Efficacy of Venetoclax Based Regimen in Prevention Relapse of Consecutive MRD Positive AML Patients


Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital, China

Status and phase

Phase 2


Measurable Disease
Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Drug: Venetoclax, daunorubicin, cytarabine
Drug: Venetoclax, Azacitidine

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Measurable disease (MRD) plays an important role in the therapeutic efficacy and prognosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Studies show that persistent MRD positivity after induction indicates that the patient has a higher risk of recurrence. Even if the patient is assessed as a low risk group, once there is persistent MRD positive, Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo HSCT) or clinical trials should be considered to improve the overall survival of patients. However, some patients cannot accept allo HSCT due to economic reasons or lack of suitable donors. How to prolong the recurrence free survival of these patients is still a great challenge. Platzbecker et al. applied azacytidine (AZA) monotherapy to AML patients with continuous MRD positive after combined chemotherapy. The results showed that the preemptive treatment of AZA could prevent or significantly delay the hematological relapse of MDS or AML patients with MRD positive. In addition, the application of venetoclax has significantly changed the therapeutic prospect of AML and provided new opportunities. Studies have shown that venetoclax can enhance the activity of anti HMA, cytarabine, idarubicin and other drugs. The curative effect of venetoclax combined with AZA in the treatment of elderly AML patients who are not suitable for intensive treatment is better than that of single AZA regimen, and the negative rate of MRD after induction treatment of venetoclax combined with HMA is higher (54-81%). Therefore, the investigators believe that for patients who continue to be MRD positive after induction and consolidation treatment, venetoclax based regimen may be an effective preemptive treatment regimen, which can prolong the relapse free time and overall survival of these patients

Full description

In the study, 40 patients will be enrolled and treated with venotoclax combined AZA and DA regimen. Patients receive major response will be given venotoclax combined AZA regimen as maintenance treatment. The primary endpoint was 6 month relapse-free survival. Measurable residual disease (MRD) will be detected at the beginning of the therapy and after the therapy. The adverse effect will also be explored. Preemptive chemotherapy: regimen 1: azacytidine 75 mg/m2 d1-7,venetoclax: 100mg d1, 200mg d2, 400mg d3-21; regimen 2: daunorubicin:45mg/m2 d1-2, cytarabine:100mg/ m2 d1-5, venetoclax: 100mg d1, 200mg d2, 400mg d3-14; maintenance therapy: patient in regimen 1 group: azacytidine 75 mg/m2 d1-7,venetoclax: 400mg d1-14, for 4 cycles, patients in regimen 2 group: azacytidine 75 mg/m2 d1-7,venetoclax: 400mg d1-14, for 4 cycles.


40 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia
  • Received chemotherapy within 24 months and has completed the consolidation treatment plan
  • In complete remission
  • With MRD positive: abnormal myeloid cells in bone marrow ≥ 0.1%, or NPM1 gene mutation and other fusion gene positive(RUNX 1-RUNX1T 1、CBFB-MYH11 and DEK-NUP214), the PCR quantification ≥1%.
  • Age≥ 18 years #male or female
  • ECOG-PS score 0-2
  • Aboratory tests#within 7 days before chemotherapy# 1). Serum total bilirubin≤1.5xULN# 2). Serum AST and ALT≤2.5xULN 3). Serum creatinine≤2xULN# 4). Cardiac enzymes≤2xULN 5). Ejection fraction >50% by ECHO#
  • Written informed consent

Exclusion criteria

  • Hematological relapse (the proportion of blast cells in bone marrow is greater than 5%)
  • Receive hematopoietic stem cell transplantation within 4 weeks
  • APL
  • Have been treated with venetoclax in the past 6 months (who can be enrolled after stopping for more than 6 months)
  • Suffering from malignant tumors of other organs (those requiring treatment)
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Active heart diseases
  • Severe active infection
  • Unfit for enrollment evaluated by investigator

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

40 participants in 2 patient groups

venetoclax pluse azacitidine arm
Experimental group
azacytidine 75 mg/m2 d1-7,venetoclax: 100mg d1, 200mg d2, 400mg d3-21
Drug: Venetoclax, Azacitidine
venetoclax pluse DA arm
Active Comparator group
daunorubicin:45mg/m2 d1-2, cytarabine:100mg/ m2 d1-5, venetoclax: 100mg d1, 200mg d2, 400mg d3-14
Drug: Venetoclax, daunorubicin, cytarabine

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