TNFerade biologic, an adenovector with a radiation-inducible promoter, carrying the human tumor necrosis factor alpha gene: A phase I study in patients with solid tumors

Neil Senzer, Sridhar Mani, Alexander Rosemurgy, John Nemunaitis, Casey Cunningham, Chandan Guha, Natalia Bayol, Michelle Gillen, Karen Chu, Camilla Rasmussen, Henrik Rasmussen, Donald Kufe, Ralph Weichselbaum, Nader Hanna

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Abstract

Purpose: TNFerade is a replication deficient adenovector that expresses human tumor necrosis factor alpha under control of the radiation-inducible Egr-1 promoter. The goals of this study were to determine the safety and toxicity of TNFerade in combination with radiation therapy. Patients and Methods: TNFerade was administered by intratumoral administration, weekly for 6 weeks with concomitant radiation (30 to 70 Gy). Seven dose levels were studied (4 × 107 particle units [pu] to 4 × 1011 pu) in patients with solid tumors being treated with radiation. Results: Thirty-six patients were assessable for toxicity and 30 for tumor response. Most frequent TNFerade-related toxicities were fever (22%), injection site pain (19%), and chills (19%). No dose-limiting toxicities were observed. Overall, 21 of 30 patients (70%) demonstrated objective tumor response (five complete responses, nine partial responses, and seven minimal responses). In four of five patients with synchronous lesions, a differential response between lesions treated with TNFerade + radiation compared with radiation only was observed. Conclusion: This is the first human study with TNFerade and radiation. The integrated treatment was well tolerated in patients with predominantly prior treatment-refractory solid tumors. Controlled prospective clinical trials have been initiated to more fully define the therapeutic contribution of TNFerade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-601
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Senzer, N., Mani, S., Rosemurgy, A., Nemunaitis, J., Cunningham, C., Guha, C., Bayol, N., Gillen, M., Chu, K., Rasmussen, C., Rasmussen, H., Kufe, D., Weichselbaum, R., & Hanna, N. (2004). TNFerade biologic, an adenovector with a radiation-inducible promoter, carrying the human tumor necrosis factor alpha gene: A phase I study in patients with solid tumors. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22(4), 592-601. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2004.01.227