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Los Angeles, California 90027


The trial is to determine if a difference exists in the way that adolescents and young adults metabolize the chemotherapy agent vincristine compared to younger children.

Study summary:

The purpose of the study is to refine the PK model for planning a future definitive study. This is a pilot study to obtain preliminary data on the pharmacokinetics of VCR and the way it differs in the AYA population compared to the younger children as defined by Tanner staging. Additionally, we want to determine if Calpain levels correlate with vincristine and its PK and to determine if it can be used as biomarker for VRNT. Specific Aim 1: Develop a non-parametric population model of vincristine and M1 PK in children and adolescents. Hypothesis: The PK of vincristine and its metabolite M1 will differ between young children and AYA as defined by Tanner stage Specific Aim 2: Measure repeated serum calpain with initiation of vincristine and again after four weeks of therapy. Hypothesis: Compared to baseline, serum calpain will increase after administration of vincristine. For the first time, patients will be classified based on their physiologic maturity—rather than age—to determine whether having a more adult phenotype is associated with prolonged vincristine exposure. This will increase our likelihood of detecting a developmentally-driven difference in vincristine metabolism and, if successful, provide evidence that Tanner staging is a more reliable method for classifying adolescents for purposes of chemotherapy dosing. Further, we will not only characterize vincristine PK differences between the two groups, but will for the first time examine differences in the PK of M1.We are analyzing calpain levels as a separate entity from Tanner staging. We are trying to establish if there is an association between calpain and vincristine administration, as well as vincristine induced peripheral neuropathy. However, in evaluating the association between vincristine dose, PK and calpain levels, we will be adjusting for age and Tanner stage in the analysis. To account for enzyme polymorphism in the metabolism of vincristine, we will analyze each patient for CYP3A5 genotype, which has been associated with increase in clearance of vincristine and less peripheral neuropathy and decrease severity of vincristine induced peripheral neuropathy. Additionally, we will determine the vincristine's PK which will allow us to probe the impact of polymorphism with regards to VCR disposition. For all of the following aims, we will enroll a total of 30 patients with a unified diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL),6 months to 21 in Induction phase or in Maintenance phase of therapy. Patients will be stratified by phase of treatment, and they will be classified into Tanner stage ≤ 2 or ≥ 4, based on physical examination. We plan to have 15 patients in Tanner staging ≤ 2 and 15 patients in Tanner staging ≥ 45. Each patient will receive vincristine weekly x 4 (Induction) or monthly (Maintenance), at a standard dose specified by the treatment protocol. Since PK measurements will be obtained around a single VCR dose; it is appropriate to include patients with ALL from two phases of treatment. The study will be conducted at a single institution, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). From the newly diagnosed patients in Induction phase, we will collect optimally timed blood samples prior to and 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours following the first dose of vincristine. We will also measure serum calpain, a candidate biomarker for nerve injury, before and after the first dose of vincristine, and again after the 4th weekly dose. For the ALL patients in the Maintenance phase, we will collect optimally timed blood samples prior to and 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hours and 24 hours following the dose of vincristine. In ALL patients in Maintenance, a 12 hour blood sample will not be feasible since these patients are treated in the outpatient setting. We will also measure serum calpain levels prior to vincristine dose, 24 hours after and 4 weeks after the measured vincristine level. The study period for ALL patients in Maintenance phase will be completed 4 weeks after initial measured VCR PK level.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients ages 1-24 years of age with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - Patient diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in Induction phase of therapy - Patient diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in first remission in Maintenance phase of therapy Treatment plan for induction therapy includes vincristine given at weekly intervals. - Treatment plan for Maintenance therapy includes vincristine given at monthly intervals. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients without a central line in induction phase of therapy



Primary Contact:

Study Director
Lakshmi Damerla
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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Location Contact:

Los Angeles, California 90027
United States

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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