Effect of Sirolimus Exposure on the Need for Preemptive Antiviral Therapy for Cytomeglovirus Infection after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.


Department of Hematology, Hospital Universitari i Politècnic la Fe, Valencia. Spain; Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Cáncer, Instituto Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. Electronic address: [Email]


The current study evaluates the clinical effect of sirolimus exposure on the occurrence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNAemia necessitating preemptive antiviral therapy. A total of 167 consecutive recipients of reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) who received sirolimus- and tacrolimus-based graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis and whose CMV serostatus was positive for donors and/or recipients were included in this multicenter retrospective study. A parametric model with consecutive sirolimus blood levels describing the time to CMV DNAemia-RAT was developed using NONMEM version 7.4. Overall, 122 of 167 patients (73%) were allografted from an unrelated donor, and the donor CMV-serostatus was negative in 51 cases (31%). Fifty-six recipients (34%) developed CMV DNAemia necessitating preemptive therapy, with a cumulative incidence of 36% at a median follow-up of 25 months. Time to CMV DNAemia necessitating preemptive therapy was best described using a Gompertz function. CMV DNAemia necessitating preemptive therapy-predicting factors were antithymocyte globulin-based conditioning regimen (hazard ratio [HR], 2.2; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1 to 4.1; P < .01) and sirolimus concentration (HR, .94; 95% CI, .87 to .99; P < .01). The risk of CMV DNAemia-RAT decreased by 6% for each 1 ng/mL increase in sirolimus trough concentration. In conclusion, we provide evidence on the association between sirolimus blood concentration and incidence of CMV DNAemia necessitating preemptive therapy in allo-HSCT recipients. Moreover, this study presents the first predictive model describing the time to CMV DNAemia necessitating preemptive antiviral therapy as a function of sirolimus drug concentration.


Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation,Cytomegalovirus DNAemia,Cytomegalovirus disease,Cytomegalovirus infection,Mechanistic target of rapamycin inhibitor,PK/PD,Preemptive antiviral therapy,Quantitative PCR,Sirolimus,Sirolimus exposure,Time-to-event analysis,