DAS181 for Treatment of Parainfluenza Virus Infections in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients at a Single Center
Recombinant Fusion Proteins
Parainfluenza virus (PIV) causes severe respiratory infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. Currently, no effective therapies are available. DAS181 is a novel antiviral agent that inhibits attachment of PIV to respiratory cells, but clinical data on the use of DAS181 for PIV infection are limited to case reports. We report the clinical manifestations and outcomes of 16 HSCT recipients who received DAS181 daily for the treatment of PIV infection through a compassionate-use protocol or a single-arm clinical trial. Of the 16 patients (clinical trial: 9; compassionate use: 7), 13 were allogeneic HSCT recipients and 8 had graft-versus-host disease. PIV types were 3 (n = 7), 4 (n = 5), 1 (n = 3), and type 3 and 4 coinfection (n = 1). Fourteen patients had pneumonia. All patients presented with cough, 14 had dyspnea, 11 had hypoxia, and 8 had a fever. Patients received 5 to 10 days of treatment. Nine patients (56%) had a complete clinical response after DAS181 therapy and 4 (25%) had a partial response. The 3 patients without a clinical response had coinfections with other pathogens. Of the 7 patients with virologic and spirometric data, 5 had >1-log reduction in nasopharyngeal swab PIV viral load and 4 had improved forced expiratory volumes by the end of treatment. Three patients (19%) died within 30 days and 2 of these deaths were related to PIV infection. Our data suggest that DAS181 may be an effective therapy for PIV pneumonia in HSCT recipients. Randomized placebo-controlled trials are needed to better evaluate its efficacy.