Understanding and Enhancing the Graft-Versus-Leukemia Effect After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

  • Jeffrey MolldremEmail author
  • Stanley Riddell
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 144)


The graft-versus-leukemia (GvL) effect of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) was first identified by studies in mice showing that transplanted leukemia could be cured by a lethal dose of total body irradiation (TBI) and the infusion of allogeneic bone marrow to restore hematopoiesis. Mice given TBI treatment but infused with syngeneic marrow almost always succumbed to recurrent leukemia [1]. Initial efforts to use allogeneic HSCT to treat human leukemia also gave intensive conditioning to kill malignant cells and prevent rejection of the stem cell graft, but leukemia relapse has remained a major cause of failure, particularly for patients transplanted for advanced disease [2, 3]. It soon became apparent that the development of acute and/or chronic GvHD was associated with a lower probability of leukemia relapse [4, 5], confirming the prediction of murine studies that immunologic non-identity between the donor and recipient would provide a GvL...


Acute Myeloid Leukemia Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Medicine, Section Chief, Transplant Immunology, M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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