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Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Subclinical Rejection (Measure)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.E. J. Reinders, Leiden University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 13, 2008
Last updated: January 4, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
The purpose of the study is to test the safety and feasibility of autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy in HLA-DR mismatched patients with subclinical rejection and or an increase in IF?TA in the renal biopsy 4 weeks or 6 months after renal transplantation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Organ Transplantation
Procedure: Mesenchymal stem cell infusion
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Allograft Rejection After Renal Transplantation

Further study details as provided by Leiden University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary 1 Safety: rate of (serious) adverse events in the study population 2 Feasibility: determination of the number of expanded MSCs in relation to the amount of BM collected, number of passages required and time to reach study target doses [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary endpoints: 1 Presence of late acute rejection (in the 6 month biopsy compared with the 4 week biopsy). 2 Sirius red staining for renal cortical matrix accumulation. 3 Immunologic response before and after MSC infusion. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: February 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Mesenchymal stem cell infusion
    MSC infusion: two doses of 1-2x106 MSCs per kilogram body weight, intravenously, 7 days apart.
    Other Name: Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells.
Detailed Description:

Kidney transplantation has improved survival and quality of life for patients with end-stage organ failure. Despite dramatic improvements in short-term survival, long-term survival of renal allografts has changed little during the past decade. Recently, it has been demonstrated that chronic lesions originate already very early after transplantation and that subclinical rejection (SCR) in protocol biopsies is a risk factor for late graft loss. However the efficacy of high-dose corticosteroids and other therapies for the treatment of SCR have been shown to be inadequate. Thus, despite the availability of a range of available medications there remains a need for therapeutic alternatives because patients may not respond to existing therapeutic choices, they do not show an improvement of the fibrosis reaction or an effect on long term survival, or they may develop immunosuppression induced serious (sometimes fatal) side effects and toxicities.

In recent years it has become evident that bone marrow (BM) derived mesenchymal stem cells have potent immunomodulatory effects. MSCs are pluripotent cells that can differentiate into several mesenchymal tissues, including fibroblasts, osteoblasts, adipocytes and chondrocyte progenitors. MSCs have potent immunosuppressive effects on T and B cells in vitro and in animal models of chronic inflammation. Encouraging results have been obtained in patients with steroid resistant acute and severe Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD). The investigators hypothesize that infusion of MSCs may similarly provide a novel treatment option in the treatment of patients with allograft rejection with less side effects than existing immunosuppressive therapies.This study will evaluate the safety and feasibility of MSC therapy in renal recipients.

In total 15 de novo renal recipients of 2 HLA-DR mismatched living donors, men and women, 18-65 years of age, will be recruited from the renal transplant clinics of the LUMC. Only patients with SCR abd or an increase in IF/TA in the protocol biopsy 4 weeks or 6 months after transplantation will receive MSC infusions. MSCs from patients without SCR in their biopsy will be only used for feasibility and function studies (as described earlier). Subjects will receive two doses of 1 x 10.6 MSCs per kilogram body weight, intravenously, 7 days apart. The investigators will investigate safety of MSC therapy by assessing the rate of (serious) adverse events in the study population using the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria. Feasibility will be obtained by determining the number of expanded MSCs in relation to the amount of BM collected, number of passages required and time to reach study target doses.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject is willing to participate in the study and has signed the informed consent.
  • Recipients of a first kidney graft from a living HLA-DR mismatched donor (2 HLA-DR mismatches).
  • Subjects included in the study must have kidney biopsy proven SCR 4 weeks after transplantation.
  • Patients must be on triple immunosuppressive therapy of prednisone, CsA or tacrolimus and MMF according to current protocol.
  • Panel Reactive Antibodies (PRA) ≤ 5%.
  • Patients must be able to adhere to the study visit schedule and protocol requirements.
  • If female and of child-bearing age, subject must be non-pregnant, non-breastfeeding, and use adequate contraception.
  • Patients must be able to give informed consent and the consent must be obtained prior to any study procedure.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Double organ transplant recipient.
  • Acute clinical rejection after transplantation.
  • Patients with evidence of active infection or abcesses before MSC infusion.
  • Patients suffering from hepatic failure.
  • Patients suffering from an active autoimmune disease.
  • Patients who have had a previous BM transplant.
  • A psychiatric, addictive or any disorder that compromises ability to give truly informed consent for participation in this study.
  • Use of any investigational drug after transplantation.
  • Documented HIV infection, active hepatitis B, hepatitis C or TB according to current transplantation inclusion criteria.
  • Subjects who currently have an active opportunistic infection (e.g., herpes zoster [shingles], cytomegalovirus (CMV), Pneumocystis carinii (PCP), aspergillosis, histoplasmosis, or mycobacteria other than TB) after transplantation.
  • Malignancy (including lymphoproliferative disease) within the past 2-5 years (except for squamous or basal cell carcinoma of the skin that has been treated with no evidence of recurrence) according to current transplantation inclusion criteria.
  • Known recent substance abuse (drug or alcohol).
  • Contraindications to undergo a BM biopsy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00734396

Leiden Universitary Medical Center
Leiden, Netherlands, 2333 ZA
Sponsors and Collaborators
Leiden University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Marlies Reinders, MD, PhD LUMC
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: M.E. J. Reinders, MD, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center Identifier: NCT00734396     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P08.119
Study First Received: August 13, 2008
Last Updated: January 4, 2013

Keywords provided by Leiden University Medical Center:
Mesenchymal stem cells
Allograft rejection
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