HSV G207 in Children With Recurrent or Refractory Cerebellar Brain Tumors

  • End date
    Sep 1, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
Updated on 18 June 2022
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This study is a clinical trial to determine the safety of inoculating G207 (an experimental virus therapy) into a recurrent or refractory cerebellar brain tumor. The safety of combining G207 with a single low dose of radiation, designed to enhance virus replication, tumor cell killing, and an anti-tumor immune response, will also be tested.

Funding Source- FDA OOPD


Outcomes for children with recurrent or progressive cerebellar malignant brain tumors are very poor, and there are a lack of effective salvage therapies once a patient fails standard treatments. G207 is an oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV) that has been successfully engineered to introduce mutations in the virus that enable it to selectively replicate in and kill cancer cells, but not normal cells. Replication of G207 in the tumor not only kills the infected tumor cells, but causes the tumor cell to act as a factory to produce new virus. These virus particles are released as the tumor cell dies, and can then proceed to infect other tumor cells in the vicinity, and continue the process of tumor kill. In addition to this direct oncolytic activity, the virus engenders an anti-tumor immune response; the virus is immunogenic and produces a debris field which exposes cancer cell antigens to immune cells which can target other cancer cells. Thus, the oncolytic effect of the virus and the immune response that the virus stimulates provide a "one-two punch" at attacking cancer cells. In preclinical studies, a single 5 Gy dose of radiation within 24 hours of virus inoculation to the tumor increased virus replication and tumor cell killing.

The safety of G207 has been demonstrated in 3 phase I clinical trials involving adults with supratentorial high-grade gliomas adults at the University of Alabama (UAB) and in an ongoing phase I clinical trial involving children with recurrent supratentorial brain tumors at Children's of Alabama. In the adult trials, high doses (up to 3 x 10^9 plaque-forming units) of virus were safely injected directly into the tumor or surrounding brain tissue without serious toxicities. Radiographic and neuropathologic evidence of anti-tumor responses have been seen. Preclinical laboratory studies have demonstrated that a variety of aggressive pediatric brain tumor types are sensitive to G207.

This study is a phase I, open-label, single institution clinical trial of G207 alone or combined with a single low dose of radiation in children with recurrent or progressive cerebellar brain tumors.The primary goal is to determine safety. The secondary aims are to obtain preliminary information on the effectiveness of and immune response to G207. A traditional 3 + 3 design will be used with four patient cohorts. The first cohort will receive G207 alone, and the next cohorts will receive G207 at one of three doses followed by a 5 Gy dose of radiation to active areas of tumor.

Condition Neoplasms, Brain, Glioblastoma Multiforme, Glioblastoma of Cerebellum, Neoplasms, Astrocytoma, Astrocytoma, Cerebellar, Neuroectodermal Tumors, Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Cerebellar PNET, Childhood, Cerebellar Neoplasms, Cerebellar Neoplasms, Primary, Cerebellar Neoplasm, Malignant, Cerebellar Neoplasm Malignant Primary, Neoplasm Metastases, Neoplasm Malignant, Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial, Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal, Neoplasms by Histologic Type, Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial, Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue, Central Nervous System Neoplasms, Primary, Central Nervous System Neoplasms, Malignant, Nervous System Neoplasms, Neoplasms by Site, Brain Diseases, Central Nervous System Diseases, Nervous System Diseases, Medulloblastoma Recurrent, HSV, Virus, Pediatric Brain Tumor, Nervous System Cancer, Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) of Cerebellum
Treatment G207
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03911388
SponsorUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Last Modified on18 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age ≥ 36 months and < 19 years
Pathologically proven malignant cerebellar brain tumor (including medulloblastoma, glioblastoma multiforme, giant cell glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumor, ependymoma, atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor, germ cell tumor, or other high-grade malignant tumor) which is progressive or recurrent despite standard care including surgery, radiotherapy, and/or chemotherapy. A pathologically proven secondary malignant cerebellar tumor without curative treatment options is eligible
Lesion must be ≥ 1.0 cm ≤ 3.0 cm in diameter and surgically accessible as determined by MRI. Larger tumors may be surgically debulked and treated if ≤ 3.0 cm after debulking
Patients must have fully recovered from acute treatment related toxicities of all prior chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy prior to entering this study
Myelosuppressive chemotherapy: patients must have received their last dose at least 3 weeks prior (or at least 6 weeks if nitrosurea)
Investigational/Biologic agents: patients must have recovered from any acute toxicities potentially related to the agent and received last dose ≥ 7 days prior to entering this study (this period must be extended beyond the time during which adverse events are known to occur for agents with known adverse events ≥ 7 days). For viral therapy, patients must have received viral therapy ≥ 3 months prior to study entry and have recovered from all acute toxicities potentially related to the agent
Monoclonal antibodies: The patient must have received last dose ≥ 21 days prior
Radiation: Patients must have received their last fraction of craniospinal radiation (>24 Gy) or total body irradiation ≥ 3 months prior to study entry. Patients must have received focal radiation to symptomatic metastatic sites or local palliative radiation ≥ 28 days prior to study entry
Autologous bone marrow transplant: Patients must be ≥ 3 months since transplant prior to study entry
Normal hematological, renal and liver function (absolute neutrophil count > 1000/mm3, platelets > 100,000/mm3, prothrombin time (PT) or partial thromboplastin time (PTT) < 1.3 x control, creatinine within normal institutional limits OR creatinine clearance >60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above institutional normal, total bilirubin < 1.5 mg/dl, transaminases < 3 times above the upper limits of the institutional norm)
Patients < 16 years, Modified Lansky performance score ≥ 60; patients ≥ 16 years, Karnofsky performance score ≥ 60
Patient life expectancy must be at least 8 weeks
Written informed consent in accordance with institutional and FDA guidelines must be obtained from patient or legal guardian

Exclusion Criteria

Any treatment outside the allowable guidelines outlined in section 5.1
Acute infection, granulocytopenia or medical condition precluding surgery
Pregnant or lactating females
Prior history of encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, or other central nervous system infection
Tumor involvement which would require ventricular or brainstem inoculation or would require access through a ventricle in order to deliver treatment
Required steroid increase within 1 week prior to injection
Known HIV seropositivity
Concurrent therapy with any drug active against HSV (acyclovir, valacyclovir, penciclovir, famciclovir, gancyclovir, foscarnet, cidofovir) or any immunosuppressive drug therapy (except dexamethasone or prednisone)
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