Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B Cell Non Hodgkin Lymphomas

2014-07-23 21:09:57 | BioPortfolio


This is a phase II open label study that looks at the efficacy and toxicity of Ofatumumab monotherapy in patients with relapsed and/or refractory DLBCL. Patients will receive weekly infusions of Ofatumumab of 1000 mg each for 8 weeks (induction phase) followed by continuing the study drugs every other week in subsequent cycles (maintenance phase). Each 4 weeks of therapy will be calculated as one cycle. Treatment will continue until disease progression, toxicity, patient's withdrawal, or investigator's discretion.


Ofatumumab is a fully human monoclonal IgG1κ-antibody targeting a novel CD20-epitope. Preclinical data show that ofatumumab is active against B-cell lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia cell-lines with low CD20-antigen density and an increased expression of complement inhibitory molecules. Ofatumumab was superior to rituximab in its ability to induce lysis in B-cell lines and also killed fresh B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells that were resistant to rituximab. Ofatumumab has a slower off-rate and more stable CD20 binding in comparison with rituximab and targets a different epitope of the CD20 antigen than rituximab [Teeling, 2004, Teeling, 2006]. In cynomolgus monkeys, the duration of B-cell depletion from peripheral blood and lymph nodes induced by ofatumumab was longer than that of rituximab [Dechant, 2003].

Ofatumumab's ability to induce complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) has been specifically studied in isolated lymphoma cells from chemotherapy refractory DLBCL patients [Cillessen, 2007]. Ofatumumab and rituximab induced CDC of all DLBCL samples tested, including the DLBCL cell lines SUDHL-4, SUDHL-5 and HT and lymphoma cells derived from ten chemotherapy-refractory DLBCL patients.

Ofatumumab was significantly more effective in inducing CDC in nine of the ten DLBCL tumor samples when compared with rituximab (p=0.001). The lethal doses (LD50) for ofatumumab (0.1 ± 2.8 μg/mL) were significantly lower when compared with the LD50 for rituximab (6.4 ± 4.9μg/mL, p=0.04). Sensitivity of DLBCL patient cells to ofatumumab- and rituximab-induced CDC negatively correlated with expression of complement defense molecule CD59, but not with expression of CD46 or CD55. Functional inhibition of CD55 and CD59 using blocking mAb demonstrated that ofatumumab-induced CDC of DLBCL tumor cells was less sensitive to expression of these complement defense molecules than rituximab-induced CDC.

Thus, chemotherapy-refractory DLBCL cases are sensitive to CD20 mAb-induced CDC with ofatumumab being the most effective mAb, especially in patients expressing high levels of CD59.

Safety and efficacy of ofatumumab, has been analyzed in multicenter dose-escalating phase I/II studies in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and follicular lymphoma (FL). Three cohorts of patients including 33 patients with relapsed or refractory CLL received weekly infusions of ofatumumab for four weeks as follows: cohort A, the first infusion was 100 mg and three subsequent infusions of 500 mg; cohort B, the first infusion was 300 mg and three subsequent infusions of 1000 mg; cohort C, the first infusion was 500 mg and three subsequent infusions of 2000 mg. The maximum tolerated dose was not reached. The majority of related adverse events occurred at first infusion, and the number of adverse events decreased at each subsequent infusion. Seventeen (51%) of 33 patients experienced infections, 88% of them of grade 1-2. One event of interstitial pneumonia was fatal; all other cases resolved within one month. The response rate in cohort C was 50% (13/26 patients) [Coiffier, 2008].

Interim data from a single arm study in refractory CLL was presented at ASH 2008 [Osterborg, 2008]. The activity of ofatumumab was evaluated in 138 patients with refractory CLL: 59 were refractory to both fludarabine and alemtuzumab (double-refractory: DR) and 79 were refractory to fludarabine and considered inappropriate candidates for alemtuzumab due to bulky tumor in their lymph nodes (bulky fludarabine-refractory: BFR group). Patients received 8 weekly infusions of ofatumumab followed by 4 monthly infusions. The first dose was 300mg, doses 2-12 were 2000 mg. Median time to next CLL therapy was 9 months for the DR group and 8 months for the BFR group. The median overall survival was about 14 months for the DR group and 15 months for the BFR group. Response at week 12 was significantly correlated with longer survival for both groups. Ofatumumab was associated with infusion-related adverse events on the first infusion day in 46% of patients in the DR group and 38% in the BFR group, which were grade 3 in 7% and 3% of events, respectively. There were no grade 4 infusion-related events. These events generally subsided with subsequent infusions.

The most common grade 3 or 4 toxicities were infections (25% in DR; 27% in BFR group) and hematologic events including neutropenia (12% in DR; 10% in BFR group) and anemia (8% in DR; 4% in BFR group). Death within 8 weeks from start of treatment occurred in 2 patients (3%) in the DR group (sepsis, n=1; fungal pneumonia, n=1) and 3 patients (4%) in the BFR group (PD, n=1; sepsis, n=1; myocardial infarction, n=1).

In a phase I/II study evaluating safety and efficacy of ofatumumab in relapsed or refractory FL grade 1-2, 4 dose-groups of 10 patients received 4 weekly infusions of 300, 500, 700, or 1000 mg [Hagenbeek, 2008]. Patients had a median of two prior FL therapies and 13% had elevated LDH. No safety concerns or maximum tolerated dose were identified. Most adverse events occurred on the first infusion day and were CTC grade 1-2. Eight related events were grade 3. Treatment caused immediate and profound B-cell depletion. The response rate was not dose dependent (dose expressed as mg/patient, mg/kg body weight or body surface area (mg/m2)) with responses obtained in all 4 dose groups (300 mg: 5 of 8 subjects (63%); 500 mg: 3 of 10 subjects (30%); 700 mg: 2 of 10 subjects (20%); and 1000 mg: 5 of 10 subjects (50%). Median time to progression (TTP) for all patients was 8.8 months. Median TTP for responders, duration of response, and time to next anti-FL therapy has not been reached at a median follow-up of 9.2 months. Ofatumumab was able to induce responses in 8 of 14 patients relapsing following rituximab, including 3 of 4 rituximab refractory patients.

Ofatumumab is currently being evaluated in patients with rituximab-refractory FL (Hx-CD20-405), relapsed DLBCL (GEN-415), rituximab-relapsed/refractory DLBCL in combination with salvage chemotherapy (OMB110927) and in a phase III trial in relapsed/refractory DLBCL (OMB110928) at a dose of 1000mg, and in combination with chemotherapy in FL (Hx-CD20-409) at doses of 500mg and 1000mg.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas




Oncology Specialists, S.C
United States




Oncology Specialists, S.C.

Results (where available)

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