Umbilical cord blood expansion with nicotinamide provides long-term multilineage engraftment.
BACKGROUND: Delayed hematopoietic recovery is a major drawback of umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation. Transplantation of ex vivo-expanded UCB shortens time to hematopoietic recovery, but long-term, robust engraftment by the expanded unit has yet to be demonstrated. We tested the hypothesis that a UCB-derived cell product consisting of stem cells expanded for 21 days in the presence of nicotinamide and a noncultured T cell fraction (NiCord) can accelerate hematopoietic recovery and provide long-term engraftment. METHODS: In a phase I trial, 11 adults with hematologic malignancies received myeloablative bone marrow conditioning followed by transplantation with NiCord and a second unmanipulated UCB unit. Safety, hematopoietic recovery, and donor engraftment were assessed and compared with historical controls. RESULTS: No adverse events were attributable to the infusion of NiCord. Complete or partial neutrophil and T cell engraftment derived from NiCord was observed in 8 patients, and NiCord engraftment remained stable in all patients, with a median follow-up of 21 months. Two patients achieved long-term engraftment with the unmanipulated unit. Patients transplanted with NiCord achieved earlier median neutrophil recovery (13 vs. 25 days, P < 0.001) compared with that seen in historical controls. The 1-year overall and progression-free survival rates were 82% and 73%, respectively. CONCLUSION: UCB-derived hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells expanded in the presence of nicotinamide and transplanted with a T cell-containing fraction contain both short-term and long-term repopulating cells. The results justify further study of NiCord transplantation as a single UCB graft. If long-term safety is confirmed, NiCord has the potential to broaden accessibility and reduce the toxicity of UCB transplantation. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01221857. FUNDING: Gamida Cell Ltd.
Horwitz, ME; Chao, NJ; Rizzieri, DA; Long, GD; Sullivan, KM; Gasparetto, C; Chute, JP; Morris, A; McDonald, C; Waters-Pick, B; Stiff, P; Wease, S; Peled, A; Snyder, D; Cohen, EG; Shoham, H; Landau, E; Friend, E; Peleg, I; Aschengrau, D; Yackoubov, D; Kurtzberg, J; Peled, T
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