We're building a better ClinicalTrials.gov. Check it out and tell us what you think!
Working…
ClinicalTrials.gov
ClinicalTrials.gov Menu

BXQ-350 Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Study in Cancer Patients (RETRO)

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details.
 
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05291286
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 22, 2022
Last Update Posted : October 31, 2022
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Brief Summary:
This study will assess pharmacokinetic (PK)/pharmacodynamic (PD) relationships and whether BXQ-350 may decrease the intensity and/or duration of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) thereby improving quality of life (QoL) in cancer patients who have been exposed to oxaliplatin and/or taxane-based chemotherapy. The study is blinded and placebo controlled with half of the patients receiving BXQ-350 and half receiving placebo (normal saline).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neuropathy;Peripheral Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy Drug: BXQ-350 Other: Placebo Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:

BXQ-350 is a novel anti-neoplastic therapeutic agent configured from two components: Saposin C (SapC), an expressed (human) lysosomal protein, and the phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidyl-serine (DOPS), a cell membrane phospholipid (clinical formulation BXQ-350).Due to the presumed mechanism of action of BXQ-350, Bexion anticipates that it may have an impact on ceramides, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), and inflammatory cytokine levels. In addition, pre-clinical results demonstrated that BXQ-350 induced neurite generation and protection in vitro in the PC-12 and NS20Y cell lines and significantly decreased oxaliplatin-induced cold allodynia in a model of CIPN. Thus BXQ-350 may represent a new approach to deliver a neuropathy benefit.

The unique combination of SapC-DOPS along with its proven safety profile and possible neuropathy benefit makes BXQ-350 a worthwhile candidate to test on cancer patients affected by CIPN. The aim of this pilot proof-of-concept study is to assess PK/PD relationships in cancer patients with CIPN symptoms in order to determine the impact BXQ-350 has on ceramide, S1P, and inflammatory cytokine levels; thereby potentially reducing the intensity and/or duration of CIPN, improving QoL, and establishing these signaling molecules as biomarkers in future studies.

This clinical trial information was submitted voluntarily under the applicable law and, therefore, certain submission deadlines may not apply. (That is, clinical trial information for this applicable clinical trial was submitted under section 402(j)(4)(A) of the Public Health Service Act and 42 CFR 11.60 and is not subject to the deadlines established by sections 402(j)(2) and (3) of the Public Health Service Act or 42 CFR 11.24 and 11.44.)

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Participants will be assigned to 1 of 2 treatment arms (BXQ-350 or placebo) in a 1:1 ratio
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description: randomized, placebo controlled, double blind
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Pilot Proof of Concept Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Study of BXQ-350 in Cancer Patients Exposed to Oxaliplatin and/or Taxane-Based Chemotherapy
Actual Study Start Date : October 17, 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2024
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2024

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: BXQ-350
BXQ-350 will be administered by IV infusion
Drug: BXQ-350
BXQ-350 is a novel anti-neoplastic therapeutic agent configured from two components: Saposin C (SapC), an expressed (human) lysosomal protein, and the phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidyl-serine (DOPS), a phospholipid located on cell membranes (clinical formulation BXQ-350). BXQ-350 will be administered by intravenous (IV) infusion over six months.
Other Name: SapC-DOPS

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo (0.9% normal saline) will be administered by IV infusion
Other: Placebo
Placebo will be 0.9% normal saline of matching volume to BXQ-350 administered by intravenous (IV) infusion over six months




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Peak Plasma Concentration (Cmax) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate the Cmax of BXQ-350.

  2. Ceramide [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate ceramide levels following administration of BXQ-350.

  3. S1P levels [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate S1P levels following administration of BXQ-350.

  4. Cytokine levels [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate cytokine levels following administration of BXQ-350.

  5. Quality of Life (QoL) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate QoL in patients with neuropathy receiving BXQ-350. QoL will be measured utilizing the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30).

  6. Total Sensory Neuropathy [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate neuropathy symptoms in patients with neuropathy receiving BXQ-350. Total sensory neuropathy scores will be obtained from the EORTC QLQ-CIPN20 questionnaire.

  7. CIPN Assessment [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To evaluate CIPN symptoms in patients with neuropathy receiving BXQ-350 utilizing the CIPN Assessment Tool questionnaire.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of Treatment Emergent Adverse Events as Assessed by CTCAE v5.0 [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    To further assess the overall safety and tolerability of BXQ-350as evidenced by the incidence of treatment emergent adverse events assessed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) v5.0.



Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

Participants who meet the following criteria will be considered eligible to participate in the clinical study:

  1. Age ≥ 18 years of age at the time of signing the informed consent.
  2. Have a diagnosis of cancer.
  3. Have symptoms of CIPN persisting ≥6 months and determined by the participant's treating physician to be caused by prior exposure to oxaliplatin or taxane-based chemotherapy.
  4. Have an EORTC QLQ-CIPN20 score of 3 (quite a bit) or 4 (very much) on at least 1 of the 6 questions pertaining to numbness, tingling, or pain in the fingers/hands or toes/feet.
  5. Have a life expectancy > 12 months.
  6. Have ECOG Performance Status of 0 or 1.
  7. Have acceptable liver function defined as:

    • Total serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) for the study site. In participants with known Gilbert Syndrome, total bilirubin ≤ 3 x ULN, with direct bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN).
    • Aspartate transaminase (AST), serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), alanine transaminase (ALT), serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) ≤ 3 x ULN (if liver metastases are present, then ≤ 5 x ULN is allowed).
    • Serum albumin ≥ 3 g/ dL.
  8. Have acceptable renal function defined as:

    • Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/minute calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula (Cockcroft 1976):

    CCr = {((140 - age) x weight kg) / (72 x SCr)} x 0.85 (if female).

    • Urine dipstick protein ≤ 1 + (30 - 70 mg/dL) OR urine protein/creatinine ratio of ≤ 1, OR 24 hour urine protein < 1g/24 hours.
  9. Have acceptable bone marrow function defined as:

    • White blood cell count > 3,000 cells / mm3 OR absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500 cells / mm3.
    • Platelet count ≥ 100,000 cells / mm3 (unsupported, no transfusion within 7 days of enrollment).
    • Hemoglobin > 9.0 g/dL (unsupported, no transfusion within 7 days of enrollment).
  10. Have acceptable coagulation parameters (anti-coagulation allowed) defined as:

    • International normalized ratio ≤ 2 x ULN unless on anticoagulation or prothrombin time within normal limits.
    • Activated partial thromboplastin time within normal limits.
  11. Have a negative serum pregnancy test result at screening (females of childbearing potential [FCBP] only). Not applicable to participants who are surgically sterile (i.e., bilateral salpingectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, or complete hysterectomy) or who are post menopausal. Women will be considered post-menopausal if they have been amenorrheic for 12 months without an alternative medical cause.
  12. Contraceptive use by men and women must be consistent with local regulations regarding the methods of contraception for those participating in clinical studies. FCBP whose partner(s) are non-sterilized male participants whose sexual partner(s) are FCBP must abstain from heterosexual activity or agree to use an acceptable method of contraception according to the followingguidelines:

    • The reliability of sexual abstinence for male and/or female enrollment eligibility needs to be evaluated in relation to the duration of the entire period of risk associated with study interventions and the preferred and usual lifestyle of the participant. Total sexual abstinence is an acceptable method provided it is the usual lifestyle of the participant. Periodic abstinence (e.g., calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, or post ovulation methods), the rhythm method, and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of contraception.
    • Non-sterilized Male Participants:

      • Must use an acceptable method of contraception such as male condom plus spermicide during the entire period of risk associated with study interventions which includes the total duration of the study and the drug washout period (6 months after the last dose of study intervention) and refrain from sperm donation or banking throughout this period.
      • Vasectomized males are considered fertile and should still use a male condom plus spermicide as indicated above.
      • Even if the female partner is pregnant, male participants should still use a condom plus spermicide, as indicated above.
      • Female partners (of childbearing potential) of male participants must also use a highly effective method of contraception during the entire period of risk associated with study interventions as described above.
    • FCBP

      • Must use a highly effective method of contraception and avoid breastfeeding during the entire period of risk associated with study interventions which includes the total duration of the study and the drug washout period (9 months after the last dose of study intervention) and have been stable on their chosen method of birth control for a minimum of 3 months before entering the study.
      • Non-sterilized male partners must also use a male condom plus spermicide during the entire period of risk associated with study interventions as described above.
    • A highly effective method of contraception is defined as one that results in a low failure rate (less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly. Note that some contraception methods are not considered highly effective.

    The participants chosen method(s) must be confirmed as highly effective prior to study entry.

  13. Participant is capable of giving signed informed consent which includes compliance with the requirements and restrictions listed in the informed consent form (ICF) and in this protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

Participants must not meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Have received chemotherapy known to cause CIPN in the last 12 months.
  2. Currently receiving or expected to initiate chemotherapy for the treatment of an active cancer during the study period; cancer therapies utilized to maintain remission that are not known to cause or exacerbate peripheral neuropathy, as well as maintenance endocrine/hormonal/immune therapy for cancer are allowed. Continuation of polyadenosine diphosphate-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors or other targeted therapies not associated with peripheral neuropathy is permitted.
  3. Have Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus.
  4. Have a family history of a genetic/familial neuropathy.
  5. Have pre-existing clinical neuropathy ≥ Grade 2 per CTCAE v5.0 from any cause.
  6. Currently taking daily oral steroids exceeding prednisone 10 mg daily or its equivalent.
  7. Participants with brain metastases may participate provided they are clinically stable for at least 4 weeks prior to study entry, have no evidence of new or enlarging metastases and are off steroids for at least 7 days.
  8. Have had major surgery within 28 days prior to randomization or have not recovered from major side effects of the surgery if more than 4 weeks have elapsed since surgery. Minor outpatient procedures are allowed.
  9. Have poorly controlled hypertension defined as blood pressure > 150/90 mmHg on at least 2 repeated determinations prior to screening or on day of screening.
  10. Have a history of cardiac dysfunction including:

    • Myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to initiation of screening.
    • History of documented congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association functional classification III-IV) within 6 months prior to initiation of screening.
    • Active cardiomyopathy.
    • Electrocardiogram with QTc > 470 milliseconds at screening.
  11. Have uncontrolled severe infections (acute or chronic) including HIV, Hepatitis B or C.
  12. Have active poor wound healing (delayed healing, wound infection or fistula).
  13. Have evidence of active clinically significant bleed (e.g., gastrointestinal bleed, hemoptysis, or gross hematuria) at screening.
  14. Are breast feeding or pregnant, confirmed by a positive serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) laboratory test.
  15. Have other concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical condition that would, in the Investigator's judgment contraindicate the participant's participation in the clinical study or obscure proper assessment of safety and toxicity of the prescribed regimen.
  16. Received prior treatment with any investigational drug within 4 weeks (28 + 3 days) prior to randomization.
  17. Are receiving any agent for the treatment, prevention, or with known/hypothesized efficacy for peripheral neuropathy and have had the dose adjusted within 28 days prior to BXQ-350/placebo dosing. Agents include but not limited to: narcotics, gabapentin, pregabalin, venlafaxine, duloxetine, amitriptyline, nortriptyline, topiramate, lamotrigine, or anti- neuropathic pain topical cream.

    • Note: Participants who have been on a stable dose of an above agent (or agents) for at least 28 days prior to BXQ-350/placebo dosing are eligible and may continue receiving the agent during the study. Participants may continue taking acetaminophen for neuropathy pain during the study.
  18. Have a known sensitivity to any component of BXQ-350 (SapC and DOPS).

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT05291286


Contacts
Layout table for location contacts
Contact: Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 1-859-446-7386 clinicaltrialinfo@bexionpharma.com

Locations
Layout table for location information
United States, Ohio
CTI Clinical Research Center Recruiting
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45212
Contact: Angie Zerhusen    513-281-1362    azerhusen@ctifacts.com   
Principal Investigator: James Maynard, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05291286    
Other Study ID Numbers: BXQ-350.AH
First Posted: March 22, 2022    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 31, 2022
Last Verified: October 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Layout table for additional information
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases