Umbilical cord blood expansion with nicotinamide provides long-term multilineage engraftment.

Publication Type
Journal Article
Year of Publication
Horwitz, Mitchell E; Chao, Nelson J; Rizzieri, David A; Long, Gwynn D; Sullivan, Keith M; Gasparetto, Cristina; Chute, John P; Morris, Ashley; McDonald, Carolyn; Waters-Pick, Barbara; Stiff, Patrick; Wease, Steven; Peled, Amnon; Snyder, David; Cohen, Einat Galamidi; Shoham, Hadas; Landau, Efrat; Friend, Etty; Peleg, Iddo; Aschengrau, Dorit; Yackoubov, Dima; Kurtzberg, Joanne; Peled, Tony
J Clin Invest
Date Published
2014 Jul
Adult; Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation; Fetal Blood; Graft Survival; Hematologic Neoplasms; Hematopoiesis; Humans; Middle Aged; Niacinamide; Transplantation Chimera; Transplantation Conditioning; Treatment Outcome; Young Adult

BACKGROUND: Delayed hematopoietic recovery is a major drawback of umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation. Transplantation of ex vivo-expanded UCB shortens time to hematopoietic recovery, but long-term, robust engraftment by the expanded unit has yet to be demonstrated. We tested the hypothesis that a UCB-derived cell product consisting of stem cells expanded for 21 days in the presence of nicotinamide and a noncultured T cell fraction (NiCord) can accelerate hematopoietic recovery and provide long-term engraftment.

METHODS: In a phase I trial, 11 adults with hematologic malignancies received myeloablative bone marrow conditioning followed by transplantation with NiCord and a second unmanipulated UCB unit. Safety, hematopoietic recovery, and donor engraftment were assessed and compared with historical controls.

RESULTS: No adverse events were attributable to the infusion of NiCord. Complete or partial neutrophil and T cell engraftment derived from NiCord was observed in 8 patients, and NiCord engraftment remained stable in all patients, with a median follow-up of 21 months. Two patients achieved long-term engraftment with the unmanipulated unit. Patients transplanted with NiCord achieved earlier median neutrophil recovery (13 vs. 25 days, P < 0.001) compared with that seen in historical controls. The 1-year overall and progression-free survival rates were 82% and 73%, respectively.

CONCLUSION: UCB-derived hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells expanded in the presence of nicotinamide and transplanted with a T cell-containing fraction contain both short-term and long-term repopulating cells. The results justify further study of NiCord transplantation as a single UCB graft. If long-term safety is confirmed, NiCord has the potential to broaden accessibility and reduce the toxicity of UCB transplantation.


FUNDING: Gamida Cell Ltd.