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Study on the Safety and Effectiveness of VELCADE® in the Treatment of Graft-Versus-Host Disease

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ) Identifier:
First received: December 6, 2006
Last updated: October 19, 2016
Last verified: October 2016
The purpose of this research study is to test the safety and effectiveness of VELCADE® in the treatment of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) that has not responded to steroids or has worsened when the steroid dose was decreased. VELCADE® is a drug that inhibits certain immune reactions that happen when lymphocytes encounter foreign substances. We are doing this research to determine if VELCADE® may be useful in treating GVHD.

Condition Intervention Phase
Graft-versus-Host Disease
Drug: Bortezomib
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of VELCADE® (Bortezomib) for Steroid Refractory Acute GVHD

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Further study details as provided by Thomas Jefferson University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response to Bortezomib (VELCADE®) [ Time Frame: Through 30 days post-treatment ]

    Response is the primary endpoint of this study and will be scored on day 21 (3 weeks after the first dose of VELCADE) and every 3 weeks subsequently. Patients who progress or expire before the end of the study will be considered non-responders.

    Patients are evaluated for response in an organ if they have AGVHD in that organ at the start of treatment with VELCADE or if AGVHD develops after the start of VELCADE, but before the time period of evaluation. Complete response in an organ is defined as no evidence clinical or biochemical signs of AGVHD. For the overall assessment, it is defined as complete resolution of rash, abnormal LFTs, and absence of diarrhea attributed to AGVHD.

    Partial response is defined as a one stage decrease in any organ system without worsening in other organ systems.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Toxicities Related to Bortezomib (VELCADE®) [ Time Frame: Through 30 days post-traeatment ]
    Observe the toxicities of VELCADE® when administered to recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant in the setting of steroid refractory or steroid dependent acute graft-versus-host disease.

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Bortezomib for Treatment of GHVD
To determine if bortezomib (VELCADE®) will successfully inhibit T-cell responses in clinically acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT).
Drug: Bortezomib
Bortezomib at 1.3 mg/m2/dose given twice weekly for two weeks followed by a 10-day rest period. If patients have a complete response, they will receive additional cycles of bortezomib.
Other Names:
  • PS-341

Detailed Description:

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a serious complication after bone marrow transplantation from another donor. GVHD is caused by certain cells called lymphocytes. Normally these cells make immune reactions that help protect the body from foreign substances that cause infection. Here, these cells attack the normal tissues of the body as if they were foreign substances. This interferes with the normal function of vital organs and results in their damage. In GVHD these cells attack the skin, liver and bowel. GVHD also increases the chances of infection.

VELCADE® is a drug that inhibits certain immune reactions that happen when lymphocytes encounter foreign substances. We are doing this research to determine if VELCADE® may be useful in treating GVHD.

VELCADE® is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of multiple myeloma in patients who have received at least two prior therapies and have demonstrated disease progression on their last therapy. Its effectiveness is also being tested in other cancers. The dose of the drug being used in this research study is the same as what is used for the treatment of multiple myeloma. It has not been approved by the FDA for use in GVHD. Therefore, using VELCADE® for GVHD is experimental in this research study.


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

Inclusion Criteria: (All criteria must be met)

  1. Patients must have undergone an allogeneic HSCT
  2. Clinical or histological evidence of AGVHD
  3. Has been treated with a minimum of 2mg/kg of methylprednisolone per day or equivalent dose of steroids and either one of the following:

    1. Has had a minimum of 3 days of steroids including the day of assignment and has progressive disease.
    2. Has had a minimum of 7 days of steroids including the day of assignment and has had no response.
    3. AGVHD progresses at anytime when steroids are tapered to less than 2mg/kg/day of methylprednisolone or its equivalent.
  4. Performance status ECOG 0-2
  5. Patients must be willing to use contraception if they have childbearing potential
  6. Able to give informed consent
  7. Patients must be > 18 years of age, with no upper age limit.

Exclusion Criteria: (Any one criteria will exclude patient)

  1. Performance status of ECOG >2.
  2. >Grade3 peripheral neuropathy at the time of enrollment
  3. Patient has a creatinine clearance (calculated or measured) of <30mL/min at the time of enrollment.
  4. Myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to enrollment or has New York Hospital Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled angina, severe uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias or electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemia or active conduction system abnormalities. Prior to study entry , any ECG abnormality at Screening has to be documented by the investigator/co-investigator as not medically relevant.
  5. Patient has hypersensitivity to bortezomib, boron or mannitol.
  6. Female subject is pregnant or breast-feeding.
  7. Patient has received other investigational drug within 14 days prior to enrollment.
  8. Serious medical or psychiatric illness likely to interfere with participation in this clinical study or to obtain informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00408928

United States, Pennsylvania
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Principal Investigator: John Wagner, MD Thomas Jefferson University
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Identifier: NCT00408928     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 04U.177
2004-19 ( Other Identifier: CCRRC )
Study First Received: December 6, 2006
Results First Received: July 18, 2013
Last Updated: October 19, 2016

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University:
Graft-versus-Host Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Graft vs Host Disease
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on March 24, 2017