Temcell is a cryopreserved, human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) product approved for the treatment of patients of all ages with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Initial experience with Temcell in a real-world setting from a cellular therapy registry in Japan is presented. A total of 381 consecutive patients were enrolled since its approval in 2016. The median cell number infused was 2.00 × 106/kg. The most common number of infusions was 8 in 100 patients. Of the 306 evaluable patients, the overall response rate (ORR) on day 28 after the start of MSC therapy was 56%. Of the 151 evaluable patients who received it as second-line therapy following first-line steroid therapy for classic acute GVHD, the ORR was 61%. Liver involvement of GVHD and ≥14 days from first-line steroid therapy to second-line MSC therapy was associated with a lower ORR. Day 28 ORR, patient age, GVHD grade, GVHD organ involvement, and a number of GVHD therapies before MSC therapy were associated with nonrelapse mortality. Overall survival at 6 months in 381 patients was 40%. This study suggests that Temcell is one of the treatment options for steroid-refractory acute GVHD until a new treatment with survival benefit is developed.
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