Houston, Texas 77030


This study will test daily dosing of atovaquone at established pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) prophylaxis dosing in combination with standard induction chemotherapy for de novo AML. The primary objectives are to determine the frequency of omission of atovaquone doses due to standard induction chemotherapy toxicity, to quantify the steady-state plasma levels of atovaquone, and to determine the time to achievement of steady state atovaquone levels in this population.

Study summary:

Standard cytotoxic chemotherapy is based on the Medical Research Council (MRC) backbone of cytarabine, and daunorubicin. This combination of chemotherapy is highly myelosuppressive and can lead to oral aversions, dietary intolerance, and gastrointestinal infections necessitating holding of oral drugs. Because of the toxicity of the best currently available therapy, new drugs that are considered for incorporation into existing treatment regimens will ideally have a tolerable side effect profile. This study will evaluate the tolerability of incorporating the orally bioavailable drug atovaquone in combination with standard cytotoxic induction chemotherapy for newly diagnosed pediatric AML patients. Therefore, quantifying the frequency with which atovaquone is held due to a side effect of therapy is crucial information to gather in this population.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age: Children ≥1 month and children and young adults < 21 years of age 2. Diagnosis: Patients must be newly diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia 2.1 Patients with previously untreated primary AML who meet the customary criteria for AML with ≥ 20% bone marrow blasts as set out in the 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) Myeloid Neoplasm Classification are eligible. Attempts to obtain bone marrow either by aspirate or biopsy must be made unless clinically prohibitive. In cases where it is clinically prohibitive, peripheral blood with an excess of 20% blasts and in which adequate flow cytometric and cytogenetics/Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) testing is feasible can be substituted for the marrow exam at diagnosis 2.2 Patients with < 20% bone marrow or peripheral blood blasts are eligible if they have: - A karyotypic abnormality characteristic of de novo AML (t(8;21)(q22;q22), inv(16)(p13q22) or t(16;16)(p13;q22) or 11q23 abnormalities, - The unequivocal presence of megakaryoblasts, or - Biopsy proven isolated myeloid sarcoma (myeloblastoma; chloroma, including leukemia cutis). 3. Pre-existing myelodysplastic syndrome: Patients with a history of myelodysplastic syndrome that has progressed to AML which meets the criteria above are eligible. 4. Therapy-related or secondary AML Patients with AML which is thought to be therapy related but meet the criteria above are eligible. 5. Prior Therapy: Prior therapy with hydroxyurea, all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), corticosteroids (any route), and IT cytarabine given at diagnosis is allowed. Hydroxyurea and ATRA cannot be given concurrently with protocol therapy. There is no specific amount of time mandated between the last dose of hydroxyurea or ATRA and the start of protocol therapy. With the exception of infants who had previously received low dose cytarabine to control disease, patients who have previously received any other antileukemic therapy (i.e. chemotherapy or radiation therapy) are not eligible for this protocol. 6. Organ Function Requirement: Adequate Liver Function Defined as: - Direct Bilirubin ≤2x upper limit of normal (ULN) for age and institution (unless related to leukemic involvement), and - serum glutamate-pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) (ALT) ≤2.5x ULN for age and institution (unless it is related to leukemic involvement) 7. Ability to receive enteral medication: Eligible patients should have no contraindication to enteral administration of medication (e.g. oral, Nasogastric (NG), G-tube, etc) as determined by the evaluating physician. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Excluded Constitutional Conditions Patients with a history of any of the following constitutional conditions are not eligible: - Fanconi anemia - Shwachman syndrome - Any other known constitutional bone marrow failure syndrome - Patients with constitutional trisomy 21 or with constitutional mosaicism of trisomy 21 who are eligible to receive treatment for Down Syndrome (DS) related AML Note: Enrollment and initiation of therapy may occur pending results of clinically indicated studies to exclude these conditions. If a patient is found to have any of these conditions they should be removed from the study once results are received. Patients who are removed due to ineligibility after results are received will be replaced. 2. Other Excluded Conditions Patients with any of the following oncologic diagnoses are not eligible: - Any concurrent malignancy - Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) - Philadelphia chromosome positive AML - Biphenotypic or bilineal acute leukemia - Acute promyelocytic leukemia Note: Enrollment and initiation of therapy may occur pending results of clinically indicated studies to exclude these conditions. If a patient is found to have any of these conditions they should be removed from the study once results are received. Patients who are removed due to ineligibility after results are received will be replaced. 3. Prior receipt of anthracyclines Patients with treatment-related AML who have received more than 250mg/m2 of anthracyclines (in daunorubicin equivalents) are not eligible. 4. Known Allergy or Intolerance to Atovaquone Patients with a known allergy or intolerance to atovaquone are not eligible. 5. Enrollment on another ongoing treatment study Patients who are enrolled on a treatment study are not eligible 6. Pregnancy or Breast-Feeding 6.1 Female patients who are pregnant are ineligible since fetal toxicities and teratogenic effects have been noted for several of the study drugs. 5.2 Lactating females are not eligible unless they have agreed not to breastfeed their infants. 5.3 Female patients of childbearing potential are not eligible unless a negative pregnancy test result has been obtained. 6. Informed Consent: All patients and/or their parents or legally authorized representatives must sign a written informed consent. Assent, when appropriate, will be obtained according to institutional guidelines.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Alexandra Stevens, MD
Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

Alexandra Stevens, MD
Phone: 832-824-4824
Email: amsteven@txch.org

Backup Contact:

Email: jxcruz@texaschildrens.org
Janicemar Cruz
Phone: 832-824-7472

Location Contact:

Houston, Texas 77030
United States

Alexandra Stevens
Phone: 832-824-4824

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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