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Critical Reviews™ in Immunology

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevImmunol.v21.i1-3.130
14 pages

Nonmyeloablative Blood Stem Cell Transplantation as Adoptive Allogeneic Immunotherapy for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

Richard W. Childs
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


Allogeneic stem cell transplantation has emerged as a potentially curative form of immunotherapy for patients with hematological malignancies that are resistant to conventional chemo/radiotherapy. Donor T cell populations targeting allogeneic minor histocompatibility antigens expressed on the patient’s malignant cells are felt to be the driving force of the graft-versus-leukemia reaction, although to date only a handful of these antigens have been fully characterized. Recent data from experimental animal models and limited clinical data in humans suggest that graft-versus-tumor effects, analogous to the graft-versus-leukemia reaction, may be generated against malignancies of epithelial origin. This article reviews the results of a pilot trial demonstrating graft-versus-renal cell carcinoma effects following nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation, highlighting the potential of allogeneic immunotherapy for treating cancer.

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