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. 2019 Apr;33(4):884-892.
doi: 10.1038/s41375-018-0265-z. Epub 2018 Sep 28.

Inotuzumab Ozogamicin in Pediatric Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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Inotuzumab Ozogamicin in Pediatric Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Deepa Bhojwani et al. Leukemia. .
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Although inotuzumab ozogamicin (InO) is recognized as an effective agent in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in adults, data on safety and efficacy in pediatric patients are scarce. We report the use of InO in 51 children with relapsed/refractory ALL treated in the compassionate use program. In this heavily pretreated cohort, complete remission was achieved in 67% of patients with overt marrow disease. The majority (71%) of responders were negative for minimal residual disease. Responses were observed irrespective of cytogenetic subtype or number or type of prior treatment regimens. InO was well-tolerated; grade 3 hepatic transaminitis or hyperbilirubinemia were noted in 6 (12%) and grade 3/4 infections in 11 (22%) patients. No patient developed sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) during InO therapy; however, 11 of 21 (52%) patients who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) following InO developed SOS. Downregulation of surface CD22 was detected as a possible escape mechanism in three patients who developed a subsequent relapse after InO. We conclude that InO is a well-tolerated, effective therapy for children with relapsed ALL and prospective studies are warranted. Identification of risk factors for developing post-HSCT SOS and strategies to mitigate this risk are ongoing.

Conflict of interest statement

MMO’B, EAR, MLL, and SRR have received research funding from Pfizer Inc. for different studies through grant mechanisms. Pfizer did not provide any financial support for this retrospective review of their compassionate use program. The remaining authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Fig. 1
EFS (a) and OS (b). The 12-month EFS and OS rates for the entire cohort of 51 patients were 23.4 ± 7.5% and 36.3 ± 9.3%, respectively
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CD22 expression at relapse post-InO. CD22 expression in two patients evaluated pre- and post- InO and in one patient post-InO. CD22 is uniformly expressed on >99% B-lymphoblastic leukemia cells prior to InO (a, d); however, CD22 expression is diminished or absent (b, c, e) or absent in a subset of lymphoblasts (f) after InO

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