Micro Needle Array-Doxorubicin (MNA-D) in Patients With Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) (MNA-D)

  • End date
    Jun 1, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Falo, Louis, MD
Updated on 15 June 2022
tumor cells
antineoplastic agents
skin biopsy
topical steroids
extracorporeal photopheresis
bexarotene capsules
cutaneous t-cell lymphoma


The study hypothesis is that in situ MNA-directed chemo-immunotherapy using doxorubicin will kill tumor cells locally and alter the tumor microenvironment to induce durable systemic tumor-specific immunity.

The purpose of this study is to test a new method of experimental treatment for CTCL, using small adhesive-like patches (a micro-needle applicator or MNA for short), which have dozens of very small micro-needles loaded with extremely low doses of doxorubicin, a chemotherapy agent. The overall goal of this study is to test the safety and effectiveness of these patches. We also want to determine which micro-dose of the drug is the best to achieve the best response. To make sure that we observe the effects of the very low dose of the drug and not the MNA patch itself, we will also use a placebo (a patch without drug in some patients) in addition to the doxorubicin coated patches. We will thoroughly evaluate the skin where the patches are applied. Once the best dose is determined for use in the patch, we will also begin to look at how well the patches work in clearing the skin.


This study will evaluate a novel approach to the treatment of patches and plaques in the skin of patients diagnosed with cutaneous t-cell lymphoma utilizing a dissolvable microneedle array (MNA) delivery device that is used to directly and specifically deliver a drug to the tumor microenvironment for skin cancer therapy. We will utilize MNAs to deliver a well-characterized, potent chemotherapeutic agent (doxorubicin) to kill topically accessible, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma cells. In addition to directly killing cancer cells, doxorubicin is known to induce an immunologic cell death with the potential to simultaneously convert a cutaneous neoplasm into a highly potent patient specific immunogen capable of inducing innate, adaptive, and tumor specific effector and memory immune responses. Importantly, doxorubicin is currently in clinical use with a well-established safety profile. It is anticipated that use of the MNA-Doxorubicin (MNA-D) delivery system will enable direct and specific delivery of chemotherapy to the tumor, thereby avoiding any potential for systemic toxicity. The study will be conducted in two phases, with the first being a safety dose-finding phase and the second phase for efficacy and safety evaluation. The first phase is now completed.

Condition Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
Treatment Micro needle array-Doxorubicin (MNA-D)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02192021
SponsorFalo, Louis, MD
Last Modified on15 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Diagnosis of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) based upon a skin biopsy diagnostic of atypical epidermotropism of folliculocentric or epidermotropic T-cells
Current stage of IA or IB
Expected survival of greater than or equal to12 months
Not be on any other investigational device/drug treatment
Have a sufficient number (i.e., n=4 for first dose cohort in Initial Safety Evaluation; n=3 for remainder of subjects) and surface area (> 5 cm2) of CTCL patches or plaques for Micro needle array-Doxorubicin (MNA-D) and Micro needle array (MNA) application
Willing to adhere to the instructions of the Investigator and his research team and sign an Informed Consent Form prior to entry into the study
Have the following initial and subsequent pretreatment laboratory parameters: granulocytes ≥2,000/mm3; platelets >50,000/mm3; serum creatinine ≤2X the upper limit of normal (ULN); AST, ALT, , LDH, Alk phos ≤3X the ULN.Subjects must be ³ 18 years of age and must be able to understand the written informed consent/assent document
Have no evidence of active infection, regardless of the degree of severity or localization. Subjects with active infections (whether or not they require antibiotic therapy) may be eligible for study participation after complete resolution of the infection. Subjects on antibiotic therapy must be off antibiotics before beginning treatment
Not receive any other treatment for CTCL except emollients of subject's choice without topical steroids, anti-fungal or antibacterial topical preparations
Willing to discontinue concomitant medications for CTCL for the duration of their study participation, including: high dose topical steroids - 2 week washout; oral steroids above 10 mg - 3 week washout; Psoralen + Ultraviolet A light (PUVA) or ultraviolet B light (UVB) (including sunbathing, tanning beds, etc.) - 2 week washout; extracorporeal photopheresis - 2 week washout; Electron Beam - 2 weeks washout; chemotherapeutic agents - 3 week washout; bexarotene capsules or other oral biologics
week washout; and topical nitrogen mustard - 2 week washout
May re-enroll in the study if greater than 4 weeks elapses between courses and if all
other inclusion/exclusion criteria are met

Exclusion Criteria

Uncontrolled pain
Known history of autoimmune disease; or active HIV, HTLV-1, and/or hepatitis infection
Pregnant or lactating
Have sensitivity to drugs that provide local anesthesia
Have active malignancies with the exception of non-metastatic prostate cancer and carcinoma in situ of the skin and cervix
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