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Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IIB, Stage IIC, Stage III, or Stage IV Melanoma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 9, 2006
Last updated: March 12, 2013
Last verified: March 2013

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from DNA may help the body build an effective immune response to kill tumor cells. Giving the vaccine in different ways may make a stronger immune response and kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying two different ways of giving vaccine therapy to compare how well they work in treating patients with stage IIB, stage IIC, stage III, or stage IV melanoma.

Condition Intervention
Intraocular Melanoma
Melanoma (Skin)
Biological: mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Injection of AJCC Stage IIB, IIC, III and IV Melanoma Patients With Mouse gp100 DNA: A Pilot Study to Compare Intramuscular Jet Injection With Particle Mediated Delivery

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of particle-mediated epidermal delivery (PMED) of mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • Comparison of PMED-based DNA immunization with intramuscular jet immunization, based on T-cell response [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Antitumor response [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: mouse gp100 DNA via PMED
15 patients will be randomized to mouse gp100 DNA delivered via gold particles using the PowderMed delivery system (ND10, described above). Two actuations/day will be administered every two weeks for 4 months for a total of 16 actuations. Each actuation consists of 2 μg of plasmid DNA coated onto 1000 μg of gold. The total dose of plasmid DNA given will be 32 μg DNA on 16,000 μg gold.
Biological: mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine
Experimental: mouse gp100 DNA injections intramuscularly
15 patients will be injected with 1000 μg of mouse gp100 plasmid DNA intramuscularly. Two injections/day will be administered every two weeks for 4 months (4000 ug of mouse gp100 plasmid/month) for 16 vaccinations.
Biological: mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine

Detailed Description:



  • Evaluate the safety and feasibility of particle-mediated epidermal delivery (PMED) immunization comprising mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine in patients with stage IIB, IIC, III, or IV melanoma.
  • Compare the immunologic response induced with PMED vs intramuscular jet injection methods of vaccination in these patients.


  • Observe patients with measurable tumor for evidence of any antitumor response generated after vaccination.
  • Assess for disease relapse in patients treated with this vaccine.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, pilot study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine by particle-mediated epidermal delivery on days 1, 3, 5, 8, 22, 24, 26, 29, 43, 45, 47, 50, 64, 66, 68, and 71.
  • Arm II: Patients receive mouse gp100 plasmid DNA vaccine by intramuscular jet injection on days 1, 3, 5, 8, 22, 24, 26, 29, 43, 45, 47, 50, 64, 66, 68, and 71.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 1 year.


Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed malignant melanoma

    • Stage IIB, IIC, III, or IV disease

      • Patients free of disease after surgical resection must meet 1 of the following criteria:

        • Refused high-dose interferon alfa
        • Recurrence while on interferon alfa
      • Patients with stage IIB, IIC, or III disease must have already undergone initial standard therapy (i.e., surgery) for the disease
  • Choroidal (uveal) melanoma allowed provided 1 of the following criteria is met:

    • Basal diameter > 16 mm
    • Basal height > 8 mm
    • Involvement of the ciliary body with tumor
  • HLA-A*0201 positive
  • Negative serum antidouble-stranded DNA antibody screen
  • No known brain metastases


  • Karnofsky performance status 80-100%
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • WBC ≥ 3,000/mm^3
  • Lactic dehydrogenase ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL
  • Bilirubin ≤ 2.5 times ULN
  • Albumin ≥ 3.5 mg/dL
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Weight ≥ 25 kg
  • No preexisting choroidal eye disease
  • No serious underlying medical conditions that could be exacerbated by study participation (i.e., active infections requiring antimicrobial drugs or active bleeding)
  • No allergy to gold (i.e., gold jewelry)
  • No evidence of any condition at the proposed site(s) of vaccine administration that might interfere with the interpretation of local skin reactions, including any of the following:

    • Damaged skin
    • Moles
    • Scars
    • Tattoos
    • Marks
  • No prior medical condition or use of medication (e.g., corticosteroids) that might make it difficult for the patient to complete the full course of treatment or to respond immunologically to vaccines
  • No history or evidence (within the past 5 years) of a physician-diagnosed chronic or recurrent inflammatory skin disease at the proposed site of vaccine administration, including any of the following:

    • Psoriasis
    • Eczema
    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Hypersensitivity
  • No history of keloid formation


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered
  • No prior immunization with any class of vaccine containing gp100 peptide
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No other concurrent systemic therapy or radiotherapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00398073

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Jedd D. Wolchok, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00398073     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-113  MSKCC-06113 
Study First Received: November 9, 2006
Last Updated: March 12, 2013

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
stage II melanoma
stage III melanoma
stage IV melanoma
recurrent melanoma
ciliary body and choroid melanoma, medium/large size
ciliary body and choroid melanoma, small size
recurrent intraocular melanoma
metastatic intraocular 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
Immunologic Factors
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