In Situ Vaccine for Low-Grade Lymphoma: Combination of Intratumoral Flt3L and Poly-ICLC With Low-Dose Radiotherapy
Low-Grade B-cell Lymphoma
Conditions: official terms
Lymphoma - Lymphoma, B-Cell
Conditions: Keywords
Intratumoral injections, rhuFlt3L, Flt3L, CDX-301, Vaccine, Poly-ICLC, iNHL, TLR3, Low-Grade B-cell Lymphoma, Follicular, Marginal Zone, SLL, Small lymphocytic
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: rhuFlt3L/CDX-301 Type: Drug
Name: Poly-ICLC Type: Drug
Overall Status
Our recent trials combining local radiotherapy with intratumoral administration of TLR agonists - referred to as 'in situ vaccination' - for patients with low-grade lymphoma demonstrated safety, induction of anti-tumor CD8 T cell responses and partial and complete remissions of patients' non-irradiated sites of disease with complete remissions lasting from months to more than three years.

This iteration of the in situ vaccine approach builds on our prior work in ways that should improve its efficacy, by adding Flt3L and changing the toll-like receptors (TLR) agonist to poly-ICLC -an optimal TLR agonist for the type of dendritic cells (DC) recruited by Flt3L. The vaccine is thus in 3 phases:

1. intratumoral Flt3L administration recruits DC to the tumor

2. low-dose radiotherapy to release tumor antigens

3. intratumoral poly-ICLC administration activates tumor-antigen loaded DC
Detailed Description
Lymphomas comprise the 5th most common cancer in the U.S. with approximately 80,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Low-grade B-cell lymphomas are the most prevalent subtype amongst these and are considered incurable with standard therapies. Chemotherapy and monoclonal antibody therapy induce temporary remissions, though disease generally recurs, becomes progressively more resistant to therapy and ultimately therapy-resistant. Standard therapies prolong survival, though there is no standard of care regarding when to initiate therapy (versus observation) or the optimal sequence of different therapies. Novel therapies are needed with distinct mechanisms and with greater tolerability profiles. Immunotherapy has a long precedent of being able to cure low-grade lymphomas with allogeneic transplant being curative in a proportion of chemo-refractory patients, though the morbidity of this procedure reduces its broader utilization.

Previously, we completed four trials combining local radiotherapy (a standard of care for these diseases) with intratumoral administration of TLR agonists - an approach we refer to as 'in situ vaccination' for patients with previously untreated or relapsed/refractory low-grade lymphoma. We demonstrated safety, induction of anti-tumor CD8 T cell responses and partial and complete remissions of patients' non-irradiated sites of disease.1, 2 The most recent trials compared previously untreated versus relapsed/refractory patients receiving the same therapy and observed superior responses in the former group, presumably due to immunosuppressive effects of prior treatments in the latter group. The in situ vaccine is premised on pre-clinical data showing this approach to be superior to systemic TLR agonist delivery3 and our clinical results reproduce this finding; in situ vaccination yields superior response rates as compared to trials of systemic TLR agonist therapy for lymphoma.4

This iteration of the in situ vaccine approach builds on our prior work in ways that should improve its efficacy, by making two changes to the prior approach:

1. intratumoral administration of rhuFlt3L/CDX-301 to recruit dendritic cells to the tumor site

2. intratumoral administration of poly-ICLC. Flt3L has been safely administered to patients with lymphoma5 and -pre-clinically- has been shown to induce tumor leukocyte infiltration and regression of lymphoma tumors.6, 7 A total of 36 healthy volunteers and 294 cancer patients were treated including only industry-sponsored studies with the prior formulation of this agent (AMG 949) with excellent tolerability and 30 healthy volunteers were recently treated with the current formulation (CDX-301), again with excellent tolerability.

Poly-ICLC has been safely administered to patients with lymphoma8 and -pre-clinically- has been shown to induce natural killer (NK) cell cytolytic activity and regression of lymphoma tumors.9-11 Over 600 healthy volunteers and cancer patients in 17 trials have been treated with comparable doses of poly-ICLC as that used here with excellent tolerability.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Biopsy-confirmed low-grade B-cell lymphoma or cutaneous T cell lymphoma; specifically, follicular grade 1, 2, or 3A, marginal zone or small lymphocytic lymphoma, or mycosis fungoides of any initial stage. Patients in cohort A must have had no prior systemic therapy and patients in cohort B must be relapsed/refractory after at least one prior systemic therapy.

- Patients must have at least one site of disease that is accessible for intratumoral injection percutaneously (e.g. inguinal, axillary, cervical, or subcutaneous).

- Tumor specimens must be available for immunological studies, either from a previous biopsy or a new biopsy obtained before the initiation Day 1 of the study.

- Patients must have measurable disease other than the injection site or biopsy site, i.e. greater than 1.5 cm bi-dimensionally on standard computed tomography imaging.

- ECOG Performance Status of 1 or better (corresponds to Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) of ≥ 70)

- Patients must be 18 years of age or older.

- Adequate bone marrow function: WBC ≥ 2,000/μL; platelet count ≥ 75,000/mm3; ANC ≥ 1000/μL.

- Adequate renal function: serum creatinine ≤ 2.0mg/dL.

- Adequate hepatic function: bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL; SGOT/SGPT < 3 x upper limit of normal

- Required wash out periods for prior therapy (for cohort B):

1. Topical therapy: 2 weeks

2. Chemotherapy: 4 weeks

3. Radiotherapy: 4 weeks

4. Other investigational therapy: 4 weeks

5. Rituximab: 12 weeks

- Patients of reproductive potential and their partners must agree to use an effective (> 90% reliability) form of contraception during the study and for 4 weeks following the last study drug administration.

- Women of reproductive potential must have negative urine pregnancy test.

- Life expectancy greater than 4 months.

- Able to comply with the treatment schedule.

- Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pre-existing autoimmune or antibody -mediated disease including: systemic lupus, erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, history of uveitis. Patients with controlled thyroid disease, or the presence of auto-antibodies without clinical autoimmune disease, are permitted on study.

- Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

- Patients with active infection.

- Known CNS metastases.

- Prior malignancy (active within 5 years of screening) except basal cell or completely excised non-invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or in situ squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix.

- History of allergic reactions to compounds of similar composition to either CDX-301 or poly-ICLC.

- Current anticoagulant therapy. (ASA ≤ 325 mg per day is allowed.).

- Significant cardiovascular disease (i.e. NYHA class 3 congestive heart failure; myocardial infarction with the past 6 months; unstable angina; coronary angioplasty with the past 6 months; uncontrolled atrial or ventricular cardiac arrhythmias).

- Pregnant or lactating.

- Any other medical history, including laboratory abnormalities, deemed by the investigator to be likely to interfere with their participation in the study, or to interfere with the interpretation of the results.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York, United States
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
December 2013
Completion Date
December 2016
Joshua Brody
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page