Alberto A. Chiappori

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PURPOSE The initial goal of this study was to test the immunologic and clinical effects of a new cancer vaccine consisting of dendritic cells (DC) transduced with the full-length wild-type p53 gene delivered via an adenoviral vector in patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Twenty-nine patients with extensive stage small(More)
BACKGROUND Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) can sensitise cancer cells to topoisomerase inhibitors by increasing their access and binding to DNA. METHODS This phase I trial was designed to determine the toxicity profile, tolerability, and recommended phase II dose of escalating doses of the HDACi vorinostat, with weekly doxorubicin. RESULTS In(More)
BACKGROUND Bcl-2 family genes are frequently amplified in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). A phase I trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of obatoclax, a Bcl-2 family inhibitor, given in combination with standard chemotherapy. METHODS Eligible patients (3-6 per cohort) had extensive-stage SCLC, measurable disease, ≤ 1 before therapy, Eastern(More)
BACKGROUND Continuation or 'switch' maintenance therapy is commonly used in patients with advancd non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here, we evaluated the efficacy of the telomerase inhibitor, imetelstat, as switch maintenance therapy in patients with advanced NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS The primary end point of this open-label, randomized phase II(More)
DNA electroporation has been demonstrated in preclinical models to be a promising strategy to improve cancer immunity, especially when combined with other genetic vaccines in heterologous prime-boost protocols. We report the results of 2 multicenter phase 1 trials involving adult cancer patients (n=33) with stage II-IV disease. Patients were vaccinated with(More)
PURPOSE CT-2106 is a 20(S)-camptothecin poly-L-glutamate conjugate. This linkage stabilizes the active lactone form of camptothecin and enhances aqueous solubility. In addition, poly-L-glutamate is postulated to increase tumor delivery of the active compound through enhanced permeability and retention effect in tumor. We studied a weekly schedule of CT-2106(More)
PURPOSE Panobinostat, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, enhances antiproliferative activity in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines when combined with erlotinib. We evaluated this combination in patients with advanced NSCLC and head and neck cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Eligible patients were enrolled in a 3+3 dose-escalation design to(More)
PURPOSE Indoximod is an oral inhibitor of the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase pathway, which causes tumor-mediated immunosuppression. Primary endpoints were maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and toxicity for indoximod in patients with advanced solid tumors. Secondary endpoints included response rates, pharmacokinetics, and immune correlates. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) play a fundamental role in cancer development and progression. S-3304 is a potent, orally active, noncytotoxic inhibitor of MMPs, primarily MMP-2 and MMP-9, that prolongs survival in mice xenografts and is well tolerated in healthy volunteers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The aims of this phase I clinical trial were to(More)
Purpose. Patients with large >5 cm, high-grade resectable soft tissue sarcomas (STS) have the highest risk of distant metastases. Previously we have shown that dendritic cell (DC) based vaccines show consistent immune responses. Methods. This was a Phase I single institution study of neoadjuvant radiation with DC injections on 18 newly diagnosed high-risk(More)