Phase I/II study exploring ImMucin™, a pan-major histocompatibility complex, anti-MUC1 signal peptide vaccine, in multiple myeloma patients


ImMucin™ a 21-mer cancer vaccine encoding the signal peptide domain of the MUC1 tumour-associated antigen, possesses a high density of T- and B-cell epitopes but preserves MUC1 specificity. This phase I/II study assessed the safety, immunity and clinical response to 6 or 12 bi-weekly intradermal ImMucin vaccines, co-administered with human granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor to 15 MUC1-positive multiple myeloma (MM) patients, with residual or biochemically progressive disease following autologous stem cell transplantation. Vaccination was well tolerated; all adverse events were temporal grade 1 2 and spontaneously resolved. ImMucin vaccination induced a robust increase in c-interferon (IFN-c-producing CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells (≤80-fold), a pronounced population of ImMucin multimer CD8+ T-cells (>2%), a 9•4-fold increase in peripheral blood mononuclear cells proliferation and 6•8-fold increase in anti-ImMucin antibodies, accompanied with T-cell and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity. A significant decrease in soluble MUC1 levels was observed in 9/10 patients. Stable disease or improvement, persisting for 17•5-41•3 months (ongoing) was achieved in 11/15 patients and appeared to be associated with low-intermediate PDL1 (CD274) bone marrow levels pre- and post-vaccination. In summary, ImMucin, a highly tolerable cancerous vaccine, induces robust, diversified T- and B-cell ImMucinspecific immunity in MM patients, across major histocompatibility complex-barrier, resulting in at least disease stabilization in most patients.Click here to download the full research article.