Impact of HLA-G polymorphism on the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for metastatic renal cell carcinoma

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Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is particularly sensitive to immune intervention. HLA-G, a non-classical HLA class I molecule with immunomodulatory properties, has been studied with regard to outcome after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), in particular the 14 bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the 3′ untranslated region. Here we analyzed n = 56 patients affected by metastatic RCC who received an allogeneic HSCT between 1998 and 2006 in Milano, Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand and Stockholm. The 14 bp polymorphism was analyzed in correlation with overall survival (OS), PFS, acute and chronic GvHD. With a median followup of 13 years, a trend towards better outcome was observed when homozygosity for the 14bp-del allele was present: multivariate hazard ratio was 0.50 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.23-1.13; P = 0.10) and 0.57 (95% CI: 0.26-1.26; P = 0.17) for OS and PFS, respectively, when 14bp-del/del was compared with 14bp-ins/X. Further exploratory analysis revealed a significant association between T/C at p3003 and improved OS (P = 0.05) and PFS (P = 0.006) compared with T/T. To our knowledge this is the first study on HLA-G and outcome after HSCT for a solid malignancy. After a coordinated multicenter study, we found that the more tolerogenic polymorphisms (14bp-del/del) is associated with better PFS and OS. The finding on p3003 deserves further investigation.

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