Efficacy Study on the Transfer of Adenovirus With the CD40 Ligand Gene (AdcuCD40L) to Patients With Esophageal Carcinoma (cd40)

This study has been terminated.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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First received: July 19, 2007
Last updated: August 4, 2011
Last verified: August 2011
This study is a randomized, double-blinded assessment of biologic efficacy of AdcuCD40L. The individuals enrolled in this study will be individuals with biopsy proven resectable esophageal carcinoma. The dose of the AdcuCD40L vector (administered endoscopically directly to the tumor) will be the highest tolerable dose (most likely 10^11 particle units) determined from Weill-IRB protocol #0011004683 dose escalation study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Esophageal Neoplasms
Genetic: AdcuCD40L
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II, Randomized, Double-blinded, Placebo-Control, Toxicity/Efficacy Study on the Transfer of Adenovirus With the CD40 Ligand Gene (AdcuCD40L) to Patients With Stage I, II or III Esophageal Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Expression of CD40L and cytokines [ Time Frame: 5-15 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Cellular infiltrate characterization [ Time Frame: 5-15 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Levels of AdCUCD40L [ Time Frame: 5-15 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Tumor cell apoptosis [ Time Frame: 5-15 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: July 2011
Study Completion Date: July 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: 1 Genetic: AdcuCD40L
salt water-sugar solution used as a vehicle for the vector
Active Comparator: 2 Genetic: AdcuCD40L
gene transfer, intratumoral administration

Detailed Description:
This study is designed to add to the safety profile data as well as assessing biologic efficacy parameters. It will include 24 individuals with biopsy proven, resectable, stage I-III esophageal cancer. Because there may be immune responses attributable to the gene therapy vector itself, independent of the CD40L transgene, this part of the study is designed in a randomized, blinded fashion to compare intratumoral administration of the AdcuCD40L vector compared to a placebo. Because there are likely differences over time in the pattern of the biologic response to the expression of CD40L in the tumor (including activation and trafficking of DC, and recruitment and activation of immune cells), this study will include 2 "time" cohorts (based on the time between administration of the AdcuCD40L vector and the time of surgery to remove the tumor). Using Weill-IRB protocol #0011004683 dose escalation study to determine the highest non-toxic dose of the AdcuCD40L vector, this dose (likely 10^11 particle units) will be used for all individuals enrolled in this efficacy study. The placebo will be the salt water-sugar solution used as a vehicle for the vector. Since there is no evidence that delay of surgery for solid tumors for 15 days following diagnosis alters the prognosis, surgery for removal of the primary tumor will be carried out at either 5 or 15 days after administration of the vector (n= 12/group, including n=6 receiving the AdcuCD40L vector, and n=6 receiving placebo). This will permit assessment of the resulting data (in a randomized, blinded fashion) and the biologic responses to the AdCUCD40L vector over time. In addition to safety/toxicity parameters, the primary tumor, regional and distant nodes removed at the time of surgery, and peripheral blood will be assessed for biologic parameters relevant to responses to the AdcuCD40L vector.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be capable of providing informed consent
  • Males and females, age 18 to 75 years
  • Hematocrit > 30%
  • WBC < 10,000
  • Normal prothrombin, partial thromboplastin time; platelet count > 100,000
  • Normal liver-related serum parameters
  • Blood urea nitrogen < 60 mg/dL, creatinine < 2.5 mg/dl
  • No evidence of active infection of any type, including with adenovirus, hepatitis virus (A, B or C), or human immunodeficiency virus
  • No evidence of central nervous system, major psychiatric, musculoskeletal, or immune disorder
  • No allergy to the vehicle used to suspend the virus or contrast materials used in radiographic procedures
  • Fertile or infertile individuals; it will be recommended that fertile individuals utilize barrier birth control measures to prevent pregnancy during and for 1 month following the administration of the vector
  • Biopsy proven esophageal cancer; clinically stage I-III, deemed resectable by the patient's surgeon. No history of neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. Distant metastases are to be ruled out at the discretion of the physician treating the patient according to standards of care
  • Individuals not receiving experimental medications or participating in another experimental protocol for at least 4 weeks prior to entry to the study
  • The study individual must be able to undergo the procedures in the protocol
  • Willingness to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals who do not meet the inclusion criteria will be unable to participate in the protocol
  • Individuals in whom participation in the study would compromise the normal care and expected progression of their disease
  • Individuals receiving corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive medications; previous splenectomy or radiation to the spleen; autoimmune disease
  • Recent (less than 6 week) cerebral vascular accident
  • Recent (less than 6 week) transmural myocardial infarction
  • Evidence of infection defined by elevated white blood cell count, temperature > 38.5oC or infiltrate on chest x-ray
  • Cervical esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer (tumor more than 50% in the stomach as determined by endoscopy)
  • Pathology other than squamous cell or adenocarcinoma
  • Malignant ventricular arrhythmia
  • Pregnancy
  • Immunodeficiency disease, including evidence of HIV infection
  • Current alcohol or drug abuse
  • Esophageal tumor too small for adequate tissue harvest (determined during esophagoscopy at the time of vector or placebo injection)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00504322

United States, New Jersey
The Valley Hospital
Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States, 07450
United States, New York
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Crystal, MD Department of Genetic Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Ronald Crystal, MD, Genetic Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00504322     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0502007770
Study First Received: July 19, 2007
Last Updated: August 4, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
Esophageal Neoplasms

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Esophageal Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site

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