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Nelfinavir Mesylate in Treating Patients With Kaposi Sarcoma

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03077451
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 13, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 30, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The EMMES Corporation
University of Arkansas
University of California, Los Angeles
AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
AIDS Malignancy Consortium

Brief Summary:
This pilot phase II trial studies how well nelfinavir mesylate works in treating patients with kaposi sarcoma. Nelfinavir mesylate may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Recurrent Kaposi Sarcoma Skin Kaposi Sarcoma Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis Drug: Nelfinavir Mesylate Phase 2

Detailed Description:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To determine the efficacy of a therapeutic escalation strategy consisting of standard dose nelfinavir (nelfinavir mesylate), followed by high dose nelfinavir, for the treatment of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) tumor lesions. With 36 evaluable participants, the null hypothesis will be rejected if 11 or more participants respond.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To evaluate the safety of high dose nelfinavir among participants with KS. II. To assess the effect of nelfinavir on Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) lytic gene expression in tumor tissue.

III. To correlate nelfinavir and the primary active metabolite, M8, concentrations with tumor response, antiviral response, and adverse effects in participants with KS.

IV. To assess the effect of nelfinavir on KSHV copy number in saliva.

TERTIARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To assess the effect of nelfinavir on KSHV copy number in PBMC and plasma. II. To assess the effect of nelfinavir on herpes simplex virus (HSV), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) copy number in saliva.

OUTLINE:

STANDARD DOSE NELFINAVIR MESYLATE: Patients receive standard dose nelfinavir mesylate orally (PO) twice daily (BID) for 4 weeks in the absence of progressive disease (PD). Patients with PD at 4 weeks proceed to high-dose nelfinavir mesylate. At week 8, if there is stable disease (SD) or partial response (PR), patients advance to high-dose nelfinavir mesylate. Patients discontinue standard dose nelfinavir mesylate 4 weeks after documentation of complete response (CR).

HIGH DOSE NELFINAVIR MESYLATE: Patients with PD continue to receive high-dose nelfinavir mesylate PO BID for 4 more weeks. If there is PD documented after 4 weeks at the high dose level, nelfinavir mesylate is discontinued. If there is SD or PR, patients continue receiving nelfinavir mesylate for 16 weeks. If there is CR, patients discontinue high-dose nelfinavir mesylate 4 weeks after documentation of CR.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 8 weeks.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 36 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Nelfinavir for the Treatment of Kaposi Sarcoma
Actual Study Start Date : March 13, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 2019


Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment (nelfinavir mesylate)

DOSE NELFINAVIR MESYLATE: Patients receive standard dose nelfinavir mesylate PO BID for 4 weeks in the absence of PD. Patients with PD at 4 weeks proceed to high-dose nelfinavir. At week 8, if there is SD or PR, patients advance to high-dose nelfinavir mesylate. Patients discontinue standard dose nelfinavir mesylate 4 weeks after documentation of CR.

HIGH DOSE NELFINAVIR MESYLATE: Patients with PD continue to receive high-dose nelfinavir mesylate PO BID for 4 more weeks. If there is PD documented after 4 weeks at the high dose level, nelfinavir is discontinued. If there is SD or PR, patients continue receiving nelfinavir mesylate for 16 weeks. If there is CR, patients discontinue high-dose nelfinavir mesylate 4 weeks after documentation of CR.

Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis
Correlative studies

Drug: Nelfinavir Mesylate
Given PO
Other Names:
  • AG1343
  • Viracept




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Efficacy of therapeutic escalation of standard dose nelfinavir, followed by high dose nelfinavir, for treatment of Kaposi sarcoma lesions for HIV positive participants [ Time Frame: Baseline up to 16 weeks ]
    The binomial proportion and its exact 95% confidence interval will be used to estimate the response rate in the study. Response rate will be estimated using the binomial proportion and its exact 95% confidence interval for HIV positive participants.

  2. Efficacy of therapeutic escalation of standard dose nelfinavir, followed by high dose nelfinavir, for treatment of Kaposi sarcoma lesions for HIV negative participants [ Time Frame: Baseline up to 16 weeks ]
    The binomial proportion and its exact 95% confidence interval will be used to estimate the response rate in the study. Response rate will be estimated using the binomial proportion and it's exact 95% confidence interval for HIV negative participants.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency and severity of adverse events in HIV-positive participants as assessed by CTCAE v4.0 [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Frequency of adverse events and their severity will be tabulated to evaluate tolerance of high dose nelfinavir in the treatment of KS in participant who are HIV-positive

  2. Frequency and severity of adverse events in HIV-negative participants as assessed by CTCAE v4.0 [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Frequency of adverse events and their severity will be tabulated to evaluate tolerance of high dose nelfinavir in the treatment of KS in participant who are HIV-negative

  3. Assess the effect of nelfinavir on KSHV gene expression in tumor tissue [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Descriptive statistics will be used for changes in the relative abundance of all latent and lytic viral mRNA relative to cellular mRNA by expression array, and changes in the percentage of cells staining for K8.1 (lytic) and LANA (latent) antigens by immunohistochemistry. Generalized estimating equations will be used to evaluate these changes over time. Normalizing transformations will be used as needed.

  4. Correlate nelfinavir and the primary active metabolite, M8, concentrations with tumor response, antiviral response, and adverse effects in participants with KS. [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Trough nelfinavir/M8 concentrations will be summarized using descriptive statistics and 95% confidence intervals. This outcome will also be displayed graphically as a trend in drug levels over time. The relationship between dose and drug exposure of nelfinavir/M8 and the pharmacodynamic (PD) effects will be determined using Pearson's correlation coefficient (r2) or appropriate non-parametric statistics for dichotomous and categorical variables (e.g., Mann-Whitney U-test or Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance by ranks).

  5. Assess the effect of nelfinavir on KSHV copy number in saliva [ Time Frame: Up to 16 weeks ]
    Pre-treatment oral samples and oral samples during treatment will be collected from each participant. The sampling frequency is irrelevant as long as the quantity is sufficient. With 36 participants, a decrease in the proportion of participants with detectable KSHV DNA from 50% at baseline to 1% on treatment can be detected at the one-sided 0.05 significance level with 0.99 power using McNemar's test.


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Effect of nelfinavir on HSV copy number in saliva [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Kaplan-Meier curves will also be created to demonstrate percent of participants demonstrating the presence of HSV in saliva as a function of time and stage of treatment.

  2. Effect of nelfinavir on CMV copy number in saliva [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Kaplan-Meier curves will also be created to demonstrate percent of participants demonstrating the presence of CMV in saliva as a function of time and stage of treatment.

  3. Effect of nelfinavir on EBV copy number in saliva [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    Kaplan-Meier curves will also be created to demonstrate percent of participants demonstrating the presence of EBV in saliva as a function of time and stage of treatment.

  4. Effect of nelfinavir on KSHV copy number in PBMC and plasma [ Time Frame: Baseline to up to 16 weeks ]
    The proportion of participants with KSHV detection in plasma (viremia) and oral shedding will be calculated at baseline and on NFV treatment. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) using a binomial distribution will be used to evaluate the detection of KSHV in plasma and PBMC specimens over time. Log10 transformations will be applied to the viral load data, and the median log viral load will be estimated for each participant prior to treatment and at time points post treatment. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) will be used to assess change over time with respect to these measures.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Biopsy-proven KS involving skin (with or without visceral involvement) without need for urgent cytotoxic therapy; there should be no evidence of improvement in KS in the 4 weeks immediately prior to study enrollment
  • Known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 infection status, as documented by any nationally approved, licensed HIV rapid test performed in conjunction with screening (or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA], test kit, and confirmed by approved test at each study site; United States (U.S.) participants only: alternatively, this documentation may include a record demonstrating that another physician has documented the participant's HIV status based on either:

    • Approved diagnostic tests, or
    • The referring physician's written record that HIV infection was documented, with supporting information on the participant's relevant medical history and/or current management of HIV infection

      • Participants enrolled outside the U.S. must have a confirmatory diagnostic test sequence as appropriate per national standards, detailed as above, performed regardless of prior documented HIV status; for HIV-negative participants, testing must be performed no more than 1 month prior to study enrollment; NOTE: the term "licensed" refers to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved kit or for sites located in countries other than the United States, a kit that has been certified or licensed by an oversight body within that country and validated internally; WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines mandate that confirmation of the initial test result must use a test that is different from the one used for the initial assessment; a reactive initial rapid test should be confirmed by either another type of rapid assay or an enzyme/chemiluminescence immunoassay (E/CIA) that is based on a different antigen preparation and/or different test principle (e.g., indirect versus competitive), or a Western blot or a plasma HIV-1 ribonucleic acid (RNA) viral load
  • Participant may be either previously untreated for KS or refractory to or intolerant of any one or more prior KS therapies
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2 (Karnofsky >= 50%)
  • Life expectancy of greater than 3 months
  • Leukocytes >= 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count >= 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelets >= 100,000/mm^3
  • Total bilirubin: within normal limits at each study site local laboratory
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT]) and alanine transaminase (ALT) (serum glutamate-pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 2.5 X institutional upper limit of normal
  • Creatinine levels =< upper limit of institutional normal; or creatinine clearance >= 60 mL/min/1.73 m^2 for participants with creatinine levels above institutional normal
  • HIV seropositive participants must be on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with the following criteria:

    • A complete ART regimen that does not include the study drug as one of a minimum of 3 active drugs, which may include an integrase inhibitor or efavirenz in combination with nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs)
    • The ART regimen must not include protease inhibitor (PIs); participants must not have received a PI-based regimen for at least 4 weeks prior to enrollment
    • Participants must either have an undetectable HIV plasma ribonucleic acid (RNA), or if plasma RNA detectable, must be on the same stable regimen for a minimum of 12 weeks prior to study enrollment
    • No minimum cluster of differentiation (CD)4 count, but maximum HIV plasma RNA of 1,000 copies/mL
  • Women of child-bearing potential must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study enrollment and for the duration of study participation; should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while she is participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants who have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy within 4 weeks (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin C) prior to study enrollment or those who have not recovered from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks prior to study enrollment
  • Participants who are receiving any other investigational agents
  • Participants with known brain metastases should be excluded from this clinical trial
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to nelfinavir
  • Participants receiving any medications or substances that have antiviral activity against KSHV or that are strong inhibitors or inducers of cytochrome P450, family 3, subfamily A (CYP3A) or cytochrome P450, family 2, subfamily C, polypeptide 19 (2C19) are ineligible; each ART regimen must be reviewed by the PI before determining eligibility to receive nelfinavir mesylate (NFV); sensitive substrates should be avoided; of the antiretroviral drugs, only delavirdine, nevirapine, cobicistat-boosted antiretrovirals (strong CYP3A4 inhibitor), maraviroc (sensitive CYP3A4 substrate), and PIs (strong CYP3A4 inhibitor) are excluded; the following drugs are also prohibited:

Strong Inhibitors of CYP3A4:

  • Antibiotics: clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, troleandomycin
  • HIV: non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (delavirdine, nevirapine), protease inhibitors (ritonavir, indinavir, lopinavir/ritonavir, saquinavir), cobicistat-boosted antiretrovirals (e.g., elvitegravir); NOTE: Clinical trials have demonstrated that there are no clinically significant drug-drug interactions between nelfinavir and the following antiretrovirals: efavirenz (strong CYP3A4 inhibitor), etravirine (strong CYP3A4 inhibitor); therefore, these antiretrovirals will not be excluded
  • Antifungals: itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, fluconazole, posaconazole
  • Antidepressants: nefazodone
  • Antidiuretic: conivaptan
  • GI: cimetidine, aprepitant
  • Hepatitis C: boceprevir, telaprevir
  • Miscellaneous: seville oranges, grapefruit, or grapefruit juice and/or pomelos, star fruit, exotic citrus fruits, or grapefruit hybrids

Strong Inducers of CYP3A4:

  • Glucocorticoids: cortisone (> 50 mg), hydrocortisone (> 40 mg), prednisone (> 10 mg), methylprednisolone (> 8 mg), dexamethasone (> 1.5 mg)
  • Anticonvulsants: phenytoin, carbamazepine, primidone, phenobarbital and other enzyme inducing anti-convulsant drugs (EIACD)
  • Antibiotics: rifampin (rifampicin), rifabutin, rifapentine
  • Miscellaneous: St. John's Wort, modafinil

Strong Inhibitors of CYP2C9:

  • Antifungals: fluconazole; lists including medications and substances known or with the potential to interact with the CYP3A or 2C19

Drugs with KSHV antiviral activity:

  • Participants receiving any medications or substances that may interfere with KSHV replication are ineligible Because the lists of these agents are constantly changing, it is important to regularly consult a frequently-updated list; medical reference texts such as the physicians' desk reference may also provide this information; as part of the enrollment/informed consent procedures, the participant will be counseled on the risk of interactions with other agents, and what to do if new medications need to be prescribed or if the participant is considering a new over-the-counter medicine or herbal product; lists include medications and substances known or with the potential to interfere with KSHV replication

    • 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
    • Pregnant women are excluded from this study; breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with high dose nelfinavir
    • Chronic diarrhea as defined by loose or watery stools occurring more than 3 times daily at baseline lasting more than 4 weeks or not abating on condition-appropriate therapy prior to study enrollment
    • Participant is < 2 years free of another primary malignancy; exceptions include basal cell skin cancer, stage 0-I squamous cell cancer of the skin, cervical carcinoma in situ, anal carcinoma in situ
    • Use of systemic corticosteroid therapy (except for replacement doses of glucocorticoid and/or mineralocorticoid for adrenal insufficiency); inhaled or intranasal corticosteroids for allergic or bronchospastic conditions are permitted

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Locations
United States, California
UCLA Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Center Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1793
Contact: Maricela Gonzalez    310-557-3729    mmgonzalez@mednet.ecla.edu   
Principal Investigator: Ronald Mitsuyasu, MD         
United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Ce    410-955-8804    jhcccro@jhmi.edu   
Principal Investigator: Richard Ambinder, MD         
United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Contact: Erin Sullivan, NP    617-667-3087    Esulliv1@bidmc.harvard.edu   
Principal Investigator: Ayad Hamdan, MD         
United States, Missouri
Washington University School of Medicine Recruiting
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Lee Ratner, MD    800-600-3606    info@sitman.wustl.edu   
Principal Investigator: Lee Ratner, MD         
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: Mark Dickson, MD    646-888-4164    dicksonm@mskcc.org   
Principal Investigator: Mark Dickson, MD         
United States, Ohio
Ohio State University Recruiting
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
Contact: Lisa Brenner    614-293-7843    Lisa.Brenner@osumc.edu   
Principal Investigator: Robert Baiocchi, MD         
United States, Pennsylvania
Fox Chase Cancer Center Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19111
Contact: Stefan Barta, MD    215-728-2674    Stefan.barta@fccc.edu   
Principal Investigator: Stefan Barta, MD         
United States, Washington
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Benaroya Research Institute    206-583-6526    hemdma@vmmc.org   
Contact: David Aboulafia, MD       hemdma@vmmc.org   
Principal Investigator: David Aboulafia, MD         
Harborview Medical Center Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
Contact: Alison Kunze    206-744-5828    kunzea@uw.edu   
Principal Investigator: Manoj Menon, MD         
Uganda
Uganda Cancer Institute Not yet recruiting
Kampala, Uganda
Contact: Jackson Orem, MD         
Principal Investigator: Jackson Orem, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
AIDS Malignancy Consortium
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The EMMES Corporation
University of Arkansas
University of California, Los Angeles
AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Soren Gantt AIDS Malignancy Consortium

Responsible Party: AIDS Malignancy Consortium
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03077451     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AMC-098
NCI-2016-00071 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
AMC 098 ( Other Identifier: CTEP )
AMC-098 ( Other Identifier: AIDS Malignancy Consortium )
2UM1CA121947 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 13, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 30, 2018
Last Verified: November 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
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sarcoma
Sarcoma, Kaposi
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Herpesviridae Infections
DNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Neoplasms, Vascular Tissue
Nelfinavir
HIV Protease Inhibitors
Protease Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents