Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 60–70 | Cite as

CARs in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia – Ready to Drive

  • Chitra Hosing
  • Partow Kebriaei
  • William Wierda
  • Bipulendu Jena
  • Laurence J. N. Cooper
  • Elizabeth Shpall
Chronic Leukemias (S O’Brien, Section Editor)


Adoptive transfer of antigen-specific T cells has been adapted by investigators for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). To overcome issues of immune tolerance which limits the endogenous adaptive immune response to tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), robust systems for the genetic modification and characterization of T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to redirect specificity have been produced. Refinements with regards to persistence and trafficking of the genetically modified T cells are underway to help improve potency. Clinical trials utilizing this technology demonstrate feasibility, and increasingly, these early-phase trials are demonstrating impressive anti-tumor effects, particularly for CLL patients, paving the way for multi-center trials to establish the efficacy of CAR+ T cell therapy.


Chronic lymphocytic leukemia Chimeric antigen receptor Gene therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chitra Hosing
    • 1
  • Partow Kebriaei
    • 1
  • William Wierda
    • 2
  • Bipulendu Jena
    • 3
  • Laurence J. N. Cooper
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Shpall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Stem Cell TransplantationUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of LeukemiaUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of PediatricsUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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