Clinical Study on Anti-tumor Effect Induced by Activated Primary Natural Killer(NK)Cells

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Capital Medical University

Status and phase

Phase 2
Phase 1


Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Lung Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer


Biological: Activated NK

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This study will analyze and evaluate the following items: The safety of natural killer(NK) cells for treatment of subjects with solid tumors. Forty patients will be enrolled for each of the five cancers (in total 200 patients will be enrolled). The effectiveness of natural killer(NK)cell therapy alone or with chemotherapy or targeted drugs. Subjects from 18 to 75 years of age who are diagnosed with a solid tumor including pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer, and for whom standard treatments are not effective, may be eligible for this study. Participants undergo the following procedures: Peripheral blood will be collected from a vein of arm. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells(PBMC) will be isolated and purified for NK manufacturing. After 14~21 days cultivation, activated NK will be harvested and formulated for clinical administration. Subjects will receive NK cell treatment by intravenous infusion. The frequency is once every 3 or 4 weeks for the first 3 months. Participants who respond well after 3 months may be eligible to continue NK cell therapy; and those not may receive NK therapy combined with chemotherapy and/or targeted drugs, or chemotherapy/targeted drugs alone. Evaluations during therapy including: Clinical assessment, and history of medications; Blood draws for routine and research tests, including but not limited to: lymphocyte population and circulating tumor cell analysis in peripheral blood; CT scan, bone scan and positron emission tomography(PET )scan, if indicated, for disease evaluation; Pharmacokinetics study after NK infusion. For this test, the number of NK cells in the blood is measured over time at indicated time-points.


200 estimated patients




18 to 75 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Age from 18 to 75 years (including boundary values);
  • Diagnosed with histologically and cellularly confirmed cancer of lung, breast, pancreas, ovary, or colon;
  • At least 8 weeks since any prior systemic therapy to treat the underlying malignancy (standard or investigational);
  • Life expectancy > 6 months, and performance status(KPS)> 60 points;

Organ functions meet the following criteria:

  • Blood bilirubin < 2mg/dL,
  • Aspartate transaminase(AST)<100 IU/L,
  • Alanine transaminase(ALT) <100 IU/L,
  • Creatinine <1.5 mg/dL,
  • Urea nitrogen ≤ 25 mg/dL,
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL,
  • White blood cell count>3.5×109/L,
  • Neutrophil count >1.5x109/L,
  • Platelet count > 80 × 109 /L,
  • Hematocrit >0.20,
  • No severe infections.

Exclusion criteria

  • Subjects who take combined systemic steroids within 2 weeks prior to treatment (except inhaled steroids);
  • Patients who take chemotherapy within 1 month prior to treatment;
  • Subjects receiving drugs that stimulate the production of bone marrow hematopoietic cells within two weeks prior to treatment;
  • Patients with T lymphoma and NK cell lymphoma;
  • Patients with autoimmune diseases, including but not limited to lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.;
  • Seriously uncontrollable infected patients;
  • Patients who are allergic to the biological agents in this treatment;
  • Patients with organ transplantation or organ failure;
  • Subjects with severe cardiovascular disease and severe renal failure;
  • Patients who are undergoing treatment of immunosuppressive drugs or long-term administration of immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplantation;
  • Patients with active infection or fever;
  • Subjects with severe cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes and renal dysfunction;
  • Subjects with pregnancy or during the lactating period.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

200 participants in 1 patient group

NK cells
Experimental group
Activated NK from peripheral blood and/or umbilical cord blood(UCB)
Biological: Activated NK

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Zhiguo Chen, PhD; Yu Zhao, PhD

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