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Clinical Trials (PDQ®)

A Pilot Study of Genetically Engineered NY-ESO-1 Specific (c259) T Cells in HLA-A2+ Patients With Synovial Sarcoma

Basic Trial Information
Trial Description
     Further Trial Information
     Eligibility Criteria
Trial Contact Information

Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase ITreatmentActive4 to 55NCI, Pharmaceutical / IndustryADP 04511

Trial Description


The purpose of this early (pilot) clinical trial is to test the effects (both good and bad) of chemotherapy and the NYESO T cells on patients with metastatic and recurrent synovial sarcoma.

Further Study Information


  • Patients will undergo apheresis at the enrolling institution. Fresh PBMC will be shipped to University of Pennsylvania and shipped back to the enrolling institution.
  • Patients will undergo lymphodepletion with denileukin diftitox, fludarabine and cyclophosphamide, then infusion of NY-ESO-1 genetically engineered T cells on Day 0.
  • Patients will be monitored for toxicity, antitumor effects and immune endpoints.
  • Patients with a PR or SD may receive a 2nd cycle no earlier than 60 days following completion of the first cycle if eligibility criteria are met. For patients with progressive disease, a 2nd cycle that includes high dose aldesleukin administered beginning on the day of T cell infusion may be administered no earlier than 60 days following completion of the first cycle if eligibility criteria are met.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Synovial sarcoma that has been treated with standard chemotherapy containing doxorubicin and remains: unresectable or metastatic or progressive/persistent or recurrent disease
  • Measurable disease
  • Synovial sarcoma and NY-ESO-1+ expression by immunohistochemistry
  • HLA-A2+
  • Age 4 to less than or equal to 55. NIH 4 to less or equal to 35. Washington University greater than or equal to 18.
  • Weigh more than 18 kg
  • All previous cytotoxic chemotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapy, immune, biologic or molecularly targeted therapy must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to study entry.
  • Any grade 3 or 4 non-hematologic toxicity of any previous therapy must have resolved to grade 2 or less
  • Performance Status. ECOG 0, 1 or 2 for age greater than 10 years. Lansky greater than or equal to 60 for children less than or equal to 10 years of age.
  • Life expectancy greater than 3 months
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction greater than or equal to 40% or fractional shortening greater than or equal to 28%
  • T.bilirubin < 2 mg/dl (Patients with Gilbert Syndrome exempt)
  • AST, ALT less than or equal to 2.5 x upper limit of normal
  • ANC > 750/mm3
  • Platelets > 75,000/mm3
  • Age-adjusted normal serum creatinine or a creatinine clearance greater than or equal to 60 ml/min/1.73m2
  • Ability to give informed consent for patients greater than 18 years of age. For patients less than 18 years of age the legal guardian must give informed consent.
  • Female and male patients (and when relevant their partners) must be willing to practice birth control (including abstinence) during and for two months after treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically significant systemic illness that in the judgment of the PI would compromise the patient's ability to tolerate protocol therapy or significantly increase the risk of complications.
  • Untreated CNS metastasis
  • Previous treatment with genetically engineered NY-ESO-1 specific T cells. Previous vaccine therapy is not an exclusion criteria.
  • Lactating or pregnant females
  • Active HIV, HBV or HCV infection
  • Patients who require systemic corticosteroid or other immunosuppressive therapy. Immunosuppressive therapy must be stopped at least 14 days prior to cell infusion.

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Adaptimmune LLC

National Cancer Institute

Crystal MackallPrincipal Investigator

Stephan Grupp, MD, PhDPrincipal Investigator

Crystal Mackall, MDPh: 301-402-5940

Trial Sites

 National Cancer Institute
 Crystal Mackall, MD Ph: 301-402-5940
 Melinda Merchant, MD, PhD Ph: 301-443-7955
New York
  New York
 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 Sandra D'Angelo, MD Ph: 646-888-4159
 Sandra D'Angelo, MDPrincipal Investigator
 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 Christine Strait, BS Ph: 267-425-5837
 Stephan A. GruppPrincipal Investigator

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifer NCT01343043 processed this data on April 02, 2015

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