Results from a Phase 1 Study of ACTR707 in Combination with Rituximab in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory CD20+ B Cell Lymphoma

Javier Munoz, Ian W. Flinn, Jonathon B. Cohen, Jessica Sachs, Benjamin Exter, Ann Ranger, Patricia Harris, Francis Payumo, Rajneesh Nath, Mehdi Hamadani, Jason R. Westin, Veronika Bachanova

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The antibody-coupled T cell receptor (ACTR) platform is an autologous engineered T cell therapy combining the cell-killing ability of T cells and the tumor-targeting ability of coadministered antibodies. Activation of the T cell product ACTR707 is dependent on the engagement of antibody bound to target cells via the CD16 domain of the chimeric receptor (CD16V-CD28-CD3ζ). ACTR707 in combination with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab was evaluated in the ATTCK-20-03 study, a multisite, single-arm, open-label phase I trial in B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The primary objectives of this study were to evaluate the safety of the combination of ACTR707 and rituximab and to determine a recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D). Secondary objectives included evaluation of antitumor activity and ACTR T cell persistence. The study design included an ACTR707 cell dose escalation phase and an expansion phase at the RP2D. Escalating dose levels of ACTR707 in combination with rituximab were explored in 5 dose cohorts, with 25 subjects receiving study treatment. Subjects received lymphodepleting chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide 400 mg/m2/day and fludarabine 30 mg/m2/day) for 3 days, followed by rituximab 375 mg/m2 and, 24 to 48 hours later, a single dose of ACTR707. Additional doses of rituximab were administered every 3 weeks until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or investigator decision. Blood samples were collected at various time points to assess levels of rituximab, cytokines, inflammatory markers, and ACTR707 T cells. The overall response rate of ACTR707 plus rituximab was 56% (14 of 25) across all dose levels. Ten subjects (40.0%) achieved a complete response, with the longest duration of 586 days (range, 85 to 586 days), and 4 subjects (16.0%) experienced a partial response, with the longest duration of 130 days (range, 44 to 130 days). Only 1 case of cytokine release syndrome (grade 2) and no events of neurotoxicity were reported. There were no dose-limiting toxicities or events leading to death. ACTR707 plus rituximab resulted in only 1 adverse event (neutropenia), leading to study discontinuation of rituximab. The ATTCK-20-03 trial serves as proof of principle regarding the ACTR approach that potentially could be used with other antibodies targeting other markers in other malignancies. Although the ACTR707 program has been discontinued, these results may support other programs in the use of similar novel approaches of antibody-coupled T cell activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241.e1-241.e8
JournalTransplantation and Cellular Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2024

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  • ACTR707
  • ATTCK-20-03
  • CD20
  • Cellular therapy
  • Lymphoma
  • Rituximab

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Journal Article


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