Plerixafor in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation


Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is the standard of care for multiple myeloma (MM) and relapsing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) patients. Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) have become the main source of grafts for ASCT due to several advantages over bone marrow grafts. Poor PBSC mobilization and inadequate collection of CD34+ cell dose for safe engraftment is a reality for significant proportion of these patients. For this review, we conducted a PubMed search using the titles plerixafor and AMD3100 as well as poor stem cell mobilization. English-language articles were selected and data were extracted with focus on clinical studies of PBSC mobilization in MM and NHL patients. We discuss predictors of poor PBSC mobilization, the impact of poor mobilization on ASCT outcomes, the available agents that have been routinely used to enhance mobilization to achieve optimal CD34+ cell dose, and the role of plerixafor, the first CXCR4 antagonist to be approved for stem cell mobilization. Studies have shown that plerixafor is effective and safe when given with G-CSF either upfront or as a rescue for patients with MM or NHL. Currently, more patients are getting transplanted because of plerixafor. The challenge now is how to use the drug in the most cost effective way. Several scenarios on how to use the drug in proven or predicted poor mobilizers are proposed in this manuscript; however, validation for some of these approaches is still needed.


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Moreb, J. S. (2011). Plerixafor in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation. Oncology Reviews, 5(1), 67-73.