Pidilizumab in the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Locke J. Bryan, Leo I. Gordon

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Introduction: The programmed death-1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint pathway is an emerging target in the treatment of hematologic malignancies. Pidilizumab is an mAb that binds to PD-1 and is a safe and well-tolerated therapy. Recent data have shown clinical activity utilizing this strategy in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).Areas covered: The role of PD-1 expression in hematologic malignancies is explored. Recent clinical trials including the results of a Phase I trial in hematologic malignancies and a Phase II trial of pidilizumab following autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplant (AHSCT) are reviewed.Expert opinion: We review data that suggest that PD-1 is a promising target in the treatment and management of DLBCL. Changes in immune subsets following administration of pidilizumab are felt to represent on-target responses. The improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) following AHSCT supports a response to therapy. Importantly, the improvement in PFS for patients with positive FDG-PET/CT following AHSCT indicating residual disease further supports direct activity of pidilizumab in DLBCL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1361-1368
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Monoclonal antibody
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Pidilizumab
  • Programmed death-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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