Transimmunization for cutaneous T cell lymphoma: a Phase I study

Leuk Lymphoma. 2006 Aug;47(8):1495-503. doi: 10.1080/10428190600581419.


Extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) is a widely used immunotherapy for cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL). It involves four sequential steps: conversion of blood monocytes into dendritic antigen presenting cells (DC) by repetitive adherence and disadherence to plastic surface; reinfusion of the new DC; presumed in vivo loading of the new DC with apoptotic malignant leukocytes; and expansion of the anti-tumor CD8 T cell pool. To assess the safety of a methodology designed to increase ex vivo contact between the apoptotic malignant cells and new DC prior to reinfusion, a single-center, open-label Phase I clinical study of a revised procedure--referred to as "Transimmunization"--was conducted in CTCL patients. Twenty-seven subjects were treated monthly for 3 to 5 months, alone or in combination with electron beam therapy. For those receiving Transimmunization alone, there was an overall diminution in infiltrative lesions in eleven (55%) of twenty patients. In the twelve leukemic CTCL patients, there was a significant mean reduction of 50.1% in the circulating malignant cells, as determined with family-specific anti-T cell receptor Vbeta monoclonal antibodies (P <or= 0.021). Because this therapy permits the synchronous induction and tumor loading of DC, with minimal toxicity, Transimmunization may merit further investigation in CTCL and other malignancies.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antigen Presentation
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Dendritic Cells / cytology
  • Dendritic Cells / transplantation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy, Adoptive / methods*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / pathology*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplastic Cells, Circulating
  • Photopheresis
  • Treatment Outcome