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Most Closely Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA)-Matched CMV-specific T Lymphocytes (Viralym-C)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02313857
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2014
Last Update Posted : May 23, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
ViraCyte

Brief Summary:

Patients enrolled on this study will have received a stem cell transplant. After a transplant, while the immune system grows back the patient is at risk for infection. Some viruses can stay in the body for life, and if the immune system is weakened (like after a transplant), they can cause life-threatening infections.

CMV can cause serious infections in patients with weak or suppressed immune systems. It usually affects the lungs, causing a very serious pneumonia, but it can also affect the gut, the liver and the eyes.

Investigators want to see if they can use a kind of white blood cell called T cells to treat CMV infections that occur after a transplant. Investigators have observed in other studies that treatment with specially trained T cells has been successful when the cells are made from the transplant donor. However as it takes 1-2 months to make the cells, that approach is not practical when a patient already has an infection.

Investigators have now generated CMV-specific T cells from the blood of healthy donors and created a bank of these cells. Investigators have previously successfully used frozen virus-specific T cell lines generated from healthy donors to treat virus infections after bone marrow transplant, and have now improved the production method and customized the bank of lines to specifically and exclusively target CMV.

In this study, investigators want to find out if the banked CMV-specific T cells derived from healthy donors are safe and can help to treat CMV infection.

The CMV-specific T cells (Viralym-C) are an investigational product not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
CMV Infections Biological: Viralym-C Phase 1

Detailed Description:

To make CMV-specific T cells (Viralym-C cells), small pieces of protein called peptides that come from CMV were mixed with blood cells from healthy donors. These peptides train a kind of white blood cell called T cells to recognize and kill cells that are infected with CMV. These T cells were then grown in special growth factors in special flasks in the lab. Once we made sufficient numbers of cells, we tested them to make sure they recognized cells infected by CMV, and then we froze them.

When we think the subject needs them, Viralym-C cells will be thawed and injected into the intravenous line. To prevent an allergic reaction, prior to receiving Viralym-C cells the subject may be given diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). The subject will remain in the clinic for at least one hour after the infusion. After the subject receives the cells, the transplant doctor will monitor the levels of CMV in the blood. We will also take blood to see how long the cells we gave the subject are lasting in the body.

Subjects will continue to be followed by their transplant doctors after the injection. The subject will either be seen in the clinic or they will be contacted by a research nurse to follow up for this study every week for 6 weeks, then at 3, 6 and 12 months. The subject may have other visits for their standard care. Subjects will also have regular blood tests done to follow their counts and the viral infection as part of their standard care.

To learn more about the way Viralym-C cells are working in the body, an extra 30-40 ml (6-8 teaspoons) of blood will be taken before the infusion and then at study follow-up visits at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 weeks, and 3 months after the infusion. Blood should come from the central intravenous line, and should not require extra needle sticks.

All participants on this study will be infused with the same number (dose) of cells. If Viralym-C infusion has helped the subjects infection or if they have had a treatment, for example with steroid drugs that might have destroyed the T cells the subject was given, then they are allowed to receive up to 4 additional infusions of the Viralym-C cells at the same initial dose level from 28 days after their initial infusion. Following infusions should be at least 14 days apart. After each Viralym-C cells infusion, subjects will be monitored as described above.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study Using Most Closely HLA-matched Cytomegalovirus-specific T Lymphocytes for the Treatment of Cytomegalovirus Infections Post-allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant(VIRALYM-C)
Study Start Date : September 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Viralym-C

Partially HLA-matched Viralym-C cells will be thawed and given by intravenous injection. Patients will receive 2 x 10^7 partially HLA-matched Viralym-C/m2 as a single infusion.

If a patient has a partial response they are eligible to receive up to 4 additional doses at biweekly intervals. These doses would come from the original infused line if sufficient vials were available but may come from another line if there are insufficient cells in the original line.

Biological: Viralym-C

Follow-up Assessments: The timing of follow-up visits is based on the date of Viralym-C infusion. If a patient has multiple Viralym-C infusions the schedule resets again at the beginning so follow up relates to the last Viralym-C infusion.

Follow up will occur at 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, 28 days, 42 days, 90 days, 180 days, and 365 days post enrollment.





Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of patients with adverse events after Viralym-C infusion [ Time Frame: 42 days ]
    To determine if administration of banked CMV-specific T cells (Viralym-C) derived from healthy donors are safe in patients with CMV infection after allogeneic stem cell transplant.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of CMV load response to the Viralym-C infusion [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Viral load over time within a patient will be visualized to reveal the temporal patterns of immune response. Plots of smooth curves will be generated for each patient to graphically illustrate the pattern and duration of T-cell changes.

  2. Reconstitution of antiviral immunity after Viralym-C infusion [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Reconstitution of antiviral immunity over time within a patient will be visualized to reveal the temporal patterns of immune response. Plots of smooth curves will be generated for each patient to graphically illustrate the pattern and duration of T-cell changes.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Prior myeloablative or non-myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant using either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells or single or double cord blood within 24 months.
  2. Persistent or recurrent cytomegalovirus infection or disease despite at least 7 days of standard therapy or failure of therapy as described below or if unable to tolerate standard therapy. Standard therapy is defined as antiviral therapy with ganciclovir or CMX001 (brincidofovir) as the agents of choice and foscarnet or cidofovir as second line agents.

    i.Cytomegalovirus infection: defined as the presence of CMV positivity as detected by Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or pp65 antigenemia or culture from ONE site such as stool or blood or urine or nasopharynx.

    ii. Cytomegalovirus disease: defined as the demonstration of CMV by biopsy specimen from visceral sites (by culture or histology) or the detection of CMV by culture or direct fluorescent antibody stain in broncheoalveolar lavage fluid in the presence of new or changing pulmonary infiltrates or changes consistent with CMV retinitis on ophthalmologic examination.

    iii. Failure of therapy: defined as a rise or a fall of less than 50% in viral load in peripheral blood or any site of disease as measured by PCR or pp65 antigenemia after 7 days of antiviral therapy.

  3. Clinical status at enrollment to allow tapering of steroids to equal or less than 0.5 mg/kg/day prednisone (or equivalent).
  4. Hemoglobin (HgB)>8.0 (may be transfused)
  5. Received transplant care locally and will remain in the Houston area for at least 6 weeks post Viralym-C infusion
  6. Pulse oximetry of > 90% on room air
  7. Available Viralym-C T cell line
  8. Negative pregnancy test in female patients if applicable (childbearing potential who have received a reduced intensity conditioning regimen).
  9. Informed consent explained to, understood by and signed by patient/guardian. Patient/guardian given copy of informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients receiving (anti-thymocyte globulin) ATG, Campath or other immunosuppressive T cell monoclonal antibodies within 28 days of treatment with Viralym-C
  2. Patients with other uncontrolled/progressing infections defined as hemodynamic instability attributable to sepsis or new symptoms, worsening physical signs or radiographic findings attributable to infection. For bacterial infections, patients must be receiving definitive therapy and have no signs of progressing infection for 72 hours prior to enrollment. For fungal infections patients must be receiving definitive systemic anti-fungal therapy and have no signs of progressing infection for 1 week prior to enrollment. Persisting fever without other signs or symptoms will not be interpreted as progressing infection.
  3. Patients who have received donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) within 28 days of Viralym-C infusion.
  4. Patients who have received other investigational drugs within 28 days of Viralym-C infusion
  5. Patients with active acute Graft versus host disease (GVHD) grades II-IV.
  6. Active and uncontrolled relapse of malignancy

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02313857


Locations
United States, Texas
Texas Childrens Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
The Methodist Hospital system
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
ViraCyte
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Bilal Omer, MD The Methodist Hospital System
Principal Investigator: Swati Naik, MD Texas Childrens Hospital