Pilot Study of Lupron to Improve Immune Function After Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2014 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )
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First received: April 19, 2011
Last updated: January 6, 2015
Last verified: October 2014


  • One way to treat certain cancers of the blood and immune system is to give a patient stem cells from the bone marrow of a donor whose genes are very similar but not identical to the patient s. One problem with these transplants is that the new immune cells may not work as well in the recipient as they did in the donor. The result may be that the immune system will not work as well. This can increase the risk of severe infections and other complications.
  • Researchers are studying the use of drugs that lower hormone levels and may allow the immune system to recover in a way that improves white blood cell function. In this study they will be looking at the drug lupron, a drug that lowers estrogen or testosterone levels, to see if it might improve the function of the newly transplanted cells.


  • To determine whether lupron improves immune system function after bone marrow transplantation from a donor with similarities in their immune cells (matched to each other).
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of a nuclear medicine test with a radiotracer drug FLT in imaging studies. FLT will be used to image the immune system function in patients who have received bone marrow from the donor.


  • People between 15 (or as young as 9 in those who have gone through puberty) and 40 years of age. These patients must have acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome. They must also be eligible for a bone marrow transplant.
  • Genetically similar donors for the patients who are eligible for a transplant.


  • People taking part in the study will be screened with a physical examination, medical history, blood and urine tests, and imaging studies. Patients who are not in remission or who require a bone marrow donor search may receive chemotherapy first.
  • Donors will provide bone marrow for transplant according to standard bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedures.
  • All women and half of the men will receive regular lupron doses 2 weeks before BMT to suppress hormone function.
  • All recipients will receive 4 days of radiation followed by 2-4 days of chemotherapy before the bone marrow transplant (depending on age). Recipients will also receive other drugs to prevent transplant rejection and other complications of transplantation.
  • Recipients will be monitored in the hospital for 4 weeks after transplant with blood tests and other studies.
  • Some recipients will have an imaging study with FLT during the protocol. These imaging studies will take place before the transplant, on days 5 and 28 after transplant, and at a later time to be determined by the study researchers.
  • Following discharge, participants will be monitored closely for up to 6 months, with regular but less frequent followup visits for at least 5 years. Study-related medications, including vaccinations for the new immune system, will be provided by the National Institutes of Health during the hospital stay and after discharge.

Condition Intervention Phase
Myelodysplastic Syndrome RAEB 2
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Myelodysplastic Syndrome RAEB 1
Procedure: Allogeneic HSC Transplantation
Drug: Lupron
Drug: 18F FLT
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Drug: Methotrexate
Drug: Tacrolimus
Radiation: Total Body Irradiation
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multi-Institutional Prospective Pilot Study of Lupron to Enhance Lymphocyte Immune Reconstitution Following Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation in Post-Pubertal Children and Adults With Molecular Imaging Evaluation

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if Lupron improves B lymphocyte reconstitution after HSCT. [ Time Frame: 12 months post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To assess whether 18F FLT PET/CT could predict early engraftment/immune reconstitution in marrow and thymus after allogeneic HSCT. [ Time Frame: within first 2 months post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate whether Lupron will decrease the incidence of acute or chronic GVHD without altering GVT after allogeneic HSCT. [ Time Frame: years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To evaluate if Lupron decreases the incidence of infections after HSCT. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 236
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Arm 1
Lupron Arm
Drug: Lupron
Lupron: 30 mg intramuscular injection(for adult) or 11.25 mg (for patients & lt; 18 years) between day -13 and day -20 pre-HSCT but definitely prior to initiation of preparative regimen as a 4 month intramuscular injection for patients & gt; 18 years and as a 3 month injection (adult preparation) for patients & lt; 18 years
Active Comparator: Arm 2
Procedure: Allogeneic HSC Transplantation
Allogeneic HSC Transplantation
Drug: 18F FLT
18F FLT: 0.07 mCi/kg with a maximum of 3 mCi On day + 28 (+/- 5 days)
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Cyclophosphamide: 60 mg/kg IV on days -4 and -3 (for Adults & gt; 22 years) or Cyclophosphamide: cyclophosphamide 50 mg/kg IV, Days -5, -4, -3, -2. (For Pediatric & lt; /= 22 years)
Drug: Methotrexate
Methotrexate:10 mg/m2 IV on day +1, and 5 mg/m2 IV Days + 3, 6, 11
Drug: Tacrolimus
Tacrolimus:0.02 mg/kg/day CIV on day -1.
Radiation: Total Body Irradiation
Total Body Irradiation (TBI) 1200 cGy fractionate twice daily (lung block) Days -8, -7, -6, -5 (adult), -9, -8, -7, -6 (ped)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 40 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Age greater than or equal to 15 years old and/or greater than or equal to 9 years old and pubertal and less than or equal to 55 years for recipient.
  • Pubertal is defined by: prior menses at any time (females), documentation of clinical Tanner stage greater than 2 at some point pre-chemotherapy or at the current visit. (At this point, sex steroids have been produced for a few years which has driven initial pubertal development). Tanner 2 is defined as: breast buds for females with coarse pubic hair, and coarse pubic hair and testes greater than 2.5cm for males.
  • At Children s National Medical Center only: age > 4 years old and < 24.
  • At University of Oklahoma: Age > 17 years old and less than or equal to 55 years for recipient.
  • A diagnosis of a hematologic malignancy for which stem cell transplant is standard of care:

    1. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia:

      A. Adult: (greater than or equal to 22 years) greater than or equal to CR2 OR CR1 with survival benefit with allogeneic transplantation:

      1. Matched sibling donor for recipient treated on adult lukemia regimen.
      2. t(9:22) or bcr-abl+; t(4:11), t(1:19), t(8:14), 11q23 (MLL rearrangements). Note that patients with ALL blast crisis who emerge from CML are also eligible. Primary induction failure, defined as failure to achieve CR with primary induction chemotherapy

      B. Pediatric (greater than or equal to 22 years): greater than or equal to CR2 or CR1 with high risk features

      1. Matched sibling donor for recipient treated on adult leukemia regimen
      2. Primary induction failure (M3 (greater than 25% with greater 200 cells counted) marrow at day 29), M2 (5-25% blasts with greater than 200 cells counted) bone marrow or MRD greater than 1% at day 29 who then fail at day 43 with either an M2 or M3 BM or MRD greater than 1%
      3. Persistent leukemia and t(9;22) (MRD greater than1% day 29 or MRD greater than 0.01% end-consolidation)
      4. 11q23 (MLL) rearrangements detected by cytogenetic or PCR at initial diagnosis who are slow early responders (M2/M3 at day 14 or MRD greater than 0.01% at day 29)
      5. Extreme hypodiploidy (less than 44 chromosomes or DNA index of less than 0.81) detected by cytogenetic/ploidy analysis
    2. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia:

A. Adult: (greater than or equal to 22 years) greater than or equal to CR2 OR CR1 with high risk features:

  1. Adverse cytogenetics:

    • Normal cytogenetics
    • complex karytoype (greater than 2 abnormalities)
    • inv (3) or T(3;3); t(11;19)(q23;p13.1); +13; -17/17p-; -18; -20; (t(6;9);t(6;11); -7, 7q-; -5, 5q-; trisomy 8; t(3;5); t(9:11)(p22q23)
    • monosomy karyotype (presence of an autosomal monosomy in conjunction with at least one other autosomal monosomy or structural abnormality.
    • EXCEPT t(8;21), t(9;11), inv(16), or T(16;16), and M3 (17; 17) unless ckit mutation present and then eligible.
    • AML emerging from CML (blast crisis) are eligible
  2. Primary induction failure, defined as failure to achieve CR with primary induction chemotherapy
  3. Secondary AML, defined as AML related to antecedent MDS, MPD, or cytotoxic chemotherapy
  4. Hyperleukocytosis (WBC greater than 100,000 at diagnosis)
  5. Mutations in the FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) gene (FLT3-LM; FLT-ITDs)
  6. Bilineage or biphenotypic leukemias are high risk features and eligible.

B. Pediatric (less than 22 years): greater than or equal to CR2 or CR1 with high risk features:

  1. Primary induction failure (greater than or equal to 5% blasts in marrow after induction)
  2. Persistent leukemia (greater than 15% after first course of chemotherapy)
  3. Monosomy 7, or -5/-5q, FLT3 ITD-AR (greater than 0.4) EXCEPT if also inv(16)/t(16;16), t(8,21)
  4. Normal cytogenetics or abnormal cytogenetics EXCEPT if also inv(16)/t(16;16), t(8,21) are eligible for SIBLING transplant only
  5. Bilineage or biphenotypic leukemias are high risk features and eligible.

    3. Myelodysplastic Syndrome RAEB 1 or 2, monosomy 7, or transfusion dependent.

    4. Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia

    5. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia who fail 2G-TKI

    6. Standard pediatric indications for myeloablative transplantation for patients undergoing HSCT at Children s National Medical Center per institutional guidelines

    7. Disease status:

    Patients with acute leukemia and MDS are to be referred in remission for transplant. Should a patient screen for this protocol and protocol study evaluations reveal residual disease, the patient should return to the primary hematologist oncologist. If this is contraindicated or there are no other available options in the judgment of the PI/AI, then the patient may receive chemotherapy

    as per standard of care for the malignant disease. However, the patient must be in remission (< 5% malignant blasts in marrow and peripheral blood) and no evidence of extramedullary disease for transplant.

    8. Performance status: Karnofsky or Lansky performance status greater than or equal to 60% AND life expectance of greater than 3 months.

    9. Ability to give informed consent. For donors less than 18 years of age, their legal guardian must give informed consent. Pediatric patients will be included in an age appropriate discussion in accordance with NIH guidelines.

    10. Hepatic function: Patients must have evidence of adequate liver function prior to enrollment defined by total bilirubin less than 2.5 mg/dL (unless documented Gilbert s syndrome) AND transaminases less than or equal to 5 times the upper limit of normal for age appropriate indices.

    11. Renal function: Patients must have evidence of adequate renal function to proceed with stem cell transplant, creatinine clearance greater than 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2).GFR may also demonstrate adequate renal function.

    12. Left ventricular ejection fraction greater than or equal to 50% OR shortening fraction of greater than or equal to 27% demonstrated on 2D echocardiogram or MUGA within 28 days of enrollment.

    13. Pulmonary function of DLC0 adj/VA and FEV1 greater than or equal to 60% of normal indices for age and height unless the patient has a likely acute reversible etiology of decline and then DLCO adj/VA greater than or equal to 30% of normal.

    14. Patients with prior autologous stem cell transplants will be included. However, patients with prior allogeneic stem cell transplants will not be eligible.

    15. Prior systematic therapies must have been completed greater than 2 weeks prior to study entry.


    1. History of psychiatric disorder which may compromise compliance with transplant protocol, or which does not allow for appropriate informed consent.
    2. Active infections not responding to therapy. All efforts should be made to clear the infection prior to enrollment.
    3. Clinically significant systemic illness with manifestations of significant organ dysfunction which in the judgment PI or AI would render the patient unlikely to tolerate the protocol therapy or complete the study.
    4. Presence of active malignancy from an organ system other than hematopoietic.
    5. HIV infection.
    6. Chronic active hepatitis B infection. Patients may be hepatitis B core antibody positive but must be surface antigen negative and without active evidence of disease.
    7. Pregnant or lactating females will be excluded from this trial due to unknown risks to the developing fetus. Patients of child-bearing potential must use an effective form of contraception while on study.
    8. Sexually active individuals capable of becoming pregnant who are unable or unwilling to use effective form(s) of contraception during time enrolled on study and for 1 year post-transplant
    9. History of prior Lupron intolerance. Note: patients ARE eligible if prior or current lupron exposure.


    • Age greater than or equal to 8 and less than or equal to 60 years old and able to give consent or assent. For donors less than 18 years old, the legal guardian must be able to provide informed consent and an evaluation by a LSW or psychiatric personnel will be needed to determine willingness to participate. Pediatric patients will be included in an age appropriate discussion in accordance with NIH guidelines.
    • HLA-matched related donor, excluding identical twins. Donors must be matched at least 7 loci out of 8 at the allele or antigen level excluding antigen DRB1 mismatch.
    • Donor selection will be in accordance with NIH/CC Department of Transfusion Medicine criteria and must be able to medically endure stem cell collection.
    • Donors must be HIV negative, HTLV negative, HBSag negative.
    • Donors must be physically able to and willing to tolerate marrow harvest collection preferably, or in the absence of this option, able and willing to donate via peripheral blood pheresis.


    • History of medical illness that in the estimation of the PI or DTM physician precludes donation of marrow.
    • Anemia (Hb less than 10 gm/dl) or thrombocytopenia (less than 100,000/ microL).
    • Pregnant females (due to risk to fetus).
    • Current psychiatric diagnosis that would compromise compliance with transplant protocol or precludes appropriate informed consent.
    • Presence of any blood transmissible infectious disease that cannot be cleared prior to stem cell collection and poses an unacceptable risk for the recipient (e.g. excludes CMV).
    • Active malignancy will exclude the donor. Any malignancy less than five years post-remission will exclude the donor. Non-hematologic malignancies greater than 5 years ago will not exclude the donor. Any history of hematologic malignancy will be considered on a case by case basis.
    • Any medical contraindication to anesthesia or marrow donation will exclude the donor.
    • Donors receiving experimental therapy or investigational agents.
    • Active autoimmune disease that in the opinion of the PI or AI would compromise the success of the transplant.


    • Unrelated donor matched at HLA-A, B, C, and DR loci by high resolution typing (at 8/8 or 7/8 antigen/allele match) are acceptable donors.
    • The evaluation of donors shall be in accordance with existing National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Standard Policies and Procedures.


    • Meets criteria for Transplant Recipient sections
    • Age greater than 18 years old
    • Donor who is willing to undergo bone marrow harvest.


    -History of prior fluorothymidine allergy or intolerance.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01338987

Contact: Zetta A Blacklock-Schuver, R.N. (301) 451-6569 bblacklock@mail.nih.gov
Contact: Ronald E Gress, M.D. (301) 496-1791 gressr@mail.nih.gov

United States, District of Columbia
Childrens National Medical Center Recruiting
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact National Cancer Institute Referral Office    (888) NCI-1937      
United States, Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Recruiting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Ronald E Gress, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01338987     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 110136, 11-C-0136
Study First Received: April 19, 2011
Last Updated: January 6, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Thymic Renewal
Stem Cell Transplant
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Myelodyplastic Syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Precancerous Conditions

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