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Donor Natural Killer Cells and Aldesleukin in Treating Patients w/High Risk AML Undergoing Donor Stem Cell Transplant

Information source: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Intervention: aldesleukin (Biological); natural killer cells (Biological); cyclophosphamide (Drug); fludarabine phosphate (Drug); allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Procedure); total body irradiation (Radiation); Thymoglobulin (Biological); Cyclosporin A (Drug); cyclophosphamide (Drug); fludarabine phosphate (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Sarah Cooley, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota


RATIONALE: Giving chemotherapy, such as fludarabine phosphate and cyclophosphamide, and total body irradiation, before peripheral blood stem cell transplant helps stop the growth of cancer cells. It may also stop the patient's immune system from rejecting the donor's stem cells. When the healthy stem cells and natural killer (NK) cells from a donor are infused into the patient they may help the patient's bone marrow make stem cells, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Giving IL-2 (aldesleukin) after NK cell infusion may stimulate them to kill any remaining cancer cells. PURPOSE: This phase I/II (currently enrolling in phase II) trial is studying how well a donor natural killer cell infusion works in treating patients who are undergoing donor stem cell transplant for acute myeloid leukemia.

Clinical Details

Official title: Reduced Intensity Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Supplemented With Donor Natural Killer (NK) Cell Infusions in Patients With High Risk Myeloid Malignancies Who Are Unsuitable for Fully Myeloablative Transplantation

Study design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome:

Disease-free Survival at 6 Months

Disease-free Survival at 1 Year

Secondary outcome:

In Vivo Expansion of a Donor NK Cells NK Cell Product

Number of Patients With Graft Failure

Incidence of Grade III-IV Acute Graft Versus Host Disease

Number of Patients With Treatment-Related Mortality

Incidence of Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

Number of Patients With Disease Relapse

Incidence of Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder Disorder (PTLD)

Detailed description: OBJECTIVES: Primary

- To determine the disease-free survival at 6 months and 1 year in patients with

high-risk myeloid malignancies who undergo a reduced-intensity haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) supplemented with donor natural killer (NK) cells. Secondary

- To evaluate the in vivo expansion of a donor CD3- CD19- selected NK cell product

administered after a preparative regimen of cyclophosphamide, fludarabine, and total body irradiation (TBI) and HSCT in these patients.

- To determine the rate of graft failure defined by absolute neutrophil count (ANC) <

500/mm³ by day 28.

- To determine the incidence of grade III-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) at 6


- To determine the rate of treatment-related mortality at day 100.

- To determine the incidence of chronic GVHD at 12 months.

- To determine the incidence of disease relapse at 12 months.

- To determine the incidence of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder at 12

months. Correlative

- To correlate immune reconstitution of the in vivo expanded haploidentical NK cells with

clinical outcomes. OUTLINE: This is an open-label study.

Patients receive fludarabine intravenous (IV) over 1 hour on days - 18 to -14 and

cyclophosphamide IV over 2 hours on days - 16 and -15. Patients receive cyclosporin A on Day

- 15 through Day -8. Patients undergo total body irradiation on day -13. Patients then

receive an infusion of donor natural killer cells on day - 12 and interleukin-2

subcutaneously on alternating days between days - 12 to -2. Patients receive thymoglobulin

(ATG) and undergo allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation on day 0. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 90 patients will be accrued for this study.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 70 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- 4. 2 High risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML) fitting within one of the following

disease groups:

- Primary induction failure defined as no complete remission (CR) after two or

more induction cycles. For primary induction failure (PIF) or refractory AML, the patient must have <5% circulating blasts (and <1000 absolute circulating blasts) beyond Day 28 after last chemo. During work-up period if circulating blasts rise above these levels, the patient is ineligible. The use of hydrea or other non-induction cytotoxic agents is not allowed to reduce blasts and achieve this eligibility. If the blasts are higher than these limits, the patient should be treated on an alternative therapeutic protocol or receive another reinduction attempt. (See section 7 regarding final check of blast status within 7 days of preparative regimen start).

- Relapsed AML with low disease burden must have less than 5% marrow blasts at

time of enrollment for patients who did not receive re-induction or measured at least 28 days from the start of reinduction therapy for patients who did receive re-induction (maximum of 2 re-induction attempts). Patients who have relapsed more than 12 months following a prior HCT and did not reach CR following one re-induction cycle but have less than 10% marrow blasts are eligible.

- CR3 or greater. This will include CRp defined as CR without platelet recovery to


- CR1 or CR2 with high risk features (therapy induced, prior myelodysplastic

syndrome [MDS] or myeloproliferative disease [MPD], high risk cytogenetic or molecular phenotype) with no available alternate (sibling, unrelated donor [URD] or umbilical cord blood [UCB]) donors. Patients with prior central nervous system (CNS) involvement are eligible provided that it has been treated and CFS must be clear for at least 2 weeks prior to enrollment.

- Available related HLA-haploidentical donor (3-5 of 6 HLA, A, B and DRB1 matched)

- Karnofsky performance status > 50

- Pulmonary Function: oxygen saturation ≥ on room air and diffusion lung capacity for

carbon monoxide (DLCOcor) ≥ 40%

- Cardiac Function: Ejection fraction (EF) ≥ 30%, no uncontrolled angina, severe

uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias, or electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemia or active conduction system abnormalities.

- Able to be off prednisone or other immunosuppressive medications for at least 3 days

prior to Day 0

- Women of child bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 14 days

prior to study registration and agree to use adequate birth control during study treatment

- Human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA) monitoring: All subjects will be questioned about

prior exposure to antibody therapy (including OKT3, rituximab, trastuzumab, etc).

- For subjects with no prior antibody therapy exposure, no further action will be


- For subjects who have received previous antibody therapies 10 ml of serum will

be drawn before starting therapy. The presence of HAMA will not preclude proceeding with treatment.

- Voluntary written consent signed before performance of any study related procedure

not part of the normal medical care. Exclusion Criteria:

- Biphenotypic leukemia

- New or progressive pulmonary infiltrates on screening chest x-ray or chest computed

tomography (CT) scan that has not been evaluated with bronchoscopy, if feasible. Infiltrates attributed to infection must be stable/improving (with associated clinical improvement) after 1 week of appropriate therapy (2 weeks for presumed or documented fungal infections). Surgical resection waives any waiting requirements.

- Uncontrolled bacterial or viral infections. Chronic asymptomatic viral hepatitis is


- Known hypersensitivity to any of the study agents used

- Received other investigational drugs within the 14 days before enrollment

Donor Selection:

- 12-75 years of age

- > 40 kilogram body weight

- In general good health as determined by the evaluating physician

- Donors must be HLA-A, B, DRB1 haploidentical (3-5/6 antigens HLA, A, B, DRB1) match

to recipient. Patients and donors will be typed for HLA-A, B and C using at least intermediate resolution DNA techniques for DRB1 at high (allele) resolution. KIR B genotyping will be done on all haploidentical donors, and when feasible, the donor with the most favorable KIR gene profile will be used.

- Able and willing to have up to 4 separate apheresis collections per formed

- Not pregnant

- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): HIV-1, HIV-2 negative; HTLV-1, HTLV-2 negative,

Hepatitis B and C negative

- Voluntary written consent

Locations and Contacts

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States
Additional Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Starting date: January 2005
Last updated: June 11, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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