Induction of immune responses and clinical efficacy in a phase II trial of IDM-2101, a 10-epitope cytotoxic T-lymphocyte vaccine, in metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.
PURPOSE: Generation of broad cytotoxic T-lymphocyte responses against multiple epitopes and tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) may provide effective immunotherapy in patients with cancer. We evaluated a single-vial peptide vaccine consisting of nine HLA-A2 supertype-binding epitopes (two native and seven analog epitopes modified for optimal HLA binding or T-cell receptor stimulation) covering five TAAs and the universal helper pan-DR epitope, formulated as a stable emulsion with incomplete Freund's adjuvant (Montanide ISA 51; Seppic SA, Paris, France). The clinical efficacy, safety, and multiepitope immunogenicity of IDM-2101 was evaluated in patients with stage IIIB or IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 63 patients were enrolled who were positive for HLA-A2. End points included survival, safety, and immune response. IDM-2101 (previously EP-2101) was administered every 3 weeks for the first 15 weeks, then every 2 months through year 1, then quarterly through year 2, for a total of 13 doses. Epitope-specific cytotoxic and helper T-lymphocyte immunogenic responses were measured by the interferon gamma enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot assay. RESULTS: No significant adverse events were noted. Low-grade erythema and pain at the injection site were the most common adverse effects. One-year survival in the treated patients was 60%, and median survival was 17.3 months. One complete and one partial response were identified. Survival was longer in patients demonstrating an immune response to epitope peptides (P < .001). CONCLUSION: IDM-2101 was well tolerated, and evidence of efficacy was suggested.
Barve, M; Bender, J; Senzer, N; Cunningham, C; Greco, FA; McCune, D; Steis, R; Khong, H; Richards, D; Stephenson, J; Ganesa, P; Nemunaitis, J; Ishioka, G; Pappen, B; Nemunaitis, M; Morse, M; Mills, B; Maples, PB; Sherman, J; Nemunaitis, JJ
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