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Bortezomib and Romidepsin in Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00963274
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 21, 2009
Last Update Posted : April 23, 2018
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brief Summary:
This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of giving bortezomib and romidepsin together in treating patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), indolent B-cell lymphoma, peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Bortezomib and romidepsin may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Leukemia Lymphoma Drug: Bortezomib Drug: Romidepsin Phase 1

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) for the combination of bortezomib and romidepsin administered weekly x 3 every (q) 4wk in patients with CLL/SLL, indolent B-cell lymphoma, PTCL or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).


  • Determine safety and tolerance and describe the toxicities of the combination.
  • Demonstrate adequate methods for the assessment of pharmacodynamic responses of CLL cells to the combination with respect to effects on NF-kappa B (nuclear RelA and processing of p52 as a marker of p100 processing), expression of the NF-kappa B-dependent proteins XIAP and Bcl-xL, and Bim, and document pharmacodynamic responses observed in the course of this study * Document the pharmacodynamic responses associated with this regimen in these patients.
  • Document the anticancer activity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive bortezomib IV over 3-5 seconds and romidepsin IV over 4 hours on days 1, 8, and 15. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Blood samples from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia are collected at baseline and after day 1 of course 1 of study treatment for pharmacodynamic and correlative laboratory studies.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Study of Bortezomib and Romidepsin in Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma, Indolent B-Cell Lymphoma, Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma or Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
Actual Study Start Date : April 26, 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 17, 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 13, 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: bortezomib + romidepsin
Bortezomib via a short intravenous infusion (3-5 seconds) followed by romidepsin via a 4 hour intravenous infusion weekly x 3 every 4 weeks. In order to identify appropriate doses, different subjects will be treated with different drug doses and observed for the effects, especially the side effects associated with higher doses.
Drug: Bortezomib
Starting dose: 1.3 mg/sq m
Other Names:
  • Velcade
  • PS-341

Drug: Romidepsin
Starting dose: 8 mg/sq m
Other Names:
  • depsipeptide
  • FK288

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximum tolerated dose [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Dose at which no more than 1 dose-limiting toxicity is observed in as many as 6 patients

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pharmacodynamic responses [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    To explore candidate pharmacodynamic markers for use in subsequent phase II trials.

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


* Diagnosis of 1 of the following:

  • CLL or SLL, relapsed or refractory
  • Indolent B-cell lymphoma, relapsed or refractory:

    • Follicle center lymphoma, follicular or diffuse
    • Marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (splenic, nodal, extranodal [this includes mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT)])
    • Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma
  • PTCL, relapsed or refractory:

    • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive
    • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK-negative
    • Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
    • Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma
    • Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type
    • Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma
    • PTCL, not otherwise specified (NOS)
    • Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma
  • CTCL:

    * CTCL with subtypes of mycosis fungoides Stage IB or higher, Sézary syndrome, or primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma who have failed a previous systemic treatment, as per the following:

    • Stage IA plaque, IB, or IIA: At least 4 prior conventional and/or experimental regimens (topical or systemic, including psoralen-ultraviolet light [PUVA] and systemic corticosteroids)
    • Stage IIB, III, or IV: At least 1 prior systemic regimen (systemic corticosteroids alone or PUVA alone do not count as systemic regimens for this purpose) NOTE: Repeated use of the same regimen is considered 1 regimen
  • Prior allogeneic stem cell transplant is allowed provided that all of the following conditions are met:

    • >= 6 months have elapsed since allogeneic transplant
    • No Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) is present
    • Not currently on immunosuppressive therapy
  • No prior or concurrent CNS malignancy


  • ECOG performance status 0-1
  • ANC > 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count > 75,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin > 7.5 g/dL (transfusion allowed)
  • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.2 mg/dL or actual or calculated creatinine clearance > 60 mL/min
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Bilirubin ≤ ULN
  • Serum potassium ≥ 3.5 mEq/L (supplementation allowed)
  • Serum magnesium ≥ 1.7 mEq/L (supplementation allowed)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective non-hormonal contraception
  • Willing and able to comply with protocol requirements
  • No prior severe allergic reactions to bortezomib, boron, mannitol, or romidepsin
  • No progressing toxicity secondary to bortezomib
  • No grade 1 peripheral neuropathy with pain or ≥ grade 2 peripheral neuropathy by NCI-CTCAE criteria (v4.0) within the past 14 days
  • No condition related to ischemic heart disease, heart failure, or the risk of torsades de pointes or sudden cardiac death, including any of the following:

    • History of sustained ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, torsades de pointes, or resuscitated cardiac arrest unless currently addressed with an implantable cardiac defibrillator
    • Baseline heart rate > 140 beats per minute
    • Known congenital long QT syndrome
    • QTc interval > 480 milliseconds
    • Type II second-degree atrio-ventricular (AV) block, third-degree AV block, or ventricular rate < 50 beats per minute
    • Myocardial infarction within the past 6 months

      • Patients who have had a myocardial infarction 6-12 months ago are eligible provided they are asymptomatic and have a negative cardiac risk assessment (i.e., treadmill stress test, nuclear medicine stress test, or stress echocardiogram)
    • Angina upon ordinary physical activity

      • Angina only with strenuous, rapid, or prolonged exertion allowed
    • ECG with evidence of cardiac ischemia, as defined by the following:

      • ST depression of ≥ 2 mm, measured from isoelectric line to ST segment
      • T-wave inversion ≥ 4 mm, measured from isoelectric line to peak of T-wave
    • NYHA class II-IV congestive heart failure
    • Known left ventricular ejection fraction < 40% by MUGA scan or < 50% by echocardiogram or MRI
    • Known hypertrophic cardiomegaly or restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • No uncontrolled hypertension, defined as persistent blood pressure ≥ 160/95 mm Hg despite medical management
  • No clinically significant active infection, including known HIV infection or hepatitis B or C
  • No other malignancy within the past 3 years except completely resected basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, in situ malignancy, or curatively treated low-risk prostate cancer
  • No concurrent medical condition that, in the investigator's opinion, would compromise study treatment or assessment of toxicity


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy, radiation therapy or investigational agents. If steroids for cancer control have been used, patients must be off theses agents for at least 1 week before starting treatment. (Maintenance therapy for non-malignant disease with prednisone or steroid equivalent dose less than 10 mg/day is permitted)
  • Prior allogeneic stem cell transplantation allowed provided all of the following conditions are met:
  • Greater than or equal to 6 months have elapsed since allogeneic transplant
  • No Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) is present
  • More than 4 weeks since prior bortezomib
  • No concurrent oral hormonal contraceptives
  • No concurrent potent or moderate CYP3A4 inhibitors
  • No concurrent anti-arrhythmic agents
  • No concurrent treatment with any drugs that are generally accepted to having a risk of causing torsades de pointes (class 1 drugs)

    • Class 2 or 3 drugs allowed at the discretion of the investigator
  • No other concurrent systemic therapy for the malignancy
  • Concurrent warfarin (coumadin) allowed

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00963274

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United States, Illinois
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
United States, Maryland
University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University/Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Beata Holkova, MD Massey Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Thomas C. Shea, MD UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Study Chair: Steven Grant, MD Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigator: Sho Ma, MD, PhD Northwestern University & Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Amy Kimball, MD, PhD University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Nishitha Reddy, MBBS Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT00963274    
Other Study ID Numbers: MCC-12215
P30CA016059 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
MCC-12215 ( Other Identifier: VCU Massey Cancer Center )
R21CA137823 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
CDR0000652509 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ )
First Posted: August 21, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 23, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018
Keywords provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:
refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage I chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage II chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage III chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage IV chronic lymphocytic leukemia
recurrent small lymphocytic lymphoma
contiguous stage II small lymphocytic lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II small lymphocytic lymphoma
stage I small lymphocytic lymphoma
stage III small lymphocytic lymphoma
stage IV small lymphocytic lymphoma
adult nasal type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma
anaplastic large cell lymphoma
angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue
hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma
nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
peripheral T-cell lymphoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Lymphoma, T-Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Antineoplastic Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic