This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions her2-positive breast cancer, stage iii ovarian epithelial cancer, stage iii ovarian germ cell tumor, stage iiia breast cancer, stage iiib breast cancer, stage iiic breast cancer, stage iv breast cancer, stage iv ovarian epithelial cancer, stage iv ovarian germ cell tumor
Treatments pngvl3-hicd vaccine, sargramostim, flow cytometry, immunologic technique, immunoenzyme technique, protein expression analysis, biopsy
Phase phase 1
Sponsor University of Washington
Collaborator National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start date October 2001
End date March 2010
Trial size 66 participants
Trial identifier NCT00436254, 6532, NCI-2010-00869, NCT00194662


RATIONALE: Vaccines may help the body build an effective immune response to kill tumor cells. Colony-stimulating factors, such as GM-CSF, may increase the number of immune cells found in bone marrow or peripheral blood. Giving vaccine therapy together with sargramostim may be an effective treatment for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and identifying the best dose of vaccine therapy when given together with sargramostim in treating patients with stage III-IV breast cancer or ovarian cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Patients receive pNGVL3-hICD vaccine admixed with GM-CSF intradermally once a month for 3 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
pngvl3-hicd vaccine
Plasmid-based DNA vaccine, given intradermally
sargramostim GM-CSF
Given intradermally
flow cytometry
Correlative studies
immunologic technique immunological laboratory methods
Correlative studies
immunoenzyme technique immunoenzyme techniques
Undergo ELIspot (correlative studies)
protein expression analysis
Undergo ELISA (correlative studies)
biopsy biopsies
Undergo punch biopsy (correlative studies)

Primary Outcomes

Safety as measured by NCI CTCAE v 3.0
time frame: From baseline
Immune response
time frame: From baseline

Secondary Outcomes

Impact of dose on immunologic response
time frame: From baseline to month 15
Persistence of DNA at the injection site
time frame: At 1 and 6 months after last vaccination

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Breast cancer: stage III or stage IV breast cancer with metastasis in remission and defined as NED (no evidence of disease); stable or healing bone disease by radiologic evaluation which may include, but is not limited to, bone scan, MRI, or PET scan documented within 90 days of enrollment to study and NED status for extraskeletal metastasis - Ovarian cancer: stage III or stage IV ovarian cancer in first complete remission with a normal AND stable CA-125; thus, two sequential normal CA-125 values will need to be documented; a minimum of 30 days between 2 sequential CA-125 values; the most recent will be within 2 weeks of enrollment into study - HER2 overexpression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) of 2+ or 3+ in their primary tumor or metastasis, and if overexpression is 2+ by IHC or in the absence of IHC, then patients must have documentation of HER2 gene amplification by FISH - Eligible subjects must have completed appropriate treatment for their primary disease and be off cytotoxic chemotherapy and corticosteroids for at least 1 month prior to enrollment; patients with stage III/IV breast cancer who have completed chemotherapy and are continued on trastuzumab monotherapy are eligible; hormonal and bisphosphanate therapies are allowed - Subjects must have a Performance Status Score (Zubrod/ECOG Scale) = 0 - All subjects must no longer be able to bear children - Hematocrit >= 30 - Platelet count >= 100,000 - WBC >= 3,000/ul - Creatinine =< 2.0 or creatinine clearance >= 60 ml/minute - Serum bilirubin < 1.5 mg/dl - SGOT < 2 x ULN - Subjects must have recovered from major infections and/or surgical procedures and, in the opinion of the investigator, not have a significant active concurrent medical illness precluding protocol treatment or survival - Normal ANA, anti-dsDNA and C3 - Patients on trastuzumab monotherapy must have adequate cardiac function as demonstrated by normal ejection fraction (EF) of MUGA scan or echocardiogram Exclusion Criteria: - Subjects cannot be simultaneously enrolled on other treatment studies - Any contraindication to receiving GM-CSF based vaccine products - Prior known history of cardiac disease, specifically restrictive cardiomyopathy, unstable angina within the last 6 months prior to enrollment, New York Heart Association functional class III-IV heart or symptomatic pericardial effusion - Prior known history of pulmonary disease other than controlled asthma - Active autoimmune disease - Subjects cannot have active immunodeficiency disorder, e.g., HIV

Additional Information

Official title A Phase I Study of a DNA Plasmid Based Vaccine Encoding the HER-2/Neu Intracellular Domain in Subjects With HER-2/Neu (HER2) Overexpressing Tumors
Principal investigator Mary L. Disis
Description PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine the safety of intradermal administration of 3 doses of a plasmid-based DNA vaccine encoding the ICD of HER2 administered with a fixed dose of GM-CSF. II. To determine whether a plasmid DNA vaccine encoding the ICD of HER2 can elicit HER2 specific immune responses. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine if the dose of the plasmid-based DNA vaccine effects immunologic responses. II. To determine the persistence of DNA at the site of vaccination. OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of a plasmid-based DNA (pNGVL3-hICD) vaccine. Patients receive pNGVL3-hICD vaccine admixed with GM-CSF intradermally once a month for 3 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically for up to 15 years with primary physicians.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Washington.