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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute

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NU 16C01: A Phase 0 first-in-human study using NU-0129: a spherical nucleic acid (SNA) gold nanoparticle targeting BCL2L12 in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma patients
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety of NU-0129 SNA gold nanoparticle infusion in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma Overview This is a first-in-human trial to determine the safety of NU-0129. The study drug is composed of a small gold nanoparticle that has spherical nucleic acid attached to it. This small particle allows NU-0129 to cross the blood brain barrier (a filtering mechanism that carry blood to the brain). Once within the tumor, the nucleic acid component is able to target a gene called Bcl2L12 that is present in glioblastoma multiforme, and is associated with tumor growth. This gene prevents tumor cells from apoptosis, which is the process of programmed cell death, thus promoting tumor growth. Researchers think that targeting the Bcl2L12 gene with NU-0129 will help stop cancer cells from growing. Description of Treatment All study participants will receive the same study drug, NU-0129, given through vein one time over 20 minutes as an inpatient. Within two days of getting this drug, participants will have a tumor resection surgery, recommended by their doctor. The study team will continue to watch for any side effects for at least 4 weeks with clinic visits and lab tests done each week. The study team will also continue to check how the subjects are doing with a clinic visit at least every 3 months for up to 2 years or until their disease comes back.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Patients should have a diagnosis of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) or gliosarcoma (GS) after failing prior therapy.
- Eligible patients must be surgical candidates where surgery is felt to be an appropriate treatment option.
- Patients must be 18 or older.

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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    Chicago, IL
NCT03020017 STU00203790
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Study Coordinator 312 695 1102
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