Review highlights the importance of cell mediated immunity and the limitations of antivirals, vaccines and immunoglobulin therapy for HHV-6, VZV and HSV.
Reference values established for virus specific T-cells in healthy adults
These values may help determine the type of treatment transplant patients should receive: antiviral or adoptive T-cell therapy or a reduction in immunosuppression.
HHV-6 encephalitis following CAR-T cell therapy
A growing number of case reports reveal reactivation similar to that seen after hematopoietic stem cell therapy. Could CAR-T cells be a source of lytic HHV-6?
Virus-specific immunotherapy for transplant patients with primary immune deficiencies
A group from Baylor College of Medicine reviewed the efficacy of treating viral infections in transplant patients with primary immunodeficiencies using their viral-specific T lymphocytes. A total of 36 patients were treated with these immunotherapy infusions before or after undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and a complete or partial antiviral response were seen in 86% of patients with CMV, 76% of patients with EBV and all patients with adenovirus or HHV-6.
Baylor’s immunotherapy technique found effective in a small clinical trial
Trial explores immunotherapy for opportunistic viruses in transplantation
Further characterization of HHV-6B immune response leads to development of virus-specific immunotherapy
A group from Baylor has further characterized the clinical HHV-6B immune response, and is using this new information to develop an enhanced adoptive T cell immunotherapy specific to HHV-6 for HSCT patients.
Novel multivirus-specific immunotherapy developed as antiviral treatment option for transplant patients.
A novel technique has been developed for the treatment of several viral infections–including HHV-6–following HSCT.