Ibrutinib Obinutuzumab and Venetoclax for Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

  • End date
    Feb 28, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Grupo Cooperativo de Hemopatías Malignas
Updated on 23 January 2021
lymphoid leukemia
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
monoclonal antibodies
gilbert's syndrome
residual tumor
monoclonal protein
btk inhibitor
chronic lymphocytic leukemia refractory


Background: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in the occidental countries. Until now, it is considered a chronic disease without a cure. The development of new molecular therapies have showed that the cure may be an option. This protocol propose a triple sequential therapy with three direct therapies for the leukemic cell: an inhibitor of Brutons tyrosine kinase (ibrutinib), a second generation monoclonal antibody versus CD20 (obinutuzumab) and a BCL-2 inhibitor (venetoclax) as treatment of first or second line in CLL.

Objective: Negativize the minimal residual disease and by this way obtain longer survivals (overall survival and relapse free survival).

Design: This is a multicenter, longitudinal, experimental, open, non-randomized and non-comparable study coordinated by the "Grupo Cooperativo de Hemopatas Malignas" situated on Hospital Angeles Lomas in Huixquilucan, Mxico. The study, is a phase II clinical study that will employ three target therapy drugs in sequencing phases. It will start with a BTK inhibitor as induction, later an anti-CD20 will be used for consolidation and it will end with a BH3 analog as maintenance for one year. The primary outcome is the negativization of minimal residual disease.


The international recommendations indicate that the first line of treatment for patients <65 years old and with no significant comorbidities (fit patients) the known regime of FCR with recommendation of category 1 and later bendamustine with antiCD20 or ibrutinib. For patients >65 years old or not fit for intensive treatment it is recommended chlorambucil with obinutuzumab, monotherapy with ibrutinib, bendamustine with antiCD20 or chlorambucil with another antiCD20 like rituximab or ofatumumab. In case of patients with high-risk alterations of relapse due to positive MRD at the end of the treatment it is recommended a maintenance schedule with lenalidomide.

The antibodies against CD20 have shown through the years its activity in diverse alterations of B-cells. Rituximab was approved in 1998 for B-cells Non-Hodgkin lymphomas including CLL. Currently there are new anti-CD20 with more activity than rituximab. One of them is obinutuzumab which, by the monoclonal antibody engineering shows a greater affinity to the union of the epitope CD20 generating increased cellular cytotoxicity.

Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), generates signaling cascades for the cell survival by the NF-KB and MAP kinases way, which leads to the transduction of the B cell receptor (BCR). Ibrutinib is a molecule that inhibits BTK inducing apoptosis in the B cells being currently used in the diverse mature B cell neoplasms.

Another therapeutic target is the BCL-2 protein (B-cell lymphoma 2) which is a key regulator in the apoptotic and it's compromised in the B cell neoplasms. Venetoclax is a mimetic drug to BH3 that blocks the function of BCL-2.

Based in the old and new drugs described in CLL, there is a great number of combinations that can be applied in the different phases of the disease as well as by risk stages and physical state of the patient. Before this scenario diverse CLL study groups proposes the strategy of sequencing in three phases (triple T) trying to prevent the development of leukemic subclones, minimize the use of chemotherapy that generates secondary mutations in CLL and other neoplasms. These type of treatment counts with the advantage of: 1) being available for patients physically fit or not due to the a limited toxicity of the drugs, 2) applying in an out-of-hospital environment and 3) adjusting the treatment according to the response to generate an effective cost in the new drugs. Thus, it is proposed the cytoreduction sequencing for 1 to 2 cycles, induction for 6 to 12 months and the MRD maintenance that could go from one year up to undefined with ibrutinib, obinutuzumab and venetoclax in that order.

Condition Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic, B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Relapse (Diagnosis), B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Relapse (Diagnosis), leukemia chronic lymphocytic, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll), small lymphocytic lymphoma, B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Relapse (Diagnosis)
Treatment Ibrutinib, Obinutuzumab, venetoclax
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03755947
SponsorGrupo Cooperativo de Hemopatías Malignas
Last Modified on23 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients diagnosed with B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia according to 2017 WHO criteria by immunophenotype/immunohistochemistry with active disease according to the 2018 International Workshop on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (iwCLL) criteria and do not present TP53 mutation and/or del(17)p. (Cohort 1)
Patients diagnosed with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia that have previously received at least one line of treatment that does not include the drugs in the study scheme. (Cohort 2)
Functional stage of 0 - 2 measured by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) scale
Creatinine depuration 30 ml/min measured in a 24-hour urine recollection or utilizing the CKD-EPI formula
Proper liver function: total bilirubin 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) or 3 x ULN in patients with Gilbert syndrome, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 3.0 x ULN
Capacity and willingness to provide a written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

T cell lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis
TP53 mutation and/or del(17)p presence
Non-controlled systematic active infection (viral, bacterial and/or fungic)
Patients with known infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Active infection by hepatitis B (defined as the presence of detectable HBV's DNA, HBe antigen or HBs antigen). Patients with serological evidence of previous vaccination (HBsAg negative, anti-HBs positive antibodies, anti-HBc negative antibodies) are eligible. The patients that are HBsAg negative/ anti-Hbs positive antibodies but anti-HBc positive antibodies are eligible, if the HBV DNA is negative, and the HBV-DNA PCR is realized every 12 months after the last cycle of treatment
Active infection by hepatitis C, defined by the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of hepatitis C is detectable in plasma by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Significant cardiovascular diseases such as uncontrolled or symptomatic arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or acute myocardial infarction within 2 months prior to screening, or any class 3 or 4 heart disease according to the functional classification of the NYHA
Diagnosis of previous malignancies for 2 years, with exception of patients with basal or squamous cell carcinoma or "in situ" carcinoma of cervix or breast
Requiring therapy with inhibitors or potent inducers of CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 inhibitors
Anticoagulant therapy with acenocoumarol or warfarin
History of cerebrovascular accident or intracranial hemorrhage within 6 months prior to screening
History of allergic reaction or severe anaphylaxis to humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies
Pregnant or lactating women
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