A Pilot Feasibility Study of Oral 5-Fluorocytosine and Genetically-Modified Neural Stem Cells Expressing E.Coli Cytosine Deaminase for Treatment of Recurrent High Grade Gliomas
RATIONALE: Genetically-modified neural stem cells (NSCs) that convert 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) into the chemotherapy agent 5-FU (fluorouracil) at sites of tumor in the brain may be an effective treatment for glioma.
PURPOSE: This clinical trial studies genetically-modified NSCs and 5-FC in patients undergoing surgery for recurrent high-grade gliomas.
|Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma Recurrent Grade III Glioma Recurrent Grade IV Glioma Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma Adult Brain Tumor Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma Adult Glioblastoma Adult Gliosarcoma Adult Mixed Glioma Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor Adult Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma Recurrent High Grade Glioma||Drug: flucytosine Other: polymerase chain reaction Other: immunohistochemistry staining method Biological: gene therapy Other: pharmacological study Other: 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Procedure: therapeutic conventional surgery Biological: E. coli CD-expressing genetically modified neural stem cells|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Pilot Feasibility Study of Oral 5-Fluorocytosine and Genetically-Modified Neural Stem Cells Expressing E.Coli Cytosine Deaminase for Treatment of Recurrent High Grade Gliomas|
- Determination of the safety and feasibility of intracerebral administration of genetically-modified neural stem cells (NSCs) in combination with oral 5-fluorocytosine. [ Time Frame: Day 60 ]Measures of feasibility include the incidence of clinically symptomatic intratumoral hemorrhage, CNS infection, seizures, altered mental status, development of focal neurologic deficits, as well as chemotherapy-associated toxicities. All toxicities at each dose level will be summarized using descriptive statistics. Graded using the National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0
- Relationship between intracerebral and systemic concentrations of 5-FC and 5-FU with increasing NSC dose level [ Time Frame: Up to Day 10 ]Summarized by NSC dose cohort using descriptive statistics and graphs. The Macdonald Criteria will be used to assess response. As of 11/30/2012 patients will no longer undergo these tests.
- Presence of 5-FU in the brain using 19F-MRS [ Time Frame: Day 60 ]As of 5/1/2012, study patients will no longer undergo 19F-MRS.
- Assessment of development of immunogenicity against NSCs [ Time Frame: Day 60 ]As of 11/30/2012 patients will no longer undergo these tests.
- Obtain preliminary imaging data regarding perfusion permeability parameters and imaging characteristics as shown on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies due to the presence of NSCs in the brain. [ Time Frame: Day 60 ]
- Assessment of the fate of NSCs at autopsy when feasible [ Time Frame: At autopsy ]
- Assess the intracerebral distribution of NSCs using iron-labeling as a cellular tracker. [ Time Frame: Up to Day 10 ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2015|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Arm I
Patients undergo debulking craniotomy and receive injections of HB1.F3.CD neural stem cells directly into brain tissue on day 0. Patients then receive oral 5-fluorocytosine every 6 hours on days 4-10 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Other Names:Other: polymerase chain reaction
Other Name: PCROther: immunohistochemistry staining method
Other Name: immunohistochemistryBiological: gene therapy
Injected at the time of the surgery to resect the tumor
Other Name: therapy, geneOther: pharmacological study
Other Name: pharmacological studiesOther: 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging
Other Names:Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studiesProcedure: therapeutic conventional surgery
Surgery to resect the tumorBiological: E. coli CD-expressing genetically modified neural stem cells
Injected at the time of the surgery to resect the tumor
Other Name: HB1.F3.CD neural stem cells
I. To determine the safety and feasibility of intracerebral administration of NSCs in combination with oral 5-FC in patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas.
I. To characterize the relationship between intracerebral and systemic concentrations of 5-FC and 5-FU with increasing NSC dose level.
II. To non-invasively assess the presence of 5-FU in the brain with the use of fluorine (19F)-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)(no longer in effect as of 5/1/2012).
III. To assess for the possible development of immunogenicity against the NSCs.
IV. To assess the intracerebral distribution of NSCs using iron-labeling as a cellular tracker.
V. To gather preliminary imaging data regarding perfusion permeability parameters and imaging characteristics as shown on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies due to the presence of NSCs in the brain.
VI. To determine, at time of autopsy, the fate of the NSCs.
This is a dose-escalation study.
After biopsy or surgery to resect tumor, study patients receive injections of genetically modified NSCs directly into brain tissue on day 0. Patients then take oral 5-FC every 6 hours during days 4-10 which is converted to 5-FU in the brain by the NSCs.
Follow-up MRIs of the brain are performed on days 32, 60, and every 2 months thereafter to assess for response and side effects.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01172964
|United States, California|
|City of Hope|
|Duarte, California, United States, 91010|
|Principal Investigator:||Jana Portnow||City of Hope Medical Center|