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HSV1716 in Patients With Non-Central Nervous System (Non-CNS) Solid Tumors

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified January 2017 by Nationwide Children's Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Timothy Cripe, Nationwide Children's Hospital Identifier:
First received: May 28, 2009
Last updated: January 30, 2017
Last verified: January 2017

Patients with relapsed solid tumors such as sarcomas and neuroblastoma have a poor survival, generally < 20%. There is an urgent need for new treatments that are safe and effective.

HSV1716, an oncolytic virus, is a mutant herpes simplex virus (HSV) type I, deleted in the RL1 gene which encodes the protein ICP34.5, a specific determinant of virulence. Mutants lacking the RL1 gene are capable of replication in actively dividing cells but not in terminally differentiated cells - a phenotype exploited to selectively kill tumor cells. In previous clinical studies, HSV1716 has been shown to be safe when injected at doses up to 10^5 plaque forming units (pfu) directly into human high-grade glioma and into normal brain adjacent to tumour, following excision of high-grade glioma. In an extension study, HSV1716 has been shown to be safe when injected at a dose of up to 10^6 pfu directly into brain tumours. Replication of HSV1716 in human glioblastoma in situ has been demonstrated. Following a single administration of HSV1716 by direct injection into active recurrent tumor or brain adjacent to tumor, some patients have lived longer than might have been expected. This study seeks to evaluate the safety of a single injection of HSV1716 in the treatment of extracranial solid tumors in adolescents and young adults.

HSV1716 has also proved safe when given by direct intra-tumoural injection in patients with squamous carcinoma of the head and neck, and in patients with malignant melanoma.

Replication of HSV mutants in human sarcomas and neuroblastoma in cultured cells and human xenograft models has been demonstrated.

This study is designed in two parts. PART 1 of the study specifies a single dose of virus. Participants who experience at least stable disease or relapse following a determination of stable disease, may qualify for subsequent doses in PART 2. PART 2 requires signing of a separate consent.

Funding Source - FDA OOPD

Condition Intervention Phase
Ewing Sarcoma
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Wilms Tumor
Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor
Clival Chordoma
Non-CNS Solid Tumors
Biological: HSV1716
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Intratumoral or Intravenous Herpes Simplex Virus-1 Mutant HSV1716 in Patients With Refractory Non-Central Nervous System (Non-CNS) Solid Tumors

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Further study details as provided by Nationwide Children's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine whether intratumoral injection or intravenous infusions of HSV1716 is safe in adolescents and young adults with non-CNS solid tumors. [ Time Frame: Dose limiting toxicities will be assessed at 28 days after injection of HSV1716. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To measure antiviral immune response in patients with refractory cancer treated with HSV1716. [ Time Frame: Antiviral immune response will be assessed 28 days after injection. Beginning at 1.5 years post injection assessments will occur every 6 months. Beginning 5 years after the injection, assessments will occur annually until 15 years post injection. ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: March 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: HSV1716 - Intratumoral route
Research participants with localized disease receiving HSV1716 as an intratumoral injection
Biological: HSV1716
Experimental: HSV1716 - intravenous
Research participants with metastatic disease receiving HSV1716 intravenously
Biological: HSV1716


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 30 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Inclusion of Women and Minorities: The study is open to all participants regardless of gender or ethnicity.

Inclusion for intratumoral injection: Subject must have 1-3 lesions amenable to HSV1716 administration by needle if superficial; by needle and/or catheter if deep or pulmonary, via interventional radiology without undue risk. Lesion(s) must meet size criteria specified in section 4.4.9.

Inclusion for intravenous administration: Subject must have metastatic disease or a lesion not deemed suitable for direct injection.

  • Age: Subjects must be greater than or equal to 7 years and less than or equal to 30 years of age at the time of signing consent (study entry);
  • Histologic Diagnosis: Subjects must have had histologic verification a non-CNS solid tumor at original diagnosis. The tumor must be amenable to HSV1716 administration without undue risk. Disease must be considered refractory to conventional therapy or for which no conventional therapy exists.
  • Metastatic Disease: Subjects who have metastasis to the brain are eligible for the intratumoral arm of this study; however, no metastatic sites within the brain will be considered for injection. Subjects who have metastasis to the brain are eligible for the intravenous arm of this study only if those metastases have been treated and are no longer active.
  • Performance Level: Karnofsky greater than or equal to 50. Subjects who are unable to walk because of paralysis, but who are up in a wheelchair will be considered ambulatory for the purpose of assessing the performance score.
  • Subjects must have fully recovered from the acute toxic effects of all prior chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiotherapy prior to entering this study;
  • Myelosuppressive chemotherapy: Must not have received within 28 days of entry onto this study (42 days if prior nitrosourea) accompanied by hematopoietic recovery, or 14 days of stopping non-myelosuppressive therapy as long as hematopoietic requirements are met;
  • Biologic (anti-neoplastic agent): Must not have received within 7 days of entry onto this study (21 days if prior VEGF-Trap and at least 3 half-lives after last dose of a monoclonal antibody). For biologic agents that have known adverse events occurring beyond 7 days after administration, this period must be extended beyond the time during which adverse events are known to occur;
  • No Radiation Therapy greater than or equal to 14 days for local palliative XRT (small port): greater than or equal to 6 months must have elapsed if prior craniospinal XRT or if greater than or equal to 50% radiation of pelvis; greater than or equal to 42 days must have elapsed if other substantial bone marrow radiation;
  • Immunoablative or myeloablative Stem Cell Transplant (SCT): greater than or equal to 6 months must have elapsed from prior autologous transplant. Subjects must not have graft versus host disease post autologous transplant;
  • Investigational agent: greater than or equal to 28 days must have elapsed from treatment with a different phase I agent;
  • Subjects with seizure disorder may be enrolled if on anticonvulsants and well controlled.
  • At the time of enrollment, specified CNS conditions must be less than or equal to Grade II toxicity per CTCAE 3.0 criteria;
  • All subjects must have adequate blood counts defined as: peripheral absolute neutrophil count (ANC) greater than or equal to 750/uL, Platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/uL (may be a post transfusion value), Hemoglobin greater than or equal to 9.0 gm/dL (may be a post transfusion value)
  • Adequate renal function defined as:Serum creatinine less than or equal to 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) for age or creatinine clearance or radioisotope GFR greater than or equal to 70 ml/min/1.73 m2;
  • Adequate liver function defined as: Total bilirubin less than or equal to 2.0 x ULN for age, and SGPT (ALT) less than or equal to 2.5 x ULN for age and albumin greater than or equal to 2g/dL, GGT < 2.5 x ULN
  • Adequate cardiac function as defined by: Shortening fraction >25% by echocardiogram or ejection fraction above the institutional lower limit of normal by MUGA, No focal wall motion abnormalities as determined by either of the above studies, EKG without evidence of ischemia or significant arrythmia
  • Adequate coagulation as defined by:PT/INR and PTT <1.5 x ULN for age;
  • Infectious Disease: Documented evidence of negative tests for the presence of Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis C antibody, HIV1 and HIV2 antibodies within the three months preceding study entry. Subjects who do not have such evidence must undergo appropriate testing prior to virus administration;

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Stem cell transplant: No subjects who have received an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant are eligible;
  • Pregnancy or Breast-Feeding: There is no available information regarding human fetal or teratogenic toxicities. Pregnant women are excluded and pregnancy tests must be obtained in girls who are post-menarchal. Males or females of reproductive potential may not participate unless they have agreed to use an effective contraceptive method from the time of study entry to a period of no less than four months post the final HSV1716 injection. For the same period of time, women who participate in this study must agree not to breast feed;
  • Consent: Unable or unwilling to give voluntary informed consent / assent;
  • Leukemia: Subjects with leukemia are not eligible for study participation;
  • Infection or any other severe systemic disease or medical or surgical condition deemed significant by the principal investigator;
  • Administration of any unlicensed or investigational agent within 4 weeks of entry to the study;
  • Growth factor(s): No PEG-GCSF within 14 days of virus injection (day 0);
  • Anti-HSV antivirals: Subjects whose physicians determine that anti-HSV antiviral therapy (such as acyclovir, ganciclovir, foscarnet, etc.) cannot be safely discontinued from 2 days prior to the injection to 28 days following the injection should not be in the study.
  • Subjects who have other conditions which in the opinion of the investigator contra-indicate the receipt of HSV1716 or indicate subject's inability to follow protocol requirements.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00931931

Contact: Melinda Triplet, RN 614-722-6039
Contact: Amy Yekisa 614-722-6570

United States, Ohio
Nationwide Children's Hospital Recruiting
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43205
Contact: Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD    614-722-3552      
Principal Investigator: Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Timothy Cripe
Study Director: Timothy Cripe, M.D., PhD. Nationwide Children's Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Timothy Cripe, Prinicpal Investigator, Nationwide Children's Hospital Identifier: NCT00931931     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB13-00471
#FD-R-0003717 ( Other Identifier: FDA OOPD )
Study First Received: May 28, 2009
Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sarcoma, Ewing
Wilms Tumor
Nerve Sheath Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms, Bone Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Neoplasms, Muscle Tissue
Neoplasms, Complex and Mixed
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site processed this record on April 28, 2017