unrelated donor (MUD) HSCT and compared them with those obtained after prophylaxis with thymoglobulin (ATG), methotrexate (MTX) and cyclosporine (CsA).

    Methods: 102 matched unrelated donor HSCT from 3 Spanish centers have been analyzed: 30 performed between 2010 and 2013 using ATG-MTX-CsA and 72 performed between 2014 and 2017 using PT-CY.

    Results: Baseline characteristics and post-transplant complications are shown in Table 1. Peripheral blood was used as graft source in 87% of the patients in the ATG group and in 78% in the PT-CY group. GVHD prophylaxis consisted in ATG 2mg/m2 days -4 to -2, MTX days +1, +3, +6 and +11, and CsA from day -1 in the ATG group. The PT-CY group received cyclophosphamide 50 mg/kg/d on days +3 and +4, followed by either CsA or tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) from day +5 in 30 patients (42%), cyclophosphamide on days +3 and +5 combined with CsA or tacrolimus from day 0 in 26 patients (36%), or cyclophosphamide on days +3 and +5 combined with tacrolimus and sirolimus from day +5 in 16 patients (22%). Cumulative incidence at 100 days of grade II-IV (67% vs 46%, p=0.02) and III-IV (41% vs 3%, p=0.002) acute GVHD, were significantly higher in the MTX-CsA group (Figure 1A). There were no differences in the 2-year cumulative incidence of chronic moderate to severe GVHD between the ATG and the PT-CY group (30% vs 24%, p=0.6). After a median follow-up of 90 months for the ATG group and 26 months for the PT-CY group, 2-year overall survival (OS) was higher in the PT-CY group (45% vs 60%) although not statistically significant (p=0.09) (Figure 1B). We found no differences between both cohorts in 2-year event-free survival (EFS) (46% and 50%, p=0.55) and the composite endpoint of GVHD-free and relapse-free survival (GFRS) (38% vs 40%, p=0.253). The 2-year cumulative incidence of relapse was significantly higher in the PT-CY group (26% vs 6.6%, p=0.04) and non-relapse mortality (NRM) at 2-years was higher in the ATG group (40% vs 22%) but not statistically significant (p=0.06).

    Conclusions: In our experience, in spite of the limited number of patients, GVHD prophylaxis using PT-CY combined with additional immunosuppression after MUD HSCT, using mostly peripheral blood as graft source, reduced the cumulative incidence of aGVHD compared to standard prophylaxis with MTX-CsA. Prospective studies with longer follow-up are needed to confirm these observations.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


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    O111 Incorporating post-transplant cyclophosphamide-based prophylaxis as standard-of-care in HLA matched sibling or unrelated donor transplantation for patients with an increased risk OF GVHD

    Rahinatu Awol1, Irene García-Cadenas1, Rodrigo Martino1, Albert Esquirol1, Silvana Saavedra1, Silvana Novelli1, Ana Garrido1, Jordi Lopez1, Miquel Granell1, Carolina Moreno1, Javier Briones1, Salut Brunet1, Jordi Sierra1

    1 Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Sant Pau and Jose Carreras Leukemia Research Institutes, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

    Background: Post-transplant high dose cyclophosphamide (PT-CY) effectively prevents GVHD after haploidentical stem cell transplantation (SCT). However, the use of PT-CY in matched sibling and unrelated donor HSCT is less explored. We introduced PT-CY as a standard of care(SOC) for RIC and MAC allo-SCT, initially in recipients at high risk of severe GVHD.

    Methods: 44 consecutive patients who underwent allo-SCT for hematological malignancies between January 2016 and August 2018 were included in this prospective single-centre protocol. All patients had at least one baseline risk factor predicting development of severe GVHD (e.g. HLA mismatch, Fem-to-Male sex mismatch). PT-CY in combination with a second immunosuppressive drug was used as GVHD prophylaxis.

    Results: Patients characteristics are summarized in Table 1. Median age was 56 (range, 19-67) years, with 6 male patients (14%) receiving a graft from a female donor. More frequent allo-SCT indications were acute leukemia and MDS (54.5%) followed by NHL (18%). Eleven patients (25%) were transplanted in advanced status. Donor was a sibling, matched unrelated or mismatched unrelated in 34%, 25% and 41% respectively. Seven patients (16%) received a myeloablative conditioning regimen including TBI (8 or 13.5 Gy) while the remaining (84%) received a RIC/RTC regimen based on Fludarabine, Busulfan or Melphalan +/- Thiotepa (3mg/kg). Median follow-up for survivors was 365 days (range:64-959).

    Median time to neutrophil and platelet engrafment were +23 (12-36) and +22 (10-50) days, respectively (G-CSF not routinely used). Early toxicity was low, without cases of thrombotic microangiopathy, only 2 cases of drug-related renal failure (4.5%) and 1 case of possible VOD. Before the introduction of mini-Thiotepa in the RIC protocols (FluBu/FluMel) there was 1 case of primary graft failure (GF) and 5 cases of late graft failure (6/28; 21%); 4 cases were successfully regrafted with the mini-Thiotepa RIC. There have been no further cases of GF after its introduction (n=8 evaluable cases + 4 second salvage alloRICs). Additional potential risk factors for GF were CD34+ ≤3x10e6/kg (p=0.07) and a high lymphocyte count at stem cell infusion (p=0.06).

    The CI of grade 2-4 acute GVHD at day + 120 was 28% (95%CI: 14-48) with only 2 cases of refractoriness to steroids. Of the 37 evaluable patients, only 1 developed moderate chronic GVHD leading to a 1yr-CI of 3%. NRM was 10.5% at 1yr and the CI of relapse was 31% (95% CI: 21-40). All relapses occurred in patients with intermediate/high rDRI. 1yr-OS was 76% and the estimated 1-year DFS was 63.6%.

    Conclusions: These outcomes confirmed the feasibility of both RIC and MAC allo-SCT using PT-Cy as SOC with a single immunosuppressive drug in patients at high risk of GVHD. An important observation was the high rate of GF with “classical” alloRIC platforms (FluBu/FluMel), which appears to be lower after introducing the mini-Thiotepa. Although these data need confirmation in larger cohorts, the current results suggests that PT-CY may pave the way to improving the quality of life of transplant survivors by markedly reducing severe GVHD.

    Characteristics (N=44) N (%)
    Age, median (range) 56 (19-67)
    Sex, male 22 (50%)
    Baseline disease
     AL and MDS 24 (54%)
     NHL/Hodgkin 10 (23%)
     MPN/CML 10 (23%)
     Others 4 (9%)
    Advanced disease at transplant 11 (25%)
    Donor type
     Identical sibling 15 (34%)
     HLA (0 or 1 HLA mismatch) 11/18 (25%/41%)
     EBMT risk index: high (5-6) 16 (36%)
     Fludarabine-busulfan (RIC) 16 (36%)
     Fludarabine-melphalan (RIC) 13 (30%)
     MiniThiothepa modified RICs 8 (18%)
     Fludarabine-TBI (8 or 13.5Gy) 7 (16%)
     Stem cell source (PB) 43 (98%)
    Second immunosuppressive agent: tarolimus/sirolimus
      40/4 (91%/9%)
    CD34+ infused (x10E6), median (range) 5,1 (6,1-7,4)

    Abbreviations: AL, acute leukaemia; CML, chronic myeloid leukaemia; MPN, myeloproliferative neoplasm; NHL, non-Hodgkin lymphoma; MDS, myeloproliferative syndrome; PB, peripheral blood; URD, unrelated donor; RIC, reduced intensity conditioning; TBI, total body irradiation

    [ [O111 Table] 1 . Patients characteristics]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Graft-versus-host disease – preclinical and animal models

    O112 Protection of the endothelium during steroid-refractory GVHD

    Steffen Cordes1, Zeinab Mokhtarias2, Maria Bartosova3, Katarina Riesner1, Sarah Mertlitz1, Joerg Mengwasser1, Yu Shi1, Martina Kalupa1, Aleixandria McGearey1, Jens Schrezenmeier1, Lars Bullinger1, Maribel Diaz-Ricart4, Marta Palomo5, Enric Carrreras5, Gernot Beutel6, Claus Peter Schmitt3, Andreas Beilhack2, Olaf Penack1

    1 Charité Univerisätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2 University Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany, 3 University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 4 University Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 5 Carreras Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain, 6 University Hannover, Hannover, Germany

    Background: Clinical data demonstrated that endothelium related factors predict mortality after the diagnosis of aGVHD, suggesting that the endothelium may be involved in the pathobiology of steroid-refractory aGVHD (SR-aGVHD) (J Clin Oncol. 2018 Mar 10;36(8):789-800, Lancet Haematol. 2017 Sep;4(9):e414-e423, J Clin Oncol. 2014 Oct 20;32(30):3421-7, PNAS. 2011 Aug 11;118(6):1685-92). Along those lines, a T cell independent mechanism of steroid-refractory aGVHD has been suggested recently (Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 20;8(1):12475).

    Methods: Intestinal biopsies from patients after alloSCT. Murine aGVHD models Balb/c→B6, B6→BDF and LP/J→B6 with and without steroid treatment. Immunostaining, electron microscopy, light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM), FACS. In vivo and in vitro assays for endothelial dysfunction. Treatment with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5) in SR-aGVHD models.

    Results: We found a significant higher percentage of apoptotic vessels in duodenal and colonic mucosa biopsies of patients with grade III-IV aGVHD compared to no GVHD (Figure 1A). In murine experimental aGVHD, we detected severe microstructural endothelial damage and reduced endothelial pericyte coverage accompanied by reduced expression of endothelial tight junction proteins leading to increased endothelial leakage in aGVHD target organs. During intestinal aGVHD, colonic vasculature structurally changed, reflected by increased vessel branching and vessel diameter (Figure 1B). We analysed human biopsies and murine tissues from SR-GVHD vs. naive (untreated) aGVHD and found significantly lower lymphocyte infiltration in SR-GVHD, demonstrating low inflammatory activity (Figure 1C). Our findings suggest that endothelium-related and T cell independent mechanisms play a previously unrecognized role during SR-aGVHD, providing the rationale for T-cell independent treatment strategies. As a first example for such an approach, we tested the endothelium-effective PDE5 inhibitor sildenafil and found reduced apoptosis as well as improved metabolic activity of endothelial cells in vitro. In accordance, sildenafil treatment resulted in improved survival and reduced target organ damage during experimental SR-aGVHD (Figure 1D).

    Conclusions: We show profound endothelial involvement after allo-HSCT and demonstrate that endothelial-protection with sildenafil ameliorates SR-aGVHD, providing a novel non-immunosuppressive treatment approach. These results can serve as rationale for translational development of endothelium-based therapies for SR-aGVHD.

    Disclosure: The authors declare no confilct of interest relevant to this study


    Abstract already published.

    O114 The therapeutic effect of immune-modifying microparticles in an acute graft-versus-host disease model

    John Galvin1, Sara Beddow2, Stephen Miller2

    1 University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States, 2 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States

    Background: Inflammatory monocytes are recruited to target organs during acute Graft versus Host Disease (aGVHD). As seen in other autoimmune disorders, inflammatory monocytes play an important role in antigen presentation and cytokine production. These actions allow for a sustained activation and proliferation signal to T-cells. Previous studies have shown that IMP treatment in mouse models of colitis, encephalitis, myocardial infarction and peritonitis markedly reduced monocyte accumulation in the affected end-organs -- promoting tissue repair; reducing disease symptoms and increasing survival. Therefore, our objective was to test clinical outcomes after IMP treatment in a mouse model of aGVHD.

    Methods: Murine aGVHD model: BALB/c mice were given 800 cGy total body irradiation, irradiated BALB/c mice were transplanted with 5×106 C57BL/6 bone marrow cells and 1×106 C57BL/6 spleen cells via tail vein.IMP treatment: IMPs were made with PLGA (Phosphorex Inc, Hopkinton MA) was administered to the recipient mice (1.4 mg/kg body weight) by IV daily starting from day 5 to day 10 after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). PBS at the same volume was used as vehicle control.

    In vivo bioluminescence imaging: Mice were given an intraperitoneal injection of luciferin (150 mg/kg body weight) and then anesthetized and imaged using the IVIS Imaging system (Xenogen). Imaging data were analyzed and quantified with Living Image Software (Xenogen).

    Results: IMP treated mice had significantly less severe acute GVHD symptoms (average score of 2.48) than the untreated BM+Sp group (average score 3.96) starting at the time of IMP treatment (days 5-10) and remained with significantly reduced symptoms for the 30 day course (Figure 1). IMP treatment also rescued BM+Sp mice from aGVHD associated mortality with a 30-day overall survival of 62% compared to 4% in the untreated BM+Sp group (Figure 2). Intestinal tissue from the IMP treated mice compared to the BM+Sp mice demonstrated less evidence of aGVHD (an average score of 1.25 and 2.75, respectively). Hepatic tissue from the IMP treated mice compared to the BM+Sp mice demonstrated less evidence of aGVHD (an average score of 1.5 and 2.42, respectively). IMP treatment also significantly reduced INF-γ levels in the intestinal tissues of treated mice compared to untreated BM+Sp mice. In the mice infused with lymphoma cells (A20-luc), IMP treatment reduced aGVHD symptoms and death while preserving the GVL effect.

    Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that IMPs significantly reduce symptoms and mortality in a murine model of aGVHD while preserving GVL. The reduction in inflammatory monocytes with IMPs leads to a reduction in inflammatory cytokines, hepatic lymphocyte infiltration and intestinal mucosal denudation. These findings highlight the potential of IMP therapy as a specific and potentially safe treatment in acute GVHD.


    [ [O114 Image] 1 . Figure 1 and 2]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Haemoglobinopathy and inborn errors of metabolism

    O115 Stem cell transplantation with haploidentical T-cell depleted peripheral blood stem cells yields comparable outcomes to matched sibling donor transplantation in advanced stage sickle cell disease

    Juergen Foell1, Johannes Schulte2, Anja Troeger1, Beatrix Pfirstinger1, Katharina Kleinschmidt1, Petra Hofmann1, Ernst Holler1, Wofgang Herr1, Matthias Edinger1, Charalampos Aslanidis1, Daniel Wolff1, Angelika Eggert2, Selim Corbacioglu1

    1 Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, 2 Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Background: Despite significant improvements in the supportive Sickle cell disease (SCD) causes substantial morbidity and mortality. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is currently the only curative option but is only offered if a matched sibling donor (MSD) is available. With a MSD availability of < 20% T cell depleted HSCT from a haploidentical donor (T-haplo-HSCT) is a potential alternative.

    Methods: 29 patients (pts) with advanced stage SCD (asSCD) were transplanted with a CD3+/CD19+ or αβ/CD19+ depleted T-haplo-HSCT (20 pts, median age 13 years, range 3-31 years) or with bone marrow (BM) from a MSD, 9 pts, median age 14, range 9-25 years). Indication for HSCT was asSCD with multiple SCD related complications. All pts underwent exchange transfusion before HSCT. In all pts the conditioning regimen consisted of treosulfan, thiotepa, fludarabine and ATG. Immunosuppression was carried out with cyclosporine A or tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil. The control group received a MSD BM allograft.

    Results: In the T-haplo-SCT group the pts received a CD3+ or αβ+ T- and CD19+ B-cell depleted peripheral stem cell allograft with 13,1 x 106 CD34+ cells/kg body weight (range 8,1 to 77,9). All pts with a median follow up of 22 months (range 4-57 months) in the MSD group and 18 from 20 pts with a median follow up of 17 months (range 5-58 months) in the T-haplo-SCT group are alive. Engraftment was achieved in all pts with stable chimerism over 90%, except for 4 pts with a stable MC in the T-haplo SCT group and 1 patient in the MSD group, but complete engraftment of red cell precursor in the BM. All pts are off immunosuppression with a stable almost complete chimerism. The conditioning regimen was well tolerated with no case of high-grade transplant related morbidity. The post-transplantation complications were comparable in both groups. One patient developed after severe rotavirus gastroenteritis a severe CMV pneumonitis and succumbed to an uncontrolled CMV pneumonitis. One patient in the T-haplo SCT group suffered from a late graft failure and developed a macrophage activation syndrome. He died in a septic event.None developed a Glucksberg Grade III-IV aGvHD and in the T-haplo SCT group 4 pts (20%) and in the MSD group 2 pts (22%) developed a steroid sensitive mild to moderate cGvHD with symptoms of fasciitis, oral as well as mild cutaneous GvHD. In both groups no severe or steroid refractory cGvHD was observed.

    Conclusions: Our results demonstrate increasing evidence for the safety and efficacy of CD3+/CD19+ or αβ+/CD19+ depleted haploidentical HSCT in asSCD. The treosulfan based conditioning regimen was an excellent alternative to busulfan with a low incidence of transplant related morbidities and therefore most suitable for pts with SCD. These results open the option of a curative therapy for almost all SCD pts without a MSD.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.

    Hematopoietic stem cells


    Abstract already published.

    O118 Comparison of outcomes post allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation using fresh versus cryopreserved peripheral blood stem cell grafts

    Ahmad S. Alotaibi1,2, Shruti Prem1, Jeffrey H. Lipton1, Dennis D. Kim1, Auro Viswabandya1, Santhosh Thyagu1, Rajat Kumar1, Wilson Lam1, Arjun Law1, Fotios V. Michelis1

    1 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2 King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Background: Cryopreservation is routine practice with autografts, however in the allogeneic HCT setting the effects of cryopreservation have not been thoroughly investigated. We sought to compare allogeneic HCT outcomes using fresh versus cryopreserved grafts in a large single centre cohort.

    Methods: Between 2003 and 2017, we retrospectively reviewed 951 consecutive adult patients who underwent allogenic peripheral blood HCT at our centre. Outcomes assessed included platelet (≥20x10e9/L) and neutrophil (≥0.5x10e9/L) engraftment, occurrence of acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in the first 100 days, overall survival (OS), cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) and non-relapse mortality.

    Results: Median follow up of survivors was 47 months (range 4-177 months). Fresh grafts were received by 525 patients, 426 received cryopreserved grafts, median age at HCT was 53 and 54 years respectively. Transplant indication was myeloid malignancy in 711 (75%), lymphoid in 229 (24%) patients. Myeloablative regimens were used in 506 (53%) patients. The majority of fresh grafts were from unrelated donors (82%) while most cryopreserved grafts were from matched related donors (90%). In vivo T-cell depletion was performed in 65% of fresh and 18% of cryopreserved transplants. Median time to neutrophil engraftment for fresh versus cryopreserved grafts was 15 (8-52) and 15 (10-48) days respectively, while median time to platelet recovery was 16 (12-186) and 17 (8-171) days, respectively. For fresh versus cryopreserved grafts, grade II-IV acute GvHD was seen in 51% and 54%, respectively (p=0.42) while grade III-IV acute GvHD was seen in 28% of patients in both groups (p=0.96).

    On univariate analysis, OS for the entire cohort at 2 years was 50% (95%CI 47-54%) and at 5 years was 40% (95%CI 36-43%). Two and 5 year OS was 47% (95%CI 43-52%) and 39% (95%CI 34-44%) respectively for fresh grafts and 54% (95%CI 49-59%) and 41% (95%CI 36-46%) respectively for cryopreserved grafts (p=0.21). Cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) of the entire cohort at 2 years was 18% (95%CI 16-21%) and at 5 years was 21% (95%CI 19-24%). Two and 5 year CIR was 16% (95%CI 13-20%) and 19% (95%CI 15-22%) respectively for fresh grafts and 21% (95%CI 17-25%) and 25% (95%CI 21-29%) respectively for cryopreserved grafts (p=0.02, Figure 1).


    [ [O118 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Multivariable analysis for OS verified no significant difference between fresh versus cryopreserved grafts (p=0.25). For CIR however, cryopreservation was the only independent predictor of relapse (HR 1.43 for cryopreserved, 95%CI 1.07-1.91, p=0.02), while for NRM cryopreservation was not an independent predictor of increased risk (p=0.06). When the multivariable analysis was repeated for related donor transplants only (n=474, 385 cryopreserved grafts, 89 fresh), this confirmed the independent increased relapse risk for cryopreserved grafts (HR 2.30, 95%CI 1.21-4.38, p=0.01).

    Conclusions: We confirmed on univariate and multivariable analysis that there is no significant difference in OS between allogeneic transplants performed with fresh versus cryopreserved peripheral blood stem cell grafts, however there is a significant increase in relapse risk associated with cryopreservation.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O119 Post-transplantation cyclophosphamide versus low dose ATG FRESENIUS IN GVHD prophylaxiS: Similar graft versus host disease and relapse-free survival

    Cristina Fernández Martínez1, Arancha Bermudez Rodríguez1,2, Sara García Ávila1, Almudena Cabero Martínez1, Lucrecia Yañez Sansegundo1, Monica Lopez Duarte1, Joan Manuel Mora Barrios1, Yolanda González Romero1, Sara Fernández Luis1, David Gomez Lamas1, Andrés Insunza Gaminde1, Iñigo Romón1, José Luis Arroyo3, Carlos Richard Espiga1, Enrique María Ocio San Miguel1,2, Mercedes Colorado Araujo1

    1 Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Instituto de Formación e Investigación Marqués de Valdecilla (IDIVAL), Santander, Spain, 2 Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain, 3 Banco de Sangre y Tejidos de Cantabria, Santander, Spain

    Background: High dose post-transplantation Cyclophosphamide(PTCY) used in haploidentical transplantation (haplo-SCT) has demonstrated to be highly effective in acute and chronic GvHD prophylaxis; however it is associated with high relapse rates. Anti-T-Lymphocyte Globulin (ATG-Fresenius®) is also effective as GVHD prophylaxis but its benefit in Overall Survival (OS) and Relapse Free Survival (RFS) is unclear. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two GVHD prophylaxis regimen employed in high risk transplantation: PTCY-haplo-SCT and low doses of ATG-F used in peripheral blood(PB) and mismatched transplantation. The primary endpoint was to evaluate the incidence and severity of aGVHD and cGVHD. As secondary endpoints we analysed the OS, RFS and GRFS (considering as events severe aGVHD, systemic therapy-requiring cGVHD, relapse or death). We also evaluated mortality related to transplantation(TRM) and post-transplant complications.

    Methods: We retrospectively analysed 111 allo-SCT performed in our institution between 2012 and 2017. We analysed two cohorts: 49 haplo-SCT with PTCY (50 mg/kg, days +3,+4) followed by Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate (MMF); and 62 PB and/or mismatched transplants with low dose ATG-F (7 mg/Kg days -3,-2,-1) associated to calcineurin inhibitors starting on day -1, with short course MTX (days +1,+3,+6) or MMF. In both cohorts, MMF was stopped on day +28 and calcineurin inhibitors were tappered on day +50. Comparing both groups, we found differences in diagnosis (lymphoproliferative disorders 16 vs 4,p=0.003), high DRI-score (18 vs 11,p=0.04), previous transplantation (12 vs 5,p=0.02), reduced-intensity conditioning regimen (36 vs 20,p< 0.001) and bone marrow as stem cells source (38 vs 9,p< 0.001).

    Results: Median time to neutrophil engraftment was similar in both groups: 17 vs 16 days. Conversely, median time to platelet recovery was longer in PTCY cohort (33vs18 days, p=0.016).

    There were no differences in aGVHD incidence (PTCY 30.6% vs ATG 36.4%) or severe aGVHD (PTCY 4.1% vs ATG 9%, p= 0.852). The global cGVHD incidence was PCTY 56.1% vs ATG 66%. Mild, moderate and severe cGVHD incidence was 31.7%, 19.5% and 4.8%, for PTCY vs 28%, 26% y 12% for ATG(p=0.475).With a median follow-up of 27 months (28 months for PTCY and 22 months for ATG) the OS at 12 and 24 was: PCTY 67.8 % and 61%, and ATG 68.8% and 59.9%,p=0.971). RFS (12 and 24 months) was: 61% and 57.9% for PTCY,and,69% and 54% for ATG(p=0.839).

    GRFS at 12 and 24 months was 46.5% and 42.9%, for PTCY patients and 40.7% and 33% for ATG patients (p=0.433). PTCY cohort seemed to develop more relevant non-infectious complications, but there were no differences among infectious complications. Image 1.

    TRM was similar in both cohorts: PCTY 18.4% vs ATG 22.5% (p=0.250). We neither found differences in early toxic mortality (< 100 days): PCTY 16.3% vs ATG 14.5% for ATG (p=0,421).

    Conclusions: Regardless the different transplant scenarios in which they were used, PTCY and low dose ATG seem to be equally effective in the prophylaxis of severe forms of acute and chronic GVHD, offering similar GRFS. Moreover,they show similar early toxicity and rate of infectious events.

    Disclosure: We have nothing to disclose.


    [ [O119 Image] 1 . Image1. Post transplantation complications.]

    Immunodeficiency diseases and macrophage

    O120 Safety and efficacy of emapalumab in pediatric patients with primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (PHLH)

    Franco Locatelli1, Michael B. Jordan2, Carl E. Allen3, Simone Cesaro4, Julian Sevilla5, Anupama Rao6, Martina Ahlmann7, Jose-Luis Dapena8, Barbara Degar9, Franca Fagioli10, Timothy Garrington11, Michael Henry12, Maria Caterina Putti13, Carmelo Rizzari14, Fabrizio De Benedetti15, Alexei A. Grom16, Walter Giovanni Ferlin17, Maria Ballabio17, Cristina de Min17

    1 Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital IRCCS, Rome, Italy, 2 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 3 Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States, 4 University Hospital Verona, Verona, Italy, 5 University Children Hospital Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain, 6 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom, 7 University Children's Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany, 8 University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain, 9 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, United States, 10 Regina Margherita-S. Anna Hospital, Turin, Italy, 11 Children's Hospital Colorado, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Aurora, CO, United States, 12 Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, United States, 13 University of Padova, Padova, Italy, 14 San Gerardo Hospital, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy, 15 Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital IRCCS, Rome, Italy, 16 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 17 Novimmune SA, Geneva, Switzerland

    Background: pHLH is a rare, genetic, hyper-inflammatory syndrome driven by high production of interferon (IFN)-γ. Emapalumab (NI-0501) is a monoclonal antibody that neutralizes IFN-γ and is developed as a treatment for HLH.

    Methods: This open-label phase 2/3 study (NCT01818492, data cut-off is July 20 2017) includes 34 patients ≤18 years old with pHLH based on genetic confirmation, family history, or presence of ≥5/8 HLH-2004 diagnostic criteria. Patients were treatment-naïve (7) or had failed previous conventional HLH therapies (27). Emapalumab (1 mg/kg intravenously every 3-4 days, increased up to 10 mg/kg based on clinical and laboratory response parameters) was administered with dexamethasone (5-10 mg/m2/day with tapering permitted). Treatment duration was 8 weeks with possible shortening to a minimum of 4 weeks or extension up to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The primary endpoint, Overall Response Rate (ORR), was objectively assessed based on normalization or ≥50% improvement in pre-defined criteria: fever, splenomegaly, cytopenias, hyperferritinemia, fibrinogen and/or D-Dimer levels, central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities, with no sustained worsening of sCD25 levels. An exact binomial test at one-sided 0.025 significance level was used to evaluate the null hypothesis that ORR be at most 40%. Following completion of the study, patients entered an extension phase (NCT02069899).

    Results: Patients (median age 1.0 yr, range 0.1-13 yr) entered the study with broad spectrum of pHLH clinical abnormalities, >30% with CNS involvement. Mutations in pHLH-associated genes were present in 79% of patients. ORR was significantly higher than the pre-specified null hypothesis, thus meeting the primary efficacy endpoint (Table). Response rates based on Investigator's clinical judgement were 70.6% and 70.4% in the two groups.

    Emapalumab was safe and well tolerated. Mild to moderate infusion-related reactions occurred in 27% of patients. Infection caused by pathogens potentially favored by IFN-γ neutralization occurred in 1 patient (disseminated histoplasmosis, resolved with treatment). No off-target effects were observed. Most patients proceeded to HSCT (50% of patients received myeloablative conditioning and 50% reduced intensity conditioning) with favorable outcome (engraftment in 86% and 89% of patients, respectively) and 90% of patients receiving HSCT were alive at 1 year post transplant.

    Conclusions: Emapalumab treatment promoted disease control, blunting the exacerbated immune response typical of the disease, with a favorable safety and tolerability profile. The results of the study also suggest that emapalumab may contribute to optimize post-transplant outcome of patients given HSCT. Based on these data, emapalumab received marketing authorization in the US from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with primary HLH with refractory, recurrent or progressive disease or intolerance with conventional therapy.

      All patients (N=34) Failed conventional therapy N=27
    ORR, n/N (%) 22/34 (64.7)* 17/27 (63.0)**
    Time to response, days (median [95% CI]) 8.0 [5.0-10.0] 8.0 [7.0-14.0]
    Cumulative duration of response, % days of treatment (median [Q1, Q3] 75.7 [33.3-91.2] 75.4 [30.8-91.2]
    Patients reducing dexamethasone dose by at least 50%, n/N (%) 16/34 (47.1) 12/27 (44.4)
    Proceeded to HSCT, n/N (%) 22/34 (64.7) 19/27 (70.4)
     MUD, % of patients w/HSCT 52 55
     MMUD, % of patients w/ HSCT 29 28
     Haploidentical, % of patients w/ HSCT 14 11
     Matched sibling, % of patients w/ HSCT 5 6
    Overall survival
     Alive at last observation, n/N (%) 24/34 (70.6) 20/27 (74.1)
     12-month pOS estimate (%[95% CI]) 69 [50-82] 73 [52-86]
     Survived to HSCT, n/N (%)*** 27/34 (79.4) 22/27 (81.5)
     Survived post HSCT, n/N (%) 20/22 (90.9) 17/19 (89.5)

    *95% CI: 46-80%, p=0.0031; **95% CI: 42-81%, p=0.0134;

    ***patients not receiving HSCT censored at day of last seen or day 180; CI, confidence interval; MUD, matched unrelated donor; MMUD, mismatched unrelated donor; Q, quatile; pOS, probability of interval survival

    [ [O120 Table] 1 . Table]

    Disclosure: Franco Locatelli - I have relevant relationships to disclose: Novartis: Honoraria and Membership on an entity´s Board of Directors or advisory committees, Amgen: Honoraria and Membership on an entity´s Board of Directors or advisory committees, Miltenyi: Honoraria, MEDAC: Honoraria, Jazz Pharmaceuticals: Membership on an entity´s board of directors. Michael Jordan - I have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose: Novimmune: Consultancy and Membership on an entity´s Board of Directors or advisory committees. Carl E. Allen - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose

    Simone Cesaro - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. I am employed at the Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona. Julian Sevilla - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Anupama Rao - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Martina Ahlmann - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Jose-Luis Dapena - I have relevant financial relationships to disclose:Consultancy for: Amgen, Novartis, Jazz Phamaceuticals, Shire, and Servier. Barbara Degar - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Franca Fagioli - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. I am employed at the Regina Margherita-S. Anna Hospital, Turin, Italy. Timothy Garrington - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Michael Henry - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. I am employed at the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Maria Caterina Putti - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Carmelo Rizzari - I have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Fabrizio De Benedetti - I have relevant financial relationships to disclose: Novartis: Consultancy and Research Funding, SOBI: Consultancy and Research Funding, Roche: Consultancy and Research Funding, Sanofi: Consultancy and Research Funding, UCB: Consultancy, Eli-Lylli: Consultancy, Abbvie: Research Funding, Novimmune: Research Funding, Pfizer: Research Funding. Alexei A. Grom - I have relevant financial relationships to disclose:

    Novartis: Consultancy, AB2Bio: Consultancy, Novimmune: Consultancy. Walter Giovanni Ferlin - I have relevant financial relationship to disclose: Novimmune: Employment, Equity Ownership and Patents & Royalties. Maria Ballabio - I have relevant financial relationship to disclose: Novimmune: Employment and Equity Ownership. Cristina de Min - I have relevant financial relationship to disclose:

    Novimmune: Employment and Equity Ownership

    O121 Haploidentical HSCT with post-transplant cyclophosphamide for primary immunodeficiencies and inherited disorders in children

    Benedicte Neven1, Jean-Sebastien Diana1, Martin Castelle1, Alessandra Magnani1, Jeremie Rosain1, Fabien Touzot1, Baptiste Moreira1, Marie-Louise Fremond1, Coralie Briand1, Matthieu Bendavid1, Romain Levy1, Guillaume Morelle1, Elsa Magrin1, Philippe Bourget1, Lucienne Chatenoud1, Capucine Picard1, Alain Fischer1, Despina Moshous1, Stephane Blanche1

    1 Necker Children Hospital, Paris, France

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a potentially curative treatment for some inherited disorders, including selected primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs). In the absence of a well-matched donor, HSCT from a haploidentical family donor (HIFD) may be considered. Various approaches are being developed to mitigate the risks of graft failure and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and to speed-up immune reconstitution. Among those, high-dose, post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCY) is increasingly used in adult recipients. However, data on PTCY in children and those with inherited disorders in particular are scarce.

    Methods: We reviewed the outcome of 27 children transplanted with HIFD and PTCY for PID (n= 22) or osteopetrosis (n= 5) in a single center. Median (range) age was 1.5 years (0.2 to 17)). Patients in our series had major risk factors for poor post-HSCT outcome such as active viral infections at the time of transplantation (n=9), EBV-related lymphoproliferation in partial remission (n=3), previous kidney transplant (n=1). HSCT with PTCY was a primary (n=21) or a rescue procedure after graft failure (n=6). Conditioning regimen was myeloablative in most primary HSCTs and non-myeloablative in all rescue procedures.

    Results: After a median follow-up of 17.3 months, 24 of the 27 patients engrafted. Twenty-one patients are alive and have been cured of the underlying disease. The two-year overall survival rate was 77.7%. The cumulative incidences of acute GVHD grade ≥ II, chronic GVHD and autoimmune disease were 49%, 26.6%, and 26.5%, respectively. There were only two cases of grade III acute GVHD, all cases of cGVHD were limited and allowed to stop systemic immune-supression, autoimmunity consisted in 2 autoimmune hemolytic anemia in remission at last follow up, 1 vitiligo and 2 thyroiditis. The cumulative incidence of blood viral replication and life-threatening viral events were 58% and 15.5%, respectively. There was evidence of early T cell immune reconstitution including early anti-viral responses.

    Conclusions: In the absence of an HLA-identical donor, HIFD HSCT with PTCY is a viable option for patients with life-threatening inherited disorders.

    Disclosure: nothing to declare

    O122 Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children with GRISCELLI syndrome type 2: A single-center report on 35 patients

    Ali Al-Ahmari1,2, Maha Al-Mofareh1, Amal Al-Seraihy1, Abdullah Al-Jefri1, Suleimman Alsweedan1, Ibrahim Ghemlas1, Hawazen Alsaedi1, Awatif Alanazi1, Hassan Elsolh1, Khawar Saddiqui1, Bander Al Saud1, Hasan Al Dhekri1, Hamoud Al Musa1, Saleh Al Muhsen1, Rand Arnaout1, Mouhab Ayas1

    1 King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2 Alfaisal University, College of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Background: Griscelli Syndrome (GS) is a very rare autosomal recessive disease, characterized by skin hypopigmentation and silvery-gray hair. GS type 2 (GS2) patients suffer immunodeficiency and potentially fatal episodes of macrophage activation known as accelerated phases during early childhood. The only curative treatment modality for these patients is allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). We report the outcome of HSCT in 35 children with GS2. To date, this is the largest cohort of GS patients who have undergone transplantation at a single center.

    Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 35 consecutive patients with GS2 who underwent HSCT at our institution between January 1993-December 2017. Median age at diagnosis and at transplant was 0.3 (0-12) and 0.9 (0.3-15.1) years respectively. Prior to HSCT, 28 (80%) and 16 (46%) patients had life-threatening accelerated phases (HLH) and CNS involvement respectively. All such patients were treated with chemotherapy and achieved remission at the time of HSCT. The source of grafts was matched related marrows in 19 (54.3%) pts and partially mismatched unrelated cord in 14 (40%) pts. Two patients received haploidentical and matched unrelated marrows respectively. Conditioning regimens were myloablative doses of busulfan/cyclophosphamide and busulfan/fludaribine in 27 (77%) and 8(23%) patients respectively. All patients received GVHD prophylaxis. Growth factors were administered in 33 (94.3%) and median CD34 dose used was 5.46 (2.14-11.94) 10^6 and 5.45 (1.8-13.5) 10^5 per Kg of body weight for marrow and cord respectively.

    Results: Post infusion rate of engraftment was 88.6% (31 cases) with median time to neutrophil and platelets recovery were 15 (8-30) and 29 (14-61) days respectively. Cumulative incidence of acute GVHD was 28.6% (10), with an overall Grade of I, II and IV as 20%, 60% and 20% respectively. The post-transplant course was complicated by CMV infection, EBV viremia and veno-occlussive disease in 14(40%), 7(20%) and 7(20%) patients respectively. Chimerism studies at the last contact were available for 24 patients. Full donor cell chimerism (100%) was seen in 16 (67%) of the transplanted patients. Post-transplant two patients experienced disease reactivation at a median time 45.5 (28-63) days. With a mortality rate of 37.1% (13) and a median follow-up time of 87.7 months, five-year cumulative probability of overall survival (OS) for our cohort of patients was 0.625 ± 0.083. Transplant related mortality counted as death within day 100 was 28.6% (10). Prominent causes of death were septic shock followed by ARDS. Cumulative probability of five years overall survival was significantly better in those who did not have HLH prior to SCT (1.0±0.0 vs. 0.529±0.096, P-value: 0.037). Of the 16 patients with neurological involvement before HSCT, 8 survived with residual sequelae in 3 patients. OS at five years was 0.500±0.125 and 0.729±0.104(P-Value: 0.328) in pts with and without CNS involvement at presentation respectively

    Conclusions: HSCT in patients with GS is potentially curative with long-term, disease-free survival. Early HSCT before the development of the accelerated phase showed better result.


    [ [O122 Image] 1 . Overall survival in pts with and without HLH at the diagnosis]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O123 Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for adult with primary immunodeficiency: A successful report from A single center experience

    Ambroise Marçais1, Morgane Cheminant1, Nizar Mahlaoui2, Fanny Lanternier1, Claire Rouzaud1, Romain Guery1, Jeremie Rosain1, Émilie Catherinot3, Peter Van Endert1, Louis-Jean Couderc3, Olivier Lortholary3, Capucine Picard1, Olivier Hermine1, Alain Fischer2, Felipe Suarez1

    1 Hopital Necker Enfants-Malades, Paris, France, 2 Hopital Necker Enfants-Malades, Centre de Référence Déficits Immunitaires Héréditaires, Paris, France, 3 Hopital Foch, Service de Pneumologie, Suresnes, France

    Background: Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) are heterogeneous inborn disorders resulting in impaired cellular and/or humoral responses. PID present a wide range of clinical manifestations, ranging from infections to autoimmune, inflammatory and/or malignant complications. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) is curative for pediatric PID with an excellent safety. In adults on the other hand, this therapeutic approach remains controversial.

    Methods: This is a retrospective, monocentric study of 26 consecutive adult patients with PID who underwent an alloSCT between 2011 and 2018. The objective was to assess the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of this procedure.

    Results: Twenty-two (85%) of 26 patients presented an inherited T or B cell deficiency and 4 (15%) a phagocyte impairment. Twenty (77%) patients had a genetic diagnosis. Besides infectious complications, 8 (31%) patients had an history of lymphoma and 13 (50%) an history of autoimmune/ inflammatory complication.

    The median age at transplant was 24 years (range 17-37). Twelve (46%) patients received a myeloablative conditioning (MAC), 12 (46%) a reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) and 2 (8%) had no conditioning (second transplant for severe combined deficiency). MAC included fludarabine (Flu)/Buslfan (Bu, dosage: 12.8 mg/kg) based regimen (n=11) and Bu (12.8 mg/kg)/Cyclophosphamide (Cy) based regimen (n=1). RIC included based Flu/Bu (range dosage: 6.4-9.6 mg/kg) regimen (n=9), Flu/Cy based regimen (n=1), Thiotepa/Flu/Bu regimen (n=1) and low dose TBI based regimen (n=1). Among the 24 patients who received a conditioning, 4 (17%) received Alemtuzumab and 11 (46%) received antithymocyte globulin as part of the conditioning.

    The stem cell source was bone marrow for 8 (31%) and peripheral blood stem cells for 18 (69%). The donor was matched related for 10 (38%), matched unrelated for 12 (46%), mismatch unrelated for 2 (8%), and haplo-identical for 2 (8%). All assessable patients had a successful engraftment. Eight (31%) presented a grade II-IV acute GVHD (one grade III, 0 grade IV), and 5 (23%) a chronic GVHD (2 limited and 3 extensive).

    With a median follow-up of 29 months (3-90 months) post-transplant, the 3-years overall survival (OS) was 80.8%. The transplant related mortality was 19.2% with 5 deaths. Among them, both patients transplanted with an haplo-identical donor died. All deaths occurred in the first-year post-transplant. Thus, the use of an haploidentical donor was associated with an adverse outcome. Conversely, neither the conditioning nor the stem cell source was associated with a worse outcome. Except one patient with an history of aggressive B cell lymphoma who relapsed few months after alloSCT, no patient with an history of lymphoma relapsed. After a salvage treatment, the relapsing patient remained in complete remission 5 years later. At last follow-up, all surviving patients had a stable, mixed donor-recipient or full donor chimerism without any sign of active infection.

    Conclusions: AlloSCT in the PID setting is an effective therapeutic with an acceptable toxicity and should be considered in case of severe infectious, inflammatory and/or malignant complications in young adult patients with PID when an appropriate donor is available.

    Disclosure: No relevant conflicts of interest to declare

    O124 The comparison of different approaches to immunosuppression after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with TCRαβ/CD19 graft depletion in a big cohort of patients with primary immunodeficiencies

    Alexandra Laberko1, Elena Gutovskaya2, Irina Shipitsina2, Svetlana Radigina2, Svetlana Kozlovskaya2, Elvira Sultanova2, Larisa Shelikhova2, Michael Maschan2, Anna Shcherbina1, Alexei Maschan2, Dmitry Balashov2

    1 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation, 2 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Background: According to several studies hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with TCRαβ/CD19 graft depletion demonstrates low incidence of graft versus host disease (GVHD) in patients with primary immunodeficiencies (PID).

    Methods: We analyzed the results of allogenic HSCT with TCRαβ/CD19 graft depletion in 148 patients with various PID (excluding classic SCID) who received HSCT from May 2012 to September 2018 in our center. The median age at HSCT was 3,5 years (range 0,43-17,63). 112 patients received HSCT from matched unrelated, 31 - haploidentical donors, 5 - siblings. The conditioning regimens included: Fludarabin (Flu) 150mg/m2 with 1 alkylator (Treosulfan (Treo) 36-42g/m2) in 33 patients, with 2 alkylators (Treo 36-42g/m2 with Melphalan 140mg/m2 or Thyotepa 10mg/kg) in 74. Twenty-five patients received 2 alkylators with addition of G-CSF 30mg/kg and Plerixafor 24mg/kg. Seventeen patients with Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) received reduced intensity conditioning with Busulfan 4mg/kg or Treo 30mg/m2, Cyclophosphamide 40mg/kg and Flu 150mg/m2. In all but 2 patients serotherapy was used: 10 patients - horse ATG - 90mg/kg, 133 - rabbit ATG (Thymoglobulin) 5mg/kg, 3 - 1mg/kg anti CD52 monoclonal antibodies. In 55 patients two or more immunosuppressive drugs were used after transplantation (combination of calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) with short course of methotrexate, or mycophenolate mofetil, or abatacept), 66 patients received one immunosupressive agent (CNI). From November 2017 no posttransplant immunosuppression was used (27 patients).

    Primary end points were: incidence of acute GVHD, graft failure (GF) and transplant related mortality (TRM). Because of the supposed influence of conditioning regimen on GF and TRM incidence, to the analysis of GF and TRM were included only 74 patients with similar conditioning regimen with 2 alkylators (excluding patients with NBS, with 1 alkylator and addition of G-CSF and plerixafor in conditioning regimen). Median follow up after HSCT was 1,95 years (range 0,04-6,3 years).

    Results: Overall survival (OS) in 148 patients was 0,85 (95% CI 0,79-0,91). Cumulative incidence (CI) of acute GVHD in patients with two and more immunosupressants was 0,164 (95% CI 0,09 - 0,3), with one - 0,17 (95% CI 0,1 - 0,29), with no immunosupression - 0,11 (95% CI 0,04 - 0,32), p=0,843. CI of graft failure was: in patients with two and more immunosuppressive agents (n=25) - 0,24 (95% CI 0,12 - 0,48), with one (n=32) - 0,17 (95% CI 0,1 - 0,29), without immunosuppression (n=17) - 0,06 (95% CI 0,01 - 0,44), p=0,172. CI of TRM in patients with two and more immunosuppressants was 0,22 (95% CI 0,1 - 0,47), with one - 0,1 (95% CI 0,02 - 0,28), without immunosuppression- 0,26 (95% CI 0,09 - 0,73), p=0,42.

    Conclusions: We conclude that in our group of PID patients presence or absence of immunosuppression after HSCT with TCRαβ/CD19 graft depletion and its extent made no significant difference on the incidence of acute GVHD, graft failure and TRM. Considering these results HSCT with TCRαβ/CD19 graft depletion without posttransplant immunosupression could be recommended for patients with PID.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    O125 Treatment forms and clinical course of LPS-Responsive beige-like anchor protein deficiency and introduction of the immune deficiency and -dysregulation activity (=IDDA) score

    Victoria Katharina Tesch1, Hassan Abolhassani2, Bodo Grimbacher3, Arjan Lankaster4, Andrew Gennery5, Bella Shadur6, Polina Stepensky6, Yuliya Mareika7, Svetlana Sharapova7, Elif Karakoc-Aydiner8, Jaques G. Rivière9, Marina Garcia-Prat9, Nicolette Moes10, Filomeen Haerynck10, Luis I. Gonzales- Granado11, Juan Luis Santos Pérez12, Anna Mukhina13, Asghar Aghamohammadi14, Lennart Hammarström15, Figen Dogu16, Aydan İ İkincioğulları16, Sevgi Bal16, Safa Baris17, Sara Sebnem Kilic18, Neslihan Edeer Karaca19, Necil Kutukculer19, Hermann Girschick20, Antonios Kolios21, Sevgi Keles22, Markus G Seidel23

    1 Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria, 2 Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 3 Medical Center - University of Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Center for Chronic Immunodeficiency at Center for Translational Cell Research, Freiburg, Germany, 4 Leiden University Hospital, Leiden, Netherlands, 5 Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 6 Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, 7 Belarusian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, 8 Marmara University, Isstanbul, Turkey, 9 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 10 Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium, 11 Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain, 12 Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain, 13 Dmitry Rogachev Federal Research Centre of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow, Russian Federation, 14 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 15 Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, 17 Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, 18 Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, 19 Ege University Hematology Department, Izmir, Turkey, 20 University of Würzburg Medical Center, Würzburg, Germany, 21 Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 22 Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Konya, Turkey, 23 Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

    Background: LPS-responsive beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) deficiency is a severe primary immunodeficiency with a variable clinical phenotype, including features overlapping with common variable immunodeficiency, autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome, and immune dysregulation polyendocrinopathy enteropathy X-linked syndrome and an association with lymphoma. Recent findings strongly support HSCT in patients with severe presentation of LRBA deficiency. However, there are no up-to-date follow-up and survival data of patients not undergoing transplantation beyond previous publications of large cohort studies. This study was conducted to increase the knowledge on transplant experience and to elucidate the clinical course of both transplanted and untransplanted patients with LRBA deficiency under various targeted treatment modalities.

    Methods: We performed an international Inborn errors working party- and European Society for Immunodeficiencies-wide survey in 2018 to collect information about the HSCT experience and the clinical course of both transplanted and untransplanted patients with LRBA deficiency. We included an assessment of the disease activity and treatment responses with a specially developed immune deficiency and dysregulation activity (IDDA) score, which weighs the sum of organ involvement (scored by 0-4) by days of hospitalization and performance scores, taking into account the type of therapy and response per treatment phase, which we herewith introduce.

    Data were obtained in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and an institutional review board review by means of retrospective chart review by local physicians.

    Results: We analyzed the data of 68 LRBA deficient patients from 23 centers, including 35 unpublished patients. 20 patients of our cohort underwent HSCT between 2005 and 2018. Overall survival of patients undergoing transplantation (median FU 30 months) was 70% (14/20 patients); all deaths were due to transplant-related mortality and occurred within 3 months of HSCT. 83.3% (40/48) of untransplanted patients (2-68 years) are currently alive. Out of the surviving transplanted patients (n=14) 6 are in complete remission, 4 in good partial remission (no treatment) and 4 in partial remission (receiving therapy), implying that 10 out of 14 transplanted patients (71.4%) are currently without treatment. Only 5 out of 40 living untransplanted patients (12.5%) do currently not receive therapy. Most commonly used drugs in LRBA deficiency were Steroids (27.7%), Sirolimus (18.8%) and Abatacept (18.8%). Disease activity, measured by IDDA score, was significantly lower in patients treated with Abatacept (p< 0.0001). No immunosuppression-associated malignancy was detected in our cohort. Analyzation of the IDDA score of all living patients revealed significantly lower disease activity in patients transplanted and alive, than in those who did not undergo HSCT (p= 0.01).

    Conclusions: In conclusion our findings do, concordant with previous results, support HSCT, especially in patients with a severe phenotype of LRBA deficiency. However, the question of HSCT indication and optimal time point cannot yet be generally resolved. In terms of conventional treatment, Abatacept is clearly favorable in untransplanted patients. Nevertheless, it is not available in many countries and the long-term dependency on this treatment with its associated potential risks remains. Finally, our newly introduced IDDA score for assessment of disease activity may also prove useful for other syndromes with immune dysregulation.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Infectious complications

    O126 Multi-antigen vaccine (TRIPLEX) based on attenuated poxvirus prevents cytomegalovirus viremia in a multi-center placebo-controlled, double blinded, randomized phase 2 clinical trial in allogeneic HCT recipients

    Ibrahim Aldoss1, Lindsey Baden2, Ella Ariza-Heredia3, Corinna La Rosa4, Jeffrey Longmate5, Cindy Slape1, Lupe Duarte1, Andy Dagis4, Len Farol5, Auayporn Nademanee1, Monzr Al Malki1, Nicolas C. Issa2, Alisha Pandit2, Ester Haddad Arbona2, John Zaia4, Stephen Forman1, Ryotaro Nakamura1, Don Diamond4

    1 City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, United States, 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, United States, 3 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States, 4 City of Hope, Beckman Research Institute, Duarte, CA, United States, 5 Southern California Kaiser Permanente/City of Hope, Duarte, CA, United States

    Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV), is a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) recipients. To overcome morbidity associated with CMV infection, antivirals are given, and while they successfully suppress viremia, they do so in the absence of immune reconstitution. A different approach is to use a vaccine to bolster immunity to CMV early post-HSCT and sustain it at least until the patient is immune reconstituted. We selected a highly attenuated, non-proliferating viral vector referred to as modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) to insert 3 immunodominant CMV antigens pp65, IE1-exon4, and IE2-exon5. This novel vaccine (Triplex) demonstrated excellent tolerability and immunogenicity in a clinical study of 24 healthy adults (La Rosa, et al. Blood 2017). These findings prompted us to conduct a test of vaccine protective efficacy in at-risk HCT recipients in a multi-center, randomized and placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial (NCT02506933).

    Methods: Eligible patients were CMV-seropositive and undergoing HCT for hematologic malignancies from matched related/unrelated donors without the use of ex-vivo or in-vivo T cell depletion. The randomization (1:1) was stratified by donor serostatus and HCT center. Patients were enrolled pre-HCT, and on d28 were requalified for eligibility based on lack of prior CMV reactivation, ≥Grade 3 GVHD, high-dose steroids, or other significant transplant-related morbidity. After randomization patients received Triplex or placebo injections on d28 and d56 post-HCT and followed for one year. The primary endpoint is defined as any CMV reactivation [≥500 CMV genome copies (gc)/mL], low-level reactivation prompting antiviral therapy, or CMV disease prior to d100 post-HCT. Based on the objective of reducing reactivation from 30% to 10% or from 40% to 15% on the vaccine arm, a sample size of 102 was determined to provide at least 90% power at a one-sided 0.10 level of significance by log-rank test.

    Results: The patient clinical/HCT characteristics were balanced between the vaccine arm (n=51) and placebo arm (n=51). The vaccine was well tolerated with no significant difference in grade 3-4 AEs or SAEs in both arms. Triplex displayed potent immunogenicity, as many vaccine recipients with either CMV-positive or -negative donors showed strong reconstitution of both CD4 and CD8 CMV-specific immunity that initiated soon after the first injection and was elevated for at least 100d post-HCT. Most notably there was a reduction of primary endpoint-defining reactivation through d100 in the vaccine arm (5 events, 9.8%) compared to the placebo arm (10 events, 19.6%, p=0.08). Greater detail regarding protocol-specified secondary endpoints including time to viremia, its duration, frequency and duration of antiviral drug treatment, late CMV viremia, time to engraftment and incidence of acute and chronic GVHD, relapse and non-relapse mortality will be presented.

    Conclusions: In summary, Triplex was well tolerated in seropositive HCT recipients, and was significantly better than placebo in preventing viremia cases accompanied by improved CMV-specific T cell reconstitution.


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    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02506933

    Disclosure: Ryotaro Nakamura, MD: Merck Advisory Board meeting attendence, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, collaborating investigator, Celgene; support for and invited lecture. Ella J Ariza-Heredia, MD: Imunotec Research: Research Funding. Stephen J. Forman, MD: Mustang Biotech, Consultant, Intellectual Property Rights and Royalty. Don J. Diamond, PhD: Helocyte, Intellectual property right, Advisory Board, Research Funding and Royalty, Pfizer, pharmaceutical manufacturer provided adjuvant PF03512676 at no cost

    O127 Long-term antipneumococcal antibodies after different schedules of vaccination in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients

    Christine Robin1, Mathilde Bahuaud2, Rabah Redjoul3, Mohamed Jeljeli4, Mathieu Leclerc1, Ludovic Cabanne3, Florence Beckerich3, Sebastien Maury1, Catherine Cordonnier1

    1 APHP Henri Mondor Hospital and UPEC, Creteil, France, 2 APHP Hopital Cochin and University Paris Descartes, Paris, France, 3 APHP Henri Mondor Hospital, Hematology, Creteil, France, 4 APHP Hopital Cochin and University Paris Descartes, Paris, France

    Background: Due to the risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) after allogeneic transplant, the ECIL7 guidelines recommend 3 doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) starting 3 months after transplant, followed by either one polysaccharide 23-valent vaccine (PSV23) dose or a 4th PCV in case of chronic GvHD. However, no data strongly support recommendations from the 2nd year. The aim of this study was to assess the anti-pneumococcal antibody (Ab) concentrations, years after different schedules of vaccination.

    Methods: Patients who received allogeneic HCT more than 18 months ago and were seen in consultation between Jan-Nov 2018 were screened for IgG Ab concentrations for the 7 pneumococcal serotypes shared by PCV7, PCV13, and PSV23 (4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F, 23F), using modified enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (Wernette et al.2003). Patients were considered protected if their Ab concentrations were > 0.35µg/mL for the 7 serotypes tested. From 2001, all patients received 3 PCVs during the 1st year of transplant, then either one dose of PSV23 or (from 2009) a 4th PCV. For patients transplanted for more than 12 months when PCV became available, we locally recommended > 2 PCV and one PSV23.

    Results: Sixty-one patients were assessed at a median of 8.3 years (range: 1.7-39.1) after transplant. The mean age was 53 years (range: 21-79), M/F sex ratio 0,85. Most patients had acute leukemia (32, 52.5%) or lymphoproliferative diseases (13, 21.5%). The donor was HLA-identical in 42 (69%) cases. Conditioning regimen was myeloablative in 37 (61%), reduced-intensity or non-MA in 12 (19.5%) each. None patient had experienced IPD since transplant nor had received immunoglobulins for at least 6 months or rituximab for at least 23 months at time of assessment.

    Fifty-four patients (88.5%) received 3 consecutive PCV: 46 (75.5%) during the first 12 months and 8 (13 %) thereafter. Five (8%) patients received 2 PCV and only one patient (1.5%) received a unique dose of PCV. The 1st PCV was administered at a median of 3.5 (range: 3-201) months after HCT. Fifty-seven (93.5%) patients received one PSV23 at a median of 13 months (range: 0.9-385) and 33 (54%) of them received a 2nd PSV23 thereafter. Finally, 39/61 (64%) patients received the recommended program.

    The overall protection rate was 29/61 (47.5%) at a median time of 8.3 years after HCT. No differences were observed between patients who received the recommended program (18/39, 46%) and the others (11/22, 50%). However, this latter group was often vaccinated > 10 years after HCT and therefore not protected for years, but may have developed a better response to only one or 2 PCV. In all groups, the Ab concentrations were heterogeneous from one serotype to an other. Recipient age, donor age, underlying disease, conditioning, donor type, previous GvHD, lymphocyte count or gammaglobulin serum levels were not associated with seroprotection.

    Conclusions: Although the early antipneumococcal vaccination program is now well established, half of the patients vaccinated according to the guidelines were not protected anymore years later. Prospective studies are needed to establish an optimal long-term programme.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O128 Risk factors associated with the development of clinically significant cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in the allogeneic hematopoietic-cell transplant (HCT) letermovir prophylaxis trial

    Francisco M Marty1,2, Misoo C Ellison3, Werner Rabitsch4, Maija Itälä-Remes5, Alida Dominietto6, Karl Peggs7, Peter Browett8, Mariela Moreno9, Randi Y Leavitt3, Amita Joshi3, Cyrus Badshah3, Wendy W Yeh3

    1 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, United States, 2 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 3 Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, United States, 4 Medizinische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, 5 Turun Yliopistollinen Keskussairaala, Turku, Finland, 6 Ospedale San Martino, Genoa, Italy, 7 University College London Cancer Institute, London, United Kingdom, 8 Aukland City Hospital, Aukland, New Zealand, 9 Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, Lima, Peru

    Background: In a phase 3 trial, letermovir prophylaxis in CMV-seropositive HCT recipients through Week 14 post-HCT resulted in lower incidence of clinically-significant CMV infection (cs-CMVi) compared to those who received placebo through Week 24 post-HCT (57/325 [18%] vs. 71/170 [42%], letermovir vs. placebo) and was well tolerated overall. We evaluated risk factors associated with development of cs-CMVi to further inform the clinical use of letermovir prophylaxis and future trial designs.

    Methods: The 495 participants without detectable CMV DNA at randomization (primary efficacy population) were analyzed. CS-CMVi was defined as CMV viremia requiring antiviral preemptive therapy (PET) or CMV disease—patients without cs-CMVi who died or withdrew from the trial on or before Week 24 were censored at the time of those events for this analysis. Potential risk factors for cs-CMVi by Week 24 post HCT were examined using univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models. Candidate covariates were included in the multivariate Cox model if they were associated with cs-CMVi in the univariate analysis or had been previously identified in the literature as significant risk factors. To avoid collinearity, the trial high-risk for reactivation of CMV stratification covariate was replaced with an updated covariate that only included patients who underwent HCT with a mismatched donor, cord blood, ex-vivo T-cell depletion, or received alemtuzumab. The haploidentical HCT and matched unrelated donor type were considered separately from the trial high-risk CMV categories. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and systemic glucocorticoid exposure were modeled as time-dependent covariates. Race was dichotomized into Asian and non-Asian. The effect of study treatment was not included in the model due to non-proportional hazards. Instead, letermovir treatment was used as a stratification variable. Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated.

    Results: There were 128 cs-CMVi events (25.9%) among 495 patients by Week 24 post-HCT for an incidence rate of 0.19/100 patient-days (95% CI, 0.16-0.22). Multivariate Cox modeling demonstrated that haploidentical HCT (HR 2.77, 95% CI 1.51-5.07, p=0.001), Asian race (HR 2.19, 95% CI 1.26-3.79, p=0.005), time-dependent GVHD (HR 2.13, 95% CI 1.45-3.14, p< 0.001), time-dependent glucocorticoid use (HR 1.97, 95% CI 1.35-2.87, p< 0.001), antithymocyte globulin (ATG) use (HR 1.80, 95% CI 1.23-2.64, p=0.003) and donor CMV seronegativity (HR 1.69, 95% CI 1.18-2.43, p=0.004), were significantly associated with increased risk of developing cs-CMVi.

    Conclusions: Donor CMV seronegativity, haploidentical HCT, GVHD, glucocorticoid use, ATG use, and Asian race conferred significant risk of cs-CMVi through Week 24 post-HCT in a phase 3 study of letermovir prophylaxis. These results identify HCT patient groups that would benefit the most from letermovir prophylaxis.

    Clinical Trial Registry:, NCT02137772; EudraCT, 2013-003831-31

    Disclosure: Francisco Marty has received research grant support from Chimerix, Merck, Shire; consulting honoraria from Chimerix, Fate, Merck, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Shire.

    Werner Rabitsch,Maija Itälä-Remes, Alida Dominietto, Karl Peggs, Peter Browett, and Mariela Moreno received research grant support from Merck for the conduct of this trial.

    Misoo Ellison, Randi Leavitt, Amita Joshi, Cyrus Badshah, and Wendy Yeh are employees of Merck & Co., Inc., and may own stock in the company.

    O129 Cytomegalovirus MIR-US4-1/UL-148D reduce the relapse in patients with acute myeloid leukemia after haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation by strengthening NKG2C+NK reconstitution via PLZF/KLRC1

    Meng Lv1, Xiang-Yu Zhao1, Xiao-Su Zhao1, Yan Hong1, Zheng-Li Xu1, Ying-Jun Chang1, Yu Wang1, Xiao-Hui Zhang1, Lan-Ping Xu1, Kai-Yan Liu1, Xiao-Jun Huang1

    1 Peking University People's Hospital, Beijing, China

    Background: Conflicting results have been reported regarding whether cytomegalovirus(CMV) infection influence the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect post hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). In the present prospective trial (ChiCTR-OCH-10000940), we investigated the impact of CMV reactivation and CMV derived microRNA on relapse for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients following T-cell replete human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haploidentical HSCT (Haplo-HSCT).

    Methods: 769 adult patients (age 18-60) with de novo AML in complete remission (CR) perusing T-cell replete haplo-HSCT with ATG+G-CSF protocol were consecutively enrolled at Peking University People's Hospital between 2010 and 2016. All patients were evaluated for donor-patient CMV serostatus before HSCT. CMV DNA emia were positive for >1000 copies/mL CMV by PCR tests on peripheral blood (PB). Refractory CMV infection was defined as CMV DNAemia lasting for >2 weeks in spite of treatment. PB samples of 8 patients with refractory CMV infection (4 relapse and 4 without AML relapse) were sequencing for CMV derived small RNA. CMV-miR-US4-1/UL-148D were then chosen as target miRNAs and tested by stem-loop Taqman qPCR in consecutive patients (n=157). Cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) and treatment related mortality (TRM) were calculated using competing risks, Cox model was tested with patient age, sex, WBC count at diagnosis, CR status, courses to achieving CR, cytogenetic risk group, minimal residual diseases before HSCT, CMV infection, CMV-miR-US4-1/UL-148D expression. US4-1/UL-148D were further explored for the association with T cells and natural killer (NK) cells reconstitution and target mRNA validation.

    Results: In the total cohort of 769 patients, the 3-year overall survival (OS) and Leukemia-free survival (LFS) were 75.3 % and 78.4%, CIR and TRM were 15.9% and 8.8%. CMV infection occurred in 71.5% recipients at a median time of 4 weeks after haplo-HSCT, and the duration was 2 weeks. 49.7% recipients experienced refractory CMV infection. CMV infection (yes vs. no, refractory vs no) did not affect CIR in univariate analysis, while in multivariate analysis, cytogenetic risk group was identified as the only independent prognostic factor affecting CIR (HR 1.72, 95% CI, 1.004-2.947; p=0.032). In the cohort testing for CMV microRNA, 35.0% patients were identified expression of US4-1, 40.1% patients for UL-148D, while 29.3% patients had co-expression. The relapse incidence was significantly lower in patients with vs. without co-expression of miR-US4-1/UL-148D. Co-expression of miR-US4-1/UL-148D was the only independent risk factor for reducing CIR (HR 0.414, 95% CI, 0.165-1.036; p=0.019). US4-1/UL-148D as also found to promote reconstitution of NKG2C+ NKs. Luciferase assay identify PLZF as target of US4-1 while KLRC1 targeted by miR-UL-148D, which suggest potential role of shifting NKG2C/NKG2A balance to NKG2C domination.

    Conclusions: The present study is the first prospective trial to evaluate CMV infection on relapse for AML patients following T-cell replete haplo-HSCT with ATG+ G-CSF protocol. Our results suggested CMV-miR-US4-1/UL-148D co-expression rather than CMV infection reduces the relapse incidence, the stronger GVL effect might be associated with strengthening NKG2C+ NK cells reconstitution and alloreactivity via PLZF/KLRC1 pathway.


    [ [O129 Image] 1 . miR-US4-1/UL-148D reduces relapse in AML after haplo-HSCT]

    Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-OCH-10000940

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O130 A randomised, placebo-controlled phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ASP0113, a first-in-class, DNA-based vaccine in CMV-seropositive allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplant recipients

    Johan Maertens1, Arancha Bermúdez2, Aaron Logan3, Mohamed Kharfan-Dabaja4, Patrice Chevallier5, Rodrigo Martino6, Gerald Wulf7, Dominik Selleslag8, Kazuhiko Kakihana9, Amelia Langston10, Dong-Gun Lee11, Carlos Solano12, Shinichiro Okamoto13, Larry R. Smith14, Michael Boeckh15, John Wingard16, Beth Cywin17, Christine Fredericks17, Christopher Lademacher17, Xuegong Wang17, James Young17, Per Ljungman18

    1 KU Leuven and UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2 Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Spain, 3 University of California, San Francisco, CA, United States, 4 H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States, 5 CHU de Nantes, Nantes, France, 6 Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain, 7 University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 8 AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende, Brugge, Belgium, 9 Komagome Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 10 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 11 Catholic Hematology Hospital and The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 12 Institute of Research INCLIVA and University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 13 Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 14 Vical Inc., San Diego, CA, United States, 15 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, 16 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States, 17 Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc., Northbrook, IL, United States, 18 Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

    Background: ASP0113 is a first-in-class, DNA-based vaccine designed for the prevention of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection; it contains two plasmids encoding glycoprotein B (gB) and phosphoprotein 65 (pp65). This study aimed to investigate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of ASP0113 compared with placebo in allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplant (allo-HCT) recipients.

    Methods: This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study. CMV-seropositive allo-HCT recipients received five intramuscular 1 ml doses of 5 mg/ml ASP0113 or placebo (phosphate buffered saline) in a 1:1 ratio on Days −14 to −3, 14 to 40, 60±5, 90±10 and 180±10, relative to the day of transplant (Day 0). Plasma CMV viral load was determined through 1 year and analysed at the central laboratory. Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were recorded through 30 days after the last randomized treatment injection. Immunogenicity was measured by T-cell responses to pp65 and gB-specific antibody levels through 1 year after the first randomized treatment injection. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with a composite of all-cause mortality and adjudicated CMV end-organ disease (EOD) through 1 year post transplant. Secondary endpoints were CMV viraemia rate, adjudicated CMV-specific antiviral therapy (AVT) rate, a composite of protocol-defined CMV viraemia and adjudicated CMV-specific AVT use, first occurrence of adjudicated CMV-specific AVT or adjudicated CMV EOD and mortality through 1 year post transplant.

    Results: Overall, 514 patients were randomized, of whom 501 received ≥1 dose of randomized treatment (ASP0113 n=246; placebo n=255). There was no statistically significant difference in the proportion of patients who achieved the primary endpoint between the ASP0113 (n=87 [35.4%]) and placebo (n=77 [30.2%]) groups, respectively (odds ratio 1.27; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.87-1.85; p=0.205). There were no statistically significant differences between groups for any secondary endpoints (Table). The incidence of TEAEs was similar between groups, except for a greater incidence of drug-related TEAEs in the ASP0113 group (n=194 [78.9%]) compared with placebo (n=74 [29.0%]) attributed to injection site-related TEAEs. Mean T-cell response to pp65 increased over time in both groups and was significantly greater with placebo compared with ASP0113 (p=0.027). There was no statistically significant difference between groups for mean gB-specific antibody response.

    Conclusions: ASP0113 did not demonstrate efficacy in the reduction of overall mortality and CMV EOD through 1 year post transplant. ASP0113 demonstrated a similar safety profile to placebo, with the exception of injection site-related TEAEs that were more frequent in the ASP0113 group. Participants in this study will be followed up to 5.5 years post transplant for long-term safety assessments.

      ASP0113 (n=246) Placebo (n=255) Hazard ratio (HR)/1-hazard ratio (1-HR)/odds ratio (OR) (95% CI); p value
    CMV viraemia rate, % (95% CI) 56.7 (50.1-62.8) 58.6 (52.0-64.6) HR: 0.96 (0.76-1.22) p=0.748
    Adjudicated CMV-specific AVT rate, % (95% CI) 54.6 (48.1-60.6) 53.2 (46.8-59.1) HR: 1.02 (0.80-1.29) p=0.888
    A composite of protocol-defined CMV viraemia and adjudicated CMV-specific AVT use, n (%) 150 (61.0) 155 (60.8) OR: 1.05 (0.73-1.51) p=0.802
    First occurrence of adjudicated CMV-specific AVT or adjudicated CMV EOD rate, % (95% CI) 55.4 (48.9-61.5) 54.4 (48.0-60.3) 1-HR: -0.01 (−0.28-0.20) p=0.928
    Mortality, n (%) 78 (31.7) 72 (28.2) OR: 1.18 (0.81-1.73) p=0.393

    [ [O130 Table] 1 . Secondary endpoints]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01877655

    Disclosure: JM: Personal fees and non-financial support from Astellas, Basilea, Cidara, F2G, Gilead, Merck and Pfizer; research support fees from Gilead and Merck. AB: Research support fees from Astellas. ALogan: Research support fees from Astellas and Novartis. MK-D: Speaker bureau participation fees from Alexion, Incyte and Seattle Genetics. RM: Research support fees from Astellas. GW: Personal fees from Astellas. KK: Research support fees from Astellas; personal fees from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chugai, Dainippon Sumitomo, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, and Takeda. D-GL: Research support fees from Astellas and GlaxoSmithKline; consultancy fees from Gilead, MSD, Pfizer and SL VaxiGen. SO: Research support fees from Astellas; personal fees from Clinigen and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma.LRS: Personal fees from Astellas. MB: Research support and consultancy fees from Astellas, Chimerix, Merck, Shire and Vir Bio; research support fees from Lophius Biosciences; consultancy fees from Artemis Therapeutics, Helocyte, Moderna and Oxford Immunotec. JW: Consultancy fees from Astellas, Celgene, Merck, Pluristem and Shire. BC, CF, CL, XW and JY: Employees of Astellas. PL: Research support fees from Astellas, Merck and Shire; consultancy fees from AiCuris, Astellas and Vical; non-financial support from Astellas. PC, DS, ALangston and CS: No conflicts of interest.


    Abstract already published.

    O132 Invasive fungal diseases caused by rare pathogens in large cohort of pediatric and adult patients after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) & chemotherapy

    Marina Popova1, Yuliya Rogacheva1, Alisa Volkova1, Anastasya Frolova1, Inna Markova1, Alexandr Shvetcov1, Ilya Nikolaev1, Svetlana Ignatieva2, Tatyana Bogomolova2, Asmik Gevorgian1, Olesya Paina1, Tatyana Bykova1, Elena Darskaya1, Oleg Goloshchapov1, Elena Morozova1, Mariya Vladovskaya1, Sergey Bondarenko1, Ivan Moiseev1, Ludmila Zubarovskaya1, Nikolay Klimko2, Boris Afanasyev1

    1 R.M. Gorbacheva Institute of Pediatric Oncology Hematology and Transplantation, I.P.Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2 I.I. Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, Ministry of Health of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

    Background: The number of publications on the invasive fungal diseases caused by rare pathogens (rare IFD) after HSCT and chemotherapy is limited.

    Methods: The retrospective analysis of rare IFD cases in large cohort of hematological patients after HSCT and chemotherapy for a 10-year period. From 2008 to 2017 in R. Gorbacheva Memorial Institute of Children Oncology, Hematology and Transplantation (CIC725) have been performed 2738 HSCT including 1845 allogeneic (allo-HSCT) and 893 autologous HSCT (auto-HSCT). During the observation period 40 probable and proven rare IFD (EORTC/MSG 2008 criteria) cases were diagnosed in children and adults with hematological malignances and non-malignant hematological diseases after allo-HSCT (n=30), auto-HSCT (n=2), and chemotherapy (n=8). The median age was 23 (2-59) y.o., males - 60%(n=24). The median follow up time for rare IFD cases was 3 months; for survivors - 30 months.

    Results: Incidence of rare IFD in HSCT recipients was 1,5%, it was higher after allo-HSCT (1,6%) than auto-HSCT (0,2%) (p< 0,01). In eight patients, this complication developed after CT and four of them proceed to allo-HSCT. The most frequent underlying diseases were acute lymphoblastic leukemia (33%) and acute myeloid leukemia (30%). The median time of onset of rare IFD after allo-HSCT was 104 (21-1057) days, auto-HSCT - 138 (60-216), after start of CT - 161 (79-189). Etiology of rare IFD was identified by culture in 65% cases: Rhizopus spp. - 27%, Paecilomyces spp. - 7%, Fuzarium spp. - 5%, Malassezia furfur - 5%, Trichosporon asahii - 3%, Scedosporium apiosperium - 2%, Scopulariopsis gracilis - 2%, Rhizomucor pusillus - 2%, Lichtheimia corymbifera - 2%, mix rare IFD with Rhizopus spp. + Paecilomyces spp. - 5%, Paecilomyces spp. + Fuzarium spp. - 5%. 35% cases (mucormycosis) were diagnosed by microscopy. In 45% cases rare IFD developed after or in combination with invasive aspergillosis, and 2 patients had both preexisting invasive aspergillosis and co-infection with mucormycosis. The main site of infection were lungs (82%), the main clinical symptom - febrile fever (95%). Antifungal therapy was used in all patients: lipid amphotericin B - 30%, lipid amphotericin B + caspofungin - 22,5%, voriconazole - 17,5%, posaconazole - 12,5%, lipid amphotericin B + posaconazole - 10%, and echinocandins - 7,5%. Surgery was used in 10% patients. Overall survival at 12 weeks from the diagnosis of rare IFD was 50%. The 12-weeks overall survival was better in patients after CT and auto-HSCT (80%) than allo-HSCT (42%), p=0,048.

    Conclusions: The incidence of rare IFD in HSCT recipients was 1,5% and depends on type of transplantation. Rare IFD is a late complication after chemotherapy and HSCT and usually develops after or in combination with invasive aspergillosis. Higher incidence and worst prognosis rare IFD is observed in allo-HSCT recipients.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O133 Incidence and outcome of kaposi sarcoma after hsct: A retrospective analysis on behalf of IDWP

    Simone Cesaro1, Federica Minniti1, Steffie van der Werf2, Gloria Tridello1, Peter Bader3, Gerard Socie4, Per Ljungman5, Grant McQuaker6, Stefano Giardino7, Duygu Uckan-Cetinkaya8, Achilles Anagnostopoulos9, Hakan Ozdogu10, Rik Schots11, Pavel Jindra12, Marco Ladetto13, Wilfried Schroyens14, Malgorzata Mikulska15, Jan Styczynski16

    1 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona, Verona, Italy, 2 EBMT Data Office, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 Universitaetsklinikum Frankfurt Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt, Germany, 4 Hopital St. Louis, Paris, France, 5 Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, 6 Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 7 Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, Italy, 8 Hacettepe University Children`s Hospital, Ankara, Turkey, 9 George Papanicolaou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece, 10 Baskent University Hospital, Adana, Turkey, 11 Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, 12 Charles University Hospital, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 13 H SS. Antonio e Biagio, Alessandria, Italy, 14 Antwerp University Hospital (UZA), Antwerp, Belgium, 15 Ospedale San Martino, Genova, Italy, 16 University Hospital, Bydgoszcz, Poland

    Background: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is an angioprolipherative disease which occurs in immunosuppressed patients, often associated with infection by Human Herpes Virus 8 (HHV-8). In solid organ transplantation (SOT) KS is relatively common, the risk being 60-500 folds higher than that of general population and representing around 23% of secondary cancers. Also hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a risk factor for the development of KS but until now only few case reports were published. We assessed retrospectively the incidence, the clinical characteristics, and the outcome of KS in the EBMT database.

    Methods: The cases of KS were identified by EBMT registry (ProMISe) and by inviting all 569 EBMT centers to notify KS cases. The clinical features, type of therapy, survival rate and causes of death were retrieved from of ProMise or, if lacking, by specific case report form sent to participating centers. The center response rate was 74/569 (13%).

    Results: Fourteen centers reported 17 patients with KS, all KS were diagnosed from 2004 to 2017, but one case that was diagnosed in 1987. The analysis was limited to 13/17 patients because KS was diagnosed before HSCT in 4 patients: they were 13 patients, 3 females and 10 males who developed KS after allo HSCT (10) and auto HSCT (3); moreover, KS occurred after a second HSCT in 2 patients and after a third HSCT in 1 patient. The search of HHV8 in tumour tissue was done in 9 cases and resulted positive in 8/9. The underlying disease were: 46% leukemia, 23% lymphoma, 15% myeloma, 8% myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), 8% bone marrow failure. The source of stem cells was bone marrow in 4 patients (31%) and peripheral blood in 9 patients (69%). The median age at KS diagnosis was 49.7 years (range 6.3-61.4). Considering the number of HSCT performed in the participating center from 2004 to 2017, the incidence rate was 0.17% in allogeneic transplantations (9/5345), 0.05% in autologous transplantations (3/5857) and 0.11% (12/11202) in the whole group. The interval of time between HSCT and the development of KS was 7 months (range -0.3-61.2). The organ involvement was: 62% skin (8 patients), 31% lymph nodes (4), 8% gingival (1). Apart from withdrawal of immunosuppression, 2 patients received chemotherapy, 3 patients received radiotherapy, and 1 patient received radio and chemotherapy; moreover 5 patients received antiviral treatment with ganciclovir or foscarnet.

    Eight patients (62%) are alive whereas 5 patients (38%) died at a median time of 8.1 months, range 0.5-12.3. The causes of death were infection in 2 cases, secondary malignancy/PTLD in 2 and relapse/progression in 1 whereas no case of death directly associated to KS.

    Conclusions: KS is a rare complication of the immunosuppressive status related to HSCT that generally occurs within the first year after HSCT. The low prevalence and the rarity of this complication do not justify the adoption of screening program for HHV-8. On the other hand, the role of the virus in febrile status in immunosuppressed patients and the risk factors for the development of KS are not well known.

    Disclosure: The authors have no conflict of interest


    O134 Tandem autologous-reduced intensity allogeneic stem cell transplantation in relapsed hodgkin lymphoma: A retrospective study of the LWP-EBMT

    Leyre Bento1, Ariane Boumendil2, Hervé Finel2, Irma Khvedelidze2, Didier Blaise3, Nathalie Fegueux4, Luca Castagna5, Noël Milpied6, Patrice Chevallier7, Nicola Mordini8, Pauline Brice9, Eric Deconinck10, Martin Gramatzki11, Paolo Corradini12, Mathilde Hunault13, Maurizio Musso14, Anna Tsoulkani15, Dolores Caballero16, Sandro Nati17, Silvia Montoto18, Anna Sureda19

    1 Son Espases University Hospital, IdISBa, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2 Lymphoma Working Party EBMT, Paris, France, 3 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 4 CHU Lapeyronie, Montpellier, France, 5 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milano, Italy, 6 CHU Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 7 CHU Nantes, Nantes, France, 8 Az. Ospedaliera S. Croce e Carle, Cuneo, Italy, 9 Hôpital St. Louis, Paris, France, 10 Hopital Jean Minjoz, Besancon, France, 11 University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany, 12 Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milano, Italy, 13 CHRU, Angers, Angers, France, 14 Ospedale La Maddalena, Palermo, Italy, 15 Nottingham University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 16 Hospital Clínico Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, 17 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, Genova, Italy, 18 Queen Mary, University of London. Centre for Haemato-Oncology, London, United Kingdom, 19 Institut Català d'Oncologia, Hospital Duran i Reynals, Barcelona, Spain

    Background: Autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-SCT) is considered the standard treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). For those with high-risk disease, an alternative consolidation strategy with allogeneic SCT (allo-SCT) could be a potential option to improve the outcome. However, allo-SCT with a reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) needs around 3 months for the graft-versus-lymphoma effect (GVL) to develop, thus in patients with an aggressive HL the disease might progress before this happens. In this setting, a tandem auto-RIC-SCT approach has the potential of combining cytoreduction to keep the lymphoma under control and the potential benefit of a GVL effect. To better understand the safety and efficacy of a tandem auto-RIC-SCT approach we conducted a retrospective analysis of patients treated with this strategy between January 2004 and December 2015 and reported to the EBMT registry.

    Methods: Patients were included if they had received an auto-SCT followed by a planned RIC-SCT in < 6 months with no disease relapse between the procedures. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) after the tandem procedure. Secondary endpoints were overall survival (OS), cumulative incidence of non-relapse mortality (NRM), incidence of relapse (IR) and graft versus host disease (GVHD).

    Results: One-hundred and thirty patients [58% male, median age at auto-SCT, 30 years (range: 18-65)] fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The median time between diagnosis and auto-SCT was 16 months (range: 2-174) and the median number of lines prior to auto-SCT 2 (2-4). Disease status at auto-SCT was complete response in 32%, partial response in 27% and the remaining 41% were transplanted with active disease. The median time from auto to allo-SCT was 3 months (1-6). Forty percent underwent an identical sibling allo-SCT, 39% unrelated and 21% haplo. TBI was used in 35% of the patients as a part of RIC. GVHD prophylaxis was cyclosporine-methotrexate in 36% of the patients, cyclosporine-micofenolate mofetil in 16% and post-transplant cyclophosphamide in the remaining 17%. 91% of the patients engrafted after RIC-SCT. After a median follow-up of 44 months (6-130), 33% of the patients have relapsed and 34% died. The main causes of death were SCT-related in 53% and disease in 35%. 36-months PFS, OS, IR and NRM were 53% (44-63), 72% (64-80), 34% (25-43) and 13% (8-20), respectively. Cumulative incidence of grade 3-4 acute GVHD at 100 days after RIC-SCT was 10% (5-16) and chronic GVHD at 36 months 48% (38-58). PFS and IR were influenced by patient sex (p=0.025 and 0.04) and disease status at allo-SCT (p=0.024 and 0.001); engraftment by TBI before allo-SCT (p=0.039) and stem cell source (p=0.04); acute grade 3-4 GVHD by donor type (p=0.037) and chronic GVHD by allo-SCT conditioning (p=0.016) and donor sex (p=0.01).

    Conclusions: This is the largest series analysing the efficacy and safety of a tandem auto-RIC-SCT approach in R/R HL. The low NRM and IR with promising PFS and OS suggest that this might be an effective approach in this high-risk population.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O135 Post-transplant cyclophosphamide-based GVHD prophylaxis compared to standard prophylaxis in patients with lymphoma receiving HLA identical transplantation: A retrospective study from the LWP of EBMT

    Stefania Bramanti1, Ariane Boumendil2, Hervè Finel3, Irma Khvedelidze4, Boris Afanasyev5, Norbert Schmitz6, Didier Blaise7, Fabio Ciceri8, Edouard Forcade9, Jan Cornelissen10, Urpu Salmenniemi11, Christof Scheid12, Yener Koc13, Renato Fanin14, Tobias Gedde-Dahl15, Jacques-Olivier Bay16, Benedetto Bruno17, Luca Castagna18, Paolo Corradini19, Bulabois Claude-Eric20, Choi Goda21, Mathieu Leclerc22, Ellen Meijer23, Giuseppe Milone24, Ghulam Mufti25, Johanna Tischer26, Stephen Robinson27, Silvia Montoto28

    1 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano, Italy, 2 EBMT Lymphoma Worky Party, Paris, France, 3 EBMT Lymphoma Worky Party, LWP Study Coordinator, Paris, France, 4 EBMT ALWP and LWP, Paris, France, 5 First State Pavlov Medical University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 6 Asklepios Klinik St. Georg, Hamburg, Germany, 7 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 8 Ospedale San Raffaele s.r.l., Milano, Italy, 9 CHU, Bordeaux, France, 10 Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 11 University Hospital, Turku, Finland, 12 University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 13 Medical Park Hospitals, Antalya, Turkey, 14 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Udine, Italy, 15 Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway, 16 CHU, Clermont Ferrand, France, 17 A.O.U. Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Torino, Italy, 18 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milano, Italy, 19 Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milano, Italy, 20 CHU de Grenoble, Grenoble, France, 21 University Medical Center, Groningen, Netherlands, 22 Hôpital Henri Mondor, Créteil, France, 23 University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24 Ospedale Ferrarotto, Catania, Italy, 25 GKT School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom, 26 Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich, Germany, 27 University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom, 28 Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Haemato-Oncology, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is a valid option in patients with refractory/relapsed lymphoma but GVHD remains the major cause of mortality and morbidity. Calcineurin-inhibitors (CNI) combined with methotrexate or ATG is the conventional strategy for preventing GVHD, resulting in an incidence of cGVHD of 41-60%. Post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) reduces the risk of severe cGVHD and improves survival in acute leukemia patients receiving allo-SCT from matched sibling (MSD) or unrelated donors (UD). The aim of this retrospective registry-based study was to compare PT-Cy-based GVHD prophylaxis to standard prophylaxis in the setting of MSD or UD for patients with lymphoma.

    Methods: Three thousand eight hundred sixty-four lymphoma patients undergoing an HLA -id SCT(HLA identical stem cell transplantation) registered in Promise were included in the study (Table 1). Outcomes between PT-Cy vs no-PT-Cy were compared a) with a multivariate cause-specific cox model adjusted on RIC/MAC, donor type, source of stem cell, age of the patient, donor gender, patient gender, diagnosis and, disease status at SCT; and b) by matching one PT-Cy patient (118) with two no-PT-Cy patients (217) using the same covariates.

    Results: In univariate analysis, comparing PT-Cy and no-PT-Cy, the 100-day CI of grade 2-4 aGVHD was 26% and 27% (p=0.7), the 1-year CI of non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 12% and 16% (p=0.6) and the 3-year relapse incidence (RI) was 38% and 33% (p=0.2), respectively. The 1-year CI of cGVHD was 32% vs 42% (p=0.1), 3-year PFS for PT-Cy and no-PT-Cy was 43% and 46% (p=0.5) and 3-year OS, 54% and 57% (p=0.9), respectively. In multivariate analysis, prophylaxis with PT-Cy was not associated with a reduced risk of aGVHD, overall or extensive cGVHD, NRM, RI, nor with an improved PFS or OS. Likewise, in the matched-pair analysis PT-Cy did not impact on any of these outcomes.

    Conclusions: This study demonstrates that in lymphoma patients who underwent an HLA-id SCT, GVHD prohphylaxis strategies employing PT-Cy- based achieve equivalent transplant outcomes to those seen with CNI- based strategies.

    N. PTCY 142 NO PTCY 3722 P
    Median follow-up (range) 21 months (<1-75) 33 months (<1-95) <0.0001
    Conditioning regimen RIC 86 (61%) 2495 (68%) 0.0973
    Donor type Unrelated 68 (52%) 1662 (45.2%) 0.6
    Stem cell source PBSC BM 113 (80%) 29 (20%) 3469 (93%) 253 (7%) <0.0001
    Disease Hodgkin DLBCL Mantle cell Follicular Peripheral T-cell Peripheral T-cell lymphoma 60 (42%) 36 (25%) 23 (16%) 12 (9%) 11 (7%) 1095 (29%) 959 (26%) 558 (15%) 772 (21%) 338 (9%) 0.0012
    Disease status at allo CR PR Refractory 72 (51%) 31 (22%) 39 (27%) 1812 (49%) 873 (23%) 1037 (28%) 0.9
    TCD No ATG/Campath Ex-vivo 94 (66%) 46 (32%) 2 (2%) 1714 (46%) 1921 (52%) 87 (2%) <0.0001
    D/R gender F/F F/M M/F M/M 21 (15%) 36 (25%) 31 (22%) 54 (38%) 519 (14%) 829 (23%) 711 (19%) 1583 (43%) 0.6

    [ [O135 Table] 1 . Table 1.]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O136 Myeloablative conditioning may contribute to disease control after stem cell transplantation in blastic plasmacytoid dentric cell neoplasia

    Sascha Dietrich1, Herve Finel2, Jian-Jian Lu2, Ariane Boumendil2, Henrik Sengeloev3, Gérard Socié4, Helene Labussiere-wallet5, Sebastien Maury6, Jan Cornelissen7, Patrice Chevallier8, Metthew Colin9, Hildegard Greinix10, Thomas Heinicke11, Lothar Kanz12, Dietrich Beelen13, Ellen Meijer14, Christoph Schmid15, Hans Martin16, Gerard Michel17, Luca Castagna18, Christoph Schmeid19, Kerstin Schäfer20, Anna Tsoulkani21, Joerg Bittenbring22, Jürgen Finke23, Yener Koc24, Arnon Nagler25, Mohamad Mohty26, Stephen Robinson27, Peter Dreger28, Silvia Montoto29

    1 Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2 Lymphoma Working Party EBMT, Paris, France, 3 Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 4 Hopital St. Louis, Paris, France, 5 Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, Lyon, France, 6 Hôpital Henri Mondor, Créteil, France, 7 Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8 Nantes University Hospital, Nante, France, 9 Freeman Hospital, New Castel, United Kingdom, 10 University Hospital Graz, Graz, Austria, 11 Universitaetsklinium Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, 12 Uniklinik Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 13 University Hospital Essen, West-German Cancer Center, Essen, Germany, 14 VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 Klinikum Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany, 16 University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 17 Hôpital d`Enfants de la Timone, Marseille, France, 18 Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Milano, Italy, 19 University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 20 Klinikum Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany, 21 Nottingham University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 22 University of Saarland, Homburg, Germany, 23 University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 24 Medical Park Hospitals, Antalya, Germany, 25 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel, 26 Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, France, 27 University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 28 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 29 Queen Mary, University of London. Centre for Haemato-Oncology, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Blastic plasmacytoid dentric cell neoplasia (BPDCN) is a rare and clinically aggressive hematopoietic malignancy, which preferentially involves the skin, the bone marrow, and, occasionally, the lymph nodes. It mainly affects elderly patients and has a poor prognosis with conventional chemotherapy. The treatment for this condition is heterogeneous, some patients treated with lymphoma-type regimens and others receiving intensive acute leukemia-type chemotherapy. Although preliminary case series suggest that hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) could provide sustained disease control in patients with BPDCN, the role of SCT and potential graft-versus-tumor effects (GVT) in this condition is yet undefined.

    Methods: Between 2009 and 2017 26 patients were included in an EBMT prospective non-interventional study (NIS) on the value of SCT in BPDCN. These were compared with 133 patients with BPDCN registered with the EBMT during the same time period outside the NIS. No differences with regard to overall survival (OS), line of treatment or year of transplant was observed between patients included in the NIS and the remainder from the EBMT database, and they were therefore analyzed together.

    Results: One hundred and forty-two patients were treated with an allogeneic SCT (alloSCT) and 17 patients with autologous or syngeneic SCT (AUTOSYN). The median follow-up was 17 months with no differences between the alloSCT and AUTOSYN groups. Disease status at SCT was complete remission (CR) in 88%, and 90% patients received the SCT as part of first-line treatment. Two-year OS after AUTOSYN was 70% (95% CI 46-99%), whereas it was 65% (95% CI 53-83%) following alloSCT. Of those patients who received an alloSCT, 71% were transplanted from an unrelated donor (UD), and 29% from an identical sibling donor (SIB). Reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) was used in 47% and myeloablative conditioning (MAC) in 53% of the patients. In allotransplanted patients, multivariate competitive risk analysis of NRM and relapse incidence considering age, conditioning intensity, line of treatment, remission status prior to alloSCT and donor type revealed a statistically significant reduction of relapse incidence (p=0.02, HR 0.2 CI 0.1-0.7) without increased NRM for patients who received MAC compared to RIC. Multivariate cox regression analysis for OS considering the same co-variates confirmed that MAC was associated with a significantly reduced mortality risk (p=0.05, CI 0.4, HR 0.1-0.99) along with being in CR at alloSCT (p< 0.001, HR 9.1, CI 2.8-29.0).

    Conclusions: This study confirms on a large data set that SCT is an effective and potentially curative treatment for patients with BPDCN. The superiority of MAC and the efficacy of AUTOSYN suggest that apart from GVT, high-dose therapy might be an important contributor to long-term disease control in this condition.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: NA

    O137 Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in elderly non-hodgkin lymphoma patients: A time trends analysis from the center for international blood and marrow transplant research (CIBMTR)

    Mehdi Hamadani1, Kwang Woo Ahn1, Carlos Litovich1, Timothy Fenske1, Anna Sureda2, Mohamed Kharfan-Dabaja3, Nirav Shah4

    1 CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research), Milwaukee, WI, United States, 2 Institut Català d'Oncologia - Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain, 3 Mayo Clinic, Miami, FL, United States, 4 Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoetic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a curative therapy for patients with relapsed/refractory and high-risk non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). However, no large studies have evaluated the trends in the utilization of allo-HCT in elderly NHL patients (≥65 years). Using the CIBMTR registry we report here a time trends analysis of allo-HCT use in elderly NHL subjects

    Methods: We identified 727 NHL patients (≥65 years of age) undergoing a first alloHCT during 2000-2015 in the United States (U.S.). Study cohort was divided into the following time-periods for analysis; 2000-2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015. Primary outcome was overall survival (OS). Secondary outcomes included progression-free survival (PFS), relapse/progression (R/P) and non-relapse mortality (NRM).

    Results: Baseline patient characteristics are shown in Table-1. During the three study time-periods median patient age (67-68-year), use of reduced-intensity conditioning regimens and proportion of patients with chemosensitive disease remained stable. In the most recent era (2011-2015) a higher proportion of patients had T-cell NHL, history of prior autografts, good performance status (KPS 90-100) and high HCT-CI, while fewer subjects received a HLA-matched sibling HCT.

    The cumulative incidence of day100 grade 2-4 acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) for 2000-2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015 cohorts was 25% vs. 35% vs. 31% respectively (p=0.47). The cumulative incidence of chronic GVHD at 1 year was 21% vs. 34% vs. 31%, in similar order (p=0.07). The 4-year probabilities of NRM and R/P of 2000-2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015 time-periods were 34% vs. 29% vs. 30% (p=0.69) and 48% vs. 40% vs. 40% (p=0.39), respectively (Figure). The 4-year probabilities of PFS and OS (2000-2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015) showed significantly improved outcomes in the most recent time-periods as following: 17% vs. 31% vs. 30% (p=0.02) and 21% vs. 42% vs. 44% (p< 0.001), respectively (Figure). On multivariate analysis, compared to the 2000-2005 cohort, the 2011-2015 cohort showed a 28% reduction in the risk of mortality (RR=0.72, 95%CI=0.52-1.008, p=0.056). The most common cause of death was relapse of primary disease in all time-periods.

    Conclusions: Utilization of allo-HCT has steadily increased in elderly NHL patients in the U.S. since 2000. In the recent years despite decline in the use of HLA-matched sibling donors and transplanting elderly patients with higher HCT-CI and more heavily pretreated disease, survival outcomes have improved. Age alone should not be a determinant for allo-HCT eligibility in NHL.

      2000-2005 (N=76) 2006-2010 (N=238) 2011-2015 (N=413)
    Median age, Years (range) 67 (65-75) 67 (65-76) 68 (65-77)
    KPS ≥90 @HCT (%) 16 (21) 125 (53) 245 (59)
    HCT-CI ≥3 (%) Not available 61 (26) 182 (44)
    B-cell NHL/ T-cell NHL (%) 64 (84) / 12 (16) 208 (87) / 30 (13) 315 (76) / 98 (24)
    Chemosensitive @HCT (%) 56 (74) 192 (81) 361 (87)
    Prior auto-HCT (%) 17 (22) 68 (29) 138 (33)
    MAC / RIC (%) 6 (8) / 70 (92) 13 (5) / 225 (95) 30 (7) / 383 (93)
    Matched sibling HCT (%) 46 (61) 87 (37) 120 (29)
    Median follow-up of survivors, months (range) 128 (3-168) 73 (13-120) 36 (6-65)

    [[O137 Table] 1. Table 1]


    [ [O137 Image] 1 . Figure 1]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NA

    Disclosure: No conflicts of interest to disclose

    O138 Graft source and pre-transplant disease status are the main variables affecting the outcome of T cell-replete haploidentical transplantation with post-transplant cyclophosphamide for hodgkin lymphoma

    Jacopo Mariotti1, Raynier Devillier2, Stefania Bramanti1, Laura Giordano3, Barbara Sarina1, Sabine Furst2, Angela Granata2, Valerio Maisano2, Thomas Pagliardini2, Chiara De Philippis1, Maria Kogan1, Catherine Faucher2, Samia Harbi2, Christian Chabannon2, Carmelo Carlo-Stella1, Reda Bouabdalla2, Armando Santoro1, Didier Blaise2, Luca Castagna1

    1 Humanitas Cancer Center, Rozzano, Italy, 2 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 3 Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Rozzano, Italy

    Background: Haploidentical stem cell transplantation (Haplo-SCT) with post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) represents a potential curative strategy for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) when a matched related or unrelated donor is not available1. While bone marrow (BM) was originally the preferred stem cell source, more recently peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) is more often used. Some retrospective studies suggest that the risk to develop acute and chronic graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) is higher with PBSC than BM, while PBSC may reduce the risk of relapse2. Here we analyzed the effect of stem cell source in 91 HL patients receiving Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy, with the aim to evaluate if the final outcome is modified by the use of PBSC or BM.

    Methods: From April 2009 to January 2017, 91 consecutive patients with poor prognosis HL received a Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy either from a PBSC (n=38) or BM (n=53). The two cohorts were similar for most characteristics, but the PBSC group had more patients with an unfavorable hematopoietic stem cell transplant comorbidity index (HCT-CI) score ≥3 (p=0.002) and had received a non myeloablative conditioning (NMAC; p=0.001).

    Results: Cumulative incidence of neutrophil>500/ul at day +30 and of platelet >20000/ul at day +60 were 96% (95% CI: 89-98) and 96% (95% CI: 88-99), respectively, with no significant differences between the PBSC and BM cohorts. With a median follow-up of 22.8 months, there was no difference between PBSC and BM graft in terms of cumulative incidence of grade 2-4 acute GVHD (29% vs 21%, p=0.3), grade 3-4 acute GVHD (3% vs 4%, p=0.7) and moderate-severe chronic GVHD (9% vs 7%, p=0.7). This was also confirmed by multivariate analysis. In the whole population, the 2-year overall survival (OS), 2-year progression-free survival (PFS) and 1-year GVHD/relapse free survival (GRFS) rates were 67%, 58% and 58%, respectively. We observed a trend for improved OS (74% vs 62%, p= 0.07) and PFS (62% vs 56%, p= 0.1) for recipients of PBSC relative to BM cells, but pre-transplant disease status was the only significant variable by univariate analysis (Table I). By multivariate analysis, pre-transplant active disease status, transplant from a BM and HCT-CI ≥ 3 remained the only independent predictors of adverse outcome in terms of OS; PFS and GRFS (Table I). Non-relapse mortality was not affected by graft source both by univariate and multivariate analysis, while pre-transplant disease status was the only variable affecting the chance of disease relapse.

    Conclusions: Overall these data suggest that PBSC is associated with better outcome, in terms of OS, PFS and GRFS, relative to BM cells as graft source for patients undergoing Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy. In addition, the risk of acute and chronic GVHD is not increased after PBSC relative to BM graft.


    1. Mariotti J, Devillier R, Bramanti S, et al. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018;24:627-632

    2. Martínez C, Gayoso J, Canals C, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35:3425-3432

    Disclosure: The authors have no conflict of interests to disclose

    O139 Consensus CRS and neurotoxicity regrading of "Juliet": Phase II prospective study of tisagenlecleucel therapy in patients with relapsed/ refractory large B cell lymphoma

    Richard Maziarz1, Frederick Locke2, Solveig Ericson3, Elisha Rusch3, Vadim Romanov3, James Signorovitch4, David Maloney5, Stephen Schuster6

    1 Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, United States, 2 Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, United States, 3 Novartis, Inc, Morristown, NJ, United States, 4 Analysis Group, Inc, Boston, MA, United States, 5 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, United States, 6 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, United States

    Background: Patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma have improved outcomes with CD19 directed immune effector cell therapy. Tisagenlecleucel has been shown to eradicate CD19-expressing B cells and showed efficacy against B-cell lymphomas with 54% overall response, and of those responders, the median duration of response had not been achieved by 19 months. Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) was determined by Penn scale (Porter, Sci Trans Med, 2015) and neurotoxicity (NT) by NCI CTC, recorded at 57% and 20% overall with 23% & 11% grade III/IV respectively.

    Methods: Four medical experts who had managed patients with DLBCL using different CAR T-cell therapy protocols and products independently reviewed the extracted adverse event data from the case report forms and re-graded CRS using the more commonly used Lee scale (Lee, Blood, 2014) and the NT grading for encephalopathy (modified Car T related encephalopathy syndrome (mCRES) (Neelapu, Nature Reviews in Clinical Oncology, 2018) while blinded to the original trial grading and other experts' grading. Re-grading assessments and disagreements concerning the assigned Lee and NCI CTC grades were later discussed and reconciled among reviewers during a live meeting. As per the investigational charter, in cases that could not be reconciled, the most conservative final assessment of any reviewer determined the final grading for any individual case.

    Results: CRS: 64 of 111 (58%) patients were originally recorded as CRS by Penn Scale, and 63 were regraded as CRS by Lee criteria. 18 of 64 subjects received anti-cytokine therapy overall. With this blinded reassessment, more patients were categorized as grade 1 (Lee vs Penn: 26 vs 17), fewer patients as grades 2 and 3 (18 vs 23 and 10 vs 15, respectively) and the same number of patients as grade 4 (9 vs 9).

    NT: Results were compared with data on NT determined by NCI CTC criteria of tisagenlecleucel, in which NT was broadly defined as the occurrence of any nervous system or psychiatric AE (eg, anxiety, dizziness, headache, peripheral neuropathy, and sleep disorder). 68 of 111 subjects were identified as having NT by CTC criteria: 34 (30.6%) patients were identified as having grade 1/2 NT, 11 (9.9%) patients as having grade 3 NT,& 5 (4.5%) patients as having grade 4 NT. Evalution by mCRES grading system revealed low rates of encephalopathy/delirium: 5 (4.5%) patients had grade 1/2 NT, 6 (5.4%) patients had grade 3 NT, and 8 (7.2%) patients had grade 4 NT. No grade 5 events were seen and the presence of CRS was associated with higher likelihood of concomitant NT.

    Conclusions: These results demonstrate difficulties in identifying cross protocol toxicity assessments. Harmonized grading scales being developed for future studies will facilitate comparison of the safety profiles of different CAR T-cell and other immune effector cell products. Further analyses are ongoing of these data with the new ASBMT consensus CRS guidelines.


    [ [O139 Image] 1 . CRS: Penn vs Lee scale grading of Juliet trial subjects]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT02445248

    Disclosure: Richard T. Maziarz: Honoraria, Membership of Advisory Committee and Research Funding: Novartis; Consultancy and Honoraria: Incyte, Juno Therapeutics; Honoraria: Kite Therapeutics; Patents & Royalties: Athersys, Inc.;Employment: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); The potential conflict of interest re: consultant services to and payment from Novartis has been reviewed and managed by OHSU. Stephen J. Schuster: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding: Celgene; Consultancy and Honoraria: Dava Oncology; Honoraria and Research Funding: Genentech; Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees: Gilead; Consultancy, Honoraria, and Research Funding: Merck; Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding: Novartis; Consultancy, Honoraria and Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees: Nordic Nanovector. Vadim V. Romanoff: Employment: Novartis. Elisa S. Rusch: Employment: Novartis. James Signorovitch: Employment: Analysis Group, which

    received research funding from Novartis. Solveig G. Erickson: Employment: Novartis. David G. Maloney: Research Funding: Juno Therapeutics, GlaxoSmithKline; Honoraria: Janssen Scientific Affairs, Seattle Genetics, Roche/Genentech. Frederick L. Locke: Other: Scientific Advisor: Kite Pharma, Novartis; Consultancy: Cellular BioMedicine Group Inc.


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    Minimal residual disease, tolerance, chimerism and immune reconstitution

    O142 TREG/TCON immunotherapy promotes HSC-derived B lymphopoiesis and boosts B cell immunity after haploidentical transplantation

    Sara Piccinelli1, Antonella Mancusi1, Loredana Ruggeri1, Alessandra Carotti1, Adelmo Terenzi1, Samanta Bonato1, Matteo Paradiso1, Mauro Di Ianni2, Massimo Fabrizio Martelli1, Andrea Velardi1, Antonio Pierini1

    1 University of Perugia, Institute of Hematology-Centro di Ricerche Emato-Oncologiche (CREO), Perugia, Italy, 2 University of Chieti-Pescara, Pescara, Italy

    Background: Adoptive transfer of CD4+CD25+FOXP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) effectively prevents conventional T cell (Tcons) mediated graft-versus-host disease while it does not impair graft-versus-leukemia effect in haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplantation (haplo-HCT). Recent studies show that mouse bone marrow Tregs localize in the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) niche, where they contribute to HSCs maintenance and promote donor engraftment and B cell lymphopoiesis. We are investigating if human Tregs promote B cell reconstitution and immunity in preclinical models and in haplo-HCT patients.

    Methods: B cell reconstitution was analysed monthly by FACS in bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood (PB) samples from 51 patients who underwent either Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT (33 patients), or T-cell depleted haplo-HCT (8 patients) or haplo-HCT with high dose post-transplant Cy (PTCy, 10 patients). Diagnosis was acute leukemia in 39 patients, lymphoma in 9 and multiple myeloma in 3. PB total immunoglobulin (Ig) and anti-Cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgM were also monitored together with CMV viremia. For the mouse model, donor derived human Treg and CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) were co-infused in sublethally irradiated (2 Gy) immune-deficient NSG mice and donor engraftment and B cell reconstitution were analysed in mouse PB twice a month by FACS.

    Results: B cell reconstitution was faster after Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT when compared to other haplo-HCT protocols. B cell counts were higher in PB of patients that received Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT (p = .02) and were comparable to those of healthy subjects by 4 months after transplant (131±121 cells/mm3, Fig.1A). We could detect early frequencies of CD34+CD38+CD10+CD127+ common lymphoid progenitors, CD45+CD10+CD38+CD19- Pre/Pro-B, CD45+CD10+CD38+CD19+ Pre-B, and Pro-B cells in the BM of these patients, that resulted in an increased production of CD38+CD19+CD5-IgM+ immature B cells, CD38+CD19+CD5+IgM+ transitional B cells and CD19+CD20+ mature B cells.

    We used a mouse model of xenotransplantation to understand whether donor B cell reconstitution in Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT is boosted by a Treg-mediated effect on donor human HSCs. We found that infusion of human Tregs facilitated donor HSC engraftment. HSC-derived mature B cells were rapidly abundant and easily detectable 60 days after HSC infusion in PB of Treg-treated animals.

    To evaluate donor B cell function we analysed Ig production in response to CMV reactivation in transplanted patients. Post-transplant hypogammaglobulinemia was rapidly corrected in Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT patients. Total IgM were higher compared to other haplo-HCT protocols and reached normal levels by 3 months after transplant (152±194 mg/dL,Fig.1B). CMV reactivation rate was similar among haplo-HCT protocols (~73%), but it occurred later after Treg/Tcon immunotherapy (45+/-17 days vs 33+/-11 days). New production of anti-CMV specific IgM was documented in 60% of CMV seropositive patients 76+/-33 days after Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT, while anti-CMV specific IgM were undetectable after other haplo-HCT protocols within the first 6 months after transplant.


    [ [O142 Image] 1 . Peripheral blood B cell reconstitution (1A) and total IgM levels (1B) after haplo-HCT]

    Conclusions: Adoptive transfer of human Tregs boosts donor HSC engraftment and facilitates the reconstitution of functional HSC-derived donor B cells. Such results suggests that Treg/Tcon haplo-HCT patients could be early vaccinated after transplant. Treg/Tcon immunotherapy promotes control of infections and B cell immunity in patients undergoing haplo-HCT.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O143 Integral analysis of minimal residual disease and hematopoietic chimerism for relapse prediction using digital droplet PCR

    Miguel Waterhouse1, Dietmar Pfeifer2, Jesus Duque-Afonso2, Justus Duyster2, Hartmut Bertz2, Jürgen Finke2

    1 Freiburg University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany, 2 Freiburg University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany

    Background: Allogeneic cell transplantation (HSCT) success prediction is partly based on minimal residual disease (MRD) and hematopoietic chimerism testing. We developed a droplet digital PCR platform (dPCR) for the simultaneous detection of MRD and hematopoietic chimerism.

    Methods: A panel of 12 deletion/insertion polymorphic markers and frequent molecular targets used for MRD testing: NPM1, RUNX1-RUNX1T1 (t 8;21), DNMT3A, MLL-PTD, CBFß-MYH11 (Inv 16), KRAS, MLL-AF10, IDH 1/2, cKIT, BCR-ABL (t9; 22), EVI1 and WT1 expression were included in a single dPCR platform for MRD and hematopoietic chimerism analysis. A total of 225 patients were evaluated with a mean follow-up of 653 days (range: 30-5895 days).

    Results: Hematopoietic chimerism analysis revealed mixed chimerism (MC) in 93 patients (41% of all patients). MC was detected more frequently in patients with reduced intensity conditioning (68%) when compared with full conditioning (47%). The mean percentage of host derived DNA in peripheral blood was 13% (range: 0.1-90%). Three different patterns of MC were observed: increasing, decreasing or stable MC. In those patients with stable or decreasing MC (n=46), as well as patients with complete donor chimerism (n=132) the molecular targets used for MRD monitoring were not detectable. In 47 out of 93 patients, increasing MC was detected. This group of patient showed in addition either a positive MRD marker, increased WT1 expression or both. In 37 patients with increasing MC, a positive MRD marker and increased WT1 expression hematologic relapse of the underlying disease was observed. In patients with increasing MC and a positive MRD marker, we analysed whether MC or the molecular target for MRD was first detected. In 40% of the cases MC was detected before the molecular marker used for MRD assessment, while in 13% of the patients MRD positivity was detected before MC. In the remaining patients (47% of the patients) MC and MRD positivity were detected simultaneously. The mean time between either MC or MRD detection in peripheral blood and relapse was 116 days (range: 15-385 days). Patients with increasing MC and MRD positivity, whether or not they responded to treatment, showed a similar kinetic pattern for the chimerism and MRD markers. In those patients that responded to molecular relapse treatment (n=10) the mean time to achieve complete donor chimerism or MRD PCR negativity was 305 days and 294 days respectively.

    Conclusions: The combination of MRD and chimerism markers in a dCPR platform represents a sensitive and accurate diagnostic tool for the comprehensive assessment of the molecular remission status after HSCT. In addition, by using the developed dPCR platform costs and turnaround times can be reduced.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O144 Preemptive interferoN-α treatment in acute leukemia patients with minimal residual disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Long-term results from two prospective studies

    Xiao-Dong Mo1, Xiao-Hui Zhang1, Lan-Ping Xu1, Yu Wang1, Chen-Hua Yan1, Huan Chen1, Yu-Hong Chen1, Ya-Zhen Qin1, Kai-Yan Liu1, Xiao-Jun Huang1

    1 Peking University People's Hospital, Beijing, China

    Background: Minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring can help to indicate impending relapse of acute leukemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Because impending relapse can be altered with early detection of low-volume disease and timely therapies, preemptive intervention is a reasonable option for patients with MRD which can spare those in remission from further therapy. Chemotherapy plus donor leukocyte infusion (Chemo-DLI) is the most important preemptive intervention, but it may lead to several complications, such as severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and pancytopenia. Hypomethylating agents (HMAs) represent another potential preemptive intervention, but it only delayed the time to hematologic relapse and the long-term efficacy may be unsatisfactory. Thus far, few studies had identified the long-term efficacy of preemptive intervention with drugs in patients with MRD after allo-HSCT.Two prospective studies (NCT02027064 and NCT02185261) reported that preemptive interferon-α (IFN-α) treatment can help clear minimal residual disease (MRD) and prevent relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). In this extension study, we aimed to identify the long-term clinical outcomes of preemptive IFN-α treatment in acute leukemia patients who were MRD positive after allo-HSCT (n=118).

    Methods: MRD was monitored by multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC) and TaqMan-based reverse transcription-real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A patient was considered to be MRD-positive when a single bone marrow sample tested positive by PCR or MFC. Recombinant human IFN-α-2b injections were administered subcutaneously for 6 cycles (twice or thrice weekly in every 4-week cycle).

    Results: The 4-year cumulative incidence of total chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) and severe cGVHD after IFN-α treatment was 58.5% (95% CI, 49.5-67.5%) and 10.2% (95% CI, 4.7-15.7%), respectively. The 4-year cumulative incidence of relapse and non-relapse mortality (NRM) after IFN-α treatment was 16.1% (95% CI, 9.4-22.8%) and 5.6% (95% CI, 1.1-10.1%), respectively. The 4-year probabilities of disease-free survival and overall survival (OS) after IFN-α treatment were 78.3% (95% CI, 70.6-86.0%) and 84.0% (95% CI, 77.1-90.9%). In multivariate analysis, severe acute GVHD was associated with a higher risk of NRM and poorer OS, and mild to moderate cGVHD was associated with a lower risk of relapse and better survival.

    Conclusions: These data confirmed that preemptive IFN-α treatment showed long-term efficacy in patients who were MRD-positive after allo-HSCT.

    Clinical Trial Registry: The study was registered at as #NCT02185261 and #NCT02027064.

    Disclosure: The authors declare no competing financial interests.

    O145 A phase II clinical trial of leuprolide for enhancement of immune reconstitution after ex vivo CD34+ cell-selected allogeneic HCT with TBI-based conditioning

    Christina Cho1,2, Sean M. Devlin1, Scott T. Avecilla1, Hugo Castro-Malaspina1,2, Sergio A. Giralt1,2, Ann A. Jakubowski1,2, Molly Maloy1, Peter Maslak2,1, Richard J. O'Reilly1,1, Esperanza B. Papadopoulos1,2, Katherine Smith1, Roni Tamari1,2, Marcel R.M. van den Brink1,2, Miguel A. Perales1,2

    1 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States, 2 Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY, United States

    Background: T-cell depletion using ex vivo CD34+ cell selection reduces GvHD risk after allogeneic HCT, but delayed immune reconstitution, particularly T-cell reconstitution, has limited improvement in survival. Sex steroids negatively impact lymphopoiesis, likely by thymic atrophy, and our preclinical models have shown that androgen blockade with the GnRH agonist leuprolide enhances thymopoiesis (Goldberg, JI 2009; Velardi, JEM 2014). We hypothesized that peri-HCT leuprolide could improve immune reconstitution among recipients of CD34-selected HCT.

    Methods: This was a phase II clinical trial of leuprolide in CD34-selected myeloablative allogeneic PBSCT for hematologic malignancies in patients aged 18-60 (NCT01746849). All participants received conditioning with TBI 1375cGy, thiotepa 10mg/kg, and cyclophosphamide 120mg/kg; antirejection prophylaxis with rabbit ATG 5-7.5mg/kg; and palifermin 60mg/kg/d on days -13 to -11 and 0 to +2. Patients received a 3-month depot of leuprolide 11.25mg 2-6 weeks before conditioning and a second depot 3 months later. Primary endpoint was an absolute CD4+ count >=200 by 6 months post-HCT. Patients who died, relapsed, or otherwise did not have flow data available at day +180 were excluded from primary endpoint analysis but included in outcome analyses. We excluded flow data after secondary cell infusions (DLI, CTLs, second HCT, CD34+ cell boost) but followed recipients of these interventions for survival analysis. Descriptive statistics summarized absolute levels of lymphocyte subset counts at select time intervals. A Kruskal-Wallis rank sum test compared counts among patients who received leuprolide/palifermin, historical controls who received palifermin alone, and historical controls who received neither. Kaplan-Meier functions estimated OS/RFS. Cumulative incidence functions estimated GvHD/NRM.

    Results: Thirty-two patients received at least one dose of leuprolide. Median age was 39 years (range 21-57). Twenty-six(82%) had acute leukemia, 3(9%) MDS/MPN, and 3(9%) CML. All but one had an 8/8-matched donor. At median follow-up of 24 months among survivors (range 7-61), estimated 2Y OS was 74%(95%CI 60-91%) and RFS 62%(95%CI 46-83%). CI of TRM at 2Y was 10%(95%CI 2-24%). CI of grade III-IV acute GvHD was 3%(95%CI 0.2-14%). Of 27 patients with evaluable flow data, 30% achieved a CD4+ count >=200 by 180+/-30 days, not significantly different from historical controls. Median lymphocyte counts at 180+/-30 days did not differ significantly among groups (Table; Figure).

    Conclusions: This phase II study did not demonstrate significant quantitative improvement in immune reconstitution after leuprolide with palifermin in recipients of TBI-based CD34-selected HCT. TCR sequencing to identify possible improvement in T-cell diversity in this cohort is forthcoming. One potential explanation for these results lies in the initial surge in sex steroid levels immediately after GnRH agonist use, which has been associated with thymic cellular degeneration in mouse (Velardi, JEM 2014). As direct GnRH antagonism might circumvent this effect, a follow-up phase II trial evaluating peri-transplant degarelix for enhancement of immune reconstitution is in progress.

    CD3+ 273(142-482) 227(136.25-675.75) 275(138.5-659.5) 0.90
    CD4+ 130(92-151) 118(76.5-191.5) 131(58-200.5) 0.98
    CD8+ 87(25-193) 76.5(34-402.75) 118(53.5-333) 0.57
    CD19+ 142.5(119-392) 247.5(119-392) 219(152.5-391) 0.15

    [ [O145 Table] 1 . Absolute Lymphocyte Subset Counts 180+/-30 Days Post-HCT]


    [ [O145 Image] 1 . Loess Smoothed Curves Estimating Overall Trends in Absolute Lymphocyte Subset Counts Post-HCT]

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01746849 (

    Disclosure: O´Reilly, Richard: Atara Biotherapeutics (consultancy, patents & royalties, research funding). Perales, Miguel-Angel: Takeda (personal fees); Novartis (personal fees); Incyte (membership on an entity´s Board of Directors or advisory committees, personal fees, clinical trial support); Merck (personal fees); Abbvie (personal fees).


    Abstract already published.

    O147 CMV-specific T cells restricted by donor, host and shared HLA molecules reconstitute with different kinetics and differentially impact the incidence of CMV reactivations after allogeneic-HSCT

    Elena Tassi1, Maddalena Noviello1, Pantaleo De Simone1, Francesca Serio1, Maria Teresa Lupo-Stanghellini1, Giacomo Oliveira1, Sara Racca1, Roee Dvir1, Lorenzo Lazzari1, Daniela Clerici1, Fabio Giglio1, Francesca Lorentino1, Consuelo Corti1, Massimo Bernardi1, Liselotte Brix2 Fabio Ciceri2, Jacopo Peccatori1, Raffaella Greco1, Chiara Bonini1

    1 San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy, 4 Immudex ApS, Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

    Background: In allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) recipients, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and disease are frequent causes of morbidity and mortality, that may be evaded by CMV-specific T cell reconstitution.

    Methods: We designed a prospective, single-center observational study to assess if the kinetic and quality of CMV specific T-cell reconstitution impact the incidence and severity of CMV reactivations. We report data on the first 54 consecutive patients affected by hematological malignancies receiving allo-HSCT followed by Cyclophosphamide and Rapamycin between December 2017 and August 2018. Patients received allo-HSCT from family (siblings=9; HLA haploidentical=21), unrelated HLA matched (n= 23) donors or cord blood (n=1). The CMV serostatus of host (H) and donor (D) pairs was: H+/D+ (n=36, 67%), H+/D- (n=17, 31%) and H-/D+ (n=1, 2%); H-/D- were excluded. CMV DNAemia was assessed weekly in whole blood (WB).

    Absolute numbers of polyclonal and CMV-specific T cells were quantified by flow cytometry using Troucount™ Tubes (BD) and Dextramer® CMV-Kit (IMMUDEX), respectively, in the graft and fresh WB at days -7, +30, +45, +60, +90, +120, +150 and +180. Dextramers permit the identification of CMV-specific lymphocytes restricted for several HLA class I molecules: A*01:01/*02:01/*03:01/*24:02 and B*07:02/*08:01/*35:01. These alleles allowed the longitudinal evaluation of 48 (89%) patients.

    Results: At a median follow-up of 150 days post-HSCT, 28 (58%) patients experienced a CMV-related clinically relevant event (CRE, median +50 days), including 7 patients (15%) with CMV disease. For each time-point, we compared the absolute number of CMV-specific lymphocytes in patients experiencing or not a subsequent CRE. At +45 days, we observed lower CMV-specific CD8+ T cells in patients prone to reactivate CMV than in not reactivating patients (median CMV-specific CD8+ cells/mL= 0.125 vs 1.69, p=0.026). Furthermore, patients with any Dextramer positivity at +45 days displayed a lower incidence of CRE compared with subjects who were negative (CRE probability: 0.55 vs 0.83, p=0.038). Patient stratification based on different thresholds of Dextramer-positive cells confirms the inverse association between CRE and CMV-specific immunity (CRE incidence in patients with: 0 cells/mL=0.83, < 1 cells/mL= 0.66, ≥ 1 cells/mL= 0.36; p=0.046). We observed a higher CRE incidence in CMV H+/D- pairs than in H+/D+ (0.89 vs 0.44, p=0.03). Taking advantage of the HLA mismatched-HSCT setting, we then dissected CMV-specific T-cell response according to HLA restriction elements (H/D=shared n=40, D-restricted n=12, H-restricted n=19). In H+/D+ pairs, we observed a fast and similar kinetic of reconstitution of CMV-specific lymphocytes restricted by H/D and D HLAs. Conversely, in H+/D- pairs, we detected only CMV-specific CD8+ lymphocytes restricted for H/D haplotypes. Host-restricted cells remained undetectable for the first 150 days after HSCT.

    Conclusions: When the donor is CMV seropositive, a rapid and effective reconstitution of CMV-specific D-and H/D-restricted memory T cells occurs. If the donor is CMV seronegative, only H/D-restricted lymphocytes are observed early after allo-HSCT in H+/D- pairs. These findings indicate that CMV reactivation can prime H/D-restricted T cells presumably educated in the donor thymus; conversely, D- and H-restricted donor-derived lymphocytes have not yet undergone neither cross-priming nor thymic education, which might be required for full protection from CMV.

    Disclosure: C.B. received research support from Molmed s.p.a. and Intellia Therapeutics. L.B. is employed by Immudex ApS. Non of the other authors has any relevant conflict of interest to disclose.

    O148 5-Azactidine is safe and effective therapy for prevention of disease relapse in high-risk patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome following allogeneic stem-cell transplantation

    Ivetta Danylesko1, Noga Shem-Tov1, Adriana Del-Giglio1, Ronit Yerushalmi1, Arnon Nagler1, Avichai Shimoni1

    1 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, Israel

    Background: Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) is curative approach in patients with AML or MDS. However, disease recurrence is the major cause of treatment failure. 5-azacitidine has been used in standard treatment of MDS and also in AML patients not eligible for standard chemotherapy. There is limited data on the safety and efficacy of azacitidine after SCT. We explored the use of low-dose azacitidine for prevention and treatment of relapse of AML/MDS after SCT.

    Methods: Patients in CR after SCT who were considered to be at high-risk for relapse were given azacitidine at 32mg/m2 for 5 days every 28 days, planned for 2 years. Patients with overt relapse after SCT were given 32-75 mg/m2 for 5 days until progression.

    Results: Ninety-four patients, median age 64 years (24-77) were given azacitidine after SCT from HLA-matched sibling (n=29), matched-unrelated (n=64) or haplo-identical (n=1) donors. Diagnosis was AML (n=66) or MDS (n=28). The conditioning regimen was myeloablative (n=56) or reduced-intensity (n=38). 22 patients were given prophylactic azacitidine; 15 were in CR after SCT but at high-risk for relapse due to active disease (n=7) or positive minimal-residual disease (MRD) (n=3) prior to SCT, or poor-risk cytogenetics (n=5). Seven patients were given azacitidine as secondary prevention after achieving CR with chemotherapy for post-transplant relapse. 19 patients were given azacitidine pre-emptively for mixed-chimerism, positive MRD after SCT or early relapse (< 10% marrow blasts). Patients in the combined prophylactic/ preemptive group (n=41) started azacitidine in a median of 2.4 months (1.2-14.9) after SCT and received a median of 8 courses (1-50). 4 patients were also given donor-lymphocyte infusions (DLI) concomitantly with azacitidine. 23 are still on therapy, 12 died or progressed, 2 stopped after long remission, 3 stopped due to patient request and only 1 discontinued due to toxicity. 17 of 22 patients given prophylactic azacitidine remained in CR. 16 of 19 patients given azacitidine preemptively achieved CR and 10 remained in CR. With median follow-up of 14 months (3-39), 30 of the 41 patients in the prophylactic/ pre-emptive group are alive and 11 died. The estimated 3-year OS and PFS are 58% (95%CI, 29-86) and 50% (95%CI, 27-74), respectively. The expected PFS in this group of high-risk patients is less than 20%. 53 patients were given azacitidine for overt relapse after SCT. Patients were given a median of 3 courses (2-36) and 16 were also given DLI. 10 patients achieved CR, 10 stable disease and 33 progressive disease. 5 patients are still on therapy, 44 died or progressed and 4 had to discontinue due to hematological toxicity. With median follow-up of 15 months (3-43), 12 are alive and 5 are progression-free. The 3-year OS and PFS are 17% (95%CI, 5-29) and 7% (95%CI, 0-13), respectively.

    Conclusions: Azacitidine is safe and effective therapy when used prophylactically in high-risk AML/MDS patients to prevent relapse or preemptively to treat MRD or early relapse after SCT. Azacitidine maintenance may improve outcome in this high-risk patient group and should be further explored. Results of azacitidine treatment in overt post-transplant relapse are limited.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O149 Novel mass cytometry analysis identifies reciprocal changes in NKREG and CD4EM as the dominant early immune reconstitution signature associated with subsequent acute GVHD after RIC-AHST

    James Aries1, Jennifer Ball1, Sarah Charrot1, Matthew Mee1, Sofie Van Gassen2, Sameena Iqbal1, John Gribben1, Jeff Davies1

    1 Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Haemato-Oncology, London, United Kingdom, 2 Ghent University Hospital, VIB Inflammation Research Centre, Ghent, Belgium

    Background: Treatment failure after allogeneic haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (AHST) using reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) results from either too much alloreactivity and harmful acute Graft-versus-Host Disease (aGvHD) or not enough (reducing Graft-versus-Tumour effects). Studies have identified individual reconstituting immune cell subsets associated with development of clinical alloreactivity but the functionally dominant parameters remain unknown. We therefore used mass cytometry (MS) technology to determine multiple parameters simultaneously to identify dominant cellular immune reconstitution signatures associated with development of clinical alloreactivity after AHST.

    Methods: Phenotypic markers identifying >30 T, B and NK cell subsets known to influence alloreactivity were combined in a single MS panel. Peripheral blood from 52 patients with haematological cancer was analysed at D+30 after T-replete HLA-matched RIC-AHST using uniform conditioning. Test samples were spiked with CD45-barcoded healthy control cells. Three complementary high-dimensional analytic tools were used to identify immune signatures in CD45+ lineage+ cells across the whole cohort and identify differences between patients grouped by subsequent occurrence of aGvHD.

    Results: Significant batch effects were effectively reduced with a novel R-based algorithm normalising data to control cells. Unsupervised clustering analysis using Phenograph and FlowSOM algorithms identified 24 and 40 phenotypically distinct clusters respectively. Diversity analysis demonstrated lower cluster diversity (P=0.06) in the 20 patients who subsequently developed aGvHD consistent with perturbation of phenotypic clusters in these patients. Comparison of individual cluster abundance identified 2 cluster groups significantly different between patients who subsequently developed aGvHD and those who did not. A cluster containing cells with a CD56brightCD16negCD27+/- regulatory/tolerant NK cell (NKreg) phenotype was significantly reduced in patients who subsequently developed aGvHD using both Phenograph and FlowSOM algorithms (p< 0.001). A differentiating cell population with this phenotype was also identified in forward analysis using the CITRUS algorithm. Notably, this reduction in NKreg was accompanied by a significant increase in abundance of a cluster of CCR5+CD45RA-CCR7- CD4 effector memory T-cells (Tem) in patients who subsequently developed aGvHD. There was a significant negative correlation (p=0.01) between NKreg and Tem. In contrast there was no inverse correlation between CD4 regulatory T-cells and CD4em. These changes were independent of clinically significant CMV reactivation. Finally, we determined the impact of time to aGvHD on this novel immune signature. Reciprocal changes in NKreg and CD4 Tem abundance were more significant in patients who developed aGvHD before D60, consistent with a dynamically evolving immune signature.

    Conclusions: We show proof-of-concept that a novel pipeline can be applied to MS data to measure multiple immune reconstitution parameters after AHST. Importantly, this pipeline identified concomitant loss of NKreg and increase of CD4 Tem in patients who subsequently developed aGvHD. This is consistent with loss of NK cell-mediated control of alloreactive CD4 Tem cells as the dominant immune process preceding the development of aGvHD after RIC-AHST. Our data provide mechanistic insight into evolution of alloreactivity and support the development of strategies to maintain or expand NKreg numbers early post-transplant to reduce harmful aGvHD.

    Disclosure: This study was funded by Barts and The London Charity, Greg Wolf Foundation & Campbell-Savours Fund. Aries: Funding (as above). Ball: Bloodwise Funding. Mee: Cancer Research UK Funding. Gribben: Cancer Research UK: Research Funding; Unum: Equity Ownership; Abbvie: Honoraria; Kite: Honoraria; Acerta Pharma: Honoraria, Research Funding; Medical Research Council:Research Funding; Janssen: Honoraria, Research Funding; NIH: Research Funding; TG Therapeutics: Honoraria; Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding; Roche: Honoraria; Pharmacyclics: Honoraria; Wellcome Trust:Research Funding; Novartis: Honoraria. Davies Cancer Research UK: Research Funding, Bloodwise Funding


    [ [O149 Image] 1 . Dominant immune reconstitution signature early after RIC-AHST associated with subsequent acute GvHD]

    Multiple myeloma


    Abstract already published.

    O151 Impact of high-risk cytogenetics in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma undergoing upfront stem cell transplantation: A study from the EBMT chronic malignancies working party

    Nico Gagelmann1, Dirk-Jan Eikema2, Simona Iacobelli2, Johan Maertens3, Linda Koster4, Denis Caillot5, Didier Blaise6, Péter Remémyi7, Claude-Eric Bulabois8, Jakob Passweg9, Xavier Leleu10, Samo Zver11, Guido Kobbe12, Alessandro Rambaldi13, Hareth Nahi14, Patrice Chevallier15, Mark Ringhoffer16, Alexander M Martin17, Urpu Salmenniemi18, Xavier Poiré19, Stig Lenhoff20, Pietro Pioltelli21, Nicola Mordini22, Stefan Schönland23, Laurent Garderet24, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha25, Nicolaus Kröger1

    1 University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 2 EBMT Statistical Unit, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium, 4 EBMT Data Office, Leiden, Netherlands, 5 Hôpital d`Enfants Dijon, Dijon, France, 6 Institut Paoli-Calmettes, Marseille, France, 7 Dél-pesti Centrumkórház - Országos Hematológiai és Infektológiai Intézet, Budapest, Hungary, 8 Service d'Hématologie Pôle Cancer et Maladies du Sang CHU Grenoble Alpes Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France, 9 University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 10 Hopital La Miletrie, Poitiers, France, 11 University Med. Center Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 12 Klinik für Hämatologie, Onkologie und klinische Immunologie Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 13 University of Milan and Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy, 14 Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, 15 CHU Nantes, Nantes, France, 16 Klinikum Karlsruhe gGmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany, 17 Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, United Kingdom, 18 Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland, 19 Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc, Brussels, Belgium, 20 Skanes University Hospital, Lund, Sweden, 21 Ospedale San Gerardo, Clinica Ematologica dell`Universita Milano-Biocca, Monza, Italy, 22 Az. Ospedaliera S. Croce e Carle, Cuneo, Italy, 23 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 24 Hospital Saint Antoine, Paris, France, 25 CHU de Lille, LIRIC, INSERM U 995, Université de Lille, Lille, France

    Background: Current consensus identifies t(4;14), t(14;16), t(14;20), gain and/or deletion in chromosome 1, and del(17/17p) as high-risk cytogenetics in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM). However, evidence on outcome of specific abnormalities after transplantation as first-line treatment is limited. We analyzed high-risk NDMM patients reported to the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) registry undergoing upfront stem cell transplantation.

    Methods: Upfront transplantation was defined as first autologous transplant within 12 months from MM diagnosis. Survival and cumulative incidence were calculated from date of first transplant (95% confidence interval). End points were progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), relapse and non-relapse mortality (NRM). Cox model with hazard ratios (HR) was used for multivariable OS analyses and cumulative incidence method for relapse incidence and NRM.

    Results: Within the EBMT registry, 623 high-risk NDMM patients according to cytogenetics underwent single autologous (n=446), tandem autologous (n=105), autologous-allogeneic (n=72) stem cell transplantation between 2000 and 2015. The median follow-up of all patients was 58 months (95% CI, 52-63 months), the median age was 59 years (range, 25-76 years) and the median time between diagnosis and transplantation was 5.6 months (range, 2.2-11.7 months). Frequencies according to cytogenetic were: del(17) (n=333, 54%), t(4;14) (n=344, 55%), gain or deletion in chromosome 1 (n=85, 14%), t(14;16) (n=19, 3%). Two or more cytogenetic abnormalities were documented in 143 patients (23%). 56% of patients were male and most patients had IgG (53%) or IgA (26%) paraproteins. A Karnofsky performance status < 90% had 29% of patients while frequencies according to International Staging System (ISS) I/II/III were 21%/57%/22%. Complete remission (CR) at time of transplantation was achieved by 18%. In univariable analysis, presence vs absence of del(17) or t(4;14) did not show different 5-year OS being 53% vs 44% (p=0.48) and 45% vs 53% (p=0.26). Furthermore, no difference in outcome was found with respect to 5-year PFS (p=0.82 and 0.25), relapse (p=0.54 and 0.22), and NRM (p=0.42 and 0.82). Two or more abnormalities showed significantly worse 5-year OS and PFS of 44% and 17% vs one abnormality showing 51% and 21% (p=0.04 and 0.02). Relapse incidence was significantly higher in patients with two or more abnormalities resulting in 80% vs 76% (p=0.02) while NRM showed no difference (4% vs 3%, p=0.78). In multivariable analysis including cytogenetics and clinical variables, two or more high-risk abnormalities (HR, 1.49, 1.04-2.14; p=0.03), older age (HR, 1.03, 1.01-1.04; p=0.004) and stage III vs I (HR, 1.72, 1.13-2.61; p=0.01) were independent predictors of worse OS while Karnofsky performance status 90-100% showed improved OS (HR, 0.72, 0.53-0.97; p=0.03). Presence of either del(17) or t(4;14) showed no difference in OS (HRs, 0.98 and 1.12; p=0.93 and 0.65). Regarding PFS, only < CR at time of transplantation (HR, 1.64, 1.20-2.23; p=0.002) and stage III (HR, 1.59, 1.16-2.18; p=0.004) were associated with worse outcome.

    Conclusions: In NDMM patients with at least one high-risk cytogenetic abnormality undergoing upfront transplantation, outcome was similar between del(17) and t(4;14) while the presence of two or more high-risk cytogenetic abnormalities showed significantly worse OS compared with only one high-risk abnormality.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O152 The role of renal impairment at diagnosis in multiple myeloma undergoing autologous transplantation. A retrospective analysis of the CMWP

    Christof Scheid1, Jennifer Hoek2, Nigel H Russell3, Didier Blaise4, Jiri Mayer5, Per Ljungman6, Stig Lenhoff7, Guido Kobbe8, Simona Iacobelli2, Cecilia Isaksson9, Nicolaas Schaap10, Grzegorz Basak11, Patrick Hayden12, Soledad González Muñiz13, Jane Apperley14, Alessandro Rambaldi15, Keith M.O. Wilson16, Rocio Parody Porras17, Esa Jantunen18, Achilles Anagnostopoulos19, Stefan Schönland20, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha21, Nicolaus Kröger22, Curly Morris23, Laurent Garderet24

    1 Uniklinik Köln, Klinik I für Innere Medizin, Köln, Germany, 2 EBMT Statistical Unit, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 Nottingham University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 4 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 5 University Hospital Brno, Brno, Czech Republic, 6 Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, 7 Skanes University Hospital, Lund, Sweden, Lund, Sweden, 8 Heinrich Heine Universitaet, Düsseldorf, Germany, 9 Umea University Hospital, Umea, Sweden, 10 Radboud University - Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 11 The Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 12 St. James`s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 13 Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo Asturias, Spain, 14 Hammersmith Hospital, London, United Kingdom, 15 ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy, 16 University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, 17 ICO - Hospital Duran i Reynals, Barcelona, Spain, 18 Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland, 19 George Papanicolaou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece, 20 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 21 CHU de Lille, LIRIC, INSERM U 995, Université de Lille, Lille, France, 22 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 23 Queens University of Belfast, Belfast, Ireland, 24 Hospital Saint Antoine, Paris, France

    Background: Renal impairment (RI) is frequent in newly diagnosed myeloma patients and is considered to be a risk factor for worse overall survival. With active myeloma therapy renal function often improves or even normalises. However, it is unclear whether renal impairment at diagnosis is a persisting biological risk factor or rather a potentially reversible organ complication.

    Methods: From the EBMT CALM study database all myeloma patients having received a first autologous transplant between 2008 and 2012 with information on renal function both at diagnosis and at transplant were extracted. Renal function was classified according to the calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) rate as normal (“normal”, GFR > 50 ml/min), moderately impaired (“moderate”, GFR 30-50 ml/min) or severely impaired (“severe”, GFR < 30 ml/min). Categorial variables were tested by Chi-Square test. OS was determined from transplantation and calculated by Kaplan Meier with log-rank testing.

    Results: 1905 patients fulfilled the selection criteria and were included. At diagnosis, 1447 patients had normal, 184 moderate and 274 severe RI. Median age at diagnosis was 58, 60 and 59 years in the RI subgroups. Genetic information was available in only a subgroup of patients. t(4;14) was present in 14%, 22% and 13% respectively and del17 was found in 7%, 8% and 4%. Bortezomib-based induction therapy was given in 53%, 58% and 64% of cases (p=0.018). OS differed significantly between the RI groups with a median of 84, 72 and 62 months, respectively (p< 0.001, Fig 1). In contrast renal function at transplant had no impact on OS with a median of 78 months (no RI at transplant), 79 months (moderate RI at transplant) and not reached (severe RI at transplant). Most of the 274 patients with severe RI at diagnosis had improved their renal function by the time of transplantation. However, this did not positively impact on OS: Patients with no RI at transplant had a median OS of 37 months (n=132), while it was 65 months for moderate RI (n=71) and not reached in patients transplanted with persisting severe RI (n=71,p< 0.001).

    Conclusions: From this large analysis including almost 2000 myeloma patients renal impairment at diagnosis has been found to be a risk factor for OS, while renal function at transplant did not impact on post transplant survival. These findings support the safety and efficacy of autologous transplantation in patients with severe RI at transplant. On the other hand improving renal function between diagnosis and transplant does not seem to improve prognosis.. Our analysis supports the notion that RI at diagnosis appears to be a surrogate parameter for a more aggressive disease course.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare


    [ [O152 Image] 1 . Fig.1 Oerall survival according to RI at diagnosis]

    O153 Analysis of outcomes in patients with myeloma who had a second allohct EITHER for disease relapse or graft failure: AN EBMT CMWP study

    Patrick Hayden1, Dirk-Jan Eikema2, Liesbeth de Wreede3, Linda Koster4, Nicolaus Kroger5, Herman Einsele6, Eefke Petersen7, Emanuele Angelucci8, Michael Potter9, Jakob Passweg10, Carlos Richard Espiga11, Veronique Leblond12, Uwe Platzbecker13, Johanna Tischer14, Fabio Ciceri15, Joan Hendrik Veelken16, Per Ljungman17, Nicolaas Schaap18, Noel Milpied19, Angelo Michele Carella20, Virginie Gandemer21, William Arcese22, Adrian Bloor23, Attilio Olivieri24, Laure Vincent25, Meral Beksac26, Stefan Schonland27, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha28

    1 Trinity College Dublin, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, 2 EBMT Statistical Unit, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 LUMC, Leiden, Netherlands, 4 EBMT Data Office, Leiden, Netherlands, 5 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 6 Universitatsklinikum Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany, 7 University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 8 Ospedale San Martino, Genova, Italy, 9 Royal Marsden NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom, 10 University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 11 Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Spain, 12 Hopital la Pitié-Salpétrière, Paris, France, 13 Medical Clinic and Policlinic 1, Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 14 Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich, Germany, 15 Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano, Italy, 16 Leiden University Hospital, Leiden, Netherlands, 17 Karolinksa University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 Radboud University - Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 19 CHU Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 20 Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovianni, Italy, 21 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes Sud, Rennes, France, 22 Rome Transplant Network - Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, 23 Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom, 24 Azienda Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Ancona, Italy, 25 CHU Lapeyronie, Montpellier, France, 26 Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, 27 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 28 CHU de Lille, LIRIC, INSERM U 995, Universite de Lille, Lille, France

    Background: The options for patients with myeloma (MM) who relapse or develop graft failure after an alloSCT are limited. A second alloHCT is occasionally feasible though is high-risk. We performed a retrospective analysis to assess outcomes in this cohort.

    Methods: Data on patients with MM who underwent a second alloHCT at EBMT centres between 1994 and 2017 were obtained from the EBMT registry.

    Results: A total of 273 patients (165 M,108 F) with MM (51% IgG, 22% IgA, 23% LC) underwent a second alloSCT. The median (range) age at the first alloHCT was 48.5 (20.1-67.9) years and 78.1% were >/=PR. When comparing the indications for the 2nd alloHCT - relapsed MM (74%) or graft failure (26%) - patients with graft failure were significantly more likely to have received a mismatched (related/unrelated) or unrelated donor for the 1st alloSCT (58% vs. 31%) (p=0.001), were more commonly female (57% vs. 38%) (p=0.018) and were more likely to have had a RIC as opposed to a MAC alloSCT (79% vs. 59%) (p=0.015). The median (range) interval between the 1st and 2nd alloHCTs was 3.5 (7.7-66.6) months in cases of graft failure and 40.5 (68.6-170.4) months for those who had relapsed. At a median (95% CI) follow-up of 107.2 (84.9 - 141.7) months following the second alloHCT, Overall Survival (OS) was 41% (35-47%) at two years and 26% (20-32%) at five years. There was no difference in OS at five years based on the indication for alloHCT: 25% (17-32%) for relapse and 32% (19-45%) for graft failure (p=0.595) (Figure 1). Neutrophil engraftment following the 2nd alloHCT was achieved by Day +28 in 94% (90-98%) and 80% (69-92%) of the relapse and graft failure patients, respectively. The cumulative incidence of aGvHD (II-IV) and cGVHD (at five years) following the 2nd alloHCT was 27% (21-33%) and 39% (32-47%), respectively.Relapse-Free Survival was 12% (7-17%) at 5 years, 7% (2-13%) in those transplanted for disease relapse and 22% (10-35%) in those transplanted for graft failure (p=0.061). The Cumulative Incidence of Relapse and NRM at five years was 64% (57-71%) and 24% (18-30%), respectively. The five-year OS following the second alloSCT was 14% (1-28%) for those relapsing between 12 and 24 months after the first alloHCT and 31% (21-40%) for those relapsing later than 24 months (p=0.07).On univariate analysis, OS at five years was superior in patients who had had HLA identical sibling donors as opposed to other donor sources: 32% (24-40%) vs. 17% (9-25%) (p< 0.001). On multi-variate analysis, donor source (HLA identical sibling vs. other) remained a predictive factor for OS (p=0.014).

    Conclusions: In this high-risk MM cohort, one quarter of patients remained alive five years after the 2nd alloHCT with similar outcomes seen following disease relapse and graft failure. However, the relapse-free survival rate was low in those transplanted for relapsed MM. Later relapses after the first alloHCT appear to fare better and the best outcomes are seen using matched sibling donors. A 2nd alloHCT therefore remains an option to be considered for selected MM patients.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O154 Minimal residual disease (MRD) ratio before and after autologous stem cells transplantation (ASCT) in multiple myeloma (MM)

    Riccardo Boncompagni1, Michela Staderini1, Chiara Nozzoli1, Elisabetta Antonioli1, Barbara Accogli1, Riccardo Saccardi1

    1 Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy,

    Background: In the last ten years, Multiparametric Flow Cytometry (MFC) has been standardized and routinely applied for the detection of MRD as a prognostic factor in MM patients across different lines of therapy. We assessed the MRD carried out before and after ASCT in a series of consecutive MM patients in order to investigate whether the ratio of the two determinations might increase the prognostic potential.

    Methods: We collected bone marrow samples for MRD assessment at the end of induction therapy and 3 months after ASCT from 61 MM patients treated between 2013 and 2017 achieving at least a Very Good Partial Remission (VGPR) with a bortezomib-based induction therapy, according to the most recent International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) criteria (Kumar S et al, Lancet Oncol 2016). MFC-determined MRD was evaluated according to EuroFlow recommendations (Kalina T et al, Leukemia 2012). All patients were examined with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) scan before and after the ASCT.

    Results: Post-induction therapy MRD was found predictive of post-ASCT MRD status. Indeed, patients transplanted in a MRD positive status had a significantly increased risk to maintain a MRD positivity status after transplantation (Odds Ratio - OR - 15,053, p = 0,002). Detection of post-ASCT MRD had a negative impact on median PFS (28 months vs not reached respectively, p = 0,001). In Cox-Regression analysis, a complete remission status (CR) with an undetectable MRD after the ASCT resulted to be the major protective factor from relapse (Hazard Ratio - HR - 0,012, p = 0,005), while patients with a detectable MRD before and after the ASCT had the worse PFS (22 months, HR 2,958; p = 0,029). Risk analysis showed 3 different PFS risk groups: “high” for the patients with MRD detectable before and after the ASCT, “intermediate” for patients with MRD positivity before the ASCT who achieve a negativity after, and “low” in the case of MRD undetectable before and after. In our study, response evaluated by FDG-PET/CT showed no correlation with PFS.

    Conclusions: Multiparametric flow cytometry is a relatively recent method to assay MM MRD, and its role in MM therapeutic path is still under investigation. According to our data, a detectable MRD after the ASCT is a major relapse risk. Interestingly we found that it can be early predicted by the post-induction MRD status and its negativization after ASCT has a modest impact on this. Therefore, we support the concept of treatment escalation when a CR is not reached after the induction treatment, in order to undergo to the ASCT in the best possible response. However, double MRD determination before and after ASCT may increase the prediction potency of currently validated.

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    O155 Multiple myeloma treatment in real-world clinical practice: A focus on induction regimens prior to autologous stem cell transplantation from the prospective, multinational, non-interventional emmos study

    Mohamad Mohty1, Evangelos Terpos2, Maria-Victoria Mateos3, Michele Cavo4, Sandra Lejniece5, Meral Beksac6, Wojciech Legiec7, Mohamed Amin Bekadja8, Meletios Dimopoulos2, Svetlana Stankovic9, Maria Soledad Durán10, Valerio De Stefano11, Alessandro Corso12, Yulia Kochkareva13, Edward Laane14, Christian Berthou15, Hans Salwender16, Zvenyslava Masliak17, Valdas Pečeliūnas18, Wolfgang Willenbacher19, João Silva20, Vernon Louw21, Damir Nemet22, Zita Borbényi23, Uri Abadi24, Robert Schou Pedersen25, Peter Černelč26, Anna Potamianou27, Catherine Couturier28, Caroline Feys29, Florence Thoret-Bauchet30, Mario Boccadoro4

    1 Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France, 2 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Alexandra General Hospital, Athens, Greece, 3 Hospital Universitario de Salamanca, CIC, IBMCC (USAL-CSIC), Salamanca, Spain, 4 Seràgnoli Institute of Hematology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 5 Riga East Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia, 6 Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, 7 Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland, 8 Etablissement Hospitalier Universitaire, Oran, Algeria, 9 University Clinic of Hematology, Skopje, Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of, 10 Complejo Hospitalario De, Jaén, Spain, 11 Catholic University, Rome, Italy, 12 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, 13 State Budget Healthcare Institution of Moscow. City Outpatient Clinic 68 of Healthcare, Moscow, Russian Federation, 14 North Estonia Medical Centre Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia, 15 Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), Brest, France, 16 Asklepios Klinik Altona, Hamburg, Germany, 17 Institute of Blood Pathology and Transfusion Medicine, Lviv, Ukraine, 18 Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos Hematology, Oncology and Transfusion Medicine Center, Vilnius, Lithuania, 19 Universitätsklinik Innsbruck Innere Medizin V, Innsbruck, Austria, 20 University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada, 21 University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 22 Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 23 Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem, Szeged, Hungary, 24 Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel, 25 Regionshospitalet i Holstebro, Medicinsk Afdeling, Holstebro, Denmark, 26 University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27 Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals SACl, Athens, Greece, 28 Janssen-Cilag, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, 29 Janssen Research & Development, Beerse, Belgium, 30 Janssen-Cilag, Paris, France

    Background: The prospective, multinational, non-interventional EMMOS study aimed to document, and describe real-world treatment regimens and disease progression in patients with MM at different stages of the disease.

    Methods: Adult patients initiating any new MM therapy between 2010 and 2012 were eligible. A multi-staged patient/site recruitment model was applied to minimize selection bias, and enrolment was stratified by country, region, and practice type. Patients' medical/disease features, treatment history and remission status were recorded at baseline, and prospective data on treatment, efficacy and safety were collected electronically every 3 months until 2 years after last enrolment. Responses were investigator-assessed. Overall findings from EMMOS were previously reported. Here, we are presenting additional analyses focusing on the induction regimens used in the subgroup of patients who proceeded to auto-SCT frontline.

    Results: A total of 2358 patients (775 with stem-cell transplant [SCT] and 1583 without) were enrolled. Patient demographics/baseline characteristics were as expected. Of 380 recipients of SCT after enrolment, 299 (79%) underwent auto-SCT frontline. 90% of the auto-SCT patients were aged ≤65 years. Among these 299 frontline auto-SCT patients, the majority had a single transplant (87%). The most frequent induction regimen was bortezomib-thalidomide-dexamethasone (VTD; n=95; 32%), bortezomib-dexamethasone (VD; n=56; 19%), bortezomib-cyclophosphamide-dexamethasone (VCD; n=49; 16%), doxorubicin-bortezomib-dexamethasone (PAD; n=26; 9%), and cyclophosphamide-dexamethasone-thalidomide (CTD; n=26; 9%). Only 1% of patients received a bortezomib-lenalidomide-dexamethasone (VRD) induction regimen, while lenalidomide was shown to be the most frequently used agent in lines 2 and 3 at time of relapse. In the VTD subgroup, most patients received 100 mg thalidomide dose during induction. The majority of administration schedule was based on 21 days cycles, while a few other schedules were seen corresponding to 35 days cycles or to delay due to adverse events or other specific reasons. The most prevalent number of VTD cycles was 3 and 4 (42% and 38%, respectively). Lower or higher number of cycles was only marginal (6% and 14%, respectively). Out of the 95 patients with VTD induction, 39% achieved CR as best response, 28% nCR or VGPR and 16% PR. After auto-SCT, the best overall response rates (ORR) at any time during frontline therapy were >85% for those patients whose treatment included VTD, with ≥60% of patients achieving a best response of ≥VGPR. The ORR in patients receiving ‘other' induction therapies was 71% and the ≥VGPR rate was 29%. Finally, following auto-SCT, the ORRs for patients receiving VTD induction were around 80%, 60%, and 33% in lines 2-3, 4, and 5+, respectively.

    Conclusions: This analysis provides prospective, real-world data on therapy of patients with MM receiving auto-SCT. VTD is the most widely used induction regimen prior to auto-SCT. Moreover, the response rates are in line with reported rates in phase III clinical trials. While other induction regimens are being developed, VTD is likely to remain a standard of care, because access to novel agents will continue to vary greatly from country to country due to factors such as affordability, local guidelines/restrictions, and regulatory decisions. ( NCT01241396; Funding: Janssen Global Services, LLC.)

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT01241396

    Disclosure: Study funded by Janssen Global Services, LLC


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    New drug- and cell-based immune therapies

    O158 Clinical results of a first-in-human phase 1 study Bispecific anti-CD19, ANTI-CD20 chimeric antigen receptor modified (LV20.19CAR) T cells for relapsed, refractory, non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    Nirav Shah1, Fenlu Zhu1, Carolyn Keever-taylor1, Dina Schneider2, Winfried Kruger2, Andrew Worden2, Mehdi Hamadani1, Timothy Fenske1, Bryon Johnson1, Boro Dropulic2, Rimas Orentas3, Parameswaran Hari1

    1 Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States, 2 Lentigen, A Miltenyi Biotec Company, Gaithersburg, MD, United States, 3 Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, WA, United States

    Background: CAR-T cell therapy against the CD19 antigen is a breakthrough treatment for patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Despite impressive outcomes, non-response and relapse with CD19 negative disease remain challenges. Through dual B-cell antigen targeting of CD20 and CD19, with a first-in-human bispecific lentiviral CAR-T cell (LV20.19CAR), we attempt to improve response rates while limiting relapses due to CD19 antigen loss. Production was optimized with point of care automated manufacturing using the CliniMACS Prodigy, a compact GMP compliant tabletop device in an ISO7 clean room.

    Methods: Patients were treated on our Phase 1 dose escalation + expansion trial (NCT03019055) to demonstrate feasibility of point of care manufacturing and safety of a bispecific 41BB/CD3z LV20.19CAR T cell for adults with R/R B-cell NHL. Safety was assessed by incidence of dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) within 28 days post-infusion. Dose was escalated in incremental 3+3 fashion with a starting dose of 2.5 x 105 cells/kg and a target cell dose of 2.5 x 106 cells/kg. Lymphodepletion was with fludarabine 30 mg/m2 x 3 days and cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m2 x 1 day. Patients received either fresh un-cryopreserved CAR-T cell infusions (N= 7) or cells thawed (N= 3) after cryopreservation.

    Results: 10 patients have completed treatment: 9 patients in dose escalation and 1 patient in dose expansion. Median age was 55 years (46-67) and histology included DLBCL in 4 patients, MCL in 4 patients, and CLL in 2 patients. In dose escalation, 3 patients were treated at 2.5 x 105 cells/kg, 3 patients at 7.5 x 105 cells/kg, and 3 patients at 2.5 x 106 cells/kg with no DLTs to report. No patient experienced grade 3-4 cytokine release syndrome (CRS) or grade 3-4 neurotoxicity (NTX) allowing start of a dose expansion cohort at the 2.5 x 106 cells/kg level. In total, 6 patients had Grade 1-2 CRS and 3 patients had Grade 1-2 NTX. Mean time to CRS was Day +9 post-infusion and no patient required ICU level care. 4 patients required 1-2 doses of tocilizumab.

    The day 28 overall response rate for all patients was 80% with 5/10 achieving a complete response (CR) and 3/10 achieving a partial response (PR). All patients in CR remain in remission, the longest 15 months from treatment. CAR-T persistence is demonstrated in Figure 1. Two patients had progressive disease (PD) at Day 28 and 2 patients with PR, eventually progressed. All progressing patients underwent repeat biopsy, and all retained either CD19 or CD20 positivity. Target dose LV20.19 CAR T cells were produced in all patients indicating 100% feasibility of our manufacturing process.

    Conclusions: Phase 1 results from the first-in-human bispecific LV20.19 CAR T clinical trial demonstrate that near patient manufacturing and infusion of 2.5 x 106 cells/kg is safe for further investigation with no DLTs among treated patients. Point of care production logistics aided the administration of fresh CAR-T cells in the majority. With limited toxicity and 60% sustained response in this relapsed refractory population, this approach to CAR-T production and dual B-cell targeting merits further investigation.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT03019055

    Disclosure: Nirav Shah, Fenlu Zhu, Bryon Johnson, and Parameswaran Hari report research funding from Lentigen Technology

    Dina Schneider, Winfried Kruger, Andrew Worden, Boro Dropulic are employees of Lentigen Technology.

    O159 CAR-T cell therapy bridging to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for patients with refractory and relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    Jia Chen1,2, Yi Fan1,2, Yang Xu1,2, Suning Chen1,2, Huiying Qiu1,2, Xiaowen Tang1,2, Yue Han1,2, Chengcheng Fu1,2, Depei Wu1,2

    1 First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Hematology, Suzhou, China, 2 Jiangsu Institute of Hematology, Suzhou, China

    Background: Refractory and relapsed (R/R) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) always leads to a dismal outcome. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is the only potentially curative modality for R/R ALL, but the long-term survival post-HCT remains unsatisfying. CAR-T cell therapy targeting to CD19 produces promising response for R/R ALL patients, but the recurrence is the major concern. We investigated the effectiveness of a tandem protocol using CAR-T cell therapy followed by allogeneic HCT.

    Methods: We conducted a prospective study to enroll the patients with R/R ALL. Major inclusion and exclusion criteria are: 1) definitely diagnosed as ALL; 2) primary refractory (failed to achieve CR after induction) patients or relapsed patients with no response for salvage therapy; 3) with an available donor for allogeneic HCT; 4) without severe organ dysfunction or uncontrolled infection. Patients enrolled received CAR-T cell therapy targeting to CD19 with a total dose of 5~10×106/kg of recipient weight, and the preparative regimen before CAR-T cell infusion consisted of fludarabin and cyclophosphamide. After the evaluation at 30 days post CAR-T cell infusion, patients started the allogeneic HCT procedure using a myeloablative conditioning (modified Bu/Cy). The control group consisted of patients with R/R ALL and underwent allogeneic HCT without CAR-T therapy in the same time frame.

    Results: Totally 24 patients were enrolled in this study from December, 2016 through April, 2018, including 17 primary refractory patients and 7 relapsed patients (details in Table 1). Twenty patients (83.3%) achieved CR after CAR-T cell therapy, and 6 patients (25%) developed Grade 2 or higher CRS. No irreversible toxicities emerged and all the patients moved to the HCT procedure. When comparing with the control group (Figure 1), the 1-year cumulative incidence of relapse was 14.8 ± 8.0% for the trial group versus 46.4 ± 12.4% for the control group (P = 0.090), and 1-year overall survival was 71.4 ± 17.1% versus 54.0 ± 11.4% (P = 0.067).

    Conclusions: We concluded that CAR-T cell therapy bridging to allogeneic HCT is a promising approach for R/R ALL patients, which leads to both high response and low risk of relapse. Besides, CAR-T cell therapy is a safe modality as salvage treatment for R/R ALL patients, which had little negative impact for following HCT.

       Trial Group (n=24) Control Group (n=20)
    Age (median, range)   27 (13-48) 31 (16-47)
    Sex (cases) Male 15 11
      Female 9 9
    High risk patients (NCCN) (cases)   11 10
    No. of previous chemotherapies (median, range)   4(2-9) 5(3-8)
    Donor (cases) Haplo-idientical donor 16 15
    Matched sibling donor 6 2
    Matched unrelated donor 2 2

    [ [O159 Table] 1 . Characteristics of patients]


    [ [O159 Image] 1 . Comparison of CIR and OS]

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    Paediatric issues

    O162 The role of anti-GD2 CH14.18/CHO monoclonal antibody based immunotherapy within the HR-NBL1/SIOPEN trial. comparison of two treatment ERAS

    Ruth Ladenstein1, Ulrike Poetschger2, Dominique Valteau-Couanet3, Roberto Luksch4, Victoria Castel5, Shifra Ash6, Genevieve Laureys7, Penelope Brock8, Jean Marie Michon9, Cormac Owens10, Toby Trahair11, Godfrey Chi Fung Chan12, Ellen Ruud13, Henrik Schroeder14, Maja Beck Popovic15, Guenter Schreier16, Hans Loibner17, Peter Ambros18, Keith Holmes19, Maria Rita Castellani20, Mark N Gaze21, Alberto Garaventa22, Andrew DJ Pearson23, Holger N Lode24

    1 St. Anna Children's Hospital and Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), Medical University, Vienna, Austria, 2 Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung, Studies & Statistics for Integrated Research and Projects, Vienna, Austria, 3 Gustave Roussy, Institut de Cancérologie, Paris-Sud University, Paris, France, 4 Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy, 5 Hospital Universitario y Politecnico La Fe, Valencia, Spain, 6 Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University, Petach Tikvah, Israel, 7 University Hospital Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, 8 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London (retired), London, United Kingdom, 9 Institut Curie, Paris, France, 10 Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland, 11 Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, Australia, 12 Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 13 Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway, 14 University Hospital of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, 15 University Hospital Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Center for Health & Bioresources, Graz, Austria, 17 Apeiron Biologics AG, CEO (retired), Vienna, Austria, 18 Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), Tumour Biology, Vienna, Austria, 19 St George's Hospital (retired), London, United Kingdom, 20 Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Nuclear Medicine, Milan, Italy, 21 National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, 22 Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, Italy, 23 Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital (retired), Sutton, United Kingdom, 24 University Medicine Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany

    Background: We explored the effect of dinutuximab beta (ch14.18/CHO) on outcome within the HR-NBL1/SIOPEN trial population by comparing an era prior immunotherapy availability.

    Methods: The analysis cohort consists of the immunotherapy population (IP) (2009-2013) and a matched control population (CP) (2002-2009). All patients had rapid COJEC induction, up to two TVD courses and high-dose chemotherapy (BuMel or CEM) followed by autologous stem cell reinfusion (HDC/ASCR) within 9 months since diagnosis; local control included surgery and local radiotherapy (21Gy) followed by maintenance with six cycles of isotretinoin. IP patients had additional five cycles of dinutuximab beta short-term infusions with or without subcutaneous interleukin-2. CP patients had to be part of the HDC randomization. The median time between ASCR and initiation of immunotherapy was 109 days in the IP. Only patients without progressive disease at this landmark time point were included in the CP. Median follow-up was 5.8 years (IQR: 4.2 to 8.2 years) for 844 eligible patients.

    Results: The 5y-EFS of the IP (378 patients) was 57%±3% compared to 42%±2% for the CP (466 patients; p< 0.001). Both populations were balanced for sex, age, stage 4, MYCN amplification and response prior HDC. Multi-variate analysis showed an independent higher risk for the CP (p=0.0002, HR 1.573), for CEM (p=0.0029; HR 1.431), a response < CR prior to maintenance therapy (p=0.0043, HR 1.494) and for >1 metastatic compartment at diagnosis (p< 0.001, HR 2.665). After adjustment for risk factors, the benefit of immunotherapy was confirmed in BuMel-(p=0.0066; HR 1.439) and in CEM-treated patients (p=0.0107; HR 2.334).

    Conclusions: Results suggest a patient benefit from dinutuximab beta based immunotherapy with or without IL2 within the HR-NBL1 trial.

    Clinical Trial Registry: The trial was registered with (number NCT01704716) and EudraCT (number 2006-001489-17).

    Disclosure: The academic data supported APEIRON to obtain the dinutuximab beta product licensure in May 2017 in the European Union (EMA). SIOPEN and CCRI had an agreement in place with APEIRON regarding the provision of academic data. Ruth Ladenstein and Holger Lode acted as consultants for APEIRON on behalf of SIOPEN for the ch14.18/CHO development.

    The other authors declared no conflicts of interest.

    O163 Brincidofovir is an effective treatment for adenoviremia in immunocompromised patients

    Reem Elfeky1, Juliana M Furtado-Silva2, Arina Lazareva2, Oana Ciocarlie2, Robert Chiesa2, Persis Amrolia1,2, Austen Worth2, Claire Booth1, Giovanna Lucchini2, Bilyana Doncheva2, Waseem Qasim1,2, Paul Veys1,2, Kanchan Rao2

    1 UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, United Kingdom, 2 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom

    Background: Immunocompromised patients especially post stem cell transplant are at risk of life threatening adenoviremia. Brincidofovir (BCV) is a novel oral lipid conjugate of Cidofovir with potent activity against adenoviruses (AdV) but clinical data in paediatrics are sparse.

    Methods: Between August 2015 and July 2018, 24 immunocompromised patients (20 post-HSCT, 1 after gene therapy for ADA SCID, 2 primary immune deficiency patients and one patient with high risk neuroblastoma) received BCV at Great Ormond Street Hospital for management of uncontrolled viraemia ±viral induced disease; adenoviraemia (n=22), Ganciclovir resistant CMV retinitis (n=1) and BK haemorrhagic cystitis (n=1). 19 out of 24 (79%) received serotherapy with Alemtuzumab (n=12) or ATG (n=6) before viral reactivation. Where possible immunosuppression was withdrawn in combination to BCV therapy. Viral load was detected in blood by PCR as copies/ml. Data on response to BCV was divided into complete response (CR) with undetectable virus in blood and resolution of symptoms, partial response (PR) with at least 1 log drop in viral load after BCV, no response (NR) with no change in the viral load and stationary disease and progressive disease (PD) with evidence of at least a log rise in viral load by PCR or organ disease progression.

    Results: The median viral load at the start of BCV was 5.4 million copies/ml (range: 4142-85 million copies/ml).BCV was used as a first line treatment in 8 cases and as second line in 16 cases after failure of first line therapy(n=8), toxicity (n=5) or both(n=3).13/24 (54%) patients had evidence of viral induced organ disease at time of BCV administration; 11 AdV disease (encephalitis, pneumonitis, hepatitis and colitis), 1 Ganciclovir resistant CMV retinitis and 1 BK haemorrhagic cystitis. 19/24 (79%) patients achieved either a CR (n=15) or PR (n=4) and 8/13(61%) patients with organ disease achieved a CR.

    Two patients with AdV disease and PR received donor derived cytotoxic T lymphocytes to achieve CR. At a median follow-up of 20 months (range: 7-53.8), patients who were in CR or PR did not show any evidence of viral reactivation after BCV discontinuation despite no evidence of immune reconstitution (IR). Four patients had evidence of disease progression with significant rise in viral load while on BCV therapy and all 4 died. The patient with Ganciclovir resistant CMV attained CR of CMV retinitis. Among 22 patients with AdV viraemia ± disease; 18 (81%) achieved either CR (n=14) or PR (n=4). Nine cases had concomitant BK± cystitis at the time of BCV therapy and all had NR. Toxicity was observed in 4/24 cases; renal impairment (n=1), transaminitis (n=1) and diarrhoea (n=2). Median CD3, CD4 and CD8 were persistently low both pre-BCV and at the end of treatment; 100 cells/ul vs 290 cells/ul, 40 cells/ul vs 70 cells/ul and 20 cells/ul vs 120 cells/ul; p=0.2, p=0.34, p=0.5 respectively (Figure 1). At last follow-up, 15/24 (63%) were alive. Of these, viral infection related mortality was 4/24 (17%).

    Conclusions: BCV is an effective and well tolerated treatment in immune compromised patients with AdV infection with a response rate of 80%.


    [ [O163 Image] 1 . Figure 1: CD3 counts during BCV therapy]

    Clinical Trial Registry: Not applicable

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O164 Superior graft-versus-leukemia effect associated with transplantation of haplo-identical compared with HLA-matched sibling donor grafts for high-risk pediatric AML: A multi-centre study

    Yu Wang1, Feng-Mei Zheng1, Xi Zhang2, Chun-Fu Li3, Lan-Ping Xu1, Xiao-Hui Zhang1, Yi-Fei Cheng1, Li Gao2, Yue-Lin He3, Xiao-Jun Huang1

    1 Peking University People's Hospital, Beijing, China, 2 Xinqiao Hospital,Army Military Medical University, Chongqing, China, 3 Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

    Background: More than 50% of children referred for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) lack a suitable matched donor. A haploidentical donor is readily available to almost all children. We sought to better define the role of haploidentical HCT for high-risk pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

    Characteristics MSD-HCT(n=23) HID-HCT(n=69) P value
    Age of recipient 11 (4-18) 12 (1-16) 0.62
    Cytogenetic risk    0.28
    intermediate 11 (48%) 43(62%)  
    poor 8(35%) 13 (19%)  
    unknown 4(17%) 13 (19%)  
    Diseases status    0.36
    CR1 17 (74%) 55 (80%)  
    CR2 6 (26%) 11 (16%)  
    Beyond CR2 0 3 (4%)  

    [ [O164 Table] 1 . Patient, disease and HCT characteristics]


    [ [O164 Image] 1 . Leukemia-free-survival between groups among CR1 patients. Green line: MSD-HCT; blue line: HID-HCT]

    Methods: To test the hypothesis that haploidentical HCT would be a valid option for high-risk pediatric AML patients lacking a matched donor, we designed a disease-specific, multi-centre study. We retrospectively analyzed 179 consecutive patients under 18 years with high-risk AML underwent matched sibling donor (MSD) (n=23) or haploidentical donor (HID) HCT (n=156) between July, 2013 and Dec, 2017. A 1:3 ratio matched pair analysis was implemented with the following matching factors: cytogenetic risk, disease status (CR1/CR2/>CR2), age and sex of patients, sex of donor, and graft type.

    Results: All patients achieved myeloid recovery with a median time of 15d and 13d for MSD cohort and HID group (p=0.002). The cumulative incidence of grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) in MSD cohort (13%) was significantly lower than in HID group (35%, P=0.048); the incidence of chronic GVHD was comparable between the two groups. The cumulative incidence of relapse in MSD cohort (39%) was significantly higher than in HID group (16%, P=0.037); the incidence of NRM was 0 and 10% (p=0.12), respectively. The 3-year overall survival (65% versus 75%, P=0.68) and leukemia free survival (61% versus73%, P=0.29) were comparable in MSD-HCT compared with HID-HCT. In a multivariate analysis, HID-HCT remained a significant factor for reduced relapse rate (HR 0.259(0.092-0.731), P= 0.011) in comparison with MSD-HCT. In subgroup analysis for patients with known cytogenetics and transplanted in the first complete remission (n=58), the cumulative incidence of relapse in MSD cohort (50%, n=14) was significantly higher than in HID group (9%, n=44, P=0.001); and leukemia free survival (50% versus 81%, P=0.021) were significantly lower in MSD-HCT compared with HID-HCT. In a multivariate analysis among these subgroup of patients, HID-HCT remained a significant factor for increased LFS (HR 0.304(0.102-0.905), P= 0.032) in comparison with MSD-HCT.

    Conclusions: In conclusion, unmanipulated haploidentical-HCT achieves outcomes comparable to those of ISD-HCT for high-risk pediatric AML patients and even exerts greater GVL effect in some circumstances. Such transplantation was proved to be a valid alternative treatment for high-risk pediatric AML patients lacking a matched donor. Larger prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.

    O165 Unmanipulated haploidentical transplantation using PT-CY IN pediatric patients with acute leukemia, a survey from the PDWP OF EBMT

    Annalisa Ruggeri1, Jacques-Emmanuel Galimard2, Boris Afanasyev3, Frabca Fagioli4, Akif Yesilipek5, Abdelghani Tbakhi6, José Maria Fernandez Navarro7, Edoardo Lanino8, Arnaud Dalissier9, Vanderson Rocha10, Franco Locatelli1, Selim Corbacioglu11

    1 Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital IRCCS, Roma, Italy, 2 Paris Study Office / CEREST-TC, Saint Antoine Hospital, INSERM UMR 938 and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 3 BMT Unit, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 4 BMT Unit, Torino, Italy, 5 Medical Park Hospitals, Antalya, Turkey, 6 King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan, 7 BMT Unit, Valencia, Spain, 8 Ospedale Gaslini, Genova, Italy, 9 EBMT Data Office, Paris, France, 10 BMT Unit, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 11 BMT Unit, Regensburg, Germany

    Background: Use of unmanipulated HLA-haploidentical donor transplants (haplo-HSCT) is constantly increasing in the last years. Few cases of Haplo-HSCT using post-transplant-cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) for pediatric patients were reported by single center and registry studies, with an incidence of grade II-IV aGVHD ranging from 30% to 40% and cGVHD approaching up to 40%, although with low incidence of extensive disease.

    Methods: We investigated the outcomes of children (< =18y) undergoing haplo-HSCT using PT-CY as GVHD prophylaxis transplanted between 2010-2017 and registered to the PDWP-EBMT.

    Results: 210 patients were analyzed (ALL, n=122, 58%; AML, n=88, 42%); median age at haplo-HSCT was 10 years, while median follow-up was 16 months (IQR 9-24). Disease status at haplo-HSCT was CR1 for 31%, CR2 43% and advanced for 26%. Poor-risk cytogenetics was reported in 36% of AML, and 11% had Ph+ ALL. Conditioning regimen was myeloablative (MAC) in 70% (n=146) and reduced-intensity (RIC) in the remaining 30% (n=64). Thiotepa/Busulfan/Fludarabine (TBF) was the most common MAC (22%), while RIC were mainly TBI-based (28%). All patients received PT-Cy, in association with Tacrolimus/MMF in 33% or CSA/MMF in 28% or Tacrolimus/Sirolimus in 12%. ATG was used in 15 cases. Bone-marrow (BM) was the stem cell source in 141 patients (67%) and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) in the remaining 69 (33%). Engraftment rate was 89% with 22 patients experiencing graft failure. Cumulative incidence (CI) of day-100 acute GVHD grade II-IV and grade III-IV were 33% and 14% respectively, and CI of 2-y chronic GVHD was 20% (9% extensive disease). 2-y CI of NRM was 19% and relapse 41%. Disease recurrence and infections were the most common causes of death. 2y-OS and LFS were 49% and 40%. 2y-OS was 53% and 47% (p=0.91) for AML and ALL; it was 80%, 47% and 22% (p< 0.001) for patients transplanted in CR1, CR2 and advanced disease. For 2y-LFS, no significant difference was found according to the type of conditioning regimen (39% MAC-chemotherapy-based, 43% MAC-TBI based and 38% for RIC, p=0.97). The use of PBSC was associated with higher CI of grade II-IV aGVHD (45% versus 26% for BM recipients, p< 0.001).

    In multivariable analysis, disease status and Karnofski-performance-status (KPS) were factors independently associated with the main outcomes (OS, LFS, GRFS, RI). OS: CR2 vs CR1, HR 2.06 (95%CI0.99-4.2, p=0.053); advanced disease status, HR 5.2 (95%CI 2.5-11, p< 0.01); KPS>90%, HR 0.51 (95%CI 0.3-0.8, p=0.01).

    Disease status (CR2 vs CR1, HR 0.49 95%CI 0.25-0.96, p=0.04) and use of PBSC (HR 2.2, 95%CI 1.27-3.82, p< 0.01) were independent factors associated with the risk of grade II-IV aGVHD. There was a trend for lower risk of cGVHD for patients transplanted for ALL (HR 0.38, 95%CI 0.14-1, p=0.05).

    Conclusions: PT-Cy is effective in preventing severe GVHD in children with leukemia receiving an unmanipulated haploidentical-donor transplant. Disease status remain the most important factor for outcomes. The use of PBSC as stem cell source increases the risk of grade II-IV aGVHD. The effect of long-term complications, and morbidity related to GVHD, should be considered cautiously especially in the setting of a pediatric population.

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    O166 Hematopoetic stem cell transplantation in patients with thalassemia major: Better in younger

    Gülsün Karasu1, Vedat Uygun2, Volkan Hazar1, Suar Çakı Kılıç1, Seda Irmak Öztürkmen2, Hayriye Daloglu2, Suna Celen1, Akif Yeşilipek2

    1 MedicalPark Göztepe Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey, 2 MedicalPark Antalya Hospital, Antalya, Turkey

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for patients with beta thalassemia major. Although limited study in the literature has evaluated the impact of age on success of transplantation, more data are needed. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of age of the patients on transplant outcome in cases who underwent HSCT with the diagnosis of thalassemia major.

    Methods: All cases who underwent stem cell transplantation with thalassemia major were included. All thalassemia major patients with a median age of 7 years (range 7 month,17.7 years) underwent allogeneic HSCT using myeloablative conditioning regimen. Cyclosporine and methotrexate were used as GVHD prophylaxis. In total, 169 patients underwent HSCT at age younger than 7 and 159 patients underwent at age older than 7 years and all patients were assigned to two different groups according to transplantation age. The distribution of donor type and stem cell sources by age groups is shown in Table 1. No statistical difference was found between the two age groups in terms of donor type and stem cell source. Patients in two different age groups were compared with cox regression analysis in terms of overall survival, thalassemia free survival and thalassemia- GVHD free survival.

    Results: A total of 299 patients; 162 patients under 7 years of age, 137 patients aged 7 and over, were engrafted and remained transfusion independent with full or mixed chimerism. Four patients, two from each age group, did not engrafted and had primary rejection. Four patients under seven years of age developed secondary rejection, whereas in the group of patients older than 7 years of age, 17 patients experienced secondary rejection (p< 0.05) . A total of 42 patients developed acute GVHD (12.8 %)and their rates were similar in both age groups (10.6% vs 15%). Chronic GVHD development rates in two group was also similar (9% vs 7%). The median follow-up time was 34 months (range 0.5-93 months). The 3 -year overall survival rates (OS), thalasemia- free survival rates (TFS), thalassemia-GVHD free survival rates (DFS) were shown in the table 2. Both thalassemia-free survival and thalassemia-GVHD free survival were higher in patients who underwent transplantation under seven years of age . There was no difference in overall survival.

    n   Patients <7 years n=169 Patients ≥7 years n=159
    Donor type MSD 98 97
    MRD 34 42
    MUD 37 20
    Stem cell source PBSC 28 38
    BM 118 105
    BM+CB 23 16

    [ [O166 Table] 1 . Donor type and stem cell source distribution in two different age groups]

      Overall survival (3 years) Thalassemia-free survival (3 years) Thalassemia GVHD free survival (3 years)
    Patients <7 years 94.0% ±2.0 91.8% 2.2 88.3% ±2.5
    Patients ≥7 years 92.9% ±2.2 81.3% 3.2 76.9% ±3.5
    p 0.86 0.012 0.011

    [ [O166 Table] 2 . The 3 -year survival comparison of two different age groups]

    Conclusions: The results of our study show that the rates of rejection are high, thalassemia free and thalassemia / gvhd free survival are low in patients who underwent stem cell transplantation over seven years of age. In the light of successful transplantation results from unrelated donors, the delay in age of transplantation in thalassemia patients should also be avoided.

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    O167 HLA-haploidentical Transplantation with regulatory and conventional T-cell adoptive immunotherapy in pediatric patients with high-risk acute leukemia

    Maria Speranza Massei1, Ilaria Capolsini1, Katia Perruccio1, Elena Mastrodicasa1, Francesco Arcioni1, Grazia Gurdo1, Carla Cerri1, Loredana Ruggeri2, Alessandra Carotti2, Franca Falzetti2, Tiziana Zei2, Roberta Iacucci Ostini2, Cynthia Aristei2, Moira Panizza2, Mauro Marchesi1, Olivia Minelli1, Massimo Fabrizio Martelli2, Andrea Velardi2, Maurizio Caniglia1

    1 Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Perugia, Italy, 2 Institute of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, University of Perugia and Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Perugia, Italy

    Background: Post-transplant relapse is still a major cause of treatment failure in high-risk acute leukemia (AL) patients. In order to separate the GvL effect from GVHD, we investigated the role of a thymic-derived CD4+CD25+ FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs). The Perugia center reported results from 69 adult high-risk AL patients who received an HLA haploidentical T-cell-depleted hematopoietic transplant and adoptive immunotherapy with donor Tregs and conventional T cells (Tcons) (and no post-transplant pharmacologic immunosuppressive GvHD prophylaxis) (Di Ianni et al., Blood 2011, Martelli et al. Blood 2014). Adoptive immunotherapy with Tregs and Tcons prevented post-transplant leukemia relapse and largely protected patients from GvHD. In this report we present a pediatric cohort of high risk leukemia patients who received a haploidentical Treg/Tcon-based hematopoietic transplant.

    Methods: Twelve pediatric patients, median age of nine years (range, 5-19) with high-risk acute leukemia underwent HLA-haploidentical stem cell transplantation with regulatory and conventional T-cell adoptive immunotherapy between September 2016 and December 2017. Eleven had ALL (three Ph+), one secondary AML. Seven patients were transplanted in CR1 (3 Ph+ ALL, 1 ALL in CR after second-line induction, 1 ALL with extramedullary leukemia, 1 ALL with t(19;11), 1 secondary AML after medulloblastoma), two patients in CR2, three in CR3. Median time from diagnosis to transplantation was 18.5 months (range, 5-48), median time from relapse to transplantation for CR2 and CR3 patients was 3 months (range, 3-15). Conditioning regimen included hyperfractionated TBI, 13.5 Gy, thiotepa 10 mg/Kg, fludarabine 200 mg/m2, cyclophosphamide 30 mg/Kg. One patient did not receive TBI and was treated with thiotepa 8 mg/Kg, fludarabine 160 mg/m2, treosulfan 14 g/m2 and thymoglobulin 6mg/Kg. All patients received positively selected CD34+ cells (mean 11.3x106/Kg, range 7.2-17.7), 2x106/Kg T-regs on day -4, 0.5x106/Kg T-cons on day -1 (4 patients received 1x106/Kg Tcons). Three patients were transplanted from NK alloreactive donors (Ruggeri et al., Science 2002).

    Results: All patients achieved primary, sustained full-donor engraftment (median neutrophils engraftment 14 days, range 9-19; median platelets 15 days, 9-19). Five patients (42%) developed ≥ grade 2 aGvHD (2/5 had concomitant HCV hepatitis and developed liver aGvHD), none developed cGvHD. The immune recovery was good in all patients despite immune suppressive therapy in patients with aGvHD. Median values of T-cells at 30 days were: CD3+ 319/µL (119-2217), CD4+ 235/µL (71-481), CD8+ 405/µL (18-1465), at 100 days 927/µL (136-1656), 244/µL (67-659), 151/µL (69-1288). One patient relapsed, after achieving CR3, he is currently receiving a second transplant from a different haploidentical familial donor. The incidence of NRM was 25% (3/12 patients). Causes of NRM were: 1 aGvHD, 1 invasive aspergillosis, 1 thrombotic microangiopathy. Nine of the 12 patients are alive at a median follow-up of 19 months (2-22 months), cGvHD/leukemia-free survival is 75%.

    Conclusions: These preliminary data in 12 very high risk pediatric patients showed that HLA-haploidentical transplantation with regulatory and conventional T-cell adoptive immunotherapy prevented leukemia relapse (relapse: 1/12 patients) and was associated with an encouraging DFS (75%).

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    O168 Results of HSCT with TCRαβ depletion from haploidentical donors in pediatric acute leukemia patients in complete remission

    Anna Bogoyavlenskaya1, L Shelikhova1, M Ilushina1, Z Shekhovtsova1, D Balashov1, I Shipitsina1, D Shasheleva1, R Khismatullina1, S Blagov1, A Livshits1, A Mitrakov1, S Kozlovskaya1, S Kovrygin1, Y Skvortsova1, E Kurnikova1, Y Muzalevsky1, A Kazachenok1, M Fadeeva1, A Nechesnyuk1, Y Olshanskaya1, I Kalinina1, N Miakova1, D Litvinov1, G Novichkova1, A Maschan1, M Maschan1

    1 Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Moscow, Russian Federation

    Background: Relapse, GvHD and associated non-relapse mortality are the main obstacles to successful HSCT in children with leukemia. αβ T cell depletion was developed to prevent GvHD and improve immune reconstitution in recipients of mismatched grafts.

    Methods: A total of 89 children with AL in CR (38 AML, 51 ALL, 36 female, 53 male, median age 8,7 y) underwent allo HSCT from haploidentical donor between 06.2012 and 07.2017. 64 pts received treosulfan-based conditioning, 25 - TBI-based (ALL). Either melphalan (n=41) or thiophosphamide (n=31) or etoposide (n=16) were added, fludarabine was used in all pts. Two types of GvHD prophylaxis were used: Type 1 (n=18): hATG 50 mg/kg and post-HSCT tacro/mtx, type 2 (n=71): thymoglobulin(rATG) 5mg/kg, rituximab 200mg/m2 with either bortezomib on days +2, +5 (n=62) or tacro (n=6) or without (n=3); aβ T cell depletion with CliniMACS was used in all cases. The median dose of CD34+ cells was 8 x106/kg, aβ T cells - 16 x103/kg.

    Results: Five patients (5,6 %) died before engraftment due to septic event. Primary engraftment was achieved in all evaluable pts (100%) with full donor chimerism. Among the whole cohort the CI of GvHD grades II - IV and III - IV was 17,9% (95% CI: 12-28) and 3,4% (95% CI: 1-10) respectively. The CI of cGvHD was 19% (95% CI: 12,5-29). CI of aGvHD was significantly lower in a group with type 2 of GvHD prophylaxis: 11,2% (95% CI:6-22) vs 44% (95% CI:26-74), p=0,002. rATG was also effective in prevention of cGvHD: CI at 2 year after HSCT was 15% vs 33%, p=0,08. 3-year pTRM was 12,3% (95%CI: 7-21) and CI of relapse was 19,8% (95%CI: 13-31) without different between rATG and hATG. 3y pEFS was 68% (95%CI: 59-78), in AML pts 83% (95%CI: 69-96), versus 57% (95%CI: 43-70) in ALL, p=0,007, without difference between rATG and hATG. Among ALL pts, who received TBI-containing regimen, pEFS was 68% (95%CI: 50-86), as compared to 46% (95%CI: 27-65) without TBI, p=0,044 and pOS was 74% (95%CI: 62-86). In the group with available immune reconstitution data (n=68) αβ T cell recovery at day +30 was associated with a trend to decreased incidence of relapse, CI of relapse was 29% (95% CI:15 - 54) in those with αβ-T cell count < median vs 15 % (95% CI: 6-38) in those with αβ-cell count >median, p=0,25 and decreased TRM: 16% (95% CI: 6,5-39) among αβ T”low[ПMO1] “ vs pTRM 0% among αβ T”high” p=0,036. pEFS among αβ T” high” was 85% (+/-10) vs 55% (+/-14) among αβ T”low“, p=0,019, pOS 89% (+/-10) vs 59% (+/-20) respectively. Recovery of the NK and gd-T cell was not associated with improved survival.

    Conclusions: We confirm that the depletion of αβ T cells from haplo graft in combination with intensive conditioning regimen provides a high chance of long-term survival in a cohort of children with high-risk AL in remission, especially for AML pts. Our analysis suggests that early αβ T cell recovery is associated with a relatively low non-relapse mortality and relapse rate.

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    Stem cell donor

    O169 Prognostic value of functional HLA-DPB1 mismatching after allogeneic stem cell transplantation from 8/8 HLA-matched unrelated donor

    Francesca Lorentino1, Sacchi Nicoletta2, Elena Oldani3, Valeria Miotti4, Alessandra Picardi5, Anna Maria Gallina2, Paolo Bernasconi6, Riccardo Saccardi7, Lucia Farina8, Fabio Benedetti9, Michela Cerno4, Benedetto Bruno10, Alessandro Rambaldi3, Francesca Patriarca4, Fabio Ciceri1, Katharina Fleischhauer11, Luca Vago1, Francesca Bonifazi12

    1 San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy, 2 Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Genova, Italy, 3 Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy, 4 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria - Udine, Udine, Italy, 5 Tor Vergata University Hospital, Rome, Italy, 6 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy, 7 AOUC Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Firenze, Italy, 8 Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy, 9 University of Verona, Verona, Italy, 10 A.O.U Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Torino, Italy, 11 Essen University Hospital, Essen, Germany, 12 Bologna University, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Institute of Hematology & Medical, Oncology L & A Seràgnoli, Bologna, Italy

    Background: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1-matched unrelated donors (8/8 UD) is performed across HLA-DPB1 barrier in more than 85% of cases. Clinically tolerable (permissive) mismatches (mm) at HLA-DPB1 locus have been classified by different immunogenetic models. Here we compare the prognostic value of these models.

    Methods: 1033 adult patients received an 8/8 UD-HSCT in a GITMO center in 2012-2015. Only 422 donor-recipient pairs were typed for HLA-DPB1, 382 (90%) having at least one mm. Included diseases were acute leukemia (55%), lymphoma and multiple myeloma (29%), myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes (16%). Disease status was early (45%), intermediate (26%) or advanced (29%). Stem cell source was peripheral blood in 81% of cases. Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) prophylaxis was ATG-based in 91% of patients. We adopted four models to classify permissive HLA-DPB1 mm: I) differential immunogenicity of alleles belonging to 3 groups of T-cell epitopes (Crivello, BBMT 2015); II) a similar model subdividing alleles in 4 TCE groups (TCE4, Crocchiolo, Blood 2009); III) differences in "delta functional distance" scores of 12 polymorphic aminoacids in HLA-DPB1 peptide-binding groove (Crivello, Blood 2016); IV) unidirectional mismatches in the GvH direction stratified according to the rs9277534 SNP in the HLA-DPB1 3′ UTR region, associated to HLA-DPB1 expression (Petersdorf, NEJM 2015). While the first three models were applicable to all 382 HLA-DPB1 mm patients, the latter was restricted to 229 of them. The TCE4 model appeared the most restrictive one, with only 36% of mm considered to be permissive.

    Median follow-up was 3.2 y.

    Results: HLA-DPB1 permissive (P) mm pairs defined by TCE4 model (N=135) had superior 3-y overall survival (OS) and GvHD-free & Relapse-Free Survival (GRFS) compared to non-permissive (NP) mm (N=247) (60±8% vs 49±7%, p .05; and 36±8% vs 29±5%, p .04, respectively). A higher transplant-related mortality (TRM) and a higher 3-y CI of extensive cGvHD were experienced by NP compared to P mm (30±6% versus 21±6%, p .09; 12±4% versus 4±2%, p .01, respectively). No effect was found for aGvHD or relapse. In Cox multivariate analysis (including age, donor/host gender and CMV, disease status, HCT-CI, conditioning intensity, stem cell source, ATG use, 5-loci HLA-matching, center effect), TCE4 functional DPB1 matching was prognostic for OS (HR 1.6 for NP compared to P, p .01), GRFS (HR 1.4, p .02), TRM (HR 1.9, p .01), cGvHD (HR 1.6, p .03) and extensive cGvHD (HR 3.6, p< .01). The predicted HLA-DPB1 mismatched allele expression in the recipient was associated with 100-d CI of grade≥2 aGvHD: 32±10% in high expression (N=76) versus 16±6% in low expression (N=153), p< .01. This was confirmed in multivariate analysis for grade≥2 aGvHD (HR 2.2, p< .01), however, without higher hazards for TRM and overall mortality. The overlap among the four models and their adjusted HR for OS is shown in Figure 1.

    Conclusions: functional HLA-DPB1 matching is of prognostic value in 8/8 UD-HSCT outcomes. In our cohort, TCE4 appears superior to other models in predicting survival and stratifying risks of TRM and cGvHD, while aGvHD is best predicted by HLA-DPB1 expression model.


    [ [O169 Image] 1 . Figure 1. Overlap among HLA-DPB1 functional matching models]

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    Abstract already published.

    O171 Haploidentical transplant with post-transplant cyclophosphamide versus matched unrelated donor for all: Combined analysis from EBMT acute leukemia working group and the haploidentical transplant research consortium

    Monzr M. Al Malki1, Dongyun Yang1, Asad Bashey2, Amado Karduss-Urueta3, Nelli Bejanyan4, Francesca Ferraro5, Sally Mokhtari1, Armin Ghobadi5, Ryotaro Nakamura1, Stephen J. Forman1, Richard Champlin6, Mohamad Mohty7, Stefan O. Ciurea6, Arnon Nagler8

    1 City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, United States, 2 BMT and Acute Leukemia Program at Northside Hospital, Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, United States, 3 Instituto de Cancerologia-Clinica Las Americas, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Medellin, Colombia, 4 Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, United States, 5 Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, United States, 6 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States, 7 Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Université Pierre & Marie Curie and INSERM UMRs U 938, Service d'Hématologie Clinique et Thérapie Cellulaire, Paris, France, 8 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

    Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an effective therapy for patients with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Multiple studies comparing haploidentical HCT (HaploHCT) with matched donor transplants in acute myeloid leukemia and lymphoma showed similar outcomes. Recently, 2 retrospective studies evaluating outcomes of HaploHCT using PTCy-based GVHD prophylaxis for patients with ALL showed promising results. However, it remains unclear how outcomes of patients with ALL treated with a haploidentical donor (HAPLO) compare with HLA matched unrelated donor (MUD) transplants.

    Methods: We, therefore retrospectively compared outcomes of 506 patients with ALL who underwent haploHCT with PTCy, reported from the participating centers (HIT-RC and EBMT) from 01/2005 to 6/2018, with a matched cohort of 1012 patients (1:2) who underwent MUD-HCT and were reported to EBMT. Patients were matched for sex, age at transplant (≤40 or >40), disease type (B-ALL Vs. T-ALL), disease stage (CR1 Vs. CR2 Vs. other), disease risk (high Vs. others), Philadelphia chromosome status (positive Vs negative), and conditioning regimen (MAC Vs. RIC/NMA). Other significant differences in patient/transplant characteristics were adjusted for. Median age of 33 years (range= 18-73) for HAPLO and 36 years (range= 18-76) for MUD; p=0.0009. Median time from diagnosis to transplant was significantly longer for haploHCT recipients (at 6 months: 24% Vs 29%; p< 0.0001). More patients in the HAPLO group received a female-to-male transplantation and bone marrow graft compared with MUD (28% Vs. 15%; p< 0.0001 and 48% Vs 17%; p< 0.0001, respectively). Calcineurin/methotrexate-based regime was the most commonly used prophylaxis in MUD-HCT, with ATG being added in 65% of cases.

    Results: With a median follow up of 2.0 and 3.0 years in HAPLO and MUD, respectively, there was no statistical differences in the overall survival (OS) between HAPLO and MUD-HCT recipients after adjusting for all covariates (HR=0.96, 95% CI: 0.77-1.20; p=0.73). Probability of OS in the HAPLO Vs. MUD group were 61.2% and 60.4% at 1-year and 44.7% and 48.7% (p=0.24) at 3-years. Similar to that, there was no statistical difference in progression free survival (PFS) (HR=0.94, 95% CI: 0.77-1.15; p=0.55), relapse rate (HR=1.05; 95%CI: 0.81-1.35; p=0.72), and non-relapse mortality (NRM) (HR=0.85; 95% CI: 0.62-1.16; p=0.3); Figure 1.

    We then analyzed the data in subgroups based on the conditioning intensity. In the MAC group, day +28 neutrophil recovery was similar between HAPLO (86.6%) and MUD (87.3%), (p=0.21). Corresponding rates after RIC were 83.5% and 88.3% (p=0.14). In multivariable analysis, OS, PFS, NRM, and relapse rate were not statistically different between patients receiving HCT from HAPLO or MUD, regardless of the intensity of the conditioning regimen; (Table 1).

    Conclusions: In conclusion, in this large retrospective analysis, outcomes of patients with ALL undergoing transplant from a haploidentical donor with post-transplant cyclophosphamide is comparable with those undergoing 8/8 MUD transplantations.

    Disclosure: No relevant conflict of interest

      MAC (95% CI) P value RIC/NMA (95% CI) P value
    OS 0.91 (0.70-1.18) 0.47 0.96 (0.62-1.50) 0.87
    PFS 0.93 (0.73-1.19) 0.56 0.90 (0.60-1.34) 0.60
    NRM 0.73 (0.5-1.05) 0.09 1.40 (0.75-2.61) 0.29
    Relapse Rate 1.23 (0.89-1.69) 0.20 0.65 (0.41-1.03) 0.06

    [ [O171 Table] 1 . Table 1. OS, EFS, NRM and relapse between HAPLO and MUD groups for MAC and RIC/NMA conditioning]


    Jacopo Mariotti1, Stefania Bramanti1, Lucia Brunello2, Anna Maria Raiola3, Francesca Patriarca4, Massimo Martino5, Antonio Risitano6, Angelo Michele Carella7, Alessandro Busca2, Serena Marotta6, Emanuela Merla7, Andrea Bacigalupo8, Emanuele Angelucci3, Benedetto Bruno2, Luca Castagna1

    1 Humanitas Cancer Center, Rozzano, Italy, 2 Ospedale Universitario Molinette San Giovanni Battista, Turin, Italy, 3 Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy, 4 Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Udine, Clinica Ematologica e Unità di Terapie Cellulari ‘Carlo Melzi', Udine, Italy, 5 Azienda Ospedaliera Bianchi-Melacrino-Morello, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 6 Federico II University of Naples, Bone Marrow Transplant Center, Naples, Italy, 7 Fondazione Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, 8 Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy

    Background: The safety and efficacy of haploidentical transplantation (Haplo-SCT) with post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) after first-degree related donors has been widely demonstrated. However, some patients lack an eligible first-degree related haploidentical donor. A prospective clinical trial of non-first-degree relative Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy was conducted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, showing equivalent rates of graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) and non-relapse-mortality (NRM). On the contrary, in the so called GIAC platform, the authors from the Beijing group found an increased risk of extensive chronic GVHD using collateral related (CRD) relative to immediate related donors (IRD)2. Here we report a multicentric retrospective study with the aim to evaluate the outcome Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy from a CRD.

    Methods: From August 2010 to November 2017, 680 consecutive patients were treated with Haplo-SCT with PT-Cy at 6 different Italian Bone Marrow Transplant centers.

    Results: 25 patients received a transplant from a CRD (n= 17 cousin, n= 8 nephew) and 665 from an IRD (either sibling, parent or child). We performed a matched pair analysis (R-software) between 24 CRD and 24 IRD transplants. Cases were matched for: gender (p=1), disease type (both cohorts with: 9 AML, 7 MDS, 2 ALL, 2 NHL, 1 PMF and 1 MM; p=1), pre-transplant disease status (IRD: 8 CR, 3 PR, 13 SD/PD; CRD: 8 CR, 1 PR, 15 SD/PD, p=0.74), disease-risk index (DRI, p=1), HCT-CI (p=1), conditioning regimen (IRD: 15 RIC, 9 MAC; CRD: 12 RIC 12 MAC; p=0.56). Median follow-up was 14,6 months and was similar in both cohorts (p=0.78). 2-year overall survival (OS) was 41.5% for the all patients and did not differ between transplants from a IRD or a CRD (36% vs 47%, p=0.33; Table I). 2-year progression-free survival (PFS) and GVHD/relapse-free survival (GRFS) was 39% and 37%, respectively. 1-year non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 22% and was similar between IRD and CRD (p=0.62, Table I). 6-months cumulative incidence of grade 2-4 acute GVHD, grade 3-4 acute GVHD and 1-year moderate-severe chronic GVHD was 23%, 8% and 19%, respectively. Again, there was no difference between CRD and IRD transplants in terms of grade 2-4 acute GVHD and moderate-severe chronic GVHD (Table I). By univariate analysis the main variables associated with a worse outcome were: RIC relative to MAC regimen for OS (p=0.04, Table I), HCT-CI≥3 relative to HCT-CI < 3 both for grade 2-4 acute GVHD and moderate-severe chronic GVHD (Table I). Moreover, we found that acute GVHD was more frequent with increasing donor age (hazard ratio (HR): 1.06, p=0.006).

    Conclusions: Our results confirm previous findings that a CRD haploidentical transplant is a viable option for Haplo-SCT when a first-degree donor is available. Main long-term outcome are not different in this matched pair analysis. Extending our analysis to a larger cohort of patients receiving a CRD is warranted to confirm our preliminary results.


    1. Elmariah H, Kasamon YL, Zahurak M, et al. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2018; 24: 1088-1102

    2. Zhang YY, Liu DH, Liu KY. Bone Marrow Transplant 2014; 49: 496-501

    Disclosure: The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose

    Stem cell mobilization, collection and engineering

    O173 TAT-MYC, a recombinant chimeric protein, safely enhances graft performance following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

    Jerry Stein1,2, Greg Bird3, Brian Turner3, Thomas Payne3, Yosef Refaeli3,4

    1 Schneider Children's Medical Centerl, Petach Tikva, Israel, 2 Tel Aviv University, Pediatrics, Tel Aviv, Israel, 3 Taiga Biotechnologies, Inc., Aurora, CO, United States, 4 University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, United States

    Background: Enhancing stem cell performance can improve the results of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for diseases in which engraftment is unpredictable, and in patients receiving pre-HSCT conditioning regimens of progressively decreasing intensity. In a series of pre-clinical studies, we explored the use of Tat-Myc, a chimeric recombinant protein, to improve the performance of hematopoietic stem cell grafts.

    Methods: Tat-Myc recombinant protein encompasses 9 amino acids from the N-terminal nuclear localization domain of HIV-Tat, coupled to the entire coding sequence of c-Myc, with an appended histidine tag to aid in protein purification. The construct was expressed in bacteria and purified to pharmacological grade purity under GLP conditions.

    Results: Brief (1 hour) culture of fibroblasts or hematopoietic cells in medium containing 10 microgram/ml Tat-Myc results in rapid nuclear localization of the recombinant protein, whence it disappears within 48 hours as measured by Western blot. Flow cytometric assays have been validated to measure the uptake of Tat-Myc recombinant protein into nucleated marrow cells. Marrow homing of Tat-Myc recombinant protein-treated murine marrow increased 5-fold as compared to that of control cells. Incubation of activated murine T cells with Tat-Myc recombinant protein conferred resistance to Granzyme B cytotoxicity, but did not protect cells from effects of cyclophosphamide. Tat-Myc recombinant protein-treated marrow could be serially transplanted in mice for three generations. Murine bone marrow harvested from 5-fluorouracil treated mice and briefly incubated with Tat-Myc recombinant protein outcompeted control marrow when transplanted in sub-lethally irradiated immune-deficient mice even at ratios of 1:9 treated:control cells. T- and B-cell reconstitution following transplantation in immune deficient mice was superior following Tat-Myc vs control incubation of murine marrow. Engraftment of human umbilical cord blood (UCB) cells in sub-lethally irradiated immune deficient mice was markedly improved following Tat-Myc incubation as compared to that of control UCB cells.

    The transforming potential Tat-Myc protein was extensively explored. Tat-Myc culture hematopoietic cells did not display aneuploidy in cytogenetic or spectral karyotypic analyses. Intramuscular injection of 10 micrograms of Tat-Myc protein in p53+/- mice for 12 consecutive weeks did not result in tumor formation. To exaggerate potentially transformative effects of Tat-Myc protein, murine marrow was co-incubated with both Tat-Myc and Tat-Bcl2 recombinant proteins prior to transplantation into irradiated immune deficient mice. Mice were followed for 24 weeks and none developed malignancies. Serially transplanted marrow incubated with both Tat-Myc and Bcl-2 proteins did not result in malignancies in recipient mice. Of >500 mice that have been exposed to Tat-Myc recombinant protein in our experiments, none has developed a tumor.

    Conclusions: In preclinical studies, brief incubation with Tat-Myc recombinant protein enhances homing, engraftment and immune reconstitution of murine and human cells in recipient mice following transplantation. Brief exposure to the recombinant protein (as opposed to transduction of the MYC gene) does not cause malignant transformation of cells. We are currently developing clinical trials using Tat-Myc protein to enhance engraftment following HSCT.

    Disclosure: Greg Bird, Brian Turner, Thomas Payne, Yosef Refaeli are employees and or shareholders in Taiga Biotechnologies. Jerry Stein has received laboratory support from Taiga Biotechnologies

    O174 Graft γδ T-cell receptor sequencing identifies public clonotypes associated to HSCT efficacy in AML patients and unravels CMV impact on repertoire distribution

    Lucas CM Arruda1, Ahmed Gaballa1, Michael Uhlin1,2,3

    1 Karolinska Institutet, CLINTEC, Stockholm, Sweden, 2 Royal Institute of Technology, Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden, 3 Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

    Background: Although the impact of donor graft composition on clinical outcome after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been studied, little is known about the role of intra-graft γδ T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire on clinical outcome following HSCT. Using high-throughput sequencing we sought to analyze the TCR γ-chain (TRG) repertoire of γδ T-cells within donor stem cell grafts and address its potential impact on clinical response in the corresponding patients.

    Methods: We analyzed twenty peripheral blood stem cell grafts from matched unrelated donors and classified as CMV-positive/negative. The respective acute myeloid leukemia recipients were followed for disease relapse and acute graft-vs-host disease (aGvHD) development post-HSCT. γδ T-cells were isolated using magnetic beads and the gDNA extracted for next-generation sequencing (ImmunoSEQ, Adaptive Biotechnologies). TRG characteristics were assessed using VDJTools, VDJviz, tcR and ImmunoSEQ Analyzer platforms.

    Results: Deep sequencing showed similar median total/unique reads in all grafts as well as similarly low unique CDR3 TRG ratios. Grafts presented multiple clonal over-representations, with no differences on TCR richness between patient groups. Grafts received by the non-relapse patient group had an increased proportion of long CDR3 sequences (54-57 nucleotides) compared to relapse patients [0.41%vs0.27% (P=0.02) and 0.11%vs0.04% (P=0.04)]. Grafts from CMV-positive donors presented significantly reduced diversity (inverse Simpson's DI: 30.70vs81.21, P=0.02), decreased proportion of CDR3 sequences having 24, 27, 42 and 51 nucleotides [0.27%vs0.61% (P=0.01), 0.57%vs1.12% (P=0.02), 5.11%vs7.54% (P=0.007) and 0.61%vs2.1% (P=0.04)], and an increase of sequences with 30-39 nucleotides (5.32%vs4.13%, P=0.03). Hyperexpanded clones took up 2.5 times more space in the CMV positive grafts (49.33%vs19.38%, P=0.007), who presented a skewed non-Gaussian distribution. For all samples, the segments TRGV9 and TRGJP were the most frequent. Non-relapsing group received grafts with lower usage of TRGV4, TRGV5 and TRGJP2 segments and higher usage of TRGJP1 compared to relapse patients [4.13%vs7.46% (P=0.04), 1.12%vs4.77% (P=0.02), 3.02%vs5.52% (P=0.02) and 6.62%vs3.23% (P=0.02)]. CMV-positive donor grafts presented a lower TRGV2 and TRGJP expression (6.29%vs8.99%, P=0.04, and 30.99%vs60.63%, P=0.01) as well as a higher TRGJP1 gene usage (11.04%vs3.90%, P=0.04). The V9-JP combination was the most frequent pairing in all samples. Non-relapse patients received grafts with lower usage of the pairing V4-J2, V5-J2, V8-JP2 [3.12%vs6.57% (P=0.04), 1.06%vs4.38% (P=0.02) and 1.33%vs1.91% (P=0.03)] and higher usage of V2-JP1 pairing (1.28%vs0.36%, P=0.03) than relapse patients. The TCR usage of the sequence pairs V2-J2, V2-JP2, V4-JP2, V9-JP, and V9-JP2 was lower in CMV-positive grafts [4.62%vs6.94% (P=0.04), 0.59%vs1.33% (P=0.04), 0.31%vs0.09% (P=0.02), 30.75%vs60.30% (P=0.02) and 0.07%vs0.29% (P=0.01)]. We identified 12 public clones shared exclusively between the grafts received by non-relapsing patients in addition to four private over-represented sequences exclusively present in grafts given to non-relapse patients, taking from 2.00% to 6.23% of the TRG repertoire and longer than 45 nucleotides. We also identified five private over-represented and one public CDR3 sequence associated to CMV infection. Additionally, CMV-positive grafts presented the highest percentage or repertoire taken by private over-represented clones, ranging from 13.72% to 41.61%.

    Conclusions: Our findings show that the TRG composition is not associated to aGvHD incidence, CMV infection reshapes the TRG repertoire and several public sequences are associated to clinical remission.

    Disclosure: The authors have nothing to disclose.

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    Abstract already published.

    O176 Outcomes of allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for mature T- and NK-cell lymphoma in kyoto stem cell transplantation group (KSCTG)

    Mizuki Watanabe1, Junya Kanda1, Yasuyuki Arai1, Takayuki Ishikawa2, Kazunori Imada3, Yasunori Ueda4, Takashi Akasaka5, Akihito Yonezawa6, Masaharu Nohgawa7, Nobuyoshi Arima8, Mitsuru Ito9, Tomoharu Takeoka10, Toshinori Moriguchi11, Kazuhiro Yago12, Hiroko Tsunemine13, Naoyuki Anzai14, Mitsumasa Watanabe15, Tadakazu Kondo1, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo1

    1 Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2 Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, Kobe, Japan, 3 Osaka Red Cross Hospital, Osaka, Japan, 4 Kurashiki Central Hospital, Kurshiki, Japan, 5 Tenri Hospital, Tenri, Japan, 6 Kokura Memorial Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan, 7 Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center, Wakayama, Japan, 8 Medical Research Institute Kitano Hospital, Osaka, Japan, 9 Kyoto City Hospital, Kyoto, Japan, 10 Ohtsu Red Cross Hospital, Ohtsu, Japan, 11 Kyoto-Katsura Hospital, Katsura, Japan, 12 Shizuoka General Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan, 13 Shinko Hospital, Kobe, Japan, 14 Takatsuki Red Cross Hospital, Takatsuki, Japan, 15 Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki General Medical Center, Amagasaki, Japan

    Background: Prognosis of mature T- and NK-cell lymphomas remains poor despite development of novel therapeutic agents. Accordingly, these lymphomas are still good candidates of allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) to achieve long-lasting remission of the diseases. However, the analysis of transplantations for these lymphomas is scarce, mainly due to the rarity of these lymphomas. Hence, we analysed the data of these transplantations operated in 15 different Japanese institutions as a multi-institutional joint research and examined factors that affected the outcomes in aims of figuring out better transplant strategies against these lymphomas.

    Methods: A total of 116 patients who received allo-HSCTs for mature T- and NK-cell lymphomas (PTCL-NOS, n=38; NK/T cell lymphoma nasal type, n=22; AITL, n=20; ALCL, n=12; EATL, n=8; Other lymphomas, n=16) from 1998 to 2016 in 15 institutions were examined. Median age at transplantation was 50 (range, 18-69). Forty patients received transplantation from related bone marrow transplantation (BMT) / peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), 36 received unrelated BMT/PBSCT, and 40 received unrelated single cord blood transplantation (CBT). Lymphoma statuses at transplantation were CR/CR-unconfirmed in 35 patients, PR in 18, and others (SD, PD, relapse, and induction failure) in 62 patients. Median follow-up time for survivors was 27 months.

    Results: Overall survival (OS) and relapse-free survival (RFS) rates at 2 years after transplantation were 49% 37%, respectively. Cumulative incidences of non-relapse mortality (NRM) and relapse at 2 years were 21% and 43%, respectively. In multivariable analysis, performance status (PS) over 1 (PS>1 vs PS < =1, HR 2.49, P=0.005) and lymphoma progression at transplantation (CR/CR-u/PR vs others, HR 1.95, P=0.043) showed significant negative impacts on OS. CBT was strongly associated with better OS compared to unrelated BMT/PBSCT (HR 0.34, P=0.003) and comparable to related BMT/PBSCT. Lymphoma control status at transplantation was significantly associated with relapse (relapse/induction failure vs CR/CR-u/PR, HR 2.61, P=0.017). Poor PS over 1 at transplantation (PS>1 vs PS < =1, HR 3.35, P=0.023) and reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen (RIC vs myeloablative, HR 3.54, P=0.025) were associated with higher risk of NRM.

    Conclusions: Allo-HSCT could improve overall survival of patient with mature T- or NK-cell lymphomas, if performed at appropriate timing with good disease control of partial remission (PR) or better. Cord blood unit could be a favorable alternative donor source when related donors are not available. On the other hands, RIC regimen did not decrease the risk of NRM in allo-HSCT for mature T- and NK-cell lymphoma patients in our setting. Out study also suggested that major problem of allo-HSCT is still a high frequency of relapse after transplantation. Better disease control is mandatory to improve the outcomes of allo-HSCT for mature T- or NK-cell lymphomas.

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    Late-breaking abstracts

    O177 Comparable outcome after 10/10 and 9/10 HLA-matched unrelated donor stem cell transplantation (HSCT) using post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCY) for GVHD prophylaxis, on behalf of the ALWP-EBMT

    Francesca Lorentino1, Myriam Labopin2,3,4, Fabio Ciceri1, Luca Vago1, Katharina Fleischhauer5, Boris Afanasyev6, Nicolaus Kröger7, Jan J. Cornelissen8, Montserrat Lovira9, Ellen Meijer10, Antonin Vitek11, Ahmet Elmaagacli12, Didier Blaise13, Arnon Nagler2,14, Mohamad Mohty2,3,4

    1 San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy, 2 Université Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, 3 Unite´ de Recherche Mixte en Sante´ (UMR_S) 938, INSERM, Paris, France, 4 Hôpital Saint-Antoine, AP-HP, Paris, France, 5 Essen University Hospital, Institute for Experimental Cellular Therapy, Essen, Germany, 6 Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Research Institute, The First Pavlov State Medical University of St-Petersburg, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 7 University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 8 Erasmus MC Cancer Institute University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 9 Hospital Clinic, Institute of Hematology & Oncology, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 10 University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 12 Asklepios Clinic St. Georg, Hamburg, Germany, 13 Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France, 14 Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel

    Background: PTCy is largely adopted as GvHD-prophylaxis backbone in haploidentical transplantation. The encouraging results prompted investigations to assess PTCy also in unrelated donor (UD) setting. High-resolution HLA-matching contributes to UD-HSCT success; however, due to the selective in-vivo deletion of alloreactive T-cells, PTCy could modulate HLA-matching impact on UD-HSCT.

    Methods: We compared the outcomes of acute leukemia patients receiving 10/10 (n=431) and 9/10 (n=234) HLA-allele matched UD-HSCT with PTCy GvHD-prophylaxis, reported to the ALWP-EBMT in 2010-2017. Primary endpoint was GvHD-free & Relapse-free survival (GRFS). Secondary endpoints were leukemia-free survival (LFS), overall survival (OS), acute and chronic GvHD, relapse and transplant-related mortality (TRM). Table 1 illustrates patients' characteristics. The power to detect a 2-years 10% difference GRFS between the 2 groups was 83% (alpha 2-sided=5%).

    Results: Outcome endpoints at 2 years were not different between 10/10 and 9/10 UD-HSCT (GRFS: 42±5% and 43±7%, p=0.5; LFS: 56±5% and 55±7%, p=0.7; OS: 63±5% and 60±8%, p=0.9, respectively). The 100-day CI of grade≥2 and grade≥3 aGvHD were comparable for 10/10 and 9/10 UD (31±5% and 28±6%, p=0.4 and 10±3% and 9±3%, p=0.5, respectively). Likewise, the 2-y CI of cGvHD and extensive cGvHD were similar between 10/10 and 9/10 UD (32±5% and 38±7%, p=0.2 and 17±4% and 15±5%, p=0.4, respectively). The 2-y CI of TRM was 19±4% after 10/10 and 17±5% after 9/10 UD-HSCT (p=0.4). Relapse incidence at 2-y was 25±5% for 10/10 and 28±6% for 9/10 UD-HSCT (p=0.6).

    After adjustment for diagnosis, patient age, disease status, Karnofsky PS, donor/patient gender and CMV, conditioning intensity, additional use of ATG, the multivariable model showed no effect of donor HLA-matching on outcomes. Compared to 10/10 UD, the hazards for GRFS was 0.9 for 9/10 UD (p=0.2), the HR for LFS was 0.9, p=0.3 and the HR for OS was 1, p=0.8. Moreover, compared to 10/10 UD, 9/10 UD-HSCT yelded similar hazards for grade≥2 aGvHD (HR: 0.8, p=0.2), cGvHD (HR: 1.2, p=0.3), TRM (HR: 0.7, p=0.2) and relapse (HR: 1, p=0.9). No interaction was found between donor type and additional ATG use. Variables associated with GRFS were active disease (HR 2.1 compared to 1st CR, p< 10-5) and Karnofsky PS≥90% (HR 0.6, p< 10-5).

    Conclusions: In the present series of acute leukemia patients transplanted with PTCy, we report comparable survival with 9/10 and 10/10 HLA-matched UD-HSCT, across all disease stages, suggesting that this platform could alleviate the detrimental effect of single HLA-allele mismatching. These results warrant prospective comparative trials of PTCy versus standard use of ATG-based GVHD prophylaxis in matched and mismatched UD-HSCT.

      10/10-UD (n=431) 9/10-UD (n=234) p
    Median follow-up, months 18 (5-35) 20 (11-31) 0.5
    Patient median age 43 (18-76) 48 (19-73) 0.1
    Diagnosis: AML; ALL 313 (73%); 118 (27%) 170 (73%); 64 (27%) 0.9
    Disease status: CR1; CR>1; Advanced 278 (64%); 82 (19%); 71 (17%) 134 (57%); 57 (24%); 43 (19%) 0.2
    Karnofsky PS ≥90% 314 (75%) 162 (72%) 0.3
    Cell source: PB; BM 386 (90%); 45 (10%) 205 (88%); 29 (12%) 0.4
    Conditioning: RIC; MAC 193 (45%); 238 (55%) 99 (42%); 135 (58%) 0.5
    Additional ATG use 126 (29%) 75 (32%) 0.4

    [ [O177 Table] 1 . Table 1. Population description]

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare

    O178 Myeloablative conditioning for first allogeneic HSCT in pediatric all: FTBI or chemotherapy? - An update of the retrospective multicenter EBMT-PDWP study

    Andre Manfred Willasch1, Christina Peters2, Petr Sedlacek3, Jean-Hugues Dalle4, Vassiliki Kitra-Roussou5, Akif Yesilipek6, Jacek Wachowiak7, Arjan Lankester8, Arcangelo Prete9, Amir Ali Hamidieh10, Marianne Ifversen11, Jochen Buechner12, Gergely Krivan13, Rose-Marie Hamladji14, Cristina Diaz de Heredia15, Elena Skorobogatova16, Gerard Michel17, Franco Locatelli18, Alice Bertaina19, Paul Veys20, Sophie Dupont21, Reuven Or22, Tayfun Güngör23, Olga Aleinikova24, Sabina Sufliarska25, Mikael Sundin26, Jelena Rascon27, Ain Kaare28, Damir Nemet29, Franca Fagioli30, Thomas Erich Klingebiel1, Jan Styczynski31, Marc Bierings32, Kalman Nagy33, Manuel Abecasis34, Boris Afanasyev35, Marc Ansari36, Kim Venntenranta37, Amal Alseraihy38, Alicja Chybicka39, Stephen Robinson40, Yves Bertrand41, Alphan Kupesiz42, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh43, Antonio Campos44, Arnaud Dalissier45, Myriam Labopin46, Selim Corbacioglu47, Jaques Emmanuel Galimard45, Peter Bader1

    1 Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2 St Anna Children's Hospital, Vienna, Austria, 3 University Hospital Motol, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 4 Hôpital Robert Debré and Paris-Diderot University, Paris, France, 5 Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital, Thivon and Papadiamantopoulou, Athens, Greece, 6 Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey, 7 University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, 8 Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 9 University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 10 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center, Teheran, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 11 Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway, 13 United St. Istvan and St. László Hospital, Budapest, Hungary, 14 Service Hématologie Greffe de Moelle, Centre Pierre et Marie Curie, Alger, Algeria, 15 Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain, 16 Russian Children's Hospital, Moscow, Russian Federation, 17 Timone Enfants Hospital, AP-HM and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, 18 IRCCS Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Università di Pavia, Rome, Italy, 19 Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, United States, 20 NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom, 21 Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium, 22 Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, 23 University Children's Hospital, Children`s Research Center (CRC), Zurich, Switzerland, 24 Republic Clinical Research Centre, Minsk, Belarus, 25 Comenius University Medical School, Limbová, Bratislava, Slovakia, 26 Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, Pediatric Blood Disorders, Immunodeficiency and Stem Cell Transplantation, Stockholm, Sweden, 27 Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos, Center of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, Children's Hospital, Vilnius, Lithuania, 28 Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia, 29 University Hospital Centre, Internal Clinic, Zagreb, Croatia, 30 Regina Margherita Children's Hospital, City of Science and Health of Turin, Turino, Italy, 31 Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Collegium Medicum, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 32 University Medical Centre Utrecht Pediatrics, Urecht, Netherlands, 33 Child Welfare Center, Borsod County Teaching Hospital, Miskolc, Hungary, 34 Instituto Portugues Oncologia, Lisboa, Portugal, 35 Saint Petersburg State Medical I.P. Pavlov University, Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Research Institute for Pediatric Oncology, Haematology and Transplantation, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 36 Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland, 37 University of Helsinki, Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Helsinki, Finland, 38 King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 39 Wroclaw Medical University, Cape of Hope Medical Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 40 NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 41 IHOP and Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France, 42 Akdeniz University, School of Medicine, Antalya, Turkey, 43 Shariati Hospital, Hematology-Oncology and BMT Research, Teheran, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 44 Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Porto, Portugal, 45 EBMT Paediatric Diseases Working Party, Paris, France, 46 EBMT Paris Study Office, Paris, France, 47 University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

    Background: It is still a matter-of-debate if chemotherapy (CHT) can replace fractionated total-body-irradiation (fTBI) in myeloablative conditioning (MAC) for allo-HSCT in pediatric ALL. We hereby present the latest update of this international multicenter EBMT-PDWP-study (Blood 2017, 130(Suppl. 1):911).

    Methods: This update was done to extend the time of follow-up (FU, date of analysis: 01/OCT/2018). To compare outcomes of fTBI vs CHT-conditioning, we performed a retrospective EBMT-registry study. Children aged 2-18 years (y) after MAC for first allo-HSCT of BM/PBSC from MSD/UD in CR1/CR2 between 2000-2012 were included. Propensity-score-weighting was used to control pretreatment imbalances of observed variables. This statistical method ensured that analyzed groups differed only in the parameter under investigation (here: conditioning).

    Results: In total 3054 pts (CR1: 1498 (49%), CR2: 1556 (51%)) were included. CR1: 1041 pts (69%) received BM and 457 pts (31%) PBSC from MSD (756 (50%)) or UD (742 (50%)). CR2: 1064 pts (68%) received BM and 492 pts (32%) PBSC from MSD (672 (43%)) or UD (884 (57%)). Overall, conditioning was fTBI- in 2630 (86%) and CHT-based in 424 pts (14%). Busulfan/Cyclophosphamide/Etoposide (Bu/Cy/Eto) was the most frequently applied CHT-regimen in CR1 (66 (31%)) and Bu/Cy in CR2 (68 (32%)). The remaining conditionings included 5 combinations (other-chemo).

    1498 pts in CR1 were conditioned with fTBI (1285), Bu/Cy/Eto (66) or other-chemo (147) with median-FU of 6.9, 6.2 and 4.5 y. In weighted univariate analysis, 5-y-OS was 68.8% after fTBI, 75.6% after other-chemo and 81.4% after Bu/Cy/Eto. In weighted Cox-model, taking into account the center-effect, pts having received Bu/Cy/Eto had a lower risk to experience an event compared to fTBI (HR=0.53, P=.029). 5-y-LFS (range: 58.4% (other-chemo) to 72.6% (Bu/Cy/Eto)), 5-y-RI (range: 17.1% (Bu/Cy/Eto) to 31.8% (other-chemo)) and 5-y-NRM (range: 9.8% (other-chemo) to 13.8% (fTBI)) did not show significant differences in weighted Cox-model.

    1556 pts in CR2 were conditioned with fTBI (1345), Bu/Cy (68) or other-chemo (143) with median-FU of 6.2, 5.2 and 5.8 y. In weighted univariate analysis, 5-y-OS was 31.1% after other-chemo, 43.5% after Bu/Cy and 58.8% after fTBI. In weighted Cox-model, pts having received other-chemo had a higher risk to experience an event compared to fTBI (HR=2.00, P=< .0001). 5-y-LFS was 25.2% after other-chemo, 32.4% after Bu/Cy and 53.7% after fTBI. In weighted Cox-model, children having received Bu/Cy and other-chemo had a higher risk to experience an event compared to fTBI (HR=1.78, P=.005; HR=1.92, P< .0001). 5-y-RI was 30.6% after fTBI, 49.3% after BuCy and 53.7% after other-chemo. In weighted Cox-model, pts having received Bu/Cy and other-chemo had a higher risk to experience an event compared to fTBI (HR=2.06, P=.006; HR=2.13, P< .0001). 5-y-NRM (range: 18.3% (BuCy) to 21.1% (other-chemo)) did not show significant differences in weighted Cox-model.

    Conclusions: This recent study-update ensured a substantial FU. We confirmed the clear superiority of fTBI-conditioning compared to CHT with regard of LFS and RI for ALL-pts undergoing allo-HSCT in CR2. For pts in CR1 we could not find significant differences between fTBI and CHT-conditioning. These retrospective findings are currently re-evaluated in the prospective, randomized, international trial (ALL-SCTped-2012-FORUM).

    Disclosure: Nothing to declare.


    Abstract already published.

    O180 Effective cancer immunotherapy with ERBB2-CAR-engineered cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells in high-risk soft tissue sarcomas

    Michael Merker1, Juliane Wagner1, Vida Meyer1, Evelyn Ullrich1, Thomas Klingebiel1, Winfried S. Wels2, Peter Bader1, Eva Rettinger1

    1 University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 2 Institute for Tumor Biology and Experimental Therapy, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Frankfurt, Germany

    Background: Pediatric patients with high-risk alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (aRMS) above the age of 10 years cannot be cured by conventional therapies. Immune cells targeting ErbB2 with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) were recently considered for these patients. Cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells already capable of natural killer (NK)-like anti-tumor capacity additionally redirected with an ErbB2 CAR may provide overall disease control in these high-risk tumors.

    Methods: ErbB2-CAR modified CIK cells were generated from conventional CIK cells (WT-CIK) by lentiviral gene transduction on day 4 of culture. The codon-optimized CAR sequence consists of an IgG heavy-chain signal peptide, an ErbB2-specific antibody fragment scFv (FRP5) and a modified CD8α hinge region, as well as CD28 transmembrane and intracellular domains and a CD3ζ intracellular domain. 1x105 luciferase gene-transduced RH30 (aRMS) cells were engrafted in immunodeficient NOD/SCID/γc-(NSG) mice. Mice were randomly selected into 5 different treatment groups (DBPS on day +1, 2.5x106 WT-CIK or ErbB2 CAR-CIK cells on days +1 and +36, 2.5x106 WT-CIK or ErbB2 CAR-CIK cells on days +22 and +57). Mice were monitored by bioluminescence imaging (BLI) until day +100. Tumor engraftment and immune cell homing at tumor sites were analyzed by FACS, chimerism and immunohistochemistry analyses.

    Results: Human RMS xenografts were established in all mice treated with DBPS only. Control-mice showed a median survival of 62 days. Human RMS was identified in all analyzed organs, with the highest tumor burden seen in livers of DBPS-treated mice.

    Mice injected with WT or ErbB2-CAR CIK cells on days +1 and +36 showed a significant improved (p < 0.014 and p < 0.01) disease-free survival, respectively. Furthermore, no signs of tumor engraftment were shown by BLI in ErbB2 CAR-CIK cell treated mice while some of the mice treated with WT-CIK cells developed positive tumor signals between weeks 7 and 10. In 4 out of 6 (64%) WT- and in all (8 of 8, 100%) CAR-CIK cells treated mice no residual tumor cells were identified by PCR-based analysis. In contrast, tumor cells were detectable in all mice with delayed anti-tumor treatment applied on day +22 and +57. However, tumor growth was lower in these groups. Correspondingly, BLI showed delayed tumor engraftment in mice with WT- and even more with CAR-CIK cell treatment given on day 22. Treatment on day 22 resulted in a significantly improved survival of ErbB2-CAR CIK cell treated mice (p < 0.01), while survival was not improved after WT-CIK cell infusion (p > 0.07). Within all treatment groups, immune cells were detected by chimerism and FACS analyses. FACS analyses showed a significant increase of NK-like T cells (p < 0.01 and < 0.05, WT- and ErbB2-CAR CIK cells). Additionally, a higher, but not significant, amount of effector memory and stem cell memory T cells were detected.

    Conclusions: These pre-clinical in vivo results indicate that ErbB2- CAR redirection of CIK cells improves both homing and NK-like cytotoxicity of CIK cells in the presence of ErbB2-positive tumors, implying that this therapy may represent a step forward in the treatment of patients with resistant, relapsed and advanced RMS.

    Disclosure: Michael Merker, Juliane Wagner, Vida Meyer, Thomas Klingebiel, Winfried S. Wels and Eva Rettinger have nothing to declare. Peter Bader declares the following potential conflicts of interest: Novartis (consultancy: included expert testimony, speaker bureau, Honoraria), Medac (Research Funding, Patents and Royalties), Riemser (Research Funding), Neovii (Research Funding), Amgen (Honoraria).

    O181 Genesis - a phase III randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, evaluating safety and efficacy of BL-8040 and G-CSF in mobilization of HCS’S for autologous transplantation-multiple myeloma

    Hemda Chen1, Zachary D. Crees2, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein K2, Abi Vainstein1, Ella Sorani1, Osnat Bohana-Kashtan1, John F Dipersio2

    1 BiolineRx, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2 Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, WA, United States

    Background: CXCR4 mediates retention of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow (BM) niche. BL-8040, a novel, high affinity CXCR4 antagonist is a potent mobilizer of HSCs to the peripheral blood with numerous potential clinical applications, including mobilization of CD34+ cells for autologous HSC transplantation (auto-HSCT) in Multiple Myeloma (MM). This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of single dose BL-8040 plus G-CSF in mobilization of ≥6.0x106 CD34+ cells/kg in up to 2 apheresis sessions for auto-HSCT in MM.

    Methods: A Phase III study composed of an open-label, single-arm lead-in Part1 followed by a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Part2. Eligible MM patients age 18-78 will receive G-CSF (10 µg/kg; SC) daily for up to 8 days and one dose of BL-8040 (1.25 mg/kg; SC) or placebo on day 4 followed by up to 2 apheresis sessions; and if needed a second dose of BL-8040 or placebo on day 6 followed by up to 2 apheresis sessions.

    Part1 included up to 3 cohorts (~10 patients/cohort), with Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) review after each cohort. Part2 will include 177 patients randomized 2:1.

    Results: Part1 enrolled 11 patients, median age 61 (57-70). 9/11 patients (82%) reached the primary endpoint of ≥6x106 CD34+ cells/kg with one dose of BL-8040 and up to 2 apheresis sessions. 7/11 patients (64%) collected ≥6x106 CD34+ cells/kg in one apheresis session. Administration of BL-8040 resulted in a 7.86-fold average increase in circulating peripheral CD34+ cells (range 1.62-15.75, median 7.5, n=9). Additional CD34+ immunophenotyping/subset analyses are currently underway.

    BL-8040 plus G-CSF was found to be safe and well tolerated. Following these promising results, DMC recommended early continuation to Part2 of the Phase III trial.

    Conclusions: The GENESIS lead-in results demonstrate BL-8040 is a potent mobilizer of HSCs, with potential to improve mobilization rates while minimizing mobilization-related healthcare costs.

    Clinical Trial Registry: NCT03246529

    Disclosure: Hemda Chen -Medical Director, BiolineRx

    Abi Vainstin - VP of medical affairs, BiolineRx

    Ella Sorani- VP of R&D, BiolineRx

    Osnat Bohana-Kashtan- project manager, BiolineRx

    John F. DiPersio - consultant for BiolineRx

    O182 Real life experience in the treatment of pediatric, adolescent and young adult all patients using commercially available CAR-T-cells

    Peter Bader1, Jan Soerensen1, Eva Rettinger1, Andre Willasch1, Anne Sonntagbauer1, Sümmeyye Elgaz1, Franziska Kalensee1, Hermann Kreyenberg1, Marc Ansari2, Christine Wolschke3, Richard Noppeney4, Gunnar Cario5, Guido Kobbe6, Tobias Feuchtinger7, Marion Subklewe8, Thomas Klingebiel1, Martin Hutter1, Evelyn Ullrich1, Halvard Bönig9, Sabine Huenecke1, Andrea Jarisch1

    1 University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 2 Geneva University Hospital, Children and Adolescents, Geneva, Switzerland, 3 Universitsklinik Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany, 4 University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 5 University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany, 6 University Medical Center Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany, 7 LMU, von Hauner Kinderspital, Munich, Germany, 8 University Hospital Munich, Munich, Germany, 9 German Red Cross Blood Center Frankfurt and Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology, Frankfurt, Germany,

    Background: Children, adolescents and young adult patients with ALL with second relapse, relapse after allogeneic SCT or patients with primary refractory disease have a poor prognosis with conventional treatment concepts. In this patient group several studies using second generation CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T- cells (CAR-T cells) demonstrated high efficacy with two year survival rates of up to 65%. Recently, two different CAR-T cell products were approved by the FDA and in 2018 also by the EMA in Europe: Tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) for the treatment of patients with B-precursor ALL who are i) refractory, ii) in second relapse or iii) who relapsed after allogeneic SCT (relapsed/refractory ALL; r/r ALL) as well as for diffuse large cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and Axicabtagen Ciloleucel (Yescarta®) for the treatment of B-cell lymphoma. Here we report our first results using commercially available CAR-T-cell product Tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) in patients with ALL which were treated by the University Hospital for Children and Adolescents Frankfurt am Main (n=9), the Department of Medicine III, University Hospital LMU Munich (n=1), and the von Hauner Kinderspital, LMU Munich, Germany (n=1).

    Methods: Between October and December 2018 eleven patients received apheresis for CAR-T cell generation. Nine patients suffered from r/r c-ALL, and two from r/r B-precursor ALL. Eight patients had relapsed after allogeneic HSCT, one patient each suffered from first r/relapse, second r/relapse or from primary r/ALL. In 9/11 (82%) patients CAR-T cell production was successful after one and in 2 patients (18%) after a second apheresis.

    Median patients' age was 16.7 years (1.1-25.4). Between apheresis and start of lymphodepleting chemotherapy (LDC), 10/11 patients received low dose chemotherapy according to the FRAPOSTALL protocol (Willasch et al. 2016) and one patient was treated with inotuzumab. Production slots were immediately available, resulting in turn-around-time from apheresis to product delivery of 3-4 weeks. Disease status at start of LDC was CR w/o MRD (n=4), CR MRD pos. (n=2), CRi (n=1), persistence of blasts (n=2), and disease progression (80-100% blasts, n=2). LDC consisting of FLU-CYC was given to 9/10 patients, one patient did not receive LDC.

    Results: CAR-T cells could be transfused to 10/11 patients at a median dose of 1.5 Mio/kgBW (0.145 Mio 8.5). In one patient, in whom a second viral transduction procedure was necessary; neither LDC nor CAR-T cell transfusion could be given because of diseases progression and deterioration of the patient's general condition. Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) grade I was observed in one patient; 8/10 patients did not develop CRS. Cytokine related encephalopathy syndrome (CRES) grade II was observed in 1/10 patients. At day +28 8/10 patients (80%) achieved MRD negative CR. The two patients with progressive disease at time of LDC did not respond although CAR-T cells could be seen morphologically under the microscope. This might be explained by multidrug related phenomenon protecting refractory leukemia from CAR-T cell attack.

    Conclusions: Commercial available CAR-T cell product Tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) showed high efficacy in r/r-ALL patients to re-induce CR.

    Clinical Trial Registry: Commercial available CAR-T cell product Tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) showed high efficacy in r/r-ALL patients to re-induce CR.

    Disclosure: PB: Novartis (consultancy: included expert testimony, speaker bureau, Honoraria); Medac (Research Funding, Patents and Royalties); Riemser (Research Funding); Neovii (Research Funding); Amgen (Honoraria). AJ: Novartis and Bluebird: (Consultancy). All other author declare no COI.

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