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Peripheral Blood Lymphocyte Therapy to Prevent Lymphoproliferative Disorders Caused by Epstein-Barr Virus in Patients Who Have Undergone Transplantation

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00005606
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 6, 2012
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northwestern University

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Peripheral blood lymphocyte therapy may be effective in the treatment and prevention of Epstein-Barr virus infection following transplantation.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of peripheral blood lymphocyte therapy in treating and preventing lymphoproliferative disorders in patients who have Epstein-Barr virus infection following transplantation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Leukemia Lymphoma Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm Biological: allogeneic Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes Biological: autologous Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Compare the efficacy of Epstein Barr virus (EBV) reactive autologous and allogeneic lymphocyte clones ex vivo in targeting EBV immortalized lymphoblasts in patients undergoing a solid organ transplant or T cell depleted bone marrow transplant.
  • Determine the efficacy of these regimens as treatment and prophylaxis in those patients who develop EBV viremia or EBV induced lymphoproliferative disease.

OUTLINE: Autologous and allogeneic Epstein Barr virus (EBV) reactive lymphocytes are isolated from patients and siblings and tested in vitro for cytotoxic activity.

Patients who develop EBV viremia or EBV related lymphoproliferative disease after transplant receive autologous Epstein Barr virus (EBV) reactive lymphocytes IV over 20 minutes. Patients receive allogeneic EBV reactive lymphocytes if autologous lymphocytes fail to control EBV proliferation or when sufficient autologous reactive lymphocytes cannot be isolated. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks in the presence of EBV viremia or lymphoproliferative disease. After 5 patients have received therapy without unacceptable toxicity, patients may receive lymphocytes as prophylactic therapy.

Patients are followed at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10-20 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adoptive Immunotherapy of Epstein Barr Virus Induced Lymhoproliferative Disease. A Comparison of Allogeneic and Autologous Lymphocyte Responses ex Vivo and Use of Highly Selected Reactive Cells as an Alternative to Chemotherapy in Vivo.
Study Start Date : February 2000
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2003
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2003

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Patients who have received or will receive a solid organ transplant or T cell depleted bone marrow transplant

    • Epstein Barr virus (EBV) DNA detectable and seronegative OR
    • EBV seropositive
  • Fully matched or one HLA antigen mismatched sibling donor

    • HIV negative
    • Hepatitis B surface antigen negative
    • Hepatitis C antibody negative
    • No older than 65 years
    • No prior primary malignancy within the past 5 years in donor except previously resected skin cancer



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Performance status:

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Life expectancy:

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Biologic therapy

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Endocrine therapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00005606

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United States, Illinois
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Ann Traynor, MD Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: Northwestern University Identifier: NCT00005606    
Other Study ID Numbers: NU 98H1
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 6, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012
Keywords provided by Northwestern University:
stage I adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage II adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage III adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage IV adult Hodgkin lymphoma
recurrent childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
recurrent adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage I cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
stage II cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
stage III cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
stage IV cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
recurrent cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
isolated plasmacytoma of bone
extramedullary plasmacytoma
stage 0 chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage I multiple myeloma
stage II multiple myeloma
stage III multiple myeloma
stage I chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage II chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage III chronic lymphocytic leukemia
stage IV chronic lymphocytic leukemia
recurrent adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
untreated adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
untreated childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
untreated hairy cell leukemia
progressive hairy cell leukemia, initial treatment
refractory hairy cell leukemia
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders