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Biological Therapy and Gene Therapy in Treating Children With Recurrent or Refractory Neuroblastoma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 31, 2003
Last Update Posted : September 21, 2010
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cell from growing. Inserting genetic material made in the laboratory into a person's blood cells may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of biological therapy and gene therapy in treating children who have recurrent or refractory neuroblastoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neuroblastoma Biological: aldesleukin Biological: therapeutic autologous lymphocytes Drug: chemotherapy Drug: ganciclovir Phase 1

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety and toxicity of cellular immunotherapy using ex vivo expanded autologous CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocyte clones genetically modified to express the CE7R scFvFc:zeta chimeric immunoreceptor and the HyTK selection/suicide gene in children with recurrent or refractory disseminated neuroblastoma. II. Determine the antitumor activity of this regimen in these patients. III. Determine the duration of in vivo persistence of adoptively transferred clones and the effect of interleukin-2 on maintaining the in vivo persistence of these clones. IV. Screen for the development of host anti-scFvFc:zeta and HyTK immune responses in patients treated with this regimen. V. Determine the efficacy of ganciclovir in ablating transferred clones in vivo if toxicity occurs in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients undergo autologous peripheral blood stem cell harvest. CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) clones are isolated, genetically modified to express the CE7R scFvFc:zeta chimeric immunoreceptor and the HyTK selection/suicide gene, and then expanded ex vivo. While the modified CTL clones are being generated, patients each receive an individualized salvage chemotherapy regimen that may consist of one of the following: cyclophosphamide and topotecan; ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide; or another chemotherapy regimen chosen by the patient's primary oncologist. The first cohort of 5 patients receives escalating doses of modified CTL clones IV over 30 minutes on days 0, 14, and 28 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Each patient begins the series of 3 infusions as soon as an adequate number of modified CTL clones are ready and after the acute side effects of chemotherapy have resolved. In the absence of unacceptable toxicity in the first cohort, the second cohort of 5 patients receives the same treatment as cohort 1 plus interleukin-2 subcutaneously every 12 hours on days 15-24 and 29-38. Patients with unacceptable toxicity receive ganciclovir IV every 12 hours for 14 days (or longer if symptomatic resolution is not achieved in that interval). Patients are followed at day 100 and then periodically thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Study to Evaluate the Safety of Cellular Immunotherapy for Recurrent/Refractory Neuroblastoma Using Genetically-Modified Autologous CD8+ T Cell Clones
Study Start Date : May 2000
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Neuroblastoma

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically and/or radiographically proven disseminated neuroblastoma Recurrent or refractory to first-line therapy as defined by less than complete response to standard induction chemotherapy combined with surgical resection Histologic verification of neuroblastoma required at original diagnosis No radiographically detectable CNS involvement No clinically evident progressive encephalopathy

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 1 to 17 (children only) Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: At least 3 months Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: No dialysis dependency Cardiovascular: No uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia No hypertension requiring pressor support Pulmonary: No requirement for supplemental oxygen unless expected to resolve within 2 weeks Neurologic: See Disease Characteristics No refractory seizure disorder Other: No detectable human antimouse antibody reactivity if received prior murine antibody preparations No history of ganciclovir allergy or intolerance HIV negative Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for at least 2 months after study

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No other concurrent antibody therapy during or after study No other concurrent immunotherapy (e.g., interferons, vaccines, or other cellular products) Chemotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior standard or experimental chemotherapy and recovered Endocrine therapy: No concurrent systemic corticosteroids unless specifically for amelioration of toxicity induced by transferred T-cell therapy Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: Not specified Other: At least 3 weeks since prior immunosuppressive therapies and recovered No concurrent pentoxifylline No other concurrent investigational agents No concurrent ganciclovir, any ganciclovir derivatives, or acyclovir for non-life-threatening herpes virus infections

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00006480

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United States, California
Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope
Duarte, California, United States, 91010-3000
United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109-1024
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Julie R. Park, MD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00006480    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1524.00
CDR0000068310 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ )
First Posted: December 31, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 21, 2010
Last Verified: September 2010
Keywords provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
disseminated neuroblastoma
recurrent neuroblastoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Ganciclovir triphosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action