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PDR001 Plus Imatinib for Metastatic or Unresectable GIST

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: NCT03609424
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 1, 2018
Last Update Posted : January 3, 2023
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yoon-Koo Kang, Asan Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Assuming that PDR001, an anti-PD-1 antibody, with imatinib might be effective in advanced GIST after failure of standard TKI therapies including imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib. In this phase I/II study of PDR001 plus imatinib, it is aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this regimen as 4th line of treatment in advanced GIST.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors Drug: PDR001, Imatinib Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Immunotherapy may be the novel strategy to enhance the outcomes of TKI-refractory GIST. Although current understanding of the immune response in GIST remains limited compared to other cancer types, several data suggest that the immunotherapy may be the way to overcome the mutation-related primary and secondary TKI resistance, and the exploration is needed.

The PD-1-PD-L1 pathway is the one of key targets for immune checkpoint inhibitor, and anti-PD-1 antibodies including pembrolizumab, nivolumab has already shown a remarkable efficacy in several cancer types including melanoma, lung cancer, and gastric cancer with approval by FDA in melanoma and lung cancer. PDR001 is a novel anti-PD-1 inhibitor under investigation for the treatment of multiple tumor types, and the available safety data from on-going clinical trials indicate that PDR001 monotherapy is generally well tolerated and the safety profile appears to be similar across different tumor types.

Recent phase II study reported that pembrolizumab, an anti-PD-1 inhibitor, demonstrated only modest anti-tumor efficacy in advanced GISTs. However, the sample size was small with only 10 GIST tumors in the study, and high proportion of GIST tumors were prominently infiltrated by IDO positive M2 macrophage, which plays important role in immune suppression. Thus, further strategies are warranted to assess the combination of immune checkpoint inhibitor with an agent which can inhibit the IDO pathway in advanced GIST.

PD-L1 expression has been regarded as a promising biomarker to predict the efficacy of anti-PD-1 or PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies, although negative PD-L1 expression do not preclude the efficacy of anti-PD-1 or PD-L1 antibodies. Although the data in regards to the PD-L1 expression in metastatic GISTs are limited, a recent study showed that the PD-L1 expression is observed in the subset of localized GIST tissue samples and its expression is correlated with prognosis. Further translational research of immune milieu using GIST tissues are necessary to establish the role of immunotherapy in metastatic GISTs, and concurrent prospective studies using immune check point inhibitors may enhance the speed of this work.

The relevance of continuous KIT inhibition in tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) refractory GISTs was proven in previous phase III RIGHT study which compared imatinib rechallenge and placebo after failure of at least first line imatinib and second line sunitinib. In this study, the inhibition of KIT by imatinib was significantly associated with prolonged PFS (median PFS of 1.8 months) compared to placebo (median 0.9 month; HR 0.46, 95% CI 0.27-0.78; p=0.005). Disease control rate at 12 weeks was also improved with imatinib rechallenge than placebo (32% vs 5%, p=0.003).

Immune cells such as T cells (Treg), natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages are present in GIST tissue samples, and their presence or activation were related with prognosis or response to imatinib. Imatinib indirectly have an impact on NK cells and CD8+ T cells, and concurrent use of CTLA-4 blockade with imatinib augments the efficacy of imatinib in mouse GIST by increasing IFN-r producing CD8+ T cells. Moreover, previous study showed that imatinib potentiates antitumor T-cell responses in GISTs through the inhibition of IDO. This may suggest that concurrent use of imatinib and immune checkpoint inhibitors may enhance the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Based on this background, we assume that PDR001, an anti-PD-1 antibody, with imatinib might be effective in advanced GIST after failure of standard TKI therapies including imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib. In this phase I/II study of PDR001 plus imatinib, It is aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this regimen as 4th line of treatment in advanced GIST.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 39 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase Ib/II Study of PDR001 Plus Imatinib for Metastatic or Unresectable GIST With Prior Failure of Imatinib, Sunitinib and Regorafenib
Actual Study Start Date : February 14, 2019
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 11, 2021
Actual Study Completion Date : November 11, 2021

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: PDR001 plus Imatinib Drug: PDR001, Imatinib

-Phase Ib part

: The standard 3+3 dose escalation scheme will be applied. DLTs will be evaluated during the first cycle (4 weeks).

PDR001 400mg, every 4 weeks, IV

Imatinib dose level -1 : 200mg, PO, QD Imatinib dose level 1 : 300mg, PO, QD Imatinib dose level 2 : 400mg, PO, QD

-Phase II part

  • Recommended dose defined in phase Ib part will be tested

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximum tolerated dose [ Time Frame: up to 12 weeks ]
    Primary Outcome of phase Ib part

  2. Recommended dose for expansion [ Time Frame: up to 12 weeks ]
    Primary Outcome of phase Ib part

  3. Disease control rate [ Time Frame: up to 12 weeks ]
    Disease control rate (DCR: objective response + stable disease) at 12 weeks Primary Outcome of phase 2 part(defined by RECIST v1.1)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Progression-free survival (PFS) per the RECIST v1.1 and iRECIST PFS is defined as the time from the date of first dosing of PDR001 plus Imatinib to the date of progression or death due to any cause

  2. Overall survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    OS is defined as the time from the date of the start of PDR001 plus Imatinibto the time of death due to any cause

  3. Response rate [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Response rate per the RECIST v1.1 and iRECIST Responses are assessed every 8 weeks (at fixed calendar time) until disease progression or death.

  4. Toxicity profile [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Toxicity profile by the NCI-CTCAE v4.03

  5. Correlation of efficacy with potential biomarkers [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Correlation of efficacy (DCR, ORR, PFS, and OS) with potential biomarkers including CD3, CD8, PD-1, PD-L1, LAG3, TIM3, CD204 (M2 macrophage), CD169 (M1 macrophage) using multiplex IHC

  6. Mutational analysis [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Mutational analysis of KIT exons 9, 11, 13, and 17, and PDGFRα exons 12, 14, and 18 with direct sequencing using DNA extracted from archival tissues, newly obtained tissues at baseline, and/or at 4 weeks after the start of the study medication (biopsies at baseline and 4 weeks after study treatment are optional).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  1. Age 18 years or older, at the time of acquisition of informed consent
  2. Histologically confirmed metastatic or unresectable GIST with CD117(+), DOG-1(+), or mutation in KIT or PDGFRαgene
  3. Disease control (response or stabilization for at least 6 months) with first-line imatinib and failure (progression) to imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib. Disease progression is defined as (1) size increase ≥ 20% by RECIST version 1.1, (2) appearance of a definite new lesion (excluding small cystic new lesions in the liver within 6 months of starting TKIs), (3) new solid nodule ≥ at least 2 cm in size within a cystic mass, or (4) increase of the size ( ≥ 20%) of previously existing solid nodule ≥ at least 2 cm in size within a cystic mass.
  4. ECOG performance status of 0-2
  5. Resolution of all toxic effects of prior treatments to grade 0 or 1 by NCI-CTCAE version 4.0
  6. At least one measurable lesion by RECIST version 1.1.
  7. Adequate bone marrow, hepatic, renal, and other organ functions

    • Neutrophil ≥ 1,500/mm3
    • Platelet ≥ 75,000/mm3
    • Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL
    • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
    • AST/ALT ≤ 3 x ULN without liver metastases or AST/ALT ≤ 5 x ULN with liver metastases
    • Creatinine≤ 1.5 x ULN
  8. Women with reproductive potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test
  9. Washout period of previous TKIs or chemotherapy for more than 4 times the half-life (Seven days of washout period is enough for imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib).
  10. No prior use of PDR001 or other immune check point inhibitors
  11. Provision of a signed written informed consent

Exclusion criteria

  1. Patients who are intolerant to imatinib
  2. Women of child-bearing potential who are pregnant or breast feeding or adults of reproductive potential not employing an effective method of birth control.
  3. Impaired cardiac function or clinically significant cardiac disease, including any of the following:

    Clinically significant and/or uncontrolled heart disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF) requiring treatment (NYHA grade ≥ 2), uncontrolled hypertension or clinically significant arrhythmia

    • Congenital long QT syndrome
    • QTc> 470 msec on screening ECG
    • Unstable angina pectoris ≤ 3 months prior to starting study drug
    • Acute Myocardial Infarction ≤ 3 months prior to starting study drug
  4. Uncontrolled infection
  5. History of severe hypersensitivity reactions to other monoclonal antibodies
  6. Active autoimmune disease or a documented history of autoimmune disease, or any condition that requires systemic steroids, except vitiligo or resolved asthma/atopy that is treated with broncho-dilators (e.g., albuterol).
  7. Other severe, acute, or chronic medical or psychiatric condition or laboratory abnormality that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study drug administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the subject inappropriate for this study
  8. Major surgery ≤ 28 days prior to starting study drug or who have not recovered from side effects of such therapy
  9. Known diagnosis of HIV infection (HIV testing is not mandatory)
  10. History of another primary malignancy that is currently clinically significant or currently requires active intervention
  11. Patients with brain metastases as assessed by radiologic imaging (e.g. CT, MRI) due to symptoms clinically suspected of brain metastases
  12. Alcohol or substance abuse disorder
  13. Active HBV and HCV infections requiring therapy: patients with undetectable HBV DNA level under the anti-viral agents are allowed to be enrolled.

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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): NCT03609424

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Korea, Republic of
Asan Medical Center
Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 138-736
Sponsors and Collaborators
Asan Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Yoon-Koo Kang, MD, PhD Asan Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Yoon-Koo Kang, Professor, Asan Medical Center Identifier: NCT03609424    
Other Study ID Numbers: AMC1802
First Posted: August 1, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 3, 2023
Last Verified: December 2022

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Imatinib Mesylate
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological