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Blood T-Cells and EBV Specific CTLs Expressing GD-2 Specific Chimeric T Cell Receptors to Neuroblastoma Patients (NESTLES)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Texas Children's Hospital
Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chrystal Louis, Baylor College of Medicine Identifier:
First received: June 17, 2004
Last updated: October 13, 2016
Last verified: October 2016

Patients have high-risk neuroblastoma, a form of cancer typically found in children. The patients previously participated in a gene transfer research study using special immune cells. More information about that study follows.

The body has different ways of fighting infection and disease. No one way seems perfect for fighting cancers. This research study combines two different ways of fighting disease, antibodies and T cells, hoping that they will work together. Antibodies are types of proteins that protect the body from bacterial and other infections. T cells, also called cytotoxic T lymphocytes or CTLs, are special infection-fighting blood cells that can kill some tumor cells. Both antibodies and T cells have been used to treat patients with cancers and while they have shown promise, they have not been strong enough to cure most patients.

The antibody used in this study is called 14g2a. It first came from mice that have developed immunity to human neuroblastoma. This antibody sticks to neuroblastoma cells because of a substance on the outside of these cells called GD2. 14g2a and other antibodies that bind to GD2 have been used to treat people with neuroblastoma. For this study 14g2a has been changed so that instead of floating free in the blood, it is now joined to T cells. When an antibody is joined to a T cell in this way it is called a chimeric receptor.

T lymphocytes or CTLs can kill tumor cells but there normally are not enough of them to kill all tumor cells. Some researchers have taken T cells from a person's blood, grown more of them in the laboratory and then given them back to the patient. Sometimes an antibody or chimeric receptor is attached to these T cells to help them bind to tumor cells. These chimeric receptor-T cells seem to kill some of the tumor, but they don't last very long in the body and so the tumor eventually comes back. We have found that T cells that are also trained to recognize the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), can stay in the blood stream for many years. By joining the 14g2a antibody to the CTLs that recognize EBV, we believe we will make a cell that can last a long time in the body (because they are EBV-specific) and recognize and kill neuroblastoma cells (because an antibody that can recognize these cells has been placed on their surface).

Patients received treatment with the immune cells described above. They may want to receive an additional dose of these cells. This is being offered as an option because their neuroblastoma has returned and they have enough cells remaining to provide the patients with an additional dose. These 14g2a antibody CTLs are an investigational product not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: 14g2a.zeta chimeric receptor transduced autologous EBV specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (EBV-CTL) w/o lymphodepletion
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Administration of Peripheral Blood T-Cells and EBV Specific CTLs Transduced to Express GD-2 Specific Chimeric T Cell Receptors to Patients With Neuroblastoma

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Further study details as provided by Baylor College of Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate the safety of escalating doses of 14g2a.zeta chimeric receptor transduced autologous EBV CTLs and 14g2a.zeta transduced autologous peripheral blood T-cells in pts with neuroblastoma who were lymphodepleted by CD45 monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). [ Time Frame: 15 yrs ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the differential survival and function of these two infused cell-types in vivo, in particular to determine if chimeric receptor transduced EBV-CTLs survive longer than transduced peripheral-blood T-cells. [ Time Frame: 15 yrs ]
  • To determine anti-tumor effects of transduced peripheral blood T-cells and EBV specific CTLs in vivo. [ Time Frame: 15 years ]
  • To compare the differential survival of these infused cells in an additional 6 patients treated at dose level #1 without CD45 antibody mediated lymphodepletion, to patients previously treated at dose levels #2 and #3. [ Time Frame: 15 years ]

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: April 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2021
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: EBV specific CTLs without lymphodepletion Biological: 14g2a.zeta chimeric receptor transduced autologous EBV specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (EBV-CTL) w/o lymphodepletion
CTLs: 2x10e7 cells/m2

Detailed Description:

Earlier, the patient gave us blood to make 14g2a chimeric receptor-T cells and 14g2a chimeric receptor-EBV CTLs in the laboratory. These cells were grown and frozen for the patient. The patient received treatment with these cells. However, there are enough cells remaining that we are able to offer to treat the patient with an additional dose if they would like.

As with the original treatment, the patient will be given an injection of cells into the vein through and IV. Before the injection is received, the patient will be given a dose of Benadryl and Tylenol. The injection will take about 2 minutes. We will follow the patient in the clinic after the injection for 3 hours. The treatment will be given by the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Texas Children's Hospital.

Medical tests before treatment--

Before being treated, the patient will receive a series of standard medical tests:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests to measure blood cells, kidney and liver function
  • Measurements of tumor by scans and bone marrow studies if the bone marrow may show evidence of disease

Medical tests during and after treatment:

The patient will receive standard medical tests when they are getting the infusions and after:

  • Physical exams
  • Blood tests to measure blood cells, kidney and liver function
  • Measurements of tumor by scans and bone marrow studies if the bone marrow had evidence of disease 6 weeks after each infusion

Because the patient has received cells with a new gene in them the patient will be followed for a total of 15 years to see if there are any long term side effects of gene transfer. If they have a procedure related to their tumor (for example a biopsy or tumor resection), we will request permission to obtain a tissue sample. This will help investigators learn more about T cell and CTL treatment of neuroblastoma. In the event of death, we will request permission to perform an autopsy to learn more about the effects of these infusions on the disease.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

High risk neuroblastoma with a history of persistent or relapsed disease, or after initial therapy

Patients must have a life expectancy of at least 12 weeks

Patients must have recovered from the toxic effects of all prior chemotherapy before entering this study

Patients must not be currently receiving any investigational agents or have not received any tumor vaccines within the previous 6 weeks

Patients must have an ANC > 500, platelet count > 20,000

Patients who have received prior therapy with murine antibodies must have documentation of absence of human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA) prior to enrollment on this study

Patients must have bilirubin less than 3 times the upper limit of normal

Patients must have AST less than 5 times the upper limit of normal

Patients must have serum creatinine less than 3 times upper limit of normal

Patient may not have cardiomegaly or bilateral pulmonary infiltrates on chest radiograph. Patients may have pulmonary metastatic lesions

Patient may not have an oxygen requirement as defined by pulse oximetry of > 90% on room air

Patients must have Karnofsky score of > 60% if > 10 years old or Lansky performance score of greater than 60% if 10 years old or younger

Patients must have autologous transduced EBV-specific CTLs and transduced peripheral blood T-cells with 15% expression or greater of 14g2a.zeta determined by flow-cytometry

Sexually active patients must be willing to utilize one of the more effective birth control methods during the study and for 3 months after the study is concluded. The male partner should use a condom

Patients must not be pregnant or lactating

Patients must not have tumor in a location where enlargement could cause airway obstruction

Patients must not have a history of hypersensitivity to murine protein-containing products

Patients must not have a known sensitivity to rat monoclonal antibodies

Note: All labs must be collected within 10 days prior to initiation of study related treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients not meeting eligibility criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00085930

United States, Texas
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children's Hospital
Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Chrystal U Louis, MD, MPH Baylor College of Medicine
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Chrystal Louis, MD, Baylor College of Medicine Identifier: NCT00085930     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00609206
Other Study ID Numbers: 13149-NESTLES
Study First Received: June 17, 2004
Last Updated: October 13, 2016

Keywords provided by Baylor College of Medicine:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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 processed this record on April 28, 2017