Targeting Cd52 On Hcl Cells With Alemtuzumab

CD52 is a 12-amino-acid glycoprotein that is present on lymphocytes at up to 450,000 sites/cell.48'49 It is also present on monocytes, macrophages, eosinophils, and the male reproductive tract.5051 Quigley et al. at the Scripps Clinic recently reported that in nine cases of classic HCL and one of HCLv, all patients expressed CD52 on 92-100% of the HCL cells.52 Fietz et al. reported recently that a patient with HCL and shortlived or poor responses to cladribine, interferon, splenectomy, and rituximab had hematologic benefit with alemtuzumab.53 The patient tolerated rituximab more poorly than alemtuzumab because of an allergic reaction to the former. With both mAbs, the patient had an improvement in thrombocytopenia, but failed to reverse blood transfusion dependence.

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