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Wilm's Tumor 1 (WT1) Peptide Vaccine for High Risk Hematologic Malignancy

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: NCT00433745
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 12, 2007
Results First Posted : July 8, 2014
Last Update Posted : July 8, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Minoo Battiwalla, M.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brief Summary:

This study will determine the safety and effectiveness of an experimental vaccine in controlling the abnormal growth of cells in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, also known as myelodysplasia), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It will test whether the vaccine can increase the number of immune cells responding to the cancer and thereby slow progression of the illness, improve blood counts, reduce the need for transfusions of blood and platelets, or even achieve a disease remission. The vaccine contains part of a protein that is produced in large amounts by cells of patients with these cancers and an added substance called Montanide that helps the immune system respond to the vaccine. Sargramostim, another substances that boosts the immune response, is also given.

Patients 18 to 85 years of age with MDS, AML, ALL or CML may be eligible for this study. Candidates are screened with a medical history, physical examination, blood tests, chest x-ray and bone marrow biopsy. Women of childbearing age also have a pregnancy test.

Participants undergo the following:

  • Chemotherapy entering the study.
  • Leukapheresis to collect large amounts of white blood cells for infusion before vaccine administration.
  • Participants may need placement of a central line (plastic tube, or catheter) in the upper part of the chest to be used for giving chemotherapy, blood or platelet transfusions, antibiotics and white blood cells, and for collecting blood samples.
  • Weekly vaccine injections for nine weeks, given in the upper arm, upper leg or abdomen.
  • Sargramostim injections following each vaccination.
  • Standard of care treatment for MDS, AML, ALL or CML, which may include blood or platelet transfusions, growth factors, and drugs to control underlying disease and potential side effects of the vaccine.
  • Weekly safety monitoring, including vital signs check, brief health assessment, blood tests and observation after the vaccination, on the day of each vaccination.
  • Follow-up evaluations with blood tests and chest x-ray 3 weeks after the last vaccine dose and with blood tests and bone marrow biopsy 7 weeks after the last vaccine dose.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Myelodysplastic Syndrome Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Drug: WT1 Peptide Vaccine Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Leukemias and the related disorders myelodysplastic syndrome and myeloproliferative diseases represent a wide group of bone marrow stem cell malignancies. Some patients can be cured with chemotherapy or by allogeneic stem cell transplantation. However, standard treatment approaches are not effective for patients who become refractory to chemotherapy, those who relapse after transplantation and those with progressive disease. The management of such patients remains unsatisfactory and requires new treatment approaches other than chemotherapy.

The immunological graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect seen after allogeneic stem cell transplantation suggests that stimulating the patient's own T cell responses to hematological malignancies might also retard disease progression and even achieve disease remissions. Wilm's Tumor 1 (WT1) was identified as a target vaccine antigen because this antigen is over-expressed by cluster of differentiation 34 (CD34) plus stem cells of most patients with myeloid and lymphoid malignancies but not by normal marrow cells. A human leukocyte antigen (HLA-A0201) restricted peptide derived from the Wilm's Tumor (WT) protein is anticipated to induce T cell response against MDS and leukemic cells while sparing normal cells. Of note, about 40% of the population is HLA-A0201 positive.

Therefore we propose this Phase II trial, the second in a series of planned peptide vaccine research, which will evaluate the safety associated with an immunotherapy approach of lymphodepletion, lymphocyte infusion, and WT1 vaccination in select patients diagnosed with MDS, AML, ALL and CML. The WT1 vaccination will comprise of 9 doses of WT-1 peptide vaccines (in Montanide adjuvant) administered concomitantly with granulocyte macrophage- colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) (Sargramostim).

The primary objectives will be to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity associated with the immunotherapy approach of lymphodepletion, lymphocyte infusion, and WT1 vaccination in selected patients with hematological malignancies.

Secondary objectives will include evaluation of disease response by following the numbers of WT1 expressing cells in blood, hematological measurements (reduction in marrow blast cells, changes in blood counts), transfusion dependence, and time to disease progression and survival.

The primary endpoint will be the side effects of treatment (toxicity and number of circulating WT1 specific T cells (efficacy ) measured through week 16 of the study (7 weeks after the last dose of vaccine).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 4 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Wilm's Tumor 1 (WT1) Peptide Vaccination for Patients With High Risk Hematological Malignancies
Study Start Date : February 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: WT1 Peptide Vaccine
WT1 vaccination (9 doses of WT-1:126-134 peptide (in Montanide adjuvant) administered concomitantly with GM-CSF (Sargramostim)
Drug: WT1 Peptide Vaccine
WT1 vaccination (9 doses of WT-1:126-134 peptide (in Montanide adjuvant) administered concomitantly with GM-CSF (Sargramostim)
Other Name: Wilm's tumor 1 vaccine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cellular Immune Response [ Time Frame: 7 weeks after last dose of vaccine ]
    Minimum criterion for a cellular immune response was defined as the emergence of detectable T cell frequency against Willm's tumor 1 (WT1) when the pre-study analysis found no response, or a twofold increase in T cell frequency at any post vaccination time point

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Disease Response [ Time Frame: 7 weeks after last dose of vaccine ]
    Clinical response of underlying malignancy to the vaccination

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

    1. Diagnosed with

      refractory anemia with excess of blasts (MDS-RAEB).


      refractory anemia with excess of blasts in transformation (MDS-RAEBt).


      secondary acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).


      relapsed or refractory acute or chronic myelogenous leukemias (AML).


      relapsed or refractory chronic myelogenous leukemias (CML) with accelerated phase or blast crisis


      relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (high risk ALL).


      acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in complete remission.


      chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML).

    2. Unsuitable for stem cell transplantation (age over sixty or unavailability of a fully-matched donor).


      made an informed decision not to undergo the transplant procedure.


      relapsed AML, CML, MDS or ALL post stem cell transplantation (SCT).

    3. HLA-A0201 positive.
    4. Ages 18 - 85 years.
    5. Off all lympho-ablative chemotherapeutic agents.
    6. All subjects (men and women) must agree to practice abstinence or effective contraception during the study period.

Inclusion Criteria Donor (for post transplant subjects without available donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) cells):

  1. Related donor, HLA identical (6/6) with recipient.
  2. Age greater than or equal to 18 or less than or equal to 80 years old.
  3. Ability to comprehend the investigational nature of the study and provide informed consent.


  1. HIV positive (HIV-infected patients are immune-compromised and it is unlikely that these patients will be capable of mounting an immune response to the vaccine).
  2. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids within 7 days prior to study entry.
  3. Low bone marrow reserves (less than 20 percent cellularity).
  4. Serum creatinine greater than 2.5mg/dl or serum bilirubin greater than 4mg/dl (patients receiving fludarabine).
  5. Co-morbidity of such severity that it would preclude the patient's ability to tolerate protocol therapy.
  6. Predicted survival less than 3 months.
  7. Previous allergic reaction to Montanide Adjuvant.
  8. Pregnant or breast feeding (Pregnant and breast-feeding women are excluded from study because the effects of vaccination are not known and may pose a risk to the developing fetus. All female patients will have a urine pregnancy test, and only those that test negative will be allowed on study).
  9. Enrolled in another vaccine clinical trial during the study period.
  10. Inability to comprehend the investigational nature of the study and provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria-Donor (any of the following):

  1. Pregnant or lactating.
  2. Unfit to receive filgrastim (G-CSF) and undergo apheresis (abnormal blood counts, history of stroke, uncontrolled hypertension).
  3. HIV positive.
  4. Severe psychiatric illness. Mental deficiency sufficiently severe as to make compliance with the bone marrow transplant (BMT) treatment unlikely and making informed consent impossible.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00433745

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United States, Maryland
National Cancer Institute (NCI), 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Principal Investigator: John Barrett, MD National Institutes of Health- NHLBI

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Minoo Battiwalla, M.D., Principal Investigator, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier: NCT00433745     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00458965
Other Study ID Numbers: 070091
07-H-0091 ( Other Identifier: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute )
First Posted: February 12, 2007    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: July 8, 2014
Last Update Posted: July 8, 2014
Last Verified: June 2014
Keywords provided by Minoo Battiwalla, M.D., National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Wilm's Tumor-1 Peptide
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Wilms Tumor
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Pathologic Processes
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Precancerous Conditions
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms, Complex and Mixed
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs