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Interleukin 11, Thrombocytopenia, Imatinib in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) Patients

This study has been completed.
Wyeth is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: June 26, 2007
Last updated: February 17, 2012
Last verified: February 2012

The goal of this clinical research study is to find out if IL-11 (NeumegaTM) may increase the platelet count in patients with Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who develop low platelet counts while receiving therapy with imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, STI571), or other tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as AMN107, dasatinib, or SK1606.

Primary Objective:

1. To determine efficacy of low-dose interleukin-11, (IL-11, oprelvekin, NeumegaTM) in improving the thrombocytopenia associate with imatinib or other tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in patients with CML.

Secondary Objective:

1. To determine the safety of low-dose IL-11 in patients with CML and thrombocytopenia associated with imatinib or other tyrosine kinase inhibitors

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Drug: Interleukin-11 (IL-11 or Neumega)
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Interleukin 11 on Thrombocytopenia Associated With Imatinib or Other Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Therapy in Patients With Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants With Complete Response [ Time Frame: Weekly platelet count till stabilized with on-going review while receiving treatment (study total 2 years) ]
    Number of participants with platelet response of 'Complete Response' (CR) defined as a sustained (>/= 3 months) platelet count >/= 60 x 10^9/L while continuing tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy or sustained (>/= 3 months) re-escalation of TKI dose to the pre-thrombocytopenia level without recurrence of thrombocytopenia.

Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: October 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Interleukin-11
Starting dose 10 mcg/kg subcutaneously 3 times a week
Drug: Interleukin-11 (IL-11 or Neumega)
10 mcg/kg under the skin (usually of the arms, legs or abdomen) three times weekly. If the treatment is well tolerated but there is not enough of a platelet improvement, the dose and frequency of injections may be increased.
Other Names:
  • IL-11
  • Neumega

Detailed Description:

IL-11 is a hormone normally produced in your body that plays a role in stimulating the production of platelets.

Before you can start treatment on this study, you will have what are called "screening tests". These tests will help the doctor decide if you are eligible to take part in the study. You will have a blood sample (1 teaspoon) collected to check your platelet count. Women who are able to have children must have a negative blood pregnancy test.

If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will receive one injection of IL-11 under the skin (usually of the arms, legs or abdomen) 3 times a week. If your platelet count increases, treatment will continue on this schedule as long as a platelet increase is observed. If the treatment is well tolerated but there is not enough of a platelet improvement, the dose and frequency of IL-11 injections may be increased. If the platelet count becomes high enough, treatment may be stopped but may also be restarted if necessary.

During therapy with IL-11, additional blood samples (1 teaspoon each) will be collected to measure the platelet count every week until the platelets are stable and then every 2 to 6 weeks while you are receiving treatment on study. No other tests are required for this study.

While you are on this study, you will continue your treatment with imatinib mesylate or other tyrosine kinase inhibitor as decided by your doctor for standard care.You will be taken off if there is no response to treatment or if there are unacceptable side effects. There will be no follow-up after you go off study.

This is an investigational study. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved IL-11 for use in chemotherapy-caused low platelet counts. A maximum of 30 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • CML patients in chronic or accelerated phase receiving treatment with imatinib mesylate (Gleevec), or other tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as AMN107, dasatinib, or SK1606.
  • Grade >/= 3 thrombocytopenia (platelets <50 * 10(9)/L) after the first 4 weeks of therapy with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Thrombocytopenia must be either recurrent (i.e., second or greater episode of grade >/= 3 thrombocytopenia) or having required dose reductions of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
  • Signed informed consent.
  • Expected to have therapy with imatinib continued for > 3 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known allergies to E. coli.
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV.
  • Patient has known hypersensitivity to Neumega or any component of Neumega.
  • Thrombocytopenia that is considered to be unrelated to treatment with imatinib.
  • Stem cell transplantation within 60 days.
  • History of atrial arrhythmias
  • Pregnancy
  • Papilledema
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00493181

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Wyeth is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Principal Investigator: Jorge E. Cortes, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00493181     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-0113
Study First Received: June 26, 2007
Results First Received: April 1, 2011
Last Updated: February 17, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
tyrosine kinase inhibitor
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Interleukin 11

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Blood Platelet Disorders
Imatinib Mesylate
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on May 24, 2017