A Phase I Trial of Autologous CLL B Cells Transduced to Express Chimeric CD154 (ISF35)

Memgen, LLC (Industry)
Overall Status
CT.gov ID
Duration (Months)
Patients Per Site Per Month

Study Details

Study Description

Brief Summary

The study is a Phase I, dose-escalating, non-randomized, single institution clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of autologous Ad-ISF35-transduced CLL B cells administered as a single intravenous infusion in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Condition or DiseaseIntervention/TreatmentPhase
  • Biological: ISF35
Phase 1

Detailed Description

Memgen's first TNF family derived product, ISF35, is a gene that encodes a recombinant protein molecule that binds and activates human CD40+ B lymphocytes that are found on a vast majority of malignant leukemias and lymphomas.

In this clinical trial, ISF35 will be introduced into the patients' CLL cells ex vivo using a replication-defective adenovirus Ad5 encoding the ISF35 cDNA transgene. After this ex vivo manipulation, the modified leukemia cells will be extensively washed and the amount of remaining free virus is measured before the cells are reinfused into the patient. Following ex vivo transduction, the CLL cells expressing ISF35 activate a therapeutic immune response directed against the target leukemia cells.

This ascending-dose trial will be divided into three dosing cohorts to determine the existence of a maximum tolerated dose.

Patients will be followed for 12 months after ISF35 administration or until initiation of another treatment.

Study Design

Study Type:
Actual Enrollment :
9 participants
Intervention Model:
Single Group Assignment
None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose:
Official Title:
A Phase I Trial of Autologous CLL B Cells Transduced to Express Chimeric CD154 (ISF35)
Study Start Date :
Jun 1, 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date :
Mar 1, 2008
Actual Study Completion Date :
Mar 1, 2008

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures

  1. Assess the toxicity, tolerability, and safety of 1x10^8, 3x10^8, and 1x10^9 autologous Ad-ISF35-transduced CLL B cells given as a single intravenous infusion in patients with CLL. [Duration of the trial]

Secondary Outcome Measures

  1. Assess the anti-leukemia activity of a single intravenous dose by evaluating reduction in leukemia count, reduction in adenopathy and splenomegaly, and improvement in bone function. [Duration of the trial]

  2. Assess the quality of life with ISF35 treatment. [Two months]

  3. Assess pharmacodynamic endpoints including induction of T cell anti-leukemia immune responses, antibody production against autologous CLL B cells, and changes in bystander leukemia cell phenotype. [Two months]

Eligibility Criteria


Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and Older
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. Subjects must have a diagnosis of B cell CLL, measurable disease, and an
NCI-WG indication for treatment with one of the following:
  • Massive (>6 cm below left costal margin) or progressive splenomegaly;

  • Massive (>10 cm longest diameter) lymph nodes, nodal clusters, or progressive lymphadenopathy;

  • Progressive anemia;

  • Progressive thrombocytopenia;

  • Weight loss > 10% body weight over the preceding 6 month period;

  • Fatigue attributable to CLL;

  • Fever or night sweats without evidence of infection;

  • Progressive lymphocytosis.

  1. Subjects must be age 18 years or older.

  2. Women of childbearing potential (not postmenopausal for at least one year or not surgically incapable of bearing children) must agree not to become pregnant for the duration of the study. Both men and women participants must agree to use contraception for the duration of the study.

  3. Subjects must have Zubrod performance status of ≤ 2 (Appendix B).

  4. Subjects must have adequate hematologic, renal, hepatic, and coagulation function:

  • Adequate hematologic function:

  • Platelet count ≥ 50,000/μl; AND

  • Hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dl (may be supported by erythropoietin or transfusion).

  • Adequate renal function:

  • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal; OR

  • Measured creatinine clearance ≥ 40 mL/min/1.73 m^2.

  • Adequate hepatic function:

  • Total bilirubin ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal; AND

  • ALT ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal; AND

  • Adequate coagulation tests:

  • Prothrombin time international normalized ratio (INR) ≤ 2; AND

  • Partial thromboplastin time ≤ 1.66 times upper limit of normal

  1. Subjects must be able to give written informed consent.
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. Presence of more than 55% prolymphocytes.

  2. Chemotherapy (e.g., purine analogues, alkylating agents, or corticosteroids), antibody therapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, or participation in any investigational drug treatment within 4 weeks of enrollment into protocol or at any time during the study.

  3. Ongoing toxicity from prior anti-neoplastic therapy.

  4. Prior gene therapy or allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

  5. Untreated autoimmune hemolytic anemia or immune thrombocytopenia.

  6. Active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics.

  7. Known HIV/HBV/HCV seropositivity.

  8. Uncompensated hypothyroidism (defined as TSH greater than 4x upper limit of normal not treated with replacement hormone).

Contacts and Locations


SiteCityStateCountryPostal Code
1University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonTexasUnited States77030

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Memgen, LLC


  • Principal Investigator: William G. Wierda, M.D., Ph.D., M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Study Documents (Full-Text)

None provided.

More Information


Responsible Party:
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
Other Study ID Numbers:
  • CLL-35-101
First Posted:
Oct 24, 2008
Last Update Posted:
Oct 24, 2008
Last Verified:
Oct 1, 2008

Study Results

No Results Posted as of Oct 24, 2008