Journal article

Adoptive cell therapy against EBV-related malignancies: a survey of clinical results

Anna Merlo, Riccardo Turrini, Riccardo Dolcetti, Paola Zanovello, Alberto Amadori, Antonio Rosato

EXPERT OPINION ON BIOLOGICAL THERAPY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection is associated with a heterogeneous group of tumors, including lymphoproliferative disorders, Hodgkin's disease, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and Burkitt's lymphoma. As such neoplastic disorders express viral antigens, they can be treated by adoptive immunotherapy strategies relying mostly on in vitro generation and expansion of virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL), which can be administered to patients for both prophylaxis and treatment. OBJECTIVE: We reviewed results obtained in all clinical trials reported thus far employing anti-EBV adoptive immunotherapy for different virus-related malignancies. METHODS: 'PTLD after HSCT', 'PTLD after SO..

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