Most Recent Clinical Advances in CAR T Cell and Gene Therapy 2017/2018

  • Syed A. Abutalib
  • Saar I. Gill
Part of the Advances and Controversies in Hematopoietic Transplantation and Cell Therapy book series (ACHTCT)


Adoptive cell therapy with gene-engineered T cells bearing antitumor-reactive T-cell receptor or chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) is a promising and rapidly evolving field of translational medicine. This approach has delivered exciting responses for some patients with lymphoid hematologic neoplasms, leading to recent US Food and Drug Administration approvals. Hematopoietic stem cellular gene therapy has also shown promising advances, with durable and potentially curative clinical benefit and without the potential toxicities of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant. However, for both of these novel strategies, many questions remain unanswered. Compared to synthetic viral gene addition therapy (e.g., CAR T-cell engineering), translation of gene-editing technologies to patient care is in its infancy. Multiple clinical trials are ongoing or expected to open for CAR T cell and inherited monogenic disorders (Gardner et al., Blood 129:3322–3331, 2017) (refer to subsequent disease-specific chapters in the book). In this chapter, we will highlight the most recent and clinically relevant developments in the arena of gene-modified T-cell-based therapies and hematopoietic stem cellular gene therapy specifically focusing on hematologic disorders. We will conclude the chapter by summarizing the apparent challenges and directions for the future.


Cell therapy Gene therapy CAR T cell Lymphoma CLL ALL Leukemia CD19 Chimeric antigen receptors Adoptive T-cell therapy Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells 


Conflict of Interest

Syed A. Abutalib—None.

Saar I Gill—Research funding (Novartis); Equity (Carisma Therapeutics); Scientific Advisory Board (Carisma Therapeutics, Extellia Therapeutics).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed A. Abutalib
    • 1
    • 2
  • Saar I. Gill
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaZionUSA
  2. 2.Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and ScienceNorth ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Smilow Translational Research CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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