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Belatacept Early Steroid Withdrawal Trial

Information source: University of Cincinnati
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Renal Transplantation

Intervention: Alemtuzumab (Drug); rabbit antithymocyte globulin (Drug); Belatacept (Drug); Tacrolimus (Drug); Mycophenolate mofetil (Drug); early cessation of steroids (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Cincinnati

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
E. Steve Woodle, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Cincinnati

Overall contact:
Rita R. Alloway, PharmD, Phone: 513-558-1568, Email: allowarr@uc.edu


The study purpose is to determine the safety and efficacy of a belatacept-based immunosuppressive regimen (calcineurin inhibitor free) with alemtuzumab or rabbit antithymocyte globulin induction and early glucocorticoid withdrawal (CSWD) and a belatacept-based immunosuppressive regimen with tacrolimus-based regimen with rabbit antithymocyte globulin induction and early glucocorticoid withdrawal in renal transplant recipients. The hypothesis is that a belatacept-based immunosuppressive regimen with alemtuzumab induction, MMF/MPA, and early glucocorticoid withdrawal (Group A) in renal transplant recipients or Belatacept-based immunosuppressive regimen with rabbit antithymocyte globulin induction, MMF/MPA and early glucocorticoid withdrawal (Group B) will lead to less risk of graft loss, patient death, or reduced renal function at 12 months as compared to a tacrolimus-based immunosuppressive regimen with rabbit antithymocyte globulin, MMF/MPA, and early glucocorticoid withdrawal in renal transplant recipients (Group C).

Clinical Details

Official title: Randomized, Open Label, Multicenter Study of Belatacept-based Early Steroid Withdrawal Regimen With Alemtuzumab or rATG Induction Compared to Tacrolimus-based Early Steroid Withdrawal Regimen With rATG Induction in Renal Transplantation

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Composite endpoint

Secondary outcome: Secondary endpoint

Detailed description: Renal transplant is the most effective treatment for end-stage renal disease. It provides improved survival and quality of life. Maintenance of a functioning renal transplant mandates lifelong immunosuppressive therapy to prevent immune destruction of the graft. Current immunosuppressive regimens yield 1-year survival rates of 89% for cadaveric and 94% for living-donor grafts. Over time, however, there is progressive loss of both subjects and grafts. Five-year graft survival for cadaveric and living related donor renal transplants is 67% and 80%, respectively. The most common causes of long-term subject and graft loss in kidney transplant recipients are cardiovascular disease and chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN), respectively. Paradoxically, the principal immunosuppressive therapies for renal transplant, the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs), cyclosporine (CsA) and tacrolimus, directly contribute to long-term allograft loss and subject death, since they are inherently nephrotoxic and can cause or exacerbate cardiovascular risks including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus. There is, therefore, a substantial unmet medical need for new therapies in renal transplant that can provide short-term subject and graft survival comparable to the CNIs without their long-term nephrotoxic, cardiovascular, and metabolic effects. Because belatacept can be administered at the time of engraftment rather than in a delayed fashion, as is frequently

necessary with CNIs - especially in those allografts with initial impaired renal function--

it affords immunosuppression in a timely manner. Unlike CNIs, the targeted mechanism of action of belatacept should provide immunosuppression without nephrotoxicity or adverse effects on the cardiovascular/metabolic profile. Glucocorticoids have been a cornerstone of immunosuppressive therapy for six decades. Although glucocorticoids provide potent suppression of allo-immune responses in humans, their adverse effects including infection, diabetes, weight gain, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, bone disease, dermal thinning, collagen loss in multiple tissues, and cataracts, combined with a lack of available therapeutic monitoring all argue against their continued use in transplantation. Belatacept represents a potential new treatment option for renal transplant recipients, which addresses the current unmet need for an immunosuppressive treatment that provides short-term outcomes comparable to calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) with the potential to avoid their renal, cardiovascular, and metabolic toxicities. However, the initial Phase 3 studies exhibited in higher rate of acute rejection and malignancy. The malignancies were associated with recipients who were EBV negative at the time of transplant. All EBV negative patients are precluded from treatment with Belatacept. Due to the limitations of Phase 3 trial designs and the required use of basilixumab induction, it is intuitive that the addition of a potent t cell depleting induction agent may decrease the overall acute rejection rate in patients treated with belatacept. The current study tests these assumptions with the following immunosuppressive regimens. Group A and B consist of potent T-cell depleting induction agents combined with belatacept. Group C represents the most common immunosuppressive regimen currently utilized in the United States. Each of these regimens include early withdrawal of glucocorticoids along with maintenance mycophenolate mofetil. Based upon the totality of available evidence, the current study offers a favorable benefit/risk profile to study subjects, and the potential to continue to provide important data for the development of new immunosuppressive regimens that address important unmet needs. The proposed Phase 4 study is designed to determine whether belatacept, in combination with other immunosuppressive agents (rabbit antithymocyte globulin or alemtuzumab, mycophenolate mofetil/EC mycophenolate sodium), may provide acceptable efficacy and safety in de novo kidney transplant recipients, in a regimen that provides simultaneous CNI freedom and early CSWD.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male and female patients > 18 years of age. 2. Patient who is receiving a renal transplant from a living or deceased donor. 3. Female patients of child bearing potential must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test within the past 48 hours prior to study inclusion. 4. The patient has given written informed consent to participate in the study. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patient has previously received an organ transplant other than a kidney. 2. Patient is receiving an HLA identical living donor transplant. 3. Patient who is a recipient of a multiple organ transplant. 4. Patient has a most recent PRA of > 25%. 5. Patient with a positive T or B cell crossmatch. 6. Patient with a donor specific antibody (DSA) as deemed by the local PI to be associated with significant risk of rejection. 7. Patient has received an ABO incompatible donor kidney. 8. The donor and/or donor kidney meet any of the following extended criteria for organ donation (ECD):

- Donor age >/= 60 years OR

- Donor age 50-59 years and 1 of the following:

- Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) + hypertension + SCr > 1. 5 mg/dL OR

- CVA + hypertension OR

- CVA + SCr > 1. 5 mg/dL OR

- Hypertension + SCr > 1. 5 mg/dL OR

- CIT > 24 hours, donor age > 10 years OR

- Donation after cardiac death (DCD)

9. Recipients will be receiving a dual or en bloc kidney transplant. 10. Donor anticipated cold ischemia is > 30 hours. 11. Recipient or donor is known to be seropositive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) or B virus (HBV) except for hepatitis B surface antibody positive. HCV seropositive patients with a negative HCV viral load testing may be included 12. Recipient or donor is known to be seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 13. Recipient who is seronegative for Epstein Barr virus (EBV). 14. Patient has uncontrolled concomitant infection or any other unstable medical condition that could interfere with the study objectives. 15. Patients with thrombocytopenia (PLT < 75,000/mm3), and/or leucopoenia (WBC < 2,000/mm3), or anemia (hemoglobin < 6 g/dL) prior to study inclusion. 16. Patient is taking or has been taking an investigational drug in the 30 days prior to transplant. 17. Patient who has undergone desensitization therapy within 6 months prior to transplant. 18. Patient has a known hypersensitivity to belatacept, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, alemtuzumab, rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin, or glucocorticoids. 19. Patient is receiving chronic steroid therapy at the time of transplant. 20. Patients with a history of cancer (other than non-melanoma skin cell cancers cured by local resection) within the last 5 years, unless they have an expected disease free survival of > 95%. 21. Patient is pregnant, where pregnancy is defined as the state of a female after conception and until the termination of gestation, confirmed by positive human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) laboratory test. 22. Women of childbearing potential must use reliable contraception simultaneously, unless they are status post bilateral tubal ligation, bilateral oophorectomy, or hysterectomy. 23. Patient has any form of substance abuse, psychiatric disorder or a condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, may invalidate communication with the investigator. 24. Inability to cooperate or communicate with the investigator.

Locations and Contacts

Rita R. Alloway, PharmD, Phone: 513-558-1568, Email: allowarr@uc.edu

California Pacific Medical Center, San Fransisco, California 94107, United States; Terminated

University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado 80045, United States; Recruiting
Alexander Wiseman, Jr., MD, Phone: 720-848-0860, Email: Alexander.Wiseman@ucdenver.edu
Alexander Wiseman, Jr., MD, Principal Investigator

Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida 33606, United States; Recruiting
John Leone, MD, Phone: 813-844-5660, Email: jpleone@tgh.org
John Leone, MD, Principal Investigator

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States; Recruiting
Patricia West-Thielke, PharmD, BCPS, Phone: 312-996-5695, Email: pwest@uic.edu
Patricia West-Thielke, PharmD, BCPS, Principal Investigator

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States; Recruiting
Arthur J Matas, MD, Phone: 612-625-6460, Email: matas001@umn.edu
Arthur J Mattas, MD, Sub-Investigator

The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219, United States; Recruiting
Adele R Shields, PharmD, Phone: 513-585-2145, Email: rikea@uc.edu
Adele R Shields, PharmD, Sub-Investigator
Michael Cardi, MD, Sub-Investigator
Rita Alloway, PharmD, Sub-Investigator
Shahzad Safdar, MD, Sub-Investigator

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219, United States; Recruiting
Rita R Alloway, PharmD, Phone: 513-558-1568, Email: allowarr@uc.edu
Rita R Alloway, PharmD, Sub-Investigator
Gautham Mogillishetty, MD, Sub-Investigator
Amit Govil, MD, Sub-Investigator
Ty Diwan, MD, Sub-Investigator
Adele Rike-Shields, PharmD, Sub-Investigator

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53792, United States; Recruiting
Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, Email: KAUFMAN@surgery.wisc.edu
Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, Sub-Investigator

Additional Information

Starting date: September 2012
Last updated: August 18, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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