Author(s): Lia Gore, Franco Locatelli, Gerhard Zugmaier, Christian M Zwaan, Deepa Bhojwani
Introduction: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common malignant disease in childhood. Patients (pts) with relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) and/or multiple prior salvage therapies and/or refractory disease have a particularly poor prognosis. Blinatumomab is an investigational bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE®) antibody construct that redirects T cells to CD19+ B cells resulting in serial lysis. In phase 2 clinical studies, blinatumomab has demonstrated antitumor activity in adults with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma and ALL. We evaluated efficacy and toxicity of blinatumomab in pediatric pts with relapsed/refractory ALL who have a particularly poor prognosis.