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Sunitinib Malate to Treat Advanced Eye Disease in Patients With Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome (VHL3)

This study has been terminated.
(Inability to recruit and adequate number of participants)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ) Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2008
Last updated: November 14, 2011
Last verified: November 2011
This open-label study will pilot the use of systemic sunitinib malate, a dual inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), in five participants with Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) to investigate its potential efficacy as a treatment for retinal angiomas. Participants will have visual dysfunction with either visual acuity loss or visual field loss from retinal angiomas secondary to genetically confirmed VHL. This open-label study will pilot the use of systemic sunitinib malate in five participants to investigate its potential efficacy as a treatment for retinal angiomas associated with VHL. Participants will receive nine months of sunitinib malate therapy (six cycles total - one cycle consists of 50 mg oral dose once daily for four weeks followed by a two week rest period). The primary outcome will be a change in the best-corrected visual acuity of more than or equal to 15 letters from baseline to the Week 36 visit. The secondary ocular outcomes will focus on retinal thickness and leakage of the retinal angioma at the Week 36 visit. Optical coherence tomography will document changes in retinal thickening and fluorescein angiography will be used to determine leakage of the retinal angioma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome
Drug: Sunitinib Malate
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study of Sunitinib Malate for Advanced Ocular Disease of Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Best Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA) From Baseline to Week 36 [ Time Frame: Baseline and 36 Weeks ]
    Visual acuity was measured using the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) protocol. Acuity is measured as letters read on an ETDRS eye chart and the letters read equate to Snellen measurements. For example, if a participant reads between 84 and 88 letters, the equivalent Snellen measurement is 20/20.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Retinal Thickness From Baseline to Week 36 [ Time Frame: Baseline and 36 Weeks ]
    Retinal thickness was assessed by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (Cirrus HD-OCT; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA), a non-invasive imaging technique that uses long-wavelength light to capture micrometer-resolution cross-sectional images from biological tissue.

  • Change in Retinal Angioma Leakage From Baseline to Week 36 [ Time Frame: Baseline and 36 Weeks ]
    Leakage of the retinal angioma was calculated after manually outlining the inner and outer borders of the subretinal fluid packet in the optical coherence tomography (OCT) images using the "Edit Segmentation" function of the Cirrus HD-OCT software. In cases where a pigment epithelial detachment was present, the volume of the pigment epithelial detachment was included in the calculation of leakage volume.

Enrollment: 2
Study Start Date: May 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Sunitinib Malate
Participants were expected to receive 9 months of sunitinib malate therapy administered in 6 cycles. Each cycle consisted of a daily oral dose of 50 mg sunitinib malate for 4 weeks followed by a 2-week rest period).
Drug: Sunitinib Malate
Participants were expected to receive 9 months of sunitinib malate therapy administered in 6 cycles. Each cycle consisted of a daily oral dose of 50 mg sunitinib malate for 4 weeks followed by a 2-week rest period).


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

Inclusion Criteria

  1. Participant must understand and sign the informed consent.
  2. Participant must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Participant must have genetically confirmed VHL disease.
  4. Participant must have an optic nerve angioma secondary to VHL in one or both eyes.
  5. Participant must have an optic nerve tumor that has caused any visual field depression on microperimetry-1 that correlates with the retinal angioma OR the participant clinically may have hard exudates correlating with the retinal angioma OR has best-corrected visual acuity of 20/40 or worse in the study eye.
  6. Participant must have clear ocular media and adequate pupillary dilation to permit good quality stereoscopic fundus photography.
  7. All women of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test at baseline, and have regular negative pregnancy testing while taking sunitinib malate. (Sunitinib malate has the potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects, and no data regarding its safety in pregnant women are available).
  8. All women of childbearing potential who are sexually active and all men who are sexually active are required to use two forms of birth control during the course of the study.
  9. Participants must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below: WBC count ≥ 3,000/µL, absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/µL, platelet count ≥ 100,000/µL, HGB> 10g/dl, serum creatinine ≤ 2.0 or measured 24 hr. creatinine clearance > 50 ml/min, AST and ALT < 2.5 x ULN, total bilirubin ≤ ULN (< 3 x NL in participants with Gilbert's disease).
  10. Participant must have a negative HbsAg and nonreactive HCV.
  11. Participant must have a negative HIV-1, as potential pharmacokinetic interactions of drugs used to treat HIV, such as anti-retroviral drugs, with sunitinib malate are unknown.
  12. Participant must be at least four weeks from completion of any investigational therapy for VHL.
  13. Participant must have an ECOG performance score of 0-2. (See Appendix 3 - ECOG Performance Criteria).
  14. Participant has recovered from the acute toxicities of prior treatment for VHL.

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Participant has a history (within past five years) or evidence of severe cardiac disease including heart failure that meets New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III and IV definitions, uncontrolled dysrhythmias, dysrhythmias requiring anti-arhythmic drugs or has active ischemic heart disease including myocardial infarction and poorly controlled angina within 12 months of study entry.
  2. Participant has a history of serious ventricular arrhythmia (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, ≥ three beats in a row) or left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 40%.
  3. Participant has a history of serious intercurrent medical illness.
  4. Participant had transient ischemic attacks or cerebrovascular accident within 12 months of study entry.
  5. Participant has hypertension that cannot be controlled with medications (persistent elevation of systolic BP > 150 or diastolic BP > 100 mmHg despite optimal medical therapy).
  6. Participant is on therapeutic anticoagulation, including aspirin.
  7. Participant who is breast-feeding, as there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with sunitinib malate.
  8. Participant has received any major surgical procedures within one month of study entry or has surgical scars that have not healed.
  9. Participant has a known serious allergy to fluorescein dye.
  10. Participant is currently taking drugs or ingesting food that affect sunitinib malate plasma concentrations: strong inhibitors of the CYP3A4 family (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, atazanavir, indinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, voriconazole, grapefruit juice) and/or inducers of the CYP3A4 family (e.g., dexamethasone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentin, phenobarbital, St. John's Wort).
  11. Participant has had a prior or concomitant non-VHL-associated malignancy with the exception of adequately treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or any other malignancy from which the patient has remained disease free for more than five years.
  12. Participant has had chemotherapy or radiotherapy within four weeks (six weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin C) prior to entering the study or those who have not recovered from adverse events (to Grade 1 or less toxicity according to CTCAE 3.0) due to agents administered more than four weeks earlier.
  13. Participant is receiving other investigational agents.
  14. Participants with known brain metastases (except when adequately controlled, i.e., have not grown in size, for ≥ 6 months before enrollment), not including hemangioblastoma, a known VHL complication of the brain.
  15. Participant has a known bleeding disorder.
  16. Participant is currently taking sunitinib malate or has taken sunitinib malate in the past.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00673816

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Principal Investigator: Catherine Meyerle, MD NEI/NIH
  More Information

Patyna S, Peng G. Distribution of sunitinib and its active metabolite in brain and spinal cord tissue following oral or intravenous administration in rodents and monkeys. European Journal of Cancer Suppl 4(12):21(Abstract 56), 2006.

Responsible Party: National Eye Institute (NEI) Identifier: NCT00673816     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080129
08-EI-0129 ( Other Identifier: National Eye Institute )
Study First Received: May 6, 2008
Results First Received: September 27, 2011
Last Updated: November 14, 2011

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ):
Von Hippel Lindau
Sunitinib Malate
Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
Pathologic Processes
Neurocutaneous Syndromes
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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