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Phase I Study of Ad5-hGCC (Human Guanylyl Cyclase C)-PADRE in Stage I/II Colon Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ) Identifier:
First received: October 24, 2013
Last updated: April 4, 2017
Last verified: April 2017
The purpose of this study is to determine the safety, tolerability and ability to stimulate hGCC-specific antibody and killer T cell immune responses of an Ad5-hGCC-PADRE vaccine in stage I and stage II Caucasian and African American colon cancer patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Colon Cancer Biological: Ad5-hGCC-PADRE vaccine Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Guanylyl Cyclase C (GCC)-Encoding Replication-Deficient Human Type 5 Recombinant Adenovirus Vaccine (Ad5-hGCC-PADRE) in Stage I and II Colon Cancer Patients

Further study details as provided by Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: Continuous for 6 months after vaccination. ]
    Quantify treatment-emergent and related acute and sub-acute adverse events, serious adverse events, and Grade 3 and 4 non-laboratory abnormalities for safety assessments during the 6-month period after the injection of Ad5-hGCC-PADRE.

  • Antibody responses [ Time Frame: One month following vaccination. ]
    Determine whether Ad5-hGCC-PADRE induces an antibody response to GCC at 1 month following vaccination with Ad5-hGCC-PADRE.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • T cell responses [ Time Frame: One month following vaccination. ]
    Determine whether Ad5-hGCC-PADRE induces a T cell response to GCC at 1 month following vaccination.

  • Persistent immunological responses [ Time Frame: Three and six months after vaccination. ]
    Determine whether Ad5-hGCC-PADRE induces antibody and/or T cell responses to GCC that persist at 3 months and 6 months following vaccination.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Occult metastases and immune responses [ Time Frame: One, three, and six months following vaccination. ]
    Determine whether antibody and/or T cell responses to GCC following vaccination with Ad5-hGCC-PADRE are related to occult metastases in regional lymph nodes quantified by GCC qRT-PCR.

  • Race and immune responses [ Time Frame: One, three and six months following vaccination. ]
    Determine whether antibody and/or T cell responses to GCC following vaccination with Ad5-hGCC-PADRE are related to race.

  • Time to recurrence and disease-free survival and immune responses [ Time Frame: Annually for 5 years from the time of vaccination ]
    Determine whether antibody and/or T cell responses to GCC following vaccination with Ad5-hGCC-PADRE are related to time to recurrence and/or disease-free survival during the 5-year period after the injection of Ad5-hGCC-PADRE.

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: October 2013
Study Completion Date: January 13, 2016
Primary Completion Date: June 3, 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ad5-hGCC-PADRE Vaccine
Active vaccine
Biological: Ad5-hGCC-PADRE vaccine
A single intramuscular dose (100 billion virus particles) of Ad5-hGCC-PADRE vaccine.

Detailed Description:

There is an unmet need for improved therapeutic paradigms in colorectal cancer, the 3rd leading cause of cancer and 2nd leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. This need is underscored by the populations in jeopardy, including the ~100 million people in the US over 50 y that have a 1:8 risk associated with a disease-specific mortality of 50%. Mortality reflects metastatic disease: ~50% of patients initially present with regional or distant metastases, while ~20% present with occult metastases. Beyond the general population risk, there is an established stage-specific difference in outcomes in pN0 (node negative) African Americans with colorectal cancer, who exhibit ~40% excess mortality attributable to race. Reductions in mortality have been hampered by the absence of effective chemo-, radio-, and immuno- therapeutic approaches to metastatic disease. In that context, immunotherapy has been disappointing, in part, reflecting the absence of antigens that are tumor-specific, immunogenic, and universally associated with neoplasia. Moreover, the gap in survival between African Americans and Caucasians specifically reflects the inability to identify those with occult metastases who are at increased risk for developing recurrent disease.

This study advances an emerging paradigm in colorectal cancer cell detection and eradication, employing GCC as a molecular marker and immunological target. GCC is a protein whose expression is normally restricted to intestinal epithelial cells, but universally expressed by metastatic colorectal tumors. We have clinically validated the detection of occult metastases in lymph nodes by quantifying GCC mRNA (messenger RNA) by reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR (qRT-PCR). This study revealed that occult metastases were the most powerful independent predictors of survival in pN0 patients. Further, there is a disproportionate burden of occult disease in African American, compared to Caucasian, patients. This new molecular staging platform provides a unique opportunity to identify occult metastases underlying racial disparities in disease recurrence, which could be prevented by tumor-targeted immunotherapy.

In the absence of ideal tumor antigens, immunotherapy has been directed to tissue-specific proteins. Barriers to employing self-antigens include tolerance, which limits anti-tumor immunity, and autoimmunity. The present study advances an emerging paradigm exploiting immunological compartmentalization of mucosally-restricted antigens to generate systemic antitumor immunity without autoimmunity. Asymmetry in immunological cross-talk between compartments, wherein systemic T and B cell responses rarely extend to mucosae, suggest that proteins normally expressed in mucosae, but which are expressed systemically by tumors, may serve as vaccine targets for metastases. Advantages of these cancer mucosa antigens include unique systemic immunoreactivity profiles supporting highly effective durable antitumor immunity in the context of absent immunological cross-talk between compartments restricting autoimmunity. Here, this paradigm will be advanced employing the tumor marker GCC, which induces immune responses that oppose metastatic colorectal cancer in preclinical models, without autoimmunity. This study will define the safety and immunological efficacy of adenoviral GCC vaccine in African American and Caucasian pN0 colon cancer patients with excess recurrence risk reflecting occult lymph node metastases identified by GCC qRT-PCR. This study will be the first step in translating GCC into a vaccine for the secondary prevention of metastases in African American and Caucasian colorectal cancer patients.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and Female African American or Caucasian subjects older than 18 years of age. Race will be defined by the subject.
  • Stage I or stage II (pN0) colon cancer within 3 years of surgery
  • Competent immune system, defined by the ability to make a delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction to at least one of the following: candida, mumps, tetanus or trichophyton
  • Adequate renal, liver, and bone marrow functions:

Serum creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dl, Hemoglobin ≥ 10.0 g/dl WBC (white blood cells) ≥ 3,000 /mm3, platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm3, total bilirubin ≤2.0 mg/ml, and albumin ≥ 3.0 g/dl

  • Lymph node specimens available for quantification of occult metastases
  • Minimum of 2 months and maximum of 36 months since surgery
  • No clinical or laboratory evidence of local or systemic recurrence at entry to the study
  • Expected survival of at least 6 months
  • Karnofsky performance status ≥ 80 (ECOG 0 or 1)
  • Willingness and ability to understand and give informed consent and follow the procedures described in the protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failure to meet any of the inclusion criteria above
  • Rectal cancer
  • Prior chemotherapy/radiotherapy/immunotherapy/experimental medications for colon cancer
  • Prior splenectomy
  • Concurrent use of systemic steroids or immunosuppressive drugs (Note: topical or inhaled aerosol steroid therapies are not contraindicated for participation in the study)
  • HIV-positive by ELISA, confirmed by Western blot
  • Active autoimmune diseases that the Investigator considers would interfere with an immunologic response (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis or ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Other malignancy within 5 years except curatively treated non-melanomatous skin cancer and curatively treated carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix, or early stage (stage A or B1) prostate cancer
  • Medically-proven inflammatory bowel disease
  • Has at the time of enrollment, serious infection or other serious medical condition that implies a survival of less than six months
  • Pregnancy or lactation (serum B-human chorionic gonadotropin test must be negative in fertile women at screening visit). Subjects will be asked to use contraception during conduct of the study.
  • Past medical history of serious reaction to adenovirus vaccine
  • Mental handicap
  • Chronic diarrhea >6 times per day
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01972737

United States, Pennsylvania
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Study Director: Scott A Waldman, MD, PhD Thomas Jefferson University
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Identifier: NCT01972737     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13S.462
SAP #4100051723 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Pennsylvania Department of Health )
Study First Received: October 24, 2013
Last Updated: April 4, 2017

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ):
Colon cancer
antibody responses
T cell responses

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colonic Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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