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Sehouli J.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Pietzner K.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Wimberger P.,TU Dresden | Vergote I.,University Hospitals Leuven | And 13 more authors.
Medical Oncology | Year: 2014

This two-arm, randomised, multicentre, openlabel, phase IIIb study investigated the safety and efficacy of a 3-h catumaxomab infusion with/without prednisolone premedication to reduce catumaxomab-related adverse events. Patients with malignant ascites due to epithelial cancer received four 3-h intraperitoneal catumaxomab infusions with/without intravenous prednisolone (25 mg) premedication before each infusion. The primary safety endpoint was a composite safety score calculated from the incidence and intensity of the most frequent catumaxomab-related adverse events (pyrexia, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain). Puncture-free survival (PuFS) was a coprimary endpoint. Time to next puncture (TTPu) and overall survival (OS) were secondary endpoints. Prednisolone premedication did not result in a significant reduction in the main catumaxomab-related adverse events. The mean composite safety score was comparable in both arms (catumaxomab plus prednisolone, 4.1; catumaxomab, 3.8; p = 0.383). Median PuFS (30 vs. 37 days) and TTPu (78 vs. 102 days) were shorter in the catumaxomab plus prednisolone arm than in the catumaxomab arm, but the differences were not statistically significant (p = 0.402 and 0.599, respectively). Median OS was longer in the catumaxomab plus prednisolone arm than in the catumaxomab arm (124 vs. 86 days), but the difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.186). The superiority of catumaxomab plus prednisolone versus catumaxomab alone could not be proven for the primary endpoint. Prednisolone did not result in a significant reduction in the main catumaxomab-related adverse events. The study confirms the safety and efficacy of catumaxomab administered as four 3-h intraperitoneal infusions for the treatment of malignant ascites. © Springer Science+Business Media 2014.


Werner I.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Seitz-Merwald I.,Neovii Biotech GmbH | Kiessling A.H.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Kur F.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Beiras-Fernandez A.,Goethe University Frankfurt
Transplantation Proceedings | Year: 2014

Introduction: Antithymocyte globulin (ATG)-Fresenius (Neovii-Biotech, Graefelfing, Germany), a highly purified rabbit polyclonal antihuman T-lymphocyte immunoglobulin resulting from immunization of rabbits with the Jurkat T-lymphoblast cell line, is currently used for the prevention of acute rejection in patients receiving solid organ transplants. Our aim was to investigate the in vitro activity of ATG-Fresenius regarding the proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), an important mechanism of rejection after solid organ transplantation. Methods: PBMCs were isolated from 6 healthy donors. Proliferation was assayed using [3H] thymidine incorporation. For analysis of mitogen-stimulated proliferation, the PBMCs were incubated at 37°C with various concentrations of ATG-Fresenius in the absence/presence of 40 μg/mL phytohemagglutinin. For analysis of the mixed lymphocyte reaction, PBMCs were incubated at 37°C with various concentrations of ATG-Fresenius for 3 days. On day 3, PBMCs (stimulator cells) from allogeneic donors were incubated with 25 μg/mL mitomycin C. The responder cells (preincubated with ATG-Fresenius) were then cultured at 37°C with the stimulator cells for 6 days. Groups were compared using ANOVA and the Tukey-Kramer multiple comparison test. Results: Preincubation of PBMCs with ATG results in concentration-dependent inhibition of phytohemagglutinin-stimulated proliferation. The effect was more pronounced after 2 and 3 days of treatment with ATG compared with 1 day. There was a concentration-dependent decrease in the mixed lymphocyte reaction-induced proliferation (up to 80%) at ATG-Fresenius concentrations as low as 0.05 to 0.5 μg/mL. No further effect on proliferation at ATG-Fresenius concentrations of 0.5 to 50 μg/mL was seen, and higher concentrations (>100 μg/mL) totally inhibited proliferation. Conclusions: Our in vitro results provide more evidence of the beneficial effect of ATGs in the early phase of solid organ transplantation, by reducing effector cell proliferation. © 2014 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Pietzner K.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Vergote I.,University Hospitals Leuven and Leuven Cancer Institute | Santoro A.,Humanitas Cancer Center | Chekerov R.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | And 5 more authors.
Medical Oncology | Year: 2014

Malignant ascites is a common phenomenon in cancer patients. It poses a great challenge to the clinician, because of limited treatment options and strong impairment of the quality of life of the often palliative patients. The SECIMAS study investigated the feasibility of a re-challenge with four catumaxomab intraperitoneal infusions in patients who had already received a first cycle of four infusions in the phase III CASIMAS study, which compared catumaxomab with and without prednisolone premedication. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients who received at least three catumaxomab infusions. Secondary endpoints included a composite safety score (CSS) summarising the worst grades for the main catumaxomab-related adverse events (pyrexia, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain), safety, efficacy and the occurrence of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). Eight of nine screened patients received a second catumaxomab cycle. Compliance with a catumaxomab re-challenge was high: all eight patients (100 %) received all four infusions. The median CSS was 3.0 versus 3.4 in CASIMAS. The tolerability profile of the second catumaxomab cycle was comparable to that of the first cycle. Median puncture-free survival (48 days) and overall survival (407 days) were longer than in CASIMAS (35 and 103 days, respectively), although median time to next puncture was shorter (60 vs. 97 days). Of six patients sampled, all were ADA positive at screening and remained ADA positive until the end of the study. The presence of ADAs did not affect catumaxomab’s safety or efficacy. The CSS and tolerability profile for catumaxomab in SECIMAS were comparable to those in CASIMAS. The majority of patients benefitted from a second cycle of catumaxomab. A re-challenge seems to be feasible and safe for selected patients with recurrent malignant ascites due to carcinoma after a first cycle of catumaxomab. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Mau-Sorensen M.,Finsen Center | Dittrich C.,Ludwig Boltzmann Research Institute | Dienstmann R.,Vall dHebron Institute of Oncology | Lassen U.,Finsen Center | And 3 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety and determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of intravenous catumaxomab, a trifunctional bispecific antibody that binds to EpCAM on epithelial cancer cells and CD3 on T cells. Methods: The trial was a dose-escalation study with a 3 + 3 design in epithelial cancers with known EpCAM expression. The dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) period consisted of 4 weeks, with weekly intravenous administration of catumaxomab. Key DLTs were ≥grade 3 optimally treated non-hematological toxicity; ≥grade 3 infusion-related reactions refractory to supportive care; ≥grade 3 increase in liver enzymes and/or bilirubin not resolving to grade 2. Results: Sixteen patients were enrolled receiving doses of 2 (n = 5), 4 (n = 3), 7 (n = 7) and 10 μg catumaxomab (n = 1). The most common treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were chills (93.8 %) and pyrexia (87.5 %). The most common TEAE of grade ≥3 was transient dose-dependent increases in aspartate aminotransferase (56.3 %). The intensity of toxicities decreased with the number of infusions. Also, serum IL-6 increased in a dose-dependent manner and reverted to low or undetectable levels after four infusions. A reversible decrease in liver function test (prothrombin time) at the 7-μg dose level was considered a DLT. The first patient at 10 μg experienced a fatal hepatic failure related to catumaxomab that led to the termination of the study. Conclusions: The MTD of weekly intravenous catumaxomab was 7 μg. Major toxicities were cytokine release-related symptoms and hepatotoxicity. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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