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Study Using Vaccination With Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70) for the Treatment of CML in Chronic Phase

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: NCT00027144
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 28, 2001
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
Information provided by:
UConn Health

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE November 27, 2001
First Posted Date  ICMJE November 28, 2001
Last Update Posted Date June 24, 2005
Study Start Date  ICMJE December 2000
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Study Using Vaccination With Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70) for the Treatment of CML in Chronic Phase
Official Title  ICMJE A Feasibility and Toxicity Study of Vaccination With HSP70 for the Treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in the Chronic Phase
Brief Summary

Description: The trial is designed to determine the response of the immune system of patients with CML to a vaccine made from their own tumor. Researchers believe that this particular vaccine, which is made from purified heat shock proteins taken from each patient's tumor, alerts the body's immune system to recognize and attack invading cancer. To be considered potentially eligible for this study you must have CML in the chronic phase.

Length/Duration: Vaccinations will be administered weekly for eight weeks. One clinic follow up visit will be scheduled two weeks after the final vaccination.

Detailed Description

Rational for immunotherapy of CML

Conceptually,CML in chronic phase is the best model for immunological intervention. It is a disease as a result of chromosomal translocation, which generates a true tumor-specific antigen. Patients in chronic phase have relatively preserved immune function for a prolonged period of time. Studies have indeed shown that peptides spanning the junctional region of both the bcr/abl and abl/bcr fusion proteins can bind to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules (Berke et al. 2000). Vaccination of patients with bcr/abl breakpoint fusion peptides generates specific immune responses (Pinilla-Ibarz et al. 2000). In addition, for patients relapsed after bone marrow or stem cell transplant, donor lymphocyte infusion is effective in inducing a majority of them into remission. The role of donor lymphocyte infusion has proven the original concept of graft versus leukemia effect and the effectiveness of immunotherapy, in practice, towards CML (Dazzi et al. 1999). More recently, it was found that the presence of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) against HLA-A2-restricted myeloid-specific antigen proteinase 3 correlates significantly with cytogenetic remission of CML treated either with IFN or stem cell transplant (Molldrem et al. 2000), which provides strong evidence for a role of T cell immunity in clearing malignant cells.

Current proposal and hypothesis:

Based on the established roles of HSPs in T cell immunity and a large body of preclinical and clinical safety data, we propose to initiate a pilot study to test the feasibility of immunization with autologous tumor-derived HSP70 in the treatment of CML in chronic phase. This study will facilitate more clinical trials in the future, testing the ultimate hypothesis that the combination of the cytostatic therapy such as IFN and STI571, with specific immunomodulator such as HSP70 offers the best chance of eradication of CML. A total of 10 eligible patients will be enrolled in the study. All eligible patients will undergo aphaeresis to collect peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The autologous HSP70 is then purified using the standard protocol. After passing the established sterility testing, the patients are immunized intradermally with 50 micrograms HSP70 for a total of 8 injections in 2 months. They may receive their standard therapy during this time. In addition to collecting the feasibility and toxicity data, the development of anti-tumor immunity will be measured by,

  1. an increase in peripheral blood of IFN-gamma producing CD8+ T-lymphocytes which are reactive to the autologous bcr/abl positive peripheral mononuclear cells
  2. an increase of PR-1 specific CTLs by PR1-HLA-A2 tetramer techniques in patients who are HLA-A2 positive
  3. the change of immunophenotype of peripheral lymphocytes
  4. the cytogenetic remission of Philadelphia chromosome from the bone marrow
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 1
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Leukemia,Myeloid, Chronic
  • Leukemia,Myeloid,Philadelphia-Positive
Intervention  ICMJE Biological: Heat Shock Protein 70 HSP70
Study Arms  ICMJE Not Provided
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: June¬†23,¬†2005)
Original Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Study Completion Date  ICMJE October 2002
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE



  • ECOG Performance Score(PS) less than 2.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and capable of giving informed consent.
  • Must be less than three years from the original diagnosis of Philadelphia chromosome positive CML in chronic phase.
  • Patient is not in cytogenetic remission.
  • No anticipation of bone marrow or stem cell transplant for six months unless these therapies are deemed necessary by a treatment physician due to the evolution of the disease;
  • Concurrent treatment with hydroxyurea or Gleevec is allowed.PAST treatment with IFN alpha, Ara-C or other cytoxic agents is allowed
  • Must not have any serious illness such that their medical condition might be compromised by participation in the study.
  • Must have adequate renal function (serum creatinine < 2.0), hepatic function (bilirubin and transaminase less than 2.0 x of the upper normal limit).
  • Must not be on corticosteroid therapy, or other immunosuppressive medications.


  • Patients with an ECOG Performance Score greater than or equal to 2.
  • Patient is greater than or equal to 3 years out from the original diagnosis.
  • Significant anemia (Hemoglobin < 10 g/dl) and thrombocytopenia (platelet < 20,000/ml) requiring transfusion.
  • Peripheral blast count is over 10%.
  • Positive urine or blood pregnancy test.
  • Impaired renal function (serum creatinine > 2.0), hepatic function (bilirubin and transaminase more than 2.0 x of the upper normal limit).
  • Patient with significant active infection requiring hospitalization at the time of enrollment.
  • Patient with significant behavioral or psychological problems that prevent adequate follow-up.
  • Concurrent treatment with IFN alpha Ara-C or other cytotoxic agents (Gleevec and hydroxyurea are allowed.
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00027144
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 01-117
Has Data Monitoring Committee Not Provided
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Not Provided
Study Sponsor  ICMJE University of Connecticut
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Zihai Li, MD,Ph.D. Assistant Professor Medicine and Tumor Immunology
PRS Account UConn Health
Verification Date November 2001

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