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Phase I trial of Seneca Valley Virus (NTX-010) in children with relapsed/refractory solid tumors: a report of the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2015 May;62(5):743-50



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BACKGROUND: To determine the MTD of Seneca Valley Virus (NTX-010) in children with relapsed/refractory solid tumors. Patients (≥ 3-≤ 21 years) with neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, or rare tumors with neuroendocrine features were eligible.

PROCEDURE: Part A (single dose of NTX-010) enrolled 13 patients at three dose levels (1 × 10(9) viral particles (vp)/kg [n = 6], 1 × 10(10) vp/kg [n = 3], 1 × 10(11) vp/kg [n = 4]). Diagnoses included neuroblastoma (n = 9), rhabdomyosarcoma (n = 2), carcinoid tumor (n = 1), and adrenocorticocarcinoma (n = 1). Part B added cyclophosphamide (CTX) (oral CTX (25 mg/m(2) /day) days 1-14 and IV CTX (750 mg/m(2) ) days 8 and 29) to two doses of NTX-010 (1 × 10(11) vp/kg, days 8 and 29). Nine patients enrolled to Part B. Diagnoses included neuroblastoma (n = 3), rhabdomyosarcoma (n = 1), Wilms tumor (n = 3), and adrenocorticocarcinoma (n = 2).

RESULTS: Twelve patients on Part A were evaluable for toxicity. There was a single DLT (grade 3 pain) at dose level 1. Additional grade ≥ 3 related adverse events (AEs) included leukopenia (n = 1), neutropenia (n = 3), lymphopenia (n = 3), and tumor pain (n = 1). No DLTs occurred on part B. Other grade ≥ 3 related AEs on Part B included: Leukopenia (n = 3), nausea (n = 1), emesis (n = 1), anemia (n = 1), neutropenia (n = 4), platelets (n = 1), alanine aminotransferase (n = 1), and lymphopenia (n = 2). All patients cleared NTX-010 from blood and stool by 3 weeks with 17/18 patients developing neutralizing antibodies.

CONCLUSION: NTX-010 is feasible and tolerable at the dose levels tested in pediatric patients with relapsed/refractory solid tumors either alone or in combination with cyclophosphamide. However, despite the addition of cyclophosphamide, neutralizing antibodies appeared to limit applicability.

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Burke MJ, Ahern C, Weigel BJ, Poirier JT, Rudin CM, Chen Y, Cripe TP, Bernhardt MB, Blaney SM


Michael James Burke MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antibodies, Neutralizing
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Child, Preschool
Combined Modality Therapy
Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
Follow-Up Studies
Maximum Tolerated Dose
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
Neoplasm Staging
Oncolytic Virotherapy
Salvage Therapy
Young Adult