Last updated on May 2019

Evaluation of the Safety and Efficacy of the Association of Ibrutinib and Daratumumab in Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia With p53 Dysfunction


Brief description of study

Ibrutinib, a first-in-class Bruton Tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, has become an established treatment in relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, despite a considerable improvement of Progression Free Survival (PFS) and Overall Survival (OS) in comparison with historical controls, the prognosis of patients with 17p deletion (del17p) remains a concern, as it is clearly much less favourable than that of patient without del17p. Again, TP53 mutations correlated to poorer prognostic in Relapsed/Refractory (R/R) CLL patients treated with ibrutinib (Brown JR et al,2018). Despite these therapeutic advances, the treatment of CLL with TP53 disruption thus remains a difficult issue that warrants evaluation of alternative treatment strategies, in particular the use of ibrutinib in combination with other agents. A body of evidence suggests that targeting the extracellular molecule CD38 might be an interesting option. CD38 is a transmembrane glycoprotein with multiple receptor and enzymatic functions. The interaction of CD38 with its ligand CD31 (also known as Platelet Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (PECAM-1)) not only plays a role in the binding and the migration of leucocytes through the endothelial cells wall but also triggers the activation of intracellular pathways involved in the differentiation and activation of B cells. Previous results strongly suggest that CD38 favours the expansion of CLL clones not only directly by transducing a proliferation signal but also by directing them to anatomic sites where they find favourable conditions for proliferation and survival.

Daratumumab is a first-in-class human IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds CD38-expressing malignant cells with high affinity. Daratumumab induces tumor cell death through multiple mechanisms such as antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), complement dependent cytotoxicity (CDC), antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP) and induction of apoptosis (de Weers et al, 2011). Recent data show that daratumumab may also display an immunomodulatory effect through depletion of a subset of immunosuppressive CD38+ Tregs (Krejcik et al, 2016). Early-stage clinical trials found daratumumab to be safe and to display encouraging clinical activity as a single agent in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM) patients (Lockhorst et al 2016, Lonial et al, 2016). Overall response rate was 31%, with rapid (median 1 month) and durable responses in this heavily pretreated MM population. Interestingly, no patient discontinued the treatment because of drug-related adverse events. These results led to approval of daratumumab in relapsed/refractory MM in December 2015. The clinical efficacy of daratumumab along with its very favourable safety profile supports its investigation in other lymphoproliferative malignancies. In particular, the expression of CD38 in poor prognosis CLL and the key role of CD38 in CLL biology provide a basis for examining the potential of daratumumab in this disease.

In preclinical studies, (Matas-Cspedes et al, 2016; Manna et al, 2017) Daratumumab efficiently kills CLL cell lines and patient-derived CLL cells by ADCC and ADCP in vitro. Daratumumab modulates CLL-T reg levels and increase cytotoxic effector T cells.

Rationale for combining ibrutinib with daratumumab:

These data suggest that combining ibrutinib with daratumumab might have a synergistic or additive effect. Both drugs inhibit B cell receptor (BCR) signalling via two different converging pathways, i.e. BTK and CD38/ZAP70/ERK (Deaglio et al, 2007). In vitro, Manna et al have shown that daratumumab is able to modulate BCR signaling.

Interestingly, the ibrutinib /daratumumab combination significantly enhanced mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis bth in CD38 high and CD38 low CLL cells (Manna et al, 2017).

Altogether, this provides a rationale for evaluating the safety and efficacy of the association of daratumumab with ibrutinib in high-risk relapsed/refractory patients for whom the standard-of-care using ibrutinib as a single agent has demonstrated limitations in terms of long-term disease control.

Primary objective of the study: to determine the efficacy of a treatment combining daratumumab and ibrutinib in a poor risk population of relapsed CLL patients with TP53 dysfunction.

Secondary objectives of the study : to determine the safety profile of daratumumab in combination with ibrutinib in CLL patients.

Inclusion period: 24 months Treatment duration (ibrutinib + daratumumab): continuous, until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Follow-up period: will begin once the subject discontinues study treatment, during 2 years.

Detailed Study Description

This study will take place in several periods and phases of treatment:

  • Observational period of selection of 28 days maximum
  • Treatment period constituted:
  • a first phase of treatment with ibrutinib alone (28 days): pre-phase,
  • a formal protocol phase during which the two study drugs (ibrutinib and daratumumab) will be used together until progression of the disease or intolerance to treatment.
  • 2-year follow-up period that will begin after protocol processing has been stopped.

Selection period (before starting treatment): exams performing to verify patients' eligibility.

  • Collection of the medical history,
  • Clinical examination with measurement of height and weight, vital signs (temperature, pulse / heart rate, blood pressure),
  • Conventional blood tests to check all the functions of the body such as kidney, liver, etc
  • Viral serologies (Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C) (10 ml).
  • Blood Pregnancy Test for women who may have children,
  • Specific blood tests to evaluate the disease and in particular to characterize the cells of LLC (mutational profile, search for chromosomal abnormalities and analysis of residual disease rate to have a reference point before the start of treatment will be made on leukemic cells),
  • CT scan (thorax, abdomen and pelvis) to accurately search for and evaluate a deep tumor syndrome (lymph nodes, spleen in particular),
  • Urine examination,
  • Cardiological examination with an electrocardiogram (ECG)..

Treatment period: the treatment period is divided into successive cycles of 28 days.

Before starting ibrutinib and before each daratumumab cycle, a complete clinical examination and blood work will be performed.

After 12 months of treatment, an evaluation report will be made with a complete clinical examination, a complete blood test, an urinalysis if necessary, a Computed Tomography (CT) scan, a myelogram and if necessary a marrow biopsy. Regularly after this assessment (every 6 months until the end of the study), a report will be made with clinical examination, complete blood test, ECG, CT scan and if necessary, myelogram possibly associated with a marrow biopsy if justified and not previously carried out.

After the end of the protocol treatment (progression of the disease, intolerance of the protocol treatment), a last evaluation will be carried out within 30 days after the last taking of the protocol treatment. This evaluation includes a complete clinical examination, biological tests (complete blood test) and a CT scan.

Follow-up period the completed treatment you will then be followed in consultation every 6 months for 2 years to evaluate the duration of the response to treatment and thus meet the objectives of the study.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03734198

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