iVAC-CLL01: Patient-individualized Peptide Vaccination After First Line Therapy of CLL

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Hospital Tuebingen
Updated on 26 January 2021


The aim of this study is to induce a peptide-specific immune response in CLL patients by multi-peptide vaccination with a patient-individualized peptide cocktail.


Study Duration and Schedule:

The duration of the trial for each subject is expected to be 24 months. The duration for each individual patient includes about 6 months first-line therapy according to treating physicians choice with HLA ligandome analyses of CLL cells and selection of patient-individual multipeptide vaccine being performed in parallel, 12 months study treatment and 6 months followup time. The overall duration of the trial is expected to be approximately 4 years. Recruitment of subjects will start in 09/2016. The actual overall duration or recruitment may vary.

General Criteria for Subject Selection:

For the screening procedures of this study, physically fit subjects (as defined by ECOG score 2) with a confirmed diagnosis of a CLL/SLL according to the IWCLL guidelines requiring treatment are eligible. First line treatment will be performed according to treating physicians choice. The trial population will consist of both genders. Gender distribution in the trial is supposed to reflect the distribution in the real patient's population (approx. 60% male and 40% female patients), i.e. there will be no prior defined quantitative ratio between females and males. To assure that the included patients have the ability to mount an immune response, immune response to an HLA matched EBV/CMV peptide mix will be assessed in the screening phase. 60ml blood will be taken at the screening study visit. Peripheral mononuclear cells will be isolated and analyzed in a 12 day IFN ELISPOT for memory Tcell response to an EBV/CMV peptide mix. Only patients showing a positive immune response (section 8.1.1) will be eligible to receive the study drugs after first line treatment.

For the study treatment, physically fit subjects (as defined by ECOG score 2) with a confirmed diagnosis of CLL according to the IWCLL guidelines, which were treated with a first line therapy according to physicians choice are eligible. Subjects must have achieved at least a PR (IWCLL guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of CLL) after treatment with first line therapy.The end of study is determined as the date of the last visit of the last patient (LSO 04/2020).

Study Design:

Interventional, open-label, multi-center phase II trial with use of a patient-individualized multipeptide vaccine and imiquimod as adjuvant


No blinding will be performed to avoid unnecessary complications of intradermal injections with sodium acid solution. Method against bias in patient selection: The patient selection will be documented. Reasons for refusal will be assessed.Method against bias in treatment manualized treatment protocol, monitoring and treatment reports. Method against bias in data analysis: Monitoring, analysis by intention to treat; independent statistician.

Chronic lymphatic leukaemia-peptide vaccine (CLL-VAC) drug product (DP):

Each patient enrolled in the iVAC-CLL01 trial will receive a CLL-VAC DP specifically tailored to the individual HLA ligandome of his/her respective CLL cells. The DPs are composed of peptides that are first manufactured as drug substances. A process named CLL-VAC_v1 enables the selection of drug substances to compose the unique, patient individual CLL-VAC DPs. CLL-VAC DPs will be composed based on a peptide warehouse consisting of 40 individual peptides (drug substances; 30 HLA class I peptides (5 A01, 5 A02, 5 A03, 5 A24, 5 B07, 5 B08) and 4 HLA class II peptides. All HLA class I peptides and HLA class II peptides are shown to be immunogenic. For each patient 5 HLA class I peptides are selected from the warehouse based on patient individual HLA ligandome analysis of CLL cells and are subsequently formulated into the personalized drug; the 4 HLA class II peptides will be included in each peptide vaccine cocktail.

All warehouse peptides are manufactured by BCN PEPTIDES, S.A, Els Vinyets-Els Fogars II, 08777 Sant Quint de Mediona (Barcelona), Spain, or by Wirkstoffpeptidlabor, University of Tbingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 15, 72076 Tbingen, Germany. Both production sites hold certificates for the production of GMP grade synthetic peptides. All peptides are synthetic peptides, which will be manufactured by well-established solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) procedures using Fmoc chemistry.

Aldara (imiquimod) Cream, 5%, is supplied as in single-use packets (24 per box), each of which contains 250 mg of the cream, equivalent to 12.5 mg of imiquimod. Aldara (Meda GmbH) is a standard good of release.

Condition Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic
Treatment Lenalidomide, Imiquimod, Peptide Vaccine
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02802943
SponsorUniversity Hospital Tuebingen
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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