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Gene-Modified T Cells, Vaccine Therapy, and Ipilimumab in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Malignancies

Information source: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

Intervention: cyclophosphamide (Drug); fludarabine phosphate (Drug); NY-ESO-1 reactive TCR retroviral vector transduced autologous PBL (Biological); dendritic cell vaccine therapy (Biological); aldesleukin (Biological); fludeoxyglucose F 18 (Radiation); positron emission tomography (Procedure); laboratory biomarker analysis (Other)

Phase: Phase 1

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Antoni Ribas, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


This pilot phase I trial studies the side effects of taking ipilimumab after gene-modified T cells and vaccine therapy when treating patients with advanced cancer that has spread to other areas of the body and has not responded to standard therapies. This trial also will determine the best dose of Ipilimumab to use in this combination treatment. T cells are a special type of white blood cell (immune cell) that have the ability to kill cancer cells. T cells are taken from the blood and modified in the laboratory to recognize a specific protein expressed on cancer cells, called NY-ESO-1. This may allow the T cells to target and kill cancer cells that express that protein. Dendritic cells are another type of blood cell that can teach other cells in the body to look for cancer cells and attack them. Giving a dendritic cell vaccine with the NY-ESO-1 protein may help dendritic cells teach the immune system to target cancer cells expressing that protein, and further help the T cells attack cancer. Ipilimumab is a monoclonal antibody, a type of drug manufactured in the laboratory that is similar to antibodies made in the human body that fight off infection. Ipilimumab blocks a protein that turns down the immune system, so blocking this protein may make the immune system more active. This may increase the ability of immune cells to kill cancer cells and improve the effectiveness of the T cell transplant. Giving gene-modified T-cells, a dendritic cell vaccine, and ipilimumab together may teach the immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells that have the NY-ESO-1 protein.

Clinical Details

Official title: NY-ESO-1 TCR Engineered Adoptive Cell Transfer Therapy With CTLA4 Blockade

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome:

Incidence of toxicity as defined using the National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3.0

Maximum tolerable dose (MTD) based on the number of subjects experiencing dose limiting toxicities (DLTs)

Secondary outcome:

Feasibility of NY-ESO-1 TCR cells, determined by incidence of preparation not meeting the lot release criteria

Transgenic cell persistence, analyzed using immune monitoring and molecular techniques

NY-ESO-1 TCR transgenic cell tumor trafficking (imaging), assessed using 18F-FDG PET

Antitumor activity, assessed using RECIST

Detailed description: PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. The safety of NY-ESO-1 T-cell receptor (TCR) transgenic adoptive cell transfer (ACT) has been reported. The current protocol includes the addition of the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA4) blocking monoclonal antibody ipilimumab to NY ESO TCR ACT in a dose escalation scheme in two study cohorts at 1 and 3 mg/kg of ipilimumab intravenous (i. v.) every three weeks with a maximum of 4 doses (q3wx4). SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine the feasibility of delivering the TCR transgenic cell dose and CTLA blockade to patients. II. To determine the persistence of NY-ESO-1 TCR-engineered peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in serial peripheral blood samples and in biopsies of accessible metastatic lesions. III. To explore the use of positron emission tomography (PET)-based imaging using the PET tracer [18F] fluorodeoxy-glucose ([18F]FDG) with the goal of determining if the adoptively transferred NY-ESO-1 TCR-engineered PBMC when administered with ipilimumab home and expand in secondary lymphoid organs and tumor deposits. IV. Clinical antitumor activity recording objective response rate will be an exploratory endpoint in this pilot clinical trial. OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of ipilimumab.

CONDITIONING CHEMOTHERAPY REGIMEN: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV on days - 5 and -4

and fludarabine phosphate IV over 30 minutes daily on days - 4 to -1.

NY-ESO-1 TCR PBMC INFUSION: Patients receive NY-ESO-1 reactive TCR retroviral vector transduced autologous T cells IV on day 0. IPILIMUMAB ADMINISTRATION: Patients receive ipilimumab IV over 90 minutes before the NY-ESO-1 TCR PBMC infusion on day 0 or after the infusion on day 1. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 4 doses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. NY-ESO-1(157-165) PEPTIDE PULSED DENDRITIC CELL (DC) ADMINISTRATION: Patients receive NY-ESO-1(157-165) peptide pulsed DC vaccine intradermally (ID) on days 1, 14, and 30. LOW DOSE INTERLEUKIN-2 (IL-2) ADMINISTRATION: Patients receive aldesleukin (IL-2) subcutaneously (SC) twice daily (BID) on days 1-14. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically for 90 days, every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.


Minimum age: 16 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Stage IV or locally advanced cancers for which no alternative therapies with proven

survival advantage are available

- At least 1 lesion amenable for outpatient biopsies; this should be a cutaneous or

palpable metastatic site or a deeper site accessible by image-guided biopsy that is deemed safe to access by the treating physicians and interventional radiologists; patients without accessible lesions for biopsy but with prior tissue available from metastatic disease would be eligible at the investigator's discretion

- NY-ESO-1 positive malignancy by immunohistochemistry (IHC) utilizing commonly

available NY-ESO-1 antibodies

- Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0201 (HLA-A2. 1) positivity by molecular subtyping

- Life expectancy greater than 3 months assessed by a study physician

- A minimum of one measurable lesion defined as:

- Meeting the criteria for measurable disease according to Response Evaluation

Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST)

- Skin lesion(s) selected as non-completely biopsied target lesion(s) that can be

accurately measured and recorded by color photography with a ruler to document the size of the target lesion(s)

- No restriction based on prior treatments

- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) 0 or 1

- Absolute neutrophil count >= 1. 5 x 10^9 cells/L

- Platelets >= 100 x 10^9/L

- Hemoglobin >= 10 g/dL

- Aspartate and alanine aminotransferases (AST, ALT) =< 2. 5 x upper limit of normal

(ULN) (=< 5 x ULN, if documented liver metastases are present)

- Total bilirubin =< 2 x ULN (except patients with documented Gilbert's syndrome)

- Creatinine < 2 mg/dl (or a glomerular filtration rate > 60)

- Must be willing and able to accept two leukapheresis procedures

- Must be willing and able to provide written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Previously known hypersensitivity to any of the agents used in this study

- Received systemic treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy, within one month

prior to initiation of dosing within this protocol

- History of, or significant evidence of risk for, chronic inflammatory or autoimmune

disease (eg, Addison's disease, multiple sclerosis, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hypophysitis, pituitary disorders, etc.); patients will be eligible if prior autoimmune disease is not deemed to be active (e. x. fibrotic damage of the thyroid after thyroiditis or its treatment, with stable thyroid hormone replacement therapy); vitiligo will not be a basis for exclusion

- History of inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, or other chronic

gastrointestinal conditions associated with diarrhea or bleeding, or current acute colitis of any origin

- Potential requirement for systemic corticosteroids or concurrent immunosuppressive

drugs based on prior history or received systemic steroids within the last 4 weeks prior to enrollment (inhaled or topical steroids at standard doses are allowed)

- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity or other congenital or acquired

immune deficiency state, which would increase the risk of opportunistic infections and other complications during chemotherapy-induced lymphodepletion; if there is a positive result in the infectious disease testing that was not previously known, the patient will be referred to their primary physician and/or infectious disease specialist

- Hepatitis B or C seropositivity with evidence of ongoing liver damage, which would

increase the likelihood of hepatic toxicities from the chemotherapy conditioning regimen and supportive treatments; if there is a positive result in the infectious disease testing that was not previously known, the patient will be referred to their primary physician and/or infectious disease specialist

- Dementia or significantly altered mental status that would prohibit the understanding

or rendering of informed consent and compliance with the requirements of this protocol

- Clinically active brain metastases; radiological documentation of absence of active

brain metastases at screening is required for all patients; prior evidence of brain metastasis successfully treated with surgery or radiation therapy will not be exclusion for participation as long as they are deemed under control at the time of study enrollment

- Pregnancy or breast-feeding; female patients must be surgically sterile or be

postmenopausal for two years, or must agree to use effective contraception during the period of treatment and 6 months after; all female patients with reproductive potential must have a negative pregnancy test (serum/urine) within 14 days from starting the conditioning chemotherapy; the definition of effective contraception will be based on the judgment of the study investigators

- Since IL-2 is administered following cell infusion:

- Patients will be excluded if they have a history of clinically significant

electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities, symptoms of cardiac ischemia or arrhythmias and have a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 45% on a cardiac stress test (stress thallium, stress multi gated acquisition (MUGA) scan, dobutamine echocardiogram, or other stress test)

- Similarly, patients who are 50 years old with a baseline LVEF < 45% will be


- Patients with ECG results of any conduction delays (PR interval > 200 ms,

corrected QT interval [QTC] > 480 ms), sinus bradycardia (resting heart rate < 50 beats per minute), sinus tachycardia (heart rate > 120 beats per minute) will be evaluated by a cardiologist prior to starting the trial; patients with any arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter, excessive ectopy (defined as > 20 PVCs per minute), ventricular tachycardia, 3rd degree heart block will be excluded from the study unless cleared by a cardiologist

- Patients with pulmonary function test abnormalities as evidenced by a forced

expiratory volume of the lung in 1 second (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC) < 70% of predicted for normality will be excluded

- Evidence of diverticulitis at baseline, including evidence limited to computed

tomography (CT) scan only

Locations and Contacts

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California 90095, United States; Recruiting
Antoni Ribas, Phone: 310-206-3928, Email: aribas@mednet.ucla.edu
Antoni Ribas, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: July 2014
Last updated: September 8, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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