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Three Immunosuppressive Treatment Regimens for Severe Aplastic Anemia

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) )
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00260689
First received: December 1, 2005
Last updated: May 16, 2017
Last verified: May 15, 2017
  Purpose

Severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is a life-threatening bone marrow failure disorder characterized by pancytopenia and a hypocellular bone marrow. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation offers the opportunity for cure in 70% of patients, but most patients are not suitable candidates for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) due to advanced age or lack of a histocompatible donor. For these patients, comparable long term survival is attainable with immunosuppressive treatment with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) and cyclosporine (CsA). However, of those patients treated with horse ATG(h-ATG)/CsA, one quarter to one third will not respond, and about 50% of responders relapse. Auto-reactive T cells may be resistant to the effect of ATG/CsA (non-responders), while in others residual auto-reactive T cells expand post-treatment, leading to hematopoietic stem cell destruction and recurrent pancytopenia (relapse). As long term survival is correlated to response rates and robustness of hematopoietic recovery, novel immunosuppressive regimens that can achieve hematologic response and decrease relapse rates are needed.

This trial will compare the effectiveness of three immunosuppressive regimens as first line therapies in patients with SAA with early hematologic response as the primary endpoint, as well as assess the role of extended CsA treatment after h-ATG in reducing numbers of late events of relapse and clonal evolution. Randomization is employed to obtain an equal distribution of subject to each arm; comparisons of early hematologic responses will be made among the rates observed among the three concurrent arms (rabbit-ATG [r-ATG] versus standard h-ATG; alemtuzumab vs standard h-ATG). For long course CSA, comparison of primary end points will be to well established historic relapse rate of 38% at 2-3 years and a cumulative rate of clonal evolution of 15%.


Condition Intervention Phase
Immunosuppresion Thrombocytopenia Pancytopenia Neutropenia Biological: Anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) Biological: Anti-thymocyte globulin (horse) Drug: Cyclosporine Drug: Alemtuzumab Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Study of Three Immunosuppressive Regimens in Treatment Naive Patients With Severe Aplastic Anemia: Horse ATG/CsA Taper vs Rabbit-ATG/CsA vs Alemtuzumab

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hematologic Response [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

    Hematologic response is defined as subjects having blood counts no longer meeting the standard ("Camitta") criteria for severe pancytopenia in Severe Aplastic Anemia, equivalent to 2 of the following values obtained on 2 serial blood count measurements at least one week apart at landmark time points (3, 6 and 12 months)

    • Absolute neutrophil count > 500/ μL
    • Platelet count > 20,000/ μL
    • Reticulocyte count > 60,000/ μL

    Improvement in counts that are dependent upon exogenously administered growth factors or transfusion will not be considered as fulfilling response criteria.


  • Hematologic Response [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

    Hematologic response is defined as subjects having blood counts no longer meeting the standard ("Camitta") criteria for severe pancytopenia in Severe Aplastic Anemia, equivalent to 2 of the following values obtained on 2 serial blood count measurements at least one week apart at landmark time points (3, 6 and 12 months)

    • Absolute neutrophil count > 500/ μL
    • Platelet count > 20,000/ μL
    • Reticulocyte count > 60,000/ μL

    Improvement in counts that are dependent upon exogenously administered growth factors or transfusion will not be considered as fulfilling response criteria.


  • Hematologic Response [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

    Hematologic response is defined as subjects having blood counts no longer meeting the standard ("Camitta") criteria for severe pancytopenia in Severe Aplastic Anemia, equivalent to 2 of the following values obtained on 2 serial blood count measurements at least one week apart at landmark time points (3, 6 and 12 months)

    • Absolute neutrophil count > 500/ μL
    • Platelet count > 20,000/ μL
    • Reticulocyte count > 60,000/ μL

    Improvement in counts that are dependent upon exogenously administered growth factors or transfusion will not be considered as fulfilling response criteria.



Enrollment: 136
Study Start Date: November 28, 2005
Study Completion Date: May 4, 2016
Primary Completion Date: May 4, 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Horse ATG/CsA taper
h-ATG (Anti-thymocyte globulin (horse)) + 6 months CsA (Cyclosporine) followed by an 18 month CsA taper
Biological: Anti-thymocyte globulin (horse) Drug: Cyclosporine
Experimental: Rabbit ATG/CsA
r-ATG (Anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit)) + 6 months CsA (Cyclosporine)
Biological: Anti-thymocyte globulin (rabbit) Drug: Cyclosporine
Experimental: Alemtuzumab
Alemtuzumab administered for 10 days
Drug: Alemtuzumab
Other Name: Campath

Detailed Description:

Severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is a life-threatening bone marrow failure disorder characterized by pancytopenia and a hypocellular bone marrow. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation offers the opportunity for cure in 70% of patients, but most patients are not suitable candidates for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) due to advanced age or lack of a histocompatible donor. For these patients, comparable long term survival is attainable with immunosuppressive treatment with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) and cyclosporine (CsA). However, of those patients treated with horse ATG(h-ATG)/CsA, one quarter to one third will not respond, and about 50% of responders relapse. Auto-reactive T cells may be resistant to the effect of ATG/CsA (non-responders), while in others residual auto-reactive T cells expand post-treatment, leading to hematopoietic stem cell destruction and recurrent pancytopenia (relapse). As long term survival is correlated to response rates and robustness of hematopoietic recovery, novel immunosuppressive regimens that can achieve hematologic response and decrease relapse rates are needed.

This trial will compare the effectiveness of three immunosuppressive regimens as first line therapies in patients with SAA with early hematologic response as the primary endpoint, as well as assess the role of extended CsA treatment after h-ATG in reducing numbers of late events of relapse and clonal evolution. Randomization is employed to obtain an equal distribution of subject to each arm; comparisons of early hematologic responses will be made among the rates observed among the three concurrent arms (rabbit-ATG [r-ATG] versus standard h-ATG; alemtuzumab vs standard h-ATG). For long course CSA, comparison of primary end points will be to well established historic relapse rate of 38% at 2-3 years and a cumulative rate of clonal evolution of 15%.

In the original design subjects were randomized to one of three different regimens: h-ATG + 6 months CsA followed by an 18 month CsA taper; r-ATG + 6 months CsA; or alemtuzumab (Campath). Subjects failing to respond to r-ATG will be crossed over to alemtuzumab (Campath), and subjects failing alemtuzumab (Campath) will be crossed over to r-ATG. Subjects failing to respond to h-ATG + CsA taper will go off study and be evaluated for eligibility for a second course of immunosuppression on companion protocol 03-H-0249, which similarly randomizes subjects between r-ATG and alemtuzumab (Campath) as salvage therapy.

The Campath arm was closed to new accrual for lack of efficacy on 4/10/2008. Subsequently, new accruals will be randomized to h-ATG + 6 months CsA followed by an 18 month CsA taper or r-ATG + 6 months CsA. Subjects failing to respond to h-ATG + CsA taper will go off study and be evaluated for eligibility for a second course of immunosuppression on companion protocol 03-H-0249, which similarly randomizes subjects between r-ATG and alemtuzumab (Campath ) as salvage therapy. Subjects who fail to respond to r-ATG + 6 months CsA will be offered treatment with h-ATG as salvage therapy or will go off-study to alternative treatments or stem cell transplant (from sibling or unrelated donor).

The primary endpoint will be hematologic response, defined as no longer meeting criteria for SAA, at 6 months. Secondary endpoints are relapse, robustness of hematologic recovery at 6 months, response at 3 and 12 months, survival, clonal evolution to PNH, myelodysplasia and acute leukemia. Long-course CSA will be assessed separately for its efficacy in reducing late events of relapse and evolution by comparison to historical control data.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

-INCLUSION CRITERIA:

  1. Severe aplastic anemia characterized by bone marrow cellularity less than 30% (excluding lymphocytes) and at least two of the following:

    • Absolute neutrophil count less than 500/microliter
    • Platelet count less than 20,000/microliter
    • Absolute reticulocyte count less than 60,000/microliter
  2. Age greater than or equal to 2 years old
  3. Weight greater than 12 kg

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

  1. Diagnosis of Fanconi's anemia
  2. Evidence of a clonal disorder on cytogenetics. Patients with super severe neutropenia (ANC less than 200/microliter) will not be excluded initially if cytogenetics are not available or pending. If evidence of a clonal disorder is later identified, the patient will go off study.
  3. Prior immunosuppressive therapy with ATG, ALG, alemtuzumab, or high dose cyclophosphamide.
  4. Infection not adequately responding to appropriate therapy.
  5. Serologic evidence of HIV infection.
  6. Failure to discontinue the herbal supplements Echinacea purpurea or Usnea barbata (Old Man's Beard) within 2 weeks of enrollment.
  7. Moribund status or concurrent hepatic, renal, cardiac, neurologic, pulmonary, infectious, or metabolic disease of such severity that it would preclude the patient's ability to tolerate protocol therapy, or that death within 7-10 days is likely.
  8. Potential subjects with cancer who are on active chemotherapeutic treatment or who take drugs with hematological effects will not be eligible.
  9. Current pregnancy, or unwillingness to take oral contraceptives or refrain from pregnancy if of childbearing potential.
  10. Not able to understand the investigational nature of the study or give informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00260689

Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Danielle M Townsley, M.D. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Responsible Party: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00260689     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 060034
06-H-0034 ( Other Identifier: NIH )
Study First Received: December 1, 2005
Results First Received: May 16, 2017
Last Updated: May 16, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: NIH Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS)

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) ):
Immunosuppression
T-cells
Hematopoiesis
Autoimmunity
Thrombocytopenia
Severe Aplastic Anemia
SAA

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anemia
Thrombocytopenia
Neutropenia
Anemia, Aplastic
Pancytopenia
Hematologic Diseases
Blood Platelet Disorders
Agranulocytosis
Leukopenia
Leukocyte Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Cyclosporins
Cyclosporine
Immunosuppressive Agents
Antilymphocyte Serum
Alemtuzumab
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Calcineurin Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents

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