Milestones in the development of Lym-1 therapy

Gerald L Denardo, Robert T O'Donnell, Larry M. Rose, Gary R. Mirick, Linda A. Kroger, Sally J. DeNardo

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Lym-1, a monoclonal antibody (MAb) that preferentially targets malignant lymphocytes, has induced therapeutic remissions in patients with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) when labeled with iodine-131 (131I). Based on the strategy of fractionating the total radiation dose, trials were designed to define the safety, toxicity, and efficacy of a series of doses of 131I-Lym-1 given 2-6 weeks apart. All patients had disease resistant to standard therapy. 131I-Lym-1 was given after unconjugated Lym1 and the 131I dose was escalated in Phase I-II trials. Therapy proved safe. The dose-limiting toxicity was thrombocytopenia. Nonhematological toxicities did not exceed grade 2 except for infrequent instances of grade 3 hypotension. In a low-dose (LD) trial of 131I-Lym-1, tumor regression occurred in 25 (83%) of 30 patients and 17 (57%) had durable remissions; 3 of the remissions were complete. In a maximum tolerated dose (MTD) trial of 131I-Lym-1, 10 (71%) of 14 entries that received at least two doses of 131I-Lym-1 therapy and 11 (52%) of 21 total entries had remissions; 7 of the remissions were complete. All 3 entries in the MTD cohort of 100 mCi/m2 [3.7 MBq/m2] of body surface area had durable complete remissions. Therapeutic remission and human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA) after Lym-1 therapy were associated with increased survival that was significant in multivariate analyses. Evidence for an Ab3 idiotypic network with an antibody cytotoxic for Raji human lymphoma was found in the only patient examined in detail thus far; this patient was studied because she had a high titer, HAMA and prolonged survival. In conclusion, 131I-Lym-1 induced durable remissions in patients with chemotherapy-resistant NHL or CLL and was associated with acceptable toxicity. In a subset of the patients, survival was quite prolonged perhaps related to development of Ab3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Genetics


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