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Session: The Who, What, and Where of CAR T

Type: Clinical Science Symposium

Time: Tuesday June 4, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: S406

Regional delivery of mesothelin-targeted CAR T cells for pleural cancers: Safety and preliminary efficacy in combination with anti-PD-1 agent.

Cellular Immmunotherapy

Developmental Immunotherapy and Tumor Immunobiology

2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

Abstract No:

J Clin Oncol 37, 2019 (suppl; abstr 2511)

Author(s): Prasad S. Adusumilli, Marjorie Glass Zauderer, Valerie W. Rusch, Roisin O'Cearbhaill, Amy Zhu, Daniel Ngai, Erin McGee, Navin Chintala, John Messinger, Waseem Cheema, Elizabeth Halton, Claudia Diamonte, John Pineda, Alain Vincent, Shanu Modi, Stephen Barnett Solomon, David Randolph Jones, Renier J. Brentjens, Isabelle Riviere, Michel Sadelain; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY

Abstract Disclosures


Background: We conducted a phase I dose escalation trial of first-in-human autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy targeting mesothelin (MSLN), a cell-surface antigen that is highly expressed in pleural cancers- malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and metastatic lung and breast cancers. Methods: A single dose of CD28-costimulated MSLN CAR T cells with the I-caspase-9 safety gene was administered intrapleurally in patients with MSLN-expressing pleural tumors. Following a 3+3 design, patients were treated in dose escalating cohorts (dose range 3E5 to 1E7 CAR T cells/kg) following IV cyclophosphamide lymphodepletion (first 3 patients did not receive cyclophosphamide). A subset of MPM patients received subsequent anti-PD-1 therapy, off-protocol, which we have shown to prolong CAR T-cell functional persistence in preclinical models. Results: Twenty patients (18 MPM, 1 lung cancer, 1 breast cancer) were treated (prior lines of therapy 1–8, 35% received ≥3 lines of therapy). No CAR T-cell–related toxicities higher than grade 1 were observed. Intense monitoring for on-target, off-tumor toxicity by clinical (chest or abdominal pain), radiological (CT/PET or echocardiogram for pericardial effusion, ascites), laboratory (troponin elevation), and EKG evaluation found no evidence of toxicity. Fourteen MPM patients received subsequent anti-PD1 therapy (1–21 cycles, pretreatment tumor PD-L1 < 10% in all patients except one), with 1 patient developing grade 3 pneumonitis that responded to steroid treatment. CAR T cells were detected in the peripheral blood of 13 of 14 patients (1-39 weeks). At data cut-off date (Jan 31, 2019), among 14 MPM patients that received combination therapy (follow-up 13-77 weeks, median 31 weeks), best responses included 2 patients with complete metabolic response on PET (62 and 39 weeks ongoing); 5 partial responses and 4 stable disease by investigator assessment. Conclusions: Intrapleurally administered MSLN-targeted CAR T cells were safe. Encouraging antitumor activity of MSLN-targeted CAR T-cell therapy was observed when combined with anti-PD1 therapy and shows promise for future development of this approach. Clinical trial information: NCT02414269

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