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Donor T Cells, Low-Dose Aldesleukin, and Low-Dose GM-CSF After Donor Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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: NCT00521261
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : August 27, 2007
Last Update Posted : March 5, 2014
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Giving high doses of chemotherapy before a donor stem cell transplant helps stop the growth of cancer cells. It also stops the patient's immune system from rejecting the donor's stem cells. Colony stimulating factors, such as aldesleukin and GM-CSF, may increase the number of immune cells found in bone marrow or peripheral blood and may help the immune system recover from the side effects of chemotherapy. The donated stem cells may replace the patient's immune cells and help destroy any remaining cancer cells (graft-versus-tumor effect). Giving an infusion of the donor's T cells that have been treated with antibodies after the transplant may help increase this effect. Sometimes the transplanted cells from a donor can also make an immune response against the body's normal cells. Giving tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil after transplant may stop this from happening.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of donor T cells given together with low-dose aldesleukin and low-dose GM-CSF after donor stem cell transplant in treating patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lymphoma Biological: anti-CD3 x anti-CD20 bispecific antibody-armed activated T cells Phase 1

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of donor-derived allogeneic anti-CD3 X anti-CD20 bispecific antibody (CD20Bi)-armed activated T cells (ATC) when given with low-dose aldesleukin and low-dose sargramostim (GM-CSF) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients with relapsed or refractory CD20-positive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Perform trafficking studies using indium I 111-labeled unarmed ATC and ATC armed with CD20Bi in patients with evaluable lymphoma sites to determine whether armed ATC specifically traffic to tumor sites and correlate these data with CT and PET scans.
  • Evaluate immune responses and immune reconstitution of T and B cells.

OUTLINE: All patients receive high-dose chemotherapy that is standard of care for their disease. Peripheral blood lymphocytes are obtained from the HLA-identical sibling donor and cultured to obtain activated T cells (ATC), some of which are subsequently armed with CD20 bispecific antibody (CD20Bi) and cryopreserved for later use. Patients then undergo allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT).

Patients receive ATC-CD20Bi IV on days 40, 70, 100, 130, and 160 after SCT. Patients receive low-dose aldesleukin subcutaneously (SC) once daily for 7 days beginning within 24 hours after each ATC-CD20Bi infusion and low-dose sargramostim (GM-CSF) SC every other day for 3 doses beginning within 24 hours after each infusion of ATC-CD20Bi. Patients also receive tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil as standard graft-vs-host disease prophylaxis. Treatment continues in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Some patients with well-defined or evaluable masses receive indium I 111 (^111I)-labeled ATC-CD20Bi IV and ^111I-labeled unarmed ATC and then undergo whole-body imaging for trafficking studies.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 6 months, 12 months, and then annually thereafter.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Immune Consolidation With Allogeneic Activated T Cells Armed With OKT3 x Rituxan (Anti-CD3 x Anti-CD20) Bispecific Antibody (CD20Bi) After Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant for High Risk CD20+ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Phase I)
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2008

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximum tolerated dose
  2. Time to relapse
  3. Disease-free survival
  4. Overall survival

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


  • Histologically confirmed CD20-positive non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    • Relapsed, resistant, or chemorefractory disease
  • Must have an available HLA-identical sibling donor
  • No significant skin breakdown from tumor or other disease


  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • DLCO ≥ 50% of normal
  • No symptomatic obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease
  • Creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL OR creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min
  • Direct bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL (even if attributable to disease)
  • SGOT and SGPT ≤ 2.5 times normal (even if attributable to disease)
  • No history of severe hepatic dysfunction
  • No severe cardiac dysfunction
  • LVEF ≥ 50% by gated blood pool scan
  • No major heart disease
  • Patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or cardiac arrhythmias must undergo a cardiology consultation and evaluation
  • No active infections

    • Patients who have not been seen and evaluated by a dentist for teeth cleaning and examination for potential sources of infection are ineligible
  • HIV antibody negative
  • No uncompensated major thyroid or adrenal dysfunction
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Persistently elevated systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥ 130 mm Hg or diastolic BP ≥ 80 mm Hg must be controlled with antihypertensive agents for at least 7 days prior to initiation of cell therapy

    • Patients with essential hypertension that is controlled with medication are eligible


  • Prior total dose of doxorubicin or daunorubicin must have been less than 450 mg/m^2 unless an endomyocardial biopsy shows less than grade 2 drug effect
  • No concurrent nitroglycerin preparations for angina pectoris
  • No antiarrhythmic drugs for major ventricular dysrhythmias

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00521261

Sponsors and Collaborators
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Lawrence G. Lum, MD, DSc Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

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Responsible Party: Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Identifier: NCT00521261    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000561787
P30CA022453 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 27, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 5, 2014
Last Verified: March 2014
Keywords provided by Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute:
recurrent adult Burkitt lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
recurrent adult immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
recurrent adult lymphoblastic lymphoma
recurrent adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
recurrent cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
recurrent grade 1 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 2 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 3 follicular lymphoma
recurrent mantle cell lymphoma
recurrent marginal zone lymphoma
recurrent small lymphocytic lymphoma
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
adult nasal type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma
recurrent adult grade III lymphomatoid granulomatosis
cutaneous B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Antibodies, Bispecific
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Immunosuppressive Agents