5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) to Enhance Visualization of Malignant Tumor

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : December 16, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 7, 2018
Massachusetts General Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Constantinos Hadjipanayis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Brief Summary:
In support of the US marketing application for 5-ALA, this single arm trial is being conducted to establish the efficacy and safety of Gliolan® (5-ALA) in patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent malignant gliomas. The hypothesis of the study is Gliolan® (5-ALA), as an adjunct to tumor resection, is safe and that real-time tissue fluorescence correlates with malignant histopathology. The primary objective in this single arm study is to define the positive predictive value (PPV) of Gliolan®-induced PPIX fluorescence for malignant tumor at the time of initial resection and first use of FGS by taking a biopsy of tissue presenting with red fluorescence when observed during the course of resection of new or recurrent malignant gliomas. The functionality and performance reliability of the blue light excitation microscope platforms will be assessed.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Malignant Gliomas Drug: Gliolan® Procedure: Fluorescence-Guided Surgery

Detailed Description:

Primary Objectives

  • To determine whether Gliolan® (5-ALA)-induced PPIX fluorescence correlates with malignant tumor histopathology (in a minimum of 3-5 serial biopsies taken from the red fluorescent region of tissue resection).
  • To determine the patient safety profile of both oral Gliolan® (5-ALA), as well as use of the fluorescence operative microscope. These will include use of commonly accepted toxicity measures as well as recording surgically-related neurological deficits within the six weeks after surgery.
  • To determine functionality and performance reliability of the blue light excitation microscope platforms (Zeiss Pentero, Leica OH4, Leica OH6 and others).

Secondary Objectives

  • To correlate PPIX-containing extracellular microvesicles recovered from blood (at multiple time points prior to and following tumor resection) with the pre-operative MRI tumor volume.
  • To characterize the presence and longitudinal changes in microvesicle biomarkers recovered from blood evaluating EGFRvIII, IDH1/2 wt and mutations and others. These microvesicular blood genes will be identified and correlated with the same microvesicular genes identified in tissue at the time of surgery.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Multicenter Study of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) to Enhance Visualization of Malignant Tumor in Patients With Newly Diagnosed or Recurrent Malignant Gliomas: A Safety, Histopathology, and Correlative Biomarker Study
Study Start Date : May 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Gliolan® is presented as a powder for oral solution in 60 ml colorless glass vials. The formulation contains 1.5 g 5-aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride corresponding to 1.17 g of 5-aminolevulinic acid. The oral solution is intended for single (partial) use.
Drug: Gliolan®
single dose of oral 5-ALA (20mg/kg bodyweight) at 3 hours (range 2-5 hours) given preoperatively
Other Name: 5-ALA

Procedure: Fluorescence-Guided Surgery
performed utilizing blue light. At least 3-5 fluorescent tissue samples will be taken.
Other Name: FGS

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of diagnostic tissue presence [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Pathologic confirmation of tumor type will be made by a pathologist who will not be informed of the fluorescence status of the tissue samples.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Presence of malignant glioma tumor cells [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Pathologic confirmation of tumor type will be made by a pathologist who will not be informed of the fluorescence status of the tissue samples.

  2. WHO tumor type with grading [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Pathologic confirmation of tumor type will be made by a pathologist who will not be informed of the fluorescence status of the tissue samples.

  3. Ki-67 proliferation index [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Ki-67 is a prognostic marker for cancer

  4. Karnofsky Performance Scale [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Scale from 0-100, function from low to high, with 100 being normal

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
whole blood, tumor samples

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with new or recurrent malignant gliomas

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects included must have an MRI documenting a primary brain tumor for which resection is indicated and has been planned. These patients will include those with newly diagnosed or recurrent malignant gliomas. Standard criteria for diagnosis will include a distinct ring-like pattern of contrast enhancement with thick irregular walls on MRI for patients with a presumed newly diagnosed malignant glioma.
  • Age 18-80.
  • Karnofsky>60%.
  • Subjects must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below:

Leukocytes >3,000/mL Platelets >100,000/mL Total bilirubin below upper limit of normal AST (SGOT)/ALT (SGPT) <2.5 X institutional upper limit of normal Creatinine below upper limit of normal OR Creatinine clearance >60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above institutional normal.

  • The effects of 5-aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) on the developing human fetus are unknown. For this reason, women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. A pregnancy test will be performed for all women of childbearing ability prior to surgery (see Exclusion Criteria below). Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately.
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document. Translation will be provided as appropriate by institution.
  • Inclusion of Women and Minorities: Both men and women and members of all ethnic groups are eligible for this trial.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with radiographic tumors of, or involving, nonresectable midline, the basal ganglia, or brain stem as assessed by MRI.
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to aminolevulinic acid (ALA). Patients should refrain from use of other potential phototoxic substances (e.g. tetracyclines, sulfonamides, fluoroquinolones, hypericin extracts) for 72 h.
  • Personal or family history of porphyria.
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements. . Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA).
  • Women who are pregnant will be excluded from the trial as aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is unknown to be teratogenic or have abortifacient effects Prior history of GI perforation, diverticulitis, and/or peptic ulcer disease.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02632370

Contact: Constantinos G Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD 212-844-6922

United States, California
University of California San Diego Withdrawn
La Jolla, California, United States, 92093
United States, District of Columbia
George Washington University Recruiting
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20037
Contact: Jonathan Sherman, MD    202-741-2750   
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Sherman, MD         
United States, Florida
Delray Medical Center Recruiting
Delray Beach, Florida, United States, 33484
Principal Investigator: Lloyd Zucker, MD         
United States, Georgia
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Jeffrey Olson, MD    404-778-1900   
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Olson, MD         
United States, Idaho
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Recruiting
Boise, Idaho, United States, 83706
Contact: Terra Inman, BS, CCRC    208-367-7397   
Principal Investigator: Bruce Andersen, MD,PHD, FACS         
United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center Recruiting
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
Principal Investigator: Roukoz B Chamoun, MD         
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Brian Nahed, MD    617-724-5805    BNAHED@PARTNERS.ORG   
Principal Investigator: Brian Nahed, MD         
United States, Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital Recruiting
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
Principal Investigator: Steve Kalkanis, MD         
United States, Minnesota
CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital Recruiting
Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States, 56303
Principal Investigator: Jerone Kennedy, MD         
United States, Missouri
St. Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute Completed
Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 64111
Washington University School of Medicine Recruiting
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Principal Investigator: Michael R Chicoine, MD         
United States, New Mexico
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery Recruiting
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87131
Contact: Ronald Mimis, CRC    505-272-3417      
Principal Investigator: Muhammad Omar Chohan, MD         
United States, New York
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Completed
New York, New York, United States, 10003
Mount Sinai St Luke's Withdrawn
New York, New York, United States, 10025
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Completed
New York, New York, United States, 10029
United States, Pennsylvania
St. Luke's University Health Network Recruiting
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States, 18015
Contact: Hugh Moulding, MD    484-526-6000   
Principal Investigator: Hugh Moulding, MD         
Penn State- Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Recruiting
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033
Contact: Brad Zacharia, MD    717-531-4177   
Principal Investigator: Brad Zacharia, MD         
Allegheny General Hospital Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15212
Contact: Khaled Aziz, MD    412-359-6200   
Principal Investigator: Khaled Aziz, MD         
United States, Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute Recruiting
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84112
Contact: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD    801-585-0255   
Principal Investigator: Randy Jensen, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Constantinos Hadjipanayis
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Bob Carter, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital

Responsible Party: Constantinos Hadjipanayis, Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Identifier: NCT02632370     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO 15-2034-0001
CGH932015 ( Other Identifier: Clinical Trials Regulatory Compliance Specialists )
PRMC 15-085 ( Other Identifier: Mount Sinai Hospital )
First Posted: December 16, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 7, 2018
Last Verified: March 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Constantinos Hadjipanayis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
Malignant Gliomas
tumor resection
malignant tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aminolevulinic Acid
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Photosensitizing Agents
Dermatologic Agents