Efficacy of brincidofovir as prophylaxis against HSV and VZV in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients Journal Article


Authors: Lee, Y. J.; Neofytos, D.; Kim, S. J.; Cheteyan, L.; Huang, Y. T.; Papadopoulos, E. B.; Jakubowski, A. A.; Papanicolaou, G. A.
Article Title: Efficacy of brincidofovir as prophylaxis against HSV and VZV in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients
Abstract: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients are at risk for herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infections. Routine prophylaxis with acyclovir is recommended during periods of immunosuppression. Brincidofovir (BCV, CMX001), a lipid conjugate of cidofovir, has shown in vitro activity against HSV/VZV, but has not been formally studied for HSV/VZV prophylaxis. We report our clinical experience of BCV for HSV/VZV prophylaxis in HCT recipients. This was a retrospective review of 30 hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients between 8/2010 and 8/2015 who received BCV doses not exceeding 200 mg/week for adults/adolescents and 4 mg/kg/week for pediatric (<12 years) patients, for ≥14 days BCV without concomitant acyclovir under clinical trials or single patient use. HSV/VZV cases during BCV treatment were confirmed by viral culture or PCR and clinical symptoms. Of 30 patients who met the inclusion criteria, 27 (90%) patients were adults and 22 (73%) patients received T-cell depleted HCT. The most common indications for BCV were cytomegalovirus in 12 patients (40%) and adenovirus in 11 patients (37%). One patient was treated for acyclovir-resistant HSV and one for disseminated VZV. There were two breakthrough cases of HSV infection during 2170 patient-days. There were no cases of breakthrough VZV infection. The overall rate of breakthrough HSV infection was 1.0 per 1000 patient-days, without any breakthrough VZV infections. Our study provides the only available—albeit limited—evidence on the potential efficacy of BCV for HSV/VZV prophylaxis in HCT patients. Additional studies are needed to further assess the efficacy and safety of BCV in the setting. © 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Keywords: hematopoietic cell transplant; brincidofovir; herpes simplex virus (hsv); varicella-zoster virus (vzv)
Journal Title: Transplant Infectious Disease
Volume: 20
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1398-2273
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell  
Date Published: 2018-12-01
Start Page: e12977
Language: English
DOI: 10.1111/tid.12977
PROVIDER: scopus c7 - e12977
PMCID: PMC6310478
PUBMED: 30120866
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Notes: Transplant Infect. Dis. -- Export Date: 2 January 2019 -- Article -- CODEN: TIDSF -- Source: Scopus C7 - e12977
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  1. Yeon Joo Lee
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  2. Yao-Ting Huang
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  3. Seong Jin   Kim
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