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Effective chimeric antigen receptor-modified T-cell (CAR-T) therapy for liver metastases (LM) will require innovative solutions to ensure efficient delivery and minimization of systemic toxicity. We previously demonstrated the safety of CAR-T hepatic artery infusions (HAI). We subsequently conducted the phase 1b HITM-SIR trial, in which six patients (pts) with CEA+ LM received anti-CEA CAR-T HAIs and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT). The primary endpoint was safety with secondary assessments of biologic activity. Enrolled pts had a mean LM size of 6.4 cm, 4 pts had >10 LM, and pts received an average of two lines of prior systemic therapy. No grade 4 or 5 toxicities were observed, and there were no instances of severe cytokine-release syndrome (CRS) or neurotoxicity. The mean transduction efficiency was 60.4%. Following CAR-T HAI, reduced levels of GM-CSF-R, IDO, and PD-L1 were detected in LM, and serum CEA levels were stable or decreased in all subjects. Median survival time was 8 months (mean 11, range 4-31). Anti-CEA CAR-T HAI with subsequent SIRT was well tolerated, and biologic responses were demonstrated following failure of conventional therapy. HAI of CAR-T was once again confirmed not to be associated with severe CRS or neurotoxicity.


Steven C Katz, John Hardaway, Ethan Prince, Prajna Guha, Marissa Cunetta, Ashley Moody, Li Juan Wang, Vincent Armenio, N Joseph Espat, Richard P Junghans. HITM-SIR: phase Ib trial of intraarterial chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy and selective internal radiation therapy for CEA+ liver metastases. Cancer gene therapy. 2020 May;27(5):341-355

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PMID: 31155611

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