Compound Name:Sipuleucel-TMolecular Target:Prostate acid phosphatase expressing cellsMolecular Structure:Prostate acid phosphatase stimulated autologous peripheral blood mononuclear cellsLicensed Indication:Metastatic prostate cancer that is minimally symptomatic and hormone refractoryManufacturer and/or Distributor:DendreonInitial FDA Approval2010SummarySipuleucel-T (Provenge) is currently the only FDA approved cellular cancer therapy for prostate cancer. The treatment consists of three steps: 1) leukopheresis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from the patient; 2) in vitro culture of the leukopheresed cells over approximately two days with a recombinant protein construct consisting of human prostate acid phosphatase (PAP; an antigen present in ~95% of prostate cells) linked to granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF); 3) adoptive transfer of these autologous cells back into the patient via three transfusions at two week intervals. The culture predominantly contains antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs), but may contain T cells, B cells and NK cells. It is believed that the GM-CSCF-activated DCs efficiently present PAP antigen to the host’s lymphocytes upon re-infusion, thereby allowing for directed priming of T cells in vivo. In clinical trials, treated patients subsequently demonstrated long-term immune responses (over 2 years) to the PAP antigen by both T cell and B cells, including hu moral antoigen spreading Sipuleucel-T was approved by the FDA in 2010 for treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic, metastatic, hormone-refractory prostate cancer on the basis of three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Patients entered into the studies had metastatic prostate cancer with evidence of progression. The placebo group received reinfusions of autologous cells that had not been pre-activated. Although no improvement in time to disease progression was seen, the studies consistently showed that sipuleucel-T treatment led to a lengthening of median survival by more than 4 months and an increase in 3-year survival from 25% to 33%, compared to the placebo (i.e, reinfusion of autologous cells that were not pre-activated). A recent phase II clinical trial also indicates that sipleucel–T and abiraterone acetate (an androgen synthesis inhibitor) may be used in combination without affecting the efficacy of the anti-PAP T cell manufacturing process or the ensuing immune responses in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Major safety concerns center around acute infusion reactions, including chills, fever, and fatigue. Premedication with oral acetaminophen and an oral antihistamine 30 minutes prior to reinfusion is recommended in the package insert. More severe (Grade 3) reactions (including respiratory events, hypertension, dizziness, asthenia, headache, and nausea and vomiting) were seen at an increased frequency after the 2nd (2.1%) reinfusion, as opposed to the 1st (0.8%) or 3rd (1.3%) reinfusion. This cellular immunotherapy regimen is estimated to cost over $100,000 per patient and recent evidence review group appraisals did not recommend sipleucel-T for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients with metastatic hormone-relapsed prostate cancer.References

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