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Genetically Modified T Cells in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

Brief Summary

This phase I/II trial studies the side effects and best dose of genetically modified T cells in treating patients with stage III-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or mesothelioma. Many types of cancer cells, including NSCLC and mesothelioma, but not most normal cells, have a protein called Wilms tumor (WT)1 on their surfaces. This study takes a type of immune cell from patients, called T cells, and modifies their genes in the laboratory so that they are programmed to find cells with WT1 and kill them. The T cells are then given back to the patient. Cyclophosphamide and aldesleukin may also stimulate the immune system to attack cancer cells. Giving cyclophosphamide and aldesleukin with laboratory-treated T cells may help the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells.

Tracking Information
First Received DateMarch 31, 2015
Last Changed DateDecember 11, 2017
Start DateMay 20, 2015
Anticipated Primary Completion DateJanuary 11, 2018
Primary Outcome Measures

Evidence and nature of toxicity [Time Frame: Up to 6 months after the first T cell infusion]

Feasibility of naive T cell (TN) and central memory T cell (TCM) subsets, measured as the proportion of patients for which T cells are successfully generated and infused and whether only TN or TCM could be generated [Time Frame: Up to 4 weeks]

Persistence of transduced T cells [Time Frame: Up to 100 days after the last T cell infusion]

Secondary Outcome Measures

Frequency of transferred T cells at biopsied tumor sites between the T cell (Tn) and memory T cell (Tcm) groups [Time Frame: Up to 15 years]

Functional capacity of transferred cells, measured by production of intracellular cytokines [Time Frame: Up to 15 years]

Time to progression (TTP) based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria and RECIST 1.1 mesothelioma modified [Time Frame: 3 months after last infusion]

Descriptive Information
PhasePhase 1/Phase 2
Study TypeInterventional
Condition
  • Advanced Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma
  • HLA-A*0201 Positive Cells Present
  • Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
  • Recurrent Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7
  • Stage III Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7
  • Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7
  • Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7
  • Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7
  • Stage IV Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7
  • WT1 Positive
Intervention
  • Biological: Aldesleukin
  • Biological: Autologous WT1-TCRc4 Gene-transduced CD8-positive Tcm/Tn Lymphocytes
  • Drug: Cyclophosphamide
  • Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis
  • Procedure: Therapeutic Conventional Surgery
Study Arms / Comparison Groups3 / 0
Detailed Description

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Determine the safety, and potential toxicities associated with treating patients with metastatic NSCLC and mesothelioma with polyclonal autologous central memory and naive cluster of differentiation (CD)8+ T cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific T-cell receptor (TCR) (Arm 1 and Arm 2).

II. Determine the feasibility of treating patients with metastatic NSCLC and mesothelioma with polyclonal autologous central memory and naive CD8+ T cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific TCR (Arm 1 and Arm 2).

III. Determine and compare the in vivo persistence in blood and tumor of transferred polyclonal autologous central memory and naive CD8+ T cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific TCR (Arm 1 and Arm 2).

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Determine the antitumor efficacy for patients with metastatic NSCLC and mesothelioma (Arm 1), as measured by time to progression (TTP) based on the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1 criteria.

II. Determine the in vivo functional capacity of adoptively transferred polyclonal autologous CD8+ T cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific TCR, and assess the acquisition of phenotypic characteristics associated with T cell exhaustion (Arm 1 and Arm 2).

III. Determine the migration to tumor sites of adoptively transferred polyclonal autologous CD8+ T cells that have been transduced to express a WT1-specific TCR (Arm 2).

IV. Evaluate the tumor response and T cell infiltration in tumors of patients with stage IIIA NSCLC treated in the neo-adjuvant setting.

OUTLINE: This is a phase I, dose-escalation study of autologous WT1-TCRc4 gene-transduced CD8-positive Tcm/Tn lymphocytes followed by a phase II study. Patients are assigned to 1 of 3 treatment arms.

ARM I, STAGE I: Patients receive autologous WT1-TCRc4 gene-transduced CD8-positive Tcm/Tn lymphocytes intravenously (IV) on days 0 and 14, cyclophosphamide IV on days 11 and 12, and aldesleukin (IL-2) subcutaneously (SC) twice daily (BID) for 14 days. Patients who have received radiation to the chest/lung tissue may receive T lymphocytes 90 days after completion of radiation.

ARM I, STAGE II: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV on days -3 and -2, autologous WT1-TCRc4 gene-transduced CD8-positive Tcm/Tn lymphocytes IV on day 0, and aldesleukin SC BID for 14 days.

ARM II: Patients receive autologous WT1-TCRc4 gene-transduced CD8-positive Tcm/Tn lymphocytes IV between 24-96 hours after the last dose of chemotherapy and receive aldesleukin SC BID for 14 days. Patients then undergo surgery within 3-4 weeks after the T-cell infusion.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 3, 6, and 12 months and then annually for 14 years.

Recruitment Information
Recruitment StatusActive, not recruiting
Anticipated Enrollment20
GenderAll
Ages18 Years - N/A
Accepts Healthy VolunteersNo
Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT/SCREENING (ARMS 1 AND 2): Histopathological documentation of NSCLC or mesothelioma

- ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT/SCREENING (ARMS 1 AND 2): Patients must be able to give informed consent

- ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT/SCREENING (ARMS 1 AND 2): Patients must be able to provide blood and tumor samples and undergo the procedures required for this protocol

- Arm 2 ONLY: Surgically operable NSCLC or mesothelioma

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Patients must express human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0201

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Evidence of WT1 tumor expression

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Patients must have received at least one line of therapy for NSCLC or mesothelioma or previously documented to have declined therapy

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: NSCLC patients with a mutation in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) must have demonstrated progression or intolerance to at least one of the corresponding targeted therapies (for example erlotinib or crizotinib)

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Bi-dimensionally measurable disease by palpation, clinical exam, or radiographic imaging (X-ray, computed tomography [CT] scan, positron emission tomography [PET] scan, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], or ultrasound)

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Ninety days must have passed since the last doses of radiation or chemoradiation treatment involving lung tissue or thorax prior to T cell infusion (to avoid confounding pneumonitis)

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 1: Patients treated with prior immunotherapy including and not limited to vaccines, cytokines, T cell stimulating agents, cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4) inhibitors and programmed death (PD)-1 check point inhibitors are allowed on therapy provided they did not have any severe grade 4 toxicities due to prior therapy and any toxicities due to prior therapy should have resolved, if resolvable to less than or equal to grade 1

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 2: Patients must express HLA-A*0201

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 2: Evidence of WT1 tumor expression

- ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT ON ARM 2: Ninety days must have passed since the last definitive doses of radiation or chemoradiation treatment prior to T cell infusion (to avoid confounding pneumonitis)

Exclusion Criteria:

- EXCLUSION FOR ENROLLMENT/SCREENING (ARMS 1 AND 2)

- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status >= 2

- Active autoimmune disease (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, infiltrating lung disease, inflammatory bowel disease) in which possible progression during treatment would be considered unacceptable by the investigators

- Any condition or organ toxicity deemed by the principal investigator (PI) or the attending physician to place the patient at unacceptable risk for treatment on the protocol

- Men or women of reproductive ability who are unwilling to use effective contraception or abstinence; women of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to first infusion

- Pregnant women and nursing mothers will be eligible for screening only to test HLA type by saliva or buccal swab and WT1 expression from previously collected tissue sample

- Clinically significant and ongoing immune suppression including, but not limited to, systemic immunosuppressive agents such as cyclosporine or corticosteroids, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), uncontrolled human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, or solid organ transplantation

- EXCLUSION FOR TREATMENT (ARMS 1 AND 2)

- Exclusions for the leukapheresis procedure (this can be performed at a later time of symptoms resolve):

- Infection, with or without antibiotic treatment

- Recent hepatitis exposure (hepatitis B or C antigenemia)

- Pregnancy or nursing

- HIV or human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) infection

- Positive result on standard test for syphilis (STS)

- Unable to generate antigen-specific WT1-specific CD8+ T cells for infusions; however, the patient will have the option to receive WT1-specific T-cells if a lower than planned number of cells is available

- Documented infections or known oral temperature > 38.2 degrees Celsius (C) fewer than 72 hours prior to receiving study treatment or systemic infection requiring chronic maintenance; the start of treatment may be delayed

- Systemic steroids should be stopped 2 weeks before the start of treatment; topical and inhaled steroids are allowed

- Untreated central nervous system (CNS) metastasis that are > 1 cm or symptomatic are not allowed; (patients with CNS metastases > 1 cm or symptomatic that have been treated and demonstrated to be radiologically and clinically stable for at least 4 weeks are allowed)

- White blood cells (WBC) < 2,000/ul

- Hemoglobin (Hb) < 8 g/dL

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1,000/ul

- Platelets < 50,000/ul

- New York Heart Association functional class III-IV heart failure, symptomatic pericardial effusion, stable or unstable angina, symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD), congestive heart failure, clinically significant hypotension or history of an ejection fraction of =< 30% (echocardiogram or multi-gated acquisition scan [MUGA])

- Clinically significant pulmonary dysfunction, as determined by medical history and physical exam; patients so identified will undergo pulmonary functions testing and those with forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) < 2.0 L or diffusion capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide (DLCO) (corrected for Hb) < 50% will be excluded

- Creatinine > 1.5 x the upper limit of normal

- Aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase (AST/ALT) > 5 x upper limits of normal (ULN)

- Bilirubin > 3 x ULN that cannot be attributed to NSCLC metastasis

- HIV or HTLV infection

Administrative Information
NCTIDNCT02408016
Responsible Party,
SponsorFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Verification DateDecember 2017
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