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Management of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: focus on adoptive T-cell therapy

Authors Perna S, Huye L, Savoldo B

Received 9 May 2014

Accepted for publication 16 July 2014

Published 19 March 2015 Volume 2015:4 Pages 55—63


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Serena Kimi Perna,1 Leslie E Huye,1,† Barbara Savoldo1,2

1Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, 2Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
Leslie E Huye passed away on January 1st, 2015

Abstract: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) represents a heterogeneous group of malignancies with high diversity in terms of biology, clinical responses, and prognosis. Standard therapy regimens produce a 5-year relative survival rate of only 69%, with the critical need to increase the treatment-success rate of this patient population presenting at diagnosis with a median age of 66 years and many comorbidities. The evidence that an impaired immune system favors the development of NHL has opened the stage for new therapeutics, and specifically for the adoptive transfer of ex vivo-expanded antigen-specific T-cells. In this review, we discuss how T-cells specific for viral-associated antigens, nonviral-associated antigens expressed by the tumor, T-cells redirected through the expression of chimeric antigen receptors, and transgenic T-cell receptors against tumor cells have been developed and used in clinical trials for the treatment of patients with NHLs.

Keywords: adoptive immunotherapy, cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), transgenic T-cell receptors

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