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Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Melanoma

This study has been terminated.
(Toxicity/Side Effects)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: June 2, 2000
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from melanoma cells may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells. Vaccine therapy plus filgrastim combined with a specific protein may be a more effective treatment for melanoma.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of vaccine therapy in treating patients with stage III or stage IV melanoma that has been completely removed during surgery.

Condition Intervention Phase
Intraocular Melanoma
Melanoma (Skin)
Biological: MART-1 antigen
Biological: gp100 antigen
Biological: incomplete Freund's adjuvant
Biological: progenipoietin
Biological: tyrosinase peptide
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Trial of a Vaccine Combining Tyrosinase/GP100/Mart-1 Peptides Emulsified With Montanide ISA 51 With ProGP for Patients With Resected Stages III and IV Melanoma

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: June 2000
Study Completion Date: October 2002
Primary Completion Date: December 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of filgrastim (G-CSF)-fetal liver tyrosine kinase-3 (Flt3K) fusion protein when combined with melanoma peptide vaccine comprising tyrosinase:368-376 peptide, gp100:209-217 antigen, and MART-1:26-35 antigen emulsified in Montanide ISA-51 in patients with completely resected stage III or IV melanoma. II. Determine the toxicity and safety of this regimen in these patients. III. Determine the immune responses to tyrosinase, MART-1, and gp100 antigens in patients before, during, and after receiving these vaccinations.

OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation, multicenter study of filgrastim (G-CSF)-fetal liver tyrosine kinase-3 (Flt3K) (G-CSF-Flt3K) fusion protein. Patients receive melanoma peptide vaccine comprising tyrosinase:368-376 peptide, gp100:209-217 antigen, and MART-1:26-35 antigen emulsified in Montanide ISA-51 subcutaneously (SQ) monthly for 6 months, and then at 9 and 12 months for a total of 8 vaccinations. Patients receive G-CSF-Flt3K fusion protein SQ daily for 3 days before, immediately after, and then daily for 6 days after each vaccination. Cohorts of 6-10 patients receive escalating doses of G-CSF-Flt3K fusion protein until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6-10 patients experience dose limiting toxicity. Patients are followed every 3 months through year 2 after resection, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter until disease progression.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30-50 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven completely resected stage III or IV cutaneous, mucosal, or ocular melanoma Disease free, but at high risk of relapse Must meet 1 of the following criteria: Failed interferon alfa (IFN-A) therapy Ineligible for IFN-A therapy Refused IFN-A therapy HLA-A2.1 positive Availability of tumor tissue for analysis of gp100 antigen staining with antibody HMB-45, and for expression of tyrosinase and MART-1 antigens by immunohistochemistry Tumor cells must be positive for at least 1 antigen

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0 or 1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 9.0 g/dL Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 No coagulation or bleeding disorders Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL SGOT and SGPT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No concurrent major medical illness of the cardiovascular system Pulmonary: No concurrent major medical illness of the respiratory system Immunologic: Hepatitis B surface antigen negative and hepatitis C antibody negative HIV negative No history of uveitis or other autoimmune inflammatory eye disease No other active autoimmune disease No known allergic reaction to Montanide ISA-51 Other: No concurrent major systemic infection including pneumonia or sepsis No concurrent major medical illness of the gastrointestinal system Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test No other malignancy within the past 5 years except curatively treated squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix allowed 30 days after treatment

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: See Disease Characteristics No prior tyrosinase:368-376 peptide, gp100:209-217 antigen, or MART-1:26-35 antigen Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: No concurrent steroids Radiotherapy: At least 1 month since prior radiotherapy No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: At least 1 month since other prior therapy, including adjuvant therapy, for melanoma No other concurrent anticancer therapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005841

United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033-0800
City of Hope National Medical Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 91010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00005841     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067857 (10M-99-3)
Study First Received: June 2, 2000
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
iris melanoma
ciliary body and choroid melanoma, small size
ciliary body and choroid melanoma, medium/large size
extraocular extension melanoma
recurrent intraocular melanoma
stage III melanoma
stage IV melanoma
recurrent melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uveal Neoplasms
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Eye Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Eye Diseases
Uveal Diseases
Freund's Adjuvant
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
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