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Assessing the Immunogenicity of pING-hHER3FL

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03832855
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : February 6, 2019
Last Update Posted : November 8, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Herbert Lyerly, Duke University

Brief Summary:

This study is a phase I clinical trial will that will use an investigational cancer vaccine called pING-hHER3FL. pING-hHER3FL is a circular piece of DNA that produces the full length human HER3 protein and will be used in a phase I study as immunotherapeutic agent to target cancers that are known to express the human epidermal growth factor receptor HER3. The human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) family including: HER1 (also known as EGFR), HER2, HER3 and HER4 (also known as ErbB2, ErbB3, and ErbB4 respectively) is an important receptor family for the development of many malignancies. HER3 is overexpressed in breast, lung, gastric, head and neck, ovarian cancer, and melanoma.

The objectives of this clinical study is to determine the safety and tolerability of pING-hHER3FL in patients with solid tumor malignancies that have been removed surgically and to test whether immunization with pING-hHER3FL can cause a HER3 specific immune response in patients. Patients enrolled in the study will receive pING-hHER3FL by intramuscular injection (IM) every 4 weeks for 3 total doses. Potential benefits of the research include learning the safety of a vaccine targeting HER3 expressing cancers, whether the pING-hHER3FL vaccine can induce HER3 specific immune responses, and see possible clinical benefit to patients receiving pING-hHER3FL.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Advanced Cancer Biological: pING-hHER3FL Phase 1

Detailed Description:

The human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) family including HER1 (also known as EGFR), HER2, HER3 and HER4 (also known as ErbB2, ErbB3, and ErbB4 respectively) is an important receptor family for the development of many malignancies. HER3 is overexpressed in breast, lung, gastric, head and neck, and ovarian cancer and melanoma and its overexpression is associated with poor prognosis. Because of the negligible tyrosine kinase function of HER3, it is typically present in heterodimers with HER1 or HER2, through which downstream signaling occurs involving extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 and AKT. In breast cancer, HER3 is associated with resistance to anti-HER2 therapeutics. HER3 is also one of several important causes of endocrine resistance in breast cancer.

A HER3 specific cancer vaccine that induces polyclonal antibody and T cell responses can provide long term anti-HER3 immune responses and potentially prevent the emergence of resistant clones. In addition to the long term protection afforded by vaccination, polyclonal immune responses to a target protein may offer additional benefits. It has been established that the binding of multiple antibodies to different epitopes is more efficient than a single monoclonal antibody in mediating receptor internalization. Additionally, T cell responses induced by vaccination are also a potent mechanism of tumor rejection in numerous animal studies and the adoptive transfer of T cells in human clinical trials has shown clinical efficacy. Although HER3 is expressed on a number of normal tissues, and is only rarely mutated in cancers, it remains an attractive immunotherapeutic target as it is not abundant on the cell surface in normal cells, tumor cells may have higher levels of membrane-bound HER3, and HER3 peptides are presented on the cell surface by MHC complexes for presentation to T cells.

The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety of immunization with pING-hHER3 in patients with solid tumor malignancies that have been removed surgically. The study will also monitor immune responses to HER3 and preliminary data on survival and tumor response rate will be collected.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Assessing the Immunogenicity of pING-hHER3FL in Patients With Resected Malignancies
Actual Study Start Date : July 13, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 1, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 1, 2024

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment
4 mg pING-hHER3FL ID or IM
Biological: pING-hHER3FL
Plasmid vaccine containing HER3

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of T and B cell activity [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    B cell and T cell specific immune response to pING-hHER3FL vaccinationvaccination

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tolerability of pING-hHER3FL [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Assessment of adverse events in response to pING-hHER3FL

  2. Relapse-free survival [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
    Time until relapse of cancer

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Documented history of solid tumor where HER3 expression is expected (this includes breast, colon, lung, prostate, ovarian, cervical, endometrial, gastric, pancreatic, bladder, head and neck, liver, and esophageal cancer, but other tumors will be considered based on emerging HER3 expression data in the literature). Demonstration of HER3 expression is not required for enrollment.
  • Has undergone surgical resection of malignancy and has completed intended standard course of chemotherapy and HER2 targeted therapy and radiotherapy under the direction of their physician. Subjects may continue on adjuvant hormonal therapy.
  • Has no evidence of disease by standard imaging studies (performed at the direction of their physician) within 60 days prior to initiating study treatment.
  • Between 3 weeks and 2 years since prior cytotoxic chemotherapy, HER2-targeted therapy or radiotherapy to the start of study treatment.
  • ECOG 0 or 1
  • Estimated life expectancy > 3 months.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Adequate hematologic function, with ANC >1500/µL, Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL, and Platelets ≥ 75,000/µL.
  • Adequate renal and hepatic function, with Serum Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL, Bilirubin < 1.5 mg/dL (except for Gilbert's syndrome which will allow bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL), ALT and AST ≤ 2.5 x ULN or if liver metastases are present < 5 x ULN.
  • Female patients must be of non-child-bearing potential or use effective contraception, .
  • Labs performed as standard of care prior to signing consent can be used to fulfill eligibility requirements if they were performed within 4 weeks of the start of study treatment.
  • Ability to understand and provide signed informed consent.
  • Ability to return to the study site for adequate follow-up, as required by this protocol.
  • Negative serum pregnancy test within 7 days prior to the start of study treatment, for women of childbearing potential only.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have recovered to Grade 1 toxicities from any prior treatment(s).
  • Known CNS/brain metastases
  • History of auto-immune disease such as, but not restricted to, inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis.
  • Serious chronic or acute illness considered by the Principal Investigator to constitute an unwarranted high risk for investigational treatment.
  • Medical or psychological impediment to probable compliance with the protocol.
  • Concurrent or prior second malignancy (within the past 5 years) other than non-melanoma skin cancer, Carcinoma in situ of the bladder and cervix.
  • Presence of active infection or systemic use of antimicrobials within 48 hours prior to the start of study treatment.
  • Patients on continuous steroid therapy for at least 72 hours (or other continuous immunosuppressives such as azathioprine or cyclosporine A) are excluded on the basis of potential immune suppression.
  • Presence of a known active acute or chronic infection including HIV or viral hepatitis (Hepatitis B and C).
  • Pregnant or nursing women.
  • Prior immunotherapy

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03832855

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Contact: Michael Morse, MD 919-684-5705
Contact: Beth Hollister, BSN, RN 919-681-2172

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United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center Recruiting
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Contact: H. Kim Lyerly, MD    919-684-0132   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Herbert Lyerly
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Responsible Party: Herbert Lyerly, Professor, Duke University Identifier: NCT03832855    
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00104093
First Posted: February 6, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 8, 2022
Last Verified: November 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Herbert Lyerly, Duke University:
Breast Cancer
T cell