Stem Cell Transplantation for Patients With Cancers of the Blood

This study has been completed.
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) ) Identifier:
First received: April 28, 2007
Last updated: August 28, 2013
Last verified: November 2012

This study will try to improve the safety and effectiveness of stem cell transplant procedures in patients with cancers of the blood. It will use a special machine to separate immune cells (T cells) from the blood of both the donor and the patient and will use photodepletion, a laboratory procedure that selectively kills cancer cells exposed to light. These special procedures may reduce the risk of graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), a serious complication of stem cell transplants in which the donor's immune cells destroy the patient's healthy tissues, and at the same time may permit a greater graft-versus-leukemia effect, in which the donated cells fight any residual tumor cells that might remain in the body.

Patients between 18 and 75 years of age with a life-threatening disease of the bone marrow (acute or chronic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, or myeloproliferative syndrome) may be eligible for this study. Candidates must have a family member who is a suitable tissue match.

Participants have a central intravenous (IV) line placed into a large vein. The tube is used for giving the donated stem cells and antibiotics and other medicines, for transfusions of red blood cells and platelets, and for collecting blood samples. Treatment starts with a conditioning regimen of chemotherapy (fludarabine and cyclophosphamide) and total body irradiation to suppress immunity and prevent rejection of the donated stem cells. The day after chemotherapy ends, the stem cells are given through the central line. This is followed by transfusion of the donor's immune cells, which have been treated to remove cells that could cause severe GVHD. Also to minimize the risk of GVHD, patients are given cyclosporine. Not all participants receive the same amount of this drug; in order to determine how much immunosuppression is needed to protect against severe GVHD, the length of treatment with cyclosporine varies among patients, depending on when they entered the study and how well preceding patients did.

The average hospital stay for stem cell transplantation is 3 to 4 weeks. Patients return for frequent follow-up visits for the first 2 to 4 months after transplantation. The patient's referring physician is asked to send results of any laboratory testing to the NIH researchers at least every 3 months for the first 3 years and annually thereafter. Patient follow-up visits are scheduled at NIH at 1, 2, and 3 years after transplantation. After 3 years, participants are offered the opportunity to enroll in NHLBI's long-term evaluation and follow-up care protocol.

Condition Intervention Phase
CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)
CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia)
AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
ALL (Acute B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia)
MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome)
Procedure: Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant
Device: CliniMACS and Theralux Systems
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Selective Depletion of Alloreacting T Cells Using a Photodepletion Technique to Prevent GVHD After HLA-Matched Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation for Subjects With Hematologic Malignancies

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if selective T cell depletion using the photodepletion procedure can substantially reduce the rate of severe acute GVHD (grade III/IV) after matched sibling transplantation followed by low-dose or no immunosuppression. [ Time Frame: Day 100 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary objectives include determining the rate od standard transplant outcome variables: toxicity, relapse, graft rejection, disease free survival. [ Time Frame: 3 years maximum ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 61
Study Start Date: April 2007
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant
    Device: CliniMACS and Theralux Systems
Detailed Description:

Peripheral blood stem cell transplant research carried out by the NHLBI BMT Unit focus on approaches in transplant techniques designed to decrease graft versus host disease (GVHD), increase the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect, and/or reduce the risk for post-transplant graft rejection or disease relapse.

Ex vivo selective depletion of alloreacting T cells, hereafter referred as selective depletion (SD), represents a translational strategy aiming to reduce severe GVHD whilst preserving GVL. We found that selectively depleted transplants are safe to administer and associated with less severe acute GVHD. This protocol is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of photodepletion (PD) as an improved selective depletion procedure in the HLA-matched peripheral blood stem cell transplant setting and to determine whether post-transplant immunosuppression with cyclosporine is necessary to prevent severe GVHD after a photodepleted transplant.

The protocol will accrue subjects ages 18-75 who are diagnosed with a hematological malignancy where allogeneic stem cell transplantation from an HLA-matched sibling would be normally indicated. Diagnostic categories will include acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, B-cell lymphomas, multiple myeloma, and myeloproliferative syndromes.

Subjects will receive a myeloablative conditioning regimen of cyclophosphamide, fludarabine and total body irradiation, followed by an infusion of a stem cell product prepared using the Miltenyi CliniMacs system for CD34 selection and a lymphocyte product that has been selectively depleted using the photodepletion approach (Kiadis Pharma). Older subjects will receive a lower dose of irradiation to reduce the regimen intensity.

To determine appropriate level of post transplant immunosuppression, we will utilize a three sequential de-escalation stage design involving 17 subjects per cohort (minimum 17, maximum 51 total evaluable subjects in study). Stopping rules for non-relapse mortality in each cohort will determine whether to continue to the next stage; to continue accumulating subjects at the same level; or to stop the protocol.

Cohort 1: Low dose cyclosporine until day 90 then dose tapered to stop within 2 weeks.

Cohort 2: If no severe GVHD is encountered in Cohort 1, the cyclosporine withdrawal will begin on day 45.

Cohort 3: If no severe GVHD is encountered in Cohort 2, cyclosporine will not be used in the post-transplant period.

Primary endpoints will be the incidence of acute grade III/IV GVHD at day 90. Secondary endpoints will be standard transplant outcome variables: toxicity, non relapse mortality and survival.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Recipient Criteria:

Diagnosed with one of the following hematological conditions:

  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): chronic phase who have failed treatment with imatinib, have intolerance to imatinib, or who did not receive imatinib at therapeutic doses within the first 12 months from diagnosis; accelerated phase or blast transformation.
  • Acute B-lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL): any of these categories: B-ALL in first remission with high-risk features (presenting leukocyte count greater than 100,000/cu mm, Karyotypes t9; 22, t4, t19, t11, biphenotypic leukemia), all second or subsequent remissions, primary induction failure, partially responding or untreated relapse.
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): AML in first remission - except AML with good risk karyotypes: AML M3 (t15; 17), AML M4Eo (inv 16), AML t (8; 21). All AML in second or subsequent remission, primary induction failure and resistant relapse.
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS): any of these categories - refractory anemia with transfusion dependence, refractory anemia with excess of blasts, transformation to acute leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, atypical MDS/myeloproliferative syndromes.
  • Myeloproliferative disorders including atypical (Ph negative) chronic myeloid and neutrophilic leukemias, progressing myelofibrosis, and polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia in transformation to acute leukemia or with progressive transfusion requirements or pancytopenia.
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia refractory to fludarabine treatment and with bulky progressive disease or with thrombocytopenia (less than or equal to 100,000 /microl) or anemia (less than or equal to 10g/dl) not due to recent chemotherapy.
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma including Mantle cell lymphoma relapsing or refractory to standard of care treatments.
  • Multiple myeloma, Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia, unresponsive or relapsed following standard of care treatments.
  • Ages 18-75 years inclusive.
  • HLA identical (6/6) related donor.
  • Ability to comprehend the investigational nature of the study and provide informed consent.

Donor Criteria:

  • Related HLA identical (6/6) with recipient.
  • Weight greater than or equal to 18 kg.
  • Age greater than or equal to 2 or less than or equal to 80 years old.
  • For adults: Ability to comprehend the investigational nature of the study and provide informed consent. For minors: Written informed consent from one parent or guardian and informed assent: The process will be explained to the minor on a level of complexity appropriate for their age and ability to comprehend.


Recipient Criteria (any of the following):

  • Malignant cells expressing a T cell phenotype (in particular T-ALL and T cell NHL).
  • DLCO less than 65 percent predicted.
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction less than 40 percent (evaluated by ECHO) or less than 30 percent (evaluated by MUGA).
  • AST/SGOT greater than 10 times ULN (CTCAE grade IV v3.0).
  • Bilirubin greater than 5 times ULN (CTCAE grade IV v3.0).
  • Creatinine greater than 4.5 times ULN (CTCAE grade IV v 3.0).
  • HIV positive (Recipients who are positive for hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) or human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1/II) are not excluded from participation).
  • Positive pregnancy test for women of childbearing age.
  • Prior allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
  • Estimated probability of surviving less than three months.
  • Major anticipated illness or organ failure incompatible with survival from transplant.
  • Severe psychiatric illness or mental deficiency sufficiently severe as to make compliance with the transplant treatment unlikely and informed consent impossible.

Donor Criteria (any of the following):

  • Pregnant or lactating.
  • Unfit to receive filgrastim (G-CSF) and undergo apheresis (abnormal blood counts, history of stroke, uncontrolled hypertension).
  • Sickling hemoglobinopathies including HbSS, HbAS, HbSC.
  • HIV positive Donors who are positive for hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) or human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV-I/II) will be used at the discretion of the investigator following counseling and approval from the recipient.
  • Severe psychiatric illness or mental deficiency sufficiently severe as to make compliance with the donation of stem cells unlikely and informed consent impossible.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00467961

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Minocher M Battiwalla, M.D. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Additional Information:
Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) ) Identifier: NCT00467961     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 070136, 07-H-0136
Study First Received: April 28, 2007
Last Updated: August 28, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)
CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia)
AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Acute B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Leukemia, B-Cell
Lymphatic Diseases
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Pathologic Processes
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