A Study of RNA-lipid Particle (RNA-LP) Vaccines for Newly Diagnosed Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas (pHGG) and Adult Glioblastoma (GBM) (PNOC020)

  • End date
    Jul 20, 2027
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Florida
Updated on 7 October 2022


The primary objective will be to demonstrate the manufacturing feasibility and safety, and to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of RNA-LP vaccines in (Stratum 1) adult patients with newly diagnosed GBM (MGMT unmethylated). Funding Source - FDA OOPD


This is a first in human Phase I study of RNA-LP vaccines for newly diagnosed adult MGMT unmethylated glioblastoma (GBM). The phase I portion of the study will involve a dose-escalation study to identify the maximally tolerated dose (MTD). Up to 28 participants may be enrolled.

This clinical trial will consist of three parts: Surgery, Radiation, and Immunotherapy. Surgery and chemoradiation will be standard of care for patients with GBM. Potentially eligible participants will be enrolled on a screening consent for the sterile collection of tumor material in a manner suitable for RNA extraction, amplification, and loading of lipid particles (LPs). Tumor material will be sent to the University of Florida (UF). Following surgical resection with confirmatory pathologic diagnosis, patients will be enrolled in the trial after informed consent has been obtained.

The RNA-LP vaccination will begin within 4 weeks following radiation and after review of post-radiation MRI (for baseline). After radiation patients will receive three RNA-LP vaccines every 2 weeks before beginning 12 cycles of adjuvant monthly RNA- LP vaccines for a total of 15 vaccines.

Participants may receive RNA-LP vaccines for up to 14 months.

Participants will be followed until death due to any cause. MRI and clinical evaluation for assessment of disease progression will be conducted every 3 months for the first year post-immunotherapy and then every 6-12 months over the next 2 years.

Condition Adult Glioblastoma
Treatment Autologous total tumor mRNA and pp65 full length (fl) lysosomal associated membrane protein (LAMP) mRNA loaded DOTAP liposome vaccine administered intravenously (RNA loaded lipid particles, RNA-LPs)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04573140
SponsorUniversity of Florida
Last Modified on7 October 2022


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Age >/= 21 years
Histopathologically proven newly-diagnosed de novo GBM (WHO Grade IV glioma) (secondary GBM not eligible) that is MGMT unmethylated
The tumor must have a supratentorial component
Patient must have been enrolled on a screening consent and have had sterile collection of tumor material in a manner suitable for RNA extraction, amplification, and loading of lipid particles (LPs)
Residual post-surgical disease burden < 3 cm as defined by longest perpendicular diameter of tumor on post-operative MRI
Patients must have recovered from the effects of surgery, postoperative infection, and other complications
A diagnostic contrast-enhanced MRI of the brain must be performed preoperatively and postoperatively. Pre-op MRI must be performed within 28 days prior to study enrollment. Post-op MRI must be completed within 48 hours after surgery. Preoperative and postoperative scans must be the same type
Performance Score: (KPS) ≥ 60. Participants who are unable to walk because of paralysis, but who are up in a wheelchair, will be considered ambulatory for the purpose of assessing the performance score
Bone Marrow
ANC (Absolute neutrophil count) ≥ 1,500µl (unsupported)
Platelets ≥ 150/µl (unsupported for at least 3 days)
Hemoglobin > 8 g/dL
BUN ≤ 25 mg/dl
Creatinine ≤ 1.7 mg/dl
Bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dl
ALT ≤ 5 times institutional upper limits of normal for age
AST ≤ 5 times institutional upper limits of normal for age
Signed informed consent. If the patient's mental status precludes his/her giving
For women of childbearing potential (WOCBP), negative serum/urine pregnancy test at enrollment (test will be repeated within 72 hours prior to starting TMZ in Stratum 1 patients)
informed consent, written informed consent may be given by the legally
authorized representative
Males with female partners of childbearing potential must agree to use physician-approved contraceptive methods (e.g., abstinence, condoms, vasectomy) throughout the study and should avoid conceiving children for 24 weeks following the last dose of study drug
WOCBP must be willing to use acceptable contraceptive methods to avoid pregnancy throughout the study and for at least 24 weeks after the last dose of study drug
Participants with post-surgical neurological deficits should have deficits that are stable for a minimum of 1 week prior to enrollment

Exclusion Criteria

MGMT Methylated tumors
Prior invasive malignancy (except for non-melanomatous skin cancer) unless disease free for ≥ 3 years. (For example, carcinoma in situ of the breast, oral cavity, and cervix are all permissible.)
Metastases detected below the tentorium or beyond the cranial vault and leptomeningeal involvement
Recurrent or multifocal malignant gliomas
Metastatic or leptomeningeal disease
Gliomatos8s Cerebri
Residual post-surgical disease burden > 3 cm as defined by longest perpendicular diameter on MRI
Known HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C seropositive
Known active infection or immunosuppressive disease
Prior chemotherapy or radiosensitizers (including Gliadel wafers) for cancers of the head and neck region, other than TMZ prescribed during radiation for GBM (prior chemotherapy for a different cancer is allowable)
Prior radiotherapy to the head or neck, resulting in overlap of radiation fields. Radiosurgery is not permitted
Severe, active co-morbidity, defined as follows
Participants who require corticosteroids above physiologic doses or not weaned to physiologic dosing within 1 week of scheduled vaccination
Unstable angina and/or congestive heart failure requiring hospitalization
Unstable cardiac arrhythmias, abnormalities, or transmural myocardial infarction within the last 6 months
Acute bacterial or fungal infection requiring intravenous antibiotics at initiation of XRT/TMZ
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease exacerbation or other respiratory illness requiring hospitalization or precluding study therapy at initiation of XRT/TMZ
Hepatic insufficiency resulting in clinical jaundice and/or coagulation defects
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) based upon current CDC definition. The need to exclude patients with AIDS from this protocol is necessary because the treatments involved in this protocol may be significantly immunosuppressive
Patients with autoimmune disease requiring medical management with immunosuppressants
Major medical illnesses or psychiatric impairments that, in the investigator's opinion, will prevent administration or completion of protocol therapy
Active connective tissue disorders such as lupus or scleroderma that, in the investigator's opinion, place the patient at high risk for radiation toxicity
Pregnancy or women of childbearing potential and men who are sexually active and who are unwilling or unable to use an acceptable method of contraception for the entire study period; this exclusion is necessary because the treatment involved in this study may be significantly teratogenic
Women of childbearing potential must not be pregnant or breast-feeding
Participants who are unwilling or unable to receive treatment and undergo follow-up evaluations
Prior history of brachial neuritis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
Participants who are receiving any other investigational agents or who have been treated on any other therapeutic clinical protocols within 30 days prior to study entry
Clear my responses

How to participate?

Step 1 Connect with a study center
What happens next?
  • You can expect the study team to contact you via email or phone in the next few days.
  • Sign up as volunteer  to help accelerate the development of new treatments and to get notified about similar trials.

You are contacting

Investigator Avatar

Primary Contact


Additional screening procedures may be conducted by the study team before you can be confirmed eligible to participate.

Learn more

If you are confirmed eligible after full screening, you will be required to understand and sign the informed consent if you decide to enroll in the study. Once enrolled you may be asked to make scheduled visits over a period of time.

Learn more

Complete your scheduled study participation activities and then you are done. You may receive summary of study results if provided by the sponsor.

Learn more

Similar trials to consider


Not finding what you're looking for?

Every year hundreds of thousands of volunteers step forward to participate in research. Sign up as a volunteer and receive email notifications when clinical trials are posted in the medical category of interest to you.

Sign up as volunteer

user name

Added by • 



Reply by • Private

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur, adipisicing elit. Ipsa vel nobis alias. Quae eveniet velit voluptate quo doloribus maxime et dicta in sequi, corporis quod. Ea, dolor eius? Dolore, vel!

  The passcode will expire in None.

No annotations made yet

Add a private note
  • abc Select a piece of text from the left.
  • Add notes visible only to you.
  • Send it to people through a passcode protected link.
Add a private note