In the three patients included in a phase I clinical trial (NCT01421524), we report the immunomodulatory effects and efficacy of CC-122, a novel pleiotropic pathway modifier compound originally developed for broad diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The chemical structure of CC-122 includes the glutarimide moiety that is known to modulate the immune response. The immunomodulatory agents including lenalidomide represent a promising therapeutic strategy targeting tumors in B-cell lymphoid malignancies. We observed that CC-122 might regulate the NK phenotype and its activity due to the reduced accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cell and eventually decrease the Tregs subsets. Finally, the activation of T cells through co-stimulatory molecule (CD28) was detected as a delayed CC-122 effect. In this context, CC-122 arises as an alternative option for DLBCL patients refractory to the traditional chemotherapeutic agents.
Keywords: CC-122 treatment; DLBCL patients; immune response.