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  1. Radioimmunotherapy in refractory b-cell nonhodgkins lymphoma with I-131-labeled chimeric anti cd-20 c2b8 (I-131 rituximab): preliminary result

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    Kang, Hye Jin; Park, Yeon Hee; Kim, Sung Eun and others [Korea University Medical School, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    Recently, the native chimeric human-mouse anti CD-20 antibody IDEC-C2B8 (Rituximab) has been widely applied in NHL. This ongoing phase study was to evaluate whether radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with I-131 rituximab is effective in refractory B-cell NHL. Inclusion criteria were as follows: B-cell NHL with relapsed or refractory to primary standard therapy, measurable disease, adequate hematologic, renal, and hepatic function, informed consent. The rituximab (Mabthera, Roach) was radiolabeled with iodine-131(I-131) using a modified chloramine T method with high radiochemical purity (95%) and preservation of immuno-reactivity. All patients received loading doses of unlabeled rituximab (median, 40 mg: range, 20{approx}70 mg) immediately prior to administration of therapeutic dose (51.4{approx}152.2 MBq/kg), and then underwent gamma camera scan. 11 patients were enrolled (4 low-grade B-cell NHL, 7 DLBCL, median age 63 years). Patients had received a median of three prior chemotherapy regimens. The objective response rate was 36.4% (1 CR, 3 PRs). These all responses were observed in low-grade B-cell NHL, except one with DLBCL. Adverse events were primarily hematologic toxicities; the incidence of grade 3/4 neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia was 27.3%, 45.5%, and 18.2%, respectively. The treatment-related mortality was observed in one patient, who had been previously treated with high-dose chemotherapy plus TBI with autologous stem cell transplantation. RIT with I-131 rituximab seems to be effective tolerable in refractory low-grade B-cell NHL, although modest activity in refractory DLBCL. Further studies to define the efficacy of I-131 rituximab in DLBCL are warranted.

  2. Biodistribution and kinetics of {sup 131}I-labelled anti-CD20 MAB IDEC-C2B8 (rituximab) in relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Scheidhauer, Klemens; Wolf, Ingo; Baumgartl, Hans-Joachim; Reidel, Guenther; Schwaiger, Markus [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Ismaninger Strasse 22, 81675 Muenchen (Germany); Schilling, Christoph von; Schmidt, Burkhard; Peschel, Christian [III. Medizinische Klinik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany)

    2002-10-01

    The native chimeric human-mouse anti-CD20 antibody IDEC-C2B8 (rituximab) is therapeutically applied in relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the distribution and pharmacokinetics of iodine-131 labelled rituximab in humans for radioimmunotherapy of relapsed CD20-positive NHL. Thirty-five patients with relapsed NHL were administered 20-40 mg rituximab labelled with 250 MBq {sup 131}I. Biodistribution was determined by the gamma camera whole-body scans, whole-body probe measurements and the analysis of serial blood and urine samples. Dosimetry was performed using the MIRDOSE 3 program. Antibody administration was well tolerated. The whole-body activity showed a mono-exponential decrease with a wide range of effective half-lives, the mean value (88 h) being significantly longer than the half-life of its murine counterpart, tositumomab. This led to appropriately higher dose factors for the whole body and organs. Activity was excreted mainly through the kidneys. Normal organs showed decreasing ratios of organ to whole-body activity over time, whereas the tumour tissue presented different kinetics, with increasing ratios of tumour to whole-body activity as evidence for specific antibody binding. It is concluded that {sup 131}I-labelled rituximab is suitable for pretherapeutic dosimetry. Due to the wide range of whole-body and organ dose factors, individual dosimetry is necessary for radioimmunotherapy with {sup 131}I-labelled rituximab. The therapeutic activities of {sup 131}I-labelled rituximab required to deliver similar doses should be lower than those of its murine counterpart. (orig.)

  3. Quantitative Analysis of High Dose Radioimmunotherapy with I-131 Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody (Rituximab) in Patients with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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    Kim, Kyeong Min; Kang, Hye Jin; Choi, Tae Hyun; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, Sang Moo [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-07-01

    Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) is therapeutic method for treatment of patient with incurable disease. I-131 is an radioisotope widely used for both diagnostic imaging and therapy, because of simultaneous emitting both gamma- and beta-ray. Recently, RIT using I-131 anti- CD20 rituximab has been introduced as one of the promising therapeutic model to treat patient with non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL). Although dosimetric approaches of low-dose I-131 rituximab imaging have been reported, there is no study of dosimetry with high dose imaging in patient with NHL yet. In this study, we evaluated strategy of high-dose RIT and investigated the kinetic behavior and absorbed dose to bone marrow and whole body in RIT study with high-dose strategy using I-131 rituximab for NHL.

  4. Electrophilic Halogenation of closo-1,2-C2B8H10.

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    Bakardjiev, Mario; Růžička, Aleš; Růžičková, Zdeňka; Holub, Josef; Tok, Oleg L; Štíbr, Bohumil

    2017-05-15

    Initial studies on electrophilic halogenation of the dicarbaborane closo-1,2-C2B8H10 (1) have been carried out to reveal that the substitution takes place at B7 and B10 vertexes, which are the most removed from the CH positions. The course of the halogenation is strongly dependent on the nature of the halogenation agent and reaction conditions. Individual reactions led to the isolation of the monosubstituted compounds 1,2-C2B8H9-10-X (2) (where X = F, I) and 1,2-C2B8H9-7-X (3) (where X = Cl, I). Disubstituted carboranes 1,2-C2B8H8-7,10-X2 (4) (where X = Cl, Br, I) were obtained under more forcing conditions. Individual halo derivatives were characterized by mass spectrometry and high-field NMR ((11)B, (1)H,(13)C) spectroscopy combined with two-dimensional [(11)B-(11)B]-COSY, (1)H{(11)B(selective)}, and [(11)B-(1)H]-correlation NMR techniques. All of the derivatives bearing a halogen substituent in the B10 position exhibit a remarkable antipodal (13)C and (1)H NMR shielding at the CH1 vertex, increasing in the order H < I < Br < Cl < F. The structures of 1,2-C2B8H8-7,10-X2 derivatives (where X = Cl, I, 4b,d) were established by X-ray diffraction analyses.

  5. Assessment of absorbed dose and therapeutic response of tumor in repeated high-dose I-131 anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab) radioimmunotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Byun, Byung Hyun; Lim, Sang Moo; Kim, Kyeong Min [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2007-07-01

    We assessed the therapeutic dose absorbed to the tumor and response in repeated RIT with I-131 rituximab for NHL. Patients with NHL (n=6) were administered a therapeutic dose of I-131 rituximab (192.527.0 mCi). The number of repeated administration was 3 for all patients. Total 12 measurable tumor regions were assessed at the time of each RIT. Whole-body (WB) planar images with anterior and posterior views were acquired sequentially at 5 min, 5hr, 24hr, 48hr, and 72hr post-injection using gamma camera. F-18-FDG PET/CT was performed before (within 7 days) and after (on Day 30) RIT. From PET/CT image acquired before RIT, maximum intensity projection (MIP) image of coronal view was acquired. Serial WB planar images were overlaid to the coronal MIP PET image, respectively, by means of registration using 4 fiducial marks (bilateral shoulder and buttock) implemented in AMIDE software. On registered MIP PET and WB planar images, both 2D-ROIs were drawn on the region of tumor and background nearby tumor. The shape of 2D-ROI of tumor was determined from the MIP PET image. The volume of tumor was measured from the CT image, the % change of tumor volume before and after RIT was used in evaluation of the therapeutic response. The values of CT-based tumor volume were 8.216.3cc. The values of absorbed dose for tumor and the % changes of tumor volume before and after RIT were 231.8603.0rad, and 55.548.7%, respectively, and did not show the linear relationship (r=0.2787). The values of absorbed dose for tumor and the % changes of tumor volume did not correlate with the number of repeated administration (p>0.05, ANOVA). Aligning PET and planar images could estimate the quantitative values of absorbed dose to tumor. The data suggest that repeated RIT with I-131 rituximab is necessary for NHL, because single-RIT is insufficient to achieve remission of disease.

  6. Unusual Closure of the Ten-Vertex Nido Cage via Alkylation: Regiospecific Synthesis of 3-Alkyl Derivatives of closo-1,2-C2B8H10.

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    Bakardjiev, Mario; Štíbr, Bohumil; Tok, Oleg L; Holub, Josef

    2018-01-05

    Alkylation of the [nido-5,6-R12C2B8H9]- anions (where R1 = H and Me) with alkyl halides (RX, where R = primary and secondary alkyls) in boiling tetrahydrofuran (THF) proceeds via unusual H2 elimination, followed by cage closure to give a series of the neutral closo-1,2-R12C2B8H7-3-R derivatives in ∼70-80% yields. In contrast, treatment of the unsubstituted [nido-5,6-C2B8H11]- anion with tert-butyl bromide (t-BuBr) led to the formation of the parent closo-1,2-C2B8H10 in >85% yield. The constitution of all compounds isolated has been confirmed unambiguously by multinuclear (11B, 1H, and 13C) nuclear magnetic resonance measurements and α-shift correlation assessments.

  7. Tositumomab and Iodine I 131 Tositumomab

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    This page contains brief information about tositumomab and iodine I 131 tositumomab and a collection of links to more information about the use of this drug combination, research results, and ongoing clinical trials.

  8. Rituximab Injection

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    Rituximab injection (Rituxan) and rituximab and hyaluronidase human injection (Rituxin Hycela) are used alone or with other medications to ... that begins in the white blood cells). Rituximab injection is also used with another medication to treat ...

  9. Get the Facts About Exposure to I-131 Radiation

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    ... the Fukushima accident in 2011 (primarily Americans in Japan) Releases from atomic weapons production plants (such as ... approximately 2 to 3 times more common in women Reliable information about I-131's impact on human ...

  10. Cystic thyroid mass following I-131 treatment of papillary thyroid carcinoma: An unusual complication

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    Morrish, D.W.; Jackson, F.I.; Lalani, Z.H.; Catz, Z.; Sloboda, R. (Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada))

    1989-12-01

    Several unusual complications of I-131 therapy for thyroid carcinoma are known. Two patients who developed a further unusual event that consisted of a palpable mass and cystic degeneration are described.

  11. False-positive I-131 scan by contaminated muffler in a patient with thyroid carcinoma

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    Seo, Han Kyung; Kim, Min Woo; Jeong, Hwan Jeong; Sohn, Myung Hee [Chonbuk National University Hospital, Chonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-02-15

    A 39-year-old female patient who had undergone a total thyroidectomy for a papillary thyroid carcinoma underwent a whole body scan with I-131. The I-131 scan was performed 72 hours after administering 185 MBq (5 mGi) of an I-131 solution. The anterior image of head, neck, and upper chest showed multiple areas of increased uptake in the mediastinal area considering of functional metastasis. However, radioactivity was not evident in the image taken after removing her clothes and muffler. The image obtained after placing the muffler on the pallet showed that the radioactivity was still present. It is well known that artifacts on an I-131 scan can be produced by styling hair sputum, drooling during sleep, chewing gum, and paper or a cloth handkerchief that is contaminated with the radioactive iodine from either perspiration or saliva. This activity might be mistaken for a functional metastasis. Therefore, it is essential that an image be obtained after removing the patient's clothes. In this study, artifacts due to a contaminated muffler on the I-131 scan were found. These mimicked a functional metastasis of the mediastinal area in a patient with a papillary thyroid carcinoma.

  12. Rituximab done

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    Walker, Ulrich A; Jaeger, Veronika K; Chatzidionysiou, Katerina

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of biologics after rituximab (RTX) treatment in RA. METHODS: The effectiveness of TNF-α inhibitors (TNFi), abatacept (ABA) or tocilizumab (TCZ) was examined in patients previously treated with RTX using clinical data collected in the Collaborative Registries...... a greater decline of DAS28-ESR and clinical disease activity index than patients on TNFi (n = 89) or ABA (n = 90). This effect was also seen after adjusting for baseline prednisone use and the number of previous biologics. The mean DAS28-ESR scores in patients on TCZ were 1.0 (95% CI: 0.2, 1.7) and 1.8 (95......% CI: 1.0, 2.5) points lower than in patients on TNFi or ABA, respectively. In patients on TCZ, the clinical disease activity index was 9.4 (95% CI: 1.7, 16.1) and 8.1 (95% CI: 0.9, 15.3) points lower than on TNFi and ABA, respectively. Patients on TCZ more frequently had good EULAR responses than...

  13. Unexpected Uptake by the Gallbladder in Post-Ablative I-131 Scan

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    Kemal Ünal

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A 47-year-old woman was diagnosed as papillary thyroid carcinoma. I-131 ablation therapy was applied following total thyroidectomy, and the whole-body scan revealed a focus of increased uptake in the right upper quadrant. Lateral view images of the uptake site showed that the focus was located near the right liver lobe. The patient was referred to radiology department for correlative abdominal Computed Tomography (CT and Ultrasonography (US to rule out a possible liver metastasis. CT images detected a gallstone in the corresponding area, which was verified by US. These methods did not reveal any metastatic disease in the liver or in other abdominal organs. This is the first published case report documents a rare false-positive finding of I-131 scan that was associated with an asymptomatic gallstone, and emphasizes the importance of correlative imaging in gallbladder related I-131 uptake.

  14. Renal I-131-hippurate clearance overestimates true renal blood flow in the instrumented conscious dog

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    Visscher, CA; DeZeeuw, D; Navis, G; VanZanten, AK; DeJong, PE; Huisman, RM

    We evaluated renal I-131-hippurate clearance (ERPF(hip)) as a measure of renal blood flow (RBF) in chronically instrumented conscious dogs. When adjusted for renal hippurate extraction (E(hip), 0.77 +/- 0.01) and hematocrit (Hct, 39.7 +/- 1%), calculated RBF(hip) (656 +/- 37 ml/min) markedly

  15. Control system of liquid effluents generated in treatment with I-131; Sistema de control de efluentes liquidos generados en el tratamiento con I-131

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    Garcia M, T.; Ruiz C, M. A.; Angeles C, A.; Ramirez S, R., E-mail: teodoro.garcia@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    In recent years, nuclear medicine has developed greatly in our country and around the world. Techniques for both medical diagnosis and therapy have increased the use of radiopharmaceuticals, notably the I-131. In Mexico there are around 150 nuclear medicine establishments authorized by the Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias. Most of these establishments do not have an appropriate facility for the treatment of radioactive liquid effluents, to ensure compliance with the concentration limits established in the regulations. The Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ) developed and implemented successfully, a control system of radioactive effluents (named SACEL) from a nuclear medicine facility. This system ensures an effective compliance with regulations and also better management and control of these radioactive effluents. Calculations and design of SACEL were made with respect to I-131, because is one of the most commonly used in radiotherapy and medical diagnostics, besides its half-life is greater in relation to other radionuclides. SACEL is comprised of four storage tanks and decay and a fifth tank for measuring the concentration of I-131 and later discharge to the drain; these tanks are connected to an automated system that controls the effluents passage. The calculation to determine the volume of the tanks was carried out according to the demand that has the hospital, to the maximum activity being poured in effluents and time required to decay. In this paper the design and installation of SACEL system, in addition to functioning as a facility that enables the Hospital meet the required standards is presented. Dose calculations performed with MCNPX and the methodology used in the calibration of the detection system is also presented. (Author)

  16. Development of gamma-photon/Cerenkov-light hybrid system for simultaneous imaging of I-131 radionuclide

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi; Suzuki, Mayumi; Kato, Katsuhiko [Radiological and Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Watabe, Tadashi; Ikeda, Hayato; Kanai, Yasukazu [Department of Molecular Imaging in Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Ogata, Yoshimune [Radiological and Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Hatazawa, Jun [Department of Molecular Imaging in Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)

    2016-09-11

    Although iodine 131 (I-131) is used for radionuclide therapy, high resolution images are difficult to obtain with conventional gamma cameras because of the high energy of I-131 gamma photons (364 keV). Cerenkov-light imaging is a possible method for beta emitting radionuclides, and I-131 (606 MeV maximum beta energy) is a candidate to obtain high resolution images. We developed a high energy gamma camera system for I-131 radionuclide and combined it with a Cerenkov-light imaging system to form a gamma-photon/Cerenkov-light hybrid imaging system to compare the simultaneously measured images of these two modalities. The high energy gamma imaging detector used 0.85-mm×0.85-mm×10-mm thick GAGG scintillator pixels arranged in a 44×44 matrix with a 0.1-mm thick reflector and optical coupled to a Hamamatsu 2 in. square position sensitive photomultiplier tube (PSPMT: H12700 MOD). The gamma imaging detector was encased in a 2 cm thick tungsten shield, and a pinhole collimator was mounted on its top to form a gamma camera system. The Cerenkov-light imaging system was made of a high sensitivity cooled CCD camera. The Cerenkov-light imaging system was combined with the gamma camera using optical mirrors to image the same area of the subject. With this configuration, we simultaneously imaged the gamma photons and the Cerenkov-light from I-131 in the subjects. The spatial resolution and sensitivity of the gamma camera system for I-131 were respectively ~3 mm FWHM and ~10 cps/MBq for the high sensitivity collimator at 10 cm from the collimator surface. The spatial resolution of the Cerenkov-light imaging system was 0.64 mm FWHM at 10 cm from the system surface. Thyroid phantom and rat images were successfully obtained with the developed gamma-photon/Cerenkov-light hybrid imaging system, allowing direct comparison of these two modalities. Our developed gamma-photon/Cerenkov-light hybrid imaging system will be useful to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of these two

  17. The utility of I-123 pretherapy scan in I-131 radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer.

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    Chen, Ming-Kai; Yasrebi, Mona; Samii, Jason; Staib, Lawrence H; Doddamane, Indukala; Cheng, David W

    2012-03-01

    There is a growing belief that a pretherapy scan yields little or no additional information that would impact on radioiodine ablation dosing. In addition, there is some concern regarding on the stunning effect of a pretherapy scan, especially when I-131 radioisotope is used for imaging. We hypothesized that a pretherapy scan provides invaluable information on the amount of thyroid remnant, sometimes indicating the need for two-step I-131 ablation. It may also detect unsuspected local lymph node involvement or distant metastases, indicating the requirement for a higher I-131 dose after thyroidectomy. The aim of this study was to evaluate how effective pretherapy scans are for guiding I-131 therapy planning and augmenting information provided in the pathology reports for thyroidectomy specimens. We reviewed 122 patients who underwent I-123 pretherapy scan and I-131 radioablation at Yale New Haven Hospital between January 2006 and August 2007. The percentage of neck uptake and whole-body images were acquired 24 hours following the administration of 51.8 MBq (1.4 mCi) of I-123 NaI. A 24-hour uptake of >3% was used as the cutoff to determine whether there was a greater than desired quantity of thyroid remnant, which would require a two-step treatment protocol. Furthermore, attention was paid to identifying cervical lymph nodes, which may not have presented themselves in the euthyroid state at the time of thyroidectomy. Additional clinical information provided by pretherapy scans was computed as percentages with 95% confidence intervals by using adjusted Wald intervals. Overall, the pretherapy scans provided additional critical information in 25% of the cases (31/122; 95% CI: 18%-34%). For cases demonstrating >3% uptake with midline lymph nodes, the pretherapy scan provided additional information in 50% of the cases (8/16; 95% CI: 28%-72%). Our study demonstrated that I-123 pretherapy scans provide valuable information with regard to unsuspected lymph nodes or

  18. Diagnostic I-131 scintigraphy in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer : no additional value of higher scan dose

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    Phan, TTH; van Tol, KM; Links, TP; Piers, DA; de Vries, EGE; Dullaart, RPF; Jager, PL

    2004-01-01

    Objective: After initial treatment with total thyroidectomy and radioiodine ablation, most follow-up protocols for patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma contain cyclic diagnostic I-131 imaging and serum thyroglobulin measurements. The applied diagnostic I-131 doses vary between 37 and 370

  19. Treatment of metastatic para-aortic paraganglioma by surgery, radiotherapy and I-131 mIBG

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    Ball, A.B.S.; Tait, D.M.; Fisher, C.; Sinnett, H.D.; Harmer, C.L. (Royal Marsden Hospital, London (United Kingdom))

    1991-10-01

    A patient with a malignant, functioning, aortico-sympathetic paraganglioma and a solitary bone metastasis causing paraplegia was treated by spinal decompression, irradiation of the metastasis, surgical excision of the primary tumour and systemic I-131 meta-iodobenzyl-guanidine (mIBG). Sixteen months after treatment there was no clinical, radiological or biochemical evidence of residual disease and neurological function was restored. The case supports the use of combined treatment incorporating mIBG in patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumours which demonstrate mIBG uptake. (author).

  20. Renal graft evaluation with pertechnetate and I-131 Hippuran. A comparative clinical study. [Tc-99m

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    Clorius, J.H.; Dreikorn, K.; Zelt, J.; Raptou, E.; Weber, D.; Rubinstein, K.; Dahm, D.; Georgi, P.

    1979-10-01

    This retrospective study compared standard clinical and biochemical data from 50 graft recipients against 533 I-131 Hippuran sequential scintigrams and 515 (/sup 99m/Tc)pertechnetate serial scintigrams. All grafts included in this study are cadaver kidneys. The majority of the studies were made during the early posttransplantation period. Anuria or oliguria of at least 4 days duration was seen in 18 patients. The study spans 574 days of oliguria during which 136 dual-tracer studies were made. I-131 Hippuran renography of functioning grafts was carried out 397 times, and the Tc-99m sequential scintigraphy 379 times. In all, 47 episodes of acute rejection were registered clinically in functioning grafts, 36 of which were recognized during Hippuran renography and 38 with the pertechnetate study. False-positive errors were seen 12 times during renography. The study also demonstrated that furosemide will significantly and predictably influence renography and the pertechnetate study. This seems noteworthy since furosemide is extensively used in posttransplant management.

  1. Measuring the actual I-131 thyroid uptake curve with a collar detector system: a feasibility study

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    Brinks, Peter; Van Gils, Koen; Dickerscheid, Dennis B.M.; Habraken, Jan B.A. [Department of Medical Physics, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Kranenborg, Ellen; Lavalaye, Jules [Department of Nuclear Medicine, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein (Netherlands)

    2017-06-15

    Radionuclide therapy using I-131 is commonly used for the treatment of benign thyroid diseases. The therapeutic dose to be administered is calculated based on the type of disease, the volume of the thyroid, and the measured uptake percentage. This methodology assumes a similar biological half-life of iodine, whereas in reality a large variation in biological half-life is observed. More knowledge about the actual biological half-life of iodine for individual patients will improve the quantification of the delivered radiation dose during radioiodine therapy and could aid the evaluation of the success of the therapy. In this feasibility study we used a novel measurement device [Collar Therapy Indicator (CoTI)] to measure the uptake curve of patients undergoing I-131 radioiodine therapy. The CoTI device is a light-weight wearable device that contains two independent gamma radiation detectors that are placed in a collar. By comparing results of thyroid uptake measurements with results obtained with a gamma camera, the precision of the system is demonstrated. Additionally, for three patients the uptake curve is measured during 48 h of admission in the hospital. The presented results demonstrate the feasibility of the new measurement device to measure the uptake curve during radioiodine therapy. (orig.)

  2. Calibration of the Accuscan II In Vivo System for I-131 Thyroid Counting

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    Orval R. Perry; David L. Georgeson

    2011-07-01

    This report describes the March 2011 calibration of the Accuscan II HpGe In Vivo system for I-131 thyroid counting. The source used for the calibration was an Analytics mixed gamma source 82834-121 distributed in an epoxy matrix in a Wheaton Liquid Scintillation Vial with energies from 88.0 keV to 1836.1 keV. The center of the detectors was position 64-feet from the vault floor. This position places the approximate center line of the detectors at the center line of the source in the thyroid tube. The calibration was performed using an RMC II phantom (Appendix J). Validation testing was performed using a Ba-133 source and an ANSI N44.3 Phantom (Appendix I). This report includes an overview introduction and records for the energy/FWHM and efficiency calibrations including verification counting. The Accuscan II system was successfully calibrated for counting the thyroid for I-131 and verified in accordance with ANSI/HPS N13.30-1996 criteria.

  3. Low radiation dose to relatives after discharge of thyroid cancer patients treated with I-131

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    Remy, H.; Camps, E. [Pharmacy, Institut de Cancerologie Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Ricard, M.; Lavielle, F.; Coulot, J. [Medical Physics, Institut de Cancerologie Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Borget, I. [Health Economics, Institut de Cancerologie Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Schhumberger, M. [Nuclear Medicine, Institut de Cancerologie Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); University Paris-sud, Bicetre (France)

    2012-07-01

    Patients treated with I-131 for thyroid carcinoma are potential source of radiation exposure for other individuals. In order to provide more reliable information to patients and relatives, this study evaluated the radiation dose received by family members after discharge from the hospital. Three main observations can be drawn. First, rhTSH (recombinant human Thyrotropin) stimulation leads to lower irradiation when mean rate is considered (cumulated irradiation divided by time contact) 1.4 {mu}Sv per hour compared to 1.6 {mu}Sv with withdrawal. However, this had no impact on the radiation dose received by relatives, because of a longer time spent close to the patient when rhTSH is used. Secondly, the mean cumulated radiation dose delivered to the relatives during the 7 days following discharge was similar with either rhTSH (58 {mu}Sv) or withdrawal patients (49.6 {mu}Sv). Thirdly, in euthyroid patients after rhTSH, the whole body retention of I-131 after three days of hospitalization is significantly lower than in hypothyroid patients after withdrawal. The hospital stay can be shortened when rhTSH is used

  4. SU-F-T-222: Dose of Fetus and Infant Following Accidental Intakes of I-131 by the Mother

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    Wang, Y [The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan (China); Hu, P [Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    2016-06-15

    Purpose: To estimate the calculation of absorbed dose to the fetus and infants from intakes of I-131 by the mother. Thus provide some advice to the radioprotection of radioactive accident. Methods: In this clinical case, a staff of nuclear medicine accidently intake I-131 during (10–12 weeks) and after pregnancy. The infant was born at full term, but both lobes of the thyroid gland were found to be absent (bilobar thyroid agenesis). It was suspected that the fetal thyroid agenesis may be related with mother’s contamination of I-131 during pregnancy. Urine samples for 24h were collected at different times after administered and radioactivity were measured to calculate the dose of intake I-131. Calculate the intake I-131 by the results of personal TLD dosimeter. We adopted the mean of two calculated results as the I-131 intake. According to the dose of intake I-131 by the mother, effective dose and absorbed dose of thyroid for mother, fetus and infant were calculated. Results: The intake of I-131 was estimated for 8.18 mCi. I-131 intake was calculated for 7.9 mCi based on data of TLD dosimeter. We adopted the mean of two results as the I-131 intake. The final result was 8.0 mCi. Effective dose and absorbed dose of thyroid for mother were 7.3Sv and 164 Gy, effective dose and absorbed dose of thyroid for fetus were 2.035 Sv and 40.7 Gy, effective dose and absorbed dose of thyroid for infant were 16.25 Sv and 355Gy. Conclusion: The intake during pregnancy was about 1mCi. The absorbed dose of thyroid of the mother was 19.5Gy, whereas the effective of infant was estimated for 40.7Gy. The function of the mother’s thyroid was normal after diagnosis. But the infant was diagnosed as bilobar thyroid agenesis.

  5. Discovery – Development of Rituximab

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    NCI funded the development of rituximab, one of the first monoclonal antibody cancer treatments. With the discovery of rituximab, more than 70 percent of patients diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma now live five years past their initial diagnosis.

  6. Empiric Therapy with Low-Dose I-131 in Differentiated Cancer Thyroid: What is the Magic Number?

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    Shinto, Ajit S; Kamaleshwaran, K K; Shibu, Deepu K; Vyshak, K; Antony, Joppy

    2013-05-01

    Low dose radioactive iodine-131 (RAI) has been widely reported in the treatment of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) since 1970's. However, the clinical outcomes, dosage of I-131 and criteria for successful ablation are different in various studies. The aim of this study was to assess clinical outcome 18-month after RAI therapy in selected DTC patients and identify factors associated with a good response. In this experimental study, among patients with DTC referred to the Nuclear Medicine Department and had an indication for RAI therapy in the period between December 2008 and January 2011, 108 subjects were selected randomly. The patients were randomly divided into three groups and empiric low dose therapy with 30, 50 or 75 mCi of I-131 was administered. Patients were monitored closely clinically and with serum thyroglobulin assays and I-131 whole-body scans at 6 monthly intervals for 18-month after treatment. Among 105 patients who completed follow-up, 86% were successfully ablated with a single low dose of I-131. There was no statistically significant difference in ablation rates in the subgroups receiving 30.50 or 75 mCi of I-131. Cumulative ablation rate was 99% in patients after the second dose of low dose therapy. If appropriate selection criteria are used in DTC, successful remnant ablation can be achieved with low doses of I-131 in the range of 30-75 mCi. No significant differences were found in results achieved with 30.50 or 75 mCi of I-131. As the majority of the DTC patients fall within the inclusion criteria of this study, they can be treated on an ambulatory basis with associated low cost, convenience, and low whole-body radiation-absorbed dose to the patients.

  7. Fetal radiation dose estimates for I-131 sodium iodide in cases where conception occurs after administration

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    Sparks, R.B.; Stabin, M.G. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education, TN (United States)

    1999-01-01

    After administration of I-131 to the female patient, the possibility of radiation exposure of the embryo/fetus exists if the patient becomes pregnant while radioiodine remains in the body. Fetal radiation dose estimates for such cases were calculated. Doses were calculated for various maternal thyroid uptakes and time intervals between administration and conception, including euthyroid and hyperthyroid cases. The maximum fetal dose calculating was about 9.8E-03 mGy/MBq, which occurred with 100% maternal thyroid uptake and a 1 week interval between administration and conception. Placental crossover of the small amount of radioiodine remaining 90 days after conception was also considered. Such crossover could result in an additional fetal dose of 9.8E-05 mGy/MBq and a maximum fetal thyroid self dose of 3.5E-04 mGy/MBq.

  8. Improved detection of lung or bone metastases with an I-131 whole body scan on the 7th day after high-dose I-131 therapy in patients with thyroid cancer

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    Chong, Ar I; Song, Ho Chun; Min, Jung Joon; Kim, Ja Hae; Yoo, Su Ung; Oh, Jong Ryool; Bom, Hee Seung [Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Shin Young [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Ha, Jung Min [Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    The purpose of this study is to compare post-therapy third day and seventh day I-131 whole body scans (3DWBS and 7DWBS) in detecting lung or bone metastasis from well-differentiated thyroid cancer. We enrolled 52 patients with lung or bone metastasis out of 1,152 patients who were treated with high-dose I-131 therapy from January 2008 to June 2009. All patients underwent 3DWBS and 7DWBS. I-131 avidity was classified into three grades: no uptake, suspicious for uptake, and definite uptake. We compared the presence and grades of metastatic lesions on each scan. We categorized all cases into three groups based on I-131 uptake on each scan and compared several clinical parameters including FDG uptake and thyroglobulin (Tg) level among the groups. Sixty metastatic cases from 52 patients (45 lung and 15 bone metastases) were included. In 35 cases, I-131-avid metastatic lesions were detected by both 3DWBS and 7DWBS (group A). In 15 cases, metastatic lesions were missed on 3DWBS but detected on 7DWBS (group B). In 10 cases, I-131 uptake was not detected on either 3DWBS or 7DWBS (group C). The of 45 cases (22.2%) of lung metastasis that were negative on 3DWBS were detected on 7DWBS (p=0.002). Five of 15 cases (33.3%) of bone metastasis that were negative on 3DWBS were detected on 7DWBS (p=0.0625). The serum Tg level (TSH stimulated) was significantly different among groups A, B, and C (p=0.0030). However, after exclusion of cases without a history of I-131 therapy, there was no significant difference in serum Tg level among the groups (p=0.2330). The number of cases with a prior history of metastasis was higher in group A than in group B (p=0.0069). However, there was no significant difference in prior history of metastasis between groups A and C (p=0.8107). 7DWBS showed more lung or bone metastatic lesions than 3DWBS. After high-dose I-131 therapy, 7DWBS should be considered regardless of the results of the 3DWBS for the diagnosis of lung or bone metastasis from well

  9. The Assessment of I-131 Internal Doses of Nuclear Medicine Workers in Korea Using Thyroid uptake system

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    Bahn, Young Kag; Oh, Gi Back; Lee, Chang Ho; Lee, Jong Doo [Yonsei University Health System, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yeom, Yu Sun; Hwang, Young Muk [Korea Radioisotope Association, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    There are possibilities the radiation workers could intake the radiation when workers deal with radiation-materials. Therefore, internal radiation doses of radiation workers need to be assessed. Although an application of the nuclear medicine is continuously increased in Korea, there is not a proper tool and form to monitor the internal doses of nuclear medicine workers. However, it is possible to attain the internal doses of I-131 to evaluate using thyroid uptake and well count system. In this study, we measured and evaluated the I-131 internal doses of nuclear medicine workers in Korea using thyroid uptake and well count system and performed an air sampling

  10. Medically-derived I-131: a potential tool for understanding the fate of wastewater nitrogen in aquatic systems

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    Rose, P. S.; Smith, J. P.; Aller, R. C.; Cochran, J. K.; Swanson, R. L.; Murthy, S. N.; Coffin, R. B.

    2010-12-01

    Iodine-131(t1/2 = 8 days) has been measured in Potomac River water and sediments in the vicinity of the Blue Plains Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), Washington, DC. The source of I-131 is medical, where it is commonly used to treat thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism. Iodine is metabolized by patients and eliminated primarily in urine. While other medical radioisotopes may enter the environment via sewage effluent, the nature and quantity of treatments using I-131 cause it to account for much of the radioactivity in sewage effluent. Natural iodine in aquatic systems is biologically cycled similar to other nutrients, such as nitrogen. Iodine-131 concentrations measured in sewage effluent from Blue Plains WPCP and in the Potomac River suggest a relatively continuous discharge of this isotope. Dissolved I-131 shows a strong, positive correlation with δ15N values of nitrate in the river. The range of I-131 concentrations detected in surface waters is 0.18 ± 0.01 to 0.68 ± 0.02 Bq/L. Surface water δ15NO3 values ranged from 8.7 ± 0.3 to 33.4 ± 7.3 ‰ with NO3+NO2 concentrations between 0.38 ± 0.02 and 2.79 ± 0.13 mgN/L. Sediment profiles of particulate I-131 and δ15N indicate rapid mixing or sedimentation and in many cases remineralization of a heavy nitrogen source consistent with wastewater nitrogen. Iodine-131 concentrations in sediments ranged from 1.31 ± 0.8 to 117 ± 2 Bq/kg dry weight. Values of δ15N in sediments ranged from 4.7 ± 0.1 ‰ to 9.3 ± 0.1 ‰. We propose that I-131 coupled with δ15N can be an excellent tracer for the short-term fate of wastewater nitrogen in this system. However, the utility of I-131 as a tracer is not limited to use in the Potomac River. Other studies have documented the presence of I-131 in several aquatic systems and continuous discharges of this radioisotope in sewage effluent are likely to be widespread in urban environments.

  11. 10 CFR 35.392 - Training for the oral administration of sodium iodide I-131 requiring a written directive in...

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    ... classroom and laboratory training, applicable to the medical use of sodium iodide I-131 for procedures...) Chemistry of byproduct material for medical use; and (v) Radiation biology; and (2) Has work experience... millicuries). 35.392 Section 35.392 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION MEDICAL USE OF BYPRODUCT MATERIAL...

  12. Implementation of iodine biokinetic model for interpreting I-131 contamination in breast milk after the Fukushima nuclear disaster

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    Tani, Kotaro; Kurihara, Osamu; Kim, Eunjoo; Yoshida, Satoshi; Sakai, Kazuo; Akashi, Makoto

    2015-07-01

    After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Company in 2011, breast milk samples obtained from volunteers living in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures were examined and small amounts of I-131 (2.2-36.3 Bq/kg) were detected in some samples. In this work, the I-131 concentrations in breast milk from nursing mothers in Ibaraki prefecture were calculated based on the iodine biokinetic model during lactation together with time-variable intake scenarios by inhalation of ambient air and ingestion of tap water, using the authors’ code. The calculated I-131 concentrations in breast milk generally agreed with those measured for the volunteers. Based on the results, thyroid equivalent doses to breast-fed infants were estimated for each place of residence of the volunteers on the assumption that these infants consumed 800 ml of breast milk every day, resulting in 10-11 mSv for Mito and Kasama cities and 1.1-1.8 mSv for Tsukuba and Moriya cities. It was suggested that breast milk consumption could be a major contributor to internal dose of breast-fed infants in areas with mild I-131 pollution; however, further studies considering personal behavior surveys would be necessary to estimate individual doses.

  13. Long-term efficacy of current thyroid prophylaxis and future perspectives on thyroid protection during I-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine treatment in children with neuroblastoma

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    Clement, S. C.; van Rijn, R. R.; van Eck-Smit, B. L. F.; van Trotsenburg, A. S. P.; Caron, H. N.; Tytgat, G. A. M.; van Santen, H. M.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Treatment with I-131-MIBG is associated with significant thyroid damage. This study was undertaken to investigate the long-term efficacy of current thyroid prophylaxis, to explore the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and thyroid volume after exposure to I-131-MIBG and to evaluate the

  14. Long-term efficacy of current thyroid prophylaxis and future perspectives on thyroid protection during I-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine treatment in children with neuroblastoma

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    Clement, S. C.; van Rijn, R. R.; van Eck-Smit, B. L. E.; van Trotsenburg, A. S. P.; Caron, H. N.; Tytgat, G. A. M.; van Santen, H. M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/238668959

    Purpose Treatment with I-131-MIBG is associated with significant thyroid damage. This study was undertaken to investigate the long-term efficacy of current thyroid prophylaxis, to explore the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and thyroid volume after exposure to I-131-MIBG and to evaluate the

  15. A False Positive I-131 Metastatic Survey Caused by Radioactive Iodine Uptake by a Benign Thymic Cyst

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    Avneet K. Singh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Thyroid carcinoma is the most common endocrine malignancy in the United States with increasing incidence and diagnosis but stable mortality. Differentiated thyroid cancer rarely presents with distant metastases and is associated with a low risk of morbidity and mortality. Despite this, current protocols recommend remnant ablation with radioactive iodine and evaluation for local and distant metastasis in some patients with higher risk disease. There are several case reports of false positive results of metastatic surveys that are either normal physiologic variants or other pathological findings. Most false positive findings are associated with tissue that has physiologic increased uptake of I-131, such as breast tissue or lung tissue; pathological findings such as thymic cysts are also known to have increased uptake. Our case describes a rare finding of a thymic cyst found on a false positive I-131 metastatic survey. The patient was taken for surgical excision and the final pathology was a benign thymic cyst. Given that pulmonary metastases of differentiated thyroid cancer are rare, thymic cysts, though also rare, must be part of the differential diagnosis for false positive findings on an I-131 survey.

  16. Averted dose to families and the public during hospitalization of patients treated with metabolic CDT I-131; Dosis evitada a familiares y publico durante el ingreso hospitalario de pacientes metabolicos de cdt tratados con I-131

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    Barquero, R.; Viloria, A.; Serra, F.; Bravo, A.

    2011-07-01

    In each entry of CDT treated patients with I-131 TLD dosimeter is placed on the wall of the room to know the dose of radiation emitted by the patient. It also performs daily monitoring of exposure levels in touch and one meter from the patient with a calibrated ionization chamber dose equivalent rate Hp (10). The deconvolution of these daily measurements in the thyroid and body components allows to know the biokinetic parameters of each patient and therefore the dose generated in the same environment. Investigates whether these calculated doses correlated with the TLD readings to confirm the biokinetic model developed is correct.

  17. Antigenic modulation and rituximab resistance.

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    Taylor, Ronald P; Lindorfer, Margaret A

    2010-04-01

    Several types of B-cell lymphoma have been successfully treated with rituximab, and approval by the US Food and Drug Administration for use of rituximab in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has increased interest in targeting CD20 on B cells for other indications. Although large amounts of rituximab can be infused into humans with no apparent dose-limiting toxicity, recent evidence suggests that the body's effector mechanisms, including complement-mediated cytotoxicity and natural killer (NK) cell-mediated killing, can be saturated or exhausted at high burdens of rituximab-opsonized B cells. One of the consequences of this saturation phenomenon is that the opsonized B cells are instead processed by a different pathway mediated by FcgammaR on effector cells. In this alternative pathway, both rituximab and CD20 are removed ("shaved") from the B cells and are taken up by monocytes/macrophages. This process, formerly called antigenic modulation, appears to occur in several compartments in the body and may play a key role in the development of resistance to rituximab therapy.

  18. Fallout and drinking water contamination by I-131 and Cs-134, 137 in Japan, from the Fukushima Daiichi NPS accident

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    Kelecom, Alphonse; Miyashita, Erika; Kelecom, Patrick Vicent [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The earthquake followed by a tsunami in Japan, on last March 11, seriously damaged four of the six reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (NPS). Radioactive smokes and highly contaminated water were released for weeks to the environment. Since March 12, when the plant operator TEPCO and Japan's nuclear agency (NISA) confirmed the presence of radionuclides near the NPS, a giant environmental monitoring operation was set up, covering the entire Japanese territory. Daily thousands measurements are realized. We here analyze data released during 60 days on I-131 and Cs-134,137 radioactive concentrations in drinking water and fallout for 45 prefectures. Miyagi and Fukushima, that requires a separate study, are not considered here. Drinking water contamination by I-131 was observed in 13 prefectures, including Tokyo. The most impacted one was Tochigi (maximum of 110 Bq/l, March 24). This value turned water not drinkable for infants and babies. Cs-137 was detected in drinking water in 8 prefectures, with a maximum level of 18 Bq/l in Ibaraki. These levels do not affect potability of tap water. I-131 was observed in fallout in 27 prefectures, with level reaching 93 kBq/m2 in Ibaraki and 36 kBq/m{sup 2} in Tokyo on March 21 and 23 respectively. Fallout of Cs-137 was observed in 19 prefectures. The maximum deposition occurred again in Ibaraki (13kBq/m{sup 2}, March 21) and in Tokyo (5.3 kBq/m2, March 22). Since mid April, only trace contamination has been observed for both radionuclides in drinking water. Sporadically medium levels of Cs-137 are still observed in fallout. (author)

  19. Evaluation of detectors for blood bioanalysis in Lu-177 and I-131 therapies for bone marrow dosimetry; Avaliacao de detectores para bioanalise de sangue em terapias com Lu-177 and I-131 para dosimetria de medula ossea

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    Degenhardt, Amilie Louize

    2016-10-01

    The measures traceability is mandatory for minimizing uncertainties in internal dosimetry for radiopharmaceuticals clinical studies and ensures the quality of the standard. Equipment should have resolution and efficiency compatible with radionuclides energies and, additionally, be able to quantify variations in human bodies' activities samples since the initial administration near the minimum residual activities. For testing three equipment (ionization chamber Capintec 25R, sodium iodine scintillator LTI Genesys Gamma-1 and high hyperpure germanium detector Canberra), they were prepared Lu-177 and I-131 radiation sources simulating patient's blood samples activities by adopting the following hypothesis: (1) initial activities according the Brazilian protocols; (2) blood volume in the whole body (5.3 L for adult men and 1.4 L for 5 years-old children); (3) effective half-lives (1.61 h and 42.9 h for Lu-177 bi-exponential adjustment and 15.7 h for I-131 mono-exponential adjustment); (4) sampling between 30 min and 168 h; (v) blood density adjustments. The standard sources were measured in the secondary standard ionization chamber Centronics IG11 at the Laboratorio Nacional de Metrologia das Radiacoes Ionizantes. The Capintec ionization chamber efficiencies ranged, respectively for I-131 and Lu-177, between (111.58±0.02)% and (102.27±0.01)% and HPGe semiconductor detector efficiencies ranged, respectively, between (89.40±0.03)% and (87.80±0.04)%. For the NaI detector, when the Lu-177 sources were positioned inside the detector the efficiencies ranged between (12.66±0.01)% and (11.54± 0.07)% and when the sources were positioned at 5 cm and 10 cm from the detector the efficiencies decreased to less than 5%. For I-131 sources positioned inside the detector, the efficiencies ranged between (29.76±0.21)% and (30.20±0.04)% and they decreased to less than 5% when they were positioned at 5 cm and 10 cm from the detector (deviation greater than 95

  20. Rituximab-Induced Coronary Vasospasm

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    Linda Lee

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab has improved the treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. While it is generally well tolerated, serious adverse effects including infusion reactions with hemodynamic compromise and cardiac arrhythmias or ischemia are possible. We report a case of coronary vasospasm occurring during a rituximab infusion in a patient with minimal tumour burden and who had no cardiac risk factors. This case highlights that determination of the cause of ischemia is important and may identify some patients who can be successfully rechallenged.

  1. Síntesis y marcación de meta-iodobencilguanidina (m-IBG) con I-131

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    Miranda, Jesús; Herrera, Jorge; Robles, Anita; Caballero, José; Ticona, L.

    2002-01-01

    La síntesis se lleva a cabo mediante la conden-sación de la m-iodobencilamina y con la formación posterior de la sal de hemisulfato. Se caracteriza e identifica la m-iodobencilguanidina m-IBG por espectroscopía IR y con la determinación del punto de fusión. Los ensayos de toxicidad en ratones demuestran que el producto sintetizado no es tóxico. El método de marcación de la m-IBG con I-131 se realiza por intercambio isotópico nucleofílico, la reacción es catalizada con sulfato de cobre en pre...

  2. RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARγ chromosomal rearrangements in post-Chernobyl thyroid cancer and their association with I-131 radiation dose and other characteristics

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    Leeman-Neill, Rebecca J.; Brenner, Alina V.; Little, Mark P.; Bogdanova, Tetiana I.; Hatch, Maureen; Zurnadzy, Liudmyla Y.; Mabuchi, Kiyohiko; Tronko, Mykola D.; Nikiforov, Yuri E.

    2012-01-01

    Background Childhood exposure to I-131 from the 1986 Chernobyl accident led to a sharp increase in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) incidence in regions surrounding the reactor. Data concerning the association between genetic mutations in PTCs and individual radiation doses are limited. Methods We performed mutational analysis of 62 PTCs diagnosed in a Ukrainian cohort of patients who were Chernobyl tumors and show different associations for point mutations and chromosomal rearrangements with I-131 dose and other factors. These data support the relationship between chromosomal rearrangements, but not point mutations, and I-131 exposure and point to a possible role of iodine deficiency in generation of RET/PTC rearrangements in these patients. PMID:23436219

  3. Estimation of parameters biokinetics from the resolution of a model compartment for I-131. Application to a patient with thyroid carcinoma hemodialysis; Estimacion de parametros bioceniticos a partir de la resolucion de un modelo compartimental para I-131. Aplicacion a un paciente hemodializado con carcinoma de torioides

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    Garcia, R.; Jimenez Feltstrom, D.; Luis dimon, F. J.; Sanchez Carmona, G.; Herrador Cordoba, M.

    2013-07-01

    This work aims to define a biokinetic model for the I-131, and solve it for different conditions of the patient or person affected (normal, with cancer of the thyroid or hyperthyroid). Solve the model in the case of a patient treated with I-131 for ablation of thyroid remnants with undergoing renal insufficiency and hemodialysis . Get the parameters Biokinetic this model for different situations. (Author)

  4. Lupus nephritis, pregnancy and rituximab

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    Enrique Dorado

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available La nefritis lúpica (NL proliferativa es una de las complicaciones más graves del LES. La respuesta terapéutica con los esquemas clásicos no existe en el 20 al 70% de los casos, siendo la amplitud de dicho rango explicada por variaciones étnicas, falta de consenso en la definición de remisión, diferencias en los tiempos de tratamiento, seguimiento y en la clase de NL. En presencia de NL recidivante o refractaria los tratamientos y el nivel de evidencia sobre su eficacia son más limitados. Rituximab es un anticuerpo monoclonal quimérico (ratón-humano dirigido contra el antígeno CD 20 localizado en la superficie celular de los linfocitos B. Estos participan en la patogénesis del LES a partir de su maduración en células plasmáticas, producción de anticuerpos, secreción de citoquinas proinflamatorias, presentación de autoantígenos a las células T y en la activación de células T. La administración de rituximab genera un rápido y sostenido descenso de los linfocitos B CD 20+ circulantes y una reducción de los títulos de auto-anticuerpos. Se reportó una disminución significativa en los niveles de antiDNA a partir de la semana 14 y de los niveles de IgM, sin compromiso de IgG ni de IgA. Se detectó droga activa en sangre periférica luego de la semana 24 de la última infusión. La depleción de linfocitos B se puede mantener por 6 meses, su reconstitución es heterogénea y puede tardar más de un año. Esta linfopenia selectiva tendría un valor predictivo de respuesta terapéutica, la remisión clínica prolongada tendría asociación con repoblación incompleta de células B de memoria varios años luego del tratamiento. En estudios observacionales realizados en pacientes con NL refractaria se reportó respuesta terapéutica con rituximab entre 67-77 % luego de 6 a 12 meses de seguimiento. Sin embargo los resultados del estudio Lupus Nephritis Assesment with Rituximab (LUNAR, randomizado controlado, a doble ciego

  5. Comparison of internal dosimetry factors for three classes of adult computational phantoms with emphasis on I-131 in the thyroid

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    Lamart, Stephanie; Bouville, Andre; Simon, Steven L.; Eckerman, Keith F.; Melo, Dunstana; Lee, Choonsik

    2011-11-01

    The S values for 11 major target organs for I-131 in the thyroid were compared for three classes of adult computational human phantoms: stylized, voxel and hybrid phantoms. In addition, we compared specific absorbed fractions (SAFs) with the thyroid as a source region over a broader photon energy range than the x- and gamma-rays of I-131. The S and SAF values were calculated for the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) reference voxel phantoms and the University of Florida (UF) hybrid phantoms by using the Monte Carlo transport method, while the S and SAF values for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) stylized phantoms were obtained from earlier publications. Phantoms in our calculations were for adults of both genders. The 11 target organs and tissues that were selected for the comparison of S values are brain, breast, stomach wall, small intestine wall, colon wall, heart wall, pancreas, salivary glands, thyroid, lungs and active marrow for I-131 and thyroid as a source region. The comparisons showed, in general, an underestimation of S values reported for the stylized phantoms compared to the values based on the ICRP voxel and UF hybrid phantoms and relatively good agreement between the S values obtained for the ICRP and UF phantoms. Substantial differences were observed for some organs between the three types of phantoms. For example, the small intestine wall of ICRP male phantom and heart wall of ICRP female phantom showed up to eightfold and fourfold greater S values, respectively, compared to the reported values for the ORNL phantoms. UF male and female phantoms also showed significant differences compared to the ORNL phantom, 4.0-fold greater for the small intestine wall and 3.3-fold greater for the heart wall. In our method, we directly calculated the S values without using the SAFs as commonly done. Hence, we sought to confirm the differences observed in our S values by comparing the SAFs among the phantoms with the thyroid as a

  6. COMPARISON OF INTERNAL DOSIMETRY FACTORS FOR THREE CLASSES OF ADULT COMPUTATIONAL PHANTOMS WITH EMPHASIS ON I-131 IN THE THYROID

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    Lamart, Stephanie; Bouville, Andre; Simon, Steven L.; Eckerman, Keith F.; Melo, Dunstana; Lee, Choonsik

    2012-01-01

    S values for 11 major target organs for I-131 in the thyroid were compared for three classes of adult computational human phantoms: stylized, voxel and hybrid phantoms. In addition, we compared Specific Absorbed Fractions (SAFs) with the thyroid as a source region over a broader photon energy range than the x- and gamma-rays of I-131. S and SAF values were calculated for the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) reference voxel phantoms and the University of Florida (UF) hybrid phantoms by using Monte Carlo transport method, while the S and SAF values for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) stylized phantoms were obtained from earlier publications. Phantoms in our calculations were for adults of both genders. The 11 target organs and tissues that were selected for the comparison of S values are: brain, breast, stomach wall, small intestine wall, colon wall, heart wall, pancreas, salivary glands, thyroid, lungs, and active marrow for I-131 and thyroid as a source region. The comparisons showed, in general, an underestimation of S values reported for the stylized phantoms compared to the values based on the ICRP voxel and UF hybrid phantoms and a relatively good agreement between the S values obtained for the ICRP and UF phantoms. Substantial differences were observed for some organs between the 3 types of phantoms. For example, the small intestine wall of ICRP male phantom and heart wall of ICRP female phantom showed up to 8-fold and 4-fold greater S values, respectively, compared to the reported values for the ORNL phantoms. UF male and female phantoms also showed significant differences compared to the ORNL phantom, 4.0-fold greater for small intestine wall and 3.3-fold greater for heart wall. In our method, we directly calculated the S values without using the SAFs as commonly done. Hence, we sought to confirm the differences observed in our S values by comparing SAFs among the phantoms with the thyroid as a source region for selected

  7. Lack of efficacy of two consecutive treatments of radioimmunotherapy with I-131-cG250 in patients with metastasized clear cell renal cell carcinoma

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    Brouwers, AH; Mulders, PFA; de Mulder, PHM; van den Broek, WJM; Buijs, WCAM; Mala, C; Joosten, FBM; Oosterwijk, E; Boerman, OC; Corstens, FHM; Oyen, WJG

    2005-01-01

    Purpose A previous activity dose-escalation study using I-131-labeled chimeric monoclonal antibody cG250 in patients with progressive metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) resulted in occasional therapeutic responses. The present study was designed to determine the safety and therapeutic efficacy of

  8. False Positive Findings on I-131 WBS and SPECT/CT in Patients with History of Thyroid Cancer: Case Series

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    Zeina C. Hannoush

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Although whole body scan (WBS with I-131 is a highly sensitive tool for detecting normal thyroid tissue and metastasis of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC, it is not specific. Additional information, provided by single photon emission computed tomography combined with X-ray computed tomography (SPECT/CT and by the serum thyroglobulin level, is extremely useful for the interpretation of findings. Case Presentation. We report four cases of false positive WBS in patients with DTC: ovarian uptake corresponding to an endometrioma, scrotal uptake due to a spermatocele, rib-cage uptake due to an old fracture, and hepatic and renal uptake secondary to a granuloma and simple cyst, respectively. Conclusions. Trapping, organification, and storage of iodine are more prominent in thyroid tissue but not specific. Physiologic sodium-iodine symporter expression in other tissues explains some, but not all, of the WBS false positive cases. Other proposed etiologies are accumulation of radioiodine in inflamed organs, metabolism of radiodinated thyroid hormone, presence of radioiodine in body fluids, and contamination. In our cases nonthyroidal pathologies were suspected since the imaging findings were not corroborated by an elevated thyroglobulin level, which is considered a reliable tumor marker for most well-differentiated thyroid cancers. Clinicians should be aware of the potential pitfalls of WBS in DTC to avoid incorrect management.

  9. Comparison of a new Tc-99m renal function agent, Tc-99m mercaptoacetyltriglycine, with I-131 OIH

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    Eshima, D.; Fritzberg, A.R.; Kasina, S.; Johnson, D.L.; Taylor, A.

    1985-05-01

    The search for a Tc-99m replacement for I-131 hippurate (OIH) has led to the synthesis of (mercaptoacetyltriglycine) Tc-99m MAG/sub 3/, a N/sub 3/S derivative with a single stereochemical form, amenable to it formulation. Mouse biodistribution studies in control and probenecid treated animals indicated that renal excretion of Tc-99m MAG/sub 3/ was superior to OIH in both groups of animals. Protein binding studies, constant infusion clearance studies and extraction efficiencies were performed in rats to determine the potential of this agent for evaluation of renal function. In rat plasma TC-99m MAG/sub 3/ was 78% protein bound while OIH was 34% bound. The constant infusion clearance values for Tc-99m MAG/sub 3/ and OIH were 2.70 and 2.11 ml/min/ 100 gm body weight respectively. Clearance values were determined in the presence of IV administered competitive inhibitors, probenecid and para-aminohippuric acid (PAH). Extraction efficiency studies were performed in rats by arterio-venous differences for Tc-99m MAG/sub 3/ and OIH. Tc-99m MAG/sub 3/ was found to have an extraction efficiency of 84.8% while 69.4% was found for OIH. In summary, TC-99m MAG/sub 3/ is cleared more rapidly than OIH in normal rodents with high specificity. Its clearance, in the presence of tubular transport inhibitors, was similar to OIH when corrected for GFR.

  10. Preoperative F-18-FDG PET for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma patients with negative I-131 whole body scans

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    Byun, Byung Hyun; Urn, Sang Moo; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Choi, Chang Woon; Lee, Byeong Cheol; Lee, Guk Haeng; Lee, Yong Sik; Shim, Youn Sang [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    We evaluated the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma patients with negative I-131 scan. All patients had total thyroidectomy and following I-131 ablation therapy. In the follow-up period, FDG-PET showed suspected cervical lymph nodes metastases and neck dissection was performed within 3 months after FDG-PET. It had shown for all patients the negative I-131 scan within 3 months before FDG-PET or negative I-131 scan during the period of cervical lymph nodes metastases suspected on the basis of FDG-PET, CT, or ultrasonography until the latest FDG-PET. Preoperative FDG-PET results were compared with the pathologic findings of lymph nodes specimens of 19 papillary thyroid carcinoma patients. Serum Tg, TSH, and Tg antibody levels at the time of latest I-131 scan were reviewed. The size of lymph node was measured by preoperative CT or ultrasonography. In 45 cervical lymph node groups dissected, 31 lymph node groups revealed metastasis. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG-PET for metastasis were 74.2% (23 of 31) and 50.0% (7 of 14), respectively. Except for patients with elevated Tg antibody levels, all patients showed the elevated serum Tg levels than normal limits at the TSH of =30uIU/ml. 8 lesions without suspected metastatic findings on FDG-PET revealed metastasis (false negative), and none of them exceeded 8mm in size (4 to 8mm, median= 6mm). On the other hand, 23 true positive lesions on FDG-PET were variable in size (6 to 17mm, median=9mm). FDG-PET is suitable for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in patients with recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma. However, false positive or false negative should be considered according to the size of lymph node.

  11. Clinical Significance of Diffuse Intrathoracic Uptake on Post-Therapy I-131 Scans in Thyroid Cancer Patients

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    Choi, Hyun Su; Kim, Sung Hoon; Park, Sonya Youngju; Park, Hye Lim; Seo, Ye Young; Choi, Woo Hee [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    The purpose of this study was to identify the frequency and possible cause of diffuse intrathoracic uptake on post-therapy I-131 scans in thyroid cancer patients. We retrospectively reviewed 781 post-therapy scans of 755 thyroid cancer patients who underwent total thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine therapy between January and December 2010. Diffuse intrathoracic uptake on post-therapy scans was examined, and clinical patient characteristics including sex, age, regimen for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) stimulation (thyroid hormone withdrawal or recombinant human TSH injection), TSH, thyroglobulin (Tg) and anti-thyroglobulin antibody (anti-Tg Ab) levels, therapeutic dose of radioactive iodine therapy and prior history of radioactive iodine therapy were recorded.Scan findings were correlated with chest CT, chest radiographs, laboratory tests and/or clinical status. Diffuse intrathoracic uptake without evidence of pathologic condition was categorized as indeterminate. The association between clinical characteristics and intrathoracic uptake were analyzed for negative intrathoracic uptake and indeterminate uptake groups. Diffuse intrathoracic uptake on post-therapy scans was demonstrated in 39 out of 755 (5.2 %) patients, among which 3 were confirmed as lung metastasis. The 14 patients that showed high Tg or anti-Tg Ab levels were considered to be at risk of having undetected micrometastasis on other imaging modalities. The remaining 22 were indeterminate (2.9 %). Upon comparison of negative intrathoracic uptake and indeterminate uptake groups, TSH stimulation by thyroid hormone withdrawal was shown to be significantly correlated with diffuse intrathoracic uptake (p <0.05). The frequency of diffuse intrathoracic uptake on post-therapy scans was 5.2 % and could be seen in thyroid cancer patients with underlying lung metastasis as well as those without definite pathologic condition. In the latter, there was a higher frequency for diffusely increased intrathoracic

  12. Rituximab selectively suppresses specific islet antibodies.

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    Yu, Liping; Herold, Kevan; Krause-Steinrauf, Heidi; McGee, Paula L; Bundy, Brian; Pugliese, Alberto; Krischer, Jeff; Eisenbarth, George S

    2011-10-01

    The TrialNet Study Group evaluated rituximab, a B-cell-depleting monoclonal antibody, for its effect in new-onset patients with type 1A diabetes. Rituximab decreased the loss of C-peptide over the first year of follow-up and markedly depleted B lymphocytes for 6 months after administration. This article analyzes the specific effect of rituximab on multiple islet autoantibodies. A total of 87 patients between the ages of 8 and 40 years received either rituximab or a placebo infusion weekly for four doses close to the onset of diabetes. Autoantibodies to insulin (IAAs), GAD65 (GADAs), insulinoma-associated protein 2 (IA2As), and ZnT8 (ZnT8As) were measured with radioimmunoassays. The primary outcome for this autoantibody analysis was the mean level of autoantibodies during follow-up. Rituximab markedly suppressed IAAs compared with the placebo injection but had a much smaller effect on GADAs, IA2As, and ZnT8As. A total of 40% (19 of 48) of rituximab-treated patients who were IAA positive became IAA negative versus 0 of 29 placebo-treated patients (P IAAs were markedly suppressed by rituximab in all patients for 1 year and for four patients as long as 3 years despite continuing insulin therapy. Independent of rituximab treatment, the mean level of IAAs at study entry was markedly lower (P = 0.035) for patients who maintained C-peptide levels during the first year of follow-up in both rituximab-treated and placebo groups. A single course of rituximab differentially suppresses IAAs, clearly blocking IAAs for >1 year in insulin-treated patients. For the patients receiving insulin for >2 weeks prior to rituximab administration, we cannot assess whether rituximab not only blocks the acquisition of insulin antibodies induced by insulin administration and/or also suppresses preformed insulin autoantibodies. Studies in prediabetic non-insulin-treated patients will likely be needed to evaluate the specific effects of rituximab on levels of IAAs.

  13. Tumor dosimetry for I-131 trastuzumab therapy in a Her2+ NCI N87 xenograft mouse model using the Siemens SYMBIA E gamma camera with a pinhole collimator

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    Lee, Young Sub; Kim, Jin Su; Deuk Cho, Kyung; Kang, Joo Hyun; Moo Lim, Sang

    2015-07-01

    We performed imaging and therapy using I-131 trastuzumab and a pinhole collimator attached to a conventional gamma camera for human use in a mouse model. The conventional clinical gamma camera with a 2-mm radius-sized pinhole collimator was used for monitoring the animal model after administration of I-131 trastuzumab The highest and lowest radiation-received organs were osteogenic cells (0.349 mSv/MBq) and skin (0.137 mSv/MBq), respectively. The mean coefficients of variation (%CV) of the effective dose equivalent and effective dose were 0.091 and 0.093 mSv/MBq respectively. We showed the feasibility of the pinholeattached conventional gamma camera for human use for the assessment of dosimetry. Mouse dosimetry and prediction of human dosimetry could be used to provide data for the safety and efficacy of newly developed therapeutic schemes.

  14. Preliminary report of a fetal-thyroid overexposure case due to the administration of I-131 during the second trimester of pregnancy

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    Gimenez, J.C. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sistema de Atencion Medica de Accidentados con Radiaciones Ionizantes (Argentina); Gutierrez, S.; Alcaraz, G. [Sistema de Atencion Medica de Accidentados con Radiaciones Ionizantes (Argentina)

    1992-07-01

    Sixty to eighty percent of patients with Graves's disease have antibodies directed against thyroglobulin or against thyroid microsomes. A contemporary interpretation is that thyroid stimulatory inmunoglobuline TSI mimics the action of TSH and stimulate the synthesis and release of thyroid hormone. In patient whose thyroids are capable of responding to such a trophic stimulus, TSI may be the mediator of hyperthyroxinemia. TSI cross the placenta and cause transient hyperthyroidism in some neonates (0,5-1 %) born to mothers who have high circulating levels of the antibodies. As regards adults aged 25 and up, administering I-131 radioactive iodine seems to be a satisfactory treatment for Graves' disease. Such a treatment, however, is to be avoided when treating either pregnant or breast-feeding women due to the effects that irradiation is likely to cause to the fetus or the suckling child. Even though such effects depend on the intrauterine developmental stage, the principal effects are as follows: (a) The embryo may be lethally affected; (b) Malformations and structure changes, or changes in the child's development are likely to occur; (3) The child may be mentally retarded; (4) An induction to cancer and leukemia is possible, and (e) Hereditary effect, may be expected. Moreover, it is a well-known fact that the fetal thyroid is able to capture and integrate iodine as of the 10th/12th gestation week. Thus, administering I-131 according to prescribed doses may define or suppress the thyroid function. Therefore, the highest precautions must be taken in order not to carelessly administer I-131 therapeutic doses to pregnant women. Any woman within the reproductive capacity range should be strongly advised that the pregnancy test is to be performed to avoid her fetus being irradiated. Precisely, the present paper deals with the inadvertent administering an I-131 therapeutic dose to pregnant woman with Graves disease whose child -unexpectedly enough- turned

  15. A simple low-cost of liquid I-131 dispenser for routine radiopharmaceutical dispensing at nuclear medicine department, Institut Kanser Negara

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    Said, M. A.; Suhaimi, N. E. F. [Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM, Bangi Selangor (Malaysia); Ashhar, Z. N., E-mail: aminhpj@gmail.com [Institut Kanser Negara, No 4, Jalan P7, Presint 7, 62250 Putrajaya (Malaysia); Zainon, R. [Advanced Medical & Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Bertam, 13200, Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

    2016-01-22

    In routine radiopharmaceutical Iodine-131 ({sup 131}I) dispensing, the amount of radiation dose received by the personnel depends on the distance between the personnel and the source, the time spent manipulating the source and the amount of shielding used to reduce the dose rate from the source. The novel iRAD-I131 dispenser using recycle {sup 131}I liquid lead pot will lead into low cost production, less maintenance and low dose received by the personnel that prepared the {sup 131}I. The new fabricated of low cost {sup 131}I dispenser was tested and the dose received by personnel were evaluated. The body of lead material is made from 2.5 cm lead shielded coated with epoxy paint to absorb the radiation dose up to 7.4 GBq of {sup 131} I. The lead pot was supported with two stainless steel rod. The Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) nanodot was used in this study to measure the dose rate at both extremities for every personnel who prepared the {sup 131}I. Each OSL nanodot was attached at the fingertip. Three different personnel (experienced between one to ten years above in preparing the radiopharmaceuticals) were participated in this study. The average equivalent dose at right and left hand were 122.694 ± 121.637 µSv/GBq and 77.281 ± 62.146 µSv/GBq respectively. This study found that the dose exposure received using iRAD-I131 was less up to seven times compared to the conventional method. The comparison of experimental data using iRAD-I131 and established radiopharmaceutical dispenser was also discussed. The innovation of {sup 131}I dispenser is highly recommended in a small radiopharmaceutical facility with limited budget. The novel iRAD-I131 enables implementation of higher output liquid dispensing with low radiation dose to the personnel.

  16. Herpetic tracheitis in association with rituximab therapy

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract A 58?year old lady under active follow?up with the respiratory services at our institution for bronchiectasis secondary to hypogammaglobulinaemia presented with hoarseness and haemoptysis. She was also receiving rituximab maintenance therapy for follicular lymphoma. Bronchoscopy demonstrated vesicular lesions on her vocal cords and trachea, confirmed as herpes simplex virus (HSV) on cytological analysis of brushings. She responded well to intravenous valacyclovir. Rituximab is increa...

  17. Rituximab for severe refractory pediatric Wegener granulomatosis.

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    Patel, Aarat M; Lehman, Thomas J A

    2008-10-01

    We describe a case of pediatric Wegener granulomatosis initially treated with cyclophosphamide and oral corticosteroids resulting in remission for 5 years. Of note in this case is relapse with severe pulmonary disease treated with multiple regimens, all unsuccessful. Patient achieved remission with rituximab infusion therapy. This demonstrates how rituximab may be beneficial for childhood-onset Wegener granulomatosis unresponsive to conventional therapy. The case is followed by a review of the current treatment options.

  18. Rituximab-Induced Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia

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    Ahmet B. Ergin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab-induced lung disease (R-ILD is a rare entity that should be considered in patients treated with rituximab who present with dyspnea, fever, and cough, but no clear evidence of infection. A variety of pathologic findings have been described in this setting. Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP is the most common clinicopathologic diagnosis, followed by interstitial pneumonitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with corticosteroids are essential as discussed by Wagner et al. (2007. Here we present a case of an 82-year-old man who was treated with rituximab for recurrent marginal zone lymphoma. After the first infusion of rituximab, he reported fever, chills, and dyspnea. On computed tomography imaging, he was found to have bilateral patchy infiltrates, consistent with BOOP on biopsy. In our patient, BOOP was caused by single-agent rituximab, in the first week after the first infusion of rituximab. We reviewed the relevant literature to clarify the different presentations and characteristics of R-ILD and raise awareness of this relatively overlooked entity.

  19. Doses to the hand during the administration of radiolabeled antibodies containing Y-90, Tc-99m, I-131, and Lu-177

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    Barber, D.E. [Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis, MN (United States). School of Public Health; Carsten, A.L.; Kaurin, D.G.L.; Baum, J.W. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Exposure of the hands of medical personnel administering radiolabeled antibodies (RABs) was evaluated on the basis of (a) observing and photo-documenting administration techniques, and (b) experimental data on doses to thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) on fingers of phantom hands holding syringes, and on syringes, with radionuclides in the syringes in each case. Actual exposure data for I-131 and Lu-177 were obtained in field studies. Variations in handling and administration techniques were identified. Dose rates measured using TLDs on the surface of loaded syringes were adjusted for differences in electronic stopping power, absorption coefficients, and attenuation between dosimeters and tissue to estimate dose-to-skin averaged over 1 cm{sup 2} at 7 mg cm{sup {minus}2} depth for Y-90, Tc-99m, I-131, and Lu-177. Dose rate coefficients to the skin, if in contact with the syringe wall, were 89, 1.9, 3.8, and 0.41 {micro}Sv s{sup {minus}1} per 37 MBq (1 mCi) for Y-90, Tc-99m, I-131, and Lu-177, respectively. For dose reduction, when using Y-90 the importance was clearly indicated of (a) avoiding direct contact with syringes containing RABs, if practical, and (b) using a beta-particle shield on the syringe. In using a syringe for injection, doses can best be approximated for the geometry studied by (a) wearing a finger dosimeter on the middle finger, toward the outside of the hand, on the hand operating the plunger, and (b) wearing finger dosimeters on the inner (palm) side of the finger on the hand that supports the syringe for energetic beta-particle emitters, such as Y-90 and Re-188.

  20. Assessment of treatment-related myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with tositumomab and iodine I131 tositumomab.

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    Bennett, John M; Kaminski, Mark S; Leonard, John P; Vose, Julie M; Zelenetz, Andrew D; Knox, Susan J; Horning, Sandra; Press, Oliver W; Radford, John A; Kroll, Stewart M; Capizzi, Robert L

    2005-06-15

    The incidence of treatment-related myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia (tMDSs/tAML) after tositumomab and iodine I(131) tositumomab administration to previously treated and untreated patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) was evaluated. A total of 1071 patients were enrolled in 7 studies: 995 with relapsed/refractory low-grade NHL, +/- transformation (median, 3 prior regimens [range, 1-13 regimens]) and 76 patients with previously untreated low-grade follicular NHL. A single dose of iodine tositumomab and I(131) tositumomab was administered. For tMDS/tAML patients, baseline and posttherapy peripheral blood and marrow specimens were reviewed in a blinded fashion. Median follow-up was 6 years from diagnosis and 2 years from radioimmunotherapy (RIT) for previously treated patients, and 4.6 years from radioimmunotherapy for previously untreated patients. tMDS/tAML was reported in 35 (3.5%) of 995 patients (annualized incidence, 1.6%/y [95% confidence interval, 1.0%-2.0%/y]), and 52% of the tMDS/tAML diagnoses of tMDS/tAML were confirmed in a blinded review (annualized incidence of 1.1%/y [95% confidence interval, 0.7%-1.6%/y]). Of the 25 cases, 10 patients (40%) were diagnosed with tMDS/tAML prior to receiving radioimmunotherapy; 2 (8%) had no pathologic or clinical evidence to support such a diagnosis; and 13 (52%) were confirmed to have developed tMDS/tAML following RIT. This incidence is consistent with that expected on the basis of patients' prior chemotherapy for NHL. With a median follow-up approaching 5 years, no case of tMDS/tAML has been reported in any of the 76 patients receiving iodine I(131) tositumomab as their initial therapy (P = .011 compared with previously treated patients).

  1. Software for dosimetry hypothyroid patients treated with I131 pick up and using probe gamma camera; Software para la dosimetria de pacientes hipertiroideos tratados con 131I utilizando sonda de captacion y gammacamara

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    Jimenez Felstrom, D.; Luis simon, J.; Reyes Garcia, R.; Derecho Torres, P.; Herrador Cordoba, M.

    2015-07-01

    In this communication the process recently implemented in our hospital for pre and post treatment of patients treated with I-131 in benign diseases of the thyroid gland internal dosimetry is described. We have developed a proprietary software that facilitates the process of dosimetry. Through scans Planar or pictures Spect be determines the mass of the gland thyroid. In function of the mass, is calculated by Monte Carlo the media power absorbed by disintegration of the I-131 in said gland endocrine. (Author)

  2. Treatment of orbital inflammation with rituximab in Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Baslund, Bo; Wiencke, Anne Katrine; Rasmussen, Niels

    2012-01-01

    To study the efficacy of rituximab therapy for the treatment of orbital inflammation in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG).......To study the efficacy of rituximab therapy for the treatment of orbital inflammation in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG)....

  3. Rituximab Retreatment for Low-Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma

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    A summary of results from a randomized clinical trial of patients with low–tumor burden follicular lymphoma that compared maintenance therapy with rituximab versus retreatment with rituximab only when there was evidence of disease progression.

  4. Rituximab use in pediatric central demyelinating disease.

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    Beres, Shannon J; Graves, Jennifer; Waubant, Emmanuelle

    2014-07-01

    Rituximab is a B-cell therapy used off-label to reduce relapses in adult demyelinating diseases. There is limited knowledge of its clinical use in pediatric neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis. Demyelinating diseases in children can have high morbidity, and B-cell therapies hold promise for those with a severe course. Our study investigates the clinical experience of safety and efficacy with rituximab in children with demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. This is a retrospective case series of 11 patients with pediatric neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis who received at least one rituximab infusion at the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, University of California, San Francisco. Each patient was infused up to 1000 mg twice 2 weeks apart. Patients were monitored prospectively, and relapse events, laboratories, and adverse reactions were recorded. Eight children with neuromyelitis optica, two with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and one with secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis received rituximab treatment. The median number of cycles was 3. Most patients (82%, n = 9) experienced reduction of relapses after initiating rituximab. There were no serious infections. Infusion reactions were reported in three patients and managed successfully in subsequent infusions with increased pretreatment (dexamethasone and diphenhydramine) and use of slower infusion rates. Rituximab was not discontinued in any child because of side effects; two switched treatment therapy after 4.5 and 11 months because of relapses. The use of rituximab in our pediatric neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis cohort was overall safe and effective. Larger studies should confirm our observations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Acquired Hemophilia A successfully treated with rituximab

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    Giovanni D'Arena

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Acquired hemophilia A (AHA is a rare bleeding disorder due to the development of specific autoantibodies against factor VIII. The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody Rituximab has been proven to be effective in  obtaining a long-term suppression of inhibitors of AHA,  besides other immunosuppressive standard treatments. Here we describe a case of idiopathic AHA in a 60-year old man successfully treated with rituximab. He showed a complete clinical response with  a normalization of clotting  parameters after 5 weekly courses of rituximab given at a dose of 375 mg/sqm. , but after stopping rituximab, an initial worsening of coagulation  parameters  induced the addition of 3 further courses. At present, the patient is in complete clinical and hematological remission after 200 days.  This case confirms that Rituximab may be a safe and useful tool to treat AHA and, a prolonged administration can overcome the initial resistance. However, the precise position of this drug in the therapeutic strategy (first or second-line, alone or in combination with other drugs remains to be established and warrants further investigation.

  6. Normalization of lymphocyte count after high ablative dose of I-131 in a patient with chronic lymphoid leukemia and secondary papillary carcinoma of the thyroid: case report; Normalizacao da contagem de linfocitos apos dose ablativa de I-131 em um paciente com leucemia linfoide cronica e carcinoma papilifero da tireoide: relato de caso

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    Thom, Anneliese Rosmarie Gertrud Fischer; Hamerschlak, Nelson; Osawa, Akemi; Santos, Fabio Pires de Souza; Pasqualin, Denise da Cunha; Wagner, Jairo; Yamaga, Lilian Yuri Itaya; Cunha, Marcelo Livorsi da; Campos Neto, Guilherme de Carvalho; Funari, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmao, E-mail: afthom@einstein.br [Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Teles, Veronica Goes [Sociedade Brasileira de Diabetes, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    The authors report the case of a 70-year-old male patient with chronic lymphoid leukemia who presented subsequently a papillary carcinoma of the thyroid with metastases to regional lymph nodes. The patient was treated with surgical thyroidectomy with regional and cervical lymph node excision and radioiodine therapy (I-131). The protocolar control scintigraphy 4 days after the radioactive dose showed I-131 uptake in both axillae and even in the inguinal regions. PET/CT showed faint FDG-F-18 uptake in one lymph node of the left axilla. An ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy of this lymph node identified by I-131 SPECT/CT and FDG-F-18 PET/CT revealed lymphoma cells and was negative for thyroid tissue and thyroglobulin content. The sequential blood counts done routinely after radiation treatment showed a marked fall until return to normal values of leucocytes and lymphocytes (absolute and relative), which were still normal in the last control 19 months after the radioiodine administration. Chest computed tomography showed a decrease in size of axillary and paraaortic lymph nodes. By immunohistochemistry, cells of the lymphoid B lineage decreased from 52% before radioiodine therapy to 5% after the procedure. The authors speculate about a possible sodium iodide symporter expression by the cells of this lymphoma, similar to some other non-thyroid tumors, such as breast cancer cells. (author)

  7. Rituximab induced hypoglycemia in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Lali V

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hypoglycemia is a vary rare toxicity of rituximab. The exact mechanism of rituximab induced hypoglycemia is not clear. Case presentation A 50 year old female presented with a left tonsillar non Hodgkin's lymphoma and was started on R-CHOP chemotherapy. Twenty four hours after the first rituximab infusion, she developed hypoglycemia which was managed by IV glucose infusion. Conclusion Hypoglycemia following rituximab administration is rare. Possibilities of hypoglycemia should be kept in mind in patients developing symptoms like fatigue, restlessness, and sweating while on rituximab therapy.

  8. Herpetic tracheitis in association with rituximab therapy.

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    Thong, Lorraine; Plant, Barry J; McCarthy, Julie; Murphy, Desmond M

    2016-07-01

    A 58-year old lady under active follow-up with the respiratory services at our institution for bronchiectasis secondary to hypogammaglobulinaemia presented with hoarseness and haemoptysis. She was also receiving rituximab maintenance therapy for follicular lymphoma. Bronchoscopy demonstrated vesicular lesions on her vocal cords and trachea, confirmed as herpes simplex virus (HSV) on cytological analysis of brushings. She responded well to intravenous valacyclovir. Rituximab is increasingly utilised in the treatment of haematological and auto-immune disorders. This case highlights the potential of this drug to potentiate susceptibility to infection in an already immunocompromised individual.

  9. Rituximab Administration and Reactivation of HBV

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    Yutaka Tsutsumi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab is a drug used for the treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and its range of use has expanded to the treatment of collagen diseases such as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and rheumatoid arthritis. One serious complication of rituximab use is the reactivation of dormant hepatitis B virus, and prevention of this phenomenon has become an urgent issue. This paper provides a general outline of the problem through an analysis of patient cases that we and other groups have experienced to date.

  10. Comparison of FDG-PET and technetium-99m MIBI SPECT to detect metastatic cervical lymph nodes in well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma with elevated serum HTG but negative I-131 whole body scan.

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    Wu, Hurng-Sheng; Huang, Wen-Sheng; Liu, Yao-Chi; Yen, Ruoh-Fang; Shen, Yeh-You; Kao, Chia-Hung

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of 18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) and technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in detecting metastatic cervical lymph nodes (LN) in well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) after total thyroidectomy and radioiodine-131 (I-131) treatments in patients with elevated serum human thyroglobulin (hTg) levels but negative I-131 whole body scan (WBS). Fifteen DTC patients underwent nearly total thyroidectomy and I-131 treatments with cervical LN metastases were included in this study. All subjects had negative I-131 WBS and elevated hTg levels (hTg > or = 10 microIU/ml) under thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) stimulation (TSH > or = 30 microIU/ml). FDG-PET could detect all of the 15 (100%) patients with metastatic cervical LN, but Tc-99m MIBI SPECT revealed lesions in only 9 out of 15 (60%) patients (p value hTg levels but negative I-131 WBS.

  11. Immunotherapy with rituximab in follicular lymphomas.

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    Saguna, Carmen; Mut, Ileana Delia; Lupu, Anca Roxana; Tevet, Mihaela; Bumbea, Horia; Dragan, Cornel

    2011-04-01

    Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (NHL) represent a recent and fascinating domain of hemato-oncology, in which remarkable progress has been made. The conventional treatments of indolent lymphomas do not extend the survival rate, nor do they cure. Recent directions are centered on using several new drugs that are capable of overcoming the mechanisms that are resistant to recovery. The initiation of immunotherapy (Rituximab in 1997) seems to have changed the natural evolution of follicular lymphomas (FL). It is possible that resistance to healing in follicular lymphomas may be neutralized with Rituximab by suppressing STAT-1 positive macrophages that are present in the cellular microenvironment.Thereinafter, the re-evaluation of recent models of prognostic and therapeutic paradigmas that were used in FL became compulsory.The purpose of the paper is to compare the evolution of patients with follicular lymphoma and the period of response, according to the treatments. The study group consisted of the 71 patients diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, out of a total of 767 malignant lymphatic proliferations with B cells, for a period of 7 years (2002-2008), at the Hematology Department, Hospital Coltea, Bucharest and Hematology Department, Universitary Hospital, BucharestResults and conclusions: Combining chemotherapy with Rituximab had better results compared to the same chemotherapy, administered alone, both in induction and in case of relapse. The overall response rate in our study group was 74.7%, out of which 42.3% complete remissions. The overall response rate was 84.61% in the Rituximab group, compared to 68.88% in patients without Rituximab.

  12. Rituximab therapy for indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Hagenbeek, Anton; Czuczman, Myron S; Ghielmini, Michele; Herold, Michael; Kimby, Eva; Solal-Céligny, Philippe; Unterhalt, Michael

    2002-11-01

    Indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs) are essentially incurable with current treatments. Rituximab is a specific anti-CD20 chimeric monoclonal antibody against the CD20 antigen, which is stably expressed on most B-cells (from the pre-B-cell stage). Compared with chemotherapy, rituximab has an excellent tolerability profile, making it a good therapeutic option for patients with indolent NHL. In the pivotal study for rituximab, patients with relapsed or refractory indolent or follicular lymphoma (FL) had an overall response rate of 50%. There is evidence that first-line rituximab therapy may be associated with better response rates; in previously untreated FL with a low tumor burden, rituximab monotherapy has produced an overall response rate of 73%. Attempts to improve response rates to rituximab by increasing the dose or frequency of dosing showed that the addition of four extra infusions of rituximab (in addition to the standard treatment schedule) resulted in an overall response rate of 76% in patients with FL. Augmenting rituximab with cytokines is also an option for increasing response rates in patients with indolent NHL. In a trial by the Nordic Lymphoma Study Group in patients with previously untreated or first-relapse indolent NHL, who had stable disease or a partial response after four doses of rituximab, 48% of the patients treated with rituximab plus interferon-alpha2a achieved a complete response. A further option is to combine rituximab with chemotherapy. Interim analyses from the East German Study Group have shown that rituximab plus mitoxantrone, chlorambucil and prednisolone (MCP) resulted in overall response rates of 89% in patients with untreated indolent lymphoma. Rituximab is therefore an excellent treatment option both as first-line and as salvage therapy for patients with indolent NHL.

  13. I-131 Treatment of Graves' Disease in an Unsuspected First Trimester Pregnancy; the Potential for Adverse Effects on the Fetus and a Review of the Current Guidelines for Pregnancy Screening

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    Phuong Tran

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Graves' disease is a thyroid-specific autoimmune disorder in which the body makes antibodies to the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor leading to hyperthyroidism. Therapeutic options for the treatment of Graves' disease include medication, radioactive iodine ablation, and surgery. Radioactive iodine is absolutely contraindicated in pregnancy as exposure to I-131 to the fetal thyroid can result in fetal hypothyroidism and cretinism. Here we describe a case of a female patient with recurrent Graves' disease, who inadvertently received I-131 therapy when she was estimated to be eight days pregnant. This was despite the obtaining of a negative history of pregnancy and a negative urine pregnancy test less than 24 hours prior to ablation. At birth, the infant was found to have neonatal Graves' disease. The neonatal Graves' disease resolved spontaneously. It was suspected that the fetal thyroid did not trap any I-131 as it does not concentrate iodine until 10 weeks of gestation.

  14. I-131 Treatment of Graves' Disease in an Unsuspected First Trimester Pregnancy; the Potential for Adverse Effects on the Fetus and a Review of the Current Guidelines for Pregnancy Screening

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    Barrett Mark

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Graves' disease is a thyroid-specific autoimmune disorder in which the body makes antibodies to the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor leading to hyperthyroidism. Therapeutic options for the treatment of Graves' disease include medication, radioactive iodine ablation, and surgery. Radioactive iodine is absolutely contraindicated in pregnancy as exposure to I-131 to the fetal thyroid can result in fetal hypothyroidism and cretinism. Here we describe a case of a female patient with recurrent Graves' disease, who inadvertently received I-131 therapy when she was estimated to be eight days pregnant. This was despite the obtaining of a negative history of pregnancy and a negative urine pregnancy test less than 24 hours prior to ablation. At birth, the infant was found to have neonatal Graves' disease. The neonatal Graves' disease resolved spontaneously. It was suspected that the fetal thyroid did not trap any I-131 as it does not concentrate iodine until 10 weeks of gestation.

  15. Rituximab in treatment of idiopathic glomerulopathy

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    Kamel El-Reshaid

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of our study was to assess the role of rituximab (Mabthera in the treatment of patients with corticosteroid-resistant and calcineurin-inhibitors ± cellcept refractory idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS. A total of 83 patients who had required the previous treatment for a minimum of two years were included in the study. Our protocol included the use of rituximab in four-weekly slow infusions. Five patients were excluded as they could not tolerate rituximab infusion for allergic reaction. As expected, none of the patients had a decline in the total circulating lymphocyte counts yet all had achieved decline of their initially normal CD20 to < 0.5% one month after infusion. The decline persisted for eight to ten months later. In the minimal change disease (MCD group, 31 of the 32 patients had complete remission (CR and were off any immunosuppressive therapy and one of the previous non-responders (NR did not respond. Excluding two patients who had required retreatment, the others remained in CR (17 up to 28 months and six up to 36 months. Treatment with rituximab resulted in amelioration of NS in 17 of the 18 patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS, while only one patient remained NR. Although renal function remained stable, proteinuria reappeared by eight to 12 months. Retreatment with rituximab resulted in a similar response with stable kidney function. In the 28 patients with membranous glomerulopathy (MG, 24 had achieved CR. Two patients failed to respond and two had partial remission. By 12 months, all patients relapsed. The response was within one month following treatment in patient with MCD, but was gradual within three months in FSGS and MG. Relapsers in all groups responded in a similar pattern to repeat dosing with the drug subsequently. Our prospective study represents an adequate number of patients with biopsy-proven subgroups of INS in both children and adults with long-term follow-up of treatment with rituximab

  16. A practical guideline for the release of patients treated by I-131 based on Monte Carlo dose calculations for family members.

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    Han, Eun Young; Lee, Choonsik; Mcguire, Lynn; Bolch, Wesley E

    2014-06-01

    We recently published effective doses per time-integrated activity (mSv MBq(-1) s(-1)) for paediatric and adult family members exposed to an adult patient released from hospital following I-131 therapy. In the present study, we intend to provide medical physicists with a methodology to estimate family member effective dose in daily clinical practice because the duration of post-radiation precautions for the patient-family member exposure scenario has not been explicitly delineated based on the effective dose. Four different exposure scenarios are considered in this study including (1) a patient and a family member standing face to face, (2) a patient and a family member lying side by side, (3) an adult female patient holding a newborn child to her chest and (4) a one-year-old child standing on the lap of an adult female patient following her I-131 therapy. The results of this study suggest that an adult female hyperthyroidism (HT) patient who was administered with 740 MBq should keep a distance of 100 cm from a 15-year-old child for six days and the same distance from other adults for seven days. The HT female patient should avoid holding a newborn against her chest for at least 16 days following hospital discharge, and a female patient treated with 5550 MBq for differentiated thyroid cancer should not hold her newborn child for at least 15 days following hospital discharge. This study also gives dose coefficients allowing one to predict age-specific effective doses to family members given the measured dose rate (mSv h(-1)) of the patient. In conclusion, effective dose-based patient release criteria with a modified NRC two-component model provide a site medical physicist with less restrictive and age-specific radiation precaution guidance as they fully consider a patient's iodine biokinetics and photon attenuation within both the patient and the exposed family members.

  17. I-124 PET/CT to Predict the Outcome of Blind I-131 Treatment in Patients with Biochemical Recurrence of Differentiated Thyroid Cancer : Results of a Multicenter Diagnostic Cohort Study (THYROPET)

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    Kist, Jakob W.; de Keizer, Bart; van der Vlies, Manfred; Brouwers, Adrienne H.; Huysmans, Dyde A.; van der Zant, Friso M.; Hermsen, Rick; Stokkel, Marcel P. M.; Hoekstra, Otto S.; Vogel, Wouter V.

    Patients with suspected recurrence from differentiated thyroid carcinoma, based on an increased thyroglobulin (Tg) level and negative neck ultrasound (US), pose a clinical dilemma. Because standard imaging has a low yield identifying potential recurrence, blind I-131 treatment is often applied.

  18. Prediction of Therapy Tumor-Absorbed Dose Estimates in I-131 Radioimmunotherapy Using Tracer Data Via a Mixed-Model Fit to Time Activity

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    Koral, Kenneth F.; Avram, Anca M.; Kaminski, Mark S.; Dewaraja, Yuni K.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background For individualized treatment planning in radioimmunotherapy (RIT), correlations must be established between tracer-predicted and therapy-delivered absorbed doses. The focus of this work was to investigate this correlation for tumors. Methods The study analyzed 57 tumors in 19 follicular lymphoma patients treated with I-131 tositumomab and imaged with SPECT/CT multiple times after tracer and therapy administrations. Instead of the typical least-squares fit to a single tumor's measured time-activity data, estimation was accomplished via a biexponential mixed model in which the curves from multiple subjects were jointly estimated. The tumor-absorbed dose estimates were determined by patient-specific Monte Carlo calculation. Results The mixed model gave realistic tumor time-activity fits that showed the expected uptake and clearance phases even with noisy data or missing time points. Correlation between tracer and therapy tumor-residence times (r=0.98; ptracer-predicted and therapy-delivered mean tumor-absorbed doses (r=0.86; ptracer study for tumor dosimetry-based treatment planning in RIT. PMID:22947086

  19. Depletion of B lymphocytes from cerebral perivascular spaces by rituximab.

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    Martin, Maria del Pilar; Cravens, Petra D; Winger, Ryan; Kieseier, Bernd C; Cepok, Sabine; Eagar, Todd N; Zamvil, Scott S; Weber, Martin S; Frohman, Elliot M; Kleinschmidt-Demasters, Betty K; Montine, Thomas J; Hemmer, Bernhard; Marra, Christina M; Stüve, Olaf

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    Rituximab is a recombinant chimeric monoclonal antibody against CD20, a molecule expressed on cells of the B-cell lineage. A phase 2 clinical trial recently provided strong evidence of the beneficial effects of rituximab in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. We and other investigators previously demonstrated that rituximab therapy depletes B lymphocytes from peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. To determine the effect of rituximab on the presence of B cells in cerebral perivascular spaces. Design, Setting, and Patients Case report from a tertiary academic medical center. Cerebral white matter from autopsy material of a patient with gastrointestinal mantle-cell lymphoma who developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy following rituximab therapy was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Location-matched brain sections of patients with multiple sclerosis not treated with rituximab, patients without central nervous system disease, and patients with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy not associated with rituximab were used as controls. Assessment of the number of B lymphocytes in cerebral perivascular spaces in a patient with gastrointestinal mantle-cell lymphoma treated with rituximab, patients with multiple sclerosis, patients with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy not associated with rituximab, and healthy control subjects. We were unable to detect B cells in cerebral perivascular spaces of the patient who developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy following rituximab therapy 8 months after her last dose. In contrast, B cells were detectable in all control brain tissues. To our knowledge, this is the first report to show B-lymphocyte depletion from brain tissue following rituximab therapy. A reduction in B-cell numbers may be an important contributing factor in the pathogenesis of central nervous system infections.

  20. Rituximab for thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy.

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    Minakaran, Neda; Ezra, Daniel G

    2013-05-31

    Thyroid associated ophthalmopathy (TAO) is the most frequent extrathyroidal manifestation of Graves' disease, affecting up to 50% of patients, and has a great impact on quality of life. Rituximab is a human/murine chimeric monoclonal antibody that targets CD20, a transmembrane protein expressed on the surface of pre-B and mature B lymphocytes, but not on stem cells, pro-B lymphocytes or plasma cells. Preliminary work has shown that blocking the CD20 receptor on B-lymphocytes with rituximab affects the clinical course of TAO, by reducing inflammation and the degree of proptosis. The aim of this review was to investigate the effectiveness and safety of rituximab for the treatment of TAO. We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2013, Issue 3), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE, (January 1950 to April 2013), EMBASE (January 1980 to April 2013), Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to April 2013), OpenGrey (System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe) (www.opengrey.eu/), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov), the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en) and the EU Clinical Trials Register (www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 15 April 2013. We manually searched references of review articles and used the Science Citation Index to identify additional studies citing trials. We contacted the lead investigators of relevant trials on ClinicalTrials.gov and the WHO ICTRP for information and data from as yet unpublished clinical trials. We contacted experts in the field for information about any ongoing trials. We contacted the

  1. Experience with rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in ...

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    Background: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Newer therapies include B-cell targeted therapies such as rituximab. Objectives: To study the outcome in RA patients receiving rituximab following resistance to Disease Modifying Anti- Rheumatic Agents (DMARDS) and ...

  2. Bendamustine plus rituximab for chronic cold agglutinin disease

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    Berentsen, Sigbjørn; Randen, Ulla; Oksman, Markku

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    Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a bone marrow clonal B-cell lymphoproliferation results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia and cold-induced circulatory symptoms. Rituximab monotherapy and fludarabine-rituximab in combination are docume...

  3. Rituximab abrogates joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis by inhibiting osteoclastogenesis

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    Boumans, Maria J. H.; Thurlings, Rogier M.; Yeo, Lorraine; Scheel-Toellner, Dagmar; Vos, Koen; Gerlag, Danielle M.; Tak, Paul P.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives To examine how rituximab may result in the inhibition of joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Methods Twenty-eight patients with active RA were treated with rituximab. Radiographs of hands and feet before and 1 year after therapy were assessed using the Sharp-van der

  4. Rituximab therapy for indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Hagenbeek, Anton; Czuczman, Myron S.; Ghielmini, Michele; Herold, Michael; Kimby, Eva; Solal-Céligny, Philippe; Unterhalt, Michael

    2002-01-01

    Indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs) are essentially incurable with current treatments. Rituximab is a specific anti-CD20 chimeric monoclonal antibody against the CD20 antigen, which is stably expressed on most B-cells (from the pre-B-cell stage). Compared with chemotherapy, rituximab has an

  5. B Cell Depletion: Rituximab in Glomerular Disease and Transplantation

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    S. Marinaki

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available B cells play a central role in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune diseases. Selective targeting can be achieved with the use of the monoclonal antibody rituximab. In addition to being a drug for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, rituximab is also an FDA-approved treatment for refractory rheumatoid arthritis and, since recently, ANCA vasculitis. It has shown efficacy in many autoimmune diseases. This review will discuss current evidence and the rationale of the use of rituximab in glomerular diseases, including randomized controlled trials. The focus will be on the use of rituximab in idiopathic membranous nephropathy, systemic lupus erythematosus and ANCA-associated vasculitis. The emerging role of rituximab in renal transplantation, where it seems to be important for the desensitization protocols for highly sensitized patients as well as for the preconditioning of ABO-incompatible recipients and the treatment of antibody-mediated rejection, will also be addressed.

  6. Anti-CD20 blocker Rituximab in Kidney Transplantation.

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    Sood, Puneet; Hariharan, Sundaram

    2017-06-13

    Rituximab is a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal protein used in various clinical scenarios in kidney transplant recipients. However, its evidence-based use there remains limited due to lack of controlled studies, limited sample size, short follow-up and poorly defined endpoints. Rituximab is indicated for CD20+ PTLD. It may be beneficial for treating recurrent MN and recurrent allograft ANCA vasculitis and possibly for recurrent FSGS. Rituximab, in combination with IVIG/PP, appears to decrease antibody level and increase the odds of transplantation in sensitized recipients. The role of Rituximab in ABOi transplant remains unclear, as similar outcomes are achieved without its use. Rituximab is not efficacious in ABMR/CAMR. Strict RCTs are necessary to elucidate its true role in these settings.

  7. Preparation & in vitro evaluation of 90 Y-DOTA-rituximab

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    Mythili Kameswaran

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    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Radioimmunotherapy is extensively being used for the treatment of non-Hodgkin′s lymphoma (NHL. Use of rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 antibody directed against the CD20 antigen in combination with suitable beta emitters is expected to result in good treatment response by its cross-fire and bystander effects. The present work involves the conjugation of p-isothiocyanatobenzyl DOTA (p-SCN-Bn-DOTA to rituximab, its radiolabelling with [90] Y and in vitro and in vivo evaluation to determine its potential as a radioimmunotherapeutic agent. Methods: Rituximab was conjugated with p-SCN-Bn-DOTA at 1:1 antibody: DOTA molar ratio. The number of DOTA molecules linked to one molecule of rituximab was determined by radioassay and spectroscopic assay. Radiolabelling of rituximab with 90 Y was carried out and its in vitro stability was evaluated. In vitro cell binding studies were carried out in Raji cells expressing CD20 antigen. Biodistribution studies were carried out in normal Swiss mice. Results: Using both radioassay and spectroscopic method, it was determined that about five molecules of DOTA were linked to rituximab. Radiolabelling of the rituximab conjugate with [90] Y and subsequent purification on PD-10 column gave a product with radiochemical purity (RCP > 98 per cent which was retained at > 90 per cent up to 72 h when stored at 37°C. In vitro cell binding experiments of 90 Y-DOTA-rituximab with Raji cells exhibited specific binding of 20.7 ± 0.1 per cent with [90] Y-DOTA-rituximab which reduced to 15.5 ± 0.2 per cent when incubated with cold rituximab. The equilibrium constant K d for 90 Y-DOTA-Rituximab was determined to be 3.38 nM. Radiolabelled antibody showed clearance via hepatobiliary and renal routes and activity in tibia was found to be quite low indicating in vivo stability of [90] Y-DOTA-rituximab. Interpretation & conclusions: p-SCN-Bn-DOTA was conjugated with rituximab and radiolabelling with 90 Y was

  8. Tratamiento de la Enfermedad de Graves con I131: Primeros casos en la Unidad de Endocrinología Pediátrica del Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia, Lima-Perú: Case Report.

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    Javier Ernesto SÁNCHEZ POVIS

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir la respuesta al tratamiento con I131 y sus complicaciones, en niños y adolescentes con enfermedad de Graves. Material y Métodos: Se estudiaron retrospectivamente las historias clínicas de los pacientes con diagnóstico de enfermedad de Graves y que recibieron tratamiento con I131 atendidos hasta 1999 en la Unidad de Endocrinología Pediátrica del Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Se registraron datos demográficos, peso tiroideo, captación de yodo, dosis de I131 recibida y evolución clínica y de función tiroidea. Resultados: Se incluyeron 13 pacientes: 1 varón y 12 mujeres. El peso glandular promedio obtenido fue 47,56 +10,70 gramos. La dosis inicial calculada fue 3,92 + 0,95 mCi, con un total de 4,47 + 1,66 mCi y tiempo medio de seguimiento de 2,76 años. Diez pacientes recibieron 1 sola dosis, 2 pacientes dos dosis y un paciente tres dosis, remitiendo el 100%. Los pacientes que recibieron una sola dosis, mostraron remisión del cuadro en 13,13 semanas y el tiempo promedio de remisión de toda la muestra fue 24,62 semanas. La prevalencia de hipotiroidismo a los 6 meses de iniciado el tratamiento fue 66,66%, y 83,33% a las 257 semanas. Conclusión: I131 fue 100% eficaz en el tratamiento de la enfermedad de Graves de los niños y adolescentes en esta pequeña serie de casos. (Rev Med Hered 2006;17:8-14.

  9. Rituximab, cladribine and cyclophosphamide (RCC) induction with rituximab maintenance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: PALG - CLL4 (ML21283) trial.

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    Robak, Tadeusz; Blonski, Jerzy; Skotnicki, Aleksander Bartłomiej; Piotrowska, Magdalena; Wróbel, Tomasz; Rybka, Justyna; Kłoczko, Janusz; Bołkun, Łukasz; Budziszewska, Bożena Katarzyna; Walczak, Urszula; Uss, Anatoly; Fidecka, Marta; Smolewski, Piotr

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    PALG CLL4 is the first, randomized, phase IIIb study with cladribine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (RCC) induction and subsequent maintenance with rituximab in previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. The induction treatment consisted of six RCC cycles regimen. Patients with complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) after an induction phase were randomized into a maintenance arm with rituximab or an observational arm. In the intention-to-treat population, 97 patients completed the induction phase with an overall response rate (ORR) of 73.2% (CR 22.7%, PR 50.5%). Subsequently, 66 patients were randomized into the rituximab maintenance arm (n=33) or the observational arm (n=33). CR rates were 57.1% in the maintenance group vs 50% in the observational group. PFS was significantly longer in the rituximab maintenance vs the observational arm (p=0.028). The multivariate Cox model indicated that del17p (p=0.006) and elevated beta-2-microglobulin (p=0.015) significantly increased the hazard ratio (HR) of progression, whereas the presence of CD38 (p=0.013) significantly decreased it; maintenance therapy with rituximab (pmaintenance therapy with rituximab in previously untreated patients with CLL. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  10. Treatment of orbital inflammation with rituximab in Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Baslund, Bo; Wiencke, Anne Katrine; Rasmussen, Niels

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To study the efficacy of rituximab therapy for the treatment of orbital inflammation in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). METHODS: Ten WG patients with orbital inflammation were included in this case-series. None had symptoms suggestive of extra-orbital disease activity...... inflammation. All patients were treated with 1000 mg of rituximab administered twice with an interval of 14 days between the infusions. Six months after therapy, a physical examination and a control computerised tomography (CT) scan was performed. RESULTS: All patients had orbital inflammation demonstrated...... the size of the orbital mass was unchanged in eight patients. CONCLUSIONS: Rituximab therapy has positive effects on symptoms, visual acuity and/or granuloma size in some WG patients with orbital inflammation. Treatment with rituximab should be considered in WG patients with this serious manifestation...

  11. Low-dose rituximab as an adjuvant therapy in pemphigus

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    Jaya Gupta

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    Conclusion: Our results show that low-dose rituximab is a well-tolerated and beneficial adjuvant therapy in recalcitrant pemphigus which helps reduce both the severity of disease as well as the dose of steroids and immunosuppressants.

  12. Rituximab for children with immune thrombocytopenia: a systematic review

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    Liang, Yi; Zhang, Lingli; Gao, Ju; Hu, Die; Ai, Yuan

    2012-01-01

    ...). However, its role in the management of pediatric ITP requires clarification. To understand and interpret the available evidence, we conducted a systematic review to assess the efficacy and safety of rituximab for children with ITP...

  13. Rituximab for rheumatoid arthrits treatment: a systematic review.

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    de Lemos, Lívia Lovato Pires; Costa, Juliana de Oliveira; Machado, Marina Amaral de Ávila; Almeida, Alessandra Maciel; Barbosa, Mariana Michel; Kakehasi, Adriana Maria; de Araújo, Vânia Eloísa; Guerra Júnior, Augusto Afonso; Acurcio, Francisco de Assis

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    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by systemic joint inflammation that often leads to significant disability. Several effective anti-TNF agents have been used, but some patients have shown an inadequate response. Rituximab is a therapeutic monoclonal antibody indicated in such cases. We conducted a systematic review to access efficacy and safety of rituximab in patients with active RA which have or have not been treated with anti-TNF agents before, and to relate outcome with RF and anti-CCP serology. We searched major electronics databases, grey literature and searched for references manually. We used Review Manager(r)5.1 for meta-analysis. We included six RCTs comparing rituximab 1000 mg with placebo. Methotrexate was used by both groups. Treatment with rituximab was more effective in naïve and in anti-TNF treatment failure patients - ACR20/50/70 and EULAR response. We observed lower changes in Total Genant-modified Sharp score, erosion score and joint narrowing scores in the rituximab group, and SF-36, FACIT-T and HAQ-DI scores were also better in this group. There were no differences between groups regarding safety outcomes, with exception of acute injection reactions, which were more common on rituximab group. More RF/anti-CCP seropositive patients achieved ACR20 than RF/anti-CP negative patients in rituximab group. Available data support the use of rituximab for the treatment of RA, as it is an effective and safe option for naïve and anti-TNF treatment failure patients. RF and anti-CCP seam to influence treatment results, but this inference needs further research.

  14. Rituximab as a rescue therapy in patients with glomerulonephritis

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    Muhammad Ziad Souqiyyeh

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    Full Text Available To evaluate the use of rituximab in the treatment of severe glomerulonephritis (GN in order to prevent progression of kidney disease toward the end stage, we designed a multicenter, retrospective study in Saudi Arabia about the efficacy and safety of the use of "off label" rituximab in a variety of severe refractory GN to conventional treatment and the progression of kidney disease for at least one year of follow-up. All the patients had kidney biopsies before treatment with rituximab, and proteinuria and glomerular filtration rate (GFR were followed-up for the period of the study. The immediate side-effect at the time of administration of rituximab included itching in three patients, hypotension in one patient and anaphylaxis in one patient (dropped out from the study. After the administration of rituximab in 42 patients and during the first six months of therapy, 16 (38% patients had complete remission (CR, 13 (31% patients had partial remission (PR and 13 (31% patients had no remission. The mean follow-up period for the patients was 19.0 ± 6.97 months (median 18.0 months. The long-term follow-up during the study period disclosed a good hospitalization record for almost all of the patients. Membranous GN (MGN was the largest group in the cohort (58% of the patients, and we observed CR and PR in 40% and 28% of them, respectively, which was comparable with the previous experience with rituximab in MGN patients with more CR than PR in our cohort. We conclude that our study suggests the safety and efficacy of the use of rituximab in patients with refractory GN and that larger and long-term prospective studies are required to define the role of rituximab in the different categories of these diseases.

  15. Rituximab: An emerging therapeutic agent for kidney transplantation

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    Joseph Kahwaji

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    Full Text Available Joseph Kahwaji, Chris Tong, Stanley C Jordan, Ashley A VoComprehensive Transplant Center, Transplant immunology Laboratory, HLA Laboratory, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USAAbstract: Rituximab (anti-CD20, anti-B-cell is now emerging as an important drug for modification of B-cell and antibody responses in solid-organ transplant recipients. Its uses are varied and range from facilitating desensitization and ABO blood group-incompatible transplantation to the treatment of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD, and recurrent glomerular diseases in the renal allograft. Despite these uses, prospective randomized trials are lacking. Only case reports exist in regards to its use in de novo and recurrent diseases in the renal allograft. Recent reports suggests that the addition of rituximab to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG may have significant benefits for desensitization and treatment of AMR and chronic rejection. Current dosing recommendations are based on data from United States Food and Drug Administration-approved indications for treatment of B-cell lymphomas and rheumatoid arthritis. From the initial reported experience in solid organ transplant recipients, the drug is well tolerated and not associated with increased infectious risks. However, close monitoring for viral infections is recommended with rituximab use. The occurrence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML has been reported with rituximab use. However, this is rare and not reported in the renal transplant population. Here we will review current information regarding the effectiveness of rituximab as an agent for desensitization of highly human leukocyte antigen-sensitized and ABO-incompatible transplant recipients and its use in treatment of AMR. In addition, the post-transplant use of rituximab for treatment of PTLD and for recurrent and de novo glomerulonephritis in the allograft will be discussed. In

  16. Rituximab-Associated Inflammatory Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

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    Chandra Punch

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    Full Text Available Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML is a rare disease of the immunosuppression that results from neurotropic invasion of the JC virus which leads to demyelination of oligodendrocytes. Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS, on the other hand, is a condition of inflammation that develops as the immune system reconstitutes. This case report describes a case of a 35-year-old HIV-negative male who presented with three weeks of right lower extremity paresthesias as well as right upper extremity apraxia. He was diagnosed with PML complicated by IRIS secondary to Rituximab, which he had completed four months prior to presentation. Despite the condition’s poor prognosis, the patient recovered with only minor deficits.

  17. Preparation and Preliminary Biological Evaluation of 177Lu Labelled Rituximab

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    MA Xiu-feng1;ZHANG Jun-li2;LI Hong-yu1,2;LIANG Ji-xin1;YANG Yun2;YANG Chun-hui2;DU Jin1,3

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available For evaluating whether 177Lu-Rituximab could be applied for radioimmunoimaging and radioimmunotherrapy of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Rituximab, a specific chimeric monoclonal antibody used in CD20-positive B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, was conjugated to bifunctional chelating agents (CHX-A''-DTPA and p-SCN-Bz-DTPA and radiolabelled with 177Lu successively. 177Lu-CHX-A''-DTPA-Rituximab and 177Lu-p-SCN-Bz-DTPA-Rituximab were obtained with labelling yield and radiochemical purity higher than 99% at optimized conditions, and showed good in vitro stability in different testing system at room temperature and 37 ℃. However, the results of biodistribution in normal mice showed high uptakes in bone which indicated that 177Lu released from the radiolabelled antibodies. The retention of free 177Lu in the bone was lower for 177Lu-p-SCN-Bz-DTPA-Rituximab compared with 177Lu-CHX-A''-DTPA-Rituximab. Our preliminary work demonstrated that p-SCN-Bz-DTPA may be more suitable for 177Lu labelling of monoclonal antibodies.

  18. Rituximab for peripheral ulcerative keratitis with wegener granulomatosis.

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    Huerva, Valentín; Sanchez, María Carmen; Traveset, Alicia; Jurjo, Carmen; Ruiz, Agustín

    2010-06-01

    To demonstrate the effectiveness of Rituximab in the management of peripheral ulcerative keratitis (PUK) associated with Wegener granulomatosis (WG). A 50-year-old female with WG, confirmed by skin biopsy and positive anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies 3 years prior, was presented with a corneoscleral granulomatous mass that affected the superior limbus and with vasculitic PUK in the right eye. The mass was treated daily with oral prednisone (1 mg.kg-1.d-1) in conjunction with weekly maintenance treatment of 10 mg of methotrexate. After 2 months of treatment, the volume of the nodular granulomatous lesion decreased. However, the PUK and corneal thinning persisted, which presented a risk for corneal perforation. Subsequently, two 1000-mg infusions of rituximab were administered at weekly intervals. One week after the first administration of rituximab, we observed persistence of corneal thinning, flattening of the nodular lesion, and disappearance of the necrotic foci. After the second rituximab treatment, the patient exhibited no signs of corneal perforation and we further observed total epithelialization of the PUK. No systemic side effects were seen. After 2 months, no nodular lesion was observed, although conjunctival epithelialization from the previous PUK remained. Weekly methotrexate and 10 mg of prednisone per day were maintained. Rituximab seems to offer therapeutic promise in the treatment of refractory PUK associated with WG. Rituximab may be the elective treatment for severe anterior ocular inflammation associated with risk for corneal perforation, as a result of WG.

  19. Organ S values and effective doses for family members exposed to adult patients following I-131 treatment: A Monte Carlo simulation study

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    Han, Eun Young [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 (United States); Lee, Choonsik [Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20852 (United States); Mcguire, Lynn; Brown, Tracy L. Y. [Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 (United States); Bolch, Wesley E. [J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States)

    2013-08-15

    Purpose: To calculate organ S values (mGy/Bq-s) and effective doses per time-integrated activity (mSv/Bq-s) for pediatric and adult family members exposed to an adult male or female patient treated with I-131 using a series of hybrid computational phantoms coupled with a Monte Carlo radiation transport technique.Methods: A series of pediatric and adult hybrid computational phantoms were employed in the study. Three different exposure scenarios were considered: (1) standing face-to-face exposures between an adult patient and pediatric or adult family phantoms at five different separation distances; (2) an adult female patient holding her newborn child, and (3) a 1-yr-old child standing on the lap of an adult female patient. For the adult patient model, two different thyroid-related diseases were considered: hyperthyroidism and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with corresponding internal distributions of {sup 131}I. A general purpose Monte Carlo code, MCNPX v2.7, was used to perform the Monte Carlo radiation transport.Results: The S values show a strong dependency on age and organ location within the family phantoms at short distances. The S values and effective dose per time-integrated activity from the adult female patient phantom are relatively high at shorter distances and to younger family phantoms. At a distance of 1 m, effective doses per time-integrated activity are lower than those values based on the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) by a factor of 2 for both adult male and female patient phantoms. The S values to target organs from the hyperthyroid-patient source distribution strongly depend on the height of the exposed family phantom, so that their values rapidly decrease with decreasing height of the family phantom. Active marrow of the 10-yr-old phantom shows the highest S values among family phantoms for the DTC-patient source distribution. In the exposure scenario of mother and baby, S values and effective doses per time-integrated activity to

  20. Organ S values and effective doses for family members exposed to adult patients following I-131 treatment: a Monte Carlo simulation study.

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    Han, Eun Young; Lee, Choonsik; Mcguire, Lynn; Brown, Tracy L Y; Bolch, Wesley E

    2013-08-01

    To calculate organ S values (mGy∕Bq-s) and effective doses per time-integrated activity (mSv∕Bq-s) for pediatric and adult family members exposed to an adult male or female patient treated with I-131 using a series of hybrid computational phantoms coupled with a Monte Carlo radiation transport technique. A series of pediatric and adult hybrid computational phantoms were employed in the study. Three different exposure scenarios were considered: (1) standing face-to-face exposures between an adult patient and pediatric or adult family phantoms at five different separation distances; (2) an adult female patient holding her newborn child, and (3) a 1-yr-old child standing on the lap of an adult female patient. For the adult patient model, two different thyroid-related diseases were considered: hyperthyroidism and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with corresponding internal distributions of 131I. A general purpose Monte Carlo code, MCNPX v2.7, was used to perform the Monte Carlo radiation transport. The S values show a strong dependency on age and organ location within the family phantoms at short distances. The S values and effective dose per time-integrated activity from the adult female patient phantom are relatively high at shorter distances and to younger family phantoms. At a distance of 1 m, effective doses per time-integrated activity are lower than those values based on the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) by a factor of 2 for both adult male and female patient phantoms. The S values to target organs from the hyperthyroid-patient source distribution strongly depend on the height of the exposed family phantom, so that their values rapidly decrease with decreasing height of the family phantom. Active marrow of the 10-yr-old phantom shows the highest S values among family phantoms for the DTC-patient source distribution. In the exposure scenario of mother and baby, S values and effective doses per time-integrated activity to the newborn and 1-yr

  1. Rituximab administration in third trimester of pregnancy suppresses neonatal B-cell development

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    Klink, D. T.; van Elburg, R. M.; Schreurs, M. W. J.; van Well, G. T. J.

    2008-01-01

    We describe the effect on the neonate of administration of rituximab to a woman with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Rituximab, an anti-CD20 antibody, was given weekly for 4 weeks to a woman with ITP in her third trimester of pregnancy. One month after the last rituximab administration a

  2. Metabolomic profiling predicts outcome of rituximab therapy in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Sweeney, Shannon R; Kavanaugh, Arthur; Lodi, Alessia; Wang, Bo; Boyle, David; Tiziani, Stefano; Guma, Monica

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To determine whether characterisation of patients' metabolic profiles, utilising nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS), could predict response to rituximab therapy. 23 patients with active, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on concomitant methotrexate were treated with rituximab. Patients were grouped into responders and non-responders according to the American College of Rheumatology improvement criteria, at a 20% level at 6 months. A Bruker Avance 700 MHz spectrometer and a Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer were used to acquire 1H-NMR and ultra high pressure liquid chromatography (UPLC)–MS/MS spectra, respectively, of serum samples before and after rituximab therapy. Data processing and statistical analysis were performed in MATLAB. 14 patients were characterised as responders, and 9 patients were considered non-responders. 7 polar metabolites (phenylalanine, 2-hydroxyvalerate, succinate, choline, glycine, acetoacetate and tyrosine) and 15 lipid species were different between responders and non-responders at baseline. Phosphatidylethanolamines, phosphatidyserines and phosphatidylglycerols were downregulated in responders. An opposite trend was observed in phosphatidylinositols. At 6 months, 5 polar metabolites (succinate, taurine, lactate, pyruvate and aspartate) and 37 lipids were different between groups. The relationship between serum metabolic profiles and clinical response to rituximab suggests that 1H-NMR and UPLC–MS/MS may be promising tools for predicting response to rituximab. PMID:27651926

  3. Rituximab for eradicating inhibitors in people with acquired haemophilia A.

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    Zeng, Yan; Zhou, Ruiqing; Duan, Xin; Long, Dan

    2016-07-08

    Acquired haemophilia A is a rare bleeding disorder caused by the development of specific autoantibodies against coagulation factor VIII. Rituximab may be an alternative approach to the treatment of acquired haemophilia by eradicating FVIII autoantibodies. To assess and summarise the efficacy and adverse effects of rituximab for treating people with acquired haemophilia A. We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group's trials registers, comprising references identified from comprehensive electronic database searches and handsearches of relevant journals and conference proceedings.Date of last search of the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group's trials registers: 01 March 2016. Randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials of rituximab for people with acquired hemophilia A, with no restrictions on gender, age or ethnicity. No trials matching the selection criteria were eligible for inclusion. No trials matching the selection criteria were eligible for inclusion. No randomised clinical trials of rituximab for acquired hemophilia A were found. Thus, based on the highest quality of evidence, we are not able to draw any conclusions or make any recommendations on rituximab for eradicating inhibitors in people with acquired haemophilia A. Given that undertaking randomised controlled trials in this field is a complex task, the authors suggest that, while planning such trials, clinicians treating the disease continue to base their choices on alternative, lower quality sources of evidence. The authors plan, for a future update of this review, to appraise and incorporate any randomised controlled trials, as well as other high-quality non-randomised studies.

  4. Metabolomic profiling predicts outcome of rituximab therapy in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Sweeney, Shannon R; Kavanaugh, Arthur; Lodi, Alessia; Wang, Bo; Boyle, David; Tiziani, Stefano; Guma, Monica

    2016-01-01

    To determine whether characterisation of patients' metabolic profiles, utilising nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS), could predict response to rituximab therapy. 23 patients with active, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on concomitant methotrexate were treated with rituximab. Patients were grouped into responders and non-responders according to the American College of Rheumatology improvement criteria, at a 20% level at 6 months. A Bruker Avance 700 MHz spectrometer and a Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer were used to acquire (1)H-NMR and ultra high pressure liquid chromatography (UPLC)-MS/MS spectra, respectively, of serum samples before and after rituximab therapy. Data processing and statistical analysis were performed in MATLAB. 14 patients were characterised as responders, and 9 patients were considered non-responders. 7 polar metabolites (phenylalanine, 2-hydroxyvalerate, succinate, choline, glycine, acetoacetate and tyrosine) and 15 lipid species were different between responders and non-responders at baseline. Phosphatidylethanolamines, phosphatidyserines and phosphatidylglycerols were downregulated in responders. An opposite trend was observed in phosphatidylinositols. At 6 months, 5 polar metabolites (succinate, taurine, lactate, pyruvate and aspartate) and 37 lipids were different between groups. The relationship between serum metabolic profiles and clinical response to rituximab suggests that (1)H-NMR and UPLC-MS/MS may be promising tools for predicting response to rituximab.

  5. The Role of Rituximab in Lymphomas O papel do Rituximab nos linfomas

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    Bertrand Coiffier

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the last years the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma underwent a great advance in relation to the diagnosis, classification, high-dose chemotherapy, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Simultaneously with this, there was the development of new drugs and support therapy which enabled an improvement in the evolution and survival of the patients. The use of monoclonal antibodies against cancer cells is an old idea and in this report the results of the role of the anti-CD20-Rituximab in lymphomas is discussed.Nos últimos anos o tratamento do linfomas não Hodgkin apresentou um grande avanço no diagnóstico, classificação, quimioterapia com altas doses e o transplante de células percursoras hematopoiéticas. Simultaneamente houve o desenvolvimento de novas drogas e no tratamento de suporte o que possibilita um avanço na evolução e sobrevida dos pacientes. A idéia do emprego de anticorpos monoclonais no tratamento do câncer é antiga e neste relato são apresentados os resultados e o papel do anti-CD20-Rituximab nos linfomas.

  6. Combined lenalidomide, low-dose dexamethasone, and rituximab achieves durable responses in rituximab-resistant indolent and mantle cell lymphomas.

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    Ahmadi, Tahamtan; Chong, Elise A; Gordon, Amanda; Aqui, Nicole A; Nasta, Sunita D; Svoboda, Jakub; Mato, Anthony R; Schuster, Stephen J

    2014-01-15

    Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug with effects on the immune system that may enhance antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity and reverse tumor-induced immune suppression. Furthermore, single-agent lenalidomide has therapeutic activity in relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphomas. These immunologic effects potentially may enhance the action of rituximab. To test the efficacy of lenalidomide combined with rituximab, the authors conducted a phase 2 trial of lenalidomide, low-dose dexamethasone, and rituximab in patients who had rituximab-resistant, relapsed/refractory, indolent B-cell or mantle cell lymphomas. Patients received two 28-day treatment cycles of lenalidomide 10 mg daily and dexamethasone 8 mg once weekly (part I). During cycle 3, 4 weekly doses of rituximab 375 mg/m2 were administered with lenalidomide-dexamethasone (part II). After the part II response assessment, stable or responding patients continued to receive lenalidomide-dexamethasone. Twenty-seven patients with follicular (n=18), mantle cell (n=5), small lymphocytic (n=3), and marginal zone (n=1) lymphomas started therapy; 3 of 27 patients discontinued therapy because of adverse events and were not evaluable for response. For 24 patients, the overall response rate after part I was 29% (4 patients had a complete response [CR] or CR unconfirmed, and 3 patients had a partial response), and the overall response rate after part II was 58% (8 patients had a CR, and 6 patients had a partial response). For 27 patients, at a median follow-up of 12.2 months, the median progression-free survival was 23.7 months. The combination of lenalidomide, low-dose dexamethasone, and rituximab achieved high response rates with durable responses in patients with rituximab-resistant, indolent B-cell and mantle cell lymphomas. Overall response rate increased from 29% after two 28-day cycles of lenalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone to 58% after the addition of rituximab, suggesting that lenalidomide can overcome

  7. Current role of rituximab in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Mok, Chi Chiu

    2015-02-01

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by periods of flares and remission, resulting in organ damage over time caused by persistent disease activity and treatment-related complications. Conventional therapies are not ideal in terms of efficacy and safety. Novel biological therapies are being developed to enhance therapeutic efficacy, minimize disease exacerbation and reduce toxicities. As dysregulation of B cells is the hallmark of SLE, B-cell targeted therapies are the focus of recent clinical research. Rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been used with success in recalcitrant lupus manifestations. However, randomized controlled trials have failed to reveal its benefit in renal and non-renal SLE when combined with conventional immunosuppressive protocols. Although heterogeneity of SLE manifestations, pitfalls in study design and the limitations of the assessment tools for various clinical end points may have contributed to the discouraging results, rituximab remains an option in patients who are refractory or intolerant to conventional therapies. Recently, a regimen consisting of rituximab and mycophenolate mofetil without oral corticosteroids was reported to be effective in lupus nephritis. While the efficacy of this regimen has to be confirmed, future controlled trials should focus on the efficacy of rituximab in refractory lupus manifestations and its synergistic effect with other immunosuppressive agents such as cyclophosphamide. In short-term randomized controlled trials, a non-significant increase in serious adverse events was observed in SLE patients treated with rituximab. Long-term safety data of rituximab in SLE, in particular the incidence of hypogammaglobulinemia and serious/opportunistic infections, have to be continuously surveyed. © 2014 Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  8. Favourable response to rituximab by an ocular adnexal primary lymphoma.

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    Luque Valentin-Fernandez, M L; Alvarez Rodríguez, F; Rodríguez Jiménez, I

    2016-11-01

    A 70-year-old woman who presented with an extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma in lacrimal gland and conjunctiva. Initial treatment with rituximab yielded an immediate good response. Five months later she showed lymphoid proliferation in her contralateral conjunctiva. Although no additional treatment was performed, the patient has been free of systemic symptoms and recurrences. Rituximab is a quite good therapeutic agent in low grade adnexal lymphomas. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  9. Rituximab for Treatment of Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis and C3 Glomerulopathies

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    Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is a histological pattern of injury resulting from predominantly subendothelial and mesangial deposition of immunoglobulins or complement factors with subsequent inflammation and proliferation particularly of the glomerular basement membrane. Recent classification of MPGN is based on pathogenesis dividing MPGN into immunoglobulin-associated MPGN and complement-mediated C3 glomerulonephritis (C3GN) and dense deposit disease (DDD). Current guidelines suggest treatment with steroids, cytotoxic agents with or without plasmapheresis only for subjects with progressive disease, that is, nephrotic range proteinuria and decline of renal function. Rituximab, a chimeric B-cell depleting anti-CD20 antibody, has emerged in the last decade as a treatment option for patients with primary glomerular diseases such as minimal change disease, focal-segmental glomerulosclerosis, or idiopathic membranous nephropathy. However, data on the use of rituximab in MPGN, C3GN, and DDD are limited to case reports and retrospective case series. Patients with immunoglobulin-associated and idiopathic MPGN who were treated with rituximab showed partial and complete responses in the majorities of cases. However, rituximab was not effective in few cases of C3GN and DDD. Despite promising results in immunoglobulin-associated and idiopathic MPGN, current evidence on this treatment remains weak, and controlled and prospective data are urgently needed. PMID:28573137

  10. Treatment of orbital inflammation with rituximab in Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Baslund, Bo; Wiencke, Anne Katrine; Rasmussen, Niels

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To study the efficacy of rituximab therapy for the treatment of orbital inflammation in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). METHODS: Ten WG patients with orbital inflammation were included in this case-series. None had symptoms suggestive of extra-orbital disease activity...

  11. Rituximab (MabThera) til behandling af aktiv reumatoid artritis

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    El Fassi, Daniel; Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Bendtzen, Klaus

    2006-01-01

    Rituximab (RTX) is a murine/human monoclonal antibody to CD20, a protein expressed almost exclusively on human B-lymphocytes. RTX induces rapid and marked B-cell depletion with beneficial clinical effects in 1/3 to 1/2 of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Treatment is given as two iv. infusions with...

  12. Randomised Phase I/II trial assessing the safety and efficacy of radiolabelled anti-carcinoembryonic antigen I131 KAb201 antibodies given intra-arterially or intravenously in patients with unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Advanced pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis, and the current standard of care (gemcitabine based chemotherapy provides a small survival advantage. However the drawback is the accompanying systemic toxicity, which targeted treatments may overcome. This study aimed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of KAb201, an anti-carcinoembryonic antigen monoclonal antibody, labelled with I131 in pancreatic cancer (ISRCTN 16857581. Methods Patients with histological/cytological proven inoperable adenocarcinoma of the head of pancreas were randomised to receive KAb 201 via either the intra-arterial or intravenous delivery route. The dose limiting toxicities within each group were determined. Patients were assessed for safety and efficacy and followed up until death. Results Between February 2003 and July 2005, 25 patients were enrolled. Nineteen patients were randomised, 9 to the intravenous and 10 to the intra-arterial arms. In the intra-arterial arm, dose limiting toxicity was seen in 2/6 (33% patients at 50 mCi whereas in the intravenous arm, dose limiting toxicity was noted in 1/6 patients at 50 mCi, but did not occur at 75 mCi (0/3. The overall response rate was 6% (1/18. Median overall survival was 5.2 months (95% confidence interval = 3.3 to 9 months, with no significant difference between the intravenous and intra-arterial arms (log rank test p = 0.79. One patient was still alive at the time of this analysis. Conclusion Dose limiting toxicity for KAb201 with I131 by the intra-arterial route was 50 mCi, while dose limiting toxicity was not reached in the intravenous arm.

  13. Time Savings with Rituximab Subcutaneous Injection versus Rituximab Intravenous Infusion: A Time and Motion Study in Eight Countries.

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    Full Text Available Rituximab is a standard treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The SABRINA trial (NCT01200758 showed that a subcutaneous (SC rituximab formulation did not compromise efficacy or safety compared with intravenous (IV infusion. We aimed to quantify active healthcare professional (HCP time and patient chair time for rituximab SC and IV, including potential time savings.This non-interventional time and motion study was run in eight countries and 30 day oncology units. Rituximab SC data were collected alongside the MabCute trial (NCT01461928; IV data were collected per routine real-world practice. Trained observers recorded active HCP time for pre-specified tasks (stopwatch and chair time (time of day. A random intercept model was used to analyze active HCP time (by task and for all tasks combined in the treatment room and drug preparation area, drug administration duration, chair time and patient treatment room time by country and/or across countries. Active HCP and chair time were extrapolated to a patient's first year of treatment (11 rituximab sessions.Mean active HCP time was 35.0 and 23.7 minutes for IV and SC process, respectively (-32%, p <0.0001. By country, relative reduction in time was 27-58%. Absolute reduction in extrapolated active HCP time (first year of treatment was 1.1-5.2 hours. Mean chair time was 262.1 minutes for IV, including 180.9 minutes infusion duration, vs. 67.3 minutes for SC, including 8.3 minutes SC injection administration (-74%, p <0.0001. By country, relative reduction was 53-91%. Absolute reduction in extrapolated chair time for the first year of treatment was 3.1-5.5 eight-hour days.Compared with rituximab IV, rituximab SC was associated with reduced chair time and active HCP time. The latter could be invested in other activities, whereas the former may lead to more available appointments, reducing waiting lists and increasing the efficiency of day oncology units.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01200758.

  14. First-line chemoimmunotherapy with bendamustine and rituximab versus fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab in patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL10)

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    Eichhorst, Barbara; Fink, Anna-Maria; Bahlo, Jasmin

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    pronounced in patients older than 65 years. INTERPRETATION: The combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab remains the standard front-line therapy in fit patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, but bendamustine and rituximab is associated with less toxic effects. FUNDING: Roche Pharma...

  15. Rituximab maintenance for 2 years in patients with high tumour burden follicular lymphoma responding to rituximab plus chemotherapy (PRIMA): a phase 3, randomised controlled trial

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    Salles, Gilles; Seymour, John Francis; Offner, Fritz

    2011-01-01

    Patients with follicular lymphoma can have long survival times, but disease progression typically occurs 3-5 years after initial treatment. We assessed the potential benefit of 2 years of rituximab maintenance after first-line treatment in patients with follicular lymphoma receiving a rituximab p...

  16. Tumour targeting and radiation dose of radioimmunotherapy with {sup 90}Y-rituximab in CD20+ B-cell lymphoma as predicted by {sup 89}Zr-rituximab immuno-PET: impact of preloading with unlabelled rituximab

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    Muylle, Kristoff [Vrije Universiteit Brussel, MIMA Research Group, Brussels (Belgium); Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Jules Bordet Institute, Brussels (Belgium); Flamen, Patrick; Guiot, Thomas; Ghanem, Ghanem; Meuleman, Nathalie; Bourgeois, Pierre; Vanderlinden, Bruno; Vaes, Melanie; Bron, Dominique [Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Jules Bordet Institute, Brussels (Belgium); Vugts, Danielle J.; Dongen, Guus A.M.S. van [VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Everaert, Hendrik [Vrije Universiteit Brussel, UZ Brussel, Brussels (Belgium); Vrije Universiteit Brussel, MIMA Research Group, Brussels (Belgium)

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    To compare using immuno-PET/CT the distribution of {sup 89}Zr-labelled rituximab without and with a preload of unlabelled rituximab to assess the impact of preloading with unlabelled rituximab on tumour targeting and radiation dose of subsequent radioimmunotherapy with {sup 90}Y-labelled rituximab in CD20+ B-cell lymphoma. Five patients with CD20+ B-cell lymphoma and progressive disease were prospectively enrolled. All patients underwent three study phases: initial dosimetric phase with baseline {sup 89}Zr-rituximab PET/CT imaging without a cold preload, followed 3 weeks later by a second dosimetric phase with administration of a standard preload (250 mg/m{sup 2}) of unlabelled rituximab followed by injection of {sup 89}Zr-rituximab, and a therapeutic phase 1 week later with administration of unlabelled rituximab followed by {sup 90}Y-rituximab. PET/CT imaging and tracer uptake by organs and lesions were assessed. With a cold rituximab preload, the calculated whole-body dose of {sup 90}Y-rituximab was similar (mean 0.87 mSv/MBq, range 0.82-0.99 mSv/MBq) in all patients. Without a preload, an increase in whole-body dose of 59 % and 87 % was noted in two patients with preserved circulating CD20+ B cells. This increase in radiation dose was primarily due to a 12.4-fold to 15-fold higher dose to the spleen without a preload. No significant change in whole-body dose was noted in the three other patients with B-cell depletion. Without a preload, consistently higher tumour uptake was noticed in patients with B-cell depletion. Administration of the standard preload of unlabelled rituximab impairs radioconjugate tumour targeting in the majority of patients eligible for radioimmunotherapy, that is patients previously treated with rituximab-containing therapeutic regimens. This common practice may need to be reconsidered and further evaluated as the rationale for this high preload has its origin in the ''prerituximab era''. (orig.)

  17. Eficiency of different doses of rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Mena-Vázquez, Natalia; Manrique-Arija, Sara; Ureña-Garnica, Inmaculada; Romero-Barco, Carmen M; Jiménez-Núñez, Francisco G; Coret, Virginia; Irigoyen-Oyarzábal, María Victoria; Fernández-Nebro, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Evaluate the effectiveness, cost and safety of rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) depending on the dose used. Retrospective observational study conducted on 52 patients with RA treated with at least one dose of rituximab for 135.3 patient-years were included. Three treatment groups were obtained: (G1) First course and following two 1g infusions separated by 15 days; (G2) First course 2 infusions of 1g followed by 2 infusions of 500mg; (G3) First course and followed by 2 infusions of 500mg separated by 15 days. Re-treatments were administered on-demand according to the clinical activity. The retention time (Log-Rank), retreats and adverse events rates (incidence rate ratio) and treatment costs per patient-month of rituximab were analysed by groups. Group 2 showed a better cost-effectiveness ratio than group 1, as it was associated with a longer retention of rituximab (mean [95% CI] 65.7 [60.8 to 70.7] months vs 33.5 [22.7 to 44.3]; P<.001) and a lower rate of severe adverse events with only a slight increase in the rate of retreatment (courses/patient-year [95% CI] 1.66 [1.39 to 1.93] vs. 1.01 [0.69 to 1.34]; P=.005), and in the costs (median/patient-month, €484.89 vs. €473.45). Although group 3 was €41.20/patient-month cheaper than group 2, it was associated with a higher rate of re-treatments and shorter retention of rituximab (P<.001). The use of full-dose rituximab at onset, followed by reduced doses in successive courses administered on-demand retreatment may be the most cost-effective option. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Reumatología y Colegio Mexicano de Reumatología. All rights reserved.

  18. Rituximab efficiently depletes B cells in lung tumors and normal lung tissue.

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    Joly-Battaglini, Albane; Hammarström, Clara; Stankovic, Branislava; Aamodt, Henrik; Stjärne, Johan; Brustugun, Odd Terje; Helland, Åslaug; Øynebråten, Inger; Corthay, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody that targets the CD20 B-cell-specific antigen and is widely used as therapy for B-cell lymphoma. Since rituximab depletes both malignant and normal B cells, it is increasingly being used to treat various conditions in which normal B cells have a pathogenic role, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It is well-established that rituximab efficiently eliminates B cells in blood, lymph nodes, and spleen. In contrast, the effect of rituximab in non-lymphoid tissues remains poorly documented and is debated. Here, we report a rheumatoid arthritis patient who was treated with rituximab before receiving thoracic surgery for non-small cell lung cancer. Using flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, we show that rituximab efficiently depleted CD20-positive B cells in a primary lung tumor, in lung-associated lymph nodes, and in normal lung tissue. We conclude that rituximab may be very efficient at depleting normal B cells in the lungs. This property of rituximab may potentially be exploited for the treatment of conditions in which pathogenic B cells reside in the lungs. On the other hand, the clearance of lung B cells may provide an explanation for the rare cases of severe non-infectious pulmonary toxicity of rituximab.

  19. Expanded use of rituximab in the management of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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    Dennis A Eichenauer

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    Full Text Available Dennis A Eichenauer1, Andreas Engert1, Holger Schulz21First Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany; 2pioh – Praxis Internistischer Onkologie und Häematologie Kölnerstr. g, Frechen, GermanyAbstract: Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody targeting the B cell antigen CD20. Since its first approval for clinical use in 1997, rituximab has become an inherent part of the treatment of CD20-positive lymphoma. In previously untreated non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL conventional chemotherapy supplemented by rituximab (R-chemotherapy was shown to be more effective than chemotherapy alone. This holds true for indolent as well as aggressive NHL. Rituximab was also shown to be beneficial when used as maintenance therapy or part of salvage and re-induction regimens in relapsed NHL. Administration of rituximab is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects including fever, urticaria and bronchospasm are mostly mild, treatable and restricted to the infusion period. Thus, rituximab can usually be administered in an outpatient setting. Due to its favorable effect/side effect ratio, clinical trials are currently evaluating a possible role for rituximab in several other diseases such as Hodgkin lymphoma (HL and non-malignant autoimmune disorders. This review aims at giving an overview of the pharmacological properties of rituximab and summarizing key publications and recent literature on its use in NHL.Keywords: rituximab, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, immunochemotherapy

  20. Intralesional rituximab in primary conjunctival follicular lymphoma relapsed.

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    Rodríguez Villa, S; Ruiz Rodríguez, M J; Vargas Pabón, M

    2017-07-01

    A 49-year-old woman experienced a local relapse of a primary follicular lymphoma (FL) of the conjunctiva. She received 4 weekly intra-lesional injections followed by 6 monthly injections of rituximab (6mg/ml). A clinical response was achieved after first injection. No adverse ocular event or signs of lymphoma relapse were seen after 10 months of follow-up. Intralesional administration of rituximab for treating primary FL of the conjunctiva was an effective and safe therapeutic option; therefore it could be an alternative to other conventional treatments, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. EXPERIENCE OF RITUXIMAB TREATMENT IN A PATIENT WITH JUVENILE SCLERODERMA

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    E. I. Alexeeva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A clinical case of severe juvenile scleroderma is represented in this article. The patient had a high activity and aggressive course of disease, he was resistant to steroid, cyclophosphomide and methotrexate therapy in combination with drugs, improving blood circulation. The authors describe the successful usage of chimeric monoclonal antibody against the protein CD20 — Rituximab. By the 4th week of the treatment the signs of intoxication and local manifestations of the disease (density and area of scleroderma patches have diminished. By the 24th week the immunological markers of activity have become normal. Afore-mentioned clinical case demonstrates high efficacy of Rituximab in patient with severe course of juvenile scleroderma. By now the stage of clinical and laboratory remission has maintained for 52 weeks.

  2. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with biologic DMARDS (Rituximab and Etanercept).

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    Gashi, Afrim A; Rexhepi, Sylejman; Berisha, Idriz; Kryeziu, Avni; Ismaili, Jehona; Krasniqi, Gezim

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    To determine efficacy and safety of treatment with Rituximab and Etanercept plus Methotrexate in patients with active Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), who had an inadequate response to nonbiologic DMARDS therapies and to explore the pharmacogenetics and pharmacodynamics of Rituximab and Etanercept in our populations. Study was done at Rheumatology Clinic of University Clinical Centre in Prishtina during 2009-2011 years. We evaluated primary efficacy and safety at 24 weeks in patients enrolled in the study of long-term efficacy of Rituximab and Etanercept. Patients with active Rheumatoid Arthritis and an inadequate response to 1 or more non biologic DMARDS were randomized to receive intravenous Rituximab (1 course consisting of 2 infusions of 1.000 mg each -one group, and Etanercept 25 mg twice weekly -second group, but both groups with background MTX. The primary efficacy end point was a response on the ACR 20%, improvement criteria at 24 weeks, Secondary end points were responses on the ACR 50 and ACR 70, improvement criteria, the DAS 28, and EULAR response criteria at 24 weeks. During our investigations we treated 20 patients, 15 females and 5 males, in the treated group with RTX and 13 patients 8 females and 5 males in the treated group with ETN. Patients of group 1 and group 2 were of ages 37-69 years old and 19-69 years old (average 47-44) Most of the patients belong in 2nd and 3rd functional stage according to Steinbrocker. All ACR response parameters were significantly improved in RTX treated patients who also had clinically meaningful improvement in fatigue, disability and quality of life. Patients showed a trend less progression in radiographic end points. Most adverse events occurred with the first RTX infusion and were mild to moderate severity. At 24 weeks, a single course of RTX and ETN provided significant and clinically meaningful improvements in disease activity in patients with active, longstanding RA who had an inadequate response to 1 or more

  3. Is rituximab effective for induction of remission in lupus nephritis?

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    Macarena Mac-Namara

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available La combinación de ciclofosfamida y corticoides constituye el tratamiento estándar en pacientes con nefritis lúpica con indicación de terapia inmunosupresora mayor. Sin embargo, se asocia a importantes efectos adversos, por lo que existe interés en otros inmunosupresores como rituximab. Utilizando la base de datos Epistemonikos, la cual es mantenida mediante búsquedas en 19 bases de datos, identificamos 5 revisiones sistemáticas que en conjunto incluyen 24 estudios. Realizamos una síntesis mediante tablas de resumen de los resultados utilizando el método GRADE y concluimos que existe incertidumbre sobre la eficacia de rituximab en nefritis lúpica porque la certeza de la evidencia es muy baja, se asocia a efectos adversos importantes, y tiene alto costo. Rituximab no debiera utilizarse fuera de un estudio clínico, o sólo en casos en que otras alternativas han fracasado si es que no existen limitaciones de recursos.

  4. Successful pregnancy after rituximab in a women with recurrent in vitro fertilisation failures and anti-phospholipid antibody positive.

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    Ng, C T

    2012-02-01

    We report a case of successful pregnancy after rituximab in a patient with a history of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) failures and positive anti-cardiolipin antibody (ACA). Following a course of rituximab, her ACA became negative and she successfully conceived with IVF treatment. This is the first case in literature describing the use of rituximab therapy in this clinical scenario.

  5. Rituximab-Related Late-Onset Neutropenia in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases: Successful Re-Challenge of the Treatment

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    Reitblat, Tatiana; Wechsler, Alexander; Reitblat, Olga

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    Case series Patient: Female, 56 ? Male, 64 Final Diagnosis: Neutropenia after Rituximab Symptoms: Cough ? diarrhea ? fever ? headache Medication: Rituximab Clinical Procedure: ? Specialty: Rheumatology Objective: Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment Background: We describe here 2 patients who developed late-onset neutropenia after Rituximab treatment. While this phenomenon is well described among patients suffering from hematological malignancies, such adverse effects are rare among pati...

  6. Department of Homeland Security (DHS I-131)

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  7. Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy for Hyperthyroidism

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    ... treatment for an overactive thyroid, a condition called hyperthyroidism, and also may be used to treat thyroid ... treatment for an overactive thyroid, a condition called hyperthyroidism . Hyperthyroidism can be caused by Graves' disease, in ...

  8. Updated consensus statement on the use of rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Buch, Maya H; Smolen, Josef S; Betteridge, Neil

    2011-01-01

    Since initial approval for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), rituximab has been evaluated in clinical trials involving various populations with RA. Information has also been gathered from registries. This report therefore updates the 2007 consensus document on the use of rituximab in th...

  9. Rituximab para la oftalmopatía asociada a la tiroides

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    Neda Minakaran

    2013-09-01

    Conclusiones de los autores: Actualmente no hay pruebas suficientes para apoyar la administración de rituximab en los pacientes con OAT. Se necesitan ECA grandes que investiguen rituximab versus placebo o corticosteroides en pacientes con OAT activo para hacer valoraciones adecuadas sobre la eficacia y la seguridad de este tratamiento nuevo para esta enfermedad.

  10. Tc-99m-labeled Rituximab for Imaging B Lymphocyte Infiltration in Inflammatory Autoimmune Disease Patients

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    Malviya, G.; Anzola, K. L.; Podesta, E.; Lagana, B.; Del Mastro, C.; Dierckx, R. A.; Scopinaro, F.; Signore, A.

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    The rationale of the present study was to radiolabel rituximab with 99m-technetium and to image B lymphocytes infiltration in the affected tissues of patients with chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases, in particular, the candidates to be treated with unlabelled rituximab, in order to provide a

  11. CD40 stimulation sensitizes CLL cells to rituximab-induced cell death

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    Jak, M.; van Bochove, G. G. W.; van Lier, R. A. W.; Eldering, E.; van Oers, M. H. J.

    2011-01-01

    In vitro CD40-stimulated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells are resistant to cytotoxic drugs. In sharp contrast, we here show that CD40 stimulation sensitizes CLL cells to rituximab-mediated cell death. This increased sensitivity is specific for anti-CD20 treatment. Rituximab-mediated death in

  12. Rituximab-induced interstitial lung disease in a patient with follicular lymphoma: A rare case report

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    Suhas Aagre

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody that targets CD-20 antigen expressed in more than 90% of all B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL. We report a case of 33-year-old female without any comorbidities, newly diagnosed with stage IIIB follicular lymphoma treated with rituximab-based chemotherapy. Patient developed exertional dyspnea and dry cough after the fourth cycle of rituximab-based chemotherapy. Diagnostic high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT of the lungs revealed bilateral patchy ground glass opacities suggestive of interstitial lung disease (ILD. It was managed successfully with supplemental oxygen and corticosteroids with discontinuation of the Rituximab. Extensive review of the literature did not reveal ample of material on rituximab-induced ILD (RTX-ILD.

  13. Two courses of rituximab (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody) for recalcitrant pemphigus vulgaris

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    Faurschou, A.; Gniadecki, R.

    2008-01-01

    Background Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a severe autoimmune blistering disease involving the skin and mucous membranes. The response to therapy varies greatly amongst patients and treatment may be challenging. Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody that selectively targets cell surface antigen....... Consequently, the patients were treated with two courses of four weekly intravenous infusions of rituximab (375 mg/m(2)) with a 6-month interval. Results Clinical improvement was already noticeable 3-6 weeks after the first infusion. After the second course, complete remission was achieved. Oral prednisolone...... was reduced and treatment with mycophenolate mofetil was continued. The patients remained in full remission 6 months after the last rituximab infusion. Conclusion These cases suggest that two courses rather than a single course of rituximab may be a preferable mode of treatment. Rituximab should be considered...

  14. Rituximab therapy in pemphigus and other autoantibody-mediated diseases [version 1; referees: 3 approved

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    Nina A. Ran

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    Full Text Available Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody targeting the B cell marker CD20, was initially approved in 1997 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since that time, rituximab has been FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitides, such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis. Additionally, rituximab has been used off-label in the treatment of numerous other autoimmune diseases, with notable success in pemphigus, an autoantibody-mediated skin blistering disease. The efficacy of rituximab therapy in pemphigus has spurred interest in its potential to treat other autoantibody-mediated diseases. This review summarizes the efficacy of rituximab in pemphigus and examines its off-label use in other select autoantibody-mediated diseases.

  15. Refractory myasthenia gravis - clinical profile, comorbidities and response to rituximab.

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    Sudulagunta, Sreenivasa Rao; Sepehrar, Mona; Sodalagunta, Mahesh Babu; Settikere Nataraju, Aravinda; Bangalore Raja, Shiva Kumar; Sathyanarayana, Deepak; Gummadi, Siddharth; Burra, Hemanth Kumar

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    Introduction: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an antibody mediated autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by fatigable muscle weakness. A proportion of myasthenia gravis patients are classified as refractory due to non responsiveness to conventional treatment. This retrospective study was done to evaluate clinical profile, epidemiological, laboratory, and features of patients with MG and mode of management using rituximab and complications. Methods: Data of myasthenia gravis patients admitted or presented to outpatient department (previous medical records) with MG between January 2008 and January 2016 were included. A total of 512 patients fulfilled the clinical and diagnostic criteria of myasthenia gravis of which 76 patients met the diagnostic certainty for refractory myasthenia gravis and were evaluated. Results: Out of 76 refractory MG patients, 53 (69.73%) patients fulfilled all the three defined criteria. The median age of onset of the refractory MG group was 36 years with a range of 27-53 years. In our study 25 patients (32.89%) belonged to the age group of 21-30 years. Anti-MuSK antibodies were positive in 8 non-refractory MG patients (2.06%) and 36 refractory MG patients (47.36%). Mean HbA 1C was found to be 8.6±2.33. The dose of administered prednisone decreased by a mean of 59.7% ( p =3.3x10 -8 ) to 94.6% ( p =2.2x10 -14 ) after the third cycle of rituximab treatment. Conclusion: The refractory MG patients are most commonly female with an early age of onset, anti-MuSK antibodies, and thymomas. Refractory MG patients have higher prevalence and poor control (HbA 1C >8%) of diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia probably due to increased steroid usage. Rituximab is very efficient in treatment of refractory MG with adverse effects being low.

  16. Is rituximab effective for induction of remission in lupus nephritis?

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    Macarena Mac-Namara; Gabriel Rada

    2014-01-01

    La combinación de ciclofosfamida y corticoides constituye el tratamiento estándar en pacientes con nefritis lúpica con indicación de terapia inmunosupresora mayor. Sin embargo, se asocia a importantes efectos adversos, por lo que existe interés en otros inmunosupresores como rituximab. Utilizando la base de datos Epistemonikos, la cual es mantenida mediante búsquedas en 19 bases de datos, identificamos 5 revisiones sistemáticas que en conjunto incluyen 24 estudios. Realizamos una síntesis med...

  17. Rheumatoid granulomatous disease and pachymeningitis successfully treated with rituximab.

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    Moeyersoons, Anneleen; Verschueren, Patrick; Tousseyn, Thomas; De Langhe, Ellen

    2017-09-13

    Granulomatous disease and pachymeningitis rarely occur in rheumatoid arthritis patients and confer a challenging differential diagnosis. Our patient, treated with a tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor, presented with meningitis and diffuse granulomatous adenopathies. Opportunistic infections and malignancy were excluded after confirmation of negative broath serologic, molecular analysis, and negative cytology. Because of the time frame and the clinical presentation, this case was considered as a rare systemic manifestation of RA. He was treated with rituximab with beneficial clinical evolution. This case offers an excellent opportunity to focus on the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in pachymeningitis and granulomatous disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  18. Clinical utility of rituximab in chronic graft-versus-host disease.

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    Bates, Jill S; Engemann, Ashley Morris; Hammond, Julia M

    2009-02-01

    To evaluate the use of rituximab in the clinical management of steroid-refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Literature was accessed through MEDLINE and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1990-September 2008), both indexed and nonindexed citations, using the terms rituximab, graft-versus-host disease, monoclonal antibodies, and CD20. In addition, reference citations from the publications identified were reviewed. All articles discussing rituximab as a therapeutic option in the treatment of GVHD that were published in English and enrolled human study participants were evaluated. Rituximab is a genetically engineered chimeric murine monoclonal antibody that binds to the CD20 differentiation antigen found on B-lymphocytes. GVHD is the leading cause of procedural-related morbidity and mortality following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Chronic GVHD (cGVHD) occurs in up to 70% of individuals undergoing HSCT, and approximately 40% of those patients are refractory to conventional T-lymphocyte-directed therapies. Limited treatments are available for individuals with steroid-refractory cGVHD. Rituximab therapy in individuals with extensive cGVHD has demonstrated clinical efficacy with manageable toxicities in retrospective and prospective studies. Available data suggest that rituximab is a treatment option for patients with extensive steroid-refractory cGVHD. Rituximab may be particularly effective for individuals with steroid-refractory cGVHD manifesting as thrombocytopenia or with sclerodermatous, cutaneous, and rheumatologic involvement.

  19. Title: Rituximab: A Benchmark in the Development of Chemotherapy-free Treatment Strategies for Follicular Lymphomas.

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    Karmali, R; Kimby, E; Ghielmini, M; Flinn, I W; Gordon, L I; Zucca, E

    2017-11-30

    With the introduction of the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab, the outcomes of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) has greatly improved over the last two decades. First-line prolonged rituximab monotherapy is effective, achieving long-term remission and prolonged failure-free survival in some patients. Maintenance strategies with rituximab have also improved on clinical endpoints. Additionally, rituximab has been shown to synergize with chemotherapeutic and novel targeted agents alike with measurable gains in duration of response. As such, rituximab has made its mark in the treatment of FL and remains a valid agent despite the availability of newer monoclonal antibodies. This review summarizes the evolving role of rituximab as the first available anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, emphasizing its clear activity as a single agent and in combination with chemotherapy or molecular targeted agents, and setting the standard for the development of new anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies. Conclusion: We provide data that supports the ongoing use of rituximab as a therapeutic partner for novel agents in future clinical trials exploring chemotherapy-free alternatives.

  20. Subcutaneous administration of rituximab (MabThera) and trastuzumab (Herceptin) using hyaluronidase.

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    Shpilberg, O; Jackisch, C

    2013-09-17

    Rituximab and trastuzumab were the first therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) approved in oncology. Both antibodies are delivered by the intravenous (IV) route, but recently subcutaneous (SC) formulations have been developed. Subcutaneous administration of mAbs can offer substantial patient and resource benefits compared with IV, but SC administration of some mAbs can be limited by drug volume. Recombinant human hyaluronidase (rHuPH20) temporarily degrades hyaluronan, allowing SC delivery of drug volumes that might not otherwise be feasible. Clinical trials assessing coformulation of rituximab or trastuzumab with rHuPH20 for SC administration were reviewed. Phase I trials of rituximab SC maintenance therapy in patients with follicular lymphoma and trastuzumab SC in healthy volunteers and patients with early breast cancer have demonstrated substantially shorter administration times and comparable tolerability and pharmacokinetics compared with IV formulations. Rituximab SC 1400-mg and trastuzumab SC 600-mg doses were identified for further study. Phase III clinical data for rituximab SC 1400 mg have shown comparable efficacy to rituximab IV, and initial clinical data suggest comparable efficacy of trastuzumab SC 600 mg and the IV formulation. Coformulation with rHuPH20 may enable effective, well-tolerated, cost-effective, and convenient SC administration of rituximab and trastuzumab. Additional studies are ongoing.

  1. Long-term follow-up of patients with neuromyelitis optica after repeated therapy with rituximab.

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    Pellkofer, H L; Krumbholz, M; Berthele, A; Hemmer, B; Gerdes, L A; Havla, J; Bittner, R; Canis, M; Meinl, E; Hohlfeld, R; Kuempfel, T

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    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a severe autoimmune disease targeting optic nerves and spinal cord. The monoclonal anti-CD20 B-cell antibody rituximab is an emerging therapeutic option in NMO. However, neither long-term efficacy or safety of rituximab, nor the correlation between B-cell counts, B-cell fostering cytokines, aquaporin-4 antibodies (AQP4-ab), and disease activity in NMO, have been investigated prospectively. We performed a prospective long-term cohort study of 10 patients with NMO who were treated up to 5 times with rituximab as a second-line therapy. Clinical examinations, B-cell counts, and serum concentrations of BAFF (B-cell activating factor of the TNF family; also called TNFSF13b), APRIL (a proliferation-inducing ligand; also called TNFSF13), AQP4-ab, and immunoglobulin levels were measured every 3 months. Repeated treatment with rituximab led to sustained clinical stabilization in most patients with NMO. Disease activity correlated with B-cell depletion, but not clearly with AQP4-ab or levels of APRIL. BAFF levels increased after application of rituximab and indicated persisting efficacy of the drug but did not correlate with disease activity. Overall, rituximab was well-tolerated even after up to 5 consecutive treatment courses; however, we observed several severe adverse reactions. Our data indicate that long-term therapy with rituximab is effective in NMO as a second-line therapy and has an acceptable safety profile. Retreatment with rituximab should be applied before reappearance of circulating B cells. This study provides Class IV evidence that repeated doses of rituximab result in stabilization in most patients.

  2. EXPERIENCE OF TREATMENT WITH RITUXIMAB IN PATIENT WITH SYSTEMIC TYPE OF JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    Full Text Available The article gives a case report on patient with severe systemic type of juvenile arthritis, refractory to treatment with classical immuno suppressants and blocker of tumor necrotizing factor Successive application of biological agent — rituximab was described. In 9 weeks, extra articular symptoms of disease and acute inflammatory lesions in joints were stopped, and functional activity of child increased. Presented case report demonstrates high effectiveness of rituximab: patient with severe systemic type of juvenile arthritis has clinical and laboratory remission of disease during 12 months.Key words: children, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rituximab.(Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. 2009;8(3:132-138

  3. The Result of Multiple I-131 Treatments on the Effective Half-Life of Retained Radioactivity in Patients Ablated for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: Possible Evidence for Thyroid Remnant Function Impairment.

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    Okkalides, Demetrios

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    The ablation of differentiated thyroid cancer by ingested I-131 depends on the activity absorbed by the remnant. This depends on the function of the thyroid cells and on the rate that radioactivity is excreted from the blood. The reduction of radioiodine is described by the effective half-life (EHL), which is the time taken to half the retained radioactivity. If the tumor recurs, more treatments are prescribed, often with escalating activities. Patients may receive several treatments during the evolution of the disease, and the total radioactivity administered (TRA) is the sum of all such activities. The patients' archived information permitted the calculation of EHL and TRA. The patient cohort processed here comprised 274 females and 101 males treated during 1997 to 2015. The TRA to the patients ranged between 1.1 and 129.5 GBq (average = 7.93 ± 9.9 GBq) and the EHL varied between 5.06 and 43.87 hours (average = 14.13 ± 5.7 hours). The data were processed as follows: (a) the EHL corresponding to the last treatment of each patient was plotted against TRA to patients who were treated once and to those treated several times for comparison and (b) using a small subgroup of 16 patients who were treated at least 5 times, the EHL and TRA corresponding to each treatment of each patient were plotted. A function of the form y = p-k·ln(x) was fitted on the data in all graphs and k was calculated. For patients treated once, EHL was independent of TRA. A decrease was seen in (a) multitreated patients, with the gradient (k) ranging between -0.541 and -13.880 and (b) 13 out of 16 patients, with the gradient (k) ranging between -5.55 and -31.17, both indicating an impairment of the remnant function, perhaps identified as "stunning." Since this is not avoidable, the uptake may be boosted by splitting the prescribed activity into low radioactivity fractions, which will also reduce patient hospitalization.

  4. Rituximab versus cyclophosphamide in ANCA-associated renal vasculitis : 2-year results of a randomised trial

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    Jones, Rachel B.; Furuta, Shunsuke; Tervaert, Jan Willem Cohen; Hauser, Thomas; Luqmani, Raashid; Morgan, Matthew D.; Peh, Chen Au; Savage, Caroline O.; Segelmark, Marten; Tesar, Vladimir; van Paassen, Pieter; Walsh, Michael; Westman, Kerstin; Jayne, David R. W.; Stegeman, C. A.

    Objectives The RITUXVAS trial reported similar remission induction rates and safety between rituximab and cyclophosphamide based regimens for antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis at 12months; however, immunosuppression maintenance requirements and longer-term outcomes after

  5. Clinical Responses to Rituximab in a Case of Neuroblastoma with Refractory Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Opsoclonus myoclonus ataxia syndrome (OMS is a rare neurologic syndrome. In a high proportion of children, it is associated with neuroblastoma. The etiology of this condition is thought to be immune mediated. In children, immunotherapy with conventional treatments such as corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and even antiepileptic drugs has been tried. Recently rituximab has been used safely for refractory OMS in children with neuroblastoma. Our patient was a 3.5-year-old girl referred for ataxia and dancing eye movements starting since 1.5 years ago. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on imaging studies on admission. The OMS was refractory to surgical resection, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, and intravenous immunoglobulin. Patient received rituximab simultaneously with chemotherapy. The total severity score decreased by 61.1% after rituximab. Patient's ataxia markedly improved that she was able to walk independently after 6 months. Our case confirmed the clinical efficacy and safety of rituximab in a refractory case of OMS.

  6. Linfoma B difuso de celulas grandes: factores pronosticos en la era del rituximab

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    Jaramillo Arbelaez, Patricia Elena; Gaviria Jaramillo, Lina Maria; Guevara Arismendy, Natalia Maria

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    Introduccion: la inclusion del rituximab para el tratamiento del linfoma B difuso de celulas grandes genero la necesidad de reevaluar los factores pronosticos que se empleaban convencionalmente, y la de...

  7. EXPERIENCE OF RITUXIMAB APPLICATION ON A PATIENT, SUFFERING FROM JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    E.I. Alexeeva

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    Full Text Available The article describes the run of the severe systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is resistant to the standard antirheumatic therapy. The disease was characterized by such systemic implications of the disease, as: fever, rash, pericarditis, lymphadenopathy, hepatomegaly accompanied by the generalized joint syndrome and high laboratory indices of activity. Introduction of rituximab into the treatment scheme allowed the researchers to decrease the general activity of the disease, arrest the systemic implications, improve functional status of the joints, and normalize the laboratory indices of activity. The effect duration was 5 months and 4 months after the first and second course of treatment by rituximab accordingly. The treatment results prove the perspective of rituximab application with in the complex therapy for the patients, suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is necessary to conduct further research to identify the location of antibodies to cd 20+ within the therapy scheme of this disease. Key words: children, treatment, rituximab, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

  8. Intravenous immunoglobulin and rituximab for cerebellar ataxia with glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibodies.

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    Planche, Vincent; Marques, Ana; Ulla, Miguel; Ruivard, Marc; Durif, Franck

    2014-06-01

    Cerebellar ataxia associated with glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibodies (GAD-ab) is a rare and usually slow progressive disease with moderate to severe gait and limb ataxia, dysarthria, and nystagmus. The treatment for this condition is still being discussed. We report the cases of three patients with GAD-ab cerebellar ataxia treated successively with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) and rituximab. Symptoms improved in one case after rituximab therapy and were stabilized in another after a combined therapy of IVIg and rituximab. The third patient continued to worsen despite these treatments. We conclude that IVIg and rituximab therapy could improve or stabilize GAD-ab cerebellar ataxia. Early treatment, the lack of cerebellar atrophy on magnetic resonance imaging, and a subacute onset of the symptoms could be decisive prognostic factors.

  9. Rituximab therapy reduces organ-specific T cell responses and ameliorates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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    Monson, Nancy L; Cravens, Petra; Hussain, Rehana; Harp, Christopher T; Cummings, Matthew; de Pilar Martin, Maria; Ben, Li-Hong; Do, Julie; Lyons, Jeri-Anne; Lovette-Racke, Amy; Cross, Anne H; Racke, Michael K; Stüve, Olaf; Shlomchik, Mark; Eagar, Todd N

    2011-02-16

    Recent clinical trials have established B cell depletion by the anti-CD20 chimeric antibody Rituximab as a beneficial therapy for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). The impact of Rituximab on T cell responses remains largely unexplored. In the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of MS in mice that express human CD20, Rituximab administration rapidly depleted peripheral B cells and strongly reduced EAE severity. B cell depletion was also associated with diminished Delayed Type Hypersensitivity (DTH) and a reduction in T cell proliferation and IL-17 production during recall immune response experiments. While Rituximab is not considered a broad immunosuppressant, our results indicate a role for B cells as a therapeutic cellular target in regulating encephalitogenic T cell responses in specific tissues.

  10. Rituximab therapy reduces organ-specific T cell responses and ameliorates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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    Nancy L Monson

    Full Text Available Recent clinical trials have established B cell depletion by the anti-CD20 chimeric antibody Rituximab as a beneficial therapy for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS. The impact of Rituximab on T cell responses remains largely unexplored. In the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE model of MS in mice that express human CD20, Rituximab administration rapidly depleted peripheral B cells and strongly reduced EAE severity. B cell depletion was also associated with diminished Delayed Type Hypersensitivity (DTH and a reduction in T cell proliferation and IL-17 production during recall immune response experiments. While Rituximab is not considered a broad immunosuppressant, our results indicate a role for B cells as a therapeutic cellular target in regulating encephalitogenic T cell responses in specific tissues.

  11. Reactions to Rituximab in an Outpatient Infusion Center: A 5-Year Review.

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    Levin, Amy S; Otani, Iris M; Lax, Timothy; Hochberg, Ephraim; Banerji, Aleena

    Reactions to rituximab occur frequently, with up to 77% of patients developing a reaction during initial exposure. The safety of rechallenging patients after a reaction is not clear and standard guidelines are lacking. To better understand clinical decision making surrounding rituximab reactions and subsequent rechallenge. We performed a 5-year retrospective review of all rituximab reactions at a large academic outpatient infusion center. Patients' demographic characteristics, clinical symptoms, and management of reactions were reviewed. Reaction severity was classified using standard criteria. Between June 2006 and January 2011, 67 patients (mean age, 58 ± 13 years, 54% men) with at least 1 rituximab reaction were identified. Most reactions occurred during the first exposure to rituximab (63%). Most reactions (n = 59 [88%]) were grade 1 or 2. Fifty-one patients (n = 51 [88%]) were rechallenged with rituximab on the same day as the initial reaction. Most patients with a grade 1 reaction tolerated rechallenge. Conversely, all 4 patients with a grade 3 reaction had a reaction during rechallenge. The outcome of same-day rechallenge after an initial grade 2 reaction was varied; most patients (26 of 31 [84%]) tolerated same-day challenge, but 5 patients had a reaction (all grade 1-2 severity). Consistent with previous data, our observations suggest that patients who experience grade 1 reactions to rituximab can be safely rechallenged the same day. A grade 3 or 4 reaction should prompt referral to an allergy specialist for risk assessment before additional rituximab administration. Further research is needed to understand the optimal management of patients with grade 2 reactions. Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Critical appraisal of rituximab in the maintenance treatment of advanced follicular lymphoma

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    Full Text Available David Aguiar-Bujanda, María Jesús Blanco-Sánchez, María Hernández-Sosa, Saray Galván-Ruíz, Samuel Hernández-Sarmiento Department of Medical Oncology, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Abstract: Rituximab is an IgG1, chimeric monoclonal antibody specifically designed to recognize the CD20 antigen expressed on the surface of normal and malignant B-lymphocytes, from the B-cell precursor to the mature B-cells of the germinal center, and by most neoplasms derived from B-cells. After 2 decades of use, rituximab is firmly positioned in the treatment of follicular lymphoma (FL, both in the front line and in the relapsing disease, improving previous results by including it in classical chemotherapy regimens. However, the pharmacology of rituximab continues to generate controversial issues especially regarding the mechanisms of action in vivo. The contribution of rituximab as a maintenance treatment in FL has been significant progress in the management of this disease without an increase in side effects or a decrease in the quality of life of patients. With the widespread use of rituximab, there are new security alerts and side effects not previously detected in the pivotal trials that clinicians should learn to recognize and manage. In this article, we will review the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of rituximab, the management issues in the treatment of advanced FL focusing on maintenance rituximab, its long-term efficacy and safety profile, and its effect on the quality of life. Keywords: follicular lymphoma, long-term efficacy, maintenance, rituximab, toxicity

  13. Retrospective analysis of rituximab therapy and splenectomy in childhood chronic and refractory immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

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    Ay, Yilmaz; Karapinar, Tuba H; Oymak, Yesim; Toret, Ersin; Demirag, Bengu; Ince, Dilek; Ozcan, Esin; Moueminoglou, Nergial; Koker, Sultan A; Vergin, Canan

    2016-06-01

    Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) results from accelerated platelet destruction mediated by autoantibodies to platelet glycoproteins. Some patients with chronic ITP are refractory to all therapies [steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), anti-D and immunosuppresive drugs] and have chronic low platelet counts and episodic bleeding. We retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of rituximab treatment and splenectomy in paediatric patients diagnosed with chronic and refractory ITP who were unresponsive to steroids, IVIG, cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil. Records of patients with chronic and refractory ITP in 459 patients with primary ITP who were followed up in our hospital from January 2005 to December 2014 were reviewed. Fifteen of patients received rituximab and/or applied splenectomy. Fifteen chronic ITP patients (10 boys, five girls) with a mean age of 10 years were enrolled in the study. Two of these patients were suffering from Evans syndrome. The median time since diagnosis of ITP was 10 years. The median follow-up duration after starting Rituximab and splenectomy were 13 and 9.5 months, respectively.None of the seven patients who were treated with rituximab achieved a response. A splenectomy was performed in six of the seven patients who had been treated with rituximab. Complete and partial responses were achieved in 67 and 33% of the patients, respectively. We evaluated the clinical characteristics and responses of chronic ITP patients who did not receive rituximab therapy and underwent a splenectomy. The success rate was 100% in the eight patients with chronic and refractory ITP. Rituximab therapy might not be beneficial for some children with severe chronic ITP who are refractory to standard agents. A splenectomy might be useful and preferable to rituximab.

  14. Rituximab in primary membranous nephropathy: first-line therapy, why not?

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    Cravedi, Paolo; Remuzzi, Giuseppe; Ruggenenti, Piero

    2014-01-01

    The ideal treatment of patients with primary membranous nephropathy (MN) and persistent nephrotic syndrome (NS) is still a matter of debate. This is a major issue since these patients may progress to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in 5-10 years. Steroids, alkylating agents, and calcineurin inhibitors have been suggested to achieve NS remission and prevent ESKD in this population. Treatment benefits, however, are uncertain and are often offset by serious adverse events (SAEs). Evidence that B cells play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of the disease, both as precursors of autoantibody-producing cells and as antigen-presenting cells, provided the background for explorative studies testing the role of B cell-depletion therapy with the monoclonal antibody rituximab. This approach aimed at selectively inhibiting disease mechanisms without the devastating consequences of unspecific immunosuppression. Finding that rituximab safely ameliorated NS in 8 patients with primary MN fueled a series of observational studies that uniformly confirmed the safety/efficacy profile of rituximab in this context. Although head-to-head comparisons in randomized clinical trials are missing, comparative analyses between series of homogeneous patient cohorts clearly show at least similar efficacy of rituximab as compared to steroid plus alkylating agents. Moreover, data confirm the dramatically superior safety profile of rituximab that actually appears to be associated with a rate of SAEs even lower than that observed with conservative therapy. Rituximab is also effective in patients resistant to other treatments and its cost-effectiveness is further increased when treatment is titrated to circulating B cells. Recently identified pathogenic antibodies against the M type phospholipase A2 receptor will likely provide a novel tool to monitor disease activity and drive rituximab therapy, at least in a subset of patients. Newly developed anti-CD20 antibodies could represent a valuable option

  15. EXPERIENCE OF TREATMENT WITH RITUXIMAB IN PATIENT WITH SYSTEMIC TYPE OF JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    K.B. Isaeva; E.I. Alexeeva; R. V. Denisova; T. M. Bzarova; S. I. Valieva; A.O. Lisitsin; E.Yu. Gudkova; E. L. Semikina; E.A. Kopyl'tsova

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    The article gives a case report on patient with severe systemic type of juvenile arthritis, refractory to treatment with classical immuno suppressants and blocker of tumor necrotizing factor Successive application of biological agent — rituximab was described. In 9 weeks, extra articular symptoms of disease and acute inflammatory lesions in joints were stopped, and functional activity of child increased. Presented case report demonstrates high effectiveness of rituximab: patient with severe s...

  16. Rituximab in the treatment of shrinking lung syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Peñacoba Toribio, Patricia; Córica Albani, María Emilia; Mayos Pérez, Mercedes; Rodríguez de la Serna, Arturo

    2014-01-01

    Shrinking lung syndrome (SLS) is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus. We report the case of a patient with non-responding SLS (neither to glucocorticoids nor immunosupresors), who showed remarkable improvement after the onset of treatment with rituximab. Although there is a little evidence, treatment with rituximab could be proposed in SLS when classical treatment fails. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  17. Rituximab in the treatment of refractory pemphigus vulgaris

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    Fernandes, I.; Sanches, M.; Velho, G.; Selores, M.

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    O pênfigo vulgar é uma doença bolhosa auto-imune rara, que atinge a pele e as mucosas. Geralmente tem um curso clínico severo, sendo necessário o recurso a terapêutica prolongada com corticóides sistémicos e outros fármacos imunossupressores, que podem conduzir a efeitos adversos graves. O rituximab é um anticorpo monoclo- nal quimérico dirigido ao antigénio CD20, expresso pelos linfócitos B. Recentemente, têm surgido alguns estudos que documentam o seu sucesso terapêutico no tratamento de pê...

  18. USE OF RITUXIMAB IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: NEW ASPECTS

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    Dmitry Evgenyevich Karateyev

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been noted that off-label indication for Rituximab (RTX in rheumatological care indubitably requires its confirmation in the randomized clinical trials. A particular cautious approach should be taken in extending the indications for therapy with gene-engineering biologicals because of the intricacy and interaction of different immunoregulatory mechanisms. Nonetheless, it is stated that much clinical experience with RTX used in most severely ill therapy-resistant patients may serve as a basis for its prescription in a number of most complex inflammatory rheumatic diseases (RDs. There is new evidence for the use of RTX in various RDs differing in their clinical picture, course, and pathogenesis, such as spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis.

  19. Socioeconomic inequality in the use of rituximab therapy among non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients in Chinese public hospitals.

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    Yu-Wen, Huang; Mei-Bian, Zhang; Xiang, Xu; Xiao-Hua, Xu; Quan, Zhou; Le, Jian

    2014-03-01

    Rituximab is a patient-paid effective monoclonal-antibody drug for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Little is known in China, a country with unequal distribution of wealth and medical insurance systems, about the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) on selecting rituximab therapy in NHL patients. A total of 328 NHL inpatients in 2 public hospitals in Hangzhou were recruited and divided into 2 equal groups: with rituximab therapy and with no rituximab therapy group. Selection and frequency of rituximab therapy increased with duration of education and in urban citizens (P inequality in provision of rituximab therapy among Chinese NHL patients, and this was associated with differences in SES status. Effective measures are suggested to ameliorate the inequality issue.

  20. Radiolabeling parameters of {sup 177}Lu-DOTA-RITUXIMAB

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    Massicano, Adriana V.F.; Alcarde, Lais F.; Oliveira, Ricardo S.; Mengatti, Jair; Araujo, Elaine B. de, E-mail: adriana.avfernandes@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Cancer treatment using radioimmunotherapy (RIT) has been the focus of much research in the last two decades. In RIT, a radioisotope is coupled to a monoclonal antibody (mAb) to form a tumor-specific target agent to improve the cytocidal effect of the mAbs. RIT allows the systemic delivery of radiation to disease target by mAbs while sparing normal tissues. Rituximab® (Mabthera - Roche) is a chimeric mouse-human monoclonal antibody; it selectively binds with high affinity to the CD20 antigen, a hydrophobic transmembrane protein, which is expressed on B-lymphocytes and in more than 90% of B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL). The conjugation and radiolabeling process involve special conditions of pH and temperature, long processes of manipulation and mixing. All this process can damage the antibody structure and compromise its clinical application. Therefore, these parameters must be largely studied. The aim of this work was to evaluate the best radiolabeling conditions of DOTA-rituximab. Briefly, 10 mg of antibody previously purified by ultrafiltration device was conjugated with DOTA-NHS-ester (Macrocyclics) in 50 fold molar excess. The reaction was conducted for 1 hour in phosphate buffer pH 8.0 and gently mixing at room temperature, remaining for 24 hours under refrigeration. The immunoconjugated was purified by size exclusion column and ultrafiltration device. The radiolabeled parameters studied were: immunoconjugated mass, activity of {sup 177}LuCl{sub 3}, reaction time, temperature and pH. The radiochemical purity of the preparations was determined using analysis by thin layer chromatography (TLC-SG plates). The best studied condition presented radiochemical purity above 95% and the integrity of antibody was preserved. (author)

  1. Off-label use of rituximab in a multipayer insurance system.

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    Van Allen, Eliezer M; Miyake, Todd; Gunn, Nathan; Behler, Caroline M; Kohlwes, Jeff

    2011-03-01

    Off-label prescribing in oncology is common and unregulated. The aim of this study was to describe the off-label use of rituximab, a novel anti-CD20 antibody, among patients from a large proprietary insurance database to understand how frequently and appropriately off-label prescribing occurs for this medication. In this descriptive study, 11,232,642 patients were enrolled in the D2 Hawkeye commercial insurance database between 2001 and 2007, and 2,782 patients received rituximab. The main outcome measures were quantity and type of off-label usage, and expenditures for off-label usage. Seven hundred five (25.3%) patients received rituximab for off-label indications, and of those, 332 (47.1%) received rituximab for uncertain or inadequate evidence-based diagnoses. Expenditures for off-label indications were 17.1% of expenditures for rituximab usage. The frequent use of rituximab for off-label indications should lead to improved postapproval surveillance of biologics by the US Food and Drug Administration, so that use can be adequately studied. This will also facilitate improved regulatory mechanisms to ensure evidence-based use.

  2. Linfoma hepático primario: Evolución favorable con quimioterapia combinada con rituximab Primary hepatic lymphoma: favorable outcome with chemotherapy plus rituximab

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Comunicamos el caso de una paciente con un linfoma hepático primario tratado con éxito con quimioterapia combinada con rituximab. Utilizando los "encabezamientos estándar para búsquedas bibliográficas informatizadas" (Medical Subject Heading revisamos los casos publicados hasta la fecha de esta infrecuente entidad.This article describes the case of a patient with a non-Hodgkin primary hepatic lymphoma who was successfully treated with chemotherapy combined with rituximab. Using the Medical Subject Headings the published reports of this rare entity were reviewed.

  3. Long-term treatment with rituximab is feasible in selected patients with B-CLL: response-adjusted low-dose maintenance treatment with rituximab in patients with relapsed B-CLL, who achieved a partial or minimal response to prior rituximab therapy.

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    Srock, Stefanie; Schriever, Folke; Neubauer, Andreas; Herold, Michael; Huhn, Dieter

    2007-05-01

    The feasibility and efficacy of flexible, response-adjusted rituximab maintenance therapy in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) was investigated in 12 patients with an at least minor response to four weekly cycles of 375 mg/m(2) of rituximab induction therapy. Rituximab maintenance therapy consisted of infusions of 100 mg rituximab every 4 weeks. If disease progression occurred, either the rituximab dose was increased or the time between infusions was shortened. Treatment-related side effects led to discontinuation of rituximab maintenance therapy in three cases. Maintenance therapy was successfully conducted for > or =6 months in seven cases; three of these individuals have been on maintenance therapy for >1 year to 3.5 years so far. Long-term toxicity, as determined based on hematological and immunological parameters, was mild.

  4. Methodology to administer therapeutic dose of I-131; Metodologia para administrar dosis terapeutica de I-131

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    Basteris M, J.; Gomez D, R. [Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Facultad de Medicina, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    The present work suggests the use of measures guided to eliminate the resulting chronic sialoadenitis of the treatment of the thyroid cancer with Iodine-131, as well as the use of citric fruits to stimulate the salivation, the post-dose administration of liquids to accelerate the gastric emptying avoiding the secondary effects as the vomit is included. (Author)

  5. Rituximab efficiently depletes B cells in lung tumors and normal lung tissue [version 1; referees: 2 approved

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    Albane Joly-Battaglini

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody that targets the CD20 B-cell-specific antigen and is widely used as therapy for B-cell lymphoma. Since rituximab depletes both malignant and normal B cells, it is increasingly being used to treat various conditions in which normal B cells have a pathogenic role, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It is well-established that rituximab efficiently eliminates B cells in blood, lymph nodes, and spleen. In contrast, the effect of rituximab in non-lymphoid tissues remains poorly documented and is debated. Here, we report a rheumatoid arthritis patient who was treated with rituximab before receiving thoracic surgery for non-small cell lung cancer. Using flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, we show that rituximab efficiently depleted CD20-positive B cells in a primary lung tumor, in lung-associated lymph nodes, and in normal lung tissue. We conclude that rituximab may be very efficient at depleting normal B cells in the lungs. This property of rituximab may potentially be exploited for the treatment of conditions in which pathogenic B cells reside in the lungs. On the other hand, the clearance of lung B cells may provide an explanation for the rare cases of severe non-infectious pulmonary toxicity of rituximab.

  6. Efficacy and safety of rituximab in common variable immunodeficiency-associated immune cytopenias: a retrospective multicentre study on 33 patients

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    Gobert, Delphine; Busse, James B.; Cunningham-Rundles, Charlotte; Galicier, Lionel; Dechartres, Agnès; Berezne, Alice; Bonnotte, Bernard; DeRevel, Thierry; Auzary, Christophe; Jaussaud, Roland; Larroche, Claire; LeQuellec, Alain; Ruivard, Marc; Seve, Pascal; Smail, Amar; Viallard, Jean-François; Godeau, Bertrand; Hermine, Olivier; Michel, Marc

    2012-01-01

    Summary Patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) are at high risk of developing immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and/or autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AHA). Given their underlying immunodeficiency, immunosuppressive treatment of these manifestations may increase the risk of infection. To assess efficacy and safety of rituximab in patients with CVID-associated ITP/AHA, a multicentre retrospective study was performed. Thirty-three patients, 29 adults and four children, were included. Patients received an average of 2·6 treatments prior to rituximab including steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin and splenectomy (21%). The median ITP/AHA duration at time of first rituximab administration was 12 months [range 1–324] and the indication for using rituximab was ITP (22 cases), AHA (n = 5) or both (n = 7); 1 patient was treated sequentially for ITP and then AHA. The overall initial response rate to rituximab was 85% including 74% complete responses. After a mean follow-up of 39 ± 30 months after rituximab first administration, 10 of the initial responders relapsed and re-treatment with rituximab was successful in 7/9. Severe infections occurred after rituximab in eight adults (24%), four of whom were not on immunoglobulin replacement therapy. In conclusion, rituximab appears to be highly effective and relatively safe for the management of CVID-associated severe immune cytopenias. PMID:21981575

  7. The Pharmacogenomic Association of Fc gamma Receptors and Cytochrome P450 Enzymes With Response to Rituximab or Cyclophosphamide Treatment in Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis

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    Cartin-Ceba, Rodrigo; Indrakanti, Divya; Specks, Ulrich; Stone, John H.; Hoffman, Gary S.; Kallenberg, Cees G. M.; Langford, Carol A.; Merkel, Peter A.; Spiera, Robert F.; Monach, Paul A.; St. Clair, E. William; Seo, Philip; Tchao, Nadia K.; Ytterberg, Steven R.; Brunetta, Paul G.; Song, Huijuan; Birmingham, Dan; Rovin, Brad H.; Grp, RAVE-Immune Tolerance Network Res

    Objective The Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (RAVE) trial compared rituximab to cyclophosphamide as induction therapy for the treatment of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. We undertook the current study to determine whether known single-nucleotide

  8. Absolute lymphocyte count predicts response to rituximab-containing salvage treatment for relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with prior rituximab exposure

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    2013-04-01

    Conclusion: Our study results show that for patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell NHL, rituximab-containing salvage treatment is feasible and generally tolerable. A high ALC-R value was significantly associated with a better response to this treatment.

  9. Anti CD20 (Rituximab therapy in refractory pediatric rheumatic diseases

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    Joel Reis

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: We aim to report the efficacy and safety of rituximab (RTX in patients diagnosed with juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE or juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA refractory to conventional treatment. Methods: A retrospective review was made of all medical records of patients with JSLE or JIA treated with RTX between January 2009 and January 2015 in the Pediatric Rheumatology Unit of a central hospital. Results: Five patients, 4 with JSLE and 1 with extended oligoarticular JIA, received 10 cycles of RTX (23 infusions. The scheme of RTX frequently used was 750 mg/m2 two weeks apart. The median follow-up time after receiving the first cycle of RTX was 24 months (12 – 70. The four patients with JSLE were female (three caucasian and one black. The patient with JIA was a caucasian male. The median age at diagnosis was 10 years (16 months – 17years. The median evolution time until receiving RTX was 6 years (5 months – 15 years. Refractory class IV lupus nephritis was the most common indication for receiving RTX. Previous treatment to RTX included nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, immunosuppressive drugs and corticosteroids in all patients and anti-TNFα (etanercept in the patient with JIA. It was possible to reduce the mean oral corticosteroid dose after RTX, ranging from 23 mg/day (20-25mg/day before RTX to 11 mg/day (0–20 mg/day at the last evaluation. Disease activity before RTX and at last evaluation also improved. The SLEDAI score, for JSLE, decreased from a median of 15, 5 (11 – 18 to 3 (0 – 6, and the JADAS-27 score, for JIA, also diminished from 40.4 to 3.5. Adverse events occurred in 2 patients, including delayed second dose after the diagnosis of cryptococcosis and respiratory tract infection with concomitant hypogammaglobulinemia needing of immunoglobulin replacement and antibiotic therapy. Conclusions: Rituximab might have a role in the treatment of JSLE and JIA

  10. Efficacy and safety of subcutaneous rituximab versus intravenous rituximab for first-line treatment of follicular lymphoma (SABRINA): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial.

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    Davies, Andrew; Merli, Francesco; Mihaljević, Biljana; Mercadal, Santiago; Siritanaratkul, Noppadol; Solal-Céligny, Philippe; Boehnke, Axel; Berge, Claude; Genevray, Magali; Zharkov, Artem; Dixon, Mark; Brewster, Michael; Barrett, Martin; MacDonald, David

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    Intravenous rituximab is the standard of care in B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and is administered over 1·5-6 h. A subcutaneous formulation could reduce patients' treatment burden and improve resource utilisation in health care. We aimed to show the pharmacokinetic non-inferiority of subcutaneous rituximab to intravenous rituximab in follicular lymphoma and to provide efficacy and safety data. SABRINA is a two-stage, randomised, open-label phase 3 study at 113 centres in 30 countries. Eligible patients were aged 18 years or older and had histologically confirmed, previously untreated, CD20-positive grade 1, 2, or 3a follicular lymphoma; Eastern Co-operative Oncology Group performance statuses of 0-2; bidimensionally measurable disease (by CT or MRI); life expectancy of 6 months or more; adequate haematological function for 28 days or more; and one or more symptoms requiring treatment according to the Groupe d'Etudes des Lymphomes Folliculaires criteria. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) by investigators or members of the research team via a dynamic randomisation algorithm to 375 mg/m 2 intravenous rituximab or 1400 mg subcutaneous rituximab, plus chemotherapy (six-to-eight cycles of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone [CHOP] or eight cycles of cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone [CVP]), every 3 weeks during induction, then rituximab maintenance every 8 weeks. Randomisation was stratified by selected chemotherapy, Follicular Lymphoma International Prognostic Index, and region. The primary endpoint for stage 2 was overall response (ie, confirmed complete response, unconfirmed complete response, and partial response) at the end of induction. Efficacy analyses were done in the intention-to-treat population. Pooled data from stages 1 and 2 are reported on the basis of the clinical cutoff date of the last patient completing the maintenance phase of the study. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01200758; new

  11. Inflammation and autoantibody markers identify rheumatoid arthritis patients with enhanced clinical benefit following rituximab treatment.

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    Lal, Preeti; Su, Zheng; Holweg, Cecile T J; Silverman, Gregg J; Schwartzman, Sergio; Kelman, Ariella; Read, Simon; Spaniolo, Greg; Monroe, John G; Behrens, Timothy W; Townsend, Michael J

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    Rituximab significantly improves the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and slows the progression of joint damage. The aim of this study was to identify clinical characteristics and biomarkers that identify patients with RA in whom the clinical benefit of rituximab may be enhanced. The study group comprised 1,008 RA patients from 2 independent randomized placebo-controlled phase III clinical trials (REFLEX [Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Efficacy of Rituximab in Rheumatoid Arthritis] and SERENE [Study Evaluating Rituximab's Efficacy in Methotrexate Inadequate Responders]). A novel threshold selection method was used to identify baseline candidate biomarkers present in at least 20% of patients that enriched for placebo-corrected American College of Rheumatology 50% improvement (ACR50 response; a high clinical efficacy bar) at week 24 after the first course of rituximab. The presence of IgM rheumatoid factor (IgM-RF), IgG-RF, IgA-RF, and IgG anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies together with an elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) level were associated with enhanced placebo-corrected ACR50 response rates in the REFLEX patients with RA who had an inadequate response to anti-tumor necrosis factor therapies. These findings were independently replicated using samples from patients in SERENE who had an inadequate response to disease-modifying antirheumatic drug treatment. The combination of an elevated baseline CRP level together with an elevated level of any RF isotype and/or IgG anti-CCP antibodies was further associated with an enhanced benefit to rituximab. The presence of any RF isotype and/or IgG anti-CCP autoantibodies together with an elevated CRP level identifies a subgroup of patients with RA in whom the benefit of rituximab treatment may be enhanced. Although the clinical benefit of rituximab was greater in the biomarker-positive population compared with the biomarker-negative population, the clinical benefit of rituximab

  12. Remission Achieved in Refractory Advanced Takayasu Arteritis Using Rituximab

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    D. Ernst

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A 25-year-old patient was referred due to subclavian stenosis, identified on echocardiography. She presented with exertional dizziness and dyspnoea. Questioning revealed bilateral arm claudication. Examination demonstrated an absent right ulnar pulse and asymmetrical brachial blood pressure. Bruits were evident over both common carotid arteries. Doppler ultrasound and MRI angiograms revealed occlusion or stenosis in multiple large arteries. Takayasu arteritis (TA was diagnosed and induction therapy commenced: 1 mg/kg oral prednisolone and 500 mg/m2 intravenous cyclophosphamide (CYC. Attempts to reduce prednisolone below 15 mg/d proved impossible due to recurring disease activity. Adjuvant azathioprine 100 mg/d was subsequently added. Several weeks later, the patient was admitted with a left homonymous hemianopia. The culprit lesion in the right carotid artery was surgically managed and the patient discharged on azathioprine 150 mg/d and prednisolone 30 mg/d. Despite this, deteriorating exertional dyspnoea and angina pectoris were reported. Reimaging confirmed new stenosis in the right pulmonary artery. Surgical treatment proved infeasible. Given evidence of refractory disease activity on maximal standard therapy, we initiated rituximab, based on recently reported B-cell activity in TA.

  13. A Case of Rituximab Use as an Induction and Maintenance of Remission in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

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    Neveen Awad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody- (ANCA- associated vasculitis (AAV is a multisystem autoimmune disease affecting mainly microscopic blood vessels due to circulating autoantibodies against neutrophil cytoplasmic antigens. We report a case of a 57-year-old female patient presenting with hemoptysis, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis. Based on lung biopsy, the diagnosis of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody- (ANCA- associated vasculitis (AAV was established. She was put on rituximab as induction and maintenance therapy. She responded initially to rituximab as induction therapy but failed to respond in the maintenance course of the drug. Rituximab was stopped and mycophenolate mofetil was administered. She responded as laboratory c-ANCA titers turned negative and symptoms subsided. There are no randomized clinical trials addressing rituximab effect in induction and remission at the same time. This case report doubts the efficacy of the use of rituximab therapy for both induction and maintenance of remission at the same time, waiting for the results of the ongoing trials.

  14. Treatment of Ormond Disease and Idiopathic Membranous Glomerulonephritis by using Rituximab.

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    Dedinská, Ivana; Svetlík, Daniel; Adamicova, Katarina; Machalekova, Katarina; Makovicky, Pavel; Jezikova, Alena; Laca, Ludovít; Miklusica, Juraj; Galajda, Peter; Mokan, Marian

    2016-09-01

    Treatment of retroperitoneal fibrosis usually involves corticosteroids with or without other immunomodulating medications or tamoxifen.  Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody that specifically targets CD20 on the surface of B-cells, is effective in achieving complete remission of proteinuria in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy. We describe a case of a 45 years old man with idiopathic membranous glomerulonephritis (with proteinuria of more than 30 grams/24 hours) and simultaneously with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (with large number of cells CD20 in the histologic image). The patient did not tolerate the treatment by cyclophosphamide, and as rescue therapy, administration of rituximab was indicated with excellent effect. We recorded promptreduction of proteinuria and significant reduction of retroperitoneal fibrosis. Rituximab is effective in treatment of idiopathic retroperitonea lfibrosis with positivity of CD20 cells, as well as in treatment of idiopathic membranous glomerulonephritis.

  15. Experiencia con rituximab en miopatía inflamatoria idiopática refractaria

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    Elmer R. García-Salazar

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Se describe las características clínicas y de laboratorio de dos pacientes que recibieron rituximab por miopatía inflamatoria idiopática (MII. Ellas eran refractarias a tratamiento convencional con DARMES, por lo que recibieron rituximab 1 gramo cada 14 días, en dos infusiones en ciclo semestral. En las historias clínicas se obtuvo los datos clínicos de fuerza muscular proximal, lesiones cutáneas patognomónicas, elevación de CPK, TGO, DHL y VSG, resultados de electromiografía, biopsia muscular y de piel. Ninguno de los dos casos presentó reacción medicamentosa ni infecciones durante y posterior a las infusiones. Rituximab mostró efectividad en la respuesta clínica y enzimática en estas pacientes con dermatomiositis refractarias a corticoides y DARMES tradicionales.

  16. Rituximab as maintenance therapy for ANCA associated vasculitis: how, when and why?

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    Alba, Marco A; Flores-Suárez, Luis Felipe

    2016-01-01

    ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) are chronic autoimmune diseases characterized by inflammation and destruction of small vessels. Rituximab is now licensed for use as a remission-induction agent in the treatment of these disorders. During recent years, several non-controlled studies have suggested that rituximab may be of value in maintaining disease remission in AAV. In these series, 3 techniques have been tried: "watch-and-wait", repeated cycles in fixed intervals, or administration based on proposed biomarkers. More importantly, the results of the MAINRITSAN trial showed that this anti-CD20 agent is superior to azathioprine for preventing major relapses in AAV. This review summarizes current information regarding the effectiveness, timing, dosing, duration and safety of rituximab as a valid option for remission maintenance. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Reumatología y Colegio Mexicano de Reumatología. All rights reserved.

  17. Rituximab in the treatment of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma: a review.

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    Fernández-Guarino, M; Ortiz-Romero, P L; Fernández-Misa, R; Montalbán, C

    2014-06-01

    Rituximab is a chimeric mouse-human antibody that targets the CD20 antigen, which is found in both normal and neoplastic B cells. In recent years, it has been increasingly used to treat cutaneous B-cell lymphoma and is now considered an alternative to classic treatment (radiotherapy and surgery) of 2 types of indolent lymphoma, namely, primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma and primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma. Rituximab is also administered as an alternative to polychemotherapy in the treatment of primary cutaneous large B-cell lymphoma, leg type. Its use as an alternative drug led to it being administered intralesionally, with beneficial effects. In the present article, we review the literature published on the use of rituximab to treat primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. and AEDV. All rights reserved.

  18. The Efficacy and Safety of Rituximab in a Patient with Rheumatoid Spondylitis

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    Şenol Kobak

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is considered as a connective tissue disease while ankylosing spondylitis (AS is a prototype of spondyloarthritis. These diseases are seen concomitantly only very rarely. Also, rituximab has proven efficacy in the treatment of RA while its role in the treatment of AS is unclear. In this presentation, the concomitant presence of RA and AS in a 43-year-old male patient as well as the efficacy and safety of rituximab is discussed. Rituximab was given due to lack of response to treatment with anti-TNF-alpha. Evaluations made at the 6th and 12th months of treatment showed complete response for RA and partial response for AS.

  19. Treatment of refractory antibody mediated autoimmune disorders with an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab)

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    Arzoo, K; Sadeghi, S; Liebman, H

    2002-01-01

    Patients: Because of its novel mechanism of action, rituximab was used to treat three patients with refractory systemic antibody mediated autoimmune disorders. The first patient, a 71 year old woman with idiopathic type II mixed essential cryoglobulinaemia, had both dermatological and neurological manifestations with marked renal disease attributed to her cryoglobulinaemia. Patient 2, a 73 year old woman with Goodpasture's syndrome, was refractory to conventional treatment (cyclophosphamide, prednisone, plasmapheresis). She had persistent haemoptysis and haematuria and positive antiglomerular basement membrane antibodies. The third patient, a 75 year old man with primary biliary cirrhosis, myelodysplasia, and systemic immune complex vasculitis, had progressive renal insufficiency, a macular erythematous rash, and severe thrombocytopenia. Results: Treatment with rituximab resolved all clinical and laboratory manifestations in the three patients. Conclusions: Rituximab may be an important therapeutic agent for the treatment of patients refractory or intolerant to corticosteroid or cytotoxic treatment, or both. PMID:12228164

  20. Selective response to rituximab in a young child with MuSK-associated myasthenia gravis.

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    Govindarajan, Raghav; Iyadurai, Stanley J; Connolly, Anne; Zaidman, Craig

    2015-08-01

    Neuromuscular junction disorders in children are either genetic, such as congenital myasthenic syndrome, or autoimmune with circulating antibodies most commonly against acetylcholine receptors. There is limited experience recognizing and treating children with myasthenia associated with muscle-specific tyrosine kinase antibodies. We report a seven-year-old child with intermittent esotropia since age 3 months, and two years of progressive and severe diplopia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and facial weakness. Acetylcholine receptor antibodies and genetic testing for congenital myasthenic syndrome were negative. Muscle specific tyrosine kinase antibodies were significantly elevated. Ophthalmoplegia and bulbar weakness were refractory to treatment with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, corticosteroids and IVIg but completely resolved following treatment with rituximab. Her neurologic examination remained normal at the most recent follow-up, 15 months after initiation of rituximab. Children with MuSK myasthenia, like adults, can respond to rituximab despite long standing disease and failure to improve on other immunosuppressant medications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. A Case of Rituximab-Induced Necrotizing Fasciitis and a Review of the Literature

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    Abdullateef Abdulkareem

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    Full Text Available Necrotizing fasciitis is a fulminant soft tissue infection characterized by rapid progression and high mortality. Rituximab is a generally well-tolerated immunosuppresive medication used for B-cell malignancies and some rheumatological disorders. We report a case of a 69-year-old male with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who suffered necrotizing fasciitis of his left lower extremity secondary to Clostridium septicum 7 weeks after treatment with rituximab. Despite immediate intravenous antimicrobial therapy and emergent fasciotomy with extensive debridement, his hospital course was complicated by septic shock and he required an above-the-knee amputation. Physicians need to be aware of the possibility of necrotizing fasciitis in patients presenting with skin infections after rituximab therapy.

  2. Rituximab: an emerging treatment for recurrent diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Tse, J R; Schwab, K E; McMahon, M; Simon, W

    2015-06-01

    Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and is associated with high mortality rates. Treatment typically consists of aggressive immunosuppression with pulse-dose steroids, cyclophosphamide, and plasma exchange therapy. Mortality rates remain high despite use of multiple medical therapies. We present a case of recurrent DAH in a 52-year-old female with SLE after a deceased donor renal transplant who was successfully treated with rituximab. Our report highlights the pathophysiologic importance of B-cell-mediated immunosuppression in SLE-associated DAH and suggests that rituximab may represent a viable alternative to cyclophosphamide in the treatment of this disease. We also review eight other reported cases of rituximab use in SLE-associated DAH. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  3. Rituximab in Adult –Onset Still’s Disease: Case Report

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    G Mehrpoor

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    Full Text Available Summary: Adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology. It is characterized by high grade fever, skin rash, arthritis, leukocytosis, increased ESR, CRP and liver enzyme levels and high levels of ferritin. The treatment of AOSD includes NSAIDs, steroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs. Recently biologic agents have been used for treatment of some rheumatologic disorders. Rituximab(MabThera, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody is one of the biologic agents which is used by only a few researchers for treatment of refractory AOSD. Herein, we describe a 23 year old woman, who was treated with Rituximab ,three years after diagnosis of AOSD .She did not respond to Metotroxate and Cellcept .After administration of Rituximab, clinical and laboratory remission was achieved .

  4. Rituximab for induction and maintenance treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitides: a multicentre retrospective study on 80 patients.

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    Charles, Pierre; Néel, Antoine; Tieulié, Nathalie; Hot, Arnaud; Pugnet, Gregory; Decaux, Olivier; Marie, Isabelle; Khellaf, Mehdi; Kahn, Jean-Emmanuel; Karras, Alexandre; Ziza, Jean-Marc; Deligny, Christophe; Tchérakian, Colas; Guillevin, Loïc

    2014-03-01

    Rituximab has been shown to induce remission of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAVs). Our study was undertaken to describe AAV clinical responses to rituximab used for remission-induction and/or maintenance therapy, assess rituximab's safety profile and evaluate French clinical practices. This retrospective study concerned AAV patients who had received one or more rituximab infusion between 2002 and January 2011 and had follow-up lasting ≥12 months. Eighty patients were included, most with refractory or relapsing AAV: 70 (88%) with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), 9 (11%) with microscopic polyangiitis and 1 (1%) with eosinophilic GPA. Rituximab was the first agent used to induce remission in 73 patients. The two most commonly administered regimens were an infusion of 375 mg/m(2)/week for 4 weeks (54 patients) and an infusion of 1 g every 2 weeks for a month (16 patients). Rituximab was first prescribed to maintain remission in seven patients. Respective 1-, 2-, and 3-year relapse-free survival rates after the first infusion were 80% (95% CI 72, 89), 63% (51, 77) and 52% (39, 70). Relapse-free survival was longer for patients receiving rituximab maintenance therapy (P = 0.002). Among 22 (28%) rituximab-treated patients experiencing severe adverse events, 12 (15%) had infectious complications leading to 4 (5%) deaths. Only 15 (19%) patients had received anti-pneumococcal vaccine before rituximab. Rituximab was able to induce AAV remission and seemed to maintain remission better than other agents, but caution is needed concerning its safety, especially regarding bacterial infections, in this population.

  5. A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Rituximab in IgA Nephropathy with Proteinuria and Renal Dysfunction.

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    Lafayette, Richard A; Canetta, Pietro A; Rovin, Brad H; Appel, Gerald B; Novak, Jan; Nath, Karl A; Sethi, Sanjeev; Tumlin, James A; Mehta, Kshama; Hogan, Marie; Erickson, Stephen; Julian, Bruce A; Leung, Nelson; Enders, Felicity T; Brown, Rhubell; Knoppova, Barbora; Hall, Stacy; Fervenza, Fernando C

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    IgA nephropathy frequently leads to progressive CKD. Although interest surrounds use of immunosuppressive agents added to standard therapy, several recent studies have questioned efficacy of these agents. Depleting antibody-producing B cells potentially offers a new therapy. In this open label, multicenter study conducted over 1-year follow-up, we randomized 34 adult patients with biopsy-proven IgA nephropathy and proteinuria >1 g/d, maintained on angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers with well controlled BP and eGFRproteinuria and change in eGFR. Median baseline serum creatinine level (range) was 1.4 (0.8-2.4) mg/dl, and proteinuria was 2.1 (0.6-5.3) g/d. Treatment with rituximab depleted B cells and was well tolerated. eGFR did not change in either group. Rituximab did not alter the level of proteinuria compared with that at baseline or in the control group; three patients in each group had ≥50% reduction in level of proteinuria. Serum levels of galactose-deficient IgA1 or antibodies against galactose-deficient IgA1 did not change. In this trial, rituximab therapy did not significantly improve renal function or proteinuria assessed over 1 year. Although rituximab effectively depleted B cells, it failed to reduce serum levels of galactose-deficient IgA1 and antigalactose-deficient IgA1 antibodies. Lack of efficacy of rituximab, at least at this stage and severity of IgA nephropathy, may reflect a failure of rituximab to reduce levels of specific antibodies assigned salient pathogenetic roles in IgA nephropathy. Copyright © 2017 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  6. Rituximab as a first-line agent for the treatment of dermatomyositis.

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    B cells may play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of DM, and reports have claimed that targeting B cells is a viable treatment option in patients with dermatomyositis. A 20-year-old girl presented in October 2007, with few weeks\\' history of proximal muscle weakness. Gottron\\'s papules were noted on her knuckles. She had normal inflammatory markers and negative autoantibody screen. Her CPK was 7,000 U\\/L (normal range 0-170) with an LDH of 1,300 U\\/L (normal range 266-500). EMG and muscle biopsy was consistent with active myositis. She had normal pulmonary function tests. HRCT showed no interstitial lung disease. She was started with 60 mg glucocorticoids (1 mg\\/kg), with a good clinical response. However, any attempt to taper down the steroid dose led to recurrence of her symptoms. The options of available immunosuppressive therapies, including the experimental usage of rituximab, were discussed with her; averse to long-term systemic treatments, she opted to try a course of rituximab. She had rituximab 1,000 mg on days 0 and 14, and her glucocorticoids were tapered in next few weeks. Now, 24 months since her rituximab infusions, she remains in complete clinical and biochemical remission and is naive to other immunosuppressive agents apart from glucocorticoids and rituximab. Depleting peripheral B cells with rituximab (one course) in our patient has led not only to complete resolution of muscle and skin disease (induction) but also remains off all immunosuppressives including glucocorticoids.

  7. Involvement of NLRP3 inflammasome in rituximab-induced interstitial lung disease: a case report.

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    Kong, H; Wang, Y; Zeng, X; Zhu, Q; Xie, W; Dai, S

    2014-12-01

    Rituximab is a chimeric anti-CD20 IgG1 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of various forms of lymphoma and haematological autoimmune diseases. Interstitial lung disease is a rare but lethal pulmonary toxicity of rituximab. Nod-like receptor pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is a molecular platform activated upon signs of cellular 'danger' to trigger the maturation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. We report the first case of rituximab-induced interstitial lung disease (R-ILD) with NLRP3 inflammasome activation in the lung. A 30-year-old male patient diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) was treated with four cycles of rituximab in one month. Three weeks after last rituximab administration, he developed progressive dyspnoea associated with respiratory failure, which was diagnosed as R-ILD. The patient showed a good response to steroid treatment, and lung biopsy was performed 5 days after the treatment. Immunohistopathological studies of lung specimens showed high expressions of inflammasome components NLRP3, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) and caspase-1 in lung interstitium with a heavy infiltration of CD19-positive cells. The levels of inflammasome-related cytokines IL-1β and IL-18 in the serum were declined during the therapy. This is the first report confirmed the role of NLRP3 inflammasome in pulmonary toxicity of rituximab. Inhibited activation of NLRP3 inflammasome in lung by steroid treatment could reverse R-ILD and block subsequent lung fibrosis. This result could open a new sight into the pathogenesis and provide a new target for the treatment of R-ILD. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Lenalidomide-bendamustine-rituximab in untreated mantle cell lymphoma > 65 years with untreated mantle cell lymphoma

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    Albertsson-Lindblad, Alexandra; Kolstad, Arne; Laurell, Anna

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    For elderly patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), there is no defined standard therapy. In this multicenter open-label phase I/II trial we evaluated the addition of lenalidomide (LEN) to rituximab-bendamustine (R-B) as first-line treatment to elderly MCL patients. Patients >65 years with untr......For elderly patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), there is no defined standard therapy. In this multicenter open-label phase I/II trial we evaluated the addition of lenalidomide (LEN) to rituximab-bendamustine (R-B) as first-line treatment to elderly MCL patients. Patients >65 years...

  9. A case of "refractory" lupus erythematosus profundus responsive to rituximab [case report].

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    McArdle, Adrian

    2012-02-01

    Lupus erythematosus profundus is a rare complication of systemic lupus erythematosus characterized by the presence of deep, tender subcutaneous nodules. A 22-year-old African-American female with extensive lupus profundus resistant to conventional therapies was treated with two infusions of the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, rituximab, at a dosage of 1,000 mg each. The patient demonstrated a remarkable clinical response as indicated by the disappearance of the nodules. B-cell depletion therapy with rituximab used alone or in combination with other therapies may be a viable option in patients with lupus profundus refractory to current therapies.

  10. Experiencia con rituximab en miopatía inflamatoria idiopática refractaria

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    García-Salazar, Elmer R.; Unidad Ambulatoria de Reumatología (UNAR), Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, EsSalud, Lima, Perú. Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, EsSalud, Lima, Perú. Docente invitado, Facultad de Medicina Humana, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú.; Becerra, Felipe; Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, EsSalud, Lima, Perú. Docente, Facultad de Medicina Humana, UNMSM, Lima, Perú.; Chávez, José; Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, EsSalud, Lima, Perú. Docente, Facultad de Medicina Humana, UNMSM, Lima, Perú.

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    Se describe las características clínicas y de laboratorio de dos pacientes que recibieron rituximab por miopatía inflamatoria idiopática(MII). Ellas eran refractarias a tratamiento convencional con DARMES, por lo que recibieron rituximab 1 gramo cada 14 días, en dosinfusiones en ciclo semestral. En las historias clínicas se obtuvo los datos clínicos de fuerza muscular proximal, lesiones cutáneaspatognomónicas, elevación de CPK, TGO, DHL y VSG, resultados de electromiografía, biopsia muscular ...

  11. Rapid infusion with rituximab: short term safety in systemic autoimmune diseases

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    Larsen, Janni Lisander; Jacobsen, Soren

    2013-01-01

    To describe the incidence, types and severity of adverse events, related to an accelerated regime of rituximab infusion in patients with various autoimmune diseases. Fifty-four patients with systemic autoimmune disease, to be treated with 1,000 mg of rituximab twice 2 weeks apart, participated. Pre...... (1.8%) had grade 2 events on both infusions and two patients (3.6%) had a grade 3 event on both infusions. RA patients more often had an infusion-related reaction (IRR) (9.2%) than the rest. The types of IRR were mostly of allergic or angio-oedematic nature. In practise, the rapid infusion...

  12. Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis with severe pulmonary hemorrhage treated with rituximab

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    S Baikunje

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    Full Text Available Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA is characterized by systemic vasculitis, asthma and eosinophilia. Severe pulmonary hemorrhage is rare. Renal involvement is seen in approximately 25% and can vary from isolated urinary abnormality to rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. There is limited evidence to support the use of rituximab in this condition. We present a patient with EGPA who had severe pulmonary hemorrhage and rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. He responded to standard treatment including prednisolone, cyclophosphamide, and plasma exchange. He subsequently had a relapse of pulmonary hemorrhage that was treated successfully with rituximab.

  13. Effective treatment of refractory pulmonary hemorrhage with monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab).

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    Pinto, Luis Fernando; Candia, Liliana; Garcia, Patricia; Marín, Juan Ignacio; Pachón, Ines; Espinoza, Luis R; Marquez, Javier

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    We report a 19-year-old female with systemic lupus erythematosus and lupus nephritis who developed pulmonary hemorrhage (PH) refractory to conventional immunosuppressive treatment. She was initially treated with intravenous methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide pulses. She required mechanical ventilation due to a lack of responsiveness and her disease was considered refractory to conventional treatment. Rituximab was administered and this was followed by clinical improvement in both PH and nephritis. Rituximab may be a useful therapeutic option for the treatment of refractory PH. Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. (99m)Tc-labeled rituximab for imaging B lymphocyte infiltration in inflammatory autoimmune disease patients.

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    Malviya, G; Anzola, K L; Podestà, E; Laganà, B; Del Mastro, C; Dierckx, R A; Scopinaro, F; Signore, A

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    The rationale of the present study was to radiolabel rituximab with 99m-technetium and to image B lymphocytes infiltration in the affected tissues of patients with chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases, in particular, the candidates to be treated with unlabelled rituximab, in order to provide a rationale for 'evidence-based' therapy. Rituximab was labelled with (99m)Tc via 2-ME reduction method. In vitro quality controls of (99m)Tc-rituximab included stability assay, cysteine challenge, SDS-PAGE, immunoreactive fraction assay and competitive binding assay on CD20+ve Burkitt lymphoma-derived cells. For the human pilot study, 350-370 MBq (100 μg) of (99m)Tc-rituximab were injected in 20 patients with different chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. Whole body anteroposterior planar scintigraphic images were acquired 6 and 20 h p.i. Rituximab was labelled to a high labelling efficiency (>98%) and specific activity (3515-3700 MBq/mg) with retained biochemical integrity, stability and biological activity. Scintigraphy with (99m)Tc-rituximab in patients showed a rapid and persistent spleen uptake, and the kidney appeared to be a prominent source for the excretion of radioactivity. Inflamed joints showed a variable degree of uptake at 6 h p.i. in patients with rheumatoid arthritis indicating patient variability; similarly, the salivary and lacrimal glands showed variable uptake in patients with Sjögren's syndrome, Behçet's disease and sarcoidosis. Inflammatory disease with particular characteristics showed specific uptake in inflammatory lesions, such as, dermatopolymyositis patients showed moderate to high skin uptake, a sarcoidosis patient showed moderate lung uptake, a Behçet's disease patient showed high oral mucosa uptake and a polychondritis patient showed moderate uptake in neck cartilages. In one patient with systemic lupus erythematosus, we did not find any non-physiological uptake. Rituximab can be efficiently labelled with (99m)Tc with high

  15. Updated consensus statement on the use of rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Buch, M.H.; Smolen, J.S.; Betteridge, N.; Breedveld, F.C.; Burmester, G.; Dörner, T.; Ferraccioli, G.; Gottenberg, J.E.; Isaacs, J.; Kvien, T.K.; Mariette, X.; Martin-Mola, E.; Pavelka, K.; Tak, P.P.; van der Heijde, D.; van Vollenhoven, R.F.; Emery, P.

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    Background Since initial approval for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), rituximab has been evaluated in clinical trials involving various populations with RA. Information has also been gathered from registries. This report therefore updates the 2007 consensus document on the use of

  16. Rituximab and dexamethasone vs dexamethasone monotherapy in newly diagnosed patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia

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    Gudbrandsdottir, Sif; Birgens, Henrik Sverre; Frederiksen, Henrik

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    In this study, we report the results from the largest cohort to date of newly diagnosed adult immune thrombocytopenia patients randomized to treatment with dexamethasone alone or in combination with rituximab. Eligible were patients with platelet counts ≤25×10(9)/L or ≤50×10(9)/L with bleeding...

  17. Rituximab purging and/or maintenance in patients undergoing autologous transplantation for relapsed follicular lymphoma

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    Pettengell, Ruth; Schmitz, Norbert; Gisselbrecht, Christian

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this randomized trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of rituximab as in vivo purging before transplantation and as maintenance treatment immediately after high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem-cell transplantation (HDC-ASCT) in patients with relapsed follicular lymphoma...

  18. Systemic adverse events following rituximab therapy in patients with Graves' disease

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    El Fassi, D; Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Junker, Michael Peter

    2011-01-01

    Background and aim: Rituximab (RTX) therapy has shown promising results in Graves´ disease (GD), with or without ophthalmopathy. We examined the occurrence of adverse events in GD patients treated with RTX. Subjects and methods: Ten patients received RTX and methimazole, while ten patients receiv...

  19. Fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab chemoimmunotherapy is highly effective treatment for relapsed patients with CLL

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    Badoux, Xavier C.; Keating, Michael J.; Wang, Xuemei; O'Brien, Susan M.; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Faderl, Stefan; Burger, Jan; Koller, Charles; Lerner, Susan; Kantarjian, Hagop

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    Optimal management of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is dictated by patient characteristics, prior therapy, and response to prior therapy. We report the final analysis of combined fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) for previously treated patients with CLL and identify patients who benefit most from this therapy. We explore efficacy of FCR in patients beyond first relapse, patients with prior exposure to fludarabine and alkylating agent combinations, and patients with prior exposure to rituximab. The FCR regimen was administered to 284 previously treated patients with CLL. Patients were assessed for response and progression by 1996 National Cancer Institute–Working Group (NCI-WG) criteria for CLL and followed for survival. The overall response rate was 74%, with 30% complete remission. The estimated median overall survival was 47 months and median progression-free survival for all patients was 21 months. Subgroup analyses indicated that the following patients were most suitable for FCR treatment: patients with up to 3 prior treatments, fludarabine-sensitive patients irrespective of prior rituximab exposure, and patients without chromosome 17 abnormalities. FCR is an active and well-tolerated therapy for patients with relapsed CLL. The addition of rituximab to FC improved quality and durability of response in this patient population. PMID:21245487

  20. MRI assessment of suppression of structural damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving rituximab

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    Peterfy, Charles; Emery, Paul; Tak, Paul P

    2016-01-01

    Objective. To evaluate changes in structural damage and joint inflammation assessed by MRI following rituximab treatment in a Phase 3 study of patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) despite methotrexate (MTX) who were naive to biological therapy. Methods. Patients were randomised to recei...

  1. The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab to treat acquired haemophilia A.

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    D'arena, Giovanni; Grandone, Elvira; Di Minno, Matteo N D; Musto, Pellegrino; Di Minno, Giovanni

    2016-05-01

    Acquired haemophilia A (AHA) is a rare bleeding disorder caused by the development of specific autoantibodies against naturally occurring factor VIII (FVIII). Although about half of cases are idiopathic, AHA may be associated with several non-neoplastic conditions, autoimmune disorders, as well as haematological malignancies, such as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and lymphoma. The long-term suppression of inhibitors is one of the mainstays of the treatment of AHA. Apart from standard immunosuppressive treatments, rituximab has been proven to be effective in AHA. The aim of this review is to provide a systematic description of data available in the literature on this topic. To do so, we performed a search using the indexed online database Medline/PubMed, without temporal limits, matching the words "rituximab" and "acquired h(a)emophilia". Furthermore, additional published studies were identified in the reference list of the publications found in PubMed. The review of the literature confirms that rituximab may be a safe and useful treatment for AHA. Although rituximab is not a standard therapy for AHA, it may be useful in resistant cases. However, the definitive place of this monoclonal antibody in the therapeutic strategy for AHA (first or second-line, alone or in combination with other drugs) remains to be determined more precisely and warrants further investigation.

  2. Use of rituximab as a treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus: retrospective review.

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    Machado, Roberta Ismael Lacerda; Scheinberg, Morton Aaron; Queiroz, Maria Yvone Carlos Formiga de; Brito, Danielle Christinne Soares Egypto de; Guimarães, Maria Fernanda Brandao de Resende; Giovelli, Raquel Altoé; Freire, Eutilia Andrade Medeiros

    2014-01-01

    To report the experience in three Brazilian institutions with the use of rituximab in patients with different clinical forms of lupus erythematosus systemic in activity. The study consisted of a sample of 17 patients with LES, who were already being treated, but that at some stage of the disease showed refractory symptoms. The patients were subdivided into groups according to the clinical manifestation, and the responses for the use of rituximab were rated as complete, partial or no response. Data were collected through a spreadsheet, and used specific parameters for each group. The treatment was carried on by using therapeutic dose of 1g, and repeating the infusion within an interval of 15 days. The clinical responses to rituximab of the group only hematological and of the group only osteoarticular were complete in all cases. In the renal group there was a clinical complete response, two partial and one absent. In the renal and hematological group complete response, there was one death and a missing response. The pulmonary group presented a complete response and two partial. The present study demonstrated that rituximab can bring benefits to patients with lupus erythematosus systemic, with good tolerability and mild side effects; it presented, however, variable response according to the system affected.

  3. B lymphocyte depletion with the monoclonal antibody rituximab in Graves' disease: a controlled pilot study

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    El Fassi, Daniel; Nielsen, Claus H; Bonnema, Steen J

    2007-01-01

    Graves' disease (GD) is a common TSH receptor autoantibody (TRAb)-mediated disorder. Because B lymphocytes are important self-antigen presenting cells and precursors for antibody-secreting plasma cells, temporary B-lymphocyte depletion with the monoclonal antibody rituximab (RTX) might...

  4. B lymphocyte depletion with the monoclonal antibody rituximab in Graves' disease: a controlled pilot study

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    El Fassi, Daniel; Nielsen, Claus H; Bonnema, Steen Joop

    2007-01-01

    CONTEXT: Graves' disease (GD) is a common TSH receptor autoantibody (TRAb)-mediated disorder. Because B lymphocytes are important self-antigen presenting cells and precursors for antibody-secreting plasma cells, temporary B-lymphocyte depletion with the monoclonal antibody rituximab (RTX) might...

  5. Treatment of Graves' disease with rituximab specifically reduces the production of thyroid stimulating autoantibodies

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    El Fassi, Daniel; Banga, J Paul; Gilbert, Jacqueline A

    2008-01-01

    Treatment of Graves' disease (GD) with the B-lymphocyte depleting agent rituximab in addition to standard methimazole-therapy prolongs remission. Paradoxically, it does not mediate a reduction in thyrotropin receptor antibody (TRAb) levels over that of methimazole monotherapy. Using a bioassay...

  6. Rituximab Retreatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis in a Real-life Cohort

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    Chatzidionysiou, Katerina; Lie, Elisabeth; Lukina, Galina

    2017-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Several aspects of rituximab (RTX) retreatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) need to be further elucidated. The aim of this study was to describe the effect of repeated courses of RTX on disease activity and to compare 2 retreatment strategies, fixed-interval versus on-flare retreatment...

  7. Intrathecal rituximab treatment for pediatric post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder of the central nervous system.

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    Glind, G van de; Graaf, S. de; Klein, C.; Cornelissen, M.; Maecker, B.; Loeffen, J.

    2008-01-01

    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) in the central nervous system (CNS) has a poor prognosis. New therapeutic approaches should be explored. We report our experience with intrathecal administration of rituximab in a 10-year-old kidney allograft recipient with PTLD in the CNS. After

  8. Analytical similarity assessment of rituximab biosimilar CT-P10 to reference medicinal product.

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    Lee, Kyoung Hoon; Lee, Jihun; Bae, Jin Soo; Kim, Yeon Jung; Kang, Hyun Ah; Kim, Sung Hwan; Lee, So Jung; Lim, Ki Jung; Lee, Jung Woo; Jung, Soon Kwan; Chang, Shin Jae

    2018-02-22

    CT-P10 (TruximaTM) was recently approved as the world's first rituximab biosimilar product in the European Union (EU) and South Korea. To demonstrate biosimilarity of CT-P10 with the reference medicinal product (RMP), extensive 3-way similarity assessment has been conducted between CT-P10, EU-Rituximab and US-Rituximab, focusing on the physicochemical and biological quality attributes. A multitude of state-of-the-art analyses revealed that CT-P10 has identical primary and higher order structures compared to the original product. Purity/impurity profiles of CT-P10 measured by the levels of aggregates, fragments, non-glycosylated form and process-related impurities were also found to be comparable with those of RMPs. In terms of the post-translational modification, CT-P10 contains slightly less N-terminal pyro-glutamate variant, which has been known not to affect product efficacy or safety. Oligosaccharide profiling has revealed that, although CT-P10 contains the same conserved glycan species and relative proportion with the RMPs, the content of total afucosylated glycan in CT-P10 was slightly higher than in EU- or US-Rituximab. Nevertheless, the effect of the observed level of afucosylation in CT-P10 drug product on Fc receptor binding affinity or antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity was found to be negligible based on the spiking study with highly afucosylated sample. Arrays of biological assays representative of known and putative mechanisms of action for rituximab have shown that biological activities of CT-P10 are within the quality range of RMPs. Recent results of clinical studies have further confirmed that the CT-P10 exhibits equivalent clinical efficacy and safety profiles compared to EU- and US-Rituximab. The current 3-way similarity assessment together with clinical study results confidently demonstrate that CT-P10 is highly similar with EU- and US-Rituximab in terms of physicochemical properties, biological activities, efficacy, and safety for

  9. Preclinical safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and biodistribution studies with Ad35K++ protein: a novel rituximab cotherapeutic

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    Maximilian Richter

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab is a mouse/human chimeric monoclonal antibody targeted toward CD20. It is efficient as first-line therapy of CD20-positive B-cell malignancies. However, a large fraction of treated patients relapse with rituximab-resistant disease. So far, only modest progress has been made in treatment options for rituximab refractory patients. One of the mechanisms for rituximab resistance involves the upregulation of CD46, which is a key cell surface protein that blocks the activation of complement. We have recently developed a technology that depletes CD46 from the cell surface and thereby sensitizes tumor cells to complement-dependent cytotoxicity. This technology is based on a small recombinant protein, Ad35K++ that binds with high affinity to CD46. In preliminary studies using a 6 × histidinyl tagged protein, we had demonstrated that intravenous Ad35K++ injection in combination with rituximab was safe and increased rituximab-mediated killing of CD20-positive target cells in mice and nonhuman primates (NHPs. The presence of the tag, while allowing for easy purification by Ni-NTA chromatography, has the potential to increase the immunogenicity of the recombinant protein. For clinical application, we therefore developed an Ad35K++ protein without His-tag. In the present study, we performed preclinical studies in two animal species (mice and NHPs with this protein demonstrating its safety and efficacy. These studies estimated the Ad35K++ dose range and treatment regimen to be used in patients. Furthermore, we showed that intravenous Ad35K++ injection triggers the shedding of the CD46 extracellular domain in xenograft mouse tumor models and in macaques. Shed serum CD46 can be measured in the serum and can potentially be used as a pharmacodynamic marker for monitoring Ad35K++ activity in patient undergoing treatment with this agent. These studies create the basis for an investigational new drug application for the use of Ad35K++ in combination with

  10. RITUXIMAB TREATMENT FOR INTERSTITIAL LUNG INJURY IN SCLERODERMA SYSTEMATICA

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    Lidia Petrovna Ananieva

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to study the efficiency and tolerance of rituximab (RTM treatment in patients with scleroderma systematica (SDS with interstitial lung injury (ILI.Subjects and methods. The trial included 27 patients (26 women and 1 man (mean age 45.7±13.0 years, with diffuse (n=13 and circumscribed (n = 14 forms and a disease duration of > 5 years in 63%. All the patients underwent chestcomputed tomography; examination of external respiratory function, including forced vital capacity (FVC and diffusing capacity of the lung (DCL, as well as echocardiographic study. The efficiency of the treatment was evaluated from changes in FVC, skin score, and disease activity index. The indicators were compared prior to the treatment and one year after the first administration of RTM. The latter was injected with premedication (125–500 mg of methylprednisolone intravenously 500–1000 mg per administration. The mean dose of RTM was low and amounted to 1.3 g per year.Results. As estimated by the physician, good, satisfactory, no effects were seen in 81.5, 14.8, and 3.7% of the patients, respectively. There was a significant increase in mean FVC one year after the first administration of RTM and a reduction in the total activity of the disease, including skin syndrome. DCL was substantially unchanged in the entire group. In the diffuse and circumscribed forms of the disease, FVC increased significantly and to the same extent. A clinically significant increase in FVC (by 11% was achieved in patients with a disease duration of ≤5 years and mild lung injury. In people with a more than 5-year disease duration, FVC was initially decreased to a greater extent and the treatment-induced increase was only 3.7%. A significant and permanent decline in peripheral blood B lymphocytes was noted when both the standard dose (2 g of RTM and its lower doses (0.5–1 g were administered. RTM treatment was well tolerated, but complicated by mild intercurrent infections

  11. Fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and multiple-dose rituximab as frontline therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Short, Nicholas J; Keating, Michael J; Wierda, William G; Faderl, Stefan; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Estrov, Zeev; Smith, Susan C; O'Brien, Susan M

    2015-11-01

    Fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) result in durable responses in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Previous reports have suggested that in patients with relapsed CLL, a dose-intensified rituximab regimen increases response rates in comparison with standard-dose rituximab. It is unknown whether rituximab intensification of the FCR regimen will result in improved response rates and patient outcomes in patients with previously untreated CLL. A single-arm study was conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a modified FCR regimen with multiple-dose rituximab (FCR3) in 65 patients with previously untreated CLL. The results were compared with those for a historical cohort treated with FCR. The overall response rate to FCR3 was 97%, with 75% of the patients achieving a complete remission. Minimal residual disease negativity was achieved for 62% of the patients according to flow cytometry. The median time to progression (TTP) was 81 months, and the median overall survival (OS) was not reached, with 58% of the patients still alive at a median survivor follow-up of 9.7 years. Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia, grade 3 or 4 thrombocytopenia, and major infections were observed with 45%, 5%, and 1.9% of the FCR3 courses, respectively. Therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome (t-MDS) or therapy-related acute myelogenous leukemia (t-AML) developed in 7 patients (11%; P < .01 vs the historical FCR cohort). In patients with previously untreated CLL, FCR3 resulted in response rates, TTP, and OS similar to those of a historical cohort of patients treated with FCR. FCR3 was associated with an increased incidence of t-MDS/t-AML. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

  12. An evaluation of the potential for drug-drug interactions between bendamustine and rituximab in indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma.

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    Darwish, Mona; Burke, John M; Hellriegel, Edward; Robertson, Philmore; Phillips, Luann; Ludwig, Elizabeth; Munteanu, Mihaela C; Bond, Mary

    2014-06-01

    Bendamustine plus rituximab has been reported to be effective in treating lymphoid malignancies. This analysis investigated the potential for drug-drug interactions between the drugs in patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma or mantle cell lymphoma. Data were derived from a bendamustine-rituximab combination therapy study, a bendamustine monotherapy study, and published literature on rituximab monotherapy and combination therapy. Analysis of the potential for rituximab to affect bendamustine systemic exposure included comparing bendamustine concentration-time profile following monotherapy to that following combination therapy and comparing model-predicted Bayesian bendamustine clearance in the presence and absence of rituximab. Analysis of the potential for bendamustine to affect rituximab systemic exposure included plotting observed minimum, median, and maximum serum rituximab concentrations at the end of rituximab infusion (EOI) and 24 h and 7 days post-infusion in patients receiving combination therapy versus concentrations reported in literature following rituximab monotherapy. The established population pharmacokinetic model following bendamustine monotherapy was evaluated to determine its applicability to combination therapy for the purpose of confirming lack of pharmacokinetic interaction. The model adequately described the bendamustine concentration-time profile following monotherapy and combination therapy in adults. There was no statistically significant difference in estimated bendamustine clearance either alone or in combination. Also, rituximab concentrations from EOI to 24 h and 7 days demonstrated a pattern of decline similar to that seen in rituximab studies without bendamustine, suggesting that bendamustine does not affect the rituximab clearance rate. Neither bendamustine nor rituximab appears to affect systemic exposure of the other drug when coadministered.

  13. The CXCR4 antagonist plerixafor enhances the effect of rituximab in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cell lines

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    Reinholdt, Linn; Laursen, Maria Bach; Schmitz, Alexander

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    BACKGROUND: Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is an aggressive disease with variable clinical outcome, accounting for at least 25-30 % of adult non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Approximately one third of DLBCL patients are not cured by the currently used treatment regimen, R-CHOP. Hence, new treatment...... the therapeutic effect of rituximab, the immunotherapeutic agent of R-CHOP; but this is yet to be confirmed for DLBCL. We, therefore, investigated the effect of plerixafor on DLBCL cellular response to rituximab. METHODS: In this in vitro study, human DLBCL cell lines were treated with rituximab and/or plerixafor....... RESULTS: We observed that simultaneous addition of plerixafor and rituximab resulted in a significant decrease in DLBCL cellular proliferation, compared to monotherapeutic response. The effect was dose-dependent, and concomitant administration was observed to be superior to sequential drug administration...

  14. Improved outcome of adult Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia with rituximab and chemotherapy: report of a large prospective multicenter trial

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    Hoelzer, Dieter; Walewski, Jan; Döhner, Hartmut; Viardot, Andreas; Hiddemann, Wolfgang; Spiekermann, Karsten; Serve, Hubert; Dührsen, Ulrich; Hüttmann, Andreas; Thiel, Eckhard; Dengler, Jolanta; Kneba, Michael; Schaich, Markus; Schmidt-Wolf, Ingo G H; Beck, Joachim; Hertenstein, Bernd; Reichle, Albrecht; Domanska-Czyz, Katarzyna; Fietkau, Rainer; Horst, Heinz-August; Rieder, Harald; Schwartz, Stefan; Burmeister, Thomas; Gökbuget, Nicola

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    This largest prospective multicenter trial for adult patients with Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia aimed to prove the efficacy and feasibility of short-intensive chemotherapy combined with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab...

  15. Off-label use of rituximab in autoimmune disease in the Top End of the Northern Territory, 2008-2016.

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    Wongseelashote, Sarah; Tayal, Vipin; Bourke, Peter Francis

    2018-02-01

    Rituximab, an anti-CD20 B-cell depleting monoclonal antibody, is increasingly prescribed off-label for a range of autoimmune diseases. There has not previously been an audit of off-label rituximab use in the Northern Territory, where the majority of patients are Aboriginal. To evaluate retrospectively off-label rituximab use in autoimmune diseases in the Top End of the Northern Territory. We performed a retrospective audit of 8 years of off-label rituximab use at the Royal Darwin Hospital, the sole tertiary referral centre for the Darwin, Katherine and East Arnhem regions. Electronic and paper records were reviewed for demographic information, diagnosis/indication for rituximab, doses, previous/concomitant immunosuppression, clinical outcomes and specific adverse events. Rituximab was prescribed off-label to 66 patients for 24 autoimmune diseases. The majority of patients (62.1%) were Aboriginal and 60.6% female. The most common indications were refractory/relapsing disease despite standard therapies (68.7%) or severe disease with rituximab incorporated into an induction immunosuppressive regimen (19.4%). Systemic lupus erythematosus was the underlying diagnosis in 28.8% of cases. A clinically significant response was demonstrated in 74.2% of cases overall. There were 18 clinically significant infections; however, 13 were in patients receiving concurrent immunosuppressive therapy. There was a total of nine deaths from any cause. Rituximab has been used off-label for a range of autoimmune diseases in this population with a high proportion of Aboriginal patients successfully and safely in the majority of cases. © 2017 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

  16. Rituximab induced lung injury in a case of NHL: Diagnosis and follow up on FDG PET/CT

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    Joshi, Prathamesh; Lele, Vikram [Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Worli (United States); Saikia, Tapan [Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai (India)

    2012-09-15

    Rituximab induced lung injury is a rare but serious side effect of this agent. We describe the valuable role played by 18F fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography (FDG PET CT)in the diagnosis and follow up of this condition in a patient with non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL)receiving rituximab. Abnormal uptake of FDG in lungs of patients receiving this drug should be care fully evaluated to diagnose this potentially fatal side effect.

  17. Successful treatment of acquired hemophilia a with rituximab and steroids in a 5-year-old girl.

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    Fletcher, Matthew; Crombet, Ofelia; Morales-Arias, Jaime

    2014-03-01

    Acquired hemophilia A is a very rare, serious bleeding disorder. We describe a 5-year-old female who developed an acquired factor VIII inhibitor, and while under treatment with steroids, had an intestinal perforation with peritonitis and septic shock, making her a poor candidate for further immunosuppression. She was treated with rituximab with rapid, complete eradication of the inhibitor. She represents the first published case of a pediatric patient with acquired hemophilia A successfully treated with rituximab.

  18. Rituximab blocks binding of radiolabeled anti-CD20 antibodies (Ab) but not radiolabeled anti-CD45 Ab

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    Press, Oliver W.; Wilbur, Shani M.; Maloney, David G.; Pagel, John M.

    2008-01-01

    Rituximab therapy is associated with a long in vivo persistence, yet little is known about the effect of circulating rituximab on B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) targeting by the other available anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) 131iodine-tositumomab and 90yttrium-ibritumomab tiuxetan. Therefore we assessed the impact of preexisting rituximab on the binding and efficacy of second anti-CD20 MoAbs to B-NHL and determined whether targeting an alternative lymphoma-associated antigen, CD45, could circumvent this effect. We demonstrated that rituximab concentrations as low as 5 μg/mL nearly completely blocked the binding of a second anti-CD20 MoAbs (P < .001), but had no impact on CD45 targeting (P = .89). Serum from patients with distant exposures to rituximab also blocked binding of anti-CD20 MoAbs to patient-derived rituximab-naive B-NHL at concentrations at low as 7 μg/mL, but did not affect CD45 ligation. A mouse xenograft model (Granta, FL-18, Ramos cell lines) showed that rituximab pretreatment significantly reduced B-NHL targeting and tumor control by CD20-directed radioimmunotherapy (RIT), but had no impact on targeting CD45. These findings suggest that circulating rituximab impairs the clinical efficacy of CD20-directed RIT, imply that novel anti-CD20 MoAbs could also face this same limitation, and indicate that CD45 may represent an alternative target for RIT in B-NHL. PMID:18502830

  19. Efficacy and Safety of Rituximab in the Treatment of Vasculitic Leg Ulcers Associated with Hepatitis C Virus Infection

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vasculitic leg ulcers are a cutaneous manifestation of hepatitis C virus (HCV infection often associated with cryoglobulinemia. Their treatment is difficult and is based on steroids and immunosuppressive drugs with an erratic response and a high probability of adverse reaction. We report three patients with vasculitic leg ulcers associated with hepatitis C virus infection who were treated successfully with rituximab. The pain control and healing were achieved quickly. No adverse effects with rituximab in these patients were presented.

  20. Standard Operating Procedure for In-house Preparation of 131I-rituximab for Radioimmunotherapy of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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    A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been formulated for in-house preparation, quality control, dispensing and administration of 131I-rituximab appropriate for the safe, effective, radioimmunotherapy of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A decade of experience of semi-automated radioiodination of rituximab in our hospital radiopharmaceutical laboratory was analysed. The methodology was then refined for safe, practical, affordable application to radioimmunotherapy of lymphoma in departments of nuclear ...

  1. Rituximab-Related Late-Onset Neutropenia in Kidney Transplant Recipients Treated for Antibody-Mediated Acute Rejection.

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    Ahmadi, Fatemeh; Dashti-Khavidaki, Simin; Khatami, Mohammad-Reza; Lessan-Pezeshki, Mahboob; Khalili, Hossein; Khosravi, Malihe

    2017-08-01

    Kidney transplant is a new area for use of rituximab, which is being used to treat acute antibody-mediated rejection or as an induction agent in ABO- or HLA-incompatible grafts. We report on late-onset neutropenia in rituximab-treated kidney transplant recipients with antibody-mediated rejection. This observational prospective study was performed on kidney transplant recipients with clinically suspicious or biopsy-proven antibody-mediated rejection treated with plasmapheresis plus intravenous immunoglobulin with (cases) or without (controls) rituximab. Compared with none of the controls, 4 of 6 patients (66.7%) in the rituximab-treated group experienced late-onset neutropenia 35 to 93 days after the last dose of rituximab. The course of neutropenia was complicated by endocarditis in 1 patient, resulting in his death just because of a lack of valvular surgery. Increased use of rituximab to treat antibody-mediated rejection among kidney transplant recipients requires attention to its late-onset adverse event, neutropenia. Although asymptomatic in some patients, kidney transplant recipients treated concomitantly with plasmapheresis and mycophenolate mofetil are predisposed to hypogammaglobulinemia, and monitoring of patients for infections is required.

  2. Technetium-99m- or Cy7-Labeled Rituximab as an Imaging Agent for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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    Camacho, Ximena; Machado, Camila Longo; García, María Fernanda; Gambini, Juan Pablo; Banchero, Agustina; Fernández, Marcelo; Oddone, Natalia; Bertolini Zanatta, Daniela; Rosal, Carolina; Buchpiguel, Carlos Alberto; Chammas, Roger; Riva, Eloisa; Cabral, Pablo

    2017-01-01

    Rituximab was the first monoclonal antibody approved for the treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) expressing CD20 antigen. This antibody has also the potential to be used as a specific fluorescent and radiolabel agent for targeting NHL. To radiolabel rituximab with technetium-99m (99mTc) or Cy7 and evaluate both probes as potential imaging agents for NHL. Rituximab was derivatized with the trifluoroacetyl hydrazino protected form of succinimidyl ester of HYNIC and radiolabeled with 99mTc. Radiochemical stability and in vitro cell assays were evaluated. Biodistribution and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) were performed. Raji cells were transfected with luciferase for bioluminescent NHL imaging up to 21 days. Rituximab was labeled with Cy7 for in vivo noninvasive fluorescence imaging up to 96 h. Radiolabeling was carried out in a fast, reproducible, easy, and stable way with high radiochemical purity and did not interfere with epitope recognition. Biodistribution and SPECT/CT studies showed high liver and discrete tumor uptake. Bioluminescence and fluorescence studies helped us evaluate rituximab-Cy7 in Raji subcutaneous engraftment in BALB/c nude mice. Our results support the potential use of rituximab labeled either with 99mTc or Cy7 as a molecular imaging tool for staging, restaging, and guiding surgical excision of tumors, which merits further evaluation. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with testicular involvement: outcome and risk of CNS relapse in the rituximab era.

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    Kridel, Robert; Telio, David; Villa, Diego; Sehn, Laurie H; Gerrie, Alina S; Shenkier, Tamara; Klasa, Richard; Slack, Graham W; Tan, King; Gascoyne, Randy D; Connors, Joseph M; Savage, Kerry J

    2017-01-01

    The addition of rituximab has improved outcomes in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), however, there remains limited information on the impact of rituximab in those with testicular involvement. All patients with diffuse large cell lymphoma and testicular involvement treated with curative intent were identified in the British Columbia Cancer Agency Lymphoid Cancer Database. In total, 134 patients diagnosed between 1982 and 2015 with diffuse large cell lymphoma involving the testis were identified: 61 received CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone)-like chemotherapy and 73 received CHOP plus rituximab (R-CHOP). A greater proportion of R-CHOP treated patients had higher International Prognostic Index (IPI, P = 0·005). In multivariate analysis, the protective effect of rituximab on progression-free survival (hazard ratio (HR) 0·42, P survival (HR 0·39, P < 0·001) and cumulative incidence of progression (HR 0·46, P = 0·014) were independent of the IPI. However, in a competing risk multivariate analysis including central nervous system (CNS) prophylaxis and the CNS-IPI, rituximab was not associated with a decreased risk of CNS relapse. The addition of rituximab has reduced the risk of lymphoma recurrence in testicular DLBCL, presumably through improved eradication of systemic disease. However, CNS relapse risk remains high and further studies evaluating effective prophylactic strategies are needed. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  4. Statins impair antitumor effects of rituximab by inducing conformational changes of CD20.

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    Magdalena Winiarska

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Rituximab is used in the treatment of CD20+ B cell lymphomas and other B cell lymphoproliferative disorders. Its clinical efficacy might be further improved by combinations with other drugs such as statins that inhibit cholesterol synthesis and show promising antilymphoma effects. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of statins on rituximab-induced killing of B cell lymphomas. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC was assessed by MTT and Alamar blue assays as well as trypan blue staining, and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC was assessed by a 51Cr release assay. Statins were found to significantly decrease rituximab-mediated CDC and ADCC of B cell lymphoma cells. Incubation of B cell lymphoma cells with statins decreased CD20 immunostaining in flow cytometry studies but did not affect total cellular levels of CD20 as measured with RT-PCR and Western blotting. Similar effects are exerted by other cholesterol-depleting agents (methyl-beta-cyclodextrin and berberine, but not filipin III, indicating that the presence of plasma membrane cholesterol and not lipid rafts is required for rituximab-mediated CDC. Immunofluorescence microscopy using double staining with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs directed against a conformational epitope and a linear cytoplasmic epitope revealed that CD20 is present in the plasma membrane in comparable amounts in control and statin-treated cells. Atomic force microscopy and limited proteolysis indicated that statins, through cholesterol depletion, induce conformational changes in CD20 that result in impaired binding of anti-CD20 mAb. An in vivo reduction of cholesterol induced by short-term treatment of five patients with hypercholesterolemia with atorvastatin resulted in reduced anti-CD20 binding to freshly isolated B cells. CONCLUSIONS: Statins were shown to interfere with both detection of CD20 and antilymphoma activity of rituximab. These studies

  5. Ibrutinib, lenalidomide, and rituximab in relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (PHILEMON)

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    Jerkeman, Mats; Eskelund, Christian Winther; Hutchings, Martin

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Regimens based on ibrutinib alone and lenalidomide and rituximab in combination show high activity in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma. We hypothesised that the combination of all three drugs would improve efficacy compared with previously published data...... on either regimen alone. METHODS: In this multicentre, open-label, single-arm, phase 2 trial, we enrolled patients aged 18 years or older with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma who had previously been treated with at least one rituximab-containing regimen, an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group....... The trial is ongoing, but is no longer accruing patients, and is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT02460276. FINDINGS: Between April 30, 2015, and June 1, 2016, we enrolled 50 patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma at ten centres in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark...

  6. Successful Outcome of a Corticodependent Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Adult with Rituximab

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    Taylor Pindi Sala

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP is a systemic vasculitis involving small vessels with deposition of immunoglobulin A (IgA complexes, usually affecting children. Compared with children, HSP in adults is more severe and frequently associated with cancer. We report the case of a 49-year-old woman with medical history of kidney transplantation for segmental glomerular hyalinosis. Eight years after the transplantation, while taking combined immunosuppressive therapy with tacrolimus and azathioprine indicated for the prevention against transplant rejection, she developed a Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Vasculitis involves skin and sciatic peroneal nerve and she received systemic corticosteroid treatment. Because of four relapses and corticosteroid dependence, the patient was treated with rituximab (two intravenous infusions of 1000 mg given two weeks apart. Successful outcome was observed along two years of follow-up. This new case of successful use of rituximab in HSP promotes more investigations of this treatment in clinical trials.

  7. Leuconostoc sp. Meningitis in a Patient Treated with Rituximab for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

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    Hrvoje Holik

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a 64-year-old man who was treated with R-CHOP (rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone chemoimmunotherapy for mantle cell lymphoma and developed purulent meningitis, probably caused by Leuconostoc sp. The patient had severe hypogammaglobulinemia, which is a possible complication of rituximab therapy. To our knowledge and after reviewing the available medical literature, this is the first described case of purulent meningitis caused by Leuconostoc sp. in a patient with mantle cell lymphoma that appeared after treatment with the R-CHOP protocol. The diagnosis of purulent meningitis was based on clinical, laboratory and cytological cerebrospinal fluid findings, in addition to blood culture results in which we isolated Leuconostoc sp. The patient was treated with meropenem with full recovery.

  8. Response to rituximab in a refractory case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura associated with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Niaz Faraz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a serious disorder with a significant morbidity and mortality. Majority of cases of TTP are idiopathic, but some cases may be secon-dary to connective tissue diseases. TTP has been rarely associated with systemic lupus erythe-matosus (SLE and may be refractory to treatment with plasma exchange, requiring immuno-suppressive therapy. We describe a patient with TTP and SLE who was refractory to plasma exchange and corticosteroids but responded to anti-CD20 antibody rituximab with continued re-mission after eight months of follow-up. Rituximab appears to be an effective treatment in re-fractory cases of TTP associated with SLE.

  9. Rituximabe para o tratamento da artrite reumatoide: revisão sistemática

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    Lívia Lovato Pires de Lemos

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: A artrite reumatoide (AR é uma doença autoimune crônica caracterizada por inflamação articular sistêmica que, com frequência, leva a significativa incapacitação. Vários agentes anti-TNF têm sido usados efetivamente, mas alguns pacientes demonstraram resposta inadequada. Rituximabe é um anticorpo monoclonal terapêutico indicado em tais casos. Métodos: Realizou-se uma revisão sistemática para avaliar a eficácia e a segurança de rituximabe em pacientes com AR ativa previamente tratados ou não com agentes anti-TNF e para relacionar o desfecho com a sorologia para FR e anti-CCP. Pesquisaram-se importantes bancos de dados eletrônicos e a literatura não convencional, além de se fazer uma busca manual de referências. Para a meta-análise, utilizou-se o programa Review Manager® 5.1. Resultados: Consideramos seis ERCs comparando rituximabe 1000 mg com placebo. Em ambos os grupos usou-se Metotrexato. O tratamento com rituximabe foi mais efetivo em pacientes jamais tratados e nos que não obtiveram sucesso com a terapia anti-TNF - critérios ACR 20/50/70 e EULAR. No grupo de rituximabe, observaram-se mudanças menos expressivas nos escores de Sharp/Genant, de erosão e de estreitamento do espaço articular; nesse grupo, os escores SF-36, FACIT-T e HAQ-DI também foram melhores. Não foram notadas diferenças entre grupos com relação aos desfechos de segurança, com exceção das reações agudas à infusão, que foram mais comuns no grupo de rituximabe. Ainda no grupo de rituximabe, um número maior de pacientes soropositivos para FR/anti-CCP alcançou ACR20, em comparação com pacientes negativos para RF/anti-CCP. Conclusão: Os dados disponíveis falam em favor do uso de rituximabe para o tratamento da AR, como opção efetiva e segura para pacientes jamais tratados ou que não obtiveram sucesso com o tratamento anti-TNF. FR e anti-CCP parecem influenciar os resultados do tratamento, mas essa inferência ainda est

  10. Fatal Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis induced by allopurinol-rituximab-bendamustine therapy.

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    Fallon, Michael J; Heck, Jessica N

    2015-10-01

    Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis overlap is an acute hypersensitivity reaction that compromises the integrity of mucous membranes and cutaneous tissue. While the pathophysiology of this syndrome has not been fully elucidated, it is commonly associated with the medication use and carries a significant mortality risk of approximately 30%. No commonalities among causative medications have been identified, and determining the offending agent can be challenging. This case report describes fatal Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis overlap in a patient after receiving his first cycle of allopurinol, rituximab, and bendamustine treatment for non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma. An analysis of FDA Medwatch adverse reaction case reports involving allopurinol, rituximab, and bendamustine is also presented. © The Author(s) 2014.

  11. Survival in advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in pre- and post-rituximab Eras in the United States.

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    Shah, Binay Kumar; Bista, Amir; Shafii, Bahman

    2014-09-01

    Rituximab was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a first-line agent for treatment of advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in February 2006. We conducted this population-based study to determine if the results from the clinical trials have translated into survival benefit in the general population. We selected patients with advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End RESULTS (SEER) 18 database, and calculated relative survival rates for patients diagnosed from 2002-2005 (pre-rituximab) and 2006-2009 (post-rituximab). We used the Z-test in the SEER*Stat to compare relative survival rates of patients categorized by race (White, Black, or Others), gender (male, female), and age groups (<60, 60+ years). One-year relative survival in Whites and Others improved significantly in the post-rituximab era compared to the pre-rituximab era (64.80±0.6% vs. 61.3±0.6%; p=0.0002 and 64.5±1.9% vs. 54.9±2.2%; p=0.0011, respectively). The 3-year relative survival improved significantly in Whites and Others in the post-rituximab era compared to the pre-rituximab era (53.7±0.7% vs. 50.3±0.7%; p=0.0001 and 52.0±2.3% vs. 40.8±2.3%; p=0.0002, respectively). However, no significant improvements were observed in 1-year and 3-year relative survival in Blacks, and in young males during the post-rituximab era compared to the pre-rituximab era. The relative survival rates among young males and 'Black' patients with advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma have not improved during the post-rituximab era. Copyright© 2014 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  12. Rituximab in the treatment of refractory late acute antibody-mediated rejection: Our initial experience

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    M Surendra

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    Full Text Available Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR is not uncommon after renal transplantation and is harder to handle compared to cell-mediated rejection. When refractory to conventional therapies, rituximab is an attractive option. This study aims to examine the effectiveness of rituximab in refractory late acute AMR. This is a retrospective study involving nine renal transplant recipients. Four doses of rituximab were administered at weekly interval for 4 weeks, at a dose of 375 mg/m 2. The mean age of patients was 35.3 ± 7.38 years. The median period between transplantation and graft dysfunction was 30 ± 20 months. Mean serum creatinine at the time of discharge after transplantation and at the time of acute AMR diagnosis was 1.14 ± 0.19 mg/dl and 2.26 ± 0.57 mg/dl, respectively. After standard therapy, it was 2.68 ± 0.62 mg/dl. One patient died of Pseudomonas sepsis and three patients progressed to end-stage renal disease (ESRD. Four biopsies showed significant plasma cell infiltrations. Mean serum creatinine among non-ESRD patients at the end of 1 year progressed from 2.3 ± 0.4 to 3.8 ± 1.2 mg/dl (P value 0.04. eGFR prior to therapy and at the end of 1 year were 34.4 ± 6.18 and 20.8 ± 7.69 ml/min (P value 0.04, respectively. Only one patient showed improvement in graft function in whom donor-specific antibody (DSA titers showed significant improvement. Rituximab may not be effective in late acute AMR unlike in early acute AMR. Monitoring of DSA has a prognostic role in these patients and plasma cell rich rejection is associated with poor prognosis.

  13. Follicular B Cell Lymphoma with Accompanying Ischemic Gastritis Completely Resolved by Rituximab

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    Tariq, Anam; Mehta, Neal; Peroutka, Kathryn

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    Patient: Female, 89 Final Diagnosis: Follicular B-cell lymphoma with accompanying ischemic gastritis completely resolved by rituximab Symptoms: Nausea ? vomiting Medication: ? Clinical Procedure: ? Specialty: Oncology Objective: Rare disease Background: Follicular B cell lymphomas account for a significant portion of all newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin?s lymphomas. While involvement can be varied, the most common extranodal presentation is within the gastrointestinal tract beyond the stomach. In ...

  14. Rituximab Therapy for Severe Cutaneous Leukocytoclastic Angiitis Refractory to Corticosteroids, Cellcept and Cyclophosphamide

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    Kamel El-Reshaid

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    Full Text Available We report our clinical experience with rituximab in the treatment of 2 patients with idiopathic cutaneous angiitis who relapsed after treatment with high-dose corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide. A 39-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man presented with ulcerating maculopapular rash in both lower limbs which relapsed 6 months after treatment with a combination of high-dose corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide. After treatment with 2 g of rituximab, the first patient has still been in clinical remission for 32 months while the second has finished 28 months. Interestingly, CD19 which had dropped to 0.5% 8 months later in both patients. Despite that, our patients are still in clinical remission. No significant side effects were noted during infusions and up to the period of follow-up. In conclusion, rituximab is a useful and safe agent in the treatment of idiopathic cutaneous angiitis refractory to conventional therapy. Clinical remission persists years after improvement of B-cell suppression.

  15. Follicular B Cell Lymphoma with Accompanying Ischemic Gastritis Completely Resolved by Rituximab.

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    Tariq, Anam; Mehta, Neal; Peroutka, Kathryn

    2017-06-02

    BACKGROUND Follicular B cell lymphomas account for a significant portion of all newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. While involvement can be varied, the most common extranodal presentation is within the gastrointestinal tract beyond the stomach. In addition, the stomach has a diffuse multivessel vascular supply, which decreases the likelihood of developing ischemic gastritis. CASE REPORT An 89-year-old woman with history of diabetes, deep venous thromboembolism, and hypertension was referred due to a newly diagnosed retroperitoneal mass. Biopsy of a left para-aortic node was consistent with low-grade follicular B cell lymphoma. Following mainstream treatment guidelines, rituximab was administered. Approximately 12 hours later, the patient presented to the Emergency Department with intractable vomiting and nausea. After admission, an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed extensive ischemic gastritis. Due to recurrent ascites requiring frequent paracenteses, and the clinical aggressiveness of the patient's underlying lymphoma, a second dose of rituximab was administered with concurrent initiation of total parenteral nutrition. Approximately 1 week later, the patient underwent a repeat EGD for quality of life planning while in hospice. The repeat EGD revealed resolved ischemic gastritis. Her diet was advanced and she was subsequently discharged home. CONCLUSIONS Rituximab alone shows promise in treating extensive follicular B cell lymphoma complicated by ischemic gastritis, which has not been previously reported in the literature.

  16. Assessment of Physicochemical Properties of Rituximab Related to Its Immunomodulatory Activity

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    Mariana P. Miranda-Hernández

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody employed for the treatment of CD20-positive B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis. It binds specifically to the CD20 antigen expressed on pre-B and consequently on mature B-lymphocytes of both normal and malignant cells, inhibiting their proliferation through apoptosis, CDC, and ADCC mechanisms. The immunomodulatory activity of rituximab is closely related to critical quality attributes that characterize its chemical composition and spatial configuration, which determine the recognition of CD20 and the binding to receptors or factors involved in its effector functions, while regulating the potential immunogenic response. Herein, we present a physicochemical and biological characterization followed by a pharmacodynamics and immunogenicity study to demonstrate comparability between two products containing rituximab. The physicochemical and biological characterization revealed that both products fit within the same response intervals exhibiting the same degree of variability. With regard to clinical response, both products depleted CD20+ B-cells until posttreatment recovery and no meaningful differences were found in their pharmacodynamic profiles. The evaluation of anti-chimeric antibodies did not show differential immunogenicity among products. Overall, these data confirm that similarity of critical quality attributes results in a comparable immunomodulatory activity.

  17. Efecto de un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab en trombocitopenia inmune

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    José Untama

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Describir la respuesta terapéutica con un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab, en pacientes con Trombocitopenia Inmune (PTI. Material y métodos: Estudio retrospectivo, descriptivo y observacional tipo serie de casos. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de pacientes adultos con PTI que recibieron el anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab, desde diciembre 2005 hasta diciembre 2010. Se definió respuesta: conteo plaquetario >30 mil, por lo menos duplicar el conteo plaquetario inicial y no signos de sangrado, y respuesta completa: conteo plaquetario >100 mil y no signos de sangrado. Resultados: Se evaluaron 24 cursos de tratamiento. Hubo respuesta en 18 (75%, en una media de 11,9 semanas (rango 0,7 - 37,4, la duración media de respuesta fue 16 meses (rango 3,3 - 55,3. Se mantuvo la respuesta obtenida en 12 pacientes, seguimiento promedio de 22 meses (rango 4 - 62. Se logró respuesta completa en 13/23 (60% casos, en una media de 17 semanas (rango 0,7 - 62,3, con una duración media de respuesta completa de 10,1 meses (rango 2,3 - 25,2, 5 casos mantuvieron respuesta completa con una media de seguimiento de 20 meses (rango 8 - 29. Conclusiones: Se obtuvo una alta tasa de respuesta al tratamiento con Rituximab (hasta 75% en casos de PTI que fallaron al menos a una línea de tratamiento.

  18. Dapsone salvage therapy for adult patients with immune thrombocytopenia relapsed or refractory to steroid and rituximab.

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    Zaja, Francesco; Marin, Luciana; Chiozzotto, Marianna; Puglisi, Simona; Volpetti, Stefano; Fanin, Renato

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    Dapsone is an antibacterial sulfonamide with anti-inflammatory property, which showed therapeutic activity in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP); the activity in patients who showed refractoriness to rituximab is unknown. We evaluated the effect of dapsone in 20 consecutive adult patients, median age 51 years, with primary ITP previously treated at least with steroids and rituximab. Median baseline platelet count was 19 × 10⁹/L, and the median interval between diagnosis of ITP and dapsone therapy was 46 months. Response (platelet count ≥ 30 × 10⁹/L) and complete response (CR; platelet count ≥ 100 × 10⁹/L) were 55 and 20%, respectively; median time to response (TTR) was 1 month. All responders were able to interrupt any other specific anti-ITP treatment. The median duration of dapsone therapy in responders and the median response duration were 31 and 42 months, respectively. None of responders lost response during treatment. One patient in CR interrupted dapsone after 9 months and still maintained the response after 48 months. None of the patients interrupted the treatment for toxicity. All the patients were screened for normal glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD); two patients showed mild increase of methemoglobin (MHb). These results highlight the therapeutic activity and good safety profile of dapsone in patients with ITP who previously failed rituximab treatment.

  19. IL2/IL21 region polymorphism influences response to rituximab in systemic lupus erythematosus patients.

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    Márquez, Ana; Dávila-Fajardo, Cristina Lucía; Robledo, Gema; Rubio, José Luis Callejas; de Ramón Garrido, Enrique; García-Hernández, Francisco J; González-León, Rocío; Ríos-Fernández, Raquel; Barrera, José Cabeza; González-Escribano, Ma Francisca; García, Ma Teresa Camps; Palma, Ma Jesús Castillo; del Mar Ayala, Ma; Ortego-Centeno, Norberto; Martín, Javier

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    To determine whether the IL2/IL21 region, a general autoimmunity locus, contributes to the observed variation in response to rituximab in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus as well as to analyze its influence in a cohort including other autoimmune diseases. rs6822844 G/T polymorphism at the IL2-IL21 region was analyzed by TaqMan assay in 84 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and 60 different systemic autoimmune diseases Spanish patients receiving rituximab. Six months after the first infusion patients were classified, according to the EULAR criteria, as good responders, partial responders and non-responders. A statistically significant difference was observed in GG genotype frequency between responder (total and partial response) (83.56%) and non-responder (45.45%) SLE patients (p=0.010, odds ratio (OR)=6.10 [1.28-29.06]). No association with the response was evident in the group of patients with autoimmune diseases other than lupus. Furthermore, when both groups of patients were pooled in a meta-analysis, a reduced statistical significance of the association was observed (p=0.024, OR=3.53 [1.06-11.64]). Our results show for a first time that IL2-IL21 region seems to play a role in the response to rituximab in SLE patients but not in other autoimmune diseases.

  20. Rituximab ameliorated severe hearing loss in Cogan's syndrome: a case report

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    Bacciu Salvatore

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody inducing depletion of B lymphocytes and presently approved for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis. Here is the first report of the use of this drug in a case of Cogan's syndrome (CS. Case Presentation a 25-year-old Italian woman was referred with conjunctival hyperaemia, interstitial keratitis, moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss accompanied by tinnitus, dizziness, nausea and vertigo, poorly responsive to oral and topical steroidal therapy. Diagnosis of typical CS was made. The administration of a combined immunosuppressive treatment resolved ocular inflammation, dizziness, nausea, and vertigo but gave little results in controlling progressive hearing loss. A noticeable improvement in hearing function was documented by pure tone audiometry after infusion of Rituximab. Discussion in CS, hearing function is often the most difficult parameter to control with therapy. A positive effect of Rituximab on was observed in our case. The drug also allowed to significantly reduce the number of adjuvant immunosuppressive medications.

  1. EFFICACY OF RECURRENT RITUXIMAB TREATMENT IN PATIENT WITH SEVERE REFRACTORY SYSTEMIC JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    E.I. Alexeeva

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    Full Text Available The article contains clinical case description of a severe systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, that was refractory to classic immunosuppressant therapy. The disease was characterized by such extraarticular manifestations as fever, lymphadenopathy,  hepatosplenomegaly, polyserositis, generalized joint involvement and high activity in lab tests. As a result of severe clinical course of the disease, patients develop bilateral aseptic bone necrosis in coxofemoral joints and coxarthrosis. Against the background of glucocorticosteroid treatment the patient has developed hormone-dependency and hormone resistance. Inclusion into the treatment of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (rituximab has stopped systemic manifestations of the disease, inflammation in the joints, normalized lab activity rates. The positive therapeutic effect allowed to perform surgery due to bilateral coxarthrosis. These results show that rituximab is highly effective in children with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, that is resistant to classic immunosupressants and glucocorticoides. Key words: children, systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, rituximab, recurrent treatment, prosthetics, hip joint. (Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. — 2011; 10 (5: 157–163.

  2. Effects of hypertonic buffer composition on lymph node uptake and bioavailability of rituximab, after subcutaneous administration.

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    Fathallah, Anas M; Turner, Michael R; Mager, Donald E; Balu-Iyer, Sathy V

    2015-03-01

    The subcutaneous administration of biologics is highly desirable; however, incomplete bioavailability after s.c. administration remains a major challenge. In this work we investigated the effects of excipient dependent hyperosmolarity on lymphatic uptake and plasma exposure of rituximab as a model protein. Using Swiss Webster (SW) mice as the animal model, we compared the effects of NaCl, mannitol and O-phospho-L-serine (OPLS) on the plasma concentration of rituximab over 5 days after s.c. administration. An increase was observed in plasma concentrations in animals administered rituximab in hypertonic buffer solutions, compared with isotonic buffer. Bioavailability, as estimated by our pharmacokinetic model, increased from 29% in isotonic buffer to 54% in hypertonic buffer containing NaCl, to almost complete bioavailability in hypertonic buffers containing high dose OPLS or mannitol. This improvement in plasma exposure is due to the improved lymphatic trafficking as evident from the increase in the fraction of dose trafficked through the lymph nodes in the presence of hypertonic buffers. The fraction of the dose trafficked through the lymphatics, as estimated by the model, increased from 0.05% in isotonic buffer to 13% in hypertonic buffer containing NaCl to about 30% for hypertonic buffers containing high dose OPLS and mannitol. The data suggest that hypertonic solutions may be a viable option for improving s.c. bioavailability. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Identification of Fc Gamma Receptor Glycoforms That Produce Differential Binding Kinetics for Rituximab.

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    Hayes, Jerrard M; Frostell, Asa; Karlsson, Robert; Müller, Steffen; Martín, Silvia Míllan; Pauers, Martin; Reuss, Franziska; Cosgrave, Eoin F; Anneren, Cecilia; Davey, Gavin P; Rudd, Pauline M

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    Fc gamma receptors (FcγR) bind the Fc region of antibodies and therefore play a prominent role in antibody-dependent cell-based immune responses such as ADCC, CDC and ADCP. The immune effector cell activity is directly linked to a productive molecular engagement of FcγRs where both the protein and glycan moiety of antibody and receptor can affect the interaction and in the present study we focus on the role of the FcγR glycans in this interaction. We provide a complete description of the glycan composition of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) expressed human Fcγ receptors RI (CD64), RIIa Arg131/His131 (CD32a), RIIb (CD32b) and RIIIa Phe158/Val158 (CD16a) and analyze the role of the glycans in the binding mechanism with IgG. The interactions of the monoclonal antibody rituximab with each FcγR were characterized and we discuss the CHO-FcγRIIIa Phe158/Val158 and CHO-FcγRI interactions and compare them to the equivalent interactions with human (HEK293) and murine (NS0) produced receptors. Our results reveal clear differences in the binding profiles of rituximab, which we attribute in each case to the differences in host cell-dependent FcγR glycosylation. The glycan profiles of CHO expressed FcγRI and FcγRIIIa Phe158/Val158 were compared with the glycan profiles of the receptors expressed in NS0 and HEK293 cells and we show that the glycan type and abundance differs significantly between the receptors and that these glycan differences lead to the observed differences in the respective FcγR binding patterns with rituximab. Oligomannose structures are prevalent on FcγRI from each source and likely contribute to the high affinity rituximab interaction through a stabilization effect. On FcγRI and FcγRIIIa large and sialylated glycans have a negative impact on rituximab binding, likely through destabilization of the interaction. In conclusion, the data show that the IgG1-FcγR binding kinetics differ depending on the glycosylation of the FcγR and further support a

  4. Rituximab therapy in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis improves alveolar macrophage lipid homeostasis

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    Malur Anagha

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Rationale Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis (PAP patients exhibit an acquired deficiency of biologically active granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF attributable to GM-CSF specific autoantibodies. PAP alveolar macrophages are foamy, lipid-filled cells with impaired surfactant clearance and markedly reduced expression of the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ and the PPARγ-regulated ATP binding cassette (ABC lipid transporter, ABCG1. An open label proof of concept Phase II clinical trial was conducted in PAP patients using rituximab, a chimeric murine-human monoclonal antibody directed against B lymphocyte specific antigen CD20. Rituximab treatment decreased anti-GM-CSF antibody levels in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluid, and 7/9 patients completing the trial demonstrated clinical improvement as measured by arterial blood oxygenation. Objectives This study sought to determine whether rituximab therapy would restore lipid metabolism in PAP alveolar macrophages. Methods BAL samples were collected from patients pre- and 6-months post-rituximab infusion for evaluation of mRNA and lipid changes. Results Mean PPARγ and ABCG1 mRNA expression increased 2.8 and 5.3-fold respectively (p ≤ 0.05 after treatment. Lysosomal phospholipase A2 (LPLA2 (a key enzyme in surfactant degradation mRNA expression was severely deficient in PAP patients pre-treatment but increased 2.8-fold post-treatment. In supplemental animal studies, LPLA2 deficiency was verified in GM-CSF KO mice but was not present in macrophage-specific PPARγ KO mice compared to wild-type controls. Oil Red O intensity of PAP alveolar macrophages decreased after treatment, indicating reduced intracellular lipid while extracellular free cholesterol increased in BAL fluid. Furthermore, total protein and Surfactant protein A were significantly decreased in the BAL fluid post therapy. Conclusions Reduction in GM

  5. Imaging B Cells in a Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis Using (64)Cu-Rituximab PET.

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    James, Michelle L; Hoehne, Aileen; Mayer, Aaron T; Lechtenberg, Kendra; Moreno, Monica; Gowrishankar, Gayatri; Ilovich, Ohad; Natarajan, Arutselvan; Johnson, Emily M; Nguyen, Joujou; Quach, Lisa; Han, May; Buckwalter, Marion; Chandra, Sudeep; Gambhir, Sanjiv S

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    B lymphocytes are a key pathologic feature of multiple sclerosis (MS) and are becoming an important therapeutic target for this condition. Currently, there is no approved technique to noninvasively visualize B cells in the central nervous system (CNS) to monitor MS disease progression and response to therapies. Here, we evaluated (64)Cu-rituximab, a radiolabeled antibody specifically targeting the human B cell marker CD20, for its ability to image B cells in a mouse model of MS using PET. Methods: To model CNS infiltration by B cells, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in transgenic mice that express human CD20 on B cells. EAE mice were given subcutaneous injections of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein fragment1-125 emulsified in complete Freund adjuvant. Control mice received complete Freund adjuvant alone. PET imaging of EAE and control mice was performed 1, 4, and 19 h after (64)Cu-rituximab administration. Mice were perfused and sacrificed after the final PET scan, and radioactivity in dissected tissues was measured with a γ-counter. CNS tissues from these mice were immunostained to quantify B cells or were further analyzed via digital autoradiography. Results: Lumbar spinal cord PET signal was significantly higher in EAE mice than in controls at all evaluated time points (e.g., 1 h after injection: 5.44 ± 0.37 vs. 3.33 ± 0.20 percentage injected dose [%ID]/g, P B220 immunostaining verified that increased (64)Cu-rituximab uptake in CNS tissues corresponded with elevated B cells. Conclusion: B cells can be detected in the CNS of EAE mice using (64)Cu-rituximab PET. Results from these studies warrant further investigation of (64)Cu-rituximab in EAE models and consideration of use in MS patients to evaluate its potential for detecting and monitoring B cells in the progression and treatment of this disease. These results represent an initial step toward generating a platform to evaluate B cell-targeted therapeutics en route to the

  6. A multi-centre retrospective study of rituximab use in the treatment of relapsed or resistant warm autoimmune haemolytic anaemia.

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    Maung, Su W

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    This retrospective analysis assessed the response, safety and duration of response to standard dose rituximab 375 mg\\/m(2) weekly for four weeks as therapy for patients with primary or secondary warm autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (WAIHA), who had failed initial treatment. Thirty-four patients received rituximab for WAIHA in seven centres in the Republic of Ireland. The overall response rate was 70·6% (24\\/34) with 26·5% (9\\/34) achieving a complete response (CR). The time to response was 1 month post-initiation of rituximab in 87·5% (21\\/24) and 3 months in 12·5% (3\\/24) of patients. The median duration of follow-up was 36 months (range 6-90 months). Of the patients who responded, 50% (12\\/24) relapsed during follow up with a median time to next treatment of 16·5 months (range 6-60 months). Three patients were re-treated with rituximab 375 mg\\/m2 weekly for four weeks at relapse and responded. There was a single episode of neutropenic sepsis. Rituximab is an effective and safe treatment for WAIHA but a significant number of patients will relapse in the first two years post treatment. Re-treatment was effective in a small number of patients, suggesting that intermittent pulse treatment or maintenance treatment may improve long-term response.

  7. Dynamics of Epstein-Barr viral load after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and effect of preemptive rituximab therapy.

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    Raberahona, Mihaja; Wackenheim, Chloe; Germi, Raphaele; Carré, Martin; Bulabois, Claude-Eric; Thiébaut, Anne; Lupo, Julien; Semenova, Touyana; Cahn, Jean-Yves; Morand, Patrice; Epaulard, Olivier

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    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) displays oncogenic properties, particularly in the immunocompromised host. Notably, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients with a detectable blood EBV viral load (BEBVL) are considered at higher risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative diseases (PTLD). Therefore, BEBVL is monitored after HSCT, and preemptive rituximab may be used in patients with high values. However, little is known about post-HSCT BEBVL dynamics, and the threshold that should lead to anti-CD20 therapy is poorly defined. We retrospectively analyzed the post-HSCT BEBVL of 332 adult HSCT recipients in our center from 2005 to 2013, including the effect of rituximab. Detection of BEBVL >100, 1000, 5000, 10 000, and 50 000 copies/mL occurred in, respectively, 77.7%, 69.6%, 37.0%, 27.1%, and 7.5% of the patients after a respective median time of 9, 14, 15, 16, and 14 weeks. No BEBVL threshold was associated with an overall survival difference. Seventy-eight patients received rituximab, with a BEBVL decrease in most. Among patients with detectable BEBVL, long-term survival did not differ in rituximab treated and non-treated, except for patients with BEBVL ≥50 000. Only one case of PTLD was observed. BEBVL is frequently detectable after HSCT, but suggests no strong association with survival. Preemptive rituximab therapy threshold remains to be defined. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Phase II study of lenalidomide and rituximab as salvage therapy for patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Badoux, Xavier C; Keating, Michael J; Wen, Sijin; Wierda, William G; O'Brien, Susan M; Faderl, Stefan; Sargent, Rachel; Burger, Jan A; Ferrajoli, Alessandra

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    Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug active as salvage therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We combined lenalidomide with rituximab to improve response rates in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL. Fifty-nine adult patients (age 42 to 82 years) with relapsed or refractory CLL were enrolled onto a phase II study of lenalidomide and rituximab. Patients had received prior fludarabine-based therapy or chemoimmunotherapy. Rituximab (375 mg/m(2) intravenously) was administered weekly during cycle one and on day 1 of cycles three to 12. Lenalidomide was started on day 9 of cycle one at 10 mg orally and administered daily continuously. Each cycle was 28 days. Rituximab was administered for 12 cycles; lenalidomide could continue indefinitely if patients benefitted clinically. The overall response rate was 66%, including 12% complete responses and 12% nodular partial remissions. Time to treatment failure was 17.4 months. Median overall survival has not been reached; estimated survival at 36 months is 71%. The most common grade 3 or 4 toxicity was neutropenia (73% of patients). Fourteen patients (24%) experienced a grade 3 to 4 infection or febrile episode. There was one episode of grade 3 tumor lysis; one patient experienced renal failure during the first cycle of therapy, and one venous thromboembolic event occurred during the study. The combination of lenalidomide and rituximab is active in patients with recurrent CLL and warrants further investigation.

  9. Rituximab in the treatment of three coexistent neurological autoimmune diseases: chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, Morvan syndrome and myasthenia gravis.

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    Sadnicka, Anna; Reilly, Mary M; Mummery, Cath; Brandner, Sebastian; Hirsch, Nicholas; Lunn, Michael P T

    2011-02-01

    A 76-year-old man with a pre-existing diagnosis of myasthenia gravis was admitted to an intensive care unit with pneumonia and type II respiratory failure. In addition, muscle weakness, widespread myokymia, neuropsychiatric disturbance and autonomic disturbance were present. Antivoltage gated potassium channel antibodies, antistriated muscle antibodies and antiacetylcholine receptor antibodies were positive. Nerve-conduction studies demonstrated findings consistent with patchy demyelination. Electromyography confirmed widespread myokymia, and there was evidence of diffuse encephalopathy on electroencephalography. Diagnoses of Morvan syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy (CIDP) were made. Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin, plasma exchange and high-dose steroids were ineffective, and the patient remained dependent on mechanical ventilation. The coexistence of possibly three humorally mediated autoimmune diseases led to treatment with rituximab. Rituximab treatment was followed by an improvement in muscle strength, allowing successful weaning from mechanical ventilation, diminution in myokymia and improved cognition. At follow-up, there was reversal of the neuropsychiatric manifestations and normal muscle strength. This case suggests that rituximab may be useful in the treatment of autoimmune neurological disease refractory to other immunosuppressant therapies. Specifically, it adds further evidence for the use of rituximab in CIDP. As indications for rituximab in humorally mediated disease continue to expand, international multicentre randomised controlled trials are required to prove the effectiveness of this important emerging biological agent.

  10. Fas receptor clustering and involvement of the death receptor pathway in rituximab-mediated apoptosis with concomitant sensitization of lymphoma B cells to Fas-induced apoptosis

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    Stel, Alia J.; ten Cate, Bram; Jacobs, Susan; Kok, Jan Willem; Spierings, Diana C. J.; Dondorff, Monica; Helfrich, Wijnand; Kluin-Nelemans, Hanneke C.; de Leij, Lou F. A. H.; Withoff, Sebo; Kroesen, Bart Jan

    2007-01-01

    Ab binding to CD20 has been shown to induce apoptosis in B cells. In this study, we demonstrate that rituximab sensitizes lymphoma B cells to Fas-induced apoptosis in a caspase-8-dependent manner. To elucidate the mechanism by which Rituximab affects Fas-mediated cell death, we investigated

  11. Suppression of Rituximab-resistant B-cell lymphoma with a novel multi-component anti-CD20 mAb nanocluster.

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    Li, Huafei; Zhang, Ge; Jiang, Cheng; Zhang, Fulei; Ke, Changhong; Zhao, He; Sun, Yun; Zhao, Mengxin; Chen, Di; Zhu, Xiandi; Zhang, Li; Li, Bohua; Dai, Jianxin; Li, Wei

    2015-09-15

    Although the anti-CD20 antibody Rituximab has revolutionized the treatment of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), resistance to treatment still existed. Thus, strategies for suppressing Rituximab-resistant NHLs are urgently needed. Here, an anti-CD20 nanocluster (ACNC) is successfully constructed from its type I and type II mAb (Rituximab and 11B8). These distinct anti-CD20 mAbs are mass grafted to a short chain polymer (polyethylenimine). Compared with parental Rituximab and 11B8, the ACNC had a reduced "off-rate". Importantly, ACNC efficiently inhibited Rituximab-resistant lymphomas in both disseminated and localized human NHL xenograft models. Further results revealed that ACNC is significantly potent in inducing caspase-dependent apoptosis and lysosome-mediated programmed cell death (PCD). This may help explain why ACNC is effective in suppressing rituximab-resistant lymphoma while Rituximab and 11B8 are not. Additionally, ACNC experienced low clearance from peripheral blood and high intratumor accumulation. This improved pharmacokinetics is attributed to the antibody-antigen reaction (active targeting) and enhanced permeability and retention (ERP) effect (passive targeting). This study suggested that ACNC might be a promising therapeutic agent for treatment of rituximab-resistant lymphomas.

  12. Complement-induced cell death by rituximab depends on CD20 expression level and acts complementary to antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity

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    van Meerten, Tom; van Rijn, Rozemarijn S.; Hol, Samantha; Hagenbeek, Anton; Ebeling, Saskia B.

    2006-01-01

    PURPOSE: The use of the CD20-specific antibody rituximab has greatly improved the response to treatment of CD20+ follicular lymphoma. Despite the success of rituximab, resistance has been reported and prognostic markers to predict individual response are lacking. The level of CD20 expression on

  13. Study of conjugation and radiolabeling of monoclonal antibody rituximab for use in radionuclide therapy; Estudo da conjugacao e radiomarcacao do anticorpo monoclonal rituximab para aplicacao em terapia radionuclidica

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    Massicano, Adriana Vidal Fernandes

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    Lymphomas are tumors originated from the transformation of a lymphocyte in the lymphatic system. The most common lymphoma is the Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Advances in immunology and molecular biology have been improving NHL's detection and treatment strategies development, such as Radioimmunotherapy (RIT). Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody used as immunotherapeutic to treat refractory or relapsed NHL. The goal of the present work was to conjugate this antibody to DOTA-NHS-ester bifunctional chelator and to radiolabel it with {sup 177}Lu radioisotope in order to develop a radio immunotherapeutic agent for NHL's treatment. Different rituximab to DOTA molar ratios (1:5, 1:10, 1:20, 1:50, 1:250, 1:500 and 1:1000) were evaluated in order to determine the best condition for obtaining the highest radiochemical purity of radio immunotherapeutic. The stability of the unlabeled immuno conjugated was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for up to 240 days in different storage conditions. The stability of the labeled preparations was evaluated either after storing at 2-8 degree C or incubation in human serum at 37 degree C. The binding to serum proteins was also determined. In vivo studies were performed in healthy Swiss mice, in order to characterize the biological properties of labeled conjugate. Finally, preliminary studies of radio immuno conjugated competitive binding to CD20 positive Raji cells were carried out in order to analyze if the process of conjugation and radiolabeling compromises the immunoreactivity of the antibody. The conjugation applying lower antibody to chelator molar ratios (1:5, 1:10 and 1:20) showed high stability when stored for up to 240 days in different conditions. The HPLC analysis showed that the monoclonal antibody conjugated in molar ratio 1:50 was labeled with higher radiochemical purity (> 95%) when purified in PD-10 column. This conjugate showed reasonable stability at 2-8 degree C. The analysis

  14. [Immune tolerance induction in a case of hemophilia B with inhibitor with prothrombin complex concentrate and rituximab].

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    Xue, F; Liu, W; Cheng, Y F; Liu, X F; Huang, Y T; Fu, R F; Zhang, L; Yang, R C

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    Objective: To explore the immune tolerance induction (ITI) in a case of severe hemophilia B patient with inhibitor. Methods: The F Ⅸ∶C was detected using a one-stage method and FIX inhibitor was assayed using Bethesda method. ITI was performed with prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC) in combination with rituximab. Results: His past exposure days (ED) with PCC were 20 ED and his peak FⅨ inhibitor titer was 56 BU/ml. When his FIX inhibitor titer decreased to 10.4 BU/ml in Nov. 2015 and after receiving the informed consent from his parents, ITI was started. PCC with low dose rituximab successfully eradicated the high titer inhibitor within 17 months. There was no anaphylaxis, thrombotic event and infection. Conclusion: This is the first case report for successful immune tolerance induction therapy in Chinese hemophilia B patient. ITI using PCC combined with rituximab is an effective choice to induce immune tolerance of hemophilia B with inhibitor.

  15. Iodine Symporter Targeting with 124I/131I Theranostics

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    Nagarajah, J.; Janssen, M.; Hetkamp, P.; Jentzen, W.

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    Theranostics, a modern approach combining therapeutics and diagnostics, is among the most promising concepts in nuclear medicine for optimizing and individualizing treatments for many cancer entities. Theranostics has been used in clinical routines in nuclear medicine for more than 60 y-as 131I for

  16. Synthesis and Preclinical Evaluation of (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab as a Radioimmunotherapeutic Agent for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

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    Kameswaran, Mythili; Pandey, Usha; Dhakan, Chetan; Pathak, Kamal; Gota, Vikram; Vimalnath, K V; Dash, Ashutosh; Samuel, Grace

    2015-08-01

    Radioimmunotherapy is a feasible treatment modality for B-cell lymphomas expressing CD20 antigen. Tagging of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody with a β(-) emitter will deliver radiation to the tumor preferentially, thereby causing its destruction. This work explores the utility of (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab as a radioimmunotherapeutic agent for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Rituximab was conjugated with p-NCS-Bn-CHX-A"-DTPA and radiolabeled with (177)Lu. (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab was characterized by SE-HPLC. In vitro cell binding and inhibition studies were carried out in Raji cells which express CD20 antigen. Biodistribution studies were performed in SCID mice bearing lymphoma at various time intervals. The CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab conjugate prepared had three molecules of DTPA per Rituximab molecule. Radiochemical purity of (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab was >95%. In the HPLC system, (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab showed a single peak (Rt ∼15.5 minutes). In vitro cell binding studies showed 38.9%±1.1% binding of (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab (∼6.7 nM of radioimmunoconjugate) with Raji cells which reduced to 17.7%±0.5% with the addition of 67 nM of cold antibody. Biodistribution studies showed good tumor uptake at all the time points studied. In vitro and in vivo studies showed good specificity of (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab toward CD20 antigen. It can be concluded that (177)Lu-CHX-A"-DTPA-Rituximab could be a promising agent in the treatment of NHL.

  17. Rituximab as first-line treatment for the management of adult patients with non-severe hemophilia A and inhibitors.

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    Lim, M Y; Nielsen, B; Lee, K; Kasthuri, R S; Key, N S; Ma, A D

    2014-06-01

    The role of immunosuppression in the management of patients with congenital hemophilia and inhibitors is uncertain. The use of rituximab has been limited to case reports and case series. In most reports, rituximab was used as second-line or third-line treatment following failure of conventional immune tolerance induction therapy, and more commonly in pediatric patients. The objective of this study was to describe our experience with rituximab for the eradication of factor VIII inhibitors in adult patients with non-severe hemophilia A. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of adult patients with non-severe hemophilia A and a diagnosis of FVIII inhibitor treated with rituximab (four weekly doses of 375 mg m(-2) ) as first-line treatment at our hemophilia center. We identified nine consecutive adult patients with hemophilia A (moderate, n = 5; mild, n = 4) at our institution between 2000 and 2013, with a median age of 54 years (range, 24-77 years) at the time of inhibitor diagnosis. No patient received concomitant immune tolerance induction therapy. All nine patients had successful eradication of FVIII inhibitors. The median time from the first dose of rituximab to a clinical response was 95 days (range, 12-278 days). The median follow-up was 56 months (range, 13-139 months). Following inhibitor eradication, eight patients were rechallenged with FVIII concentrates. Two patients developed inhibitor recurrence associated with surgery. This case series demonstrates that rituximab is a useful first-line treatment to achieve sustained inhibitor eradication in adult patients with non-severe hemophilia A. © 2014 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  18. Human Cytokine Genetic Variants Associated With HBsAg Reverse Seroconversion in Rituximab-Treated Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients.

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    Hsiao, Liang-Tsai; Wang, Hao-Yuan; Yang, Ching-Fen; Chiou, Tzeon-Jye; Gau, Jyh-Pyng; Yu, Yuan-Bin; Liu, Hsiao-Ling; Chang, Wen-Chun; Chen, Po-Min; Tzeng, Cheng-Hwai; Chan, Yu-Jiun; Yang, Muh-Hwa; Liu, Jin-Hwang; Huang, Yi-Hsiang

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    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation has been noted in HBV surface antigen (HBsAg)-seronegative patients with CD20 B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) undergoing rituximab treatment. Clinically, hepatitis flares are usually associated with the reappearance of HBsAg (reverse seroconversion of HBsAg, HBV-RS). It is unclear whether human genetic factors are related to rituximab-associated HBV reactivation. Unvaccinated HBsAg-seronegative adults (n = 104) with CD20 NHL who had received rituximab-containing therapy without anti-HBV prophylaxis were enrolled. Eighty-nine candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 49 human cytokine genes were chosen and were analyzed using the iPLEX technique. Competing risk regression was used to identify the factors associated with HBV-RS. Participants had a median age of 66.1 years and 56.7% were male (n = 59). The anti-HBs and anti-HBc positivity rates were 82.4% and 94.1%, respectively, among patients for whom data were available (approximately 81%). A mean of 7.14 cycles of rituximab therapy were administered, and a total of 14 (13.4%) patients developed HBV-RS. Nine SNPs showed significant differences in frequency between patients with or without HBV-RS: CD40 rs1883832, IL4 rs2243248 and rs2243263, IL13 rs1295686, IL18 rs243908, IL20 rs1518108, and TNFSF13B rs12428930 and rs12583006. Multivariate analysis showed that ≥6 cycles of rituximab therapy, IL18 rs243908, and the IL4 haplotype rs2243248∼rs2243263 were independently associated with HBV-RS. The IL4 haplotype rs2243248∼rs2243263 was significantly associated with HBV-RS regardless of anti-HBs status. Polymorphisms in human cytokine genes impact the risk of rituximab-associated HBV-RS.

  19. Routine use of bendamustine and rituximab combination therapy in consecutive patients with lymphoproliferative diseases: a survey from Tyrolean hospitals.

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    Waldthaler, Christian; Stauder, Reinhard; Schnallinger, Michael; Schreieck, Stephan; Hager, Judith; Oexle, Horst; Zangerl, Günther; Verdorfer, Irmgard; Zabernigg, August; Gastl, Günther; Fiegl, Michael

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    The objective was to demonstrate feasibility and therapeutic efficacy of routine clinical use of the bendamustine/rituximab combination in lymphoproliferative diseases. Data were collected retrospectively from 71 patients treated with bendamustine/rituximab combination in Tyrol/Austria. Toxicities, therapeutic response, and survival outcome in the various lymphoma entities were analyzed. There was considerable hematotoxicity, with neutropenia and thrombocytopenia of grade 3 or 4 in 33% and 18%, respectively. Interestingly, severe infection of grade 3 or 4 was observed in a remarkable percentage of patients with aggressive lymphoma and CLL (21% and 28%, respectively) but not in indolent lymphoma (p = 0.027). Overall, the therapeutic efficacy of bendamustine/rituximab was encouraging. In CLL, an overall response rate (ORR) of 65% was achieved. Notably, in the seven previously untreated CLL patients, ORR was 86%. The therapy was effective across all FISH-cytogenetic subgroups, except for the five patients harboring 17p deletion with unfavorable prognosis (PFS 2.7 months, OS 9.3 months). In indolent lymphoma (n = 25), the bendamustine-rituximab combination induced a remarkable therapeutic effect (ORR 96%, median PFS and OS not reached). In aggressive lymphoma (n = 20), ORR was 50%; in International Prognostic Index high-risk patients (4 or 5 risk factors, n = 10), ORR was only 20%, significantly inferior than in low/intermediate risk patients (ORR 70%; p = 0.025). In the routine setting aside clinical studies, bendamustine/rituximab therapy resulted in marked clinical responses, especially in CLL and indolent lymphoma. In aggressive lymphoma, the combination of bendamustine and rituximab was effective in favorable risk patients.

  20. Late-onset neutropenia after rituximab treatment: case series and comprehensive review of the literature.

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    Wolach, Ofir; Bairey, Osnat; Lahav, Meir

    2010-09-01

    Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody against CD20 that is used mainly for the treatment of CD20-positive lymphoma. Recently, its use has been expanded to include treatment of other nonmalignant diseases such as rheumatologic diseases and autoimmune cytopenia. Correlating with the increased use of rituximab has been an increased number of reports of its late adverse effects. One of these is late-onset neutropenia (LON). Most investigators define LON as grade III-IV neutropenia occurring 3-4 weeks after the last treatment with rituximab, in the absence of an alternative explanation for the neutropenia.We report 6 cases of LON identified in our institution. Four patients were treated for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and 2 patients for follicular lymphoma. Median patient age was 68 years (range, 33-83 yr); LON appeared after a median interval of 77 days (range, 42-153 d) and lasted for a median of 5 days (range, 1-45 d). Five of the 6 patients presented with infectious complications, and 4 patients experienced recurrent episodes of neutropenia. One patient presented with LON and concomitant subacute pulmonary disease that was attributed to rituximab therapy.In addition to our own case series we present a systematic review of the literature, which we performed to compile data to describe better the syndrome of LON. Systematic studies, case series, and case reports were extracted. Most studies dealing with LON are retrospective by design and are limited by the heterogeneous populations included in the analysis. The incidence of LON is generally reported to be in the range of 3%-27%. Data regarding populations at risk are not consistent, and in some instances are conflicting.Patients considered at increased risk of LON include patients after autologous stem cell transplantation, patients treated for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related lymphoma, and patients treated with purine analogues. Patients who received previous cytotoxic treatment as well as

  1. Refractory myasthenia gravis – clinical profile, comorbidities and response to rituximab

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    Sudulagunta, Sreenivasa Rao; Sepehrar, Mona; Sodalagunta, Mahesh Babu; Settikere Nataraju, Aravinda; Bangalore Raja, Shiva Kumar; Sathyanarayana, Deepak; Gummadi, Siddharth; Burra, Hemanth Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an antibody mediated autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by fatigable muscle weakness. A proportion of myasthenia gravis patients are classified as refractory due to non responsiveness to conventional treatment. This retrospective study was done to evaluate clinical profile, epidemiological, laboratory, and features of patients with MG and mode of management using rituximab and complications. Methods: Data of myasthenia gravis patients admitted or presented to outpatient department (previous medical records) with MG between January 2008 and January 2016 were included. A total of 512 patients fulfilled the clinical and diagnostic criteria of myasthenia gravis of which 76 patients met the diagnostic certainty for refractory myasthenia gravis and were evaluated. Results: Out of 76 refractory MG patients, 53 (69.73%) patients fulfilled all the three defined criteria. The median age of onset of the refractory MG group was 36 years with a range of 27–53 years. In our study 25 patients (32.89%) belonged to the age group of 21–30 years. Anti-MuSK antibodies were positive in 8 non-refractory MG patients (2.06%) and 36 refractory MG patients (47.36%). Mean HbA1C was found to be 8.6±2.33. The dose of administered prednisone decreased by a mean of 59.7% (p=3.3x10–8) to 94.6% (p=2.2x10–14) after the third cycle of rituximab treatment. Conclusion: The refractory MG patients are most commonly female with an early age of onset, anti-MuSK antibodies, and thymomas. Refractory MG patients have higher prevalence and poor control (HbA1C >8%) of diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia probably due to increased steroid usage. Rituximab is very efficient in treatment of refractory MG with adverse effects being low. PMID:27790079

  2. Comparative Study on Rituximab Combined with Chemotherapy and Single Chemotherapy for Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

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    Ji-feng FENG

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the clinical efficacy and safety of rituximab combined with chemotherapy and single chemotherapy for diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL. Methods: A total of 97 patients with DLBCL were selected. Patients treated by single chemotherapy were designed as control group, while those by rituximab combined with chemotherapy as observational group. All patients were treated for at least 4 cycles. The short-term and long-term efficacy and related adverse reactions of 2 groups were observed. Results: The rate of complete remission (CR in observational group was significantly higher than in control group (χ2=4.6589, P=0.0309. However, there was no significant difference in objective remission rate (ORR between 2 groups (P=0.3651. The rates of 3-year overall survival (OS, progression-free survival (PFS and disease-free survival (DFS were 80.30% (53/66, 69.70% (46/66 and 59.09% (39/66 in observational group, and 61.29% (19/31, 58.06% (18/31 and 58.06% (18/31 in control group, respectively. The OS in observational group was significantly longer than in control group (P=0.035. However, there was no significant difference in PFS, DFS and rate adverse reactions between 2 groups (P=0.089; P=0.438; χ2=0.1562, P=0.6927. Conclusion: Rituximab combined with chemotherapy can improve the efficacy of DLBCL without increasing the adverse reactions, which can be used as the first-line treatment for DLBCL, thus deserving to be widely applied in clinic.

  3. Phase I trial of rituximab, cladribine, and temsirolimus (RCT) for initial therapy of mantle cell lymphoma.

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    Inwards, D J; Fishkin, P A; LaPlant, B R; Drake, M T; Kurtin, P J; Nikcevich, D A; Wender, D B; Lair, B S; Witzig, T E

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    We conducted this trial to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of temsirolimus added to an established regimen comprised of rituximab and cladribine for the initial treatment of mantle cell lymphoma. A standard phase I cohort of three study design was utilized. The fixed doses of rituximab and cladribine were 375 mg/m(2) i.v. day 1 and 5 mg/m(2)/day i.v. days 1-5 of a 28-day cycle, respectively. There were five planned temsirolimus i.v. dose levels: 15 mg day 1; 25 mg day 1; 25 mg days 1 and 15; 25 mg days 1, 8 and 15; and 25 mg days 1, 8, 15, and 22. Seventeen patients were treated: three each at levels 1-4 and five at dose level 5. The median age was 75 years (52-86 years). Mantle Cell International Prognostic Index (MIPI) scores were low in 6% (1), intermediate in 59% (10), and high in 35% (6) of patients. Five patients were treated at level 5 without dose limiting toxicity. Hematologic toxicity was frequent: grade 3 anemia in 12%, grade 3 thrombocytopenia in 41%, grade 4 thrombocytopenia in 24%, grade 3 neutropenia in 6%, and grade 4 neutropenia in 18% of patients. The overall response rate (ORR) was 94% with 53% complete response and 41% partial response. The median progression-free survival was 18.7 months. Temsirolimus 25 mg i.v. weekly may be safely added to rituximab and cladribine at 375 mg/m(2) i.v. day 1 and 5 mg/m(2)/day i.v. days 1-5 of a 28-day cycle, respectively. This regimen had promising preliminary activity in an elderly cohort of patients with mantle cell lymphoma. NCT00787969. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Cytomegalovirus infection in autologous stem cell transplant recipients in the era of rituximab.

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    Jain, Tania; John, Jisha; Kotecha, Aditya; Deol, Abhinav; Saliminia, Tanaz; Revankar, Sanjay; Chandrasekar, Pranatharthi

    2016-08-01

    The incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation/disease after autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is much lower than that after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. With the recent use of rituximab during cancer chemotherapy or conditioning regimens prior to transplantation, there has been an increasing concern of opportunistic infections including CMV. In the present study, we reviewed the patients undergoing ASCT from December 2007 to December 2013 to identify those developing CMV reactivation/disease. Out of the 978 patients who underwent ASCT at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 239 patients were tested for symptomatic CMV reactivation based on clinical suspicion. Of the tested patients, 7/239 (2.9 %) were documented to have CMV reactivation within 90 days of ASCT. The median time to develop CMV viremia was 32 days from transplantation. Of the 239 patients tested, CMV viremia was detected in 3 out of 72 patients who received rituximab as compared to 4 out of 167 patients who did not. Three of these seven viremic patients were treated with anti-viral drugs; viremia resolved in all patients at a median of 24 days. Three patients were found to develop other bacterial and/or fungal infections following CMV viremia. Two of the seven patients died during 1-year follow-up, due to primary disease progression or Candida sepsis. None of the patients developed proven tissue-invasive CMV disease. The study did not evaluate the incidence of asymptomatic CMV infection/reactivation. Despite prior publications based on limited data, rituximab does not appear to contribute to an increased frequency of symptomatic CMV reactivation following ASCT.

  5. Successful treatment of mature B-cell lymphoma with rituximab-based chemotherapy in a patient with Bloom syndrome.

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    Jastaniah, Wasil

    2017-07-01

    This report presents a case of Bloom syndrome (BS) in a consanguineous Saudi family. The patient, an 11-year-old male with mature B-cell lymphoma, had minimal therapeutic response and significant dose-limiting toxicity with standard chemotherapy treatment. He later responded successfully to a rituximab-based chemotherapy protocol. This case highlights that the rituximab-based chemotherapy protocol is an effective and safe treatment alternative for mature B-cell lymphoma in patients with BS. Further trials are warranted to investigate this modality of treatment. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Standard Operating Procedure for In-house Preparation of (131)I-rituximab for Radioimmunotherapy of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

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    Pickford, Matthew D; Turner, J Harvey

    2012-09-01

    A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been formulated for in-house preparation, quality control, dispensing and administration of (131)I-rituximab appropriate for the safe, effective, radioimmunotherapy of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A decade of experience of semi-automated radioiodination of rituximab in our hospital radiopharmaceutical laboratory was analysed. The methodology was then refined for safe, practical, affordable application to radioimmunotherapy of lymphoma in departments of nuclear medicine in developing countries. This SOP has the potential to be incorporated into good laboratory practice conditions appropriate for local regulatory agency requirements.

  7. Late Occurrence of PML in a Patient Treated for Lymphoma with Immunomodulatory Chemotherapies, Bendamustine, Rituximab, and Ibritumomab Tiuxetan

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    Michael A. Lane

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    Full Text Available PML caused by John Cunningham (JC virus is a rare but an increasingly recognized entity. With the advent of newer immunomodulatory therapies with monoclonal antibodies, there is an increasing incidence of PML. Initially concern was restricted to patients treated for multiple sclerosis with natalizumab but more case reports are being reported during treatment for other conditions like Crohn’s disease and lymphoma with agents such as rituximab. We report the case of a 66-year-old woman who developed PML a year after completion of therapy with rituximab, ibritumomab, and bendamustine.

  8. Rituximab chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody treatment for adult refractory idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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    Braendstrup, Peter; Bjerrum, Ole W; Nielsen, Ove J

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    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is an autoimmune disease which involves opsonization of platelets by autoantibodies directed against different surface glycoproteins, leading to their premature destruction by the reticuloendothelial system. Management of patients with refractory ITP is difficult...... of a retrospective Danish multicenter study of rituximab in the treatment of adult patients with refractory ITP. Thirty-five patients (median age 52 years, range 17-82 years, 17 males) were included. One patient had immune thrombocytopenia and neutropenia. All patients had received prednisolone (Pred). Next to Pred...... and symptomatic ITP refractory to conventional treatment....

  9. Off-label use of rituximab for systemic lupus erythematosus in Europe

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    Ryden-Aulin, Monica; Boumpas, Dimitrios T; Bultink, Irene

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    Objectives: Rituximab (RTX) is a biological treatment used off-label in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This survey aimed to investigate the off-label use of RTX in Europe and compare the characteristics of patients receiving RTX with those receiving conventional therapy. Methods...... organ manifestations for which either RTX or conventional therapy was initiated were lupus nephritis followed by musculoskeletal and haematological. The reason for treatment was, besides disease control, corticosteroid-sparing for patients treated with conventional therapy. Conclusions: RTX use for SLE...

  10. Methodology for management of therapeutic dose of I-131; Metodologia para administrar dosis terapeutica de I-131

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    Basteris M, J.; Gomez D, R. [Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Facultad de Medicina, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

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    The present work suggests the use of measures guided to eliminate the resulting chronic sialoadenitis of the treatment previously described with a therapeutic dose bigger than ablative of Iodine 131, as well as the use of citric fruits to stimulate the salivation, the administration of liquid post-dose is included to accelerate the gastric emptying avoiding the secondary effects as the vomit. (Author)

  11. Efficacy and safety of rituximab in Japanese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and lupus nephritis who are refractory to conventional therapy.

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    Tanaka, Yoshiya; Takeuchi, Tsutomu; Miyasaka, Nobuyuki; Sumida, Takayuki; Mimori, Tsuneyo; Koike, Takao; Endo, Kazuhiro; Mashino, Naomi; Yamamoto, Kazuhiko

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    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of rituximab in Japanese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and lupus nephritis (LN) who are refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy. Eligible patients received rituximab at a dose of 1,000 mg at days 1, 15, 169, and 183, and were followed for 53 weeks after the first dose of rituximab. Overall disease activity was assessed monthly using a British Isles Lupus Assessment Group activity index. Patients with LN (Upr/Ucr ≥ 1.0 at study entry) were identified and their renal responses were evaluated according to the criteria proposed by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Lupus Nephritis Assessment with Rituximab (LUNAR) study. A total of 34 patients were enrolled and received at least one dose of rituximab. Decrease in disease activity was achieved in 16 (76.5%) out of 34 patients. In 17 patients with LN, response rates of 58.8% and 52.9% by ACR and LUNAR criteria, respectively, were seen. Successful steroid tapering was achieved in association with disease remission. Rituximab was well tolerated, and most adverse drug reactions were grade 1-2 in severity. Rituximab is effective for treatment of Japanese patients with SLE and LN refractory to conventional therapy.

  12. Immunreconstitution and Infectious Complications After Rituximab Treatment in Children and Adolescents: What Do We Know and What Can We Learn from Adults?

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    Jennifer Worch

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rituximab, an anti CD20 monoclonal antibody, is widely used in the treatment of B-cell malignancies in adults and increasingly in pediatric patients. By depleting B-cells, rituximab interferes with humoral immunity. This review provides a comprehensive overview of immune reconstitution and infectious complications after rituximab treatment in children and adolescents. Immune reconstitution starts usually after six months with recovery to normal between nine to twelve months. Extended rituximab treatment results in a prolonged recovery of B-cells without an increase of clinically relevant infections. The kinetic of B-cell recovery is influenced by the concomitant chemotherapy and the underlying disease. Intensive B-NHL treatment such as high-dose chemotherapy followed by rituximab bears a risk for prolonged hypogammaglobulinemia. Overall transient alteration of immune reconstitution and infections after rituximab treatment are acceptable for children and adolescent without significant differences compared to adults. However, age related disparities in the kinetic of immune reconstitution and the definitive role of rituximab in the treatment for children and adolescents with B-cell malignancies need to be evaluated in prospective controlled clinical trials.

  13. Clinical and economic aspects of the use of rituximab in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Camila Bezerra Melo Figueirêdo

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL consists of a group of neoplasias involving mainly B cells and represents 90% of all lymphomas. The current available therapy is based on chemotherapy associated with the monoclonal antibody rituximab (Mab Thera(r, which targets the CD20 protein, present in over 80% of NHL mature B cells. Recent clinical reports show a preference for combining the benefits of immunotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy, thus generating safe and effective alternative treatments. The current review aimed at evaluating various aspects related to the use of rituximab for NHL, highlighting the possible inhibitory mechanisms of cell proliferation, the achieved clinical results, and the expected clinical and economic outcomes of treatments. The results from clinical tests indicate the need for a better understanding of the critical mechanisms of action of this antibody, which may maximize its therapeutic efficacy. This therapy not only represents a viable option to treat most types of NHLs, especially when associated with conventional chemotherapy, but also offers cost-utility and cost-effectiveness advantages.

  14. Acquired hemophilia A with sigmoid colon cancer: successful treatment with rituximab followed by sigmoidectomy.

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    Ichikawa, Satoshi; Kohata, Katsura; Okitsu, Yoko; Suzuki, Makiko; Nakajima, Shinji; Yamada, Minami F; Onishi, Yasushi; Yamamoto, Joji; Suzuki, Sozo; Ishizawa, Kenichi; Kameoka, Junichi; Harigae, Hideo

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    Acquired hemophilia A is a rare and potentially fatal condition of coagulopathy caused by autoantibodies against clotting factor VIII (factor VIII inhibitor). We report a case of a 63-year-old woman, who presented with a sudden onset of severe hemorrhagic tendency with exclusively prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). She was diagnosed with acquired hemophilia A due to a decrease in factor VIII activity and a high titer of factor VIII inhibitor. Hemorrhage was well controlled by recombinant activated factor VII. Although the level of factor VIII inhibitor did not decline with prednisolone and cyclophosphamide, it became undetectable with rituximab. In parallel with controlling hemorrhage, malignancy, which may cause acquired hemophilia A, was searched for and sigmoid colon cancer was found. After the eradication of factor VIII inhibitor, surgical resection was performed uneventfully. Thereafter, acquired hemophilia A has been in complete remission without any additional therapy. The present case suggests the efficacy of rituximab for refractory acquired hemophilia A and the importance of the identification of underlying diseases that can cause acquired hemophilia A.

  15. [Successful treatment with rituximab of a patient with coincident acquired hemophilia A and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura].

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    Yamamoto, Kazuhiko; Sandou, Yasuhisa; Niiya, Masami; Osada, Yuuki; Ikeuchi, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Yoshikazu; Shiote, Yasuhiro; Makita, Masanori; Imajo, Kenji

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    A 66-year-old man was admitted for oral hemorrhage, purpura, and APTT prolongation. Factor VIII (FVIII) activity was decreased, due to the presence of FVIII inhibitor. He was diagnosed with acquired hemophilia A (AHA) and treated with prednisolone. Eight months later, the FVIII inhibitor titer again increased. Upon readmission, thrombocytopenia and autoimmune hemolytic anemia were found. We suspected Evans syndrome accompanied by AHA, and we treated the patient with IVIG. However, his platelet count did not increase. Speech disturbance and delirium were observed from the 12th day of hospitalization. He was subsequently diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) because ADAMTS13 inhibitor was detected, causing a decrease in ADAMTS13 activity. We initiated plasma exchange (PE) and steroid-pulse therapy. After PE for 3 days, laboratory test results and psychiatric symptoms showed dramatic improvement. However, after a 2-day period without PE, the patient's platelet count decreased markedly. Therefore, we administered rituximab to eliminate these inhibitors. His platelet count recovered rapidly, and we were able to gradually wean the patient from PE. After two additional administrations of rituximab, neither inhibitor was detected. To date, the patient has remained in complete remission for approximately 3 years.

  16. Obinutuzumab: A Review in Rituximab-Refractory or -Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma.

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    Dhillon, Sohita

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    Obinutuzumab (Gazyva(®), Gazyvaro(®)) is a recombinant, monoclonal, humanized and glycoengineered, type II, anti-CD20, IgG1 antibody. It has recently been granted an additional indication for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma who relapsed after, or are refractory to, a rituximab-containing regimen. In the primary analysis of the large, phase III GADOLIN study, induction therapy with obinutuzumab plus bendamustine followed by obinutuzumab maintenance prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) to a statistically significant extent relative to induction with bendamustine monotherapy in patients with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (iNHL). The improvement in PFS was largely driven by the subgroup of patients with follicular lymphoma, who also had prolonged overall survival (OS) in a planned updated analysis. Obinutuzumab had a generally manageable tolerability profile in these patients; mild to moderate infusion-related reactions (IRRs) were the most common treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs) and neutropenia the most common grade 3 or 4 treatment-related AEs. Although additional studies and longer-term data are needed to further assess treatment benefits with obinutuzumab, current evidence indicates that obinutuzumab is a useful treatment option for patients with rituximab-refractory or -relapsed follicular lymphoma.

  17. Newcastle disease virus, rituximab, and doxorubicin combination as anti-hematological malignancy therapy

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    Al-Shammari AM

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    Full Text Available Ahmed Majeed Al-Shammari,1 Huda Rameez,2 Maha F Al-Taee2 1Department of Experimental Therapy, Iraqi Center for Cancer and Medical Genetic Research, Mustansiriyah University, 2Department of Biotechnology, College of Science, Baghdad University, Baghdad, IraqAbstract: Hematological malignancies are important diseases that need more powerful therapeutics. Even with current targeting therapies, such as rituximab and other chemotherapeutic agents, there is a need to develop new treatment strategies. Combination therapy seems the best option to target the tumor cells by different mechanisms. Virotherapy is a very promising treatment modality, as it is selective, safe, and causes cancer destruction. The Iraqi strain of Newcastle disease virus (NDV has proved to be effective both in vitro and in vivo. In the current work, we tested its ability on anti-hematological tumors and enhanced current treatments with combination therapy, and studied this combination using Chou–Talalay analysis. p53 concentration was measured to evaluate the mechanism of this proposed synergism. The results showed that NDV was synergistic with doxorubicin in low doses on plasmacytoma cells, with no involvement of p53 pathways, but involved p53 when the combination was used on non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells. NDV in combination with rituximab showed enhanced cytotoxicity that was p53-independent. In conclusion, this work proposes a novel combination modality for treatment of some hematological malignancies.Keywords: oncolytic viruses, virotherapy, combination therapy

  18. Standardization of Procedures for the Preparation of (177)Lu- and (90)Y-labeled DOTA-Rituximab Based on the Freeze-dried Kit Formulation.

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    Wojdowska, Wioletta; Karczmarczyk, Urszula; Maurin, Michal; Garnuszek, Piotr; Mikołajczak, Renata

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    Rituximab when radiolabelled with (177)Lu or (90)Y has been investigated for the treatment of patients with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In this study, we optimized the preparation of antibody conjugates with chelating agent in the freeze-dried kit. It shortens procedures needed for the successful radiolabeling with lutetium-177 and yttrium-90 and assures reproducible labelling yields. Various molar ratios of Rituximab:DOTA (from 1:5 to 1:100) were used at the conjugation step and different purification method to remove unbound DOTA were investigated (size-exclusion chromatography, dialysis, ultrafiltration). The final monoclonal antibody concentration was quantified by Bradford method, and the number of DOTA molecules was determined by radiolabeling assay using (64)Cu. The specific activity of (177)Lu-DOTA-Rituximab and (90)Y-DOTA-Rituximab were optimized using various amounts of radiometal. Quality control (SE-HPLC, ITLC) and stability study were performed. An average of 4.2 ± 0.8 p-SCN-Bz-DOTA molecules could be randomly conjugated to a single molecule of Rituximab. The ultrafiltration system was the most efficient for purification and resulted in the highest recovery efficiency (77.2%). At optimized conditions the (177)Lu-DOTARituximab and (90)Y-DOTA-Rituximab were obtained with radiochemical purity >99% and specific activity ca. 600 MBq/mg. The radioimmunoconjugates were stable in human serum and 0.9% NaCl. After 72 h of incubation the radiochemical purity of (177)Lu-DOTA-Rituximab decreased to 94% but it was still more than 88% for (90)Y-DOTA-Rituximab. The radioimmunoconjugate showed stability after six months storage at 2 - 8(0)C, as a lyophilized formulation. Our study shows that Rituximab-DOTA can be efficiently radiolabeled with (177)Lu and (90)Y via p-SCN-Bn-DOTA using a freezedried kit.

  19. Rituximab impairs immunoglobulin (Ig)M and IgG (subclass) responses after influenza vaccination in rheumatoid arthritis patients

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    Westra, J.; van Assen, S.; Wilting, K. R.; Land, J.; Horst, G.; de Haan, A.; Bijl, M.

    2014-01-01

    Rituximab (RTX) treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients severely hampers humoral response after influenza vaccination as determined by haemagglutination inhibition assay (HI). It is not known whether HI reflects both immunoglobulin (Ig)M and IgG (subclass) influenza response, and whether IgM

  20. Preparation and evaluation of APTES-PEG coated iron oxide nanoparticles conjugated to rhenium-188 labeled rituximab.

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    Azadbakht, Bakhtiar; Afarideh, Hossein; Ghannadi-Maragheh, Mohammad; Bahrami-Samani, Ali; Asgari, Mehdi

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    Radioimmuno-conjugated (Rhenium-188 labeled Rituximab), 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized and then characterized. Therapeutic effect and targeting efficacy of complex were evaluated in CD20 express B cell lines and tumor bearing Balb/c mice respectively. To reach these purposes, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) were synthesized using coprecipitation method and then their surface was treated with APTES for increasing retention time of SPIONs in blood circulation and amine group creation. In the next step, N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester of polyethylene glycol maleimide (NHS-PEG-Mal) was conjugated to the APTES-treated SPIONs. After radiolabeling of Rituximab antibody with Rhenium-188 (T1/2=16.9h) using synthesized N2S4 chelator, it was attached to the APTES-PEG-MAL-SPIONs surface through thiol-maleimide coupling reaction. In vitro evaluation of the (188)ReN2S4-Rituximab-SPION-complex thus obtained revealed that at 24 and 48h post-treatment effective cancer cell killing had been achieved. Bio-distribution study in tumor bearing mice showed capability of this complex for targeted cancer therapy. Active and passive tumor targeting strategies were applied through incorporated anti-CD20 (Rituximab) antibody and also enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect of solid tumors for nanoparticles respectively. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Effect of anti-CD 20 antibody rituximab in patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD)

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    Oertel, SHK; Verschuuren, E; Reinke, P; Zeidler, K; Papp-Vary, M; Babel, N; Trappe, RU; Jonas, S; Hummel, M; Anagnostopoulos, [No Value; Dorken, B; Riess, HB

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    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) are a life-threatening complication following solid organ transplantation. Treatment with rituximab, a humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has proved to be a promising approach and shown a low toxicity profile. Between February 1999 and April

  2. Nye behandlinger af Graves' sygdom med fokus på det B-lymfocyt-depleterende antistof rituximab

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    Nielsen, Claus Henrik; El Fassi, Daniel; Hegedüs, Laszlo

    2008-01-01

    Graves' disease (GD) is caused by autoantibodies to the thyrotropin receptor (TRAb). In a controlled study using the B-lymphocyte depleting agent rituximab (RTX), an RTX-specific effect was found on long-term remission following methimazole (MMI) therapy. However, benefits were limited to patients...

  3. Targeted biological therapies for Graves' disease and thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy. Focus on B-cell depletion with Rituximab

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    Hegedüs, Laszlo; Smith, Terry J; Douglas, Raymond S

    2011-01-01

    Based on experience from the treatment of other autoimmune diseases and because of the limitations imposed by existing therapeutic options for Graves' disease (GD) and thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO), rituximab (RTX) was recently proposed as a novel therapy option. Here, we summarize...

  4. A phase III randomized trial comparing glucocorticoid monotherapy versus glucocorticoid and rituximab in patients with autoimmune haemolytic anaemia

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    Birgens, Henrik; Frederiksen, Henrik; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl

    2013-01-01

    The impact of first-line treatment with the anti-CD 20 chimeric monoclonal antibody rituximab in patients with warm-antibody reactive autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (WAIHA) is unknown. We report the first randomized study of 64 patients with newly diagnosed WAIHA who received prednisolone and ritu...

  5. Pre-emptive treatment with rituximab of molecular relapse after autologous stem cell transplantation in mantle cell lymphoma

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    Andersen, Niels S; Pedersen, Lone B; Laurell, Anna

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: Minimal residual disease (MRD) is predictive of clinical progression in mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL). According to the Nordic MCL-2 protocol we prospectively analyzed the efficacy of pre-emptive treatment using rituximab to MCL patients in molecular relapse after autologous stem cell...

  6. Effectiveness of two different doses of rituximab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in an international cohort

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    Chatzidionysiou, Katerina; Lie, Elisabeth; Nasonov, Evgeny

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The approved dose of rituximab (RTX) in rheumatoid arthritis is 1000 mg × 2, but some data have suggested similar clinical efficacy with 500 mg × 2. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the regular and low doses given as first treatment course. METHODS: Twelve...

  7. B-cell depletion with rituximab in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Graves' ophthalmopathy the latest addition to an expanding family

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    Nielsen, Claus H; El Fassi, Daniel; Hasselbalch, Hans C

    2007-01-01

    In this review, the authors summarise the clinical results obtained after therapy with rituximab in autoimmune diseases, including Graves' disease and Graves' ophthalmopathy. On the basis of qualitative and quantitative analyses of B- and T-cell subsets, and autoantibody levels obtained in other...... diseases before and after rituximab therapy, the authors interpret the results of the only two clinical investigations of the efficacy of rituximab in the treatment of Graves' disease and Graves' opthalmopathy reported so far. No significant effect on autoantibody levels was observed. Nonetheless, 4 out...

  8. Rituximab is more effective than second anti-TNF therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients and previous TNFα blocker failure

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    Full Text Available Joern Kekow,1 Ulf Mueller-Ladner,2 Hendrik Schulze-Koops31Clinic of Rheumatology and Orthopedics, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Vogelsang-Gommern; 2Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Kerckhoff Clinic, Bad Nauheim; 3Division of Rheumatology, University of Munich, Munich, GermanyPurpose: To assess the efficacy of one course of rituximab (two 1-g doses compared to an alternative tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα blocker in rheumatoid arthritis patients who had experienced one previous TNFα blocker failure (eg, etanercept, adalimumab, or infliximab.Patients and methods: The efficacy of both treatments was studied in this retrospective, multicenter, noninterventional cohort study with 196 patients. All patients had active rheumatoid arthritis defined by a Disease Activity Score-28 of ≥3.2 despite having TNFα blocker therapy, and were followed over 6.6 months on average after switching to rituximab versus a second TNFα blocker (ie, switching to etanercept, adalimumab, or infliximab at baseline.Results: At baseline, both cohorts showed similar demographic and disease-related characteristics (including Disease Activity Score-28. At the end of observation, mean Disease Activity Score-28 was significantly lower after treatment with rituximab than with a second TNFα blocker (-1.64 [95% confidence interval: -1.92; -1.36] versus -1.19 [95% confidence interval: -1.42; -0.96], P = 0.013. This difference between the two groups was even more pronounced when patients were seropositive for rheumatoid factor (-1.66 versus -1.17, P = 0.018 and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (-1.75 versus -1.06, P = 0.002. More rituximab-treated patients achieved good European League Against Rheumatism response than TNFα blocker-treated patients (30% versus 15%, and less patients were nonresponders (22% versus 35% according to European League Against Rheumatism criteria (P = 0.022, chi-squared test.Conclusion: Treatment with rituximab

  9. Randomized Phase II Trial Comparing Obinutuzumab (GA101) With Rituximab in Patients With Relapsed CD20(+) Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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    Sehn, L. H.; Goy, A.; Offner, F. C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Obinutuzumab (GA101), a novel glycoengineered type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, demonstrated responses in single-arm studies of patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first prospective, randomized study comparing safety and efficacy of obinutuzumab...... with rituximab in relapsed indolent lymphoma. The primary end point of this study was the overall response rate (ORR) in patients with follicular lymphoma after induction and safety in patients with indolent lymphoma. Patients and Methods A total of 175 patients with relapsed CD20(+) indolent lymphoma requiring...... therapy and with previous response to a rituximab-containing regimen were randomly assigned (1:1) to four once-per-week infusions of either obinutuzumab (1,000 mg) or rituximab (375 mg/m(2)). Patients without evidence of disease progression after induction therapy received obinutuzumab or rituximab...

  10. B-cell depletion with rituximab in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Graves' ophthalmopathy the latest addition to an expanding family

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    Nielsen, Claus H; El Fassi, Daniel; Hasselbalch, Hans K

    2007-01-01

    In this review, the authors summarise the clinical results obtained after therapy with rituximab in autoimmune diseases, including Graves' disease and Graves' ophthalmopathy. On the basis of qualitative and quantitative analyses of B- and T-cell subsets, and autoantibody levels obtained in other...... diseases before and after rituximab therapy, the authors interpret the results of the only two clinical investigations of the efficacy of rituximab in the treatment of Graves' disease and Graves' opthalmopathy reported so far. No significant effect on autoantibody levels was observed. Nonetheless, 4 out...... of 10 Graves' disease patients remained in remission 400 days after rituximab treatment versus none in the control group, and remarkable improvements in the eye symptoms of patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy were observed. This supports a role for B cells in the pathogenesis of Graves' ophthalmopathy...

  11. Radiation Dosimetry Study of [89Zr]rituximab Tracer for Clinical Translation of B cell NHL Imaging using Positron Emission Tomography

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    Natarajan, Arutselvan; Gambhir, Sanjiv Sam

    2015-01-01

    Purpose We evaluated the dosimetry of [89Zr]rituximab, an anti-CD20 immunoPET tracer to image B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) using a humanized transgenic mouse model that expresses human CD20 transgenic mice (huCD20TM). Procedures Rituximab was conjugated to desferrioxamine (Df) for radiolabeling of Zirconium-89. [89Zr]rituximab (2.8±0.2 MBq) was tail vein-injected into huCD20T mice. Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT imaging was performed on the two groups of mice (blocking=2 mg/kg pre-dose of rituximab and non-blocking; n=5) at eight time points (1, 4, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, and 168 h) post injection. Results The novel [89Zr]rituximab PET tracer had good immunoreactivity, was stable in human serum, and was able to specifically target human CD20 in mice. The human equivalents of highest dose (mean±SD) organs with and without pre-dose are liver (345±284 μSv/MBq) and spleen (1165±149 μSv/MBq), respectively. Conclusions Dosimetry of the human patient whole-body dose was found to be 145 MBq per annum, and the patient dose-limiting organ will be the liver (with rituximab pre-dose blocking) and spleen for non-blocking. The [89Zr]rituximab (t½=78.4 h) imaging of B cell NHL patients could permit the observation of targeting lesions in NHL patients over an extended period due to longer half-life as compared to the [64Cu] rituximab (t½=12.7 h). PMID:25500766

  12. Overcoming rituximab drug-resistance by the genetically engineered anti-CD20-hIFN-α fusion protein: Direct cytotoxicity and synergy with chemotherapy.

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    Vega, Gabriel G; Franco-Cea, Luz Areli; Huerta-Yepez, Sara; Mayani, Héctor; Morrison, Sherie L; Bonavida, Benjamin; Vega, Mario I

    2015-11-01

    Treatment of patients with B-NHL with rituximab and CHOP has resulted in significant clinical responses. However, a subset of patients develops resistance to further treatments. The mechanism of unresponsiveness in vivo is not known. We have reported the development of rituximab-resistant clones derived from B-NHL cell lines as models to investigate the mechanism of resistance. The resistant clones exhibit hyper-activated survival/anti-apoptotic pathways and no longer respond to a combination of rituximab and drugs. Recent studies reported the therapeutic efficacy in mice bearing B-cell lymphoma xenografts following treatment with the anti-CD20-hIFNα fusion protein. We hypothesized that the fusion protein may bypass rituximab resistance and inhibit survival signaling pathways. Treatment of the rituximab-resistant clones with anti-CD20-hIFNα, but not with rituximab, IFNα, or rituximab+IFNα resulted in significant inhibition of cell proliferation and induction of cell death. Treatment with anti-CD20-hIFNα sensitized the cells to apoptosis by CDDP, doxorubicin and Treanda. Treatment with anti-CD20-hIFNα inhibited the NF-κB and p38 MAPK activities and induced the activation of PKC-δ and Stat-1. These effects were corroborated by the use of the inhibitors SB203580 (p38 MAPK) and Rottlerin (PKC-δ). Treatment with SB203580 enhanced the sensitization of the resistant clone by anti-CD20-hIFNα to CDDP apoptosis. In contrast, treatment with Rotterin inhibited significantly the sensitization induced by anti-CD20-hIFNα. Overall, the findings demonstrate that treatment with anti-CD20-hIFNα reverses resistance of B-NHL. These findings suggest the potential application of anti-CD20-hIFNα in combination with drugs in patients unresponsive to rituximab-containing regimens.

  13. Protein-losing enteropathy associated with refractory systemic lupus erythematosus with a good response to rituximab.

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    Sansinanea, Pierina; Carrica, Sebastián Augusto; Marcos, Josefina; García, Mercedes Argentina

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    A case is presented of a protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) as the initial manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a 17 year-old female patient, who presented with ascites, edema and hypoalbuminemia. The diagnosis of SLE was based on the presence of: malar rash, oral ulcers, thrombocytopenia, antinuclear antibodies, IgM anticardiolipin antibody, and lupus anticoagulant. Renal and liver diseases were ruled out. The PLE diagnosis was confirmed with fecal alpha 1-antitrypsin clearance. The PLE was refractory to different lines of immunosuppressive agents like glucocorticoids, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, and cyclosporine, showing a satisfactory and sustained response with rituximab, allowing steroid sparing and long term remission. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Reumatología y Colegio Mexicano de Reumatología. All rights reserved.

  14. Assessment of structural and functional similarity of biosimilar products: Rituximab as a case study.

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    Nupur, Neh; Chhabra, Nidhi; Dash, Rozaleen; Rathore, Anurag S

    2017-12-04

    Biosimilars are products that are similar in terms of quality, safety, and efficacy to an already licensed reference/ innovator product and are expected to offer improved affordability. The most significant source of reduction in the cost of development of a biosimilar is the reduced clinical examination that it is expected to undergo as compared to the innovator product. However, this clinical relief is predicated on the assumption that there is analytical similarity between the biosimilar and the innovator product. As a result, establishing analytical similarity is arguably the most important step towards successful development of a biosimilar. Here, we present results from an analytical similarity exercise that was performed with five biosimilars of rituximab (Ristova®, Roche), a chimeric mouse/ human monoclonal antibody biotherapeutic, that are available on the Indian market. The results show that, while the biosimilars exhibited similarity with respect to protein structure and function, there were significant differences with respect to size heterogeneity, charge heterogeneity and glycosylation pattern.

  15. [C-ANCA positive necrotising scleritis and multiple sclerosis compatible with ocular Wegener: treatment with rituximab].

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    Aldasoro-Cáceres, V; Aldasoro-Cáceres, I; Pérez-Moreiras, J V; Murié-Fernández, M; Ibáñez-Bosch, R

    2014-01-01

    A patient diagnosed with necrotizing scleritis, c-ANCA+ an orbital pseudotumour, and possible multiple sclerosis in 2003 was treated with oral cyclophosphamide and steroids with partial response. Between 2005-2010 she suffered self-limited episodes. In 2010 a first scleral transplant was performed with poor outcome. She was treated with rituximab, and a second graft was performed with good results. At 12 months there was no change in magnetic resonance and the second graft healed. Wegener's disease with limited involvement of the orbit and/or the eye is a rare condition. The histopathology, blood analysis, symptoms and good response to treatment are the key to its diagnosis. Copyright © 2011 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  16. Two tracheal BALT lymphoma patients successfully treated with chemotherapy including rituximab.

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    Hiraishi, Yoshihisa; Iikura, Motoyasu; Kogure, Yoshihito; Hirashima, Junko; Izumi, Shinyu; Sugiyama, Haruhito

    2014-03-01

    Bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) lymphoma of the trachea, an important differential diagnosis for tracheal tumors, is a rare disease with characteristic bronchoscopic findings. In this study, we reviewed 2 cases of patients who were symptomatic at the time of diagnosis, with tumors in the trachea and left main bronchus, putting them at high risk for asphyxia. Chemotherapies including rituximab were administered, and complete remission was confirmed in both cases. Because tracheal tumors often have a pernicious course, it might be beneficial to initiate a chemotherapeutic treatment regimen instead of adopting the "wait-and-see" approach in patients with symptomatic tracheal BALT lymphoma. © 2013 The Japanese Respiratory Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Population pharmacokinetics of Reditux™, a biosimilar Rituximab, in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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    Gota, Vikram; Karanam, Ashwin; Rath, Sanhita; Yadav, Akanksha; Tembhare, Prashant; Subramanian, P; Sengar, Manju; Nair, Reena; Menon, Hari

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    Rituximab (MabThera™, Roche) is a chimeric IgG1 monoclonal antibody targeting the CD20 surface antigen on normal and neoplastic B cells. It revolutionized the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with superior progression-free and overall survival. However, its prohibitively high cost makes it inaccessible to majority of patients in developing countries. Reditux™ (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, India), a biosimilar, was introduced in India in 2007 at nearly half the price of the innovator. However, there is a dearth of data regarding the pharmacokinetics and efficacy of Reditux™. Twenty-one patients of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma on R-CHOP regimen were enrolled for the study. Reditux™ was administered as a slow intravenous infusion at a dose of 375 mg/m(2) on day 1 of a 21-day cycle. Pharmacokinetic sampling was performed at pre-dose, post-infusion, 24, 48 h, 7 and 21 days. Rituximab levels were estimated by ELISA. Population pharmacokinetics was performed using NONMEM. In addition, B-cell count was determined at baseline and days 3 and 21 of the first cycle. Survival analysis was performed using Kaplan-Meier plots. The volume of distribution of central compartment and clearance of Reditux™ were estimated at 0.95 L and 5.98 mL/h, respectively. No covariate effects were seen. B-cell count was completely depleted by day 3 and remained so on day 21. Overall survival was 84.6 % at a median follow-up of 36 months. The pharmacokinetic profile and B-cell response to Reditux™ are comparable with those reported for MabThera™. Thus, MabThera™ can be substituted with Reditux™ for the treatment of B-cell lymphomas.

  18. [Efficacy and safety of rituximab in the treatment of primary antiphospholipid syndrome: analysis of 24 cases from the bibliography review].

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    Pons, Isaac; Espinosa, Gerard; Cervera, Ricard

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    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and thrombotic and/or obstetric manifestations. Patients without another associated autoimmune disease are considered to have primary APS. Some patients develop thrombosis recurrence despite anticoagulant treatment and some clinical features do not respond to standard therapy. Rituximab may be an alternative in these cases. We review the published scientific evidence on the use of rituximab in the treatment of primary APS. Description of a case and review of the literature with descriptive analysis of the demographic, clinical, and immunologic features, treatment and outcome of patients. We identified 24 patients (15 women [62.5%]), with a mean age of 37.0 ± 13.4 years. The reasons for the use of rituximab were thrombocytopenia (41.7%), skin involvement (33.3%), neurologic and heart valve involvement (12.5%), hemolytic anemia (8.3%) and pulmonary and renal involvement (4.2%). Lupus anticoagulant was present in 72.7% of the cases, the IgG and IgM isotypes of anticardiolipin antibodies in 75 and 50%, respectively, and the anti-β2GPI (IgG e IgM) antibodies in 80% of patients. Thirteen (54.1%) patients received 2 doses of 1,000 mg of rituximab fortnightly, 10 (41.7%) 4 doses of 375 mg/m(2) weekly and one (4.2%) 8 doses of 375 mg/m(2) weekly. Eleven (45.8%) patients presented a complete clinical response, 7 (29.2%) a partial response and 6 (25%) did not respond to rituximab. Four patients with clinical improvement presented with aPL titer decrease and in one patient, aPL levels did not change. In one patient without clinical response, aPL remained positive. A clinical-immunologic dissociation existed in 2 additional cases. The results obtained suggest a possible potential benefit of rituximab in the treatment of some clinical manifestations of primary APS such as thrombocytopenia, skin and heart valve involvement. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights

  19. Unexpected and persistent depletion of B lymphocytes CD20 following a minimum dose of anti-CD20 antibody (Rituximab

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    Full Text Available Rituximab is a chemeric murine/human anti-B lymphocyte antigen CD20 monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis resistant to treatment by one or more anti TNF-alpha therapies (1. The recommended dose for an efficient depletion of the B CD 20 lymphocytes in rheumatoid arthritis is two infusions of 1000 mg, with the second infusion being administered two weeks after the first. At this dose, one obtains a rapid and persistent depletion of CD 20 cells, with repopulation occurring, on the average, in about eight months (2. Here, we present a case of a woman treated with only 50 mg of rituximab, who underwent both a rapid and pronounced reduction of B CD 20 lymphocytes...

  20. Refractory heparin induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis (HITT) treated with therapeutic plasma exchange and rituximab as adjuvant therapy.

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    Schell, Amy M; Petras, Melissa; Szczepiorkowski, Zbigniew M; Ornstein, Deborah L

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    We report a case of refractory heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis (HITT) with prolonged thrombocytopenia and multiple thrombotic complications that failed to improve despite aggressive treatment. A 60 year old female with a prior history of venous thromboembolism was admitted with an acute pulmonary embolism, and developed HITT after several days on heparin therapy. She suffered multiple complications including bilateral venous limb gangrene, acute renal failure, and refractory thrombocytopenia, leading us to use multimodality therapy including therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and rituximab immunosuppression. The patient had transient improvements in her thrombocytopenia with TPE, and rituximab was added in an attempt to reduce antibody production. She eventually required bilateral limb amputation, and only after removal of the gangrenous limbs did her platelet count show sustained improvement. We discuss the possible contribution of infection to her prolonged course. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Interleukin-21 and rituximab enhance NK cell functionality in patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

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    Eskelund, Christian W; Nederby, Line; Thysen, Anna H; Skovbo, Anni; Roug, Anne S; Hokland, Marianne E

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    We have examined natural killer (NK) cell functionality of 54 B-CLL patients upon in vitro stimulation with interleukin-21 (IL-21), together with the anti-CD20 antibody, rituximab. Upon stimulation with rituximab-coated target cells IFN-γ production was reduced in patients' NK cells compared to healthy donors', while both natural- and antibody-dependent cytotoxicity (ADCC) was normal. Following additional stimulation with IL-21, IFN-γ production, natural cytotoxicity and ADCC were significantly augmented in patients. A complete restoration of IFN-γ production, however, required the depletion of malignant cells prior to stimulation. Collectively, our data show that NK cells of B-CLL patients are reversibly inhibited, but that their functionality can be normalized by stimulation with IL-21 and when inhibitory effects of the malignant B-CLL cells are eliminated by depletion. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab plus granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor as frontline treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Strati, Paolo; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Lerner, Susan; O'Brien, Susan; Wierda, William; Keating, Michael J; Faderl, Stefan

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    Fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR), the standard of care for the frontline treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), is associated with a high rate of neutropenia and infectious complications. Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) reduces myelosuppression and can potentiate rituximab activity. We conducted a clinical trial combining GM-CSF with FCR for frontline treatment of 60 patients with CLL. Eighty-six percent completed all six courses and 18% discontinued GM-CSF for toxicity: grade 3-4 neutropenia was observed in 30% of cycles, and severe infections in 16% of cases. The overall response rate was 100%. Both median event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) have not been reached. Longer EFS was associated with favorable cytogenetics. GM-CSF led to a lower frequency of infectious complications than in the historical FCR group, albeit similar EFS and OS.

  3. Targeted Immunotherapy with Rituximab Leads to a Transient Alteration of the IgG Autoantibody Profile in Pemphigus Vulgaris

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    Ralf Müller

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    Full Text Available In pemphigus vulgaris (PV, IgG autoantibodies against the ectodomain of desmoglein 3 (Dsg3 have been shown to be directly responsible for the loss of keratinocyteadhesion. The aim of the present study was to study the effect of the B cell depleting anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, rituximab, on the profile of pathogenic IgG against distinct regions of the Dsg3 ectodomain in 22 PV patients who were followed up clinically and serologically by Dsg3 ELISA over 12-24 months. Prior to rituximab, all the 22 PV patients showed IgG against Dsg3 (Dsc3EC1-5. Specifically, 14/22 showed IgG reactivity against the Dsg3EC1 subdomain, 5/22 patients against Dsg3EC2, 7/22 against Dsg3EC3, 11/22 against Dsg3EC4, and 2/22 against Dsg3EC5. Within 6 months after rituximab, all the patients showed significant clinical improvement and reduced IgG against Dsg3 (5/22 and the various subdomains, that is, Dsg3EC1 (7/22, Dsg3EC2 (3/22, Dsg3EC3 (2/22, sg3EC4 (2/22, and Dsg3EC5 (0/22. During the entire observation period, 6/22 PV patients experienced a clinical relapse which was associated with the reappearance of IgG against previously recognized Dsg3 subdomains, particularly against the Dsg3EC1. Thus, in PV, rituximab only temporarily depletes pathogenic B cell responses against distinct subdomains of Dsg3 which reappear upon clinical relapse.

  4. Mitomycin-C-Induced TTP/HUS Treated Successfully with Rituximab: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Full Text Available Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (MAHA, thrombocytopenia, fever, renal failure, and neurologic symptoms comprise the cardinal features of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic uremic syndrome. Etiologies can include medications, infections, cancers, or transplantation. We present a patient with a history of rectal cancer treated with mitomycin-C who developed MAHA, acute kidney injury, and thrombocytopenia 6 months after completing therapy and to did not respond the plasmapheresis or steroids. She was treated with four weekly doses of rituximab with full recovery.

  5. Alternative to Rituximab Therapy for a Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis Who Was Unable to Continue Anti-TNF Therapy.

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    Katsuyama, Eri; Wakabayashi, Hiroshi; Sada, Ken-Ei; Hiramatsu, Sumie; Miyawaki, Yoshia; Morishita, Michiko; Ohashi, Keiji; Watanabe, Haruki; Katsuyama, Takayuki; Zeggar, Sonia; Narazaki, Mariko; Tatebe, Noriko; Sunahori-Watanabe, Katsue; Kawabata, Tomoko; Wada, Jun

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    We herein present a case of a 38-year-old man who had bamboo spine and severe sacroiliitis and who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Infliximab (IFX) markedly improved the axial symptom but was discontinued due to the side effect of peripheral neuropathy. Switching from IFX to etanercept worsened the side effect. Rituximab (RTX) administration elicited a good response without side effects. RTX might be a suitable option for AS therapy when TNF inhibitors are difficult to use.

  6. Hepatitis B reactivation in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis with antibodies to hepatitis B surface antigen treated with rituximab

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    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can still be found within the hepatocytes after its clearance and the control of viral replication depends on the immune response. However during immunosuppression, seroconversion of HBsAg has been described followed by disease reactivation. Hepatitis B virus reactivation represents an emerging cause of liver disease in patients undergoing treatment with biologic agents and in particular, by the use of rituximab (anti-CD20) and alemtuzumab (anti-CD52) that cause profou...

  7. Rituximab seems a promising therapeutic option in granulomatosis with polyangiitis with intestinal perforation: a case report and literature review.

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    Dag, Muhammet Sait; Pehlivan, Yavuz; Tutar, Ediz; Kisacik, Bunyamin

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    Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's) (GPA) is a chronic disease of unknown aetiology that leads to necrotising vasculitis in small and medium-sized vessels characterised by respiratory system and kidney involvement. Intestinal involvement is rare and perforation is even rarer in GPA. In this study, we are presenting a literature review of related cases, and a 29-year-old man referred from the emergency department with a multiple distal ileal perforation that was diagnosed with GPA, and successfully treated with rituximab.

  8. Severe infection in patients with rheumatoid arthritis taking anakinra, rituximab, or abatacept: a systematic review of observational studies.

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    Cabral, Vanderlea Poeys; Andrade, Carlos Augusto Ferreira de; Passos, Sonia Regina Lambert; Martins, Maria de Fátima Moreira; Hökerberg, Yara Hahr Marques

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    A question is raised about an increased risk of severe infection from the use of biological drugs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This systematic review of observational studies aimed at assessing the risk of severe infection associated with the use of anakinra, rituximab, and abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The following databases were searched: PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Scirus, Cochrane, Exerpta Medica Database, Scielo, and Lilacs up to July 2010. Severe infections were defined as those life-threatening ones in need of the use of parenteral antibiotics or of hospitalization. Longitudinal observational studies were selected without language restriction, involving adult patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and who used anakinra, rituximab, or abatacept. In four studies related to anakinra, 129 (5.1%) severe infections were related in 2,896 patients, of which three died. With respect to rituximab, two studies reported 72 (5.9%) severe infections in 1,224 patients, of which two died. Abatacept was evaluated in only one study in which 25 (2.4%) severe infections were reported in 1046 patients. The main site of infection for these three drugs was the respiratory tract. One possible explanation for the high frequency of severe infections associated with anakinra may be the longer follow-up time in the selected studies. The high frequency of severe infections associated with rituximab could be credited to the less strict inclusion criteria for the patients studied. Therefore, infection monitoring should be cautious in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in use of these three drugs. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda.

  9. KIR/HLA interactions negatively affect rituximab- but not GA101 (obinutuzumab)-induced antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity.

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    Terszowski, Grzegorz; Klein, Christian; Stern, Martin

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    Ab-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) mediated by NK cells is regulated by inhibitory killer cell Ig-like receptors (KIRs), which interact with target cell HLA class I. We analyzed how KIR/HLA interactions influence ADCC induced by rituximab and by GA101, a novel type II CD20 Ab glycoengineered for increased FcgRIII binding and ADCC capacity. We found that KIR/HLA interactions strongly and selectively inhibit rituximab-induced in vitro ADCC toward target cells expressing cognate HLA KIR ligands. NK cells of donors carrying all three ligands to inhibitory KIR showed weak activation and target cell depletion capacity when incubated with rituximab and KIR-ligand matched target B cells. In contrast, NK cells from individuals missing one or more KIR ligands activated more strongly and depleted KIR ligand-matched target B cells more efficiently in the presence of rituximab. NK cells expressing a KIR for which the ligand was absent were the main effectors of ADCC in these donors. Notably, the influence of KIR/HLA interactions on NK cell activation was synergistic with the effect of the V158F FCGR3A single nucleotide polymorphism. In contrast, GA101 induced activation of NK cells irrespective of inhibitory KIR expression, and efficiency of target cell depletion was not negatively affected by KIR/HLA interactions. These data show that modification of the Fc fragment to enhance ADCC can be an effective strategy to augment the efficacy of therapeutic mAbs by recruiting NK cells irrespective of their inhibitory KIR expression. Copyright © 2014 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  10. Phase 2 study of a combined immunochemotherapy using rituximab and fludarabine in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Schulz, Holger; Klein, Saskia Karina; Rehwald, Ute; Reiser, Marcel; Hinke, Axel; Knauf, Wolfgang-Ulrich; Aulitzky, Walter-Erich; Hensel, Manfred; Herold, Michael; Huhn, Dieter; Hallek, Michael; Diehl, Volker; Engert, Andreas

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    This multicenter phase 2 trial investigated safety and efficacy of a new immunochemotherapeutic regimen combining rituximab (R) and fludarabine (F) in patients with fludarabine- and anthracycline-naive chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The rationale for using R + F includes single-agent efficacy of both drugs, in vitro synergism of R and F, and no apparent overlapping toxicity. Of 31 eligible patients with B-CLL enrolled, 20 were previously untreated and 11 relapsed. Treatment consisted of fludarabine administered at standard doses (25 mg/m(2)/d; days 1-5, 29-33, 57-61, and 85-89) and rituximab (375 mg/m(2)/d) given on days 57, 85, 113, and 151. Side effects such as fever, chills, and exanthema were generally mild (National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria [NCI-CTC] grade 1/2 in 48% and grade 3 and/or 4 in 3% of patients). Fever and chills were mainly associated with the first rituximab infusion. Hematologic toxicity included neutropenia (grade 1 and/or 2 in 26%, grade 3 and/or 4 in 42%) and thrombocytopenia (grade 1 and/or 2 in 19%, grade 3 and/or 4 in 9%). One patient died of cerebral bleeding during prolonged thrombocytopenia after the second cycle of fludarabine. There were a total of 32 infections in 16 patients, none of which was fatal. The overall response rate (complete remission [CR] and partial remission [PR]) was 87% (27 of 31 evaluable patients). In 20 previously untreated patients, 17 (85%) responded. Ten of 31 patients achieved CR (5 of 20 untreated; 5 of 11 pretreated; 9 of 21 Binet stage B, 1 of 10 Binet stage C). The median duration of response was 75 weeks. We conclude that the combination of rituximab and fludarabine is feasible and effective in patients with B-CLL.

  11. Efficacy and safety of lenalinomide combined with rituximab in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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    Ivanov, Vadim; Coso, Diane; Chetaille, Bruno; Esterni, Benjamin; Olive, Daniel; Aurran-Schleinitz, Therese; Schiano, Jean Marc; Stoppa, Anne-Marie; Broussais-Guillaumot, Florence; Blaise, Didier; Bouabdallah, Reda

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    Initial clinical trials demonstrated that lenalidomide monotherapy has a significant activity against some subtypes of lymphoma, but in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) its activity is limited. The combination of lenalidomide with rituximab may be a promising therapeutic strategy. We retrospectively analyzed clinical outcomes in 17 patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) DLBCL treated with lenalidomide, 25 mg/day for 21/28 days and rituximab, 375 mg/m(2) on day 7 of every lenalidomide cycle, for a maximum of 12 months. The overall response rate (ORR) was 41.2% with 35.3% complete response (CR), while median response duration was 26.5 months at a median follow-up of 24.9 months. Two patients with CR relapsed after 4 and 27 months of CR, and another four are actually in CR at + 13, + 23, + 24 and + 29 months. The estimated 24-month overall survival (OS) was 45% and progression-free survival (PFS) was 38%. Adverse events were manageable and mostly included thrombocytopenia and neutropenia. Lenalidomide-rituximab is active in R/R DLBCL with an important percentage of continuous CR.

  12. Delayed recovery of serum immunoglobulin G is a poor prognostic marker in patients with follicular lymphoma treated with rituximab maintenance.

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    Kusano, Yoshiharu; Yokoyama, Masahiro; Inoue, Norihito; Yamauchi, Hirofumi; Takahashi, Anna; Tsuyama, Naoko; Mishima, Yuko; Nishimura, Noriko; Takeuchi, Kengo; Terui, Yasuhito; Hatake, Kiyohiko

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    Clinical trials involving various treatment schedules for rituximab maintenance have been conducted for patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) and have not confirmed their impact on serum immunoglobulin (sIg) levels until the completion of maintenance. However, the long-term use of rituximab is a concern because of circulating plasma cell-depletion risk, suggesting that the mechanism of change in sIg levels after RM has not been determined. Additionally, the relationship between host humoral immunity and the prognosis of patients with B cell malignancies has not been determined. We retrospectively investigated data from 213 patients with FL from a single institute who achieved at least a partial response with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisolone with or without doxorubicin. Of these, 166 patients underwent RM with a median period of 1.6 years. A significantly delayed recovery of sIgG levels was observed in the maintenance group until 3 years after RM in comparison to the observation group. A multivariate analysis showed that a sIgG level of < 718 mg/dl 1 year after RM was an independent predictor for poor progression-free survival (PFS) (hazard ratio, 2.3; P = 0.04). Therefore, the sIgG levels scarcely recovered and were significantly delayed after RM, leading to shorter PFS in patients with FL.

  13. A simple and safe method for 131I radiolabeling of rituximab for myeloablative high-dose radioimmunotherapy.

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    Tran, Ly; Baars, Joke W; Maessen, Harry J; Hoefnagel, Cornelis A; Beijnen, Jos H; Huitema, Alwin D R

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    The aim of this study was to develop a safe and simple radiolabeling and purification procedure for high-dose (131)I-rituximab for treatment of patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As the starting point, the conventional Iodogen-coated vial method was applied. After the iodogen-coated monoclonal antibody (mAb) method, a labeling method involving much lower amounts of iodogen was assessed. Subsequently, (131)I-rituximab was purified with a tangential flow filtration system. Quality control of the final product was performed by using size-exclusion chromatography with ultraviolet detection and by instant high-performance thin-layer chromatography. Immunoreactivity was determined by using a cell-binding assay. During the labeling procedure, radiation exposure was monitored. The coated vial method resulted in a low radiation exposure, but immunoreactivity was highly compromised (37%). Also, formation of aggregates was observed. The maximal observed effective dose was 18 microSv, finger thermoluminescence dosemeters revealed a hand-dose measurement of 0.8 mSv. The second method resulted in an immunoreactivity of 70%. Radiochemical purity was >97% after purification. The maximal measured effective dose was 31 microSv, and detected exposure to the hands was 1.9 mSv. We have developed a simple labeling technique for the preparation of high-dose (131)I-rituximab. The method offers a high purity and retained immunoreactivity with minimal radiation exposure for involved personnel.

  14. Human lymphocytic B-leukemia cell line treatment with the bacterial toxin listeriolysin O and rituximab (anti-CD20 antibody): Effects of similar localization of their receptors.

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    Gryzik, M; Grzywocz, Z; Wasilewska, D; Kawiak, J; Stachowiak, R; Bielecki, J; Hoser, G

    2015-09-01

    Small B-cell lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which typically affects elderly people, is a group of conditions that are not clinically uniform. It has been suggested that using the combined activity of the monoclonal antibody anti-CD20 (rituximab) and Listeria monocytogenes toxin listeriolysin O (LLO) for this condition could produce an enhanced treatment effect. Here, we tested the effect of the joint activity of rituximab and LLO, which is a cell membrane toxin, in human leukemia cell lines. The human B-leukemia Raji cell line, which expresses CD20, and the T-cell Jurkat cell line, which does not express CD20, for comparison were used in model tests. Cell cytotoxicity of rituximab or LLO and both applied jointly to the cell lines was compared in the presence of human plasma complement. Optimal cytotoxic effects dependent on rituximab or LLO concentration were tested separately. LD50 values were determined and used for optimal application of a mixture of the two factors. The cytotoxic effect on Raji cells of both rituximab and LLO was more than 2.5 times that of LLO alone and 1.5 times that of rituximab alone. At the highest tested concentrations, a mixture of the tested factors had a non-specific cytotoxic effect on the Jurkat cell line, as well. The rituximab and LLO binding sites appear to be in a similar region of the Raji leukemia cell membrane, suggesting an effective interaction of both factors. The joint interaction of these compounds in cell membrane pore formation suggests an explanation for the more effective cytotoxic activity that their combination was observed in this experiment. © The Author(s) 2015.

  15. Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Follicular Lymphoma: Favorable Long-Term Survival Irrespective of Pretransplantation Rituximab Exposure.

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    Jiménez-Ubieto, Ana; Grande, Carlos; Caballero, Dolores; Yáñez, Lucrecia; Novelli, Silvana; Hernández-Garcia, Miguel Teodoro; Manzanares, María; Arranz, Reyes; Ferreiro, José Javier; Bobillo, Sabella; Mercadal, Santiago; Galeo, Andrea; López Jiménez, Javier; Moraleda, José María; Vallejo, Carlos; Albo, Carmen; Pérez, Elena; Marrero, Carmen; Magnano, Laura; Palomera, Luis; Jarque, Isidro; Martínez-Sánchez, Pilar; Martín, Alejandro; Coria, Erika; López-Guillermo, Armando; Salar, Antonio; Lahuerta, Juan José

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    High-dose chemotherapy supported by autologous stem cell transplantation (HDT/ASCT) has contributed to modify the natural history of follicular lymphoma (FL); however, an overall survival (OS) benefit has been demonstrated at relapse only after a rituximab-free chemotherapy regimen. A total of 655 patients with FL were reported to the Spanish GELTAMO (Grupo Español de Linfomas y Trasplantes de Médula Ósea) registry and underwent first ASCT between 1989 and 2007. A total of 203 patients underwent ASCT in first complete response (CR1), 174 in second complete response (CR2), 28 in third complete response (CR3), 140 in first partial response (PR1), 81 in subsequent PR, and 29 with resistant/refractory disease; 184 patients received rituximab before ASCT. With a median follow-up of 12 years from ASCT, median progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 9.7 and 21.3 years, respectively. Actuarial 12-year PFS and OS were 63% (95% confidence interval [CI], 58%-68%) and 73% (95% CI, 68%-78%), respectively, for patients in CR (with a plateau in the curve beyond 15.9 years), 25% (95% CI, 19%-28%) and 49% (95% CI 42%-56%), respectively, for patients in PR, and 23% (95% CI, 8%-48%) and 28% (95% CI, 9%-45%), respectively, for patients with resistant/refractory disease (P < .001). In patients who received rituximab before ASCT, the estimated 9-year PFS and OS from ASCT were 59.5% (95% CI, 51%-67%) and 75% (95% CI, 68%-83%), respectively. Interestingly, for patients who underwent transplantation in CR ≥2 or PR ≥2 who had received rituximab before ASCT (n = 90), 9-year PFS and OS were 61% (95% CI, 51%-73%) and 75% (95% CI, 65%-80%), respectively, with no relapses occurring beyond 5.1 years after ASCT. The cumulative incidence of second malignancies in the global series was 6.7% at 5 years and 12.8% at 10 years. This analysis strongly suggests that ASCT is a potentially curative option for eligible patients with FL. In the setting of relapse, it is

  16. Cost-effectiveness of adding rituximab to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in Ukraine

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    Full Text Available Olena Mandrik,1 Isaac Corro Ramos,2 Saskia Knies,1,3 Maiwenn Al,1,2 Johan L Severens1,2 1Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; 2Institute of Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; 3National Health Care Institute, Diemen, the Netherlands Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness, from a health care perspective, of adding rituximab to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide scheme (FCR versus FC for treatment-naïve and refractory/relapsed Ukrainian patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. A decision-analytic Markov cohort model with three health states and 1-month cycle time was developed and run within a life time horizon. Data from two multinational, prospective, open-label Phase 3 studies were used to assess patients' survival. While utilities were generalized from UK data, local resource utilization and disease-associated treatment, hospitalization, and side effect costs were applied. The alternative scenario was performed to assess the impact of lower life expectancy of the general population in Ukraine on the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER for treatment-naïve patients. One-way, two-way, and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were conducted to assess the robustness of the results. The ICER (in US dollars of treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients with FCR versus FC is US$8,704 per quality-adjusted life year gained for treatment-naïve patients and US$11,056 for refractory/relapsed patients. When survival data were modified to the lower life expectancy of the general population in Ukraine, the ICER for treatment-naïve patients was higher than US$13,000. This value is higher than three times the current gross domestic product per capita in Ukraine. Sensitivity analyses have shown a high impact of rituximab costs and a moderate impact of differences in utilities on the ICER

  17. Spotlight on rituximab in the treatment of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis: current perspectives

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    Full Text Available Philipp Moog, Klaus Thuermel Abteilung für Nephrologie, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany Abstract: A 54-year-old patient presented to his general practitioner because of strong muscle pain in both thighs. Inflammatory parameters (CRP 16.3 mg/dL and white blood cells (15 g/L were elevated. The patient reported a weight loss of 10 kg in 4 weeks. There was no fever or any other specific symptoms. Urine dipstick examination and computed tomography of the chest were unremarkable. Because of increasing symptoms, the patient was referred to our department. Magnetic resonance tomography showed diffuse inflammatory changes of the muscles of both thighs. Neurological examination and electrophysiology revealed axonal sensorimotor neuropathy and ground-glass opacities of both lungs had occurred. Serum creatinine increased to 229 µmol/L within a few days, with proteinuria of 3.3 g/g creatinine. Kidney biopsy showed diffuse pauci-immune proliferative glomerulonephritis. Proteinase 3-specific antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were markedly increased. Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score was 35. Within 2 days, serum creatinine further increased to 495 µmol/L. Plasma exchange, high-dose glucocorticosteroids, and hemodialysis were started. The patient received cyclophosphamide 1 g twice and rituximab 375 mg/m2 four times according to the RITUXVAS protocol. Despite ongoing therapy, hemodialysis could not be withdrawn and had to be continued over 3 weeks until diuresis normalized. Glucocorticosteroids were tapered to 20 mg after 2 months, and serum creatinine was 133 µmol/L. However, nephritic urinary sediment reappeared. Another dose of 1 g cyclophosphamide was given, and glucocorticosteroids were raised for another 4 weeks. After 6 months, the daily prednisolone dose was able to be tapered to 5 mg. Serum creatinine was 124 µmol/L, proteinuria further decreased to 382 mg/g creatinine, and the Birmingham

  18. B-Lymphocyte Depletion in Myalgic Encephalopathy/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. An Open-Label Phase II Study with Rituximab Maintenance Treatment

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    Fluge, Øystein; Risa, Kristin; Lunde, Sigrid; Alme, Kine; Rekeland, Ingrid Gurvin; Sapkota, Dipak; Kristoffersen, Einar Kleboe; Sørland, Kari; Bruland, Ove; Dahl, Olav; Mella, Olav

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    Background Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease of unknown etiology. We previously reported a pilot case series followed by a small, randomized, placebo-controlled phase II study, suggesting that B-cell depletion using the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab can yield clinical benefit in ME/CFS. Methods In this single-center, open-label, one-armed phase II study (NCT01156909), 29 patients were included for treatment with rituximab (500 mg/m2) two infusions two weeks apart, followed by maintenance rituximab infusions after 3, 6, 10 and 15 months, and with follow-up for 36 months. Findings Major or moderate responses, predefined as lasting improvements in self-reported Fatigue score, were detected in 18 out of 29 patients (intention to treat). Clinically significant responses were seen in 18 out of 28 patients (64%) receiving rituximab maintenance treatment. For these 18 patients, the mean response durations within the 156 weeks study period were 105 weeks in 14 major responders, and 69 weeks in four moderate responders. At end of follow-up (36 months), 11 out of 18 responding patients were still in ongoing clinical remission. For major responders, the mean lag time from first rituximab infusion until start of clinical response was 23 weeks (range 8–66). Among the nine patients from the placebo group in the previous randomized study with no significant improvement during 12 months follow-up after saline infusions, six achieved a clinical response before 12 months after rituximab maintenance infusions in the present study. Two patients had an allergic reaction to rituximab and two had an episode of uncomplicated late-onset neutropenia. Eight patients experienced one or more transient symptom flares after rituximab infusions. There was no unexpected toxicity. Conclusion In a subgroup of ME/CFS patients, prolonged B-cell depletion with rituximab maintenance infusions was associated with sustained clinical responses. The observed

  19. Assessment of long-term radiotoxicity after treatment with the low-dose-rate alpha-particle-emitting radioimmunoconjugate {sup 227}Th-rituximab

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    Dahle, Jostein; Heyerdahl, Helen; Hjelmerud, Anne Kristine; Larsen, Roy H. [Oslo University Hospital, Department of Radiation Biology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Jonasdottir, Thora J. [Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Small Animal Section, Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences, Oslo (Norway); Nesland, Jahn M. [Oslo University Hospital, Division of Pathology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (Norway); University of Oslo, Faculty Division The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Medical Faculty, Oslo (Norway); Borrebaek, Joergen [Algeta AS, Oslo (Norway)

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    The anti-CD20 antibody rituximab labelled with the {alpha}-particle-emitting radionuclide {sup 227}Th is of interest as a radiotherapeutic agent for treatment of lymphoma. Complete regression of human lymphoma Raji xenografts in 60% of mice treated with 200 kBq/kg {sup 227}Th-rituximab has been observed. To evaluate possible late side effects of {sup 227}Th-rituximab, the long-term radiotoxicity of this potential radiopharmaceutical was investigated. BALB/c mice were injected with saline, cold rituximab or 50, 200 or 1,000 kBq/kg {sup 227}Th-rituximab and followed for up to 1 year. In addition, nude mice with Raji xenografts treated with various doses of {sup 227}Th-rituximab were also included in the study. Toxicity was evaluated by measurements of mouse body weight, white blood cell (WBC) and platelet counts, serum clinical chemistry parameters and histological examination of tissues. Only the 1,000 kBq/kg dosage resulted in decreased body weight of the BALB/c mice. There was a significant but temporary decrease in WBC and platelet count in mice treated with 400 and 1,000 kBq/kg {sup 227}Th-rituximab. Therefore, the no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) was 200 kBq/kg. The maximum tolerated activity was between 600 and 1,000 kBq/kg. No significant signs of toxicity were observed in histological sections in any examined tissue. There were significantly (p < 0.05), but transiently, higher concentrations of serum bile acids and aspartate aminotransferase in mice treated with either {sup 227}Th-rituximab or non-labelled antibody when compared with control mice. The maximum tolerated dose to bone marrow was between 2.1 and 3.5 Gy. Therapeutically relevant dose levels of {sup 227}Th-rituximab were well tolerated in mice. Bone marrow suppression, as indicated by decrease in WBC count, was the dose-limiting radiotoxicity. These toxicity data together with anti-tumour activity data in a CD20-positive xenograft mouse model indicate that therapeutic effects could be

  20. Radioimmunotherapy with {sup 131}I-Rituximab in a Patient with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Relapsed After Treatment with {sup 90}Y-Ibritumomab Tiuxetan

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    Kang, Geon Wook; Kang, Hye Jin; Shin, Dongyeop; Gu, Ha Ra; Choi, Hong Seok; Lim, Sang Moo [Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    We report a case that demonstrates the efficacy of radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with radioiodinated rituximab ({sup 131}I-rituximab) for relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). A 79-year-old male patient with DLBCL initially achieved a complete response (CR) after six cycles of RCHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) therapy. However, the lymphoma relapsed 20 months later. Although the patient had achieved a second and a third CR after two cycles of {sup 90}Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan, he experienced a third relapse approximately 3 years later. Between March and June 2011, the patient received three cycles of {sup 131}I-rituximab. Although he had achieved partial response after the second cycle, the disease progressed after the third cycle, and the total progression. Free survival was thus 5 months. The patient suffered only relatively mild toxicity (grade 1 thrombocytopenia) during treatment. RIT with {sup 131}I-rituximab is therefore potentially effective in patients with relapsed DLBCL, even after the failure of {sup 90}Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan therapy.

  1. High-dose rituximab does not negatively affect peripheral blood stem cell mobilization kinetics in patients with intermediate-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Hosing, Chitra; Saliba, Rima M; Körbling, Martin; Acholonu, Sandra; McMannis, John; Anderlini, Paolo; Giralt, Sergio; De Lima, Marcos; Okoroji, Grace-Julia; Couriel, Daniel R; Champlin, Richard; Khouri, Issa F; Donato, Michele L

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    Rituximab, an anti-CD20 human-mouse chimeric monoclonal antibody has been shown to improve response rates when it is combined with standard salvage chemotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory intermediate-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A vast majority of these patients subsequently undergo high-dose therapy followed by stem cell transplantation. However, the impact of rituximab on stem cell mobilization kinetics is not well characterized. The purpose of this study was to study the effect of high-dose rituximab given with chemotherapy on stem cell mobilization in patients with intermediate-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Thirty-six patients received ifosfamide, etoposide, and rituximab followed by filgrastim for stem cell mobilization. The chemotherapy regimen was well tolerated. Thirty-four of 36 patients (94%) were able to mobilize at least 2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells/kg body weight after a median of 2 apheresis procedures. The median CD34+ cell dose collected per kilogram of recipient body weight was 6.5 x 10(6) (range, 4.65-31.15). All patients who subsequently underwent high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation experienced sustained engraftment. In conclusion, high-dose rituximab given during stem cell mobilization does not negatively affect stem cell mobilization kinetics.

  2. International standards for monoclonal antibodies to support pre- and post-marketing product consistency: Evaluation of a candidate international standard for the bioactivities of rituximab.

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    Prior, Sandra; Hufton, Simon E; Fox, Bernard; Dougall, Thomas; Rigsby, Peter; Bristow, Adrian

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    The intrinsic complexity and heterogeneity of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies is built into the biosimilarity paradigm where critical quality attributes are controlled in exhaustive comparability studies with the reference medicinal product. The long-term success of biosimilars will depend on reassuring healthcare professionals and patients of consistent product quality, safety and efficacy. With this aim, the World Health Organization has endorsed the need for public bioactivity standards for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies in support of current controls. We have developed a candidate international potency standard for rituximab that was evaluated in a multi-center collaborative study using participants' own qualified Fc-effector function and cell-based binding bioassays. Dose-response curve model parameters were shown to reflect similar behavior amongst rituximab preparations, albeit with some differences in potency. In the absence of a common reference standard, potency estimates were in poor agreement amongst laboratories, but the use of the candidate preparation significantly reduced this variability. Our results suggest that the candidate rituximab standard can support bioassay performance and improve data harmonization, which when implemented will promote consistency of rituximab products over their life-cycles. This data provides the first scientific evidence that a classical standardization exercise allowing traceability of bioassay data to an international standard is also applicable to rituximab. However, we submit that this new type of international standard needs to be used appropriately and its role not to be mistaken with that of the reference medicinal product.

  3. Effectiveness of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug co-therapy with methotrexate and leflunomide in rituximab-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients: results of a 1-year follow-up study from the CERERRA collaboration

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    Chatzidionysiou, Katerina; Lie, Elisabeth; Nasonov, Evgeny

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    OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness and safety of rituximab alone or in combination with either methotrexate or leflunomide.METHODS: 10 European registries submitted anonymised datasets with baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12-month clinical data from patients who started rituximab.RESULTS: 1195 patien...

  4. Effectiveness of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug co-therapy with methotrexate and leflunomide in rituximab-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients: results of a 1-year follow-up study from the CERERRA collaboration.

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    Chatzidionysiou, K.; Lie, E.; Nasonov, E.; Lukina, G.; Hetland, M.L.; Tarp, U.; Riel, P.L.C.M. van; Nordstrom, D.C.; Gomez-Reino, J.; Pavelka, K.; Tomsic, M.; Kvien, T.K.; Vollenhoven, R.F. van; Gabay, C.

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    OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness and safety of rituximab alone or in combination with either methotrexate or leflunomide. METHODS: 10 European registries submitted anonymised datasets with baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12-month clinical data from patients who started rituximab. RESULTS: 1195

  5. Challenges in economic evaluation of new drugs: experience with rituximab in Hungary.

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    Brodszky, Valentin; Orlewska, Ewa; Pentek, Martha; Karpati, Krisztian; Skoupa, Jana; Gulacsi, Laszlo

    2010-01-01

    Implementation of a new therapy into clinical practice is a complex process. Various countries have different requirements for information but most often focus on economic evaluation, which often plays a stronger role in healthcare decision making than does clinical evidence. To identify all potential challenges in economic evaluation, the case of a new biological drug, rituximab, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, has been taken as an example. We present methods and results of economic assessment, highlighting the specific issues that should be considered in countries with economic and health care conditions similar to those of Hungary. In principle, economic evaluation requires data on characteristics of target population, disease progression, treatment impact, preferences, resource utilization and unit prices. Treatment effect/relative risk reduction and clinical practice patterns (resource use) may be more generalizable, whereas prices and baseline risk need to be jurisdiction specific. In order to address issues of transferability, investments need to be made in the collection of epidemiological and demographic data, plus data on clinical practice patterns, resource use, costs and health state valuation. In Hungary this problem has been solved through conducting a well designed 255 patient cross-sectional study. The Hungarian example shows that there should be more investment in data collection for those parameters that are thought to differ most from place to place. Owing to the similarities between Central and Eastern Europe countries in health care systems, clinical practice patterns and economic indicators, they may be able to develop partnerships to develop relevant regional databases and registries.

  6. Response of Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Clone with Aplastic Anemia to Rituximab

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    Radha Raghupathy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria is caused by expansion of a hematopoietic stem cell clone with an acquired somatic mutation in the PIG-A gene. This mutation aborts the synthesis and expression of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor proteins CD55 and CD59 on the surface of blood cells, thereby making them more susceptible to complement-mediated damage. A spectrum of disorders occurs in PNH ranging from hemolytic anemia and thrombosis to myelodysplasia, aplastic anemia and, myeloid leukemias. Aplastic anemia is one of the most serious and life-threatening complications of PNH, and a PNH clone is found in almost a third of the cases of aplastic anemia. While allogeneic bone marrow transplantation and T cell immune suppression are effective treatments for aplastic anemia in PNH, these therapies have significant limitations. We report here the first case, to our knowledge, of PNH associated with aplastic anemia treated with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab, which was associated with a significant reduction in the size of the PNH clone and recovery of hematopoiesis. We suggest that this less toxic therapy may have a significant role to play in treatment of PNH associated with aplastic anemia.

  7. Obinutuzumab is Effective in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Rheumatoid Arthritis After Rituximab Failure: A Case Report.

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    Lachowiez, Curtis; Deodhar, Atul; Kozin, Eliana; Spurgeon, Stephen

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    BACKGROUND Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia affecting older adults. As such, many of these patients suffer from co-existing disease states, and the provider must take these comorbidities into account when determining a treatment regimen. The widespread use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has drastically changed the treatment landscape of multiple diseases, ranging from leukemia to autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. CASE REPORT We present the case of a patient who had progression of his CLL and rheumatoid symptoms on rituximab therapy, and was subsequently treated with the second-generation anti-CD20 antibody obinutuzumab. Obinutuzumab therapy was associated with simultaneous sustained remission of both disease states, allowing for discontinuation of all other disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and prolonged remission of his CLL. CONCLUSIONS While anti-CD20 antibodies have a clear role in the treatment of leukemia and inflammatory conditions, the success of obinutuzumab in RA has not been fully evaluated. We present this case as further evidence of the strong role of anti-CD 20 therapy in multiple conditions, and the unique opportunity for control of simultaneous disease states through targeted inhibition of shared common pathways.

  8. Rituximab and Other New Anti-CD20 MAbs for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment

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    Letizia Polito

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHLs are a heterogeneous group of different haematological cancers with a wide range of aggressiveness. NHLs represent >80% of lymphomas and the majority of NHLs involve B cells. CD20 represents a good target for NHL immunotherapy because it is largely expressed on B cell NHL and not on B cell precursors and plasma cells. The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (mAb rituximab (RTX was the first antibody approved by the FDA for lymphoma therapy and has revolutionised B cell lymphoma treatment. Several clinical trials have demonstrated the high efficacy of RTX, resulting in a significant improvement in overall response rates and in NHL patient survival. However, RTX, both as a single agent and in combination with chemotherapy, induces several side-effects and resistance mechanisms. Remarkable efforts have been made to improve RTX efficacy, including conjugation to an active moiety (radionuclide, toxin, enzyme, or drug and the development of new anti-CD20 mAbs. This review summarises the characteristics of RTX and other anti-CD20 mAbs for NHL treatment; the results of the main clinical trials are reported.

  9. Efficiency of using rituximab in a patient with generalized granulomatosis with polyangiitis: A case report

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    Gulazyk Malikovna Koilubaeva

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    Full Text Available Systemic vasculitides (SVs are characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels wall; the spectrum of their clinical manifestations depends on the type, extent, and location of affected vessels and the activity of systemic inflammation. The etiology of most primary SVs is unknown. Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs are implicated in its pathogenesis. The presence of ANCAa in patients' serum and the correlation of their level with the severity of clinical manifestations served as a basis for identifying a subgroup of systemic necrotizing vasculitides associated with ANCA synthesis: granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, microscopic polyangiitis, and Churg – Strauss syndrome. GPA is characterized by systemic granulomatous necrotizing vasculitis involving the small vessels of the upper respiratory tract, lung, and kidney.The paper describes a case of difficult diagnosis and successful rituximab (RTM treatment of generalized GPA in a 45-year-old female patients. The disease occurred with local damage to the upper respiratory tract, granulomatous inflammation of the pulmonary vessels to form multiple infiltrates with lung tissue destruction elements and necrotizing glomerulonephritis. Despite intensive immunosuppressive treatment, there was a rapid GPA progression with the further development of respiratory failure, which had been induced by stenotic laryngitis subglottica leading to tracheostoma. Damage to the organ of vision could lead to severe complications, including amaurosis. RMT was shown to be effective in treating generalized GPA with a poor prognosis.

  10. A Case of Stiff Person Syndrome: Immunomodulatory Effect of Benzodiazepines: Successful Rituximab and Tizanidine Therapy.

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    Zdziarski, Przemyslaw

    2015-06-01

    Stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a rare autoimmune disease. Most patients have high-titer antibodies against glutamate decarboxylase (GADAb), which is without practical value in disease monitoring. Benzodiazepines are the first line drugs, but long-term use is not well characterized. This report demonstrates ineffective benzodiazepine therapy of SPS that prompts tachyphylaxis, loss of responsiveness, and finally benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Convulsion and anxiety correlate with high level of creatine phosphokinase (CK). Although tonus and spasm attacks were successfully controlled by tizanidine, glutamate release inhibitor, the immune response, and autoimmune diabetes development require the plasmapheresis, mycophenolat mofetil, and rituximab therapy that results in a significant decrease of GADAb, impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and CK normalization. Unfortunately, reintroduction of benzodiazepine was a source of rapid and high increase of CK, LDH, GADAb titer (up to 1:15,000), IGT, and SPS relapse. Contrary to previous publications, we observed IGT that correlated with high anti-GAD level, but without high immunogenetic susceptibility to haplotype human leukocyte antigens-DR3, DQw2. This preliminary observation and the last finding of immunomodulatory properties of peripheral benzodiazepine receptor suggest that increased antigenic stimulation during benzodiazepine therapy and glutamatergic hyperactivity could account for convulsions observed in SPS. Benzodiazepine withdrawal prompted alternative muscle relaxant therapy (tizanidine). Muscular and brain abnormalities observed in SPS indicate that noncardiac CK level may be a useful tool in SPS therapy monitoring.

  11. Cyclophosphamide-refractory scleroderma-associated interstitial lung disease: remarkable clinical and radiological response to a single course of rituximab combined with high-dose corticosteroids.

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    Haroon, Muhammad

    2011-10-01

    We would like to report our experience of using rituximab in cyclophosphamide refractory, rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (ILD) in a patient with limited scleroderma. A 40-year-old man presented with 10-week history of inflammatory polyarthritis, which responded to a short course of oral corticosteroids. However, 3 weeks later, he developed new onset of exertional dyspnoea. High-resolution CT of the thorax was suggestive of early ILD. Surgical lung biopsy showed features of fibrotic non-specific interstitial pneumonia. He was diagnosed with scleroderma on the basis of: presence of anticentromere antibodies, Raynaud\\'s phenomenon, pulmonary fibrosis, digital oedema and hypomotility along with a dilated oesophagus. He was treated aggressively with pulse doses of corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide; however, his ILD continued to deteriorate. At this stage, he received rituximab (two pulses of 1 g each), which led to a gradual clinical improvement. Now, 12 months since his rituximab infusion, he walks 2 miles daily without any exertional dyspnoea.

  12. What is the status of novel anti-CD20 antibodies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and are they set to leave rituximab in the shadows?

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    Chaudhry, Maria; Cheson, Bruce D

    2015-12-01

    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma is the most prevalent form of adult leukemia in western countries. Chemotherapy has been the mainstay of treatment for the last several decades. The introduction of biological, targeted agents (e.g., monoclonal antibodies) has dramatically improved treatment options. The addition of rituximab to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide has improved patient outcomes, as compared to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide. Nevertheless, chronic lymphocytic leukemia remains incurable, leaving considerable room for improvement. One approach would be to enhance the activity of the CD20 antibody. The next-generation monoclonal antibody ofatumumab has not demonstrated superiority over rituximab, whereas obinutuzumab-chlorambucil is superior to rituximab-chlorambucil. Recent efforts to combine anti-CD20 antibodies with new targeted therapies offer the potential to move toward alternative non-chemotherapy-based treatment approaches.

  13. Treatment with rituximab in patients with mixed cryoglobulinemia syndrome: results of multicenter cohort study and review of the literature.

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    Ferri, C; Cacoub, P; Mazzaro, C; Roccatello, D; Scaini, P; Sebastiani, M; Tavoni, A; Zignego, A L; De Vita, S

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    Mixed cryoglobulinemia syndrome (MCs) is a systemic vasculitis characterized by multiple organ involvement due to the vascular deposition of immune-complexes, mainly the cryoglobulins. B-lymphocyte expansion represents the underlying pathological alteration frequently triggered by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The treatment of MCs syndrome is generally based on antiviral drugs and/or immunosuppressors, among which rituximab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been usefully employed for both cutaneous and visceral MCs organ involvement. This multicenter study retrospectively evaluated the effects of rituximab in a large series of patients with active MCs. The observed results were compared to those emerging from the updated review of the literature on this topic. The study included 87 patients (male/female 19/68, mean age 62.3±11.4SD years, mean disease duration 9±6.2SD years, HCV infection in 92% of cases) with active cryoglobulinemic vasculitis evaluated before rituximab monotherapy and after 6-month follow-up by means of main clinico-serological parameters. A PubMed search up to May 31, 2011, was done to find published clinical studies, including case reports of MCs treated with rituximab. A significant clinical improvement was observed in a relevant percentage of cases, regardless the presence/absence of associated HCV infection; namely, complete/partial remission of pre-treatment active manifestations was observed in 74% of skin purpuric lesions, up to 87% of non-healing vasculitic leg ulcers, and 44% of the peripheral neuropathy, mainly paresthesias (patient's visual analogical scale from 62±25 to 37±27; p≤.0001). Moreover, cryoglobulinemic nephropathy, observed in 38 patients, significantly improved in 95% of cases (serum creatinine from 1.8±1.1SD to 1.4±0.8SD mg/dl, p≤.0001; 24-hour proteinuria from 2.2±2.1SD to 0.9±1.7SD g/24h, p≤.0001), with complete remission in the 50%. Among 6 patients with complicating non-Hodgkin's B

  14. CD20-induced B cell death can bypass mitochondria and caspase activation

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    van der Kolk, L. E.; Evers, L. M.; Omene, C.; Lens, S. M. A.; Lederman, S.; van Lier, R. A. W.; van Oers, M. H. J.; Eldering, E.

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    The apoptotic pathway activated by chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (rituximab, IDEC.C2B8) was analyzed using the Burkitt lymphoma cell line Ramos. Crosslinking of CD20 (CD20XL) induced apoptosis in Ramos cells, which involved loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (Deltapsi(m)), the

  15. Favorable results in ABO-incompatible renal transplantation without B cell-targeted therapy: Advantages and disadvantages of rituximab pretreatment.

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    Okada, Manabu; Watarai, Yoshihiko; Iwasaki, Kenta; Murotani, Kenta; Futamura, Kenta; Yamamoto, Takayuki; Hiramitsu, Takahisa; Tsujita, Makoto; Goto, Norihiko; Narumi, Shunji; Takeda, Asami; Morozumi, Kunio; Uchida, Kazuharu; Kobayashi, Takaaki

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    The effectiveness of desensitization with rituximab in ABO-incompatible renal transplantation (ABO-I) has been widely reported. However, ABO-I outcomes are still worse than those of ABO-identical or ABO-compatible renal transplantation (ABO-Id/C). We retrospectively examined the outcomes in consecutive living donor ABO-Id/C (n = 412) and ABO-I (n = 205) cases to elucidate the causes of inferiority in ABO-I. ABO-I cases included recipients treated with rituximab (RIT, n = 131), splenectomy (SPX, n = 21), or neither because of low anti-A/B antibody titers (NoR/S, n = 53). Graft survival, infection, and de novo HLA antibody production were compared for ABO-I and ABO-Id/C, followed by stratification into RIT and NoR/S groups. Propensity score-based methods were employed to limit selection bias and potential confounders. Overall graft survival for ABO-I was significantly lower than that for ABO-Id/C (92.8% vs 97.2% after 5 years, P = .0037). Graft loss due to infection with ABO-I was significantly more frequent than that with ABO-Id/C, whereas acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) caused no graft failure in ABO-I recipients. Stratified analysis demonstrated significantly higher infection risk with RIT than with NoR/S. Safe reduction or avoidance of rituximab in desensitization protocols might contribute to further improvement of ABO-I outcome. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. A phase I-II trial of fludarabine, bendamustine and rituximab (FBR) in previously treated patients with CLL.

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    Jain, Nitin; Balakrishnan, Kumudha; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; O'Brien, Susan M; Burger, Jan A; Kadia, Tapan M; Cortes, Jorge E; Ayres, Mary L; Tambaro, Francesco Paolo; Keating, Michael J; Gandhi, Varsha; Wierda, William G

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    Chemoimmunotherapy regimens have been the standard first-line therapy for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). For young, fit patients the standard of care is combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR). Based on the preclinical work demonstrating that bendamustine combined with fludarabine resulted in increased DNA damage, we designed a phase I-II clinical trial with fludarabine, bendamustine, and rituximab (FBR) for patients with relapsed/refractory CLL. Treatment consisted of fludarabine 20 mg/m2 daily x 3 days and rituximab 375-500 mg/m2 x 1 day. Phase I included bendamustine at increasing doses of 20, 30, 40, or 50 mg/m2 daily x 3 days; phase II was with FR, and B at the selected dose. DNA damage response (H2AX phosphorylation) was evaluated in a subset of patients. Fifty-one patients were enrolled. The median age was 62 years; median number of prior therapies was 2; 40% had del(11q); and 41 patients had received prior FCR-based therapies. Hematologic toxicity was more common in ≥40 mg/m2 dose cohorts. Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was not identified. Bendamustine-elicited H2AX phosphorylation was not dose-dependent, but markedly increased after fludarabine. We identified bendamustine 30 mg/m2 as the safe dose for phase II. The overall response rate (ORR) was 67% with 36% complete response (CR) / CR with incomplete count recovery (CRi). Younger patients (<65 years) had significantly higher ORR (81% vs. 50%; p=0.038). The median progression-free survival was 19 months, and the median overall survival was 52.5 months. FBR is an effective and tolerable CIT regimen for patients with relapsed CLL.

  17. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Bendamustine Plus Rituximab as a First-Line Treatment for Patients with Follicular Lymphoma in Spain.

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    Sabater, Eliazar; López-Guillermo, Armando; Rueda, Antonio; Salar, Antonio; Oyagüez, Itziar; Collar, Juan Manuel

    2016-08-01

    Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the second most common type of lymphoid cancer in Western Europe. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost utility of rituximab-bendamustine treatment compared with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) treatment as a first-line therapy for patients with advanced FL in Spain. A Markov model was developed to estimate the cost effectiveness of rituximab-bendamustine compared with R-CHOP as first-line treatment for patients with advanced FL in the Spanish National Health System (NHS). Transitions between health states (progression-free, including induction and maintenance; first relapse; second relapse; and death) were allowed for the patient cohort in 4-week-long cycles. Clinical data for the extrapolation of progression-free survival curves were obtained from randomized trials. Mortality rates and utilities were obtained from the literature. Outcomes were measured as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). The total costs (€, 2013) included drug costs (ex-factory prices with mandatory deductions), disease management costs and adverse event-associated costs. Costs and outcomes were discounted at a 3 % annual rate. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed using 10,000 Monte Carlo simulations to assess the model robustness. Treatment and administration costs during the induction phase were higher for rituximab-bendamustine (€17,671) than for R-CHOP (€11,850). At the end of the 25-year period, the rituximab-bendamustine first-line strategy had a total cost of €68,357 compared with €69,528 for R-CHOP. Health benefits were higher for rituximab-bendamustine treatment (10.31 QALYs) than for R-CHOP treatment (9.82 QALYs). In the probabilistic analysis, rituximab-bendamustine was the dominant strategy over treatment with R-CHOP in 53.4 % of the simulations. First-line therapy with rituximab-bendamustine in FL patients was the dominant strategy over treatment with R-CHOP; it showed cost

  18. Ifosfamid, Epirubicin und Etoposid +/- Rituximab bei refraktären oder rezidivierten B-Zell Lymphomen: eine Analyse der Remissionsinduktion und Stammzellmobilisation

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    Die Chemotherapie mit Ifosfamid, Epirubicin und Etoposid (IEV) ist ein effektives Behandlungsprotokoll bei refraktären/rezidivierten NHL. Für Rituximab konnte gezeigt werden, dass es Ansprechraten, das ereignisfreie Überleben sowie das Gesamtüberleben bei B-Zell NHL verbessert. In einer retrospektiven Analyse wurden 85 Patienten analysiert, die an einem Zentrum mit IEV oder Rituximab-IEV (R-IEV) bei refraktärem/rezidiviertem B-Tell NHL therapiert wurden. 67 Patienten wurden mit IEV und 18 mit...

  19. Benefit from B-lymphocyte depletion using the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in chronic fatigue syndrome. A double-blind and placebo-controlled study.

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    Full Text Available Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS is a disease of unknown aetiology. Major CFS symptom relief during cancer chemotherapy in a patient with synchronous CFS and lymphoma spurred a pilot study of B-lymphocyte depletion using the anti-CD20 antibody Rituximab, which demonstrated significant clinical response in three CFS patients.In this double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II study (NCT00848692, 30 CFS patients were randomised to either Rituximab 500 mg/m(2 or saline, given twice two weeks apart, with follow-up for 12 months. Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV was not detected in any of the patients. The responses generally affected all CFS symptoms. Major or moderate overall response, defined as lasting improvements in self-reported Fatigue score during follow-up, was seen in 10 out of 15 patients (67% in the Rituximab group and in two out of 15 patients (13% in the Placebo group (p = 0.003. Mean response duration within the follow-up period for the 10 responders to Rituximab was 25 weeks (range 8-44. Four Rituximab patients had clinical response durations past the study period. General linear models for repeated measures of Fatigue scores during follow-up showed a significant interaction between time and intervention group (p = 0.018 for self-reported, and p = 0.024 for physician-assessed, with differences between the Rituximab and Placebo groups between 6-10 months after intervention. The primary end-point, defined as effect on self-reported Fatigue score 3 months after intervention, was negative. There were no serious adverse events. Two patients in the Rituximab group with pre-existing psoriasis experienced moderate psoriasis worsening.The delayed responses starting from 2-7 months after Rituximab treatment, in spite of rapid B-cell depletion, suggests that CFS is an autoimmune disease and may be consistent with the gradual elimination of autoantibodies preceding clinical responses. The present findings will impact

  20. Salmonella Enteritidis Empyema Preceding the Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Subsequent Contralateral Chylothorax Treated with Radiolabeled Rituximab

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    Full Text Available Salmonella infection is common, but pleural involvement has rarely been reported. Only seven cases of Salmonella enteritidis pleural empyema have been reported; all had an associated preexisting underlying immunosuppresion or malignancy. We report the case of an apparently healthy man who developed S. enteritidis empyema. On further follow-up and surveillance, he eventually presented with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a contralateral recurrent chylothorax. The latter was successfully controlled with radiolabeled rituximab, which has never been described for the above purpose in literature before.

  1. Rituximab fails where eculizumab restores renal function in C3nef-related DDD.

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    Rousset-Rouvière, Caroline; Cailliez, Mathilde; Garaix, Florentine; Bruno, Daniele; Laurent, Daniel; Tsimaratos, Michel

    2014-06-01

    Dense deposit disease (DDD), a C3 glomerulopathy (C3G), is a rare disease with unfavorable progression towards end-stage kidney disease. The pathogenesis of DDD is due to cytotoxic effects related to acquired or genetic dysregulation of the complement alternative pathway, which is at times accompanied by the production of C3 nephritic factor (C3NeF), an auto-antibody directed against the alternative C3 convertase. Available treatments include plasma exchange, CD20-targeted antibodies, and a terminal complement blockade via the anti-C5 monoclonal antibody eculizumab. We report here the case of an 8-year-old child with C3NeF and refractory DDD who presented with a nephritic syndrome. She tested positive for C3NeF activity; C3 was undetectable. Genetic analyses of the alternative complement pathway were normal. Methylprednisolone pulses and mycophenolate mofetil treatment resulted in complete recovery of renal function and a reduction in proteinuria. Corticosteroids were tapered and then withdrawn. Four months after corticosteroid discontinuation, hematuria and proteinuria recurred, and a renal biopsy confirmed an active DDD with a majority of extracapillary crescents. Despite an increase in immunosuppressive drugs, including methylprednisolone pulses and rituximab therapy, the patient suffered acute renal failure within 3 weeks, requiring dialysis. Eculizumab treatment resulted in a quick and impressive response. Hematuria very quickly resolved, kidney function improved, and no further dialysis was required. The patient received bimonthly eculizumab injections of 600 mg, allowing for normalization of renal function and reduction of proteinuria to DDD prior to the development of glomerulosclerosis. Our data provide evidence supporting the pivotal role of complement alternative pathway abnormalities in C3G with DDD.

  2. Myelosuppression After Frontline Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, and Rituximab in Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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    Strati, Paolo; Wierda, William; Burger, Jan; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Tam, Constantine; Lerner, Susan; Keating, Michael J.; O’Brien, Susan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND The combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) has produced improved response rates and a prolonged survival in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, its therapeutic power is counterbalanced by significant hematologic toxicity. Persistent and new-onset cytopenia after the completion of FCR raise concern about disease recurrence, the development of therapy-related myeloid malignancies (TRMM), and infections. METHODS A total of 207 patients with CLL who achieved complete response, complete response with incomplete bone marrow recovery, or nodular partial remission were analyzed after frontline FCR therapy. RESULTS Three months after the completion of therapy, 35% of patients had developed grade 2 to 4 cytopenia (according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events [version 4.0]). Factors found to be associated with cytopenia at 3 months after therapy were older age, advanced Rai stage disease, and lower baseline blood counts. Moreover, patients with cytopenia were less likely to have completed 6 courses of therapy with FCR. At 6 months and 9 months after therapy, the prevalence of grade 2 to 4 cytopenia was 24% and 12%, respectively. No differences in progression-free survival and overall survival were noted between cytopenic and noncytopenic patients or between patients with persistent and new-onset cytopenia. The prevalence of TRMM was 2.3% and did not differ significantly between cytopenic and noncytopenic patients or between those with persistent and new-onset disease. Late infections were more common in patients who were cytopenic at 9 months (38%) and were mostly bacterial (67%). CONCLUSIONS Cytopenia after the completion of therapy is a common complication of frontline FCR that improves over time, particularly for new-onset cases. The presence of persistent cytopenia (lasting up to 9 months after the completion of therapy) should not raise concern about CLL recurrence of the development of TRMM, but

  3. Aquaporin-4 antibody titration in NMO patients treated with rituximab: A retrospective study.

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    Valentino, Paola; Marnetto, Fabiana; Granieri, Letizia; Capobianco, Marco; Bertolotto, Antonio

    2017-03-01

    We undertook an observational retrospective study to investigate the usefulness of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies (Ab) titration in the management of patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) treated with rituximab (RTX) by studying (1) the correlation between AQP4-Ab titer and disease activity, (2) the influence of RTX on antibody levels, and (3) the association between AQP4-Ab levels and responsiveness to RTX. A cell-based assay was used for AQP4-Ab titration in 322 serum samples from 7 patients with NMO treated with RTX (median follow-up 65 months), according to a treatment-to-target approach. Serum samples were collected every month following standardized procedures. (1) In group analysis, AQP4-Ab titers correlated with the disease activity, showing higher titers during and preceding relapses than during remission. However, in individual analysis, an increase in AQP4-Ab titers and CD19+ B cells did not always precede a relapse. (2) A reduction of AQP4-Ab titers in the short-term and long-term period was observed during RTX treatment. (3) Reduction of AQP4-Ab titers was observed in responder patients both 3 months after RTX infusion and in the long-term follow-up. In one nonresponder patient, AQP4-Ab levels never decreased during the treatment period. Titration of AQP4-Abs could be useful in the clinical management of patients with NMO treated with RTX: titration before each reinfusion and 3 months after each reinfusion may provide information about responsiveness to RTX. Although a relationship among AQP4-Ab levels, disease activity, and response to RTX was observed, the usefulness of AQP4-Ab titration to predict relapses is limited.

  4. Experience with rituximab immunotherapy as an early intervention in patients with Rai stage 0 to II chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Keating, Michael J; O'Brien, Susan; Cortes, Jorge; Thomas, Deborah A

    2011-07-15

    Management of asymptomatic early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) centered on expectant surveillance for active disease warranting chemotherapy. In CLL, elevated serum β-2 microglobulin (β2M) levels were associated with more rapid disease progression and shorter survival (OS). An early intervention trial was designed to assess response, time-to-progression (TTP), and OS after immunotherapy with standard-dose rituximab (375 mg/m² intravenously weekly for 8 consecutive weeks) in 34 asymptomatic untreated early stage CLL with β2M level ≥ 2 mg/dL. Long-term follow-up and results are reported. The overall response rate in 34 patients was 82% (9% complete [CR]), median TTP in the 28 responders was 23 months, the median time to subsequent treatment was 43 months, and the 8-year OS rate was 74% (median follow-up, 102 months). Early treatment with rituximab was well tolerated and safe. Further studies are needed to determine if this intervention can decrease CLL-related morbidity and mortality. Copyright © 2011 American Cancer Society.

  5. Rituximab for the treatment of type B insulin resistance syndrome: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Iseri, K; Iyoda, M; Shikida, Y; Inokuchi, T; Morikawa, T; Hara, N; Hirano, T; Shibata, T

    2017-12-01

    Type B insulin resistance syndrome is a rare disease characterized by refractory transient hyperglycaemia and severe insulin resistance associated with circulating anti-insulin receptor antibodies. A standardized treatment regimen for type B insulin resistance syndrome has yet to be established. We report the case of a 64-year-old man undergoing haemodialysis for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis and diabetic nephropathy, who developed rapid onset of hyperglycaemia (glycated albumin 52.1%). Type B insulin resistance syndrome was diagnosed, on the basis of positivity for anti-insulin receptor antibodies and the man's autoimmune history of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Although severe hyperglycaemia persisted in spite of corticosteroids and high-dose insulin therapy, rituximab treatment resulted in remarkable improvement of the man's severe insulin resistance and disappearance of anti-insulin receptor antibodies without any adverse effects. According to a literature review of 11 cases in addition to the present case, rituximab appears to be a safe and effective strategy for the treatment of corticosteroid-resistant type B insulin resistance syndrome. © 2017 Diabetes UK.

  6. Recurrent idiopathic membranous nephropathy in the renal allograft: successful treatment with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab

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    Ladino, Marco; Roth, David

    2009-01-01

    Idiopathic membranous glomerulonephritis (IMGN) is one of the most common causes of nephrotic syndrome in adults. Disease progression is associated with the magnitude and duration of proteinuria [Reichert LJ, Koene RA, Wetzels JF. Prognostic factors in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. Am J Kidney Dis 1998; 31: 1–11]. Membranous nephropathy is also one of the glomerular diseases that is well described to recur in the transplanted kidney [Kotanko P, Pusey CD, Levy JB. Recurrent glomerulonephritis following renal transplantation. Transplantation 1997; 63: 1045]. There is no definitive therapy for primary membranous glomerulonephritis or recurrent disease in the graft. Cyclophosphamide plus steroids or cyclosporine [Cattran DC, Greenwood C, Ritchie S et al. Canadian Glomerulonephritis Study Group. A controlled trial of cyclosporine in patients with progressive membranous nephropathy. Kidney Int 1995; 47: 1130–1135] have been the preferred agents for the treatment of MGN involving the native kidneys. More recently, several reports have described the use of the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab in patients with IMGN. In the current report, we present a patient with ESRD secondary to IMGN who developed nephrotic range proteinuria 5 months after receiving a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. A biopsy of the allograft demonstrated changes compatible with recurrent membranous glomerulonephritis. The patient was treated with four weekly infusions of rituximab over a 1-month period with a significant decrease in proteinuria and an improvement in renal function. PMID:25949355

  7. Clinical scale preparation and evaluation of {sup 131}I-Rituximab for Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Kameswaran, Mythili; Vimalnath, K. Viswanathan; Rajeswari, Ardhi; Joshi, Prahlad Vasudeo; Samuel, Grace [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Radiopharmaceuticals Div.; Sarma, H.D. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Radiation Biology and Health Sciences Div.

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    Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with anti CD20 MoAb conjugated to a β{sup -} emitting radioisotope like {sup 131}I or {sup 90}Y has the added advantage of delivering radiation not only to tumor cells that bind the antibody but also due to a crossfire effect, to neighboring tumor cells inaccessible to the antibody. In order to make available an indigenous radioimmunotherapeutic agent for Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), radioiodinated Rituximab has been prepared and evaluated at a clinical scale. Radioiodination of Rituximab was performed by the conventional Chloramine T method using 7.4 GBq Na{sup 131}I in a lead shielded plant. Six batches of radioiodination were prepared and characterized by electrophoresis and HPLC to evaluate the reproducibility of the product. The product remained stable retaining the radiochemical purity > 95% upto 5 days after radioiodination. In vitro cell binding studies and biodistribution studies in normal Swiss mice have indicated the potential of this molecule as a radioimmunotherapeutic agent for NHL. (orig.)

  8. Addition of rituximab to chemotherapy overcomes the negative prognostic impact of cyclin E expression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

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    Frei, E; Visco, C; Xu-Monette, Z Y

    2013-01-01

    High levels of cyclin E (CCNE) are accompanied by shorter survival in cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, oncovin and prednisone (CHOP)-treated diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL), independent of the international prognostic index (IPI). Data on the prognostic role of CCNE in the 'rituximab...

  9. Long-term results of rituximab-intravenous immunoglobulin combination therapy in patients with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita resistant to conventional therapy.

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    Oktem, Ayse; Akay, Bengu Nisa; Boyvat, Ayse; Kundakci, Nihal; Erdem, Cengizhan; Bostancı, Seher; Sanli, Hatice; Kocyigit, Pelin

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    Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) is a rare subepidermal bullous disease. Long-term remission in this disease is difficult using current treatments, unlike that in patients with other autoimmune bullous diseases. We retrospectively evaluated the effectiveness and side effects of rituximab-intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) combination treatment in five patients with EBA resistant to conventional treatment. Rituximab (375 mg/m2) was administered for four consecutive weeks to four patients, and their treatment continued with IVIg at a dose of 2 g/kg/month. One patient received two cycles of rituximab for three consecutive weeks, IVIg in the fourth week, followed by monthly IVIg administrations as in the other patients. The total number of IVIg therapy cycles ranged from 10 to 26 (mean 19.4). Mean skin involvement, mucosal involvement, and disease severity scores decreased after a mean follow-up of 22.6 months (range, 10-28 months). In an analysis performed during months 24-28, the number of CD19-positive B cells was found to be below the normal reference range in four patients. This was a retrospective study with a limited number of patients. Rituximab-IVIg combination treatment seems to be effective and safe for treating patients with EBA resistant to conventional treatments.

  10. Higher World Health Organization grades of follicular lymphoma correlate with better outcome in two Nordic Lymphoma Group trials of rituximab without chemotherapy

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    Wahlin, Björn Engelbrekt; Sundström, Christer; Sander, Birgitta

    2014-01-01

    Abstract A common treatment for follicular lymphoma is rituximab monotherapy. To identify patients for whom this regimen is adequate as first-line therapy, we applied the World Health Organization (WHO) classification for grading follicular lymphoma in a prospective central pathology review...

  11. Ifosfamide, epirubicin and etoposide rituximab in refractory or relapsed B-cell lymphoma: analysis of remission induction and stem cell mobilization.

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    Menzel, Helge; Müller, Andrea; Von Schilling, Christoph; Licht, Thomas; Peschel, Christian; Keller, Ulrich

    2008-07-01

    Chemotherapy with ifosfamide, epirubicin and etoposide (IEV) is an effective treatment regimen for refractory/relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Rituximab has been shown to improve response rates, progression-free survival and overall survival in B-cell NHL. This study included 85 patients who were treated with IEV or rituximab-IEV (R-IEV) for refractory/relapsed B-cell NHL. The overall response rate was 40.7% (IEV) versus 68.8% (R-IEV). Fever occurred after 23.4% of IEV and 19.4% of R-IEV cycles. 94.9% of patients mobilized sufficient numbers of CD34+ cells (IEV) versus 93.8% (R-IEV). Fifty-five patients (64.7%) proceeded to high-dose therapy after IEV+/-rituximab. The median survival time was 60.0 months (IEV) and 19.5 months (R-IEV), and has not been reached for patients who received high-dose therapy. The addition of rituximab to IEV salvage chemotherapy increases the response rates in B-cell NHL without affecting stem cell mobilization, but overall survival for patients proceeding to high-dose chemotherapy is not improved.

  12. Long-term durable remission by cladribine followed by rituximab in patients with hairy cell leukaemia: update of a phase II trial.

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    Chihara, Dai; Kantarjian, Hagop; O'Brien, Susan; Jorgensen, Jeffrey; Pierce, Sherry; Faderl, Stefan; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Poku, Rebecca; Jain, Preetesh; Thompson, Phillip; Brandt, Mark; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Burger, Jan; Keating, Michael; Ravandi, Farhad

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    Nucleoside analogues are highly active in patients with hairy cell leukaemia (HCL); however, patients continue to relapse. This phase II study evaluated the efficacy and safety of cladribine followed by rituximab in patients with untreated HCL (N = 59), relapsed HCL (N = 14) and HCL variant (HCLv, N = 7). Cladribine 5·6 mg/m(2) was given intravenously (IV) daily for 5 d and was followed approximately 1 month later with rituximab 375 mg/m(2) IV weekly for 8 weeks. Complete response rate in patients with untreated HCL, relapsed HCL and HCLv was 100%, 100% and 86%, respectively. With a median follow up of 60 months, 5-year failure-free survival (FFS) in patients with untreated HCL, relapsed HCL and HCLv was 95%, 100% and 64%, respectively. Median duration of response to the cladribine followed by rituximab was significantly longer than the first-line cladribine single agent in patients who received this treatment as second-line treatment (72 months vs not reached, P = 0·004). Almost all patients (94%) achieved negative minimal residual disease (MRD) after the treatment. Positive MRD during the follow up did not necessarily result in clinically relevant relapse. Cladribine followed by rituximab is highly effective even in patients with relapsed disease and HCLv, and can achieve durable remission. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Quality of life in 269 patients with poor-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with rituximab versus observation after autologous stem cell transplant.

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    Heutte, Natacha; Haioun, Corinne; Feugier, Pierre; Coiffier, Bertrand; Tilly, Herve; Ferme, Christophe; Gabarre, Jean; Morschhauser, Franck; Gisselbrecht, Christian; Mounier, Nicolas

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    We aimed to assess quality of life (QoL) following front-line autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) and the QoL relationship with rituximab maintenance, in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Patients were then randomized to either one weekly rituximab injection for 4 weeks, or observation alone. Patients (n = 269) were given the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 questionnaires. Scales for all symptoms exhibited similar temporal patterns, with a marked increase, followed by a plateau after 1 year. The proportion of patients with a clinically significant improvement varied from 6% (constipation) to 56% (fatigue). Age, gender, and previous treatment-induced toxicities were not predictive of variations in QoL. Rituximab significantly reduced pain and symptom severity. Our results for QoL showed that patients experienced rapid recovery after ASCT in all the domains tested. Differences in QoL improvement with time were not connected with rituximab maintenance.

  14. Follicular lymphoma: in vitro effects of combining lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cell-induced cytotoxicity and rituximab- and obinutuzumab-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity.

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    García-Muñoz, Ricardo; López-Díaz-de-Cerio, Ascensión; Feliu, Jesus; Panizo, Angel; Giraldo, Pilar; Rodríguez-Calvillo, Mercedes; Grande, Carlos; Pena, Esther; Olave, Mayte; Panizo, Carlos; Inogés, Susana

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    Follicular lymphoma (FL) is a disease of paradoxes-incurable but with a long natural history. We hypothesized that a combination of lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells and monoclonal antibodies might provide a robust synergistic treatment and tested this hypothesis in a phase II clinical trial (NCT01329354). In this trial, in addition to R-CHOP, we alternated the administration of only rituximab with rituximab and autologous LAK cells that were expanded ex vivo. Our objective was to determine the in vitro capability of LAK cells generated from FL patients to produce cytotoxicity against tumor cell lines and to determine rituximab- and obinutuzumab-induced cytotoxicity via antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity. We analyzed the LAK cell-induced cytotoxicity and rituximab (R)- and obinutuzumab (GA101)-induced ADCC activity. We show that LAK cells generated from FL patients induce cytotoxicity against tumor cell lines. R and GA101 enhance cytolysis through ADCC activity of LAK cells. Impaired LAK cell cytotoxicity and ADCC activity were detected in 50 % of patients. Percentage of NK cells in LAK infusions were correlated with the R- and GA101-induced ADCC. Our results indicate that the combination of R or GA101 and LAK cells should be an option as frontline maintenance therapy in patients with FL.

  15. Sustained inhibition of progressive joint damage with rituximab plus methotrexate in early active rheumatoid arthritis: 2-year results from the randomised controlled trial IMAGE

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    Tak, Paul P.; Rigby, William; Rubbert-Roth, Andrea; Peterfy, Charles; van Vollenhoven, Ronald F.; Stohl, William; Healy, Emma; Hessey, Eva; Reynard, Mark; Shaw, Tim

    2012-01-01

    Background In the IMAGE study, rituximab plus methotrexate (MTX) inhibited joint damage and improved clinical outcomes at 1 year in MTX-naive patients with early active rheumatoid arthritis. Objective The aim of this study was to assess joint damage progression and clinical outcomes over 2 years.

  16. Dynamic contrast-enhanced, extremity-dedicated MRI identifies synovitis changes in the follow-up of rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with rituximab

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    Cimmino, Marco A; Parodi, Massimiliano; Zampogna, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess prospectively the effect of rituximab (RTX) on MRI features of wrist joint disease in patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Ten patients (6F/4M, mean age 52.9±15.5 years) diagnosed with IgM rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP positive, RA ...

  17. Effectiveness of two different doses of rituximab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in an international cohort: data from the CERERRA collaboration

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    Chatzidionysiou, Katerina; Lie, Elisabeth; Nasonov, Evgeny; Lukina, Galina; Hetland, Merete Lund; Tarp, Ulrik; Ancuta, Ioan; Pavelka, Karel; Nordström, Dan C.; Gabay, Cem; Canhão, Helene; Tomsic, Matija; van Riel, Piet L. C. M.; Gomez-Reino, Juan; Kvien, Tore K.; van Vollenhoven, Ronald F.

    2016-01-01

    The approved dose of rituximab (RTX) in rheumatoid arthritis is 1000 mg × 2, but some data have suggested similar clinical efficacy with 500 mg × 2. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the regular and low doses given as first treatment course. Twelve European registries

  18. Effectiveness of two different doses of rituximab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in an international cohort: data from the CERERRA collaboration

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    Chatzidionysiou, K.; Lie, E.; Nasonov, E.; Lukina, G.; Hetland, M.L.; Tarp, U.; Ancuta, I.; Pavelka, K.; Nordstrom, D.C.; Gabay, C.; Canhao, H.; Tomsic, M.; Riel, P.L. van; Gomez-Reino, J.; Kvien, T.K.; Vollenhoven, R.F. van

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The approved dose of rituximab (RTX) in rheumatoid arthritis is 1000 mg x 2, but some data have suggested similar clinical efficacy with 500 mg x 2. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the regular and low doses given as first treatment course. METHODS: Twelve

  19. Bone marrow stromal mesenchymal cells induce down regulation of CD20 expression on B-CLL: implications for rituximab resistance in CLL.

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    Marquez, Maria-Elena; Hernández-Uzcátegui, Octavio; Cornejo, Alejandro; Vargas, Paula; Da Costa, Osiris

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    Although the majority of B cells express surface CD20 in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (B-CLL), only ∼50% of patients respond to treatment with rituximab. Decreased CD20 expression on these tumour B cells could be responsible for the lack of response observed in some patients treated with rituximab. Despite the potential critical role of CD20 in the biology of B cell malignancies, the mechanisms controlling its expression are poorly understood. At the bone marrow level, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) may regulate and support the survival of malignant cells, such as B-CLL cells. In this study, we investigated whether MSC may regulate the CD20 expression on B-CLL. For this purpose, B cells from CLL patients were isolated and co-cultured on MSC. B-CLL cells were collected from B-CLL/MSC co-cultures and examined for their expression of CD20. We demonstrate decreased CD20 expression in B-CLL cells after 2 weeks of co-culture with MSC, under contact and non-contact conditions, which was associated with a decreased susceptibility to rituximab. Additionally, B cells co-cultured with MSCs show an increase in CD59 expression. Our findings strongly suggest that the interaction between B-CLL cells and MSC may play a major role in the resistance to rituximab-induced apoptosis of B-CLL cells. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. High treatment efficacy by dual targeting of Burkitt's lymphoma xenografted mice with a {sup 177}Lu-based CD22-specific radioimmunoconjugate and rituximab

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    Weber, Tobias; Boetticher, Benedikt; Keller, Armin; Schlegelmilch, Anne; Jaeger, Dirk; Krauss, Juergen [Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Medical Oncology, National Center for Tumor Diseases, Heidelberg (Germany); Mier, Walter; Kraemer, Susanne; Leotta, Karin [Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Heidelberg (Germany); Sauter, Max; Haberkorn, Uwe [Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Heidelberg (Germany); German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Clinical Cooperation Unit Nuclear Medicine, Heidelberg (Germany); Grosse-Hovest, Ludger [University of Tuebingen, Department of Immunology, Tuebingen (Germany); Arndt, Michaela A.E. [Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Medical Oncology, National Center for Tumor Diseases, Heidelberg (Germany); German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Immunotherapy Program, National Center for Tumor Diseases, Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Dual-targeted therapy has been shown to be a promising treatment option in recurrent and/or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL). We generated radioimmunoconjugates (RICs) comprising either a novel humanized anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody, huRFB4, or rituximab, and the low-energy β-emitter {sup 177}Lu. Both RICs were evaluated as single agents in a human Burkitt's lymphoma xenograft mouse model. To increase the therapeutic efficacy of the anti-CD22 RIC, combination therapy with unlabelled anti-CD20 rituximab was explored. The binding activity of CHX-A''-DTPA-conjugated antibodies to target cells was analysed by flow cytometry. To assess tumour targeting of {sup 177}Lu-labelled antibodies, in vivo biodistribution experiments were performed. For radioimmunotherapy (RIT) studies, non-obese diabetic recombination activating gene-1 (NOD-Rag1{sup null}) interleukin-2 receptor common gamma chain (IL2r γ {sup null}) null mice (NRG mice) were xenografted subcutaneously with Raji Burkitt's lymphoma cells. {sup 177}Lu-conjugated antibodies were administered at a single dose of 9.5 MBq per mouse. For dual-targeted therapy, rituximab was injected at weekly intervals (0.5 - 1.0 mg). Tumour accumulation of RICs was monitored by planar scintigraphy. Conjugation of CHX-A''-DTPA resulted in highly stable RICs with excellent antigen-binding properties. Biodistribution experiments revealed higher tumour uptake of the {sup 177}Lu-labelled anti-CD22 IgG than of {sup 177}Lu-labelled rituximab. Treatment with {sup 177}Lu-conjugated huRFB4 resulted in increased tumour growth inhibition and significantly longer survival than treatment with {sup 177}Lu-conjugated rituximab. The therapeutic efficacy of the anti-CD22 RIC could be markedly enhanced by combination with unlabelled rituximab. These findings suggest that dual targeting with {sup 177}Lu-based CD22-specific RIT in combination with rituximab is a promising new treatment option for

  1. Real world costs and cost-effectiveness of Rituximab for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients: a population-based analysis.

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    Khor, Sara; Beca, Jaclyn; Krahn, Murray; Hodgson, David; Lee, Linda; Crump, Michael; Bremner, Karen E; Luo, Jin; Mamdani, Muhammad; Bell, Chaim M; Sawka, Carol; Gavura, Scott; Sullivan, Terrence; Trudeau, Maureen; Peacock, Stuart; Hoch, Jeffrey S

    2014-08-12

    Current treatment of diffuse-large-B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) includes rituximab, an expensive drug, combined with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP) chemotherapy. Economic models have predicted rituximab plus CHOP (RCHOP) to be a cost-effective alternative to CHOP alone as first-line treatment of DLBCL, but it remains unclear what its real-world costs and cost-effectiveness are in routine clinical practice. We performed a population-based retrospective cohort study from 1997 to 2007, using linked administrative databases in Ontario, Canada, to evaluate the costs and cost-effectiveness of RCHOP compared to CHOP alone. A historical control cohort (n = 1,099) with DLBCL who received CHOP before rituximab approval was hard-matched on age and treatment intensity and then propensity-score matched on sex, comorbidity, and histology to 1,099 RCHOP patients. All costs and outcomes were adjusted for censoring using the inverse probability weighting method. The main outcome measure was incremental cost per life-year gained (LYG). Rituximab was associated with a life expectancy increase of 3.2 months over 5 years at an additional cost of $16,298, corresponding to an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $61,984 (95% CI $34,087-$135,890) per LYG. The probability of being cost-effective was 90% if the willingness-to-pay threshold was $100,000/LYG. The cost-effectiveness ratio was most favourable for patients less than 60 years old ($31,800/LYG) but increased to $80,600/LYG for patients 60-79 years old and $110,100/LYG for patients ≥ 80 years old. We found that post-market survival benefits of rituximab are similar to or lower than those reported in clinical trials, while the costs, incremental costs and cost-effectiveness ratios are higher than in published economic models and differ by age. Our results showed that the addition of rituximab to standard CHOP chemotherapy was associated with improvement in survival but at a higher cost, and was

  2. Tumour necrosis factor inhibition versus rituximab for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who require biological treatment (ORBIT): an open-label, randomised controlled, non-inferiority, trial.

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    Porter, Duncan; van Melckebeke, Jurgen; Dale, James; Messow, C Martina; McConnachie, Alexander; Walker, Andrew; Munro, Robin; McLaren, John; McRorie, Euan; Packham, Jon; Buckley, Christopher D; Harvie, John; Taylor, Peter; Choy, Ernest; Pitzalis, Costantino; McInnes, Iain B

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    Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibition and B-cell depletion are highly effective treatments for active rheumatoid arthritis, but so far no randomised controlled trials have directly compared their safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness. This study was done to test the hypothesis that using rituximab would be clinically non-inferior and cheaper compared with TNF inhibitor treatment in biological-treatment naive patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This open-label, randomised controlled, non-inferiority trial enrolled patients with active, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis and an inadequate response to synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) from 35 rheumatology departments in the UK. Patients were randomly assigned 1:1 to the rituximab or TNF inhibitor groups with minimisation to account for methotrexate intolerance using a web-based randomisation system. Patients were given intravenous rituximab 1 g on days 1 and 15, and after 26 weeks if they responded to treatment but had persistent disease activity (28 joint count disease activity score [DAS28-ESR] >3.2; rituximab group) or a TNF inhibitor-adalimumab (40 mg subcutaneously every other week) or etanercept (50 mg per week subcutaneously) according to the patient's and rheumatologist's choice (TNF inhibitor group). Patients could switch treatment in the case of drug-related toxic effects or absence or loss of response. The primary outcome measure was the change in DAS28-ESR between 0 and 12 months in the per-protocol population of patients who were assigned to treatment and remained in follow-up to 1 year. We assessed safety in all patients who received at least one dose of study drug. We also assessed the cost-effectiveness of each strategy. The non-inferiority margin was specified as 0.6 DAS28-ESR units. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01021735. Between April 6, 2009, and Nov 11, 2013, 295 patients were randomly assigned and given either rituximab (n=144) or TNF

  3. Effects of rituximab in two patients with dysferlin-deficient muscular dystrophy

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The administration of rituximab (RTX in vivo results in B-cell depletion, but evidence for multiple mechanisms of action have been reported. Surprisingly, B cell depletion produced a response in patients with polymyositis, which is characterized as a T cell-mediated autoimmune disorder with biopsy findings similar to Miyoshi myopathy (MM. Indeed, in dysferlinopathies, there is evidence of immune system involvement including the presence of muscle inflammation and a down regulation of the complement inhibitory factor, CD55. Methods Two patients were treated with four weekly infusions of RTX 375 mg/m2. To measure the improvement in muscle strength after treatment, the isometric hand grip maximal voluntary contraction (MVC was measured by load cell four times during treatment, and again after one year. In order to assess the reproducibility of our grip assessment, we determined the hand MVC analysis in 16 healthy subjects. Moreover, we measured the number of B cells present in patients by flow cytometric analysis during the course of treatment. Results The analysis of B cell number during the course of treatment showed that CD20- and CD19-positive cells were depleted to 0-0.01%. The decrease in B cells was followed by an improvement in the mobility of the pelvic and shoulder girdles as shown by the MRC%. The MVC values of both patients began at values lower than normal whereas during treatment patients had improved percentage of muscle strength. The strength peak in both patients coincided with the minimum B cell values. There were no severe adverse events associated with an infusion of RTX. Conclusion We consider the increase in muscle strength observed in both treated patients to be a consequence of their treatment with RTX. To our knowledge, these are the first cases of increased muscle strength in patients with MM. Furthermore, the results of this study indicate that B cell depletion with RTX may be useful in the treatment

  4. Concurrent administration of high-dose rituximab before and after autologous stem-cell transplantation for relapsed aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.

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    Khouri, Issa F; Saliba, Rima M; Hosing, Chitra; Okoroji, Grace-Julia; Acholonu, Sandra; Anderlini, Paolo; Couriel, Daniel; De Lima, Marcos; Donato, Michele L; Fayad, Luis; Giralt, Segio; Jones, Roy; Korbling, Martin; Maadani, Farzaneh; Manning, John T; Pro, Barbara; Shpall, Elizabeth; Younes, Anas; McLaughlin, Peter; Champlin, Richard E

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    We investigated the efficacy and safety of administering high-dose rituximab (HD-R) in combination with high-dose carmustine, cytarabine, etoposide, and melphalan chemotherapy and autologous stem-cell transplantation (SCT) in patients with recurrent B-cell aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Sixty-seven consecutive patients were treated. Rituximab was administered during stem-cell mobilization (1 day before chemotherapy at 375 mg/m(2) and 7 days after chemotherapy at 1,000 mg/m(2)), together with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor 10 mug/kg and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor 250 microg/m(2) administered subcutaneously daily. HD-R of 1,000 mg/m(2) was administered again days 1 and 8 after transplantation. The results of this treatment were retrospectively compared with those of a historical control group receiving the same preparative regimen without rituximab. With a median follow-up time for the study group of 20 months, the overall survival rate at 2-years was 80% (95% CI, 65% to 89%) for the study group and 53% (95% CI, 34% to 69%) for the control group (P = .002). Disease-free survival was 67% (95% CI, 51% to 79%) for the study group and 43% (95% CI, 26% to 60%) for the control group (P = .004). The median time to recovery of absolute neutrophil count to >/= 500 cells/microL was 11 days (range, 8 to 37 days) for the rituximab group and 10 days (range, 8 to 17 days) for the matched control group (P = .001). However, infections were not significantly increased in patients treated with rituximab. The results of this study suggest that using HD-R and autologous SCT is a feasible and promising treatment for patients with B-cell aggressive NHL.

  5. Validation of 64Cu-DOTA-rituximab injection preparation under good manufacturing practices: a PET tracer for imaging of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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    Natarajan, Arutselvan; Arksey, Natasha; Iagaru, Andrei; Chin, Frederick T; Gambhir, Sanjiv Sam

    2015-01-01

    Manufacturing of 64Cu-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N',N'',N'''-tetraacetic acid (DOTA)-rituximab injection under good manufacturing practices (GMP) was validated for imaging of patients with CD20+ B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Rituximab was purified by size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and conjugated to DOTA-mono-(N-hydroxysuccinimidyl) ester. 64CuCl2, buffers, reagents, and other raw materials were obtained as high-grade quality. Following a semi-automated synthesis of 64Cu-DOTA-rituximab, a series of quality control tests was performed. The product was further tested in vivo using micro-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) to assess targeting ability towards human CD20 in transgenic mice. Three batches of 64Cu-DOTA-rituximab final product were prepared as per GMP specifications. The radiolabeling yield from these batches was 93.1 ± 5.8%; these provided final product with radiopharmaceutical yield, purity, and specific activity of 59.2 ± 5.1% (0.9 ± 0.1 GBq of 64Cu), > 95% (by HPLC and radio-thin layer chromatography), and 229.4 ± 43.3 GBq/µmol (or 1.5 ± 0.3 MBq/µg), respectively. The doses passed apyrogenicity and human serum stability specifications, were sterile up to 14 days, and retained > 60% immunoreactivity. In vivo micro-PET/CT mouse images at 24 hours postinjection showed that the tracer targeted the intended sites of human CD20 expression. Thus, we have validated the manufacturing of GMP grade 64Cu-DOTA-rituximab for injection in the clinical setting.

  6. Macroglobulinemia de Waldenström - remissão completa após tratamento com rituximabe Successful outcome in Waldenström's macroglobulinemia treated with rituximab

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    Flavia C. F. Pimenta

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available A macroglobulinemia de Waldenström (MW é uma patologia rara dos linfócitos B caracterizada pela produção monoclonal de IgM, e que pode manifestar-se clinicamente com fadiga, astenia, perda de peso, sangramento de mucosas e do trato gastrintestinal, lifonodonomegalias, hepatoesplenomegalia e alterações neurológicas. A doença é mais comum em pacientes idosos, e seus sintomas são decorrentes da hiperviscosidade sangüínea. Na MW observa-se hipergamaglobulinemia com pico monoclonal na eletroforese de proteínas séricas, níveis elevados de IgM e demais imunoglobulinas normais ou diminuídas, imunofenotipagem com linfócitos B CD19+, CD20+ e CD24+, aspirado de medula óssea hipercelular, e biópsia de medula óssea hipercelular com infiltração difusa de linfócitos, linfócitos plasmocitóides e plasmócitos. Atualmente, anticorpos monoclonais estão sendo usados na terapêutica da MW com grande sucesso. O rituximabe, anticorpo monoclonal anti -CD20, tem mostrado excelentes resultados no tratamento da MW, inclusive naqueles indivíduos que não obtiveram resposta adequada ao tratamento convencional. Nós reportamos o caso de uma mulher de 78 anos de idade com história de fadiga, astenia, anorexia, sonolência, inquietação, urticária, dificuldade para deambular e perda excessiva de peso, aproximadamente 22 kg em um período de cinco meses, cujo tratamento foi realizado com rituximabe. O objetivo deste relato é apresentar uma paciente com diagnóstico de MW e revisar aspectos clínicos e terapêutico atual da doença.Waldenström's macroglobulinemia is a rare pathology of B lymphocytes characterized by the production of monoclonal IgM, causing clinical manifestations which may include fatigue, asthenia, weight loss, bleeding of the mucosa and intestinal tract, lymphadenomegaly, hepatosplenomegaly and neurological alterations. The disease is more frequent among elderly patients and its symptoms are a result of the hyperviscosity of

  7. Hyperinfection by Strongyloides stercoralis probably associated with Rituximab in a patient with mantle cell lymphoma and hyper eosinophilia Hiperinfección por Strongyloides stercoralis probablemente asociada con Rituximab en una paciente con linfoma e hipereosinofilia

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    Renzo Nino Incani

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The first report to our knowledge, of hyperinfection by Strongyloides stercoralis (HS and hypereosinophilia, associated to immune suppression by Rituximab (the only drug received for the last one year and 10 months, in a patient with mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL, is presented. The patient has a 3-year history of MCL, and developed two accesses of HS during 2008, including meningitis, pneumonia and presence of larvae of S. stercoralis in the lungs. We had a unique chance to look at cytotoxicity of filariform larvae in the expectoration after Ivermectin treatment, showing immobilization and death of larvae, associated with eosinophils attached to the cuticle of the parasite.Se presenta el primer reporte, hasta donde tengamos información, de hiperinfección por Strongyloides stercoralis (HS e hipereosinofilia asociados a inmunosupresión por Rituximab (el único medicamento recibido durante 1 año y 10 meses, en un paciente con linfoma de células del manto (LCM. La paciente tuvo una historia de 3 años con LCM, y desarrolló 2 accesos de HS durante el 2008, incluyendo meningitis, neumonía y presencia de larvas de S. stercoralis en los pulmones. Se tuvo la oportunidad única de observar la citotoxicidad contra las larvas filariformes en la expectoración, luego del tratamiento con Ivermectina, mostrando la inmovilización y muerte de las larvas, asociada a la presencia de eosinófilos adheridos a la cutícula del parásito.

  8. Cyclophosphamide, alvocidib (flavopiridol), and rituximab, a novel feasible chemoimmunotherapy regimen for patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Stephens, Deborah M; Ruppert, Amy S; Maddocks, Kami; Andritsos, Leslie; Baiocchi, Robert; Jones, Jeffrey; Johnson, Amy J; Smith, Lisa L; Zhao, Yuan; Ling, Yonghua; Li, Junan; Phelps, Mitch A; Grever, Michael R; Byrd, John C; Flynn, Joseph M

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    Alvocidib has demonstrated efficacy in high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. In this phase I study, we combined cyclophosphamide, alvocidib and rituximab (CAR) in a schema designed to mitigate tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) seen previously with alvocidib. Nine nucleoside analog-naïve, high-risk patients received escalating doses of CAR therapy. Dose limiting toxicity was not experienced. No instances of TLS were observed. Patient responses included three complete remissions and four partial remissions. CAR was tolerable and active in high-risk CLL patients without TLS toxicity. With continued monitoring of toxicities, a phase Ib/II study of this combination as frontline therapy is warranted. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Rearrangements of MYC gene facilitate risk stratification in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated with rituximab-CHOP

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    Tzankov, Alexandar; Xu-Monette, Zijun Y; Gerhard, Marc

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    In order to address the debatable prognostic role of MYC rearrangements in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone, we evaluated MYC rearrangements by fluorescence in situ hybridization in 563 cases using...... with the dual-fusion probes, 15 detectable only with the break-apart probes and 20 detectable with both dual-fusion probes and break-apart probes. MYC rearrangements correlated with germinal center B-cell origin (P=0.02), MYC protein expression (P=0.032), and larger tumor mass size (P=0.0003). Patients with MYC...... was prognostically additive. Radiotherapy seemed to diminish the prognostic effects of MYC rearrangements in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients since only 2/10 irradiated patients with MYC rearrangements died of/with disease, compared with 16/28 non-irradiated patients with MYC rearrangements. We conclude...

  10. Ibrutinib plus rituximab for patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukaemia: a single-arm, phase 2 study

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    Burger, Jan A.; Keating, Michael J.; Wierda, William G.; Hartmann, Elena; Hoellenriegel, Julia; Rosin, Nathalie Y.; de Weerdt, Iris; Jeyakumar, Ghayathri; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Cardenas-Turanzas, Marylou; Lerner, Susan; Jorgensen, Jeffrey L; Nogueras-González, Graciela M.; Zacharian, Gracy; Huang, Xuelin; Kantarjian, Hagop; Garg, Naveen; Rosenwald, Andreas; O’Brien, Susan

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    Summary Background Ibrutinib, an orally administered covalent inhibitor of Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK), is an effective therapy for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We investigated the activity and safety of the combination of ibrutinib with the monoclonal antibody rituximab (iR) in patients with high-risk CLL. Methods In this single-arm, phase 2 studywe enrolled 40 patients with high-risk CLL at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. Patients with symptomatic CLL requiring therapy received 28 day cycles of once-daily ibrutinib 420 mg , together with rituximab (weekly during cycle 1, then once per cycle until cycle 6), followed by continuous single-agent ibrutinib. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) in the intention-to-treat population. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01520519 and is no longer accruing patients. Findings Between February 28, 2012 and September 11, 2012, we enrolled 40 CLL patients with high-risk disease features. 20 patients had del17p or TP53 mutations (16 previously treated, 4 untreated), 13 had relapsed CLL with del11q, and 7 patients a PFS < 36 months after frontline chemo-immunotherapy. Toxicity was mainly of mild to moderate severity (grade 1–2). 10 (25%) patients had diarrhea (grade 1 in 9 [22.5%] patients, grade 2 in 1 [2.5%]), bleeding events occurred in 14 (35%) patients (8 [20%] patients with grade 1, 5 [12.5%] patients grade 2, and 1 [2.5%] grade 3), nausea in 15 (37.5) patients (10 [25%] grade 1, 5 [12.5%] grade 2), and fatigue in 7 (17.5%) patients (4 [10%] grade 1, 3 [7.5%] grade 2). Grade 3 infections occurred in 4 patients (10%), no grade 4 or 5 infections occurred. At 18 months, the Kaplan Meier estimate of progression-free survival was 78% (95% CI 60.6–88.5) (del[17p] or TP53 mutation: 72%, 95% CI: 45.6–87.6) Interpretation Ibrutinib in combination with rituximab is a well-tolerated regimen for patients with high-risk CLL. It induces high

  11. Multicenter Retrospective Analysis of the Effectiveness and Safety of Rituximab in Korean Patients with Refractory Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Although two recent randomized placebo-controlled trials of rituximab (RTX failed to demonstrate efficacy in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, clinicians continue to use off-label RTX for cases refractory to current treatments. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of rituximab for patients with refractory SLE in Korea. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed multicenter patients treated with RTX in Korea. Results. 39 SLE patients treated with RTX were included in the following manner: lupus nephritis 43.6%, hematologic 33.3%, arthritis 7.8%, myositis 7.8%, and others 7.7%. All patients had responded poorly to at least one conventional immunosuppressive agent (mean 2.5 ± 1.1, cyclophosphamide 43.6%, mycophenolate mofetil 48.7%, and other drugs before RTX. Clinical improvements (complete or partial remission occurred in patients with renal disease, hematologic disease, arthritis, myositis, and other manifestations at 6 months after RTX. The SLEDAI score was significantly decreased from 10.8±7.1 at baseline to 6.7±4.0 at 6 months, 6.2±4.1 at 12 months, and 5.5±3.6 at 24 months after RTX (P<0.05. Among 28 clinical responders, 4 patients experienced a relapse of disease at 25±4 months. Infections were noted in 3 patients (7.7%. Conclusion. RTX could be an effective and relatively safe therapeutic option in patients with severe refractory SLE until novel B-cell depletion therapy is available.

  12. Obinutuzumab induces superior B-cell cytotoxicity to rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus patient samples.

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    Reddy, Venkat; Klein, Christian; Isenberg, David A; Glennie, Martin J; Cambridge, Geraldine; Cragg, Mark S; Leandro, Maria J

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    A proportion of RA and SLE patients treated with standard doses of rituximab (RTX) display inefficient B cell deletion and poor clinical responses that can be augmented by delivering higher doses, indicating that standard-dose RTX is a sub-optimal therapy in these patients. This study aimed to investigate whether better responses could be achieved with mechanistically different anti-CD20 mAbs. We compared RTX with obinutuzumab (OBZ), a new-generation, glycoengineered type II anti-CD20 mAb, in a series of in vitro assays measuring B cell cytotoxicity in RA and SLE patient samples. We found that OBZ was at least 2-fold more efficient than RTX at inducing B-cell cytotoxicity in in vitro whole blood assays. Dissecting this difference, we found that RTX elicited more potent complement-dependent cellular cytotoxicity than OBZ. In contrast, OBZ was more effective at evoking Fc gamma receptor-mediated effector mechanisms, including activation of NK cells and neutrophils, probably due to stronger interaction with Fc gamma receptors and the ability of OBZ to remain at the cell surface following CD20 engagement, whereas RTX became internalized. OBZ was also more efficient at inducing direct cell death. This was true for all CD19 + B cells as a whole and in naïve (IgD + CD27 - ) and switched (IgD - CD27 + ) memory B cells specifically, a higher frequency of which is associated with poor clinical response after RTX. Taken together, these data provide a mechanistic basis for resistance to rituximab-induced B-cell depletion, and for considering obinutuzumab as an alternative B-cell depleting agent in RA and SLE.

  13. Cost-effectiveness of rituximab (MabThera) in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in The Netherlands.

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    Groot, M T; Lugtenburg, P J; Hornberger, J; Huijgens, P C; Uyl-de Groot, C A

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    To determine the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone (CHOP) vs. CHOP plus rituximab (R-CHOP) in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients in the Netherlands. A state transition model was developed to estimate the clinical course, costs and quality of life of patients with stage II, III or IV DLBCL receiving initial treatment with CHOP or R-CHOP to arrive at the ICER. The base year for the cost analysis was 2002 and was performed from the societal perspective. Only direct medical costs were included. The time horizon of the model was 15 yr and both costs and effects were discounted at 4%. Sensitivity analyses were performed to determine the effect of varying base-line assumptions of the model. The incremental gain in quality adjusted life years (QALYs) was 0.88 in both the younger and the older patient groups. The costs were 12 343 higher in the younger group of patients and 15 860 in the older patients. This resulted in an ICER of 13 983 for the younger and 17 933 for the older patients per QALY gained. These results were sensitive to the time horizon of the model, other variations had a marginal impact on the outcome. The addition of rituximab to standard therapy for DLBCL results in a gain of 0.88 QALYs. The ICER of 13 983 for younger and 17 933 for older patients per QALY gained should, seen in the light of disease severity, be considered acceptable by most policy makers in priority setting for budget allocation.

  14. Impact on Medical Cost, Cumulative Survival, and Cost-Effectiveness of Adding Rituximab to First-Line Chemotherapy for Follicular Lymphoma in Elderly Patients: An Observational Cohort Study Based on SEER-Medicare

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    Robert I. Griffiths

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    Full Text Available Rituximab improves survival in follicular lymphoma (FL, but is considerably more expensive than conventional chemotherapy. We estimated the total direct medical costs, cumulative survival, and cost-effectiveness of adding rituximab to first-line chemotherapy for FL, based on a single source of data representing routine practice in the elderly. Using surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER registry data plus Medicare claims, we identified 1,117 FL patients who received first-line CHOP (cyclophosphamide (C, doxorubicin, vincristine (V, and prednisone (P or CVP +/− rituximab. Multivariate regression was used to estimate adjusted cumulative cost and survival differences between the two groups over four years after beginning treatment. The median age was 73 years (minimum 66 years, 56% had stage III-IV disease, and 67% received rituximab. Adding rituximab to first-line chemotherapy was associated with higher adjusted incremental total cost ($18,695; 95% Confidence Interval (CI $9,302–$28,643 and longer adjusted cumulative survival (0.18 years; 95% CI 0.10–0.27 over four years of followup. The expected cost-effectiveness was $102,142 (95% CI $34,531–296,337 per life-year gained. In routine clinical practice, adding rituximab to first-line chemotherapy for elderly patients with FL results in higher direct medical costs to Medicare and longer cumulative survival after four years.

  15. The Impact of Newer Biological Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A 12-Month Longitudinal Study in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Treated with Rituximab, Abatacept and Tociliziumab.

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    Full Text Available To assess whether treatment with one of three novel biological DMARDs; rituximab, abatacept or tocilizumab reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD risk factors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA.This is an open, observational and prospective study with visits at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months. Patients were assigned to receive rituximab, abatacept or tocilizumab according to clinical indications assessed by an independent rheumatologist. Disease activity was quantified by the disease activity score (DAS28 and extensive ultrasonography. CVD risk was assessed by total cholesterol (TC, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c, blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurements [pulse wave velocity (PWV and augmentation index (AIx]. Within group change in disease activity and CVD risk over 3 months was explored using paired samples bivariate tests. Predictors of change in CVD risk at 3 months were identified in linear regression models. Changes in CVD risk markers over the 12- month follow-up in patients receiving rituximab were assessed by mixed models repeated analyses.24 patients on rituximab, 5 on abatacept and 7 on tocilizumab were included. At 3 months PWV was significantly reduced in the tocilizumab group only, but at 12 months rituximab patients showed a significant reduction in PWV. Reduced inflammation at 3 months was associated with increased TC and HDL-c in the entire cohort.Treatment with tocilizumab and rituximab reduces PWV, a marker of CVD risk, in patients with RA.

  16. Thyroid dose of I-131 absorbed by the internal organs of a pregnant woman; Dosis tiroidea de I-131 absorbida por los organos internos de una embarazada

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    Arcos P, A.; Manzanares A, E.; Vega C, H.R.; Leon, C.L. de [Cuerpo Academico de Radiobiologia de la Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (Mexico)]. e-mail: emanz_44@yahoo.com

    2007-07-01

    The use of nuclear techniques, for diagnosis or treatment, generates stress in the patient and its relatives. During the pregnancy some sufferings related with the thyroid gland can be presented. If the patient is pregnant, OEP or NOEP, the stress comes from the fear to that the product can it turns affected. The dose is calculated that the Iodine 131, captured by the thyroid of a woman with three months of pregnancy, it deposits in the brain, stomach, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, thymus, spleen and in the uterus. The thymus is the organ that receives the biggest dose. (Author)

  17. Aplicaciones clínicas del radioyodo 131 (I131 en las enfermedades del tiroides Clinical applications of radioiodine 131 (I131 in the thyroid diseases

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    Levi González Rivero

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    Full Text Available El radioyodo 131 es un isótopo radioactivo que se emplea exitosamente en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de las enfermedades benignas y malignas del tiroides. Su propiedad de integrarse selectivamente al metabolismo del tiroides y emitir una señal, le permite describir el funcionamiento glandular mediante estudios de captación, y delimitar la morfología y localización de los tejidos que capten yodo, a través de la gammagrafía. Es además una radioterapia sencilla, segura y coste-efectiva, usada como primera línea terapéutica en el control del hipertiroidismo, cuya dosis y momento de aplicación debería individualizarse según la etiología y la clínica de cada paciente. El radioyodo 131 ofrece una alternativa eficaz para reducir el tamaño del bocio no tóxico; además, respalda el tratamiento quirúrgico del carcinoma diferenciado del tiroides, y destruye a dosis ablativa los restos tisulares y las lesiones metastásicas que puede identificar durante el seguimiento gammagráfico. El empleo de radioyodo 131 está sujeto al cumplimiento de regulaciones de protección contra la radioactividad.Radioiodine 131 is a radioactive isotope that is successfully used for the diagnosis and the treatment of benign and malignant thyroid diseases. Its quality of selectively integrating to the thyroid metabolism and emitting a signal allows it to describe the gland functioning through capture studies, and to delimit the morphology and location of the tissues that capture iodine by means of gammagraphy. It is also a simple, safe and cost-effective radiotherapy used as first-line therapeutics in the control of hyperthyroidism. The dose and right time of application should be individualized according to the etiology and the clinic of each patient. Radioiodine 131 offers an efficient alternative to reduce the size of non-toxic goiter in addition to supporting the surgical treatment of the differentiated thyroid carcinoma and destroying with ablative doses the tissular remains and the metastatic lesions that can be detected during the gammagraphic follow-up. Radioiodine 131 depends on the fulfillment of safety regulations against radioactivity.

  18. Obinutuzumab (GA101) compared to rituximab significantly enhances cell death and antibody-dependent cytotoxicity and improves overall survival against CD20(+) rituximab-sensitive/-resistant Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and precursor B-acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (pre-B-ALL): potential targeted therapy in patients with poor risk CD20(+) BL and pre-B-ALL.

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    Awasthi, Aradhana; Ayello, Janet; Van de Ven, Carmella; Elmacken, Mona; Sabulski, Anthony; Barth, Matthew J; Czuczman, Myron S; Islam, Humayun; Klein, Christian; Cairo, Mitchell S

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    Obinutuzumab is a novel glycoengineered Type-II CD20 monoclonal antibody. CD20 is expressed in approximately 100% of children and adolescents with Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and 40% with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (pre-B-ALL). We evaluated the anti-tumour activity of obinutuzumab versus rituximab against rituximab-resistant (Raji 4RH) and -sensitive (Raji) BL and pre-B-ALL (U698-M) cells in vitro and in human BL or Pre-B-ALL xenografted mice. We demonstrated that obinutuzumab compared to rituximab significantly enhanced cell death against Raji 35·6 ± 3·1% vs. 25·1 ± 2·0%, (P = 0·001), Raji4RH 19·7 ± 2·2% vs. 7·9 ± 1·5% (P = 0·001) and U-698-M 47·3 ± 4·9% vs. 23·2 ± 0·5% (P = 0·001), respectively. Obinutuzumab versus rituximab also induced a significant increase in antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) with K562-IL15-41BBL expanded NK cells against Raji 73·8 ± 8·1% vs. 56·81 ± 4·6% (P = 0·001), Raji-4RH 40·0 ± 1·6% vs. 0·5 ± 1·1% (P = 0·001) and U-698-M 70·0 ± 1·6% vs. 45·5 ± 0·1% (P = 0·001), respectively. Overall survival in tumour xenografted mice receiving 30 mg/kg of obinutuzumab was significantly increased when compared to those receiving 30 mg/kg of rituximab in BL; Raji (P = 0·05), Raji4RH (P = 0·02) and U698-M (P = 0·03), respectively. These preclinical data suggest obinutuzumab is significantly superior to rituximab in inducing cell death, ADCC and against rituximab-sensitive/-resistant BL and pre-B-ALL xenografted mice. Taken together, these preclinical results provide evidence to suggest that future investigation of obinutuzumab is warranted in patients with relapsed/refractory CD20(+) BL and/or pre-B-ALL. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Ibrutinib for patients with rituximab-refractory Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia (iNNOVATE): an open-label substudy of an international, multicentre, phase 3 trial.

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    Dimopoulos, Meletios A; Trotman, Judith; Tedeschi, Alessandra; Matous, Jeffrey V; Macdonald, David; Tam, Constantine; Tournilhac, Olivier; Ma, Shuo; Oriol, Albert; Heffner, Leonard T; Shustik, Chaim; García-Sanz, Ramón; Cornell, Robert F; de Larrea, Carlos Fernández; Castillo, Jorge J; Granell, Miquel; Kyrtsonis, Marie-Christine; Leblond, Veronique; Symeonidis, Argiris; Kastritis, Efstathios; Singh, Priyanka; Li, Jianling; Graef, Thorsten; Bilotti, Elizabeth; Treon, Steven; Buske, Christian

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    In the era of widespread rituximab use for Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, new treatment options for patients with rituximab-refractory disease are an important clinical need. Ibrutinib has induced durable responses in previously treated patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia. We assessed the efficacy and safety of ibrutinib in a population with rituximab-refractory disease. This multicentre, open-label substudy was done at 19 sites in seven countries in adults aged 18 years and older with confirmed Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, refractory to rituximab and requiring treatment. Disease refractory to the last rituximab-containing therapy was defined as either relapse less than 12 months since last dose of rituximab or failure to achieve at least a minor response. Key exclusion criteria included: CNS involvement, a stroke or intracranial haemorrhage less than 12 months before enrolment, clinically significant cardiovascular disease, hepatitis B or hepatitis C viral infection, and a known bleeding disorder. Patients received oral ibrutinib 420 mg once daily until progression or unacceptable toxicity. The substudy was not prospectively powered for statistical comparisons, and as such, all the analyses are descriptive in nature. This study objectives were the proportion of patients with an overall response, progression-free survival, overall survival, haematological improvement measured by haemoglobin, time to next treatment, and patient-reported outcomes according to the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Anemia (FACT-An) and the Euro Qol 5 Dimension Questionnaire (EQ-5D-5L). All analyses were per protocol. The study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT02165397, and follow-up is ongoing but enrolment is complete. Between Aug 18, 2014, and Feb 18, 2015, 31 patients were enrolled. Median age was 67 years (IQR 58-74); 13 (42%) of 31 patients had high-risk disease per the International Prognostic Scoring System Waldenstr

  20. Hepatitis B Virus Reactivation After 23 Months of Rituximab-based Chemotherapy in an HBsAg-negative, Anti-HBs-positive Patient With Follicular Lymphoma

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    Full Text Available A 72-year-old female negative for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg and positive for antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs was diagnosed to have follicular lymphoma in 2006. Seventeen cycles of rituximab-based chemotherapy were administered over 23 months. Twelve days after the last cycle of chemotherapy, serum aminotransferase levels were elevated, and hepatitis serology tests revealed reappearance of HBsAg and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg, loss of anti-HBs, and positivity for hepatitis B virus (HBV DNA. Antiviral treatment with entecavir was administered immediately, and the hepatitis flare was controlled. Rituximab-based chemotherapy can induce HBV reactivation even in HBsAg-negative, anti-HBs-positive patients. Early recognition and prompt antiviral treatment is crucial for patients with HBV reactivation during anticancer therapy.

  1. Myastenia and small doses of ionizing radiation: experience of successful use of rituximab for treatment of an irradiated with myasthenia gravis.

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    Kravchenko, V I; Chumak, A A; Loganovsky, K M; Diagil, I S; Kuzmenko, V F

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    A clinical case of the rituximab («Rituksim», «Mabthera») use to treat a man affected by the Chornobyl NPP acci dent with malignant resistant form of myasthenia gravis in conjunction with chronic mixed infection by Toxoplasma, Epstein Barr virus, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex virus is described. In the dynamics of two year's observa tion the clinical efficacy of monoclonal antibodies was shown as the main symptoms stabilization and reducing doses of glucocorticoid and anticholinergic therapy. The positive effect was marked in the nearest and remote peri ods. Taking to account the efficacy, safety and good tolerability of rituximab, it is advisable to recommend treat ment for people exposed to ionizing radiation and developing myasthenia associated with chronic mixed infection by Toxoplasma, Epstein Barr, Cytomegalovirus and Herpes simplex virus. V. I. Kravchenko, A. A. Chumak, K. M. Loganovsky, I. S. Diagil, V. F. Kuzmenko.

  2. Statin use has negative clinical impact on non-germinal center in patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma in rituximab era.

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    Song, Moo-Kon; Chung, Joo-Seop; Lee, Gyeong-Won; Cho, Su-Hee; Hong, Junshik; Shin, Dong-Yeop; Shin, Ho-Jin

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    Rituximab improved prognosis in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). However, activity of rituximab may be reduced by conformational change in CD20 by statin-induced cholesterol depletion. Conformation change in CD20 could impair the binding of rituximab and significantly decrease the killing effect of lymphoma cells. R-CHOP therapy could counteract the prognostic gap between GC type and non-GC type. We investigated whether statin use could have different clinical impacts on immunohistochemical DLBCL subtypes in the rituximab era. We analyzed data from 409 patients with de novo DLBCL who received R-CHOP therapy. During median follow-up time of 38.6 months, 3-year progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in the GC type were similar to those in the non-GC type (PFS, p=0.125; OS, p=0.201). Moreover, survivals were comparable between patients with statin therapy and those without the statin therapy (PFS, p=0.282; OS, p=0.273). We also analyzed whether statin therapy would have clinical significance by immunophenotypes in patients treated with R-CHOP therapy. The non-GC type with statin therapy had inferior PFS and OS compared to other groups (PFS, p=0.008; OS, p=0.006). In multivariate analysis, statin therapy had significant negative impacts on survivals of the non-GC type independent of other clinical factors (PFS, hazard ratio/HR: 1.553, 95% CI: 1.058-2.279, p=0.024; OS, HR=1.532, 95% CI: 1.041-2.255, p=0.023). Therefore, statin therapy negatively affected the clinical outcome of the non-GC phenotype, but it was beneficial to R-CHOP therapy in DLBCL. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Rituximab, etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and cisplatin in the treatment of secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis with classical Hodgkin lymphoma: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Hu, Steve; Bansal, Pranshu; Lynch, David; Rojas Hernandez, Cristhiam Mauricio; Dayao, Zoneddy

    2016-12-20

    Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is becoming an increasingly recognized disorder in adults. Classical Hodgkin lymphoma is a relatively uncommon etiology of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and may complicate treatment options. Rituximab, etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and cisplatin are discussed here as a treatment regimen. A 66-year-old Hispanic man previously in good health presented with a 1-month history of recurrent fevers, chills, and night sweats and a 3-week history of new onset jaundice. A bone marrow biopsy revealed a normocellular bone marrow with increased histiocytes with areas of hemophagocytic activity. He met five out of eight criteria for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis diagnosis including fevers, pancytopenia, hemophagocytosis, ferritin of 23,292 ng/mL (>500 ng/mL), and soluble-CD25 of 15,330 pg/mL (>1033 pg/mL). A right cervical lymph node biopsy revealed CD15, CD30, MUM-1, and Epstein-Barr virus-encoded small ribonucleic acid-positive cells with morphologic findings of classical Hodgkin lymphoma, lymphocyte-rich subtype. He completed 2 weeks of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis-directed therapy with etoposide and dexamethasone, but then was switched to rituximab, etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and cisplatin due to minimal improvement in his pancytopenia and hepatic impairment. He completed one full cycle of rituximab, etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and cisplatin with notable improvement in serial hepatic function panels and had an undetectable Epstein-Barr virus viral load. However, he eventually died due to complications of Enterococcus faecalis bacteremia and colonic microperforation in the setting of persistent pancytopenia. This case discusses the challenges facing treatment of adult malignancy-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Rituximab, etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and cisplatin may be a viable option for patients with secondary

  4. Overcoming bortezomib resistance in human B cells by anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated complement-dependent cytotoxicity and epoxyketone-based irreversible proteasome inhibitors

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    Verbrugge Sue Ellen

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In clinical and experimental settings, antibody-based anti-CD20/rituximab and small molecule proteasome inhibitor (PI bortezomib (BTZ treatment proved effective modalities for B cell depletion in lymphoproliferative disorders as well as autoimmune diseases. However, the chronic nature of these diseases requires either prolonged or re-treatment, often with acquired resistance as a consequence. Methods Here we studied the molecular basis of acquired resistance to BTZ in JY human B lymphoblastic cells following prolonged exposure to this drug and examined possibilities to overcome resistance by next generation PIs and anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC. Results Characterization of BTZ-resistant JY/BTZ cells compared to parental JY/WT cells revealed the following features: (a 10–12 fold resistance to BTZ associated with the acquisition of a mutation in the PSMB5 gene (encoding the constitutive β5 proteasome subunit introducing an amino acid substitution (Met45Ile in the BTZ-binding pocket, (b a significant 2–4 fold increase in the mRNA and protein levels of the constitutive β5 proteasome subunit along with unaltered immunoproteasome expression, (c full sensitivity to the irreversible epoxyketone-based PIs carfilzomib and (to a lesser extent the immunoproteasome inhibitor ONX 0914. Finally, in association with impaired ubiquitination and attenuated breakdown of CD20, JY/BTZ cells harbored a net 3-fold increase in CD20 cell surface expression, which was functionally implicated in conferring a significantly increased anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated CDC. Conclusions These results demonstrate that acquired resistance to BTZ in B cells can be overcome by next generation PIs and by anti-CD20/rituximab-induced CDC, thereby paving the way for salvage therapy in BTZ-resistant disease.

  5. Variants of genes implicated in type 1 interferon pathway and B-cell activation modulate the EULAR response to rituximab at 24 weeks in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Juge, Pierre-Antoine; Gazal, Steven; Constantin, Arnaud; Mariette, Xavier; Combe, Bernard; Tebib, Jacques; Dougados, Maxime; Sibilia, Jean; Le Loet, Xavier; Dieudé, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    Background The type 1 interferon (IFN) pathway has been identified to potentially affect the response to rituximab (RTX) for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which suggests the contribution of type 1 IFN pathway genes such as IFN regulatory factor 5 and 7 (IRF5 and IRF7), tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2), signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) and osteopontin (SPP1). Our objective was to study functional variants of these IFN pathway genes as predictors of the European League Against Rh...

  6. Rituximab plus fludarabine and cyclophosphamide prolongs progression-free survival compared with fludarabine and cyclophosphamide alone in previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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    Robak, Tadeusz; Dmoszynska, Anna; Solal-Céligny, Philippe

    2010-01-01

    Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody that targets the CD20 cell surface antigen, has clinical activity in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other B-lymphocyte disorders when administered alone or in combination with chemotherapy. Promising results have previously been reported in nonrandomized...... studies in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This trial was designed to compare chemoimmunotherapy with chemotherapy alone in patients with previously treated CLL....

  7. Clinical outcome of Epstein-Barr virus-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the elderly in the rituximab era.

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    Sato, Ai; Nakamura, Naoya; Kojima, Minoru; Ohmachi, Ken; Carreras, Joaquim; Kikuti, Yara Yukie; Numata, Hiroki; Ohgiya, Daisuke; Tazume, Kei; Amaki, Jun; Moriuchi, Makiko; Miyamoto, Mitsuki; Aoyama, Yasuyuki; Kawai, Hidetsugu; Ichiki, Akifumi; Hara, Ryujiro; Kawada, Hiroshi; Ogawa, Yoshiaki; Ando, Kiyoshi

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    Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common subtype of malignant lymphoma. The incidence of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive DLBCL in Asian and Latin American countries ranges from 8 to 10%. The prognosis of patients with EBV-positive DLBCL is controversial. To compare the clinical outcome of EBV-positive and EBV-negative patients with DLBCL in the rituximab era, we analyzed 239 patients with de novo DLBCL diagnosed between January 2007 and December 2011. The presence of EBV in lymphoma cells was detected using EBV-encoded RNA in situ hybridization, and it was found that 18 (6.9%) of 260 patients with diagnosed DLBCL tested positive. Among the 260 cases, 216 cases were treated with rituximab plus chemotherapy, as were 8 EBV-positive DLBCL patients. The median overall survival and progression-free survival times in patients with EBV-positive DLBCL were 8.7 months and 6.8 months, respectively. The median overall survival and progression-free survival could not be determined in EBV-negative DLBCL patients (P = 0.0002, P DLBCL remains poor, even in the rituximab era. © 2014 The Authors. Cancer Science published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Japanese Cancer Association.

  8. Development of [{sup 62}Zn/{sup 62}Cu]-DOTA-rituximab as a possible novel in vivo PET generator for anti-CD20 antigen imaging

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    Gholipour, Nazila [Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Radiopharmacy; Jalilian, Amir R.; Fazaeli, Yousef; Moradkhani, Sedigheh; Bolourinovin, Fateme [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sabzevari, Omid [Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Toxicology and Pharmacology; Khalaj, Ali [Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Medical Chemistry

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    In this study, zinc-62 was prepared at radiopharmaceutical grade (for {sup 62}Zn/{sup 62}Cu generator production) using {sup nat}Cu(p, xn) reaction with the production yield of 5.9 mCi/μAh at 30 MeV proton energy (radiochemical separation yield >95%, radionuclidic purity >99% and radiochemical purity >99%). In the next step, rituximab was successively labeled with [{sup 62}Zn]-ZnCl{sub 2} after conjugation with p-SCN-Bz-DOTA followed by molecular filtration and determination of the average number of DOTA conjugated per mAb (6:1) by spectrophotometric method. Radiochemical purity (>97%, measured by ITLC and HPLC), integrity of protein after radiolabeling (gel electrophoresis) and stability of [{sup 62}Zn]-DOTA-rituximab (in final formulation, and human serum) were determined 1-8 h as well as biodistribution studies in wild-type rats followed by coincidence imaging for 6 h. However, the accumulation of the radiolabeled antibody was not consistent with the former reported rituximab conjugates. [{sup 62}Zn]-labeled monoclonal antibodies and fragments can be prepared as potential in vivo PET generators for molecular imaging however, the search for application of stable zinc complexes must be continued.

  9. Positron Emission Tomography of (64)Cu-DOTA-Rituximab in a Transgenic Mouse Model Expressing Human CD20 for Clinical Translation to Image NHL

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    Natarajan, Arutselvan; Gowrishankar, Gayatri; Nielsen, Carsten Haagen

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    PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate (64)Cu-DOTA-rituximab (PETRIT) in a preclinical transgenic mouse model expressing human CD20 for potential clinical translation. PROCEDURES: (64)Cu was chelated to DOTA-rituximab. Multiple radiolabeling, quality assurance, and imaging experiments were performed....... The human CD20 antigen was expressed in B cells of transgenic mice (CD20TM). The mice groups studied were: (a) control (nude mice, n¿=¿3) that received 7.4 MBq/dose, (b) with pre-dose (CD20TM, n¿=¿6) received 2 mg/kg pre-dose of cold rituximab prior to PETRIT of 7.4 MBq/dose, and (c) without pre-dose (CD20......TM, n¿=¿6) PETRIT alone received 7.4 MBq/dose. Small animal PET was used to image mice at various time points (0, 1, 2, 4, 24, 48, and 72 h). The OLINDA/EXM software was used to determine the human equivalent dose for individual organs. RESULTS: PETRIT was obtained with a specific activity of 545...

  10. Impact of relative dose intensity (RDI in CHOP combined with rituximab (R-CHOP on survival in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recently, maintaining higher relative dose intensity (RDI of chemotherapeutic drugs has become a widespread practice in an attempt to achieve better outcomes in the treatment of aggressive lymphoma. The addition of rituximab to chemotherapy regimens has significantly improved outcome in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBL. However, it is unknown if higher RDI in chemotherapy when combined with rituximab leads to a better outcome in aggressive B-cell lymphoma. Methods We retrospectively evaluated the impact of the RDI of initial chemotherapy (consisting of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone with rituximab (R-CHOP on outcome in 100 newly diagnosed DLBL patients. Results A multivariate Cox regression model showed that RDI trended towards a significant association with mortality [hazard ratio per 0.1 of RDI = 0.8; 95% confidence interval 0.6–1.0; P = 0.08]. Additionally, on multivariate logistic analysis, advanced age was a significant factor for reduced RDI. Conclusion Our data suggest that in DLBL patients, mortality was affected by RDI of R-CHOP as the initial treatment, and the retention of a high RDI could therefore be crucial.

  11. The effects of rituximab on the lipid profile of patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus: results from a nationwide cohort in Spain (LESIMAB).

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    Fernández-Nebro, A; Marenco, J L; López-Longo, F; Galindo, M; Hernández-Cruz, B E; Narváez, J; Rúa-Figueroa, I; Raya-Alvarez, E; Zea, A; Freire, M; Sánchez-Atrio, A I; García-Vicuña, R; Pego-Reigosa, J M; Manrique-Arija, S; Nieves-Martín, L; Carreño, L

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    Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have increased cardiovascular risk related to lipid changes induced by inflammatory activity, proteinuria and treatments. Our objective was to analyse lipid changes in a cohort of patients with SLE resistant to standard treatments who were treated with rituximab. The study population comprised a retrospective multicentre, national cohort of patients with SLE resistant to standard treatments who were treated with rituximab. The basic lipid profile, concomitant treatment and disease activity were analysed at the start of the treatment, 24 weeks later, and at the end of the follow-up period. The effects of the main lupus variables and therapy on the lipid changes were analysed. Seventy-nine patients with active lupus treated with rituximab were assessed during 149.3 patient-years. Prior to the treatment, 69% had dyslipidaemia. The most frequent abnormalities were a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level of ≥100 mg/dl (34%) and a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) level of lipid profile of patients with SLE refractory to standard treatment, mainly by reducing inflammatory activity. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  12. A phase II study of bortezomib added to rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone in patients with previously untreated indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Cohen, Jonathon B; Switchenko, Jeffrey M; Koff, Jean L; Sinha, Rajni; Kaufman, Jonathan L; Khoury, H Jean; Bumpers, Nassoma; Colbert, Amanda; Hutchison-Rzepka, Amanda; Nastoupil, Loretta J; Heffner, Leonard T; Langston, Amelia A; Lechowicz, Mary Jo; Lonial, Sagar; Flowers, Christopher R

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    Bortezomib-containing combinations are active in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) although peripheral neuropathy can limit their dose intensity. Based on our phase I findings, we conducted a phase II trial of bortezomib in combination with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone) with a modified dose of vincristine. Patients with untreated indolent NHL received bortezomib (1·6 mg/m(2) ) on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle for up to 8 cycles and R-CHOP with a 1·5 mg cap of vincristine. Patients achieving a complete response (CR) received maintenance rituximab, and remaining patients received maintenance rituximab and bortezomib. The primary endpoint was CR rate; secondary survival analyses were evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Among 29 eligible patients, NHL morphologies included follicular (n = 20), marginal zone (n = 5) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (n = 4). Nineteen patients had CR (66%) and 10 had partial response (34%), yielding a 100% overall response rate. With a median follow-up of 48·7 months, the 4-year progression-free and overall survivals were 83% and 93%. Twenty-two patients experienced peripheral neuropathy of any grade, and two had grade 3 neuropathy. The combination of bortezomib with R-CHOP is effective for indolent NHL, and we plan to evaluate therapies incorporating novel proteasome inhibitors in future studies in NHL. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. A Phase II Study of Bortezomib Added to Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, and Prednisone in Patients with Previously Untreated Indolent non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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    Cohen, Jonathon B.; Switchenko, Jeffrey M.; Koff, Jean L.; Sinha, Rajni; Kaufman, Jonathan L.; Khoury, H. Jean; Bumpers, Nassoma; Colbert, Amanda; Hutchison-Rzepka, Amanda; Nastoupil, Loretta J.; Heffner, Leonard T.; Langston, Amelia; Lechowicz, Mary Jo; Lonial, Sagar; Flowers, Christopher R.

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    Summary Bortezomib-containing combinations are active in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) although peripheral neuropathy can limit its dose intensity. Based on our phase I findings, we conducted a phase II trial of bortezomib in combination with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone) with a modified dose of vincristine. Patients with untreated indolent NHL received bortezomib (1.6 mg/m2) on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle for up to 8 cycles and R-CHOP with a 1.5 mg cap of vincristine. Patients achieving a complete response (CR) received maintenance rituximab, and remaining patients received maintenance rituximab and bortezomib. The primary endpoint was CR rate; secondary survival analyses were evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Among 29 eligible patients, NHL morphologies included follicular (n=20), marginal zone (n=5) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (n=4). Nineteen patients had CR (66%) and 10 had partial response (34%), yielding a 100% overall response rate. With a median follow-up of 48.7 months, the 4-year progression-free and overall survivals were 83% and 93%. Twenty-two patients experienced peripheral neuropathy of any grade, and 2 had grade 3 neuropathy. The combination of bortezomib with R-CHOP is effective for indolent NHL, and we plan to evaluate therapies incorporating novel proteasome inhibitors in future studies in NHL. PMID:26248505

  14. Autoimmune hemolysis and immune thrombocytopenic purpura after cord blood transplantation may be life-threatening and warrants early therapy with rituximab.

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    Bhatt, V; Shune, L; Lauer, E; Lubin, M; Devlin, S M; Scaradavou, A; Parameswaran, R; Perales, M A; Ponce, D M; Mantha, S; Kernan, N A; Barker, J N

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    Autoimmune hemolysis (AH) and immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) are recognized complications after cord blood transplantation (CBT). We evaluated the incidence and characteristics of AH/ITP after double-unit CBT in a day 100 landmark analysis of 152 patients (median age 36 years, range 0.9-70 years) transplanted for hematologic malignancies with myeloablative or nonmyeloablative conditioning and calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)/mycophenolate mofetil. With a median 5.2-year (range 1.6-9.7 years) survivor follow-up, 10 patients developed autoimmune cytopenias (8 AH, 1 ITP, 1 both) at a median of 10.4 months (range 5.8-24.5) post CBT for a 7% cumulative incidence 3 years after the day 100 landmark. Six patients presented with severe disease (hemoglobin ⩽6 g/dL and/or platelets <20 × 10(9)/L). All AH patients were direct antiglobulin test positive. All 10 cases developed during immunosuppression taper with 8 having prior acute GVHD. All 10 patients received rituximab 2-18 days after diagnosis, and corticosteroids combined with rituximab within <7 days was the most effective. No patient died of AH/ITP. AH/ITP occurs infrequently after CBT but may be life-threatening requiring emergency therapy. Rituximab combined with corticosteroids at diagnosis is warranted in patients with severe disease.

  15. Pretransplant prophylactic rituximab to prevent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viremia in EBV-seronegative kidney transplant recipients from EBV-seropositive donors: results of a pilot study.

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    Schachtner, Thomas; Reinke, Petra

    2016-12-01

    Because of the strikingly increased risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-seronegative kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) from EBV-seropositive donors-EBV(D+ R- ), special strategies need to be defined to prevent EBV transmission and EBV viremia. We studied all KTRs at our center between 2008 and 2012. Seventeen of 402 KTRs (4.2%) were identified as EBV(D+ R- ), among which 5 KTRs received kidneys from living donors and 12 KTRs from deceased donors. KTRs undergoing living donation were treated with a single dose of rituximab 4 weeks prior to transplantation. Assessment of EBV seroconversion and EBV viremia was performed. Among 12 EBV-seronegative KTRs from deceased donors, all 12 KTRs (100%) showed EBV seroconversion, 7 KTRs (58%) showed active EBV viremia, and 1 KTR (8%) developed PTLD. In comparison, 3 of 5 KTRs from living donors, who received pretransplant rituximab, remained EBV-seronegative post transplantation, and no KTR developed EBV viremia (PEBV to the recipient, as EBV persistence requires the establishment of a latent infection in recipient B cells. Pretransplant rituximab may prove useful to prevent primary EBV infection in EBV-seronegative KTRs. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. The lymphocyte to monocyte ratio improves the IPI-risk definition of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma when rituximab is added to chemotherapy.

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    Rambaldi, Alessandro; Boschini, Cristina; Gritti, Giuseppe; Delaini, Federica; Oldani, Elena; Rossi, Andrea; Barbui, Anna Maria; Caracciolo, Daniele; Ladetto, Marco; Gueli, Angela; De Crescenzo, Alberto; Passera, Roberto; Devizzi, Liliana; Patti, Caterina; Gianni, Alessandro Massimo; Tarella, Corrado

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    The peripheral blood lymphocyte to monocyte ratio (LMR) at diagnosis can be clinically relevant in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). We reviewed the outcome of 1,057 DLBCL patients followed from 1984 to 2012 at four centers. LMR was analyzed as a clinical biomarker by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and Harrell's C-statistics. Patients were characterized by a median age of 61 years, International Prognostic Index (IPI) score of >2 in 39%, and were treated with a rituximab-containing chemotherapy in 66%. LMR proved strongly predictive for survival in patients treated with rituximab-based programs, but not in those receiving chemotherapy alone. Additionally, an LMR value of ≤2.6 (as determined by ROC analysis) was associated with a worst performance status, a higher lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level, an advanced clinical stage, and a higher IPI score (P = 0.000). In patients treated with rituximab-supplemented chemotherapy programs, an LMR value of chemotherapy. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Rituximab therapy for pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies in a woman treated with epoetin-alfa: a case report.

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    Behler, Caroline M; Terrault, Norah A; Etzell, Joan E; Damon, Lloyd E

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    Pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies is a known complication of epoetin therapy for anemia due to chronic kidney disease. This disease has not previously been well described in the setting of therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection. While treatment for pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies is usually with immunosuppressive therapy such as calcineurin inhibition, the safety of this treatment in chronic hepatitis C virus infection is unknown. To date, little has been published on the efficacy of rituximab on pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies. This report describes a 65-year-old Asian-American woman who developed pure red cell aplasia from high titer neutralizing anti-epoetin antibodies after epoetin-alfa therapy during ribavirin and peg-interferon treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus infection. We describe the outcome of her treatment with rituximab. The reticulocyte count increased, and anti-epoetin antibody titer decreased with a loss of neutralizing activity in vitro, leading to a reduction in blood transfusions, and eventual resolution of anemia, without reactivation of hepatitis C virus. The diagnosis of pure red cell aplasia from anti-epoetin antibodies should be considered in patients undergoing therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection who develop severe anemia after administration of erythropoietin or darbepoetin. Though it is currently an off-label indication, rituximab is a therapeutic option for patients with pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies.

  18. Validation of a treatment satisfaction questionnaire in non-Hodgkin lymphoma: assessing the change from intravenous to subcutaneous administration of rituximab

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    Full Text Available Christina Theodore-Oklota,1 Louise Humphrey,2 Christof Wiesner,1 Gabriel Schnetzler,3 Stacie Hudgens,4 Alicyn Campbell1 1Genentech, South San Francisco, CA, USA; 2Adelphi Values, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK; 3F. Hoffmann La-Roche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland; 4Clinical Outcomes Solutions, Tucson, AZ, USA Background: A subcutaneous (SC formulation of rituximab (MabThera®/Rituxan® has been developed that could reduce administration time and improve patient satisfaction with treatment. The Rituximab Administration Satisfaction Questionnaire (RASQ was created to assess patients’ perceptions and satisfaction with rituximab SC (RASQ-SC or rituximab intravenous (RASQ-IV. We assessed the content validity and psychometric properties of RASQ in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.Methods: Face and content validity of RASQ-SC and RASQ-IV were qualitatively assessed using 60-minute combined concept elicitation and cognitive debriefing interviews. Psychometric validation of RASQ (item performance and reliability was assessed quantitatively against the established Cancer Therapy Satisfaction Questionnaire (CTSQ, using questionnaire data from the PrefMab (NCT01724021 and MabCute (NCT01461928 clinical studies.Results: RASQ-IV demonstrated excellent coverage of concepts relevant to patients’ (n=10 own treatment experiences and no new concepts were identified. Patients’ expectations of rituximab SC were conceptually consistent with items included in the RASQ-SC, suggesting that the tool is also conceptually adequate. In 1,051 patients from PrefMab and MabCute, correlations with domains such as “RASQ: Physical Impacts” and “CTSQ: Feelings About Side Effects”, “RASQ: Physical Impacts” and “CTSQ: Satisfaction With Therapy”, and “RASQ: Satisfaction” and “CTSQ: Satisfaction With Therapy”, achieved moderate-to-high correlations (>0.4 for convergent domains and <0.3 for divergent domains.Conclusion: This study supports the qualitative face and

  19. CHANGES OF BONE MINERAL DENSITY DURING FOUR-YEAR RITUXIMAB AND METHOTREXATE THERAPY IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    Full Text Available Objective: to estimate the changes of bone mineral density (BMD  at the femoral neck and lumbar spine during fouryear combination  therapy with rituximab (RTM  and methotrexate (MT in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA.Subjects and methods. 79 postmenopausal women with a documented diagnosis of RA were followed up. They were divided into two groups according to the basic treatment:  1 44 patients received combination  therapy with RTM and MT; 2 36 patients had MT monotherapy. BMD was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry using an Excell XR-46 stationary dual-energy X-ray bone densitometer  (Norland, USA once per year (over 48 months.Results and discussion. The group of patients receiving RTM and MT achieved a statistically significant increase in femoral neck BMD after 36 months of therapy. Statistically significant changes in femoral neck BMD were not revealed in the patients who had MT monotherapy. Lumbar spine BMD was decreased during MT monotherapy, but it remained stable in the RTM + MT group throughout  the 48-month follow-up.Conclusion. Thirty-six-month combination  treatment with RTM and MT provides positive changes in femoral neck BMD, which persists within 48 months after treatment initiation.  Lumbar spine BMD remained stable in the patients receiving RTM and MT.

  20. Transient Impact of Rituximab in H1N1 Vaccination-associated Narcolepsy With Severe Psychiatric Symptoms.

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    Sarkanen, Tomi; Alén, Reija; Partinen, Markku

    2016-09-01

    Narcolepsy type 1 is an organic sleep disorder caused by the destruction of hypocretin producing neurons in hypothalamus. In addition to daytime sleepiness, the spectrum and severity of symptoms are very variable. Psychiatric comorbidity and phenomena resembling psychotic symptoms are also common. Current treatment options for narcolepsy are symptomatic but there are few case reports of positive effect of immunotherapy. We report a very severely affected young boy treated with rituximab (RXB). A 12-year-old boy developed narcolepsy after Pandemrix H1N1 vaccination in 2010. He started to express severe psychiatric symptoms shortly after the onset. Cataplexy and sleepiness were devastatingly disabling. Conventional treatments did not have any effect on symptoms so we decided to try RXB, chimeric human monoclonal antibody against CD20 expressed in B lymphocytes. After the first treatment his condition ameliorated dramatically. Unfortunately, the effect lasted only for 2 months. Following attempts did not show any effect. Effect of RXB on narcolepsy has not been reported before. Remarkable but short-lasting effect of RXB in narcolepsy is intriguing as it could imply that there is still ongoing B cell-mediated autoimmune response possible contributing to symptoms in narcolepsy.

  1. Risk Factors and Adverse Events Poorly Predict Infections and Hypogammaglobulinemia in Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis Patients Receiving Rituximab

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    Emilio Besada

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. 29 GPA patients from the Northern Norway vasculitis disease registry received rituximab (RTX induction and maintenance. 24% and 31% had, respectively, severe and chronic infections while 45% had hypogammaglobulinemia and 28% discontinued RTX due to hypogammaglobulinemia. The aim of the study was to examine how known predictors and adverse events interacted with adverse events using structural statistical methods. Methods. Five predictors (age, cyclophosphamide, total Ig and CD4/CD8 ratio prior RTX, and type of RTX maintenance regimen and 4 adverse events (severe and chronic infections, hypogammaglobulinemia, and RTX discontinuation were modeled in principal component and redundancy analyses. Results. The 5 predictors explained 51% of the variance of the GPA cohort. Models including cyclophosphamide exposure and total Ig level predicted best adverse events. However total Ig level has low R squared. The 2 best combinations of adverse events explained 13% of the variance of the predictors and adverse events. Only chronic infections were associated with combination of all adverse events (P=0.014. Hypogammaglobulinemia did not seem associated with the other adverse events. Conclusions. Traditional risk factors for infections and hypogammaglobulinemia seemed to poorly predict adverse events in our GPA cohort.

  2. Second cancers in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who received frontline fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab therapy: distribution and clinical outcomes.

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    Benjamini, Ohad; Jain, Preetesh; Trinh, Long; Qiao, Wei; Strom, Sara S; Lerner, Susan; Wang, Xuemei; Burger, Jan; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Kantarjian, Hagop; O'Brien, Susan; Wierda, William; Estrov, Zeev; Keating, Michael

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    Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) are known to have an increased incidence of second cancers, but the contribution of commonly used frontline therapies to the incidence of second cancers is unclear. We report on the characteristics, incidence, outcomes and factors associated with second cancers in 234 patients receiving fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR) based regimens in the frontline setting. The risk of second cancers was 2.38 times higher than the expected risk in the general population. Ninety-three patients (40%) had other cancers before and 66 patients (28%) after FCR. Rates of therapy related acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome (t-AML/MDS) (5.1%) and Richter transformation (RT) (9%) were high, while solid tumors were not increased. Overall survival of patients with second cancers after frontline FCR was shorter (median of 4.5 years) compared to patients with and without prior cancers. Second cancer risk after frontline FCR is mainly due to high rates of t-AML/MDS and RT, and as speculated the survival of affected patients is shorter.

  3. Long-term results of first salvage treatment in CLL patients treated initially with FCR (fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, rituximab).

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    Tam, Constantine S; O'Brien, Susan; Plunkett, William; Wierda, William; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Wang, Xuemei; Do, Kim-Anh; Cortes, Jorge; Khouri, Issa; Kantarjian, Hagop; Lerner, Susan; Keating, Michael J

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    Although fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) together are established as a standard first-line treatment of younger patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), there is little information to guide the management of patients with CLL refractory to, or who have relapsed after, receiving frontline FCR treatment. To define optimal salvage strategy and identify patients unsuitable for retreatment with FCR, we examined the survival and treatment outcome of 300 patients enrolled in a phase 2 study of FCR. After a median 142 months of follow-up, 156 patients developed progressive CLL, with a median survival of 51 months after disease progression. The duration of first remission (REM1) was a key determinant of survival after disease progression and first salvage. Patients with a short REM1 (<3 years) had a short survival period, irrespective of salvage therapy received; these patients have high unmet medical needs and are good candidates for investigation of novel therapies. In patients with a long REM1 (≥3 years), salvage treatment with either repeat FCR or lenalidomide-based therapy results in subsequent median survival exceeding 5 years; for these patients, FCR rechallenge represents a reasonable standard of care. © 2014 by The American Society of Hematology.

  4. Combined Use of Rituximab and Intravenous Immunoglobulin for Severe Autoimmune Cicatricial Conjunctivitis-An Interventional Case Series.

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    Steger, Bernhard; Madhusudan, Savitha; Kaye, Stephen B; Stylianides, Amira; Romano, Vito; Maqsood, Sundas E; Harper, Janice; Ahmad, Sajjad

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    Despite the availability of systemic immunosuppressants, cicatricial conjunctivitis (CC) remains a potentially blinding ocular surface disease. We aim to describe the combined use of rituximab (RTX) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) for severe recalcitrant autoimmune CC. In this single-center retrospective interventional case series with follow-up between 32 and 65 months, 3 cases with mucous membrane pemphigoid (patients 1-3) and 1 case with linear IgA disease (patient 4) were included. Initial conventional immunosuppressive therapy regimens included systemic steroids, dapsone, and mycophenolate. At the time of initiation of RTX and IVIg, all patients had only one eye with good visual acuity or good visual potential. Treatment included 1 to 2 cycles of RTX (1000 mg twice at an interval of 2 weeks apart), and 2 to 9 monthly courses of IVIg (2 g/kg over 3 days). Outcome measures were blindness, as defined by best spectacle-corrected visual acuity <0.05 on a decimal scale, and clinical staging of cicatricial disease (Rowsey and Foster staging). In 4 presented cases, progression of cicatricial disease was stopped as assessed by the Foster grading scale and visual acuity was stabilized in all patients. Conjunctival scarring was stabilized in 2 cases and continued to progress in 2 cases. One patient developed septicemia 6 weeks after RTX infusion, which was successfully treated. Combination therapy of RTX and IVIg is a potent treatment regimen for recalcitrant autoimmune CC. Further prospective controlled studies on efficacy and safety are warranted before widespread clinical application.

  5. Is Efficacy of the Anti-Cd20 Antibody Rituximab Preventing Hemolysis Due to Passenger Lymphocyte Syndrome?

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    Tsujimura, Kazuma; Ishida, Hideki; Tanabe, Kazunari

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    Passenger lymphocyte syndrome (PLS) often occurs after ABO-mismatched solid organ and/or bone marrow transplantation between a donor and recipient. Viable donor B-lymphocytes transferred during organ transplantation produce antibodies against recipient red cell antigens, leading to hemolysis. The incidence of PLS has been reported to be around 9% after renal transplantation. A previous report showed that rituximab (Rit) was useful for treatment of PLS in allogeneic stem cell transplantation, bowel transplant and severe cases of hemolysis. However, the effectiveness of Rit in preventing PLS after renal transplantation has not yet been evaluated. The participants in this study were 85 patients who had undergone ABO-mismatched renal transplantation from January 2005 to April 2013. Rit was administered to these patients before transplantation. None of the patients that received Rit treatment developed PLS. Thus administration of Rit before transplantation effectively controlled the production of antibodies by B-lymphocytes, which probably prevented the development of PLS. © 2016 International Society for Apheresis, Japanese Society for Apheresis, and Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy.

  6. Combination therapy for rheumatoid arthritis with rituximab and leflunomide(preliminary results of the Russian ARBITR Registry

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    Evgeniy L'vovich Nasonov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyzes the efficiency and tolerability of a combination of rituximab (RTM and leflunomide (LEF for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA versus the conventional combination of RTM and methotrexate (MT. The results of 24-week therapy were assessed in the RA patients included into the Russian Biological Therapy Register. A good effect of therapy was achieved in 31.8% of the patients who had received RTM+LEF (p = 0.1. The development of clinical remissions in RA was observed at a practically equal frequency of 13.6 and 11.7%, respectively. The doses of glucocorticoids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used in concurrent anti-inflammatory therapy could be substantially reduced in both groups. In both groups, the rate of side effects was very equal: 21.7% for the RTM+LEF group and 25.7% for the RTM+MT group. Thus, the combination therapy of RTM and LEF in real clinical practice is not considerably different from the most commonly used combination of RMT and MT in efficiency and tolerability and may be successfully used if there are any contraindications to the use of MT.

  7. Púrpura trombocitopênica trombótica - remissão completa em paciente com mau prognóstico após tratamento com plasmaférese terapêutica e rituximabe Successful outcome in poor-prognostic acute thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura treated with plasma exchange and rituximab

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A púrpura trombocitopênica trombótica (PTT é uma doença rara e fatal que deve ser diagnosticada e tratada prontamente a fim de se obter melhor resposta terapêutica. Apresentamos um caso de PTT aguda grave tratada com plasmaférese e rituximabe. Ao diagnóstico, a paciente apresentava anemia hemolítica microangiopática, icterícia, febre, convulsões, seguidas por coma e choque hipovolêmico. Os exames laboratoriais iniciais mostravam DHL=2.860 IU/L, contagem de plaquetas de 37 x 10(9/L, hemoglobina de 5,1 g/dL e no esfregaço de sangue periférico havia a presença de esquizócitos. Iniciado tratamento para PTT com pulsoterapia com metilprednisolona e plasmaféreses terapêuticas diárias com troca de uma volemia plasmática e substituição com plasma fresco congelado. Após cinco sessões de plasmaférese, houve piora no quadro neurológico, acompanhado por aumento importante de DHL, ALT, AST e a contagem de plaquetas era de 72 x 10(9/L. Iniciamos o uso de rituximabe na dose padrão de 375mg/m²/semana/4 semanas e passamos a utilizar plasma pobre em crioprecipitado como reposição durante as plasmaféreses. Dois dias após a mudança na conduta terapêutica, houve importante melhora do quadro neurológico, estabilização da contagem de plaquetas e queda acentuada de DHL. Após 23 procedimentos de plasmaférese e quatro doses de rituximabe, a paciente apresentou remissão completa, mantida há 34 meses. A plasmaférese terapêutica com plasma pobre em crioprecipitado e o uso concomitante de rituximabe foi uma estratégia útil no tratamento deste caso de PTT aguda grave. Porém, ensaios clínicos prospectivos e randomizados são necessários para confirmar estes achados.Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP is a rare severe disease that must be diagnosed and treated promptly for a successful outcome. We report a case of severe acute TTP treated with plasma exchange and rituximab. The patient presented at diagnosis with severe

  8. Randomized Phase II Trial Comparing Obinutuzumab (GA101) With Rituximab in Patients With Relapsed CD20+ Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Final Analysis of the GAUSS Study.

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    Sehn, Laurie H; Goy, Andre; Offner, Fritz C; Martinelli, Giovanni; Caballero, M Dolores; Gadeberg, Ole; Baetz, Tara; Zelenetz, Andrew D; Gaidano, Gianluca; Fayad, Luis E; Buckstein, Rena; Friedberg, Jonathan W; Crump, Michael; Jaksic, Branimir; Zinzani, Pier Luigi; Padmanabhan Iyer, Swaminathan; Sahin, Deniz; Chai, Akiko; Fingerle-Rowson, Günter; Press, Oliver W

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    Obinutuzumab (GA101), a novel glycoengineered type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, demonstrated responses in single-arm studies of patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first prospective, randomized study comparing safety and efficacy of obinutuzumab with rituximab in relapsed indolent lymphoma. The primary end point of this study was the overall response rate (ORR) in patients with follicular lymphoma after induction and safety in patients with indolent lymphoma. A total of 175 patients with relapsed CD20(+) indolent lymphoma requiring therapy and with previous response to a rituximab-containing regimen were randomly assigned (1:1) to four once-per-week infusions of either obinutuzumab (1,000 mg) or rituximab (375 mg/m(2)). Patients without evidence of disease progression after induction therapy received obinutuzumab or rituximab maintenance therapy every 2 months for up to 2 years. Among patients with follicular lymphoma (n = 149), ORR seemed higher for obinutuzumab than rituximab (44.6% v 33.3%; P = .08). This observation was also demonstrated by a blinded independent review panel that measured a higher ORR for obinutuzumab (44.6% v 26.7%; P = .01). However, this difference did not translate into an improvement in progression-free survival. No new safety signals were observed for obinutuzumab, and the incidence of adverse events was balanced between arms, with the exception of infusion-related reactions and cough, which were higher in the obinutuzumab arm. Obinutuzumab demonstrated a higher ORR without appreciable differences in safety compared with rituximab. However, the clinical benefit of obinutuzumab in this setting remains unclear and should be evaluated within phase III trials. © 2015 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  9. Predictors of Local Recurrence After Rituximab-Based Chemotherapy Alone in Stage III and IV Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Guiding Decisions for Consolidative Radiation

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    Jegadeesh, Naresh; Rajpara, Raj; Esiashvili, Natia; Shi, Zheng [Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Liu, Yuan [Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Okwan-Duodu, Derrick [Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Flowers, Christopher R. [Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Department of Medical Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Khan, Mohammad K., E-mail: drkhurram2000@gmail.com [Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States); Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (United States)

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    Purpose: The role of consolidative radiation therapy (RT) for stage III and IV diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in the era of rituximab is not well defined. There is evidence that some patients with bulky disease may benefit, but patient selection criteria are not well established. We sought to identify a subset of patients who experienced a high local failure rate after receiving rituximab-based chemotherapy alone and hence may benefit from the addition of consolidative RT. Methods and Materials: Two hundred eleven patients with stage III and IV DLBCL treated between August 1999 and January 2012 were reviewed. Of these, 89 had a complete response to systemic therapy including rituximab and received no initial RT. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazards regression were performed, with local recurrence (LR) as the primary outcome. Results: The median follow-up time was 43.9 months. Fifty percent of patients experienced LR at 5 years. In multivariate analysis, tumor ≥5 cm and stage III disease were associated with increased risk of LR. The 5-year LR-free survival was 47.4% for patients with ≥5-cm lesions versus 74.7% for patients with <5-cm lesions (P=.01). In patients with <5-cm tumors, the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) was ≥15 in all patients with LR. The 5-year LR-free survival was 100% in SUV<15 versus 68.8% in SUV≥15 (P=.10). Conclusions: Advanced-stage DLBCL patients with stage III disease or with disease ≥5 cm appear to be at an increased risk for LR. Patients with <5-cm disease and SUVmax ≥15 may be at higher risk for LR. These patients may benefit from consolidative RT after chemoimmunotherapy.

  10. Clinical impact of B-cell depletion with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in chronic fatigue syndrome: a preliminary case series

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    Mella Olav

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS is a disease of unknown aetiology. A patient with CFS had unexpected, marked recovery of CFS symptoms lasting for five months during and after cytotoxic chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. We reasoned that the transient CFS recovery was related to methotrexate treatment, which induces immunomodulation in part through B-cell depletion. Methods In a case series, this patient and two additional CFS patients were B-cell depleted by infusion of the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab. Results All three had improvement of all CFS symptoms. Patients 1 and 2 had major amelioration from 6 weeks after intervention, patient 3 slight improvement from the same time, but then improved markedly from 26 weeks after intervention. The symptomatic effect lasted until weeks 16, 18 and 44, respectively. At relapse, all were retreated with a single (patient 1 or double rituximab infusion (patients 2 and 3. Again, all three had marked symptom improvement, mimicking their first response. After new symptom recurrence, patients 1 and 2 were given weekly oral methotrexate, patient 1 having effect also from this agent. Patients 1 and 2 were again treated for a third rituximab infusion after new relapse, again with a marked clinical benefit. No unexpected toxicity was seen. Conclusion These observations suggest that B-lymphocytes are involved in CFS pathogenesis for a subset of patients. Benefit for all CFS symptoms, the delayed symptom relief following B-cell depletion, the kinetics of relapses, and the effect also from methotrexate treatment, provide suggestive evidence that B-cells play a significant role in the ongoing clinical features, and that CFS may be amenable to therapeutic interventions aimed at modifying B-cell number and function. More systematic investigations of this therapeutic strategy, and of its biological basis, are now needed.

  11. The incidence of biopsy-proven transformation in follicular lymphoma in the rituximab era. A retrospective analysis from the Czech Lymphoma Study Group (CLSG) database.

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    Janikova, Andrea; Bortlicek, Zbynek; Campr, Vit; Kopalova, Natasa; Benesova, Katerina; Hamouzova, Michaela; Belada, David; Prochazka, Vit; Pytlik, Robert; Vokurka, Samuel; Pirnos, Jan; Duras, Juraj; Mocikova, Heidi; Mayer, Jiri; Trneny, Marek

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    The aim of this study is to assess the incidence, risk factors, and outcome of biopsy-proven transformation in follicular lymphoma (FL) patients in the rituximab era. Transformation was analyzed in 1233 patients with initially diagnosed FL grades 1-3A, identified between 2002 and 2012 in the prospectively maintained Czech Lymphoma Study Group database. Only patients with histologically proven transformation (HT) were included. HT occurred in 58 cases at a median of 3.0 years from the initial FL diagnosis; the HT rate was 4% at 5 years. Transformation occurred most frequently at the first relapse (84% patients). Median OS from the HT was 2.5 years (95% CI 0.4-4.6) and 6-year OS with HT was shorter compared to all FLs (60 vs. 83.9%; 95% CI). A bulky tumor (≥ 10 cm), increased lactate dehydrogenase, age ≥ 60 years, and International Prognostic Index (intermediate/high risk), but not Follicular Lymphoma International Prognostic Index, were associated with transformation (p transformation rate at 5 years of 4.23% (95% CI 2.52-5.93); subsequent rituximab maintenance (n = 276) vs. observation (n = 153) was associated with a lower transformation rate (p.033; HR 3.29; CI 1.10-9.82). The transformation rate seems to be lower than in previous series, which may be influenced by broad use of rituximab, but prognosis of HT developed during therapy continues to be poor.

  12. Outcomes of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia treated with first-line idelalisib plus rituximab after cessation of treatment for toxicity.

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    Thompson, Philip A; Stingo, Francesco; Keating, Michael J; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Burger, Jan A; Wierda, William G; Kadia, Tapan M; O'Brien, Susan M

    2016-08-15

    More active therapies are needed for older and unfit patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who are not eligible for chemoimmunotherapy with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab. The phosphyotidylinositol-3-kinase δ inhibitor idelalisib is effective in patients with treatment-naive and relapsed/refractory CLL as monotherapy and in combination with rituximab, but it can be associated with treatment-limiting adverse events, particularly diarrhea/colitis. The outcomes for patients who cease treatment for adverse events have not been previously described. The authors analyzed long-term follow-up data from 40 treatment-naïve patients aged ≥65 years who received treatment at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on a phase 2 study of idelalisib plus rituximab for CLL. In patients who permanently ceased treatment because of toxicity, the time to subsequent disease progression was analyzed according to baseline characteristics. Fifteen patients permanently ceased therapy (PCT) because of toxicity (PCTTOX ), most commonly diarrhea/colitis (n = 7), at a median of 11 months after commencing treatment. PCTTOX was associated with a higher risk of subsequent disease progression (hazard ratio, 6.61; 95% confidence interval, 1.77-16.15) relative to that observed in patients who remained on therapy. Ten patients subsequently progressed, and 7 required salvage therapy; 5 patients remained progression-free at a median of 23.3 months (range, 8.5-28.6 months). Patients who were positive for ζ-associated protein-70 had more rapid disease progression after treatment cessation (P = .048). There were no CLL-related deaths. PCTTOX is the major determinant of PFS in patients who receive first-line idelalisib-based treatment. However, a subgroup of patients with favorable biologic characteristics has prolonged PFS, even after PCTTOX . The absence of CLL-related deaths indicates that salvage treatment is generally successful after PCTTOX . Cancer 2016

  13. Rituximab for managing acquired hemophilia A in a case of chronic neutrophilic leukemia with the JAK2 kinase V617F mutation

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Shinsaku Imashuku,1 Naoko Kudo,1 Kagekatsu Kubo,1 Katsuyasu Saigo,1 Nanako Okuno,2 Kaoru Tohyama21Division of Hematology, Takasago-seibu Hospital, Takasago, Japan; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, JapanBackground: Acquired hemophilia A is rarely found in association with myeloproliferative neoplasms, such as the JAK2 kinase V617F mutation-positive chronic neutrophilic leukemia (CNL.Case report: An 80-year-old Japanese male was diagnosed with acquired hemophilia A. He had compartment-like symptoms due to soft tissue hemorrhage in his left forearm and right lower extremity. A blood examination showed neutrophilia with a white blood cell count of 31,900/µL (91.9% neutrophils, an activated partial thromboplastin time of 69.0 seconds, coagulation factor VIII (FVIII < 1.0%, and anti-FVIII inhibitor, 190 BU/mL. The bleeding episodes were controlled with intravenous activated prothrombin complex concentrate (FEIBA® followed by recombinant factor VIIa (NovoSeven®. In addition, oral prednisolone (maximum dose, 30 mg/day plus four doses of rituximab effectively suppressed anti-FVIII inhibitor levels while simultaneously reducing the neutrophil count. CNL with the JAK2 kinase V617F mutation was identified as the underlying disease.Conclusion: This report describes the effectiveness of a combination of prednisolone and rituximab in managing acquired hemophilia A in an elderly man with a rare case of JAK2 kinase V617F mutation-positive CNL.Keywords: acquired hemophilia A, chronic neutrophilic leukemia, JAK2 kinase, V617 mutation, rituximab

  14. Clinical impact of B-cell depletion with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in chronic fatigue syndrome: a preliminary case series

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    Fluge, Øystein; Mella, Olav

    2009-01-01

    Background Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease of unknown aetiology. A patient with CFS had unexpected, marked recovery of CFS symptoms lasting for five months during and after cytotoxic chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. We reasoned that the transient CFS recovery was related to methotrexate treatment, which induces immunomodulation in part through B-cell depletion. Methods In a case series, this patient and two additional CFS patients were B-cell depleted by infusion of the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab. Results All three had improvement of all CFS symptoms. Patients 1 and 2 had major amelioration from 6 weeks after intervention, patient 3 slight improvement from the same time, but then improved markedly from 26 weeks after intervention. The symptomatic effect lasted until weeks 16, 18 and 44, respectively. At relapse, all were retreated with a single (patient 1) or double rituximab infusion (patients 2 and 3). Again, all three had marked symptom improvement, mimicking their first response. After new symptom recurrence, patients 1 and 2 were given weekly oral methotrexate, patient 1 having effect also from this agent. Patients 1 and 2 were again treated for a third rituximab infusion after new relapse, again with a marked clinical benefit. No unexpected toxicity was seen. Conclusion These observations suggest that B-lymphocytes are involved in CFS pathogenesis for a subset of patients. Benefit for all CFS symptoms, the delayed symptom relief following B-cell depletion, the kinetics of relapses, and the effect also from methotrexate treatment, provide suggestive evidence that B-cells play a significant role in the ongoing clinical features, and that CFS may be amenable to therapeutic interventions aimed at modifying B-cell number and function. More systematic investigations of this therapeutic strategy, and of its biological basis, are now needed. PMID:19566965

  15. Long-term follow-up of rituximab plus first-line mitoxantrone, chlorambucil, prednisolone and interferon-alpha as maintenance therapy in follicular lymphoma.

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    Herold, Michael; Scholz, Christian W; Rothmann, Frank; Hirt, Carsten; Lakner, Volker; Naumann, Ralph

    2015-09-01

    The randomised, controlled OSHO#39 study showed promising results using first-line mitoxantrone, chlorambucil and prednisolone (MCP) chemotherapy plus rituximab in patients with advanced symptomatic follicular lymphoma (FL) in need of therapy. The aim of this long-term follow-up was to investigate whether clinical benefits are maintained after up to 9 years of observation. Following the 4-year follow-up of OSHO#39, 77 FL patients who received rituximab plus MCP (R-MCP) and 52 patients who received MCP (129 patients alive and not previously censored in total) were followed for 5 additional years in this prospective, non-interventional, observational study. For the efficacy analysis, data were jointly analysed with OSHO#39 data (FL intention-to-treat population: 105 patients R-MCP, 96 MCP). Patients not included in the 5-year follow-up were censored. For surviving patients, median follow-up was 102 months (R-MCP) and 87 months (MCP). Although median overall survival (OS) was not yet reached, OS was longer for patients with R-MCP compared with MCP (p = 0.0057), with 8-year-survival rates of 76.1 versus 55.9%. Further time-to-event data were substantially longer for the R-MCP group than for MCP alone: median progression-free survival (PFS) was 93.4 versus 34.9 months, and median event-free survival (EFS) 89.6 versus 26.5 months. Unplanned subanalyses of patients with and without interferon maintenance showed improved PFS and EFS without an impact on OS. The addition of rituximab to first-line MCP chemotherapy improves clinical outcomes in advanced FL patients and translates into long-term OS benefits. R-MCP remains a promising standard option for this patient group.

  16. Assessment of ibrutinib plus rituximab in front-line CLL (FLAIR trial): study protocol for a phase III randomised controlled trial.

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    Collett, Laura; Howard, Dena R; Munir, Talha; McParland, Lucy; Oughton, Jamie B; Rawstron, Andy C; Hockaday, Anna; Dimbleby, Claire; Phillips, David; McMahon, Kathryn; Hulme, Claire; Allsup, David; Bloor, Adrian; Hillmen, Peter

    2017-08-22

    Treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) has seen a substantial improvement over the last few years. Combination immunochemotherapy, such as fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR), is now standard first-line therapy. However, the majority of patients relapse and require further therapy, and so new, effective, targeted therapies that improve remission rates, reduce relapses, and have fewer side effects, are required. The FLAIR trial will assess whether ibrutinib plus rituximab (IR) is superior to FCR in terms of progression-free survival (PFS). FLAIR is a phase III, multicentre, randomised, controlled, open, parallel-group trial in patients with previously untreated CLL. A total of 754 participants will be randomised on a 1:1 basis to receive standard therapy with FCR or IR. Participants randomised to FCR will receive a maximum of six 28-day treatment cycles. Participants randomised to IR will receive six 28-day cycles of rituximab, and ibrutinib taken daily for 6 years until minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity has been recorded for the same amount of time as it took to become MRD negative, or until disease progression. The primary endpoint is PFS according to the International Workshop on CLL (IWCLL) criteria. Secondary endpoints include: overall survival; proportion of participants with undetectable MRD; response to therapy by IWCLL criteria; safety and toxicity; health-related quality of life (QoL); and cost-effectiveness. The trial aims to provide evidence for the future first-line treatment of CLL patients by assessing whether IR is superior to FCR in terms of PFS, and whether toxicity rates are favourable. ISRCTN01844152 . Registered on 8 August 2014, EudraCT number 2013-001944-76 . Registered on 26 April 2013.

  17. Rituximab therapy for pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies in a woman treated with epoetin-alfa: a case report

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    Behler Caroline M

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies is a known complication of epoetin therapy for anemia due to chronic kidney disease. This disease has not previously been well described in the setting of therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection. While treatment for pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies is usually with immunosuppressive therapy such as calcineurin inhibition, the safety of this treatment in chronic hepatitis C virus infection is unknown. To date, little has been published on the efficacy of rituximab on pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies. Case presentation This report describes a 65-year-old Asian-American woman who developed pure red cell aplasia from high titer neutralizing anti-epoetin antibodies after epoetin-alfa therapy during ribavirin and peg-interferon treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus infection. We describe the outcome of her treatment with rituximab. The reticulocyte count increased, and anti-epoetin antibody titer decreased with a loss of neutralizing activity in vitro, leading to a reduction in blood transfusions, and eventual resolution of anemia, without reactivation of hepatitis C virus. Conclusion The diagnosis of pure red cell aplasia from anti-epoetin antibodies should be considered in patients undergoing therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection who develop severe anemia after administration of erythropoietin or darbepoetin. Though it is currently an off-label indication, rituximab is a therapeutic option for patients with pure red cell aplasia due to anti-epoetin antibodies.

  18. Avances clínicos e inmunológicos en la respuesta al tratamiento con terapia deplectora de linfocitos B (Rituximab®) en pacientes con artritis reumatoide

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    Díaz Torné, Cèsar

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    La depleción de las células B en enfermos con artritis reumatoide debe comportar un serie de cambios en el resto del sistema inmunológico. Estos cambios podrían ser distintos en diferentes subtipos de enfermos. La respuesta, evolución y comportamiento de los enfermos tras el tratamiento con rituximab nos permitirá entender mejor la patogenia de la artritis reumatoide. Objetivos: Valorar el comportamiento de los linfocitos T ante la depleción de células B producida por rituximab. Se analizará ...

  19. Malignant Neoplasms in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated With Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors, Tocilizumab, Abatacept, or Rituximab in Clinical Practice: A Nationwide Cohort Study From Sweden.

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    Wadström, Hjalmar; Frisell, Thomas; Askling, Johan

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    Considering the widespread and increasing use of biological immunomodulators (biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs [bDMARDs]) to treat chronic inflammatory conditions, and the concern that immunomodulation may alter cancer risk and progression, the limited available data on use of these therapies as used in clinical practice and cancer risks are a concern. To assess the risk of incident malignant neoplasms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with bDMARDs. This was a national register-based prospective cohort study of the public health care system in Sweden from 2006 to 2015. Cohorts of patients with RA initiating treatment with tocilizumab (n = 1798), abatacept (n = 2021), and rituximab (n = 3586), a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) as first-ever (n = 10 782) or second-ever (n = 4347) bDMARD, a biologics-naive cohort treated with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) (n = 46 610), and a general population comparator cohort (n = 107 491). Treatment with tocilizumab, abatacept, rituximab, or TNFi. Outcomes included a first invasive solid or hematologic malignant neoplasm, or skin cancer. Hazard ratios were calculated using Cox-regression, adjusted for age, sex, disease and treatment characteristics, and educational level. We identified a total of 15 129 initiations of TNFi as the first or second bDMARD, 7405 initiations of other bDMARDs, and 46 610 csDMARD users. The mean age varied from 58 to 64 years, and the proportion of female patients varied from 71% to 80%, across the 7 cohorts under study. The observed numbers of events (crude incidence per 100 000 person-years) for a first invasive solid or hematologic malignant neoplasm were 50 (959) for tocilizumab, 61 (1026) for abatacept, 141 (1074) for rituximab, 478 (978) for initiators of TNFi as first bDMARD, and 169 (917) for TNFi as second bDMARD. There were no statistically significant differences between

  20. RITPBC: B-cell depleting therapy (rituximab) as a treatment for fatigue in primary biliary cirrhosis: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.

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    Jopson, Laura; Newton, Julia L; Palmer, Jeremy; Floudas, Achilleas; Isaacs, John; Qian, Jessica; Wilkinson, Jennifer; Trenell, Mike; Blamire, Andrew; Howel, Denise; Jones, David E

    2015-08-20

    Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease with approximately 50% of patients experiencing fatigue. This can be a particularly debilitating symptom, affecting quality of life and resulting in social isolation. Fatigue is highlighted by patients as a priority for research and patient support groups were involved in designing this trial. This is the first randomised controlled trial to investigate a treatment for fatigue in PBC. The trial protocol is innovative as it utilises novel magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques as an outcome measure. The protocol will be valuable to research groups planning clinical trials targeting fatigue in PBC and also transferrable to other conditions associated with fatigue. RITPBC is a Medical Research Council (MRC) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME)-funded project. It is a phase II, single-centre, randomised controlled, double-blinded trial comparing rituximab with placebo in fatigued PBC patients. 78 patients with PBC and moderate to severe fatigue will be randomised to receive two infusions of rituximab or placebo. The study aims to assess whether rituximab improves fatigue in patients with PBC, the safety, and tolerability of rituximab in PBC and the sustainability of any beneficial actions. The primary outcome will be an improvement in fatigue domain score of the PBC-40, a disease-specific quality of life measure, evaluated at 12-week assessment. Secondary outcome measures include novel MRS techniques assessing muscle bioenergetic function, physical activity, anaerobic threshold and symptom, and quality of life measures. The trial started recruiting in October 2012 and recruitment is ongoing. The trial has ethical approval from the NRES Committee North East, has Clinical Trial Authorisation from MHRA and local R&D approval. Trial results will be communicated to participants, presented at national and international meetings and published

  1. Use of I-131- CRTX for targeting malignant adenocarcinoma in mice: biodistribution and radiation dosimetry

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    Santos, Raquel Gouvea dos; Soares, Marcella Araugio; Andrade, Henrique Martins de, E-mail: santosr@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Santos, Marcos Antonio da Cunha [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Estatistica

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    Snake venoms molecules have been shown to play a role not only in the survival and proliferation of tumour cells but also in the processes of tumour cell adhesion, migration and angiogenesis. We have shown that {sup 125}I-Crtx, a radiolabeled version of a protein derived from Crotalus durissus terrificus snake venom (Cdt), specifically binds to tumor and triggers apoptotic death. This study reports the biokinetic profile of {sup 99m}Tc-Cdt and {sup 125/131}I-Crtx in Swiss mice bearing Ehrlich solid tumor and MIRD formulation was applied to calculate the absorbed radiation doses for various organs and tumor site. Biokinetic evaluations were performed up to 24 h after intravenous (i.v) or intratumor (i.tu.) injection of {sup 99m}Tc-Cdt or {sup 125/131}I-Crtx. Time-activity curves were generated for the main organs by fitting the organ specific mass mean counts. The radiation dose from {sup 131}I-Crtx was calculated based on non penetrating radiation in the mouse model. Biokinetics data from {sup 99m}Tc-Cdt after i.v. injection in mice tumor model showed rapid blood clearance (T{sub 1/2}= 36.1 ± 2.4 min.), slow tumor clearance (T{sub 1/2}: 108.3 ± 19.5 min.) and indicated the kidneys as the main excretion pathway. Interaction studies in vitro demonstrated that {sup 125}I-Crtx recognize specific sites on Erlich tumor cell membrane. Upon intravenous and intratumor administration of {sup 131}I-Crtx in mice bearing Erlich tumor, it was observed high uptake in tumor site in vivo (Ã =72kBq x h/g) resulting in a high absorbed dose radiation to tumor site. Distributions of {sup 125/131}I-Crtx i.v. were only significant in tumor, stomach, liver and kidneys, reflecting non-specific uptake of Crtx in normal excretion tissues in vivo. Intratumoral administration reduced significantly the radiation dose to the kidneys (42-fold lower) and increased the uptake by the tumor site (128- fold higher). {sup 131}I control was run in a parallel experiment and showed no significant tumor uptake. In conclusion, {sup 131}I-Crtx had a high concentration in tumor and low concentration in normal organs in mice bearing Erlich tumor. Tumor-to-normal tissue radiation dose ratio, for intratumor injected {sup 131}I-Crtx, were more than 60-fold higher depending on the organ. Our results indicate that Cdt components may provide interesting templates for development of a tool for targeted radiotherapy against adenocarcinoma. (author)

  2. Differences in the dry deposition of gaseous elemental I-131 to several leafy vegetable species

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    Shinonaga, T.; Heuberger, H.; Tschiersch, J. [GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute of Radiation Protection, Neuherberg, Germany, IAEA Laboratories, Seibersdorf (Austria)

    2004-07-01

    The height of the dry deposition of gaseous elemental {sup 131}I to leafy vegetable is quite uncertain because of the different habit, surface texture and leaf uptake of the different plant species. There is no comparative data on the deposition to various species, but leafy vegetables are taken as reference plants for the estimation of the height of contamination of vegetable foods after a nuclear accident. Therefore new chamber experiments were performed to determine under homogeneous and controlled conditions the dry deposition of gaseous elemental {sup 131}I on mature leafy vegetable. The simultaneous exposition of endive, head lettuce, red oak leaf lettuce and spinach (spring leafy vegetable) rsp. curly kale, white cabbage and spinach (summer leafy vegetable) was arranged. The sample collective of each species was such large that for the expected variation of the results a statistically firm analysis was possible. Significant differences were observed for the {sup 131}I deposition on spring vegetable: the deposition on spinach was roughly 3 times that on leaf lettuce, 4 times that on endive and 9 times that on head lettuce. All summer vegetables showed differences in deposition. For Iodine, the deposition on spinach was roughly 3 times (6 times) that on curly kale and 35 times (100 times) that on white cabbage in the 2 experiments. Washing by deionised water could reduce the contamination only by about 10% for {sup 131}I. (author)

  3. [Blocking of the thyroid against I-131 following a nuclear disaster].

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    Kroizman-Sheiner, Einat; Brickner, Dov; Canfi, Ayala; Schwarzfuchs, Dan

    2005-07-01

    The Chernobyl accident, the recent terrorists' attacks and constant threats, have all once again evoked the fear of a nuclear disaster, in Israel and worldwide. Iodine-131 is a major fission product of nuclear reactors and is highly likely to be released into the atmosphere in severe nuclear disasters. The radioiodine is released as a gas, easily spreads over large areas and is easily absorbed via the respiratory system. Iodine-131 emits gamma and beta radiation in high energies, and is readily absorbed by the thyroid which is a target organ for iodine. The resulting exposure to the thyroid might be very high. A sharp increase in thyroid cancer incidence in children was observed following the Chernobyl accident. This article reviews the medical knowledge about strategies and medications aimed at minimizing the absorption of radioiodine into the thyroid. In addition to regular safety means such as sheltering, restriction of locally produced food products and relocation of the population, the best prophylaxis against thyroid exposure is overloading the gland with stable iodine (as potassium iodide), as soon as possible. Recently, the Israeli government decided to distribute Potassium Iodide tablets to the population in the vicinity of the two nuclear research centers in the country. When this treatment is contraindicated, iodine free thionamides or potassium perchlorate are suggested.

  4. I-131-Metaiodobenzylguanidine therapy with allogeneic cord blood stem cell transplantation for recurrent neuroblastoma

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    Sato Yuya

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Iodine-131-metaiodiobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG therapy combined with allogeneic cord blood stem cell transplantation (SCT was used to treat a 4-year-old girl with recurrent neuroblastoma. The patient experienced relapse 2 years after receiving first-line therapies, which included chemotherapy, surgical resection, irradiation, and autologous peripheral SCT. Although 131I-MIBG treatment did not achieve complete remission, the size of the tumor was reduced after treatment. Based on our findings, we suggest that 131I-MIBG treatment with myeloablative allogeneic SCT should be considered as first-line therapy for high-risk neuroblastoma patients when possible.

  5. Ascorbic acid stabilization of Re-188- and I-131-radiolabeled peptides for radiotherapy

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    Guhlke, S.; Sartor, J.; Bender, H.; Biersack, H.J. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Zamora, P.O. [Bonn Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine]|[RhoMed Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Knapp, F.F. Jr. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), TN (United States). Nuclear Medicine Group; Rhodes, B.A. [RhoMed Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

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    Re-188 labeled RC-160 [ cyclic NH{sub 2}-(D)-Phe-Cys-Tyr-(D)-Trp-Lys-Val-Cys-Trp-NH{sub 2} ] cyclic NH is a radiolabeled somatostatin analog which is being explored for its potential as a local/regionally administered radiotherapeutic agent targeting somatostatin-receptor-positive tumors. The stability of {sup 188}Re-RC-160 towards radiolytic effects is a prerequisite for the success of such an approach. High radiation flux was found to result in radiolysis of the peptide, but addition of ascorbic acid to preparations of RC-160 and also somatostatin-14 was found to stabilize these peptides minimizing these radiolytic effects. Subsequent to ascorbic acid stabilization, {sup 188}Re-RC-160 was determined in vitro and in vivo to bind to somatostatin-receptor-positive cells (NCI-H69 human small cell lung carcinoma) but not to receptor-negative cells (Raji, Burkitt`s lymphoma). The comparative binding of Re-188 labeled RC-160 or CTOP [ cyclic NH{sub 2}-(D)-Phe-CysTyr-(D)-Trp-Orn-Thr-Pen-Thr-ol], a {mu}-opiod-receptor antagonist used as a negative control compound, was also determined in vitro and in vivo using NCI-H69 cells as targets. {sup 188}Re-RC-160 demonstrated a higher amount of net binding in vitro and in vivo compared to {sup 188}ReCTOP. (orig.)

  6. Iodine I-131 With or Without Selumetinib in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Thyroid Cancer

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    Metastatic Thyroid Gland Carcinoma; Poorly Differentiated Thyroid Gland Carcinoma; Recurrent Thyroid Gland Carcinoma; Stage IV Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma; Stage IV Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma; Stage IVA Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma; Stage IVA Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma; Stage IVB Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma; Stage IVB Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma; Stage IVC Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma; Stage IVC Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma

  7. THE MANAGEMENT OF THYROID CARCINOMA--THE ROLE OF RADIO-IODINE (I-131)

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    Workman, James B.

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    Experience from the management of 156 patients with proven thyroid cancer, followed from 1 to 11 years, is reported. Although no sweeping conclusions can be drawn, it appears that radioiodine continues to have a place in the overall management of most cases of this malignant disease. (auth)

  8. 77 FR 71432 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for Travel Document, Form Number I-131...

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  9. The interferon type I signature towards prediction of non-response to rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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    Raterman, Hennie G; Vosslamber, Saskia; de Ridder, Sander; Nurmohamed, Michael T; Lems, Willem F; Boers, Maarten; van de Wiel, Mark; Dijkmans, Ben A C; Verweij, Cornelis L; Voskuyl, Alexandre E

    2012-04-27

    B cell depletion therapy is efficacious in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients failing on tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocking agents. However, approximately 40% to 50% of rituximab (RTX) treated RA patients have a poor response. We investigated whether baseline gene expression levels can discriminate between clinical non-responders and responders to RTX. In 14 consecutive RA patients starting on RTX (test cohort), gene expression profiling on whole peripheral blood RNA was performed by Illumina® HumanHT beadchip microarrays. Supervised cluster analysis was used to identify genes expressed differentially at baseline between responders and non-responders based on both a difference in 28 joints disease activity score (ΔDAS28 wide microarray analysis revealed a marked variation in the peripheral blood cells between RA patients before the start of RTX treatment. Here, we demonstrated that only a cluster consisting of interferon (IFN) type I network genes, represented by a set of IFN type I response genes (IRGs), that is, LY6E, HERC5, IFI44L, ISG15, MxA, MxB, EPSTI1 and RSAD2, was associated with ΔDAS28 and EULAR response outcome (P = 0.0074 and P = 0.0599, respectively). Based on the eight IRGs an IFN-score was calculated that reached an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.82 to separate non-responders from responders in an independent validation cohort of 26 patients using Receiver Operator Characteristics (ROC) curves analysis according to ΔDAS28 utility for the use of baseline IRG expression levels as a predictive biomarker for non-response to RTX in RA.

  10. Outcomes of primary refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with salvage chemotherapy and intention to transplant in the rituximab era.

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    Vardhana, Santosha A; Sauter, Craig S; Matasar, Matthew J; Zelenetz, Andrew D; Galasso, Natasha; Woo, Kaitlin M; Zhang, Zhigang; Moskowitz, Craig H

    2017-02-01

    Rituximab-containing salvage chemotherapy followed by high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) in chemosensitive patients remains the standard of care for patients with relapsed and refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). However, its role in those patients achieving less than a complete response to first-line therapy (primary refractory disease) in the rituximab era is not well defined. We reviewed the outcomes of 82 transplant-eligible patients with primary refractory DLBCL who underwent salvage therapy with the intent of administering high-dose therapy and ASCT to patients achieving chemosensitive remission. The estimated 3-year overall and progression-free survival for all patients was 38% and 29%, respectively, and 65% and 60% respectively for patients proceeding to stem cell transplant. Long-term remission was achieved in 45% of patients achieving a partial response (PR) to initial induction therapy and DLBCL, particularly for those achieving a PR to frontline therapy. The primary barrier to curative therapy in patients with primary refractory disease is resistance to salvage therapy, and future studies should be aimed towards increasing the response rate in this population. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  11. A comparative study of preliminary dosimetry for human based on distribution data in rats with 111In, 90Y, 153Sm, and 177Lu labeled rituximab

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    Radfar Edalat

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Radio immunotherapy is one of the most important and effective therapies for B-cell non Hoddgkin’s lymphoma treatment. Today, anti CD-20 antibodies labeled with beta emitter radionuclides are used in radio immunotherapy. Various radionuclides for labeling anti CD-20 antibodies have been studied and developed for the treatment and diagnosis of malignancies. This paper describes the preparation, bio-distribution and absorbed dose rate of 111In, 90Y, 177Lu, and 153Sm labeled anti CD-20 antibodies (rituximab in human organs, after injection to rats. The macro cyclic bifunctional chelating agent, N-succinimidyl-1, 4, 7, 10-tetraazacyclododecane-1, 4, 7, 10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA-NHS for conjugation to antibody, was used to prepare DOTA-rituximab. The conjugates were purified by molecular filtration, the average number of DOTA conjugated per mAb was calculated and total concentration was determined by spectrophotometric method. Radio-labeling was performed at 40 °C for 24 hours. After the quality control studies, the final radioactive solution was injected intravenously into rats through their tail vein. The tissue uptakes of each injection were measured. Then we calculated S values for 177Lu and 153Sm by using specific absorbed fractions and data used in the manner of radio-labeled analysis and dosimetry for humans. The absorbed dose rate of each organ was calculated in the specific time by medical internal radiation dose method with linear approximation in the activity measurements.

  12. Rituximab plus Ifosfamide, Carboplatin and Etoposide for T-Cell/Histiocyte-Rich B-Cell Lymphoma Arising in Nodular Lymphocyte-Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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    Hyung-Chul Park

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A small subset of patients with nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NLPHLs develop a non-Hodgkin lymphoma either concurrently or subsequently, usuallyT-cell/histiocyte-rich B-cell lymphomas (T/HRBCL, which are subtypes of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL. The standard treatment of DLBCL patients is rituximab-based chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, vincristine and prednisolone. However, the administration of this chemotherapy regimen to patients with DLBCL arising in NLPHL brings concern about the cardiac toxicity of anthracycline because the majority of these patients had already received anthracycline-based chemotherapy with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine at the time of NLPHL. Herein, we report 2 patients with sequential transformation of NLPHL to T/HRBCL. They initially presented with limited-stage NLPHL and subsequently developed T/HRBCL after 16 and 8 months, respectively. At the time of T/HRBCL, they were treated with rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin and etoposide, and complete responses were obtained.

  13. CHLORAMBUCIL PLUS RITUXIMAB AS FRONT-LINE THERAPY IN ELDERLY/UNFIT PATIENTS AFFECTED BY B-CELL CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA: RESULTS OF A SINGLE-CENTRE EXPERIENCE.

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    Full Text Available Currently standard first line therapy for fit patients with B-CLL/SLL are fludarabine-based regimens. Elderly patients or patients with comorbidities poorly tolerate purine analogue-based chemotherapy and they are often treated with Chlorambucil (Chl. However, complete response (CR and overall response (OR rates with Chl are relatively low. We now investigated whether the addition of Rituximab to Chl will improve the efficacy without impairing the tolerability in elderly and unfit patients. We included in our study 27 elderly or unfit patients that had not received prior therapy. All patients were treated with Chl (1mg/Kg per 28-day cycle for 8 cycles plus Rituximab (375 mg/m2 for the first course and 500 mg/m2 for subsequent cycles until the 6th cycle. We obtained an OR rate of 74%. The most frequent adverse effect was grade 3-4 neutropenia, which occurred in 18.5% of the patients. Infections or grade 3-4 extra-hematological side effects were not recorded. None of the patients required reduction of dose, delay of therapy or hospitalization. Overall, these data suggest that Chl-R is an effective and well tolerated regimen in elderly/unfit patients with CLL.

  14. Pulmonary BALT lymphoma successfully treated with eight cycles weekly rituximab: report of first case and F-18 FDG PET/CT images.

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    Bilici, Ahmet; Seker, Mesut; Ustaalioglu, Bala Basak Oven; Canpolat, Nesrin; Salepci, Taflan; Gumus, Mahmut

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    Extra marginal-zone lymphomas of the lung is a very rare tumor and it originates from bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue. A 68-yr-old woman presented with productive cough and dyspnea. A thorax computed tomography scan showed a 9 × 10 cm in size mass in the left lung and pleural effusion in the lower lobe of left lung. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) revealed intense uptake foci at the upper and middle sites of left lung and slight uptake foci at the mediastinal lymph nodes which showed malignant involvement. After bronchoscopic biopsy, the diagnosis of pulmonary bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) lymphoma was confirmed. At the end of the eight cycles weekly rituximab treatment, complete response was obtained by PET/CT findings. It is concluded that extended rituximab schedule is more effective and it would be beneficial to investigate the use of PET/CT in the diagnosis and evaluating of the treatment response of pulmonary BALT lymphoma.

  15. Obinutuzumab plus bendamustine versus bendamustine monotherapy in patients with rituximab-refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (GADOLIN): a randomised, controlled, open-label, multicentre, phase 3 trial.

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    Sehn, Laurie H; Chua, Neil; Mayer, Jiri; Dueck, Gregg; Trněný, Marek; Bouabdallah, Kamal; Fowler, Nathan; Delwail, Vincent; Press, Oliver; Salles, Gilles; Gribben, John; Lennard, Anne; Lugtenburg, Pieternella J; Dimier, Natalie; Wassner-Fritsch, Elisabeth; Fingerle-Rowson, Günter; Cheson, Bruce D

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    Patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma who fail to achieve adequate disease control with rituximab-based treatment have few treatment options and a poor prognosis. We aimed to assess a combination of obinutuzumab (GA101), a novel glyco-engineered type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, and bendamustine in this patient population. In this open-label, randomised, phase 3 study (GADOLIN), patients aged 18 years or older with histologically documented, CD20-positive indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma refractory to rituximab were enrolled at 83 hospital and community sites in 14 countries in Europe, Asia, and North and Central America. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) using a hierarchical dynamic randomisation scheme stratified by indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtype, rituximab-refractory type, number of previous therapies, and geographical region, to receive induction treatment (six 28-day cycles) with obinutuzumab plus bendamustine or bendamustine monotherapy, both given intravenously. Obinutuzumab plus bendamustine dosing was obinutuzumab 1000 mg (days 1, 8, and 15, cycle 1; day 1, cycles 2-6) plus bendamustine 90 mg/m(2) per day (days 1 and 2, cycles 1-6), and bendamustine monotherapy dosing was 120 mg/m(2) per day (days 1 and 2, all cycles). Non-progressing patients in the obinutuzumab plus bendamustine group received obinutuzumab maintenance (1000 mg every 2 months) for up to 2 years. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival in all randomised patients, as assessed by an independent review committee. Safety was assessed in all patients who received any amount of obinutuzumab or bendamustine. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01059630, and has stopped recruiting patients. Between April 15, 2010, and Sept 1, 2014, when the study was stopped after a pre-planned interim analysis, 396 patients were randomly assigned (194 to obinutuzumab plus bendamustine and 202 to bendamustine monotherapy). After a median follow-up time of 21·9

  16. Primary therapy of Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) with weekly bortezomib, low-dose dexamethasone, and rituximab (BDR): Long-term results of a phase 2 study of the European Myeloma Network (EMN)

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    M.A. Dimopoulos (Meletios); R. Garcia-Sanz (Ramon); M. Gavriatopoulou (Maria); P. Morel; M.-C. Kyrtsonis (Marie-Christine); L.K. Michalis (Lampros); Z. Kartasis (Zafiris); X. Leleu; G. Palladini (Giovanni); A. Tedeschi (Alessandra); D. Gika (Dimitra); G. Merlini; E. Kastritis (Efstathios); P. Sonneveld (Pieter)

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    textabstractIn this phase 2 multicenter trial, we evaluated the activity of bortezomib, dexamethasone, and rituximab (BDR) combination in previously untreated symptomatic patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM). To prevent immunoglobulin M (IgM) "flare," single agent bortezomib (1.3 mg/m 2

  17. Highest clinical effectiveness of rituximab in autoantibody-positive patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in those for whom no more than one previous TNF antagonist has failed : pooled data from 10 European registries

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    Chatzidionysiou, Katerina; Lie, Elisabeth; Nasonov, Evgeny; Lukina, Galina; Hetland, Merete Lund; Tarp, Ulrik; Gabay, Cem; van Riel, Piet L. C. M.; Nordstrom, Dan C.; Gomez-Reino, Juan; Pavelka, Karel; Tomsic, Matija; Kvien, Tore K.; van Vollenhoven, Ronald F.

    Objective To assess the 6-month effectiveness of the first rituximab (RTX) course in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to identify possible predictors of response. Method 10 European registries submitted anonymised datasets (baseline, 3- and 6-month follow-up) from patients with RA who had started RTX,

  18. Highest clinical effectiveness of rituximab in autoantibody-positive patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in those for whom no more than one previous TNF antagonist has failed: pooled data from 10 European registries

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    Chatzidionysiou, K.; Lie, E.; Nasonov, E.; Lukina, G.; Hetland, M.L.; Tarp, U.; Gabay, C.; Riel, P.L. van; Nordstrom, D.C.; Gomez-Reino, J.; Pavelka, K.; Tomsic, M.; Kvien, T.K.; Vollenhoven, R.F. van

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    OBJECTIVE: To assess the 6-month effectiveness of the first rituximab (RTX) course in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to identify possible predictors of response. METHOD: 10 European registries submitted anonymised datasets (baseline, 3- and 6-month follow-up) from patients with RA who had started

  19. Mutational profile and prognostic significance of TP53 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated with R-CHOP: report from an International DLBCL Rituximab-CHOP Consortium Program Study

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    Xu-Monette, Z.Y.; Wu, L.; Visco, C.; Tai, Y.C.; Tzankov, A.; Liu, W.M.; Montes-Moreno, S.; Dybkaer, K.; Chiu, A.; Orazi, A.; Zu, Y.; Bhagat, G.; Richards, K.L.; Hsi, E.D.; Zhao, X.F.; Choi, W.W.; Zhao, X.; Krieken, J.H. van; Huang, Q.; Huh, J.; Ai, W.; Ponzoni, M.; Ferreri, A.J.; Zhou, F.; Kahl, B.S.; Winter, J.N.; Xu, W.; Li, J.; Go, R.S.; Li, Y.; Piris, M.A.; Moller, M.B.; Miranda, R.N.; Abruzzo, L.V.; Medeiros, L.J.; Young, K.H.

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    TP53 mutation is an independent marker of poor prognosis in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP) therapy. However, its prognostic value in the rituximab immunochemotherapy era remains undefined. In

  20. Impact of rituximab on immunoglobulin concentrations and B cell numbers after cyclophosphamide treatment in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitides.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of immunosuppressive therapy with cyclophosphamide (CYC and rituximab (RTX on serum immunoglobulin (Ig concentrations and B lymphocyte counts in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAVs. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of Ig concentrations and peripheral B cell counts in 55 AAV patients. RESULTS: CYC treatment resulted in a decrease in Ig levels (median; interquartile range IQR from IgG 12.8 g/L (8.15-15.45 to 9.17 g/L (8.04-9.90 (p = 0.002, IgM 1.05 g/L (0.70-1.41 to 0.83 g/L (0.60-1.17 (p = 0.046 and IgA 2.58 g/L (1.71-3.48 to 1.58 g/L (1-31-2.39 (p = 0.056 at a median follow-up time of 4 months. IgG remained significantly below the initial value at 14.5 months and 30 months analyses. Subsequent RTX treatment in patients that had previously received CYC resulted in a further decline in Ig levels from pre RTX IgG 9.84 g/L (8.71-11.60 to 7.11 g/L (5.75-8.77; p = 0.007, from pre RTX IgM 0.84 g/L (0.63-1.18 to 0.35 g/L (0.23-0.48; p<0.001 and from pre RTX IgA 2.03 g/L (1.37-2.50 to IgA 1.62 g/L (IQR 0.84-2.43; p = 0.365 14 months after RTX. Treatment with RTX induced a complete depletion of B cells in all patients. After a median observation time of 20 months median B lymphocyte counts remained severely suppressed (4 B-cells/µl, 1.25-9.5, p<0.001. Seven patients (21% that had been treated with CYC followed by RTX were started on Ig replacement because of severe bronchopulmonary infections and serum IgG concentrations below 5 g/L. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with AAVs, treatment with CYC leads to a decline in immunoglobulin concentrations. A subsequent RTX therapy aggravates the decline in serum immunoglobulin concentrations and results in a profoundly delayed B cell repopulation. Surveying patients with AAVs post CYC and RTX treatment for serum immunoglobulin concentrations and persisting hypogammaglobulinemia is warranted.

  1. Obinutuzumab or Rituximab Plus Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, and Prednisone in Previously Untreated Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.

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    Vitolo, Umberto; Trněný, Marek; Belada, David; Burke, John M; Carella, Angelo Michele; Chua, Neil; Abrisqueta, Pau; Demeter, Judit; Flinn, Ian; Hong, Xiaonan; Kim, Won Seog; Pinto, Antonio; Shi, Yuan-Kai; Tatsumi, Yoichi; Oestergaard, Mikkel Z; Wenger, Michael; Fingerle-Rowson, Günter; Catalani, Olivier; Nielsen, Tina; Martelli, Maurizio; Sehn, Laurie H

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    Purpose Rituximab (R) plus CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone) chemotherapy is the standard of care in previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Obinutuzumab (G) is a glycoengineered, type II, anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody. GOYA was a randomized phase III study that compared G-CHOP with R-CHOP in patients with previously untreated advanced-stage DLBCL. Methods Patients (N = 1,418) were randomly assigned to receive eight 21-day cycles of G (n = 706) or R (n = 712), plus six or eight cycles of CHOP. Primary end point was investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS). Results After median observation of 29 months, the number of investigator-assessed PFS events was similar between G (201; 28.5%) and R (215; 30.2%), stratified hazard ratio was 0.92 (95% CI, 0.76 to 1.11; P = .39), and 3-year PFS rates were 70% and 67%, respectively. Secondary end points of independently reviewed PFS, other time-to-event end points, and tumor response rates were similar between arms. In exploratory subgroup analyses, patients with germinal-center B cell-like subtype had a better PFS than did patients with activated B cell-like subtype, irrespective of treatment. Frequencies of grade 3 to 5 adverse events (AEs; 73.7% v 64.7%, respectively) and serious AEs (42.6% v 37.6%, respectively) were higher with G-CHOP compared with R-CHOP. Fatal AE frequencies were 5.8% for G-CHOP and 4.3% for R-CHOP. The most common AEs were neutropenia (G-CHOP, 48.3%; R-CHOP, 40.7%), infusion-related reactions (G-CHOP, 36.1%; R-CHOP, 23.5%), nausea (G-CHOP, 29.4%; R-CHOP, 28.3%), and constipation (G-CHOP, 23.4%; R-CHOP, 24.5%). Conclusion G-CHOP did not improve PFS compared with R-CHOP in patients with previously untreated DLBCL. AEs reported with G were consistent with the known safety profile. Biomarker analyses may help define a future role for G in DLBCL.

  2. THE RESULTS OF A PHASE III COMPARATIVE CLINICAL TRIAL OF RITUXIMAB (ACELLBIA® AND MABTHERA® IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (THE BIORA STUDY

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    E. L. Nasonov

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    Full Text Available The article considers the results of an international multicenter randomized clinical trial of the efficacy and safety of the brand-name drug rituximab (MabThera, a monoclonal antibody against CD20 antigen of B cells, and its biosimi-lar drug (Acellbia® (the BIORA study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA refractory to therapy with tumor necrosis factor-а inhibitors.Objective: to provide evidence for the therapeutic equivalence of Acellbia® and MabThera® and also to assess their interchangeability.Subjects and methods. The trial enrolled adult patients with active seropositive RA, who were randomized into two groups (1:1: 1 the patients who received Acellbia® 1000 mg intravenously on days 1 and 15; 2 those who had MabThera® in a similar way. When RA activity persisted at 24 weeks, there was re-randomization (1:1 with a partial overlap: Group 1 patients were randomized into group AA (the drug of the second therapy cycle was Acellbia® or Group AM (that was MabThera®, the similar methodology was followed in Group 2 (Groups MM and MA. Throughout the study, the patients received methotrexate at a stable dose of 7.5—25 mg/week and folic acid at a dose of 5 mg/week. The follow-up lasted 48 weeks.Results and discussion. 24 weeks after treatment initiation, the ACR20 response was observed in 84.1% of the patients in the Acellbia® group (95% CI, 74.75—90.50 and in 87% in the MabThera® group (95% CI, 77.71—92.79%; p = 0.773, which suggests that the drugs are therapeutically equivalent. In the second phase of the study, the efficiency of therapy remained high; there were no differences in Groups AA/MM, AA/AM and MM/MA. In both phases, the safety profile of the drugs was comparable; the immunogenicity of treatment remained low. The findings suggest that the brand-name MabThera® and its biosimilar drug Acellbia® are equivalent. Switching from the biosimilar drug to the brand-name one and vice versa has no negative impact on treatment

  3. Simultaneous Assessment of Rotavirus-Specific Memory B Cells and Serological Memory after B Cell Depletion Therapy with Rituximab

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    Herrera, Daniel; Rojas, Olga L.; Duarte-Rey, Carolina; Mantilla, Rubén D.; Ángel, Juana; Franco, Manuel A.

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    The mechanisms that contribute to the maintenance of serological memory are still unclear. Rotavirus (RV) memory B cells (mBc) are enriched in IgM+ and CD27- subpopulations, which are associated with autoimmune diseases pathogenesis. In patients with autoimmune diseases treated with Rituximab (RTX), some autoantibodies (auto-Abs) decrease after treatment, but other auto-Abs and pathogen-specific IgG Abs remain unchanged. Thus, maintenance of autoimmune and pathogen-specific serological memory may depend on the type of antigen and/or Ab isotype evaluated. Antigen-specific mBc and antigen-specific Abs of different isotypes have not been simultaneously assessed in patients after RTX treatment. To study the relationship between mBc subpopulations and serological memory we characterized total, RV- and tetanus toxoid (TT)-specific mBc by flow cytometry in patients with autoimmune diseases before and after treatment with RTX. We also measured total, RV- and TT-Abs, and some auto-Abs by kinetic nephelometry, ELISA, and EliA tests, respectively. Minor differences were observed between the relative frequencies of RV-mBc in healthy controls and patients with autoimmune disease. After RTX treatment, naïve Bc and total, RV- and TT-specific mBc [IgM+, switched (IgA+/IgG+), IgM+ only, IgD+ only, and CD27- (IgA+/IgG+/IgM+)] were significantly diminished. An important decrease in total plasma IgM and minor decreases in total IgG and IgA levels were also observed. IgM rheumatoid factor, IgG anti-CCP, and IgG anti-dsDNA were significantly diminished. In contrast, RV-IgA, RV-IgG and RV-IgG1, and TT-IgG titers remained stable. In conclusion, in patients with autoimmunity, serological memory against RV and TT seem to be maintained by long-lived plasma cells, unaffected by RTX, and an important proportion of total IgM and serological memory against some auto-antigens seem to be maintained by short-lived plasma cells, dependent on mBc precursors depleted by RTX. PMID:24819618

  4. CHANGES IN HEART RATE, HEART RATE VARIABILITY AND QT INTERVAL IN WOMEN WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DURING RITUXIMAB TREATMENT

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    Full Text Available Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is a proven high cardiovascular risk disease. High heart rate (HR, lower heart rate variabil- ity (HRV, and increased QT interval are considered as predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, and diabetes mellitus. In RA, there is a pronounced rise in HR, a reduction in HRV, and an increase in QT interval mainly due to the factors reflecting the severity of the disease. Rituximab (RTM is successfully used to treat patients with high RA activity. At the same time there are only a few pieces of evidence for the effect of the drug on the cardiovascular system. Objective: to study changes in HR, HRV, and QT interval values obtained during electrocardiography (ECG Holter monitoring (ECG HM in RTM-treated women during a 6-month follow-up. Subjects and methods: The investigation enrolled 55 women (mean age 50 years with a definite diagnosis of RA and its high activity. The patients were examined 6 months after administration of RTM. The latter was infused intra- venously twice (500 and 1000 mg in 22% and 78% of the patients, respectively during therapy with disease-modifying antirheumatic and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and glucocorticoids. The RA patients were divided into two groups: 1 a satisfactory/good effect of RTM according to the EULAR criteria (n = 41; 2 no effect (n = 14. Analysis of 24-hour ECG HM yielded the values of HR and mean duration of corrected QT interval (QTc. The tim- ing HRV values obtained at ECG HM were standardized from age and mean HR (SDNNn, RMSSDn, and pNN50n. Results. The baseline HRmin and HRmean values were higher and SDNNn was lower in the RA patients in Group 1 than those in Group 2 (p < 0.05. In Group 1, RTM therapy was accompanied by a reduction in HRmean and HRmin by 8% and by an increase in SDNNn by 3%, RMSSDn by 26%, and pNN50n by 33% whereas no significant changes in HR and HRV were found in Group 2. The RTM therapy

  5. Evaluación económica de rituximab en combinación con fludarabina y ciclofosfamida en comparación con fludarabina y ciclofosfamida en el tratamiento de la leucemia linfática crónica Economic evaluation of rituximab added to fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide versus fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar el coste-efectividad del esquema de rituximab, fludarabina y ciclofosfamida (R-FC en comparación con el de fludarabina y ciclofosfamida (FC en dos tipos de pacientes con leucemia linfática crónica (LLC: no tratados previamente o bien en recidiva/resistentes al tratamiento previo. Métodos: Dos modelos de Markov, utilizando los resultados publicados de superviviencia libre de progresión (SLP de pacientes con LLC tratados con R-FC o FC en primera o segunda línea, las tasas de progresión de la enfermedad y las tasas de mortalidad en España. A los estados de SLP y progresión se les asignaron utilidades obtenidas en un estudio sobre LLC. Los costes de los medicamentos y de los tratamientos de soporte, así como los años de vida ajustados por calidad (AVAC, se estimaron para un periodo de 10 años. Se efectuaron análisis de sensibilidad univariados y probabilísticos (Monte Carlo. Resultados: La adición de rituximab a la quimioterapia con FC aumentó los años de vida ganados (AVG y los AVAC tanto en primera como en segunda línea de tratamiento. La razón de coste-eficacia incremental fue de 20.703 € por AVG y de 19.343 € por AVAC con la primera línea de tratamiento, y de 23.183 € por AVG y 24.781 € por AVAC con la segunda línea de tratamiento. Conclusiones: En los pacientes con LLC no tratados previamente y en aquellos en recaída o resistentes al tratamiento previo, la adición de rituximab al esquema FC aumentó la esperanza de vida y los AVAC, y en ambos casos resultó ser un tratamiento coste-efectivo.Objectives: We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of rituximab added to the chemotherapy regimen of fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide (R-FC versus fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide (FC for the treatment of patients with previously untreated or relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL. Methods: Two Markov models were built, using published results on progression-free survival (PFS in patients

  6. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS): Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Souza, Francine Bertolais do Valle; Porfírio, Gustavo José Martiniano; Andriolo, Brenda Nazaré Gomes; de Albuquerque, Julia Vajda; Trevisani, Virginia Fernandes Moça

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    Background Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX) is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS. Methods and Findings We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505) and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo). We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07). Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48). There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16) and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82) and week 16

  7. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS): Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Souza, Francine Bertolais do Valle; Porfírio, Gustavo José Martiniano; Andriolo, Brenda Nazaré Gomes; Albuquerque, Julia Vajda de; Trevisani, Virginia Fernandes Moça

    2016-01-01

    Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX) is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS. We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505) and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo). We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07). Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48). There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16) and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82) and week 16 (RR 3.08, 95% CI 1.21 to 7

  8. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Francine Bertolais do Valle Souza

    Full Text Available Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS.We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505 and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo. We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07. Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48. There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16 and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82 and week 16 (RR 3.08, 95% CI 1.21 to

  9. Rituximab-containing reduced-intensity conditioning improves progression-free survival following allogeneic transplantation in B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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    Narendranath Epperla

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL, rituximab-containing reduced-intensity conditioning regimens (R-RIC have been shown to provide favorable outcomes in single-arm studies; however, large multicenter studies comparing R-RIC and non-rituximab-containing reduced-intensity conditioning regimens (nonR-RIC have not been performed. Using the CIBMTR database, we report the outcomes of R-RIC versus nonR-RIC regimens in B-NHL. Methods We evaluated 1401 adult B-NHL patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT who received nonR-RIC (n = 1022 or R-RIC (n = 379 regimens. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD prophylaxis was limited to calcineurin inhibitor-based approaches. Results Median follow-up of survivors in the R-RIC and nonR-RIC groups was 47 and 37 months, respectively. On multivariate analysis, no difference was seen between the R-RIC and nonR-RIC cohorts in terms of acute GVHD grade II–IV (RR = 1.14, 95%CI = 0.83–1.56, p = 0.43 or grade III–IV (RR = 1.16, 95%CI = 0.72–1.89, p = 0.54, chronic GVHD (RR = 1.15, 95%CI = 0.92–1.46, p = 0.22, non-relapse mortality (RR = 0.90; 95%CI = 0.67–1.22; p = 0.51, relapse/progression (RR = 0.79; 95%CI = 0.63–1.01; p = 0.055, and mortality (RR = 0.84, 95%CI = 0.69–1.02, p = 0.08 risk. However, R-RIC was associated with a significantly improved progression-free survival (RR = 0.76; 95%CI 0.62–0.92; p = 0.006. On subgroup analysis, mortality benefit was noted in the R-RIC group patients not receiving busulfan-based RIC (RR = 0.76; 95%CI = 0.60–0.96; p = 0.02 and with the use of a higher cumulative rituximab dose (RR = 0.43; 95%CI = 0.21–0.90; p = 0.02. Conclusion Our analysis shows that inclusion of rituximab in RIC regimens improves progression-free survival in patients with B cell NHL. These data supports the use of R-RIC in B

  10. Successful Treatment Using Simeprevir, Sofosbuvir and Rituximab of a Severe Form of Hepatitis C Virus-related Mixed Cryoglobulinemia with Cardiac Involvement

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    Full Text Available Numerous extrahepatic manifestations have been reported in hepatitis C virus (HCV infection, particularly mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC. MC generally responds to clearance of HCV under pegylated-interferon plus ribavirin treatment. New direct-acting antiviral agents have been licensed for HCV under different combinations but have not been studied in severe forms of MC. Here, we present a case report describing a life-threatening form of MC with multivisceral involvement, which was successfully treated with concomitant rituximab, sofosbuvir and simeprevir. In light of the rapid clinical remission associated with sustained virological response and the excellent side-effect profile, this treatment should be considered as a first-line therapy in severe forms of MC.

  11. Risks and Benefits of Rituximab in the Treatment of Hashimoto Encephalopathy in Children: Two Case Reports and a Mini Review.

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    Maas, Annemieke; Braun, Kees P J; Geleijns, Karin; Jansen, Floor E; van Royen-Kerkhof, Annet

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    Hashimoto encephalopathy is a rare condition, characterized by the association of encephalopathy with a variety of neurological symptoms and autoantibodies to the thyroid gland. Its etiology is unknown, and symptoms are usually treated with immune suppressive therapy, e.g., high doses of corticosteroids. Here, we report the long-term outcome in two steroid-refractory adolescents with Hashimoto encephalopathy who were treated with rituximab, a monoclonal antibody directed against CD20. In addition, we reviewed the literature regarding treatment strategies in Hashimoto encephalopathy. Anti-B-cell therapy can be of value in the treatment of Hashimoto encephalopathy, especially in steroid refractory cases, but side effects due to low levels of immunoglobulins warrant careful monitoring. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Vorinostat, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, promotes cell cycle arrest and re-sensitizes rituximab- and chemo-resistant lymphoma cells to chemotherapy agents.

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    Xue, Kai; Gu, Juan J; Zhang, Qunling; Mavis, Cory; Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, Francisco J; Czuczman, Myron S; Guo, Ye

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    Preclinical models of chemotherapy resistance and clinical observations derived from the prospective multicenter phase III collaborative trial in relapsed aggressive lymphoma (CORAL) study demonstrated that primary refractory/relapsed B cell diffuse large B cell lymphoma has a poor clinical outcome with current available second-line treatments. Preclinically, we found that rituximab resistance is associated with a deregulation on the mitochondrial potential rendering lymphoma cells resistant to chemotherapy-induced apoptotic stimuli. There is a dire need to develop agents capable to execute alternative pathways of cell death in an attempt to overcome chemotherapy resistance. Posttranscriptional histone modification plays an important role in regulating gene transcription and is altered by histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). HDACs regulate several key cellular functions, including cell proliferation, cell cycle, apoptosis, angiogenesis, migration, antigen presentation, and/or immune regulation. Given their influence in multiple regulatory pathways, HDAC inhibition is an attractive strategy to evaluate its anti-proliferation activity in cancer cells. To this end, we studied the anti-proliferation activity and mechanisms of action of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA, vorinostat) in rituximab-chemotherapy-resistant preclinical models. A panel of rituximab-chemotherapy-sensitive (RSCL) and rituximab-chemotherapy-resistant cell lines (RRCL) and primary tumor cells isolated from relapsed/refractory B cell lymphoma patients were exposed to escalating doses of vorinostat. Changes in mitochondrial potential, ATP synthesis, and cell cycle distribution were determined by Alamar blue reduction, Titer-Glo luminescent assays, and flow cytometric, respectively. Protein lysates were isolated from vorinostat-exposed cells, and changes in members of Bcl-2 family, cell cycle regulatory proteins, and the acetylation status of histone H3 were

  13. A randomised, double-blind trial to demonstrate bioequivalence of GP2013 and reference rituximab combined with methotrexate in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Smolen, Josef S; Cohen, Stanley B; Tony, Hans-Peter; Scheinberg, Morton; Kivitz, Alan; Balanescu, Andra; Gomez-Reino, Juan; Cen, Liyi; Zhu, Peijuan; Shisha, Tamas

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    The aim of this report is to demonstrate pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) equivalence as well as similar efficacy, safety and immunogenicity between GP2013, a biosimilar rituximab, and innovator rituximab (RTX) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with inadequate response or intolerance to tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) treatment. In this multinational, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group study, 312 patients with active disease despite prior TNFi therapy were randomised to receive GP2013 or either the EU (RTX-EU) or the US (RTX-US) reference product, along with methotrexate (MTX) and folic acid. The primary endpoint was the area under the serum concentration-time curve from study drug infusion to infinity (AUC0-inf). Additional PK and PD parameters, along with efficacy, immunogenicity and safety outcomes were also assessed up to week 24. The 90% CI of the geometric mean ratio of the AUCs were within the bioequivalence limits of 80% to 125% for all three comparisons; GP2013 versus RTX-EU: 1.106 (90% CI 1.010 to 1.210); GP2013 versus RTX-US: 1.012 (90% CI 0.925 to 1.108); and RTX-EU versus RTX-US: 1.093 (90% CI 0.989 to 1.208). Three-way PD equivalence of B cell depletion was also demonstrated. Efficacy, safety and immunogenicity profiles were similar between GP2013 and RTX. Three-way PK/PD equivalence of GP2013, RTX-EU and RTX-US was demonstrated. Efficacy, safety and immunogenicity profiles were similar between GP2013 and RTX. NCT01274182; Results. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  14. CURRENT APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT OF BIOSIMILAR PRODUCTS CONTAINING MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES AS AN ACTIVE SUBSTANCE – NON-CLINICAL AND CLINICAL STUDIES OF THE FIRST RUSSIAN RITUXIMAB BIOSIMILAR, ACELLBIA®

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    Full Text Available Objective. Evaluation of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety and efficacy of rituximab biosimilar (Acellbia,  BIOCAD, Russia used as  monotherapy in patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in comparison with the parameters of innovator rituximab – MabThera.Materials and methods. 92 patients (aged 18 years and older with diagnosed CD20-positive follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stage II-IV by Ann Arbor, 1-2 histologic grade, or marginal zone lymphoma were enrolled into the study. Patients were randomised in 1:1 ratio to receive 375 mg/sq.m of Acellbia or MabThera on days 1, 8, 15 and 22.Results. Overall response rate in both arms was equivalent: 39.52% in BCD-020 arm and 36.57% of patients in RTX arm (p=0.8250. Within the first week after a single infusion of Acellbia or MabThera, the level of  CD19 and CD20-positive cells rapidly decreased to almost undetectable values without any obvious recovery by the end of observation (upon intergroup comparison p>0.05 at all specified time points. 90% CI for the geometric mean of a Acellbia/MabThera  AUC0-t ratio fell within standard bioequivalence range 80-125% (80.1-118.2% for the ratio of AUC0-168 after a single dose. Within the whole study period  the frequency of AEs, including severe AEs (grade 3-4, associated with the use of monotherapy, were equal in both arms without any significant differences. Conclusions. Acellbia is non-inferior to MabThera in terms of efficacy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and immunogenicity. Acellbia was well tolerated, with the safety profile comparable with MabThera’s parameters.

  15. Long-term Follow-up of Treatment with Ibrutinib and Rituximab in Patients with High-Risk Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

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    Jain, Preetesh; Keating, Michael J; Wierda, William G; Sivina, Mariela; Thompson, Philip A; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Estrov, Zeev; Kantarjian, Hagop; O'Brien, Susan; Burger, Jan A

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    Background: Ibrutinib is an active therapy with an acceptable safety profile for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including high-risk patients with del17p or with TP53 mutations. Ibrutinib is broadly indicated for the treatment of patients with CLL and specifically including those with 17p deletion. The optimal use of ibrutinib in combination with other agents remains controversial.Experimental Design: We report the long-term outcome [median follow-up of 47 months (range, 36-51 months)] of 40 patients with high-risk CLL, treated on the first ibrutinib combination trial with rituximab (IR). The majority of patients (36/40) were previously treated.Results: Median age was 65 years, and 21 patients (52%) had 17p deletion. Median duration on treatment was 41 months (range, 2-51 months), and median number of treatment cycles was 42 (range, 2-49). Overall response rate was 95%, and 9 patients (23%) attained a complete remission. Twenty-one patients discontinued treatment, 10 due to disease progression, 9 for other causes, and 2 due to stem cell transplantation; the remaining 19 patients continue on ibrutinib. Median progression-free survival for all patients was 45 months, which was significantly shorter in the subgroup of patients with del17p (n = 21, 32.3 months, P = 0.02). Fourteen patients (35%) died, five from progressive disease, five from infections, and four from other causes. Median overall survival has not been reached.Conclusions: IR combination therapy leads to durable remissions in high-risk CLL; the possible benefit from the addition of rituximab is currently explored in a randomized trial. Clin Cancer Res; 23(9); 2154-8. ©2016 AACR. ©2016 American Association for Cancer Research.

  16. Expression of CD40 is a positive prognostic factor of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone

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    Full Text Available Guoqi Song,1 Huiyun Ni,1 Linqing Zou,2 Shukui Wang,3 Fuliang Tian,4 Hong Liu,1 William C Cho5 1Department of Hematology, Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, 2Department of Human Anatomy, Nantong University, Nantong, 3Central Laboratory of Nanjing First Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, 4Maternal and Child Health Hospital of Lianyungang, Lianyungang, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China; 5Department of Clinical Oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate the expression level of CD40 and its role in the prognosis of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL who were treated with rituximab-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone.Design and methods: The immunohistochemical expressions of CD40 in 186 well-characterized DLBCL patients were evaluated by tissue microarrays, thereby revealing the relationship of the molecule CD40 with known tumor, patient-related variables, and survival rates.Results: The results showed that CD40 expressions were not statistically different between the germinal center B-cell-like (GCB type and the non-GCB type. We also analyzed the relationships of CD40 expression with overall survival (OS and progression-free survival (PFS in DLBCL patients who were uniformly treated with R-CHOP. A low expression of CD40 compared to high expression is related to poor OS and PFS. Conclusion: Our findings indicate that the CD40 level at onset acts as an independent prognostic predictor of DLBCL patients treated with R-CHOP. Keywords: CD40, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, R-CHOP, prognostic factor

  17. Dose-intensive chemotherapy including rituximab in Burkitt's leukemia or lymphoma regardless of human immunodeficiency virus infection status: final results of a phase 2 study (Burkimab).

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    Ribera, Josep-Maria; García, Olga; Grande, Carlos; Esteve, Jordi; Oriol, Albert; Bergua, Juan; González-Campos, José; Vall-Llovera, Ferran; Tormo, Mar; Hernández-Rivas, Jesús-Maria; García, Daniel; Brunet, Salut; Alonso, Natalia; Barba, Pere; Miralles, Pilar; Llorente, Andreu; Montesinos, Pau; Moreno, Maria-José; Hernández-Rivas, Jose-Ángel; Bernal, Teresa

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    The use of rituximab together with intensive chemotherapy in Burkitt's lymphoma or leukemia (BL) has been scarcely explored. This study prospectively evaluated and compared the outcome and toxicity of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive and HIV-negative patients with BL who were treated in an intensive immunochemotherapy-based and age-adapted trial. A total of 118 adult patients (80 HIV-negative and 38 HIV-positive) aged 15 to 83 years were treated with 4 (nonbulky stages I-II) or 6 (stages II bulky, III-IV) cycles of intensive chemotherapy combined with rituximab. Reduction in chemotherapy doses and modification of the cycle schedules was performed in patients older than 55 years. The clinical characteristics of HIV-positive patients were comparable with those who were HIV-negative. Complete remission rates were 82% and 87%, respectively, and 9 patients died in induction, 9 died in remission, and 7 relapsed. After a median follow-up of 2.5 years, nonsignificant differences were observed in the 4-year disease-free survival and overall survival (OS) probabilities (77% and 63% for HIV-positive and 80% and 78% for HIV-negative patients, respectively). Young HIV-infected patients presented higher incidences of grade 3 or 4 mucositis and severe infectious episodes. Poor general status and bone marrow involvement, but not advanced age, were associated with a shorter OS, allowing the definition of 3 prognostic groups, with the OS ranging from 50% to 92%. Age-adapted intensive immunochemotherapy is highly effective in both HIV-negative and HIV-positive patients, with a higher toxicity in the latter group. Poor general status and bone marrow involvement had a negative impact on survival. Copyright © 2013 American Cancer Society.

  18. A single center experience: rituximab plus cladribine is an effective and safe first-line therapy for unresectable bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma.

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    Wei, Zheng; Li, Jing; Cheng, Zhixiang; Yuan, Ling; Liu, Peng

    2017-04-01

    Bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) lymphoma is a relatively rare form of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL). To date, the standard systemic treatment for this disease is still under debate, and few data are accessible for newly diagnosed unresectable BALT lymphoma presented with advanced disease. The combination of rituximab (R) and cladribine (2-CdA) has shown some activity in indolent B-NHL, but its usage has not been tested in disseminated BALT lymphoma so far. An observational retrospective study was performed on homogeneous data of 8 patients with biopsy-proven stage IV BALT lymphoma to assess the efficacy and the safety of R-2-CdA therapy. All but one of the patients received six courses of R-2-CdA regimen consisted of rituximab 375 mg/m2 IV day 1 and cladribine 0.1 mg/kg IV days 1-4 every 21 days; one patient completed 4 cycles and received additional R maintenance. A high overall response rate (ORR) was observed (100%), with 2 patients (25%) achieved a complete remission (CR), the remaining (75%) a partial response. Improvement of pulmonary function was observed in all tested patients. Grade 3 and 4 toxicities were leukocytopenia and neutropenia in 3 patients (37.5%), diarrhea in one (12.5%). Estimated two-year progression-free survival (PFS) and 2-yr overall survival (OS) were 80.0% (95% CI, 20.3-96.7%) and 100%, respectively. R-2-CdA therapy demonstrated high activity and tolerable toxicity in chemotherapy-naïve patients with unresectable BALT lymphoma of advanced stage. Although further large-scale study is needed for consolidation, R-2-CdA regimen could be a good first-line therapy option for patients with unresectable BALT lymphoma.

  19. Serum BAFF and APRIL Levels, T-Lymphocyte Subsets, and Immunoglobulins after B-Cell Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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    Lunde, Sigrid; Kristoffersen, Einar K; Sapkota, Dipak; Risa, Kristin; Dahl, Olav; Bruland, Ove; Mella, Olav; Fluge, Øystein

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    Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease of unknown etiology. We have previously suggested clinical benefit from B-cell depletion using the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in a randomized and placebo-controlled study. Prolonged responses were then demonstrated in an open-label phase-II study with maintenance rituximab treatment. Using blood samples from patients in the previous two clinical trials, we investigated quantitative changes in T-lymphocyte subsets, in immunoglobulins, and in serum levels of two B-cell regulating cytokines during follow-up. B-lymphocyte activating factor of the tumor necrosis family (BAFF) in baseline serum samples was elevated in 70 ME/CFS patients as compared to 56 healthy controls (p = 0.011). There were no significant differences in baseline serum BAFF levels between patients with mild, moderate, or severe ME/CFS, or between responders and non-responders to rituximab. A proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) serum levels were not significantly different in ME/CFS patients compared to healthy controls at baseline, and no changes in serum levels were seen during follow-up. Immunophenotyping of peripheral blood T-lymphocyte subsets and T-cell activation markers at multiple time points during follow-up showed no significant differences over time, between rituximab and placebo groups, or between responders and non-responders to rituximab. Baseline serum IgG levels were significantly lower in patients with subsequent response after rituximab therapy compared to non-responders (p = 0.03). In the maintenance study, slight but significant reductions in mean serum immunoglobulin levels were observed at 24 months compared to baseline; IgG 10.6-9.5 g/L, IgA 1.8-1.5 g/L, and IgM 0.97-0.70 g/L. Although no functional assays were performed, the lack of significant associations of T- and NK-cell subset numbers with B-cell depletion, as well as the lack of associations to clinical responses, suggest that B

  20. Serum BAFF and APRIL Levels, T-Lymphocyte Subsets, and Immunoglobulins after B-Cell Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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    Full Text Available Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS is a disease of unknown etiology. We have previously suggested clinical benefit from B-cell depletion using the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in a randomized and placebo-controlled study. Prolonged responses were then demonstrated in an open-label phase-II study with maintenance rituximab treatment. Using blood samples from patients in the previous two clinical trials, we investigated quantitative changes in T-lymphocyte subsets, in immunoglobulins, and in serum levels of two B-cell regulating cytokines during follow-up. B-lymphocyte activating factor of the tumor necrosis family (BAFF in baseline serum samples was elevated in 70 ME/CFS patients as compared to 56 healthy controls (p = 0.011. There were no significant differences in baseline serum BAFF levels between patients with mild, moderate, or severe ME/CFS, or between responders and non-responders to rituximab. A proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL serum levels were not significantly different in ME/CFS patients compared to healthy controls at baseline, and no changes in serum levels were seen during follow-up. Immunophenotyping of peripheral blood T-lymphocyte subsets and T-cell activation markers at multiple time points during follow-up showed no significant differences over time, between rituximab and placebo groups, or between responders and non-responders to rituximab. Baseline serum IgG levels were significantly lower in patients with subsequent response after rituximab therapy compared to non-responders (p = 0.03. In the maintenance study, slight but significant reductions in mean serum immunoglobulin levels were observed at 24 months compared to baseline; IgG 10.6-9.5 g/L, IgA 1.8-1.5 g/L, and IgM 0.97-0.70 g/L. Although no functional assays were performed, the lack of significant associations of T- and NK-cell subset numbers with B-cell depletion, as well as the lack of associations to clinical responses, suggest

  1. Molecular Monitoring after Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation and Preemptive Rituximab Treatment of Molecular Relapse; Results from the Nordic Mantle Cell Lymphoma Studies (MCL2 and MCL3) with Median Follow-Up of 8.5 Years

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    Kolstad, Arne; Pedersen, Lone Bredo; Eskelund, Christian W

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    -risk Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index score and positive MRD status pre-ASCT predicted early molecular relapse. In conclusion, preemptive rituximab treatment converts patients to MRD negativity and likely postpones clinical relapse. Molecular monitoring offers an opportunity to select some......The main objectives of the present study were to monitor minimal residual disease (MRD) in the bone marrow of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) to predict clinical relapse and guide preemptive treatment with rituximab. Among the patients enrolled in 2 prospective trials by the Nordic...... Lymphoma Group, 183 who had completed autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) and in whom an MRD marker had been obtained were included in the our analysis. Fresh samples of bone marrow were analyzed for MRD by a combined standard nested and quantitative real-time PCR assay for Bcl-1/immunoglobulin...

  2. Risk of hepatitis B reactivation in HBsAg-negative/HBcAb-positive patients with undetectable serum HBV DNA after treatment with rituximab for lymphoma: a meta-analysis.

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    Tang, Zilin; Li, Xiaodong; Wu, Shunquan; Liu, Yan; Qiao, Yan; Xu, Dongping; Li, Jin

    2017-08-30

    Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative/hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb)-positive patients with undetectable serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA have experienced and resolved hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Lymphoma patients with resolved HBV infection have high risk of HBV reactivation when treated with robust immunosuppressive agents, but the reported rate varies extensively between different studies. This study aims to estimate the risk of HBV reactivation in HBsAg-negative/HBcAb-positive patients receiving rituximab-containing chemotherapy for lymphoma. Databases were searched for papers published in English until 8 August 2016. The pooled risk of HBV reactivation was estimated using a random-effects model. Data from 15 studies were retrieved, including a total of 1312 HBsAg-negative/HBcAb-positive lymphoma patients treated with rituximab-containing chemotherapy. The results revealed HBV reactivation rate of 9.0 % [95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.05-0.15]. In subgroup analysis, the reactivation rates for prospective and retrospective studies were 17 % (I (2) = 87.3 %; 95 % 0.08-0.39, p HBV reactivation in HBsAg-negative/HBcAb-positive patients with rituximab treatment for lymphoma. Prophylactic use of anti-HBV agents should be seriously considered for such patients.

  3. Safety and activity of ibrutinib plus rituximab for patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukaemia: a single-arm, phase 2 study.

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    Burger, Jan A; Keating, Michael J; Wierda, William G; Hartmann, Elena; Hoellenriegel, Julia; Rosin, Nathalie Y; de Weerdt, Iris; Jeyakumar, Ghayathri; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Cardenas-Turanzas, Marylou; Lerner, Susan; Jorgensen, Jeffrey L; Nogueras-González, Graciela M; Zacharian, Gracy; Huang, Xuelin; Kantarjian, Hagop; Garg, Naveen; Rosenwald, Andreas; O'Brien, Susan

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    Ibrutinib, an orally administered covalent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), is an effective treatment for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). We investigated the activity and safety of the combination of ibrutinib with the monoclonal antibody rituximab in patients with high-risk CLL. In this single-arm phase 2 study, we enrolled adult patients with high-risk CLL at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA). All enrolled participants had high-risk cytogenetic abnormalities (deletion 17p, TP53 mutation, or deletion 11q) or a short progression-free survival (PFS <36 months) after previous first-line chemoimmunotherapy. Patients with symptomatic disease requiring therapy received 28-day cycles of once-daily ibrutinib 420 mg together with rituximab (375 mg/m(2), intravenously, every week during cycle 1, then once per cycle until cycle 6), followed by continuous daily single-agent ibrutinib 420 mg until disease progression or until toxicities or complications precluded further treatment. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival in the intention-to-treat population. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT01520519, and is no longer accruing patients. Between Feb 28, 2012, and Sept 11, 2012, we enrolled 40 patients with CLL with high-risk disease features, 20 of whom had deletion 17p (del[17p]) or TP53 mutations (16 previously treated, four untreated), 13 had relapsed CLL with deletion 11q (del[11q]), and seven a PFS less than 36 months after first-line chemoimmunotherapy. 18-month PFS in all patients was 78·0% (95% CI 60·6-88·5), whereas in those with a del(17p) or TP53 mutation it was 72·4% (45·6-87·6) Toxicity was mainly mild to moderate in severity (grade 1-2). Diarrhoea occurred in ten (25%) patients (grade 1 in nine patients and grade 2 in one), bleeding events in 14 (33%) patients (eight grade 1 and five grade 2), nausea or vomiting in 15 patients (38%) (ten grade 1 and five grade 2), and fatigue in

  4. Long-term results of the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma with cladribine (2-CDA) alone (95-80-53) or 2-CDA and rituximab (N0189) in the North Central Cancer Treatment Group.

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    Inwards, David J; Fishkin, Paul A S; Hillman, David W; Brown, David W; Ansell, Stephen M; Kurtin, Paul J; Fonseca, Rafael; Morton, Roscoe F; Veeder, Michael H; Witzig, Thomas E

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    The objective of this study was to test cladribine (2-CDA) alone and in combination with rituximab in patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Patients with MCL were treated on 2 sequential trials. In Trial 95-80-53, patients received 2-CDA as initial therapy or at relapse. In Trial N0189, patients received combination 2-CDA and rituximab as initial therapy. In both trials, 2-CDA was administered at a dose of 5 mg/m2 intravenously on Days 1 through 5 every 4 weeks for 2 to 6 cycles, depending on response. In Trial N0189, rituximab 375 mg/m2 was administered on Day 1 of each cycle. Results were reported for 80 patients. Twenty-six previously untreated patients and 25 patients who had recurrent disease with a median age of 68 years received single-agent 2-CDA. The overall response rate (ORR) was 81% with 42% complete responses (CRs) in the previously untreated group. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 13.6 months (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 7.2-22.1 months), and 81% of patients remained alive at 2 years. The ORR was 46% with a 21% CR rate in the recurrent disease group. The median PFS was 5.4 months (95% CI, 4.6-13.1 months), and 36% of patients remained alive at 2 years. Twenty-nine eligible patients with a median age of 70 years received 2-CDA plus rituximab. The ORR was 66% (19 of 29 patient), and the CR rate was 52% (15 of 29 patients). The median duration of response for patients who achieved a CR had not been reached at the time of the current report, and only 3 of the patients who achieved a CR developed recurrent disease at a median follow-up of 21.5 months. 2-CDA had substantial single-agent activity in both recurrent and untreated MCL, and the results indicated that it may be administered safely to elderly patients. The addition of rituximab to 2-CDA may increase the duration of response. (Copyright) 2008 American Cancer Society.

  5. Value of Surveillance Studies for Patients With Stage I to II Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma in the Rituximab Era

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    Hiniker, Susan M.; Pollom, Erqi L. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States); Khodadoust, Michael S. [Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States); Kozak, Margaret M. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States); Xu, Guofan; Quon, Andrew [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States); Advani, Ranjana H. [Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States); Hoppe, Richard T., E-mail: rhoppe@stanford.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, California (United States)

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    Background: The role of surveillance studies in limited-stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in the rituximab era has not been well defined. We sought to evaluate the use of imaging (computed tomography [CT] and positron emission tomography [PET]-CT) scans and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in surveillance of patients with stage I to II DLBCL. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who received definitive treatment between 2000 and 2013. Results: One hundred sixty-two consecutive patients with stage I to II DLBCL were treated with chemotherapy +/− rituximab, radiation, or combined modality therapy. The 5-year rates of overall survival (OS) and freedom from progression (FFP) were 81.2% and 80.8%, respectively. Of the 162 patients, 124 (77%) were followed up with at least 1 surveillance PET scan beyond end-of-treatment scans; of those, 94 of 124 (76%) achieved a complete metabolic response on PET scan after completion of chemotherapy, and this was associated with superior FFP (P=.01, HR=0.3) and OS (P=.01, HR 0.3). Eighteen patients experienced relapse after initial response to therapy. Nine relapses were initially suspected by surveillance imaging studies (8 PET, 1 CT), and 9 were suspected clinically (5 by patient-reported symptoms and 4 by symptoms and physical examination). No relapses were detected by surveillance LDH. The median duration from initiation of treatment to relapse was 14.3 months among patients with relapses suspected by imaging, and 59.8 months among patients with relapses suspected clinically (P=.077). There was no significant difference in OS from date of first therapy or OS after relapse between patients whose relapse was suspected by imaging versus clinically. Thirteen of 18 patients underwent successful salvage therapy after relapse. Conclusions: A complete response on PET scan immediately after initial chemotherapy is associated with superior FFP and OS in stage I to II DLBCL. The use of PET scans as

  6. Prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in a child affected by rituximab-resistant autoimmune hemolytic anemia: a case report

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    Beretta Chiara

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Autoimmune hemolytic anemia in children younger than 2 years of age is usually characterized by a severe course, with a mortality rate of approximately 10%. The prolonged immunosuppression following specific treatment may be associated with a high risk of developing severe infections. Recently, the use of monoclonal antibodies (rituximab has allowed sustained remissions to be obtained in the majority of pediatric patients with refractory autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Case presentation We describe the case of an 8-month-old Caucasian girl affected by a severe form of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, which required continuous steroid treatment for 16 months. Thereafter, she received 4 weekly doses of rituximab (375 mg/m2/dose associated with steroid therapy, which was then tapered over the subsequent 2 weeks. One month after the last dose of rrituximab, she presented with recurrence of severe hemolysis and received two more doses of rrituximab. The patient remained in clinical remission for 7 months, before presenting with a further relapse. An alternative heavy immunosuppressive therapy was administered combining cyclophosphamide 10 mg/kg/day for 10 days with methylprednisolone 40 mg/kg/day for 5 days, which was then tapered down over 3 weeks. While still on steroid therapy, the patient developed an interstitial pneumonia with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which required immediate admission to the intensive care unit where extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy was administered continuously for 37 days. At 16-month follow-up, the patient is alive and in good clinical condition, with no organ dysfunction, free from any immunosuppressive treatment and with a normal Hb level. Conclusions This case shows that aggressive combined immunosuppressive therapy may lead to a sustained complete remission in children with refractory autoimmune hemolytic anemia. However, the severe life-threatening complication presented by our

  7. Cardiotoxicity with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, non-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone compared to rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone in frontline treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: A randomised phase-III study from the Austrian Cancer Drug Therapy Working Group [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie AGMT](NHL-14).

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    Fridrik, Michael A; Jaeger, Ulrich; Petzer, Andreas; Willenbacher, Wolfgang; Keil, Felix; Lang, Alois; Andel, Johannes; Burgstaller, Sonja; Krieger, Otto; Oberaigner, Willi; Sihorsch, Kurt; Greil, Richard

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    Chemoimmunotherapy containing rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP) is the standard treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Doxorubicin may induce early and late cardiotoxicity. Non-pegylated liposomal (NPL) doxorubicin may reduce cardiotoxicity. Patients with untreated CD20+ DLBCL were randomised to conventional R-CHOP chemoimmunotherapy or rituximab, cyclophosphamide, non-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (R-COMP) with doxorubicin substituted by NPL-doxorubicin. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels were measured before each treatment cycle and after the end of treatment. The mean LVEF of 178 and 158 measurements in the R-COMP and R-CHOP arms was 63.31% and 62.25%, respectively (P = 0.167). During treatment the LVEF measurements were below 50% in 10/218 (4.6%) in the R-COMP arm and 31/196 (15.8%) in the R-CHOP arm (Ptreatment (P = 0.013). There were more serious adverse events in the R-CHOP arm (26 versus 40, P = 0.029). Infections were more common (15 versus 28) in the R-CHOP arm. In patients with normal cardiac function, six cycles of R-CHOP resulted in a low rate of early cardiotoxicity. NPL-doxorubicin did not reduce cardiotoxicity, although cardiac safety signals were elevated in R-CHOP compared to R-COMP. Cephalon provided the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie with NPL-doxorubicin and an unrestricted grant, but was not involved in the study protocol, data acquisition, data analysis or the writing of the paper. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Clinical characteristics and prognosis of primary Waldeyer's ring and lymph node diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the rituximab era.

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    Jing, Xiao-Mei; Yu, Jing-Rui; Luo, Yang-Kun; Zhang, Shi-Chuan; Liu, Ji-Feng; Li, Li; Wu, Ping; Zhang, Zhi-Hui

    2017-09-01

    This study was to compare the clinical characteristics and prognosis of Waldeyer's ring diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (WR-DLBCL) and lymph node DLBCL (LN-DLBCL) in the rituximab era. Before propensity score-matched (PSM), WR-DLBCL group shows more favorable clinical characteristics than LN-DLBCL group. After PSM, there was no significant difference in the response rate and survivals between them. The 5-year PFS and OS rates were 65.0% and 78.6% for WR-DLBCL group, respectively, and 53.7% and 66.1% for LN-DLBCL group, respectively. In WR-DLBCL group, ECOG score, Ann Arbor stage, B symptoms and IPI were associated with poor PFS and OS. In LN-DLBCL group, ECOG score, Ann Arbor stage, LDH, and IPI were significant factors to PFS and OS. Multivariate analysis showed that Ann Arbor stage was the only significant factor to PFS for WR-DLBCL group, for LN-DLBCL group, Ann Arbor stage and IPI were independent factors to PFS, LDH was the only significant factor to OS. WR-DLBCL was associated with more favorable clinical characteristics compared with LN-DLBCL, whereas, WR involvement itself did not have a real favorable prognostic significance. The PFS and OS of DLBCL were largely dependent on other prognostic factors such as Ann Arbor stage, LDH or IPI. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. RUSSIAN EXPERIENCE WITH USING MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES TO B-LYMPHOCYTES (RITUXIMAB IN SYSTEMIC VASCULITIDES ASSOCIATED WITH NEUTROPHIL CYTOPLASMIC ANTIBODIES (PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE RUSSIAN REGISTER NORMA

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    T. V. Beketova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2013, Russia registered officially the indications for the use of monoclonal antibodies to B-lymphocytes (rituximab, RTM in systemic vasculitides associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA-SV. This communication presents the preliminary results of the Russian register of the RTM application in autoimmune diseases (NORMA that has included 50 patients with ANCA-SV treated in 14 cities of the Russian Federation. Twenty-five of 50 (50% patients received repeated courses of RTM. RTM has demonstrated a high efficacy and a good profile of treatment safety in patients with ANCA-SV in real-life national clinical practice. Among 25 patients who had been followed up for over 12 months, the remission was achieved in 92% of cases, a decrease in the ANCA-SV activity was observed in 8%. The efficacy of RTM increased when performing repeated courses, while it has been noted that the positive results can be obtained by prescribing a repeated course of RTM at a reduced dose (500–1000 mg. Prescription of the repeated courses was primarily required in patients with granulomatosis and polyangiitis affecting the lungs. Care should be taken when combining RTM treatment with cytostatics (primarily with cyclophosphamide because of the risk of secondary immunodeficiency and infectious adverse events (AE, which have been the most frequent serious AE (12% in patients with ANCA-SV.

  10. The Elevation of Cardio-Ankle Vascular Index in a Patient With Malignant Lymphoma Treated With a Combination Therapy of Rituximab and Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, and Prednisolone

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    Shimizu, Naomi; Ban, Noriko; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Rikitake, Asami; Watanabe, Rena; Tanaka, Sho; Sato, Yuta; Imamura, Haruki; Kawana, Hidetoshi; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Saiki, Atsuhito; Tatsuno, Ichiro; Shirai, Kohji

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    An increased risk of arteriosclerosis has been noted in cancer survivors. Currently, there are only a few reports available that consider the risk of arteriosclerosis in patients treated with chemotherapy. Patients with an advanced stage B-cell malignant lymphoma are typically treated with a combination therapy of rituximab and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP). Complications such as diabetes mellitus (DM), hyperlipidemia (HL), and osteoporosis due to prednisolone and cardiotoxicity due to anthracyclines are well known. However, there are no studies that have investigated the link between R-CHOP therapy and arteriosclerosis. We discussed a patient with follicular lymphoma who was evaluated using cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) as an arterial stiffness parameter during R-CHOP therapy in this report. She achived complete remission after the eighth course therapy without complications such as hypertension (HT), HL, DM, and infection. This patient showed elevated CAVI with new plaque formation in the carotid arteries after the end of chemotherapy. These data indicate that R-CHOP therapy may progress the arteriosclerosis. PMID:28725323

  11. Monitoring CD27+ memory B-cells in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders patients treated with rituximab: Results from a bicentric study.

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    Cohen, M; Romero, G; Bas, J; Ticchioni, M; Rosenthal, M; Lacroix, R; Brunet, C; Rico, A; Pelletier, J; Audoin, B; Lebrun, C

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    Rituximab (RTX) is increasingly used in the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMO-SD). Administration regimen is not consensual as there is no reliable biomarker of RTX efficacy. In most cases, after induction, RTX is administered systematically every 6months. To assess efficacy and safety of a maintenance regimen based on CD19+ CD27+ memory B-cell (mBc) detection. We conducted a study in two French centers, including patients with NMO-SD who received an induction therapy with RTX. We compared the number of administered infusions, relapses and EDSS depending on two maintenance schemes (S1: administration of 1g RTX infusion every 6months or S2: a scheme based on regular mBc detection. 1g RTX was administered if mBc was >0.05%) RESULTS: 40 patients were included (mean age: 40.2years, F/M sex ratio: 5/1). Aquaporin-4 antibodies were positive in 75% patients. Under S1 regimen, all patients received 2 infusions per year, whereas under S2, they received 1.62 infusion per year. The mean interval between infusions under S2 was 7.4months, without decrease of clinical efficacy. In our study, mBc-based administration of RTX allowed personalizing treatment administration and in several cases to lower the cumulative dose without loss of efficacy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Prognostic factors in primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of adrenal gland treated with rituximab-CHOP chemotherapy from the Consortium for Improving Survival of Lymphoma (CISL

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    Kim Yu

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of this study was to identify prognostic factors for survival in patients with primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL of the adrenal gland. Methods Thirty one patients diagnosed with primary adrenal DLBCL from 14 Korean institutions and treated with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone were analyzed. Results Complete remission (CR and overall response rate after R-CHOP chemotherapy were 54.8% and 87.0%. The 2-year estimates of overall survival (OS and progression-free survival (PFS were 68.3% and 51.1%. In patients achieving CR, significant prolongations of OS (P = 0.029 and PFS (P = 0.005 were observed. Ann Arbor stage had no influence on OS. There was no significant difference in OS between patients with unilateral involvement of adrenal gland and those with bilateral involvement. When staging was modified to include bilateral adrenal involvement as one extranodal site, early stage (I or II significantly correlated with longer OS (P = 0.021 and PFS (P 0.001. Conclusions Contrary to prior reports, our data suggests that outcomes of primary adrenal DLBCL are encouraging using a regimen of R-CHOP, and that achieving CR after R-CHOP is predictive of survival. Likewise, our modified staging system may have prognostic value.

  13. Extended stability of the rituximab biosimilar CT-P10 in its opened vials and after dilution and storage in polyolefin bags.

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    Vieillard, V; Paul, M; Ibrahim, T; Astier, A

    2017-11-01

    The stability of the rituximab biosimilar CT-P10, in 50mL vials at a concentration of 10mg/mL, and after dilution to final concentrations of 1 and 4mg/mL and storage in polyolefin bags at 4°C and 25°C was studied by several orthogonal and complementary methods. No significant change (as defined by a magnitude greater than the inter-batch variability) was observed, for each of the parameters characterizing physical and chemical stability studied, for the two concentrations and temperatures tested, or for any of the three batches tested. This implies that cold-chain rupture and exposure to room temperature up to 15 days both for vials and diluted bags have no deleterious consequence on the quality of the product. Moreover, this extended stability permits safe in-advance preparation, dose-banding or flat-dose, that to avoid unnecessary delays in the management of the patient, improvement of the pharmacy and nurse workload and money saving by avoiding non justified losses of this expensive drug. Copyright © 2017 Académie Nationale de Pharmacie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. The absolute percent deviation of IGHV mutation rather than a 98% cut-off predicts survival of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients treated with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab.

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    Jain, Preetesh; Nogueras González, Graciela M; Kanagal-Shamanna, Rashmi; Rozovski, Uri; Sarwari, Nawid; Tam, Constantine; Wierda, William G; Thompson, Philip A; Jain, Nitin; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Quesada, Andres; Sanchez-Petitto, Gabriela; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Burger, Jan; Kantarjian, Hagop; Cortes, Jorge; O'Brien, Susan; Keating, Michael J; Estrov, Zeev

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    The degree of somatic hypermutation, determined as percent deviation of immunoglobulin heavy chain gene variable region sequence from the germline (IGHV%), is an important prognostic factor in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Currently, a cut-off of 2% deviation or 98% sequence identity to germline in IGHV sequence is routinely used to dichotomize CLL patients into mutated and unmutated groups. Because dissimilar IGHV% cut-offs of 1-5% were identified in different studies, we wondered whether no cut-off should be applied and IGHV% treated as a continuous variable. We analysed the significance of IGHV% in 203 CLL patients enrolled on the original frontline fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR) trial with a median of 10 years follow-up. Using the Cox Proportional Hazard model, IGHV% was identified as a continuous variable that is significantly associated with progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) (P < 0·001). Furthermore, we validated this finding in 323 patients treated with FCR off-protocol and in the total cohort (n = 535). Multivariate analysis revealed a continuous trend. Higher IGHV% levels were incrementally associated with favorable PFS and OS in both FCR-treated cohorts (P < 0·001, both cohorts). Taken together, our data suggest that IGHV% is a continuous variable in CLL patients treated with FCR. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Variants of genes implicated in type 1 interferon pathway and B-cell activation modulate the EULAR response to rituximab at 24 weeks in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Juge, Pierre-Antoine; Gazal, Steven; Constantin, Arnaud; Mariette, Xavier; Combe, Bernard; Tebib, Jacques; Dougados, Maxime; Sibilia, Jean; Le Loet, Xavier; Dieudé, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    The type 1 interferon (IFN) pathway has been identified to potentially affect the response to rituximab (RTX) for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which suggests the contribution of type 1 IFN pathway genes such as IFN regulatory factor 5 and 7 (IRF5 and IRF7), tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2), signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) and osteopontin (SPP1). Our objective was to study functional variants of these IFN pathway genes as predictors of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) response to RTX for RA at week 24 (W24). Logistic regression analysis with a stepwise multivariate model adjusted for sex, age and DAS28-CRP (Disease Activity Score in 28 joints with C reactive protein) in 115 patients from the SMART randomised studywas used to analyse the association between the candidate variants and W24 EULAR response. Because the variant TNFSF13B rs9514828 was previously found associated with RTX response in the same population, it was included in the analysis. The combination of IRF5 rs2004640, SPP1 rs9138 and TNFSF13B rs9514828 was strongly associated with good/moderate EULAR response to RTX at W24: p=9.34×10(-6), OR 11.37 (95% CI 4.03 to 35.28), positive predictive value 91% and negative predictive value 54%. Our results support the contribution of the IRF5, SPP1 and TNFSF13B genotypic combination in the response to RTX for RA at W24.

  16. Rituximab monotherapy for splenic marginal zone lymphoma with villous lymphocytes: report on long-term disease control for two patients with recurrence after splenectomy

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    Márcio Debiasi

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL is a lymphoproliferative B-cell disorder that has a favorable prognosis, with estimated overall five-year survival of 70%. The majority of symptomatic patients undergo splenectomy, while a few receive first-line chemotherapy, especially with purine analogues. There are no specific treatment guidelines for patients for whom splenectomy fails to provide a cure. It is still unclear whether these patients should undergo cytotoxic chemotherapy, considering they have now a relapsed lymphoma (which is theoretically more aggressive, or whether they should be spared from treatments of greater toxicity, given that their disease usually develops with a more indolent course, even when it recurs. CASE REPORT: Here, we present two patients whose disease recurred after splenectomy and for whom rituximab monotherapy provided satisfactory treatment. From these cases, it can be suggested that postponement of cytotoxic treatments may be possible in at least some situations. It needs to be emphasized that the evidence to support this approach is based only on case reports, since there are no randomized clinical trials on this subject.

  17. Rapid and sustained clearance of circulating lymphoma cells after chemotherapy plus rituximab: clinical significance of quantitative t(14;18) PCR monitoring in advanced stage follicular lymphoma patients.

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    Hirt, Carsten; Schüler, Frank; Kiefer, Thomas; Schwenke, Cornelia; Haas, Antje; Niederwieser, Dietger; Neser, Sabine; Assmann, Michael; Srock, Stefanie; Rohrberg, Robert; Dachselt, Klaus; Leithäuser, Malte; Rabkin, Charles S; Herold, Michael; Dölken, Gottfried

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    This study of first-line treatment in advanced-stage follicular lymphoma patients analysed the effects of MCP (mitoxantrone, chlorambucil and prednisolone) chemotherapy alone or in combination with rituximab (R-MCP) on circulating lymphoma cells (CLC) and assessed the prognostic value of a quantitative monitoring of CLC. CLC numbers were determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the t(14;18)-translocation or by allele-specific PCR for rearranged immunoglobulin heavy chain genes. We analysed blood samples from 43 patients treated in a randomized trial comparing eight cycles of MCP versus R-MCP. Clearance of CLC at the end of therapy was achieved in 21/25 patients (84%) treated with R-MCP compared with 0/18 after MCP alone (P or = 2 log CLC reduction was associated with a favourable clinical response (P = 0.0004) and prolonged event-free survival (P = 0.02). In R-MCP patients, stable CLC numbers or consistently PCR-negative blood samples were associated with a continuing clinical remission whereas in two patients a relapse was preceded by a > or = 2 log CLC increase. This study demonstrated that R-MCP led to a rapid and sustained eradication of CLC and a > or = 2 log CLC reduction was associated with a superior quality and duration of the clinical response.

  18. A multicentre randomised controlled trial to compare the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety of CT-P10 and innovator rituximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Yoo, Dae Hyun; Suh, Chang-Hee; Shim, Seung Cheol; Jeka, Slawomir; Cons-Molina, Francisco Fidencio; Hrycaj, Pawel; Wiland, Piotr; Lee, Eun Young; Medina-Rodriguez, Francisco G; Shesternya, Pavel; Radominski, Sebastiao; Stanislav, Marina; Kovalenko, Volodymyr; Sheen, Dong Hyuk; Myasoutova, Leysan; Lim, Mie Jin; Choe, Jung-Yoon; Lee, Sang Joon; Lee, Sung Young; Kwon, Taek Sang; Park, Won

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    Objective To demonstrate pharmacokinetic equivalence of CT-P10 and innovator rituximab (RTX) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with inadequate responses or intolerances to antitumour necrosis factor agents. Methods In this randomised phase I trial, patients with active RA were randomly assigned (2:1) to receive 1000 mg CT-P10 or RTX at weeks 0 and 2 (alongside continued methotrexate therapy). Primary endpoints were area under the serum concentration–time curve from time zero to last quantifiable concentration (AUC0–last) and maximum serum concentration after second infusion (Cmax). Additional pharmacokinetic parameters, efficacy, pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity and safety were also assessed. Data are reported up to week 24. Results 103 patients were assigned to CT-P10 and 51 to RTX. The 90% CIs for the ratio of geometric means (CT-P10/RTX) for both primary endpoints were within the bioequivalence range of 80%–125% (AUC0–last: 97.7% (90% CI 89.2% to 107.0%); Cmax: 97.6% (90% CI 92.0% to 103.5%)). Pharmacodynamics and efficacy were comparable between groups. Antidrug antibodies were detected in 17.6% of patients in each group at week 24. CT-P10 and RTX displayed similar safety profiles. Conclusions CT-P10 and RTX demonstrated equivalent pharmacokinetics and comparable efficacy, pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity and safety. Trial registration number NCT01534884. PMID:27624791

  19. Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia associated with Epstein Barr virus infection as a severe late complication after kidney transplantation and successful treatment with rituximab: case report.

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    Hamilton, Alexander J; Webb, Lynsey H; Williams, Jennifer K; D'Souza, Richard J; Ngu, Loretta S P; Moore, Jason

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    Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) is a rare complication following kidney transplantation and usually occurs early in its course. It is characterised by autoantibodies or alloantibodies directed against red blood cells (RBCs). We describe a 44 year old woman who presented 5 years after kidney transplantation with profound transfusion dependent warm AIHA. Investigations confirmed an IgG autoantibody against RBCs and high titre Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viraemia. The patient was at higher risk for EBV disease being seronegative at the time of transplantation but had detectable EBV capsid IgG antibody at the time of presentation. The haemolysis was refractory to high dose steroid and intravenous immunoglobulin. There was a rapid and complete resolution of both the anaemia and the viraemia following rituximab therapy, with no adverse events. Twenty-six units of blood were required during the course of treatment. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of EBV associated AIHA in a renal transplant recipient. It highlights a rare pathology associated with post-transplant EBV infection, of broad interest to transplant physicians, haematologists, and microbiologists, and the effective novel use of monoclonal anti-CD20 therapy.

  20. Safety of rituximab in the routine treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in Italy in patients refractory to anti-TNFa drugs: results from the observational retrospective-prospective RUBINO study

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    L. Bazzichi

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper reports the results from the observational retrospective-prospective RUBINO study conducted in Italy to assess the safety of rituximab in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA in routine clinical practice. The percentage of patients who manifested at least one grade 3 or 4 adverse event (AE assessed by the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3.0 (CTCAE v.3 during the observation period (primary objective was evaluated. The percentage of patients manifesting a severe AE (SAE, clinical response to rituximab treatment, clinical remission according to disease activity score for 28 joints (DAS28 criteria, markers of disease and quality of life were also assessed. Fifty-three Italian rheumatology centers took part in the study. Patients with a diagnosis of RA and inadequate response to anti-tumor necrosis factor b (anti-TNFa drugs were enrolled. Participating patients had previously received at least one cycle of