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Safety Study of CALAA-01 to Treat Solid Tumor Cancers

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: NCT00689065
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : June 3, 2008
Last Update Posted : November 1, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Calando Pharmaceuticals

Brief Summary:

Rationale: CALAA-01 is a targeted therapeutic designed to inhibit tumor growth and/or reduce tumor size. The active ingredient in CALAA-01 is a small interfering RNA (siRNA). This siRNA inhibits tumor growth via RNA interference to reduce expression of the M2 subunit of ribonucleotide reductase (R2). The CALAA-01 siRNA is protected from nuclease degradation within a stabilized nanoparticle targeted to tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial will:

  • Determine the safety, toxicity, and the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of CALAA-01 when administered intravenously to patients with relapsed or refractory cancer.
  • Characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) of CALAA-01 after intravenous administration.
  • Provide preliminary evidence of efficacy of intravenous CALAA-01 by evaluating tumor response.
  • Recommend a dose of intravenous CALAA-01 for future clinical studies.
  • Evaluate immune response, by measuring antibody and cytokine levels, and the effect of intravenous CALAA-01 on complement.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cancer Solid Tumor Drug: CALAA-01 Phase 1

Detailed Description:

CALAA-01 is a targeted nanocomplex that contains anti-R2 siRNA. The complete nanocomplex formulation consists of four components:

  1. a duplex of synthetic, non-chemically-modified siRNA (C05C)
  2. a cyclodextrin-containing polymer (CAL101),
  3. a stabilizing agent (AD-PEG), and
  4. a targeting agent (AD-PEG-Tf) that contains the human transferrin protein (Tf). The cationic polymer interacts electrostatically with anionic siRNA to assemble into nanocomplexes below approximately 100 nm in diameter that protect the siRNA from nuclease degradation in serum. The siRNA-containing nanocomplexes are targeted to cells that over express the transferrin receptor (TfR). Upon reaching a target cell, transferrin binds to TfRs on the cell surface and the siRNA-containing nanocomplex enters the cell by endocytosis. Inside the cell, chemistry built into the polymer achieves unpackaging of the siRNA from the nanocomplex, permitting it to function via RNA interference.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I, Dose-Escalating Study of the Safety of Intravenous CALAA-01 in Adults With Solid Tumors Refractory to Standard-of-Care Therapies
Study Start Date : May 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: CALAA-01 Drug: CALAA-01
Subjects with solid tumors who satisfy the eligibility criteria will receive two, 21-day cycles of CALAA-01. A cycle will consist of four (4) 30-minute intravenous infusions administered on days 1, 3, 8, and 10 followed by 11 days of rest. If safe, a second 21-day cycle will be administered consisting of infusions on days 22, 24, 29 and 31 followed by 11 days of rest.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. To determine the tolerability, safety profile and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of intravenous CALAA-01. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. To characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) of CALAA-01 after intravenous administration. [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]
  2. To determine preliminary efficacy of intravenous CALAA-01 by evaluating tumor response. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  3. To recommend an intravenous dose of CALAA-01 for future clinical studies. [ Time Frame: 3 month ]
  4. To evaluate immune response, by measuring antibody and cytokine levels, and effect of intravenous CALAA-01 on complement. [ Time Frame: 3 month ]

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

Inclusion Criteria include:

  • Subjects must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Subjects must have the following:

    • Histologically- or cytologically-confirmed solid malignancy that is measurable or non-measurable recurrent or metastatic disease (i.e., evaluable; e.g., cytologically or radiologically-detectable disease, markers, etc.)
    • Measurable disease is metastatic or unresectable
    • Standard curative or palliative measures do not exist, are no longer effective, or are unlikely to be effective.
  • Subjects must have tumors that have recurred after previous surgery and/or radiation.
  • Subjects must have received prior adjuvant, neoadjuvant, or any other therapy for metastatic disease. No restriction is placed on the number of cycles or regimens of prior therapy.
  • Subjects must have fully recovered from diagnostic or therapeutic surgery (i.e., complete wound healing).
  • Subjects must have fully recovered from prior radiotherapy for local symptom palliation.
  • Subjects must have recovered from the toxic effects of prior therapy.
  • Women and men of child-bearing/conceiving potential must be willing to use highly effective contraceptive methods during the course of the study. Any female who is not sexually active must agree to begin using highly effective contraceptive methods if she becomes sexually active during the study. Females who are post-menopausal (i.e., no longer menstruating) must have been so for two (2) years.
  • Females of child-bearing potential (e.g., not surgically sterilized or two (2) years post-menopausal) must have a negative urine pregnancy test at screening. Positive tests will be confirmed serologically.
  • Subjects must have adequate marrow, hepatic, and renal function at the time of screening,.
  • Subjects must be willing and able, in the opinion of the Investigator, to comply with the protocol tests and procedures.
  • Subjects must be willing and able to give written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria include:

  • Pregnant or nursing females.
  • Clinically-evident (e.g., abdominal distention, bulging and/or fluid wave) ascites or Grade 3 peripheral edema.
  • Allergy(ies) to contrast media required for protocol testing.
  • History of significant weight loss within four (4) weeks prior to baseline.
  • Evidence of active, uncontrolled infection or unstable or severe intercurrent medical conditions.
  • Peripheral venous access insufficient to permit infusion of intravenous CALAA-01 and acquisition of laboratory specimens.
  • Alcoholism (dependency), alcohol or substance abuse within twelve (12) months prior to screening that has caused health consequences.
  • Immunocompromised subjects, subjects with known autoimmune conditions, active hepatitis or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity.
  • Prior gene transfer therapy or prior therapy with a cytolytic virus of any type.
  • Any electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormality at screening documented by the Principal Investigator as clinically significant.
  • Vaccinations of any kind within thirty (30) days of baseline.
  • Use of any investigational agent or device within thirty (30) days of CALAA-01 administration.
  • Any concomitant medical or psychiatric condition or social situation that would make it difficult to comply with protocol requirements.
  • Subjects requiring anticonvulsants.
  • Radiotherapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, biologic, hormonal or immunotherapy or bone marrow transplantation within four (4) weeks of baseline; nitroureas within six (6) weeks. Current use of growth factors.
  • A myocardial infarction within six (6) months prior to enrollment or having New York Hospital Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled angina, cardiomyopathy, severe uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias, left bundle branch block, or electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemic or active conduction system abnormalities (e.g., Long QT interval, Torsade de Pointes).
  • Poorly controlled hypertension
  • Prior corticosteroids as anticancer therapy within seven (7) days of baseline.
  • Active CNS metastases or currently receiving dexamethasone for CNS disease.
  • Major surgery within four (4) weeks of baseline.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00689065

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United States, California
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, California, United States, 91010
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
United States, Texas
START (South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics)
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Calando Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Antoni Ribas, M.D. UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Anthony W Tolcher, M.D. START (South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics)
Principal Investigator: Yun Yen, M.D., Ph.D. City of Hope National Medical Center
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
Other Publications:
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Responsible Party: Calando Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT00689065    
Other Study ID Numbers: CALAA-01-ST-001
First Posted: June 3, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 1, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013
Keywords provided by Calando Pharmaceuticals:
RNA interference (RNAi)
Solid Tumor
Ovarian Cancer
Lung Cancer
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Endometrial Cancer
Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Skin Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Solid Malignancies
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