Glucocorticoids delivered by inorganic‐organic hybrid nanoparticles mitigate acute graft‐versus‐host disease and sustain graft‐versus‐leukemia activity

Tina K. Kaiser, Hu Li, Laura Roßmann, Sybille D. Reichardt, Hanibal Bohnenberger, Claus Feldmann, Holger M. Reichardt
Glucocorticoids (GCs) are widely used to treat acute graft‐versus‐host disease (aGvHD) due to their immunosuppressive activity, but they also reduce the beneficial graft‐versus‐leukemia (GvL) effect of the allogeneic T cells contained in the graft. Here, we tested whether aGvHD therapy could be improved by delivering GCs with the help of inorganic–organic hybrid nanoparticles (IOH‐NPs) that preferentially target myeloid cells. IOH‐NPs containing the GC betamethasone (BMP‐NPs) efficiently
more » ... efficiently reduced morbidity, mortality, and tissue damage in a totally MHC mismatched mouse model of aGvHD. Therapeutic activity was lost in mice lacking the GC receptor (GR) in myeloid cells, confirming the cell type specificity of our approach. BMP‐NPs had no relevant systemic activity but suppressed cytokine and chemokine gene expression locally in the small intestine, which presumably explains their mode of action. Most importantly, BMP‐NPs delayed the development of an adoptively transferred B cell lymphoma better than the free drug, although the overall incidence was unaffected. Our findings thus suggest that employing IOH‐NPs could diminish the risk of relapse associated with GC therapy of aGvHD patients while still allowing to efficiently ameliorate the disease.
doi:10.5445/ir/1000118078 fatcat:lr7jb6guzzhd7m7p5o6q5uikfu