Enasidenib for the Treatment of Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients With an IDH2 Mutation

Why are we doing this research?

This trial studies the side effects of enasidenib and to see how well it works in treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia that has come back after treatment (relapsed) or has been difficult to treat with chemotherapy (refractory). Patients must also have a specific genetic change, also called a mutation, in a protein called IDH2. Enasidenib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking the mutated IDH2 protein, which is needed for cell growth.

ADVL18P1:  An Open-Label Feasibility Study to Assess the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Enasidenib in Pediatric Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (R/R-AML) With an Isocitrate Dehydrogenase-2 (IDH2) Mutation.

Who can participate?

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient must have AML with an IDH2 mutation identified from a peripheral blood or bone marrow sample at the time of diagnosis and/or relapsed/refractory disease
  • Patient must have bone marrow assessment (aspiration or biopsy) with > 5% leukemic blasts by morphology and/or flow cytometry in at least one of the following clinical scenarios:
    • Second or greater relapse after chemotherapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT)
    • Refractory after >= 2 attempts at induction therapy
  • Relapsed patients
    • Must not have received prior re-induction therapy for this relapse
    • Each block of chemotherapy (i.e., cytarabine, daunorubicin and etoposide [ADE], cytarabine and mitoxantrone [MA]) is a separate re-induction attempt
    • Donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) is considered a re-induction attempt
  • Refractory patients
    • Each attempt at induction therapy may include up to two chemotherapy courses
  • Karnofsky >= 50% for patients > 16 years of age and Lansky >= 50 for patients =< 16 years of age. Patients who are unable to walk because of paralysis, but who are up in a wheelchair, will be considered ambulatory for the purpose of assessing the performance score
  • Patient's current disease state must be one for which there is no known curative therapy or therapy proven to prolong survival with an acceptable quality of life
  • Evaluation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is only required if there is a clinical suspicion of central nervous system (CNS) involvement by leukemia during eligibility screening. Should a patient be found to have CNS2 or CNS3 status by CSF prior to eligibility screening, patient may receive intrathecal chemotherapy > 72 hours prior to starting study drug. CNS1 status must be established before starting study drug
  • Patients must have fully recovered from the acute toxic effects of all prior anti-cancer therapy and must meet the following minimum duration from prior anti-cancer directed therapy prior to enrollment. If after the required timeframe, the numerical eligibility criteria are met, e.g., blood count criteria, the patient is considered to have recovered adequately
    • Cytotoxic chemotherapy or other anti-cancer agents known to be myelosuppressive. The duration of this interval must be discussed with the study chair and the study-assigned research coordinator prior to enrollment
      • >= 14 days must have elapsed after the completion of other cytotoxic therapy with the exception of hydroxyurea. Additionally, patients must have fully recovered from all acute toxic effects of prior therapy. NOTE: Cytoreduction with hydroxyurea must be discontinued >= 24 hours prior to the start of protocol therapy
      • Intrathecal chemotherapy must be completed >= 72 hours prior to the start of the first cycle of treatment
    • Anti-cancer agents not known to be myelosuppressive (e.g. not associated with reduced platelet or absolute neutrophil count [ANC] counts): >= 7 days after the last dose of agent. The duration of this interval must be discussed with the study chair and the study-assigned research coordinator prior to enrollment
    • Antibodies: >= 21 days must have elapsed from infusion of last dose of antibody, and toxicity related to prior antibody therapy must be recovered to grade =< 1
    • Corticosteroids: If used to modify immune adverse events related to prior therapy, >= 14 days must have elapsed since last dose of corticosteroid
    • Hematopoietic growth factors: >= 14 days after the last dose of a long-acting growth factor (e.g., pegfilgrastim) or 7 days for short-acting growth factor. For agents that have known adverse events occurring beyond 7 days after administration, this period must be extended beyond the time during which adverse events are known to occur. The duration of this interval must be discussed with the study chair and the study research coordinator
    • Interleukins, interferons and cytokines (other than hematopoietic growth factors): >= 21 days after the completion of interleukins, interferon or cytokines (other than hematopoietic growth factors)
    • Stem cell Infusions (with or without total body irradiation [TBI]):
      • Allogeneic (non-autologous) bone marrow or stem cell transplant, or any stem cell infusion including DLI or boost infusion:
        • >= 60 days after infusion for bone marrow or stem cell transplant and
        • >= 4 weeks after infusion for any stem cell infusion including DLI or boost infusion
        • There must be no evidence of graft versus host disease (GVHD)
      • Autologous stem cell infusion including boost infusion: >= 42 days
    • Cellular Therapy: >= 42 days after the completion of any type of cellular therapy (e.g. modified T cells, natural killer [NK] cells, dendritic cells, etc.)
    • XRT/external beam irradiation including protons: >= 14 days after local XRT; >= 150 days after TBI, craniospinal XRT or if radiation to >= 50% of the pelvis; >= 42 days if other substantial bone marrow (BM) radiation
    • Radiopharmaceutical therapy (e.g., radiolabeled antibody, 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine [MIBG]): >= 42 days after systemically administered radiopharmaceutical therapy
    • Study-specific limitations on prior therapy: small molecule investigational agents: >= 14 days or > 5 half-lives must have elapsed from the last dose of the agent, whichever is greater
  • Platelet count >= 20,000/mm^3 (may receive platelet transfusions). These patients must not be known to be refractory to red cell or platelet transfusion
  • Hemoglobin >= 8.0 g/dL at baseline (may receive red blood cell [RBC] transfusions)
  • Creatinine clearance or radioisotope glomerular filtration rate [GFR] >= 70 ml/min/1.73 m^2 or a serum creatinine based on age/gender as follows:
    • Age: Maximum serum creatinine (mg/dL)
      • 2 to < 6 years: 0.8 (male and female)
      • 6 to < 10 years: 1 (male and female)
      • 10 to < 13 years: 1.2 (male and female)
      • 13 to < 16 years: 1.5 (male); 1.4 (female
      • >= 16 years: 1.7 (male); 1.4 (female)
  • Bilirubin (sum of conjugated + unconjugated) =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) for age
  • Serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) (alanine aminotransferase [ALT]) =< 225 U/L. For the purpose of this study, the ULN for SGPT is 45 U/L
  • Serum albumin >= 2 g/dL
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction of >= 50% by echocardiogram

Exclusion Criteria:

  • AML associated with Down syndrome or t(15;17) is not eligible for study
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women will not be entered on this study due to risks of fetal and teratogenic adverse events as seen in animal/human studies. Pregnancy tests must be obtained in girls who are post-menarchal. Males or females of reproductive potential may not participate unless they have agreed to use an effective contraceptive method for the duration of study therapy and for 4 months after the last dose of enasidenib. Abstinence is an acceptable method of birth control. It is not known if enasidenib is present in breast milk. Breastfeeding is not recommended during therapy or for at least 30 days after the last dose of enasidenib
  • Concomitant Medications:
    • Corticosteroids: Patients receiving corticosteroids who have not been on a stable or decreasing dose of corticosteroid for at least 7 days prior to enrollment are not eligible. If used to modify immune adverse events related to prior therapy, >= 14 days must have elapsed since last dose of corticosteroid. The use of corticosteroids to manage the side effect of IDH inhibitor-associated differentiation syndrome (IDH-DS), is permitted on study
    • Investigational drugs: Patients who are currently receiving another investigational drug are not eligible
    • Anti-cancer agents: Patients who are currently receiving other anti-cancer agents are not eligible (except leukemia patients receiving hydroxyurea, which may be continued until 24 hours prior to start of protocol therapy; the use of hydroxyurea to manage the side effect of IDH-DS, is permitted on study)
    • Anti-GVHD agents post-transplant: Patients who are receiving cyclosporine, tacrolimus or other agents to prevent graft-versus-host disease post bone marrow transplant are not eligible for this trial
  • Patients must be able to swallow intact tablets whole.
    • Patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the components of enasidenib are not eligible.
    • Patients with prior exposure to enasidenib or another IDH2 inhibitor are not eligible.
    • Patients taking the following drugs will be excluded from study entry unless these drugs are discontinued or patients are transferred to a medically acceptable alternative > 5 half-lives before the first dose of enasidenib.
      • Drugs with a narrow therapeutic range that are sensitive substrates of the following cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes: CYP2C8 (e.g. paclitaxel), 2C9 (e.g. phenytoin and warfarin), 2C19 (e.g. s-mephenytoin), 2D6 (e.g. thioridazine), and 1A2 (e.g. theophylline and tizanidine).
      • Breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP) transporter-sensitive substrate rosuvastatin
  • Patients with the following leukemia complications are not eligible for this trial:
    • No intrathecal chemotherapy is permitted on study. Prior to study enrollment, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) evaluation is only required if there is a clinical suspicion for CNS leukemia. Clinical signs of CNS leukemia (such as facial nerve palsy, brain/eye involvement or hypothalamic syndrome) are not eligible for this trial
    • Immediately life-threatening, severe complications of leukemia including uncontrolled bleeding, pneumonia with hypoxia or shock, and/or disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Infection: Patients who have an uncontrolled infection or patients with known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or active hepatitis B or C are not eligible
  • Patients who have received a prior solid organ transplantation are not eligible
  • Patients who in the opinion of the investigator may not be able to comply with the safety monitoring requirements of the study are not eligible


  • 24 Months to 18 Years


  • Leukemia AML Relapse - Refractory
  • Adult - Leukemia AML Relapse - Refractory


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Phone: 513-636-2799