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J Immunother Cancer ; 9(9)2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1503841


BACKGROUND: MVA-BN-brachyury-TRICOM is a recombinant vector-based therapeutic cancer vaccine designed to induce an immune response against brachyury. Brachyury, a transcription factor overexpressed in advanced cancers, has been associated with treatment resistance, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, and metastatic potential. MVA-BN-brachyury-TRICOM has demonstrated immunogenicity and safety in previous clinical trials of subcutaneously administered vaccine. Preclinical studies have suggested that intravenous administration of therapeutic vaccines can induce superior CD8+ T cell responses, higher levels of systemic cytokine release, and stronger natural killer cell activation and proliferation. This is the first-in-human study of the intravenous administration of MVA-BN-brachyury-TRICOM. METHODS: Between January 2020 and March 2021, 13 patients were treated on a phase 1, open-label, 3+3 design, dose-escalation study at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. The study population was adults with advanced solid tumors and was enriched for chordoma, a rare sarcoma of the notochord that overexpresses brachyury. Vaccine was administered intravenously at three DLs on days 1, 22, and 43. Blood samples were taken to assess drug pharmacokinetics and immune activation. Imaging was conducted at baseline, 1 month, and 3 months post-treatment. The primary endpoint was safety and tolerability as determined by the frequency of dose-limiting toxicities; a secondary endpoint was determination of the recommended phase 2 dose. RESULTS: No dose-limiting toxicities were observed and no serious adverse events were attributed to the vaccine. Vaccine-related toxicities were consistent with class profile (ie, influenza-like symptoms). Cytokine release syndrome up to grade 2 was observed with no adverse outcomes. Dose-effect trend was observed for fever, chills/rigor, and hypotension. Efficacy analysis of objective response rate per RECIST 1.1 at the end of study showed one patient with a partial response, four with stable disease, and eight with progressive disease. Three patients with stable disease experienced clinical benefit in the form of improvement in pain. Immune correlatives showed T cell activation against brachyury and other tumor-associated cascade antigens. CONCLUSIONS: Intravenous administration of MVA-BN-brachyury-TRICOM vaccine was safe and tolerable. Maximum tolerated dose was not reached. The maximum administered dose was 109 infectious units every 3 weeks for three doses. This dose was selected as the recommended phase 2 dose. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT04134312.

Administration, Intravenous/methods , Cancer Vaccines/therapeutic use , Fetal Proteins/therapeutic use , Immunotherapy/methods , Neoplasms/drug therapy , T-Box Domain Proteins/therapeutic use , Cancer Vaccines/pharmacology , Female , Fetal Proteins/pharmacology , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , T-Box Domain Proteins/pharmacology , Vaccines, Synthetic/pharmacology , Vaccines, Synthetic/therapeutic use
Assay Drug Dev Technol ; 19(8): 475-483, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1475724


Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has posed a mounting threat to public health with worldwide outbreak caused by a novel virus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Recently, remdesivir (RDV) has been approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating COVID-19 patients ≥12 years old requiring hospitalization. To the best of our knowledge, a simple method to estimate RDV in the pharmaceutical formulations using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is still unexplored, highlighting the need for a precise analytical method for its quantification. The prime purpose of the current investigation was to develop and validate a well-grounded HPLC method for quantification of RDV in pharmaceutical formulations. The best chromatogram was obtained by means of an Inertsil ODS-3V column using a mobile phase of milli-Q water modified to pH 3.0 with o-phosphoric acid and acetonitrile (50:50, % v/v) at a flow rate of 1.2 mL/min and wavelength of detector set at 246 nm with retention time being achieved at 6.0 min. The method was validated following International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Q2 (R1) guidelines for various parameters such as specificity and selectivity, system suitability, linearity, precision, accuracy, limits of detection and quantification, and robustness. The method developed for the quantification of RDV was found to be linear in the concentration range of 25-2,500 ng/mL with limit of detection and limit of quantification of 1.95 and 6.49 ng/mL, respectively. Assay value of 102% ± 1% was achieved for marketed injectable dosage form when estimated by the validated method. Therefore, in this study a simple, rapid, sensitive, selective, accurate, precise, and robust analytical method was developed and validated for the quantification of RDV using HPLC. The established method was successfully employed for quantification of RDV in marketed pharmaceutical formulation.

Adenosine Monophosphate/analogs & derivatives , Administration, Intravenous/standards , Alanine/analogs & derivatives , Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , Antiviral Agents/analysis , COVID-19/drug therapy , Adenosine Monophosphate/administration & dosage , Adenosine Monophosphate/analysis , Adenosine Monophosphate/chemistry , Administration, Intravenous/methods , Alanine/administration & dosage , Alanine/analysis , Alanine/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/methods , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid/standards , Dosage Forms/standards , Humans , Reproducibility of Results