Pharmacologic prophylaxis regimens for acute graft-versus-host disease: past, present and future.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Leukemia & lymphoma, Volume 54, Issue 8, p.1591-601 (2013)

Keywords:

2013, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, January 2013, Research Trials Office Core Facility - Biostatistics Service

Abstract:

Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) has compromised and continues to compromise the benefits associated with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant to cure malignant and non-malignant diseases. Pharmacologic interventions to prevent GVHD have emerged as a major objective of research in the immunology and transplant fields. A better understanding of the pathobiology behind the GVHD process has led the way to novel approaches and medications. Here we review the present arsenal of medications used to prevent GVHD, focusing on past experience and the current evidence, and discuss future potential targets.