Impaired neutralisation of SARS-CoV-2 delta variant in vaccinated patients with B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Parry, H. et al. (2022) Impaired neutralisation of SARS-CoV-2 delta variant in vaccinated patients with B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Journal of Hematology and Oncology, 15(1), 3. (doi: 10.1186/s13045-021-01219-7) (PMID:35000597) (PMCID:PMC8743056)

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Abstract

Background: Immune suppression is a clinical feature of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), and patients show increased vulnerability to SARS-CoV-2 infection and suboptimal antibody responses. Method: We studied antibody responses in 500 patients following dual COVID-19 vaccination to assess the magnitude, correlates of response, stability and functional activity of the spike-specific antibody response with two different vaccine platforms. Results: Spike-specific seroconversion post-vaccine was seen in 67% of patients compared to 100% of age-matched controls. Amongst responders, titres were 3.7 times lower than the control group. Antibody responses showed a 33% fall over the next 4 months. The use of an mRNA (n = 204) or adenovirus-based (n = 296) vaccine platform did not impact on antibody response. Male gender, BTKi therapy, prophylactic antibiotics use and low serum IgA/IgM were predictive of failure to respond. Antibody responses after CD20-targeted immunotherapy recovered 12 months post treatment. Post-vaccine sera from CLL patients with Spike-specific antibody response showed markedly reduced neutralisation of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant compared to healthy controls. Patients with previous natural SARS-CoV-2 infection showed equivalent antibody levels and function as healthy donors after vaccination. Conclusions These findings demonstrate impaired antibody responses following dual COVID-19 vaccination in patients with CLL and further define patient risk groups. Furthermore, humoural protection against the globally dominant delta variant is markedly impaired in CLL patients and indicates the need for further optimisation of immune protection in this patient cohort.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was partially supported by the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) funded by DHSC/UKRI and the National Core Studies Immunity programme.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Willett, Professor Brian and Davis, Dr Chris and Logan, Miss Nicola and Tyson, Miss Grace
Authors: Parry, H., McIlroy, G., Bruton, R., Damery, S., Tyson, G., Logan, N., Davis, C., Willett, B., Zuo, J., Ali, M., Kaur, M., Stephens, C., Brant, D., Otter, A., McSkeane, T., Rolfe, H., Faustini, S., Richter, A., Lee, S., Wandroo, F., Shafeek, S., Pratt, G., Paneesha, S., and Moss, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation > Centre for Virus Research
Journal Name:Journal of Hematology and Oncology
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1756-8722
ISSN (Online):1756-8722
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2021
First Published:First published in Journal of Hematology and Oncology 15(1):3
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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