Chimeric Antigen Receptor–Engineered T Cell Therapy in Lymphoma

  • Paolo Strati
  • Sattva S. NeelapuEmail author
Lymphomas (MR Smith, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Lymphomas


Purpose of Review

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells are a form of adoptive therapy employing autologous T cells engineered with an artificial receptor, able to recognize tumor antigens through an HLA-independent mechanism. We will review data on safety and efficacy outcomes with CAR T cell therapy in lymphomas.

Recent Findings

Multicenter trials evaluating three CAR T cell products targeting CD19 have shown that they are highly effective and induce durable remissions in a substantial proportion of patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The most common toxicities were cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity.


Two anti-CD19 CAR T cell products were approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B cell NHL. Ongoing research is aimed at investigating their use in earlier lines of therapy and in other B cell lymphomas, improving CAR T cell efficacy and safety, and evaluating novel targets.


CAR T cell therapy Lymphoma CD19 Axicabtagene ciloleucel Tisagenlecleucel 


Authors Contributions

PS and SSN have coauthored the paper.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Paolo Strati declares that he has no conflict of interest. Sattva S. Neelapu has received research support from Kite/Gilead, Celgene, Cellectis, Poseida, Merck, Acerta, Karus, and Bristol-Myers Squibb and has served as a consultant and advisory board member for Kite/Gilead, Celgene, Novartis, Unum Therapeutics, Pfizer, CellMedica, and Merck.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Lymphoma and MyelomaThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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