Pralatrexate, a novel class of antifol with high affinity for the reduced folate carrier-type 1, produces marked complete and durable remissions in a diversity of chemotherapy refractory cases of T-cell lymphoma


Owen A. O'Connor, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1130 St Nicholas Ave., Room 216, NY 10032, USA. E-mail:


T-cell lymphomas (TCLs) are characterised by poor responses to therapy with brief durations of remissions. An early phase study of pralatrexate has demonstrated dramatic activity in patients with relapsed/refractory disease. Of the first 20 lymphoma patients treated, 16 had B-cell lymphoma and four had refractory aggressive TCL. All four patients with TCL achieved a complete remission. Patients with B-cell lymphoma achieved stable disease at best. For each TCL patient, the response was more durable than their best response with chemotherapy. This early experience is the first to document this unique activity of pralatrexate in TCL.