Abstract

Objective: To determine whether antitumor immunity in mCRC could be increased using MVA-5T4, metronomic low-dose cyclophosphamide, or a combination of both treatments.Design, Setting, and Participants: In this randomized clinical trial, 55 patients with inoperable mCRC and prior stable disease after standard chemotherapy were enrolled at a single center and randomized to watch and wait (n?=?9), cyclophosphamide treatment only (n?=?9), MVA-5T4 only (n?=?19), and a combination of MVA-5T4 and cyclophosphamide (n?=?18). Patients were enrolled and treated from July 9, 2012, through February 8, 2016, and follow-up was completed on December 13, 2016. Data were analyzed based on intention to treat.Interventions: Patients randomized to a cyclophosphamide group received 50 mg twice daily on treatment days 1 to 7 and 15 to 21. Patients randomized to a MVA-5T4 group received an intramuscular injection at a dose of 1?×?109 50% tissue culture infectious dose on treatment days 22, 36, 50, 64, 78, and 106.Main Outcomes and Measures: The predefined primary end point was the magnitude of anti-5T4 immune responses (5T4-specific T-cell and antibody levels) generated at treatment week 7. Secondary end points included analysis of the kinetics of anti-5T4 responses, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS).Results: Fifty-two patients (38 men and 14 women; mean [SD] age, 64.2 [10.1] years) were included in the study analysis. The 5T4-specific antibody immune responses were significantly increased in the MVA-5T4 (83.41 [36.09] relative units [RU]; P?=?.02) and combination treatment (65.81 [16.68] RU; P?=?.002) groups compared with no treatment (20.09 [7.20] RU). Cyclophosphamide depleted regulatory T cells in 24 of 27 patients receiving MVA-5T4, independently prolonging PFS (5.0 vs 2.5 months; hazard ratio [HR], 0.48; 95% CI, 0.21-1.11; P?=?.09). MVA-5T4 doubled baseline anti-5T4 responses in 16 of 35 patients, resulting in significantly prolonged PFS (5.6 vs 2.4 months; HR, 0.21; 95% CI, 0.09-0.47; P?