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Immunotherapy of Melanoma Patients

This study has been completed.
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Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois Identifier:
First received: May 31, 2005
Last updated: April 23, 2013
Last verified: March 2009
The purpose of this study is to test whether vaccination with antigenic peptides induces an immune response in the vaccine site sentinel lymph node of patients with microscopically detectable lymph node melanoma metastases.

Condition Intervention Phase
Melanoma Biological: Melan-A analog peptide Biological: FluMa peptide Biological: Mage-A10 peptide Biological: SB AS-2 adjuvant Biological: Montanide adjuvant Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Specific Immunotherapy of Skin Melanoma Patients With Antigenic Peptides and Immunological Analysis of the Vaccine Site Sentinel Lymph Node

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Further study details as provided by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Melan-A, Flu and Mage specific CD8+ T-cell reactivity obtained from different body sites (vaccine site draining lymph node, other lymph node) will be measured by Tetramers and Elispot assays

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety and toxicity of antigenic peptides administered with high dose adjuvant will be assessed according to the National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (NCI CTC) scale

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: May 1999
Study Completion Date: June 2007
Primary Completion Date: June 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The study is designed for patients with skin melanoma and lymph node micrometastasis previously diagnosed by a sentinel node procedure. As a result of their diagnosis, the patients are scheduled for lymph node dissection. Before this is done, patients are vaccinated with antigenic peptides. The peptides are mixed with the adjuvant SB AS-2 or Montanide and injected in a lower limb not affected by the disease. The skin site of vaccine injection is marked with a permanent pen where, two weeks later, patent blue and 99technetium is injected. These markers allow one to locate the vaccine site sentinel node (VSSN) which will be removed during the lymph node dissection at the diseased limb.

The aim of the study is to test whether the vaccine has induced an immune response in the lymph node that drains the vaccine site.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with microscopically detectable lymph node metastases
  • Positive detection of the Melan-A gene +/- MAGE-10 in positive sentinel node or primary tumor tissue by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of mRNA and/or by immunohistochemistry using monoclonal antibodies
  • Human leukocyte antigen-A2 (HLA-A2) positive

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous splenectomy or radiotherapy to the spleen
  • Treatment with systemic antihistamines, corticosteroids, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (except occasional or low dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as 100 mg aspirin/day) within 4 weeks of entry into the study
  • Heart disease (New York Heart Association [NYHA] Class III or IV)
  • Serious illness, e.g. active infections requiring antibiotics, bleeding disorders or other diseases considered by the investigator to have potential for interfering with obtaining accurate results from this study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00112216

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research + Multidisciplinary Oncology Center at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland, 1011
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
Principal Investigator: Daniel Speiser, MD Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ralph Venhaus, MD, Head of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Identifier: NCT00112216     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LUD 1998-009
Study First Received: May 31, 2005
Last Updated: April 23, 2013

Keywords provided by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois:
Melan-A/Mart-1 peptide
Flu peptide
Mage-A10 peptide
SB AS-2 adjuvant
Montanide adjuvant

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas processed this record on August 18, 2017