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A Phase II Study of MGCD0103 (MG-0103) in Patients With Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Phase 2
18 Years
Not Enrolling
Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic

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Trial Information

A Phase II Study of MGCD0103 (MG-0103) in Patients With Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Inclusion Criteria:

- Pathologic confirmation of CLL.

- Prior Treatment. There will be no limit to prior therapy. Therapy with fludarabine
and Rituxan must have failed (disease progression, intolerance, or not a candidate).

- Age 18 years or greater.

- ECOG performance status of 0 or 1.

- Laboratory requirements (must be done within 7 days prior to study initiation):

- Total Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x Upper Limit of Normal (ULN).

- Aspartate transaminase (AST/SGOT) and Alanine transaminase (ALT/SGPT) ≤ 2.5 x

- Serum Creatinine ≤1 .5 x ULN.

- Patients or their legal representative must be able to read, understand, and sign a
written informed consent (approved by the institutional review board/Ethics Committee
(IRB/EC)) within 14 days prior to start of treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients with another active cancer (excluding basal cell carcinoma or cervical
intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN/cervical in situ) or melanoma in situ). Prior history
of cancer is allowed, as long as there is no active disease.

- Pregnant or lactating women. Women of child-bearing potential (WOCBP) must have a
negative serum pregnancy test documented within 7 days prior start of study drug.

- WOCBP and men whose partners are WOCBP must use an acceptable method of contraception
while enrolled on this study, and for a period of 3 months following study drug
treatment. Patients unwilling or unable to follow this guideline will be excluded. An
example of an acceptable form of contraception is a double barrier method, such as
condom with diaphragm.

- Patients with uncontrolled intercurrent illness, active or uncontrolled infections,
or a fever > 38.5ºC (not due to tumor fever) on the day of scheduled dosing.

- Patients with serious illnesses, medical conditions, or other medical history,
including laboratory results, which, in the investigator's opinion, would be likely
to interfere with a patient's participation in the study, or with the interpretation
of the results.

- Patients who have been treated with any investigational drug within 28 days prior to
study initiation (an investigational drug is one for which there is no approved
indication), or who are receiving concurrent treatment with other experimental drugs
or anti-cancer therapy. Patients must have recovered from all transient toxicity
induced by prior therapy.

- Known hypersensitivity to HDAC inhibitors, to any of the components of MG-0103 (refer
to IB). Patients who have known anaphylaxis or IgE-mediated hypersensitivity to
murine proteins or to any component of rituximab will not be allowed to receive
rituximab concomitantly on this study.

- Known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or known active Hepatitis B or C. Testing is
not required for patients not suspected of having these conditions. For patients with
a history of Hepatitis B or C that is no longer active, the Investigator should
contact MethylGene in advance to confirm patient's eligibility.

- Any condition (e.g., known or suspected poor compliance, psychological instability,
geographical location, etc) that, in the judgment of the investigator, may affect the
patient's ability to sign the informed consent and undergo study procedures.

- Any condition that will put the patient at undue risk or discomfort as a result of
adherence to study procedures. For example, consider requirement to take MG-0103 with
a low-pH drink and recommendation to avoid agents that increase gastric-pH.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Response rate

Outcome Time Frame:

1 year (anticipated)

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Gregory Reid, MSc, MBA

Investigator Role:

Study Director

Investigator Affiliation:

MethylGene Inc.


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

January 2007

Completion Date:

November 2008

Related Keywords:

  • Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic
  • Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic (Refractory)
  • Phase II
  • Leukemia
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
  • Leukemia, Lymphoid
  • Chronic Disease



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Cleveland Clinic/Chronic Leukemia/Multiple Myeloma ProgramCleveland, Ohio  44195
Ohio State University, James Cancer HospitalColombus, Ohio  43210