Vaccine Therapy With or Without Interleukin-2 in Treating Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00019487
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from a person's white blood cells may make the body build an immune response and kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy in treating patients who have metastatic melanoma that has not responded to previous therapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Melanoma (Skin) Biological: aldesleukin Biological: gp209-2M antigen Biological: incomplete Freund's adjuvant Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether reinfused activated cells alone or in conjunction with high or subcutaneous dose interleukin-2 may result in clinical tumor regression in patients with metastatic melanoma who had previously failed therapy on protocols involving immunization against the gp100 molecule.
  • Determine the survival of infused cells with antitumor activity in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a salvage regimen.

Patients undergo leukopheresis to obtain peripheral blood mononuclear cells or tumor biopsy to obtain tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). Cells are incubated in the presence of gp209-2M peptide and then harvested and cloned. Patients receive 30-minute IV infusions of these in vitro sensitized cells. Treatment repeats every 2 weeks for 2 courses. An additional cohort of 8 patients receives gp209-2M peptide in Montanide ISA-51 subcutaneously in 2 different sites followed 2 days later by the adoptive transfer of cloned lymphocytes. At 4 to 6 weeks after the treatment courses, patients with stable or regressing disease may be retreated.

Patients with disease progression after 2 courses may receive 2 additional courses of cell infusion followed by interleukin-2 (IL-2) on one of two schedules. One cohort of patients receives IL-2 by intravenous bolus over 15 minutes every 8 hours beginning on the day after cell infusion and continuing for up to 5 days of each treatment course. Another cohort receives IL-2 by daily subcutaneous injections on days 1-12 of each course of therapy. If after 12-16 patients have been treated with cloned cells alone initially and responses are inadequate, subsequent patients entered into this study are randomized to receive the cell infusion followed by IL-2 on one of the two described schedules.

Patients are followed at 4-6 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 91 patients will be accrued for this study over 2 years.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Patients With Metastatic Melanoma Using Cloned Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes Sensitized In Vitro to the gp209-2M Immunodominant Peptide
Study Start Date : November 1998
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2003

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Melanoma

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

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


  • Histologically proven metastatic melanoma that has failed therapy on protocols involving immunization against the gp100 molecule
  • Measurable or evaluable metastatic disease
  • Must be HLA-A201 positive by standard HLA typing



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • Greater than 3 months


  • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin greater than 8.0 g/dL


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL
  • ALT/AST less than 4 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.6 mg/dL


  • For patients randomized to receive interleukin-2:

    • No major medical illnesses of the cardiovascular system


  • For patients randomized to receive interleukin-2:

    • No major medical illnesses of the pulmonary system


  • HIV negative
  • Hepatitis B antigen negative
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • For patients randomized to receive interleukin-2:

    • No active systemic infection
    • No other major medical illnesses of immune system
    • No coagulation disorders


Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior biologic therapy


  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent steroid therapy


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • No concurrent active treatment of brain metastases

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00019487

United States, Maryland
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Studies Support
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD NCI - Surgery Branch

Publications: Identifier: NCT00019487     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00001694
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066287
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2013
Last Verified: March 2003

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV melanoma
recurrent melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Freund's Adjuvant
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs