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J Neurooncol. 2004 Jan;66(1-2):197-201.

Long term survival in a patient with recurrent malignant glioma treated with intratumoral infusion of an IL4-targeted toxin (NBI-3001).

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Department of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool, UK.


Intratumoral infusion of a recombinant targeted toxin (NBI-3001) consisting of the receptor binding domain of human interleukin 4 (IL-4) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A is an investigational treatment for malignant brain tumors. This 27-year-old male patient presented with a recurrent malignant glioma WHO grade IV after surgery and adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy. The recurrence was treated with intratumoral infusion of NBI-3001 at a dose of 9 microg/ml in 66 ml of infusate. Treatment resulted in long-term survival for 3 years after toxin infusion with a durable tumor response. There were some permanent neurological side effects resulting from toxin infusion. The patient eventually died after a late local recurrence of the known brain tumor. Such clinical evolution of a malignant glioma after a single round of immunotoxin infusion is rather unusual. The late local recurrence may suggest that repeated courses rather than a single infusion of intratumoral toxin are possibly needed for successful long-term tumor control.

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