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A Phase I Study of Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara (MVA-B) in Healthy Volunteers at Low Risk of HIV Infection (RisVac02)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Juan A. Arnaiz, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona Identifier:
First received: May 15, 2008
Last updated: February 21, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

The purpose of this clinical trial is to study a modified pox viral vector considering:

  1. HIV subtype B accounts for the most frequent virus strain in Europe and North America, as well as in many parts of the world.
  2. This novel vaccinia construct expressing HIV subtype B gag, pol, env and nef antigens is to be studied in humans for the first time.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections
Biological: MVA-B
Biological: Placebo
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Phase I Study of MVA-B in Healthy Volunteers at Low Risk of HIV Infection

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Further study details as provided by Juan A. Arnaiz, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety: proportion of patients with Grade 3 or above local, systemic or other clinical or laboratory adverse events. Adverse events attributable to discontinuation of the immunisation regimen. Immunogenicity: cellular responses (ELISPOT) [ Time Frame: Safety: at any point of the study; Immunogenicity:week 6/8, 18/20, and at any point following immunisations ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients with grade 1 and 2 adverse events within 28 days of a vaccination -antibody responses -cellular responses -intracellular cytokine analysis [ Time Frame: at any point of the study and at week 6 and 18 for intracellular cytokine analysis ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: June 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Biological: MVA-B
  • Modified Pox virus, strain MVA clade -B (expressing HIV-1 Bx08gp120 and IIIB gagpolnef)

    -~ 1 x 10e8 pfu/ml

  • 3 immunisations at week 0, 4 and 16
Placebo Comparator: 2
Biological: Placebo
-3 immunisations at week 0, 4 and 16


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male or female
  • age between 18 and 55 years on the day of screening
  • available for follow-up for the duration of the study (52 weeks from screening)
  • able to give written informed consent
  • at low risk of HIV and willing to remain so for the duration of the study low risk of HIV infection defined as: no history of injecting drug use in the previous ten years no gonorrhoea or syphilis in the last six months no high risk partner (e.g. injecting drug use, HIV positive partner) either currently or within the past six months no unprotected anal intercourse in the last six months no unprotected vaginal intercourse outside a relationship with a regular known/presumed HIV negative partner in the last six months
  • willing to undergo a HIV test
  • willing to undergo a genital infection screen
  • if heterosexually active female, using an effective method of contraception with partner (combined oral contraceptive pill; injectable contraceptive; IUCD; consistent record with condoms if using these; physiological or anatomical sterility in self or partner) from 14 days prior to the first vaccination until 4 months after the last, and willing to undergo urine pregnancy tests prior to each vaccination
  • if heterosexually active male, using an effective method of contraception with their partner from the first day of vaccination until 4 months after the last vaccination

Exclusion Criteria:

  • positive for hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, antibody responses to vaccinia or serology indicating active syphilis requiring treatment
  • pregnant or lactating
  • clinically relevant abnormality on history or examination including history of grand-mal epilepsy, severe eczema, immunodeficiency or use of immunosuppressives in preceding 3 months
  • receipt of live attenuated vaccine within 60 days or other vaccine within 14 days of enrolment
  • receipt of blood products or immunoglobin within 4 months of screening
  • participation in another trial of a medicinal product, completed less than 30 days prior to enrolment
  • history of severe local or general reaction to vaccination defined as local: extensive, indurated redness and swelling involving most of the front-lateral thigh or the major circumference of the arm, not resolving within 72 hours general: fever >= 39.5oC within 48 hours; anaphylaxis; bronchospasm; laryngeal
  • HIV 1/2 positive or indeterminate on screening
  • positive for hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody or serology indicating active syphilis requiring treatment
  • grade 1 routine laboratory parameters
  • unlikely to comply with protocol
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00679497

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, 08036
Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón
Madrid, Spain, 28007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Juan A. Arnaiz
Principal Investigator: Josep M Gatell, MD Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
  More Information

Responsible Party: Juan A. Arnaiz, MD, PhD, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona Identifier: NCT00679497     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RisVac02
EudraCT: 2007-002367-27
Study First Received: May 15, 2008
Last Updated: February 21, 2013

Keywords provided by Juan A. Arnaiz, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:
Low risk HIV infection
HIV Seronegativity
HIV Preventive Vaccine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Communicable Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Slow Virus Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017