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STAT3 DECOY in Head and Neck Cancer

This study has been completed.
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University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: June 10, 2008
Last updated: July 22, 2015
Last verified: September 2012

The primary goal of this study is to evaluate the safety of a transcription factor decoy targeting Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3(STAT3) in patients with head and neck cancer. The rationale for targeting STAT3 using this approach is to decrease STAT3-mediated gene regulation. The study has the following scientific objectives:

  1. To assess the safety of a single dose of intratumoral STAT3 decoy.
  2. To estimate the effect of STAT3 decoy therapy on STAT3 activation levels, STAT3-mediated gene expression, and apoptosis in treated tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: STAT 3 DECOY Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Preliminary Assessment of the Safety and Biological Activity of Intratumoral STAT3 DECOY in Surgically Resectable Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate the safety of a single injection. [ Time Frame: pre and post surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate the biological activity by observing the consequences of STAT3 decoy administration on STAT3 activation and target gene expression in the tumor. [ Time Frame: pre and post surgery ]

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
STAT 3 decoy administration
single administration to a head and neck tumor

Detailed Description:
The decision to proceed with an exploratory IND study to be conducted in a phase 0 setting was based upon the expectation that the trial will involve very limited human exposure to the STAT3 decoy, and as administered, will have no therapeutic or diagnostic intent. Rather, the trial is designed to determine if intratumoral administration of the STAT3 decoy in human head and neck tumors inhibits STAT3 target gene expression. Given the cumulative evidence supporting STAT3 as a therapeutic target in cancer, and the absence of any clinical trial to date using a STAT3 inhibitor, it was felt that there would be utility in a proof of principal study to determine if the STAT3 decoy inhibits the expression of STAT3 target genes in human head and neck cancers. To support the proposed study design, the Grandis lab carried out a kinetic study in a xenograft model of SCCHN. Preliminary results demonstrated that administration of the STAT3 decoy, but not the mutant control decoy, decreased expression of STAT3 target genes (Bcl-xL and/or Cyclin D1) at time points ranging from 1 to 6 hours.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed diagnosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma(primary or recurrent) amenable to surgical resection.
  • ECOG performance status of 0, 1, or 2.
  • Adequate organ function
  • Age greater than or equal to 18 years
  • Written informed consent.
  • Patients with second primary lesions will be eligible for this trial.
  • Negative pregnancy test, nonlactating, and using effective means of contraception if childbearing potential.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who fail to meet the above criteria.
  • Subjects who are pregnant.
  • Subjects with an ECOG performance status >2.
  • Subjects with tumors that are too small to biopsy prior to resection and reserve a portion of the resected specimen for research purposes.
  • Subjects who receive neoadjuvant radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy within four week prior to enrollment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00696176

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15232
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Grandis, MD University of Pittsburgh
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00696176     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-022
Study First Received: June 10, 2008
Last Updated: July 22, 2015

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
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