We previously reported an increase of tumor growth inhibition following chemotherapy combined with concomitantly administration of imatinib mesylate [
In contrast, serum complement administered after STI571 treatment reversed this inhibitory effect. Finally, using non immunodeficient mice, we observed an in vivo decrease of CD4-positive T-cells and mature B-cell lymphocytes after imatinib administration. We found that STI571 decreased the in vivo efficacy of rituximab via serum protein components that could influence complement-dependent cytotoxicity. In contrast, this effect was not dependent on the presence of NK cells.
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