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Blood. 2010 Feb 25;115(8):1512-8. doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-06-230391. Epub 2009 Dec 10.

Emergence of BCR-ABL-specific cytotoxic T cells in the bone marrow of patients with Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia during long-term imatinib mesylate treatment.

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Section of Hematology, Department of Oncology, Hematology and Respiratory Diseases, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Del Pozzo 71, Modena, Italy.


Imatinib mesylate has been demonstrated to allow the emergence of T cells directed against chronic myeloid leukemia cells. A total of 10 Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients receiving high-dose imatinib mesylate maintenance underwent long-term immunological monitoring (range, 2-65 months) of (p190)BCR-ABL-specific T cells in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. (p190)BCR-ABL-specific T lymphocytes were detected in all patients, more frequently in bone marrow than in peripheral blood samples (67% vs 25%, P < .01) and resulted significantly associated with lower minimal residual disease values (P < .001), whereas absent at leukemia relapse. Specific T cells were mainly effector memory CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells, producing interferon-gamma, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interleukin-2 (median percentage of positive cells: 3.34, 3.04, and 3.58, respectively). Cytotoxic subsets able to lyse BCR-ABL-positive leukemia blasts also were detectable. Whether these autologous (p190)BCR-ABL-specific T cells may be detectable under other tyrosine-kinase inhibitors, expanded ex vivo, and exploited for immunotherapy remains to be addressed.

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