Intrapleural Administration of HSV1716 to Treat Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Conditions: official terms
Conditions: Keywords
Oncolytic virus, HSV1716, Mesothelioma, MPM, Woll, Sheffield, Weston Park, Virttu, Crusade
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 1/Phase 2
Study Design
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: HSV1716 Intra-pleural delivery
Type: Biological
Overall Status
HSV1716, an oncolytic virus, is a mutant herpes simplex virus (HSV) type I, deleted in the RL1 gene which encodes the protein ICP34.5.

Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive, asbestos-related tumour of the pleural and peritoneal cavities. It is a rare cancer which occurs in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, although it typically occurs decades after exposure (10-40 years later). Malignant pleural mesothelioma forms plaques that are distributed on the surface of the pleural space in the lung. Approximately 30% of patients require an indwelling pleural catheter for drainage of pleural effusions. In this patient group, the indwelling catheter may be used to facilitate loco-regional delivery of HSV1716 to the pleural space.

This study seeks to evaluate the safety and biological effects of single and multiple administrations of HSV1716 in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Detailed Description
The study will be conducted in two parts. PART A is a single centre, single dose design, open label. Patients with inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma will receive a single dose of HSV1716 by intrapleural administration. Delivery will be by direct administration via an indwelling catheter into the pleural cavity. PART B is a single centre, repeat dose design, open label. Two groups of three patients with inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma will receive 2 (group 1) or 4 (group 2) single doses of HSV1716 at weekly intervals. Administration will be via an indwelling catheter into the pleural cavity.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with histologically proven malignant pleural mesothelioma

- Patients with disease which is not amenable to potentially curative resection

- Patients with pleural effusions and/or 'trapped lung' who (i) have an existing indwelling pleural catheter for draining of excess pleural fluid or (ii) who require the insertion of an indwelling pleural catheter to drain excess pleural fluid

- Patients with a performance status ≤ 2 (ECOG)

- Age of ≥ 18 years (at screening)

- Ability to give written informed consent as evidenced by signature on the patient consent form, to communicate well with the investigator and to comply with the expectations of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients likely to require palliative radio- or chemotherapy within 30 days

- Any evidence of uncontrolled cardiac or respiratory disease that would be a contra-indication for virus administration

- Any other serious medical or psychiatric disorder that would be a contra-indication for virus administration

- Acute active infection of any kind or other severe systemic disease or medical or surgical condition that is deemed significant by the principal investigator

- Patients with immunosuppressive disorders or on systemic steroids > 5mg prednisolone/day

- Pregnancy: women of childbearing potential not taking adequate contraception, and women who are breast feeding

- Previous treatment with investigational viral therapy products

- Administration of any unlicensed or investigational product within 8 weeks of entry to the study

- No prior or concurrent malignancy within 5 years other than basal cell carcinoma of the skin or in situ neoplasia of the cervix uteri

- Inadequate haematological function as defined by:

Haemoglobin (Hb) < 10g/dl, Neutrophil Count < 1.5 x 10e9/l, Platelets < 100 x 10e9/l

- Deranged liver function tests: serum bilirubin ≥ 1.5 x upper limit of normal reference range for laboratory; transaminases ≥ 5 x upper limit of normal reference range

- Patients with inadequate renal function: serum creatinine ≥ 1.5 x upper limit of reference range for laboratory

- Patients whose indwelling catheter is not of the type approved by the sponsor for use in the study

- Outwith any of the inclusion criteria above or considered unsuitable for entry into the study in any other way at the discretion of the principal investigator
Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Penella J Woll, MB BS PhD FRCP - +44 114 226 5235 -
Start Date
October 2012
Completion Date
September 2015
Virttu Biologics Limited
Virttu Biologics Limited
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