Tomotherapy Applied Total Lymphoid Irradiation and Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Generates Mixed Chimerism in the Rhesus Macaque Model

Radiat Res. 2021 Aug 13. doi: 10.1667/RADE-20-00246.1. Online ahead of print.


Development of a new methodology to induce immunological chimerism after allogeneic hematopoietic cell (HC) transplantation in a rhesus macaque model is described. The chimeric state was achieved using a non-myeloablative, helical tomotherapy-based total lymphoid irradiation (TomoTLI) conditioning regimen followed by donor HC infusions between 1-haplotype matched donor/recipient pairs. The technique was tested as a feasibility study in an experimental group of seven rhesus macaques that received the novel TomoTLI tolerance protocol and HC allo-transplants. Two tomotherapy protocols were compared: TomoTLI (n = 5) and TomoTLI/total-body irradiation (TBI) (n = 2). Five of seven animals developed mixed chimerism. Three of five animals given the TomoTLI protocol generated transient mixed chimerism with no graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) with survival of 33, 152 and >180 days. However, the inclusion of belatacept in addition to a single fraction of TBI resulted in total chimerism and fatal GVHD in both animals, indicating an unacceptable conditioning regimen.