ENABLE (Engaging Toll-like Receptor Signalling for B-cell Lymphoma Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapy) (ENABLE)

  • End date
    Aug 23, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
Updated on 27 February 2022
hodgkin's disease
carbon monoxide
ejection fraction
cell therapy
neutrophil count
cancer chemotherapy
b-cell lymphoma
forced expiratory volume


This Phase 1, single centre, open label dose escalation study aims to identify a safe dose of third-generation anti-CD19 CAR T-cells (WZTL-002) in the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory (r/r) B-cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, for use in further efficacy trials.


This is a Phase 1 dose escalation study, designed to evaluate the safety, feasibility, efficacy and kinetics of third-generation autologous anti-CD19 CAR T-cells, WZTL-002, in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma without other curative options. A 3+3 dose escalation design will be used to identify a Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) of WZTL-002 using pre-defined Dose Limiting Toxicity (DLT) criteria.

Eligible participants will undergo leukapheresis to harvest peripheral blood mononuclear cells, the starting material for the manufacture of the autologous third generation anti-CD19 CAR T-cell product, WZTL-002. After WZTL-002 manufacture and confirmation that product release criteria are met, participants will receive lymphodepleting chemotherapy comprising fludarabine and cyclophosphamide on days -5 to day -3, inclusive. WZTL-002 will be administered intravenously on day 0 as a single dose.

Following WZTL-002 administration, participants will be monitored closely for 14 days, including targeted assessments for the specific CAR T-cell related toxicities of Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) and Immune Effector Cell Neurotoxicity Syndrome (ICANS). Initial DLT assessment will occur at day 21 after WZTL-002 infusion. A PET/CT Scan to assess treatment response will take place 3 months after WZTL-002 infusion, marking the end of the primary follow up period. The secondary follow up period will occur between 3 months up until 2 years after WZTL-002 treatment. Long term follow up within the trial will occur annually from 2 to 5 years after WZTL-002 treatment, with further follow-up within the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMT) Cellular Therapies Registry and the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry (ABMTRR). In addition to clinical data, this study incorporates sample collection for exploratory endpoints including serum cytokine profile following WZTL-002 infusion, and WZTL-002 expansion, persistence and phenotype.

Condition Lymphomas Non-Hodgkin's B-Cell, Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL), Primary Mediastinal B-cell Lymphoma (PMBCL), Transformed Follicular Lymphoma (TFL), Follicular Lymphoma (FL), Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
Treatment WZTL002-1 (1928T2z CAR-T cells), Cyclophosphamide and Fludarabine lymphodepleting chemotherapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04049513
SponsorMalaghan Institute of Medical Research
Last Modified on27 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 16 to 75 years (inclusive)
Biopsy-proven relapsed or treatment refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the following subtypes per World Health Organisation (WHO) classification: DLBCL and its variants, PMBCL, tFL, FL, MCL
Requirement for treatment in the opinion of the investigator
No other curative treatments available, or not suitable due to patient or disease characteristics or lack of stem cell donor
Malignancy documented to express CD19 based on flow cytometric or immunohistochemical staining
Provision of written informed consent for this study
Life-expectancy from non-lymphoma related causes of > 12 months
European Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 to 2 inclusive
Adequate haematologic function, defined by neutrophils 1.0 10^9/L and platelets 50 10^9/L
No serious cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic or renal disease
Serum bilirubin < 2.5 times Upper limit of normal (ULN)
Estimated creatinine clearance (CrCl) 50 mL/min using the modified Cockroft Gault estimation or as assessed by direct measurement
Cardiac Ejection Fraction 50% as determined by Echocardiogram or MUGA Scan
Oxygen saturations > 92% on room air
Diffuse Capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide (DLCO) or Carbon monoxide transfer coefficient (KCO), Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) are all 50% of predicted by spirometry after correcting for haemoglobin and/or volume on lung function testing

Exclusion Criteria

Confirmed active or prior central nervous system (CNS) involvement by lymphoma. In patients with a clinical suspicion of CNS disease, lumbar puncture and MRI brain must be performed
Active CNS pathology including: epilepsy, seizure within the preceding year, aphasia, paresis, stroke, dementia, psychosis within the preceding year, severe brain injury, Parkinson disease, or cerebellar disease
Richter Syndrome
Active autoimmune disease requiring systemic immunosuppression
Prior solid organ transplantation
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation within the preceding three months or still requiring systemic immunosuppression
Current grade II - IV acute graft versus host disease (GVHD), any prior grade IV acute GVHD, or current moderate or severe chronic GVHD
Need for systemic corticosteroids to treat a condition other than B-NHL at a daily dose of 10 mg prednisone (or equivalent)
Peripheral blood lymphocytes < 0.5 x 10^9/L as assessed by complete blood count
Peripheral blood CD3+ T cells < 350/L as assessed by lymphocyte subset analysis
Pregnant or lactating female
Women of child-bearing potential who are not willing to use highly effective methods of contraception during study participation and for at least 1 year after WZTL-002 administration
Men who are not willing to use highly effective methods of contraception during study participation and for at least 1 year after WZTL-002 administration
Men who have a pregnant partner and are not willing to use a condom while performing sexual activity during study participation and for at least 3 months after WZTL-002 administration
Participants with known sensitivity to immunoglobulin or to components of the investigational product (IP)
History of active malignancy other than B-cell malignancy within two years prior to enrolment, with the exception of: adequately treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix; adequately treated basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or localized squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin; other localised malignancy surgically resected (or radically treated with another treatment modality) with curative intent
Current or prior human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
Vaccination with a live virus within the preceding four weeks
Treatment with a purine analogue within the preceding four weeks
Treatment with alemtuzumab within the preceding 12 weeks
Prior gene therapy, including prior anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy
Receipt of an investigational medicine within another clinical trial within the preceding four weeks
Inadequately controlled systemic infection
Serologic status reflecting active viral hepatitis B or any history of hepatitis C infection as follows
Presence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb). Patients with presence of HBcAb, but absence of HBsAg, are eligible if hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA is undetectable (< 20 IU), and if they are willing to receive appropriate anti-viral prophylaxis
Presence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody
Presence of New York Heart Association (NYHA) class 2 or higher cardiac symptoms not related to lymphoma
Significant concomitant illnesses which would in the investigator's opinion make the patient an unsuitable candidate for the trial
Participants who have diminished capacity or any circumstance that would prohibit them from understanding and providing informed consent in accordance with ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation, Good Clinical Practice)
Participant does not provide consent to enrol onto International Cellular Therapy Registry
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