Malaria Vaccine in Children in Mali

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 21, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
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Brief Summary:

This study will test an experimental vaccine called AMA1-C1 in children to see if it is safe and if it reduces episodes of malaria parasitemia (parasites in the blood) in children exposed to malaria. Malaria affects about 300 million to 500 million people worldwide each year, causing from 2 million to 3 million deaths, mostly among children less than 5 in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the leading cause of death and illness among the general population of Mali in West Africa. Increasing drug resistance to the malaria parasite and widespread resistance of mosquitoes (the insects that transmit the parasite) to pesticides are reducing the ability to control malaria through these strategies. A vaccine that could reduce illness and death from malaria would be a valuable new resource in the fight against this disease. AMA1-C1 is an experimental vaccine developed by the NIAID. Tests of AMA1-C1 in 87 healthy people in the United States and in Mali found no serious harmful side effects of the vaccine.

Two- and three-year-old children who live in Don gu bougou or Bancoumana, Mali, and are in general good health may be eligible for this study. Candidates are screened with a medical history, physical examination, and blood and urine tests.

Participants are randomly assigned to receive two injections (shots) of either AMA1-C1 or a Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine called Hiberix® (Registered Trademark), which is approved and used in Mali. All shots are given in the thigh muscle. Before the first shot, a small blood sample is obtained to make sure the child is well and to see if he or she has antibodies to the malaria parasite. The second shot is given 4 weeks after the first. After each shot, participants are observed in the clinic for 30 minutes. They return to the clinic 1, 2, 3, 7 and 14 days after each shot for a physical examination. Blood samples are drawn at some visits to check for side effects of the vaccine and to measure the response to it.

During the rainy season after the second vaccination, subjects come to the clinic once a month for an examination. Any child who has been ill with a disease that could be malaria has a blood sample collected by fingerstick to test for malaria and to learn about the malaria parasites causing the infection. Every fourth visit a fingerstick sample is taken regardless of whether the child has been sick. If a child becomes sick at any time during the study, he or she will be brought to the clinic for examination a...

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Malaria Drug: AMA1-C1/Alhydrogel Malaria Vaccine Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Apical membrane antigen-1 (AMA1) is a surface protein expressed during the asexual blood stage of P. falciparum. It is produced as an 83-kDa polypeptide by mature schizonts in infected erythrocytes. In clinical studies in malaria-unexposed adults in the USA and in malaria-exposed adults in Mali, AMA1-C1/Alhydrogel was safe and immunogenic. This study will evaluate its safety and immunogenicity in malaria-exposed children living in an area of seasonal malaria transmission.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 900 participants
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Controlled, Phase 1/2 Study of the Safety and Immunogenicity of AMA1-C1/Alhydrogel Vaccine for Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria in Children in Doneguebougou and Bancoumana, Mali
Study Start Date : January 19, 2006
Study Completion Date : December 8, 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Malaria
Drug Information available for: Algeldrate

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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 3 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Males or females aged 2 to less than 4 years old. Children must be born no earlier than September 1, 2002 and must have had their second birthday prior to first vaccination.

Known residents of the village of Doneguebougou, Mali or Bancoumana.

Good general health as determined by means of the screening procedures.

Available for the duration of the trial (52 weeks).

Willingness to participate in the study as evidenced by parents/legal guardians signing or fingerprinting the informed consent document.


Evidence of clinically significant neurologic, cardiac, pulmonary, hepatic, rheumatologic, autoimmune, chronic infectious or renal disease by history, physical examination, and/or laboratory studies including urinalysis.

Behavioral, cognitive, or psychiatric disease that in the opinion of the investigator affects the ability of the volunteer or the parent/legal guardian to understand and cooperate with the study protocol.

Laboratory evidence of liver disease (alanine aminotransferase (ALT) greater than 1.25 times the upper limit of normal of the testing laboratory).

Laboratory evidence of renal disease (serum creatinine greater than the upper limit of normal of the testing laboratory, or more than trace protein or blood on urine dipstick testing).

Laboratory evidence of hematologic disease (absolute leukocyte count less than 3000/mm(3) or greater than 14,500/mm(3), absolute lymphocyte count less than 1000/mm(3), platelet count less 120,000/mm(3), or hemoglobin less than 8.5 g/dL).

Other condition that in the opinion of the investigator would jeopardize the safety or rights of a volunteer participating in the trial or would render the subject unable to comply with the protocol.

Participation in another investigational vaccine or drug trial within 30 days of starting this study, or while this study is ongoing.

History of a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.

Severe asthma (emergency room visit or hospitalization within the last 6 months).

Positive ELISA for HCV.

Positive HBsAg by ELISA.

Known immunodeficiency syndrome.

Use of corticosteroids (excluding topical or nasal) or immunosuppressive drugs within 30 days of starting this study.

Receipt of a live vaccine within past 4 weeks (e.g. measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)) or a non-live vaccine (e.g. diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT)) within past 2 weeks prior to entry into the study.

History of a surgical splenectomy.

Receipt of a blood transfusion within the past 6 months.

Previous receipt of an investigational malaria vaccine.

History of a known allergy to nickel.

History of known allergy to yeast.

Known hypersensitivity to any component of the Hib vaccine (tetanus toxoid, lactose).

Previous administration of Hib vaccines.

Known thrombocytopenia or bleeding disorders.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00341250

Bancoumana Clinical Trial Center
Bancoumana, Mali
Doneguebougou Malaria Vaccine Center
Doneguebougou, Mali
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: RCHSPB Identifier: NCT00341250     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999906081
First Posted: June 21, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2017
Last Verified: April 29, 2009

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Blood Stage

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Aluminum Hydroxide
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Gastrointestinal Agents