New targets for therapy antigen identification in adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Stephanie Jordaens, Leah Cooksey, Laurie Freire Boullosa, Viggo Van Tendeloo, Evelien Smits, Ken I Mills, Kim H Orchard, Barbara-Ann Guinn

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Abstract

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in adults is a rare and difficult-to-treat cancer that is characterised by excess lymphoblasts in the bone marrow. Although many patients achieve remission with chemotherapy, relapse rates are high and the associated impact on survival devastating. Most patients receive chemotherapy and for those whose overall fitness supports it, the most effective treatment to date is allogeneic stem cell transplant that can improve overall survival rates in part due to a 'graft-versus-leukaemia' effect. However, due to the rarity of this disease, and the availability of mature B-cell antigens on the cell surface, few new cancer antigens have been identified in adult B-ALL that could act as targets to remove residual disease in first remission or provide alternative targets for escape variants if and when current immunotherapy strategies fail. We have used RT-PCR analysis, literature searches, antibody-specific profiling and gene expression microarray analysis to identify and prioritise antigens as novel targets for the treatment of adult B-ALL.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCancer immunology, immunotherapy : CII
Early online date22 Jan 2020
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Publication statusEarly online date - 22 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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