Phase I/II trial of intravenous NDV-HUJ oncolytic virus in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme
We undertook a Phase I/II trial in patients with apparent recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) based on imaging studies to determine the safety and tumor response of repetitive intravenous administration of NDV-HUJ, the oncolytic HUJ strain of Newcastle disease virus. The first part of the study utilized an accelerated intrapatient dose-escalation protocol with one-cycle dosage steps of 0.1, 0.32, 0.93, 5.9, and 11 billion infectious units (BIU) of NDV-HUJ (1 BIU = 1 x 10(9) EID(50) 50% egg infectious dose) followed by three cycles of 55 BIU. Virus was administered by intravenous infusion over 15 min. In the second part, patients received three cycles of 11 BIU. All patients without progressive disease were maintained with two doses of 11 BIU iv weekly. Eleven of the 14 enrolled patients (11-58 years, Karnofsky performance scale 50-90%) received treatment. Toxicity was minimal with Grade I/II constitutional fever being seen in 5 patients. Maximum tolerated dose was not achieved. Anti-NDV hemagglutinin antibodies appeared within 5-29 days. NDV-HUJ was recovered from blood, saliva, and urine samples and one tumor biopsy. One patient achieved a complete response. Intravenous NDV-HUJ is well tolerated. The findings of good tolerability and encouraging responses warrant the continued evaluation of NDV-HUJ in GBM, as well as other cancers.