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CAR-T Hepatic Artery Infusions and Sir-Spheres for Liver Metastases



This is an open label fixed dose phase Ib of anti-CEA CAR-T cells hepatic artery infusions and yttrium-90 SIR-Spheres in patients with CEA-expressing liver metastases.

Related Conditions:
  • Adenocarcinoma
Recruiting Status:



Phase 1

Trial Eligibility



  • Brief Title: CAR-T Hepatic Artery Infusions and Sir-Spheres for Liver Metastases
  • Official Title: Phase Ib Trial of CAR-T Hepatic Artery Infusions Followed by Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) With Yttrium-90 Sir-Spheres® for CEA-Expressing Liver Metastases

Clinical Trial IDs

  • ORG STUDY ID: 383-74
  • NCT ID: NCT02416466


  • Liver Metastases


anti-CEA CAR-T cellsDesigner T cellsanti-CEA CAR-T cells + Sir-Spheres


This is an open label fixed dose phase Ib of anti-CEA CAR-T cells hepatic artery infusions and yttrium-90 SIR-Spheres in patients with CEA-expressing liver metastases.

Detailed Description

      Patients undergo leukapheresis from which peripheral blood mononuclear cells are purified. T
      cells are activated and then re-engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs)
      specific for CEA. Cells are expanded in culture and returned to the patient by percutaneous
      hepatic artery infusion at specific cell doses. Prior to the first dose, each patient will
      undergo diagnostic angiography to verify suitable arterial anatomy. Three anti-CEA CAR-T
      doses and one SIR-Sphere dose per patient are planned at 2-week intervals. Low dose
      interleukin-2 will be given via an ambulatory infusion pump for 6 weeks.Normal liver and
      tumor biopsies will be obtained at the time of the initial diagnostic angiogram and during
      the final infusion session.

Trial Arms

anti-CEA CAR-T cells + Sir-SpheresExperimentalThree infusions of gene-modified anti-CEA T cells over the course of 6 weeks into the hepatic artery via a percutaneous approach along with low dose IL-2. A single dose of Sir-Spheres will be given 2 weeks following the final T cell dose.
  • anti-CEA CAR-T cells

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  Patient with histologically confirmed diagnosis of CEA+ adenocarcinoma and liver
             metastases. Patient must have either histologic confirmation of the liver metastases
             or histologic documentation of the primary tumor and definitive radiologic evidence of
             liver involvement. Measurable disease is required with lesions of > 1.0 cm by CT.
             Soluble CEA is not acceptable as the sole measure of disease. Limited extrahepatic
             disease is acceptable if confined to the lungs or peritoneal cavity.

          -  Tumor must be CEA-expressing as demonstrated by elevated serum CEA levels (≥10ng/ml)
             or immunohistochemistry on a biopsy specimen. Archived tissue is acceptable for
             determination of CEA expression.

          -  Patient must be at least 18 years of age.

          -  Patient able to understand and sign informed consent.

          -  Patient with a life expectancy of greater than four months.

          -  Patient failed at least one line of standard systemic chemotherapy and has
             unresectable disease.

          -  Patient with performance status of 0 to 1 (ECOG).

          -  Patient with adequate organ function as defined in protocol.

          -  Acceptable hepatic vascular anatomy as determined by CT, MR, or conventional
             angiography. A nuclear medicine study will be performed to document the absence of a
             significant hepatic-pulmonary shunt (<20%).

        Exclusion Criteria:

          -  Female patients of childbearing age will be tested for pregnancy. Pregnant patients
             will be excluded from the study. Males who are actively seeking to have children will
             be made aware of the unknown risks of this study protocol on human sperm and the need
             to practice birth control.

          -  Patients with serious or unstable renal, hepatic, pulmonary, cardiovascular,
             endocrine, rheumatologic, or allergic disease based on history, physical exam and
             laboratory tests will be excluded, as outlined in section 5.2.8.

          -  Patients with active clinical disease caused by CMV, hepatitis B or C, HIV or
             tuberculosis will be excluded from the study.

          -  Patients who have had cytotoxic and/or radiation therapy within 4 weeks prior to entry
             into the trial or 4 weeks prior to infusion will be excluded. Patients with other
             concurrent malignancies will be excluded.

          -  Patients requiring systemic steroids will be excluded.

          -  Patients with unsuitable hepatic vascular anatomy will be excluded from the study.

          -  Patients with extrahepatic metastatic disease beyond the lungs or abdominal/
             retroperitoneal lymph nodes.

          -  Patients with >50% liver replacement at time of treatment will be excluded.

          -  Previous external beam radiotherapy to the liver.

          -  Portal vein thrombosis.
Maximum Eligible Age:N/A
Minimum Eligible Age:18 Years
Eligible Gender:All
Healthy Volunteers:No

Primary Outcome Measures

Measure:Safety of CAR-T cell hepatic artery infusions in combination with Sir-Spheres as Measured by Number of Participants with Adverse Events
Time Frame:14 weeks
Safety Issue:
Description:To determine the safety and regimen limiting toxicity (RLT) of a standard of care treatment with Yttrium-90 Sir-Spheres Microspheres when following anti-CEA CAR-T hepatic artery infusions (HAI) for CEA-expressing liver metastases.

Secondary Outcome Measures

Measure:Treatment response (Liver tumor response by MRI, PET, CEA level, and biopsy)
Time Frame:14 weeks
Safety Issue:
Description:Liver tumor response by MRI, PET, CEA level, and biopsy RECIST and immune related response criteria (MRI & PET) By evidence of tumor necrosis and fibrosis (biopsy)
Measure:Serum cytokine levels
Time Frame:14 weeks
Safety Issue:
Description:Measurement of cytokines as indicators of immune response
Measure:CAR-T detection in liver tumors, normal liver, and extrahepatic sites
Time Frame:14 weeks
Safety Issue:
Description:Quantification of CAR-T cells in biopsy and blood samples


Phase:Phase 1
Primary Purpose:Interventional
Overall Status:Completed
Lead Sponsor:Roger Williams Medical Center

Trial Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver metastases
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Pancreas cancer
  • Carcinoembryonic antigen
  • CAR-T
  • Immunotherapy

Last Updated

March 26, 2019