Neurotoxicity following chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy is associated with astrocyte injury

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  • Astrocyte injury during neurotoxicity was observed in individuals receiving CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T). However, the exact role of the glia in immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS) pathogenesis is yet to be determined.

Why this matters

  • Systemic cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurotoxicity following CAR-T treatment are complications that can sometimes be fatal. This study attempts to understand the mechanism of ICANS to develop better preventative and therapeutic measures.

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