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EndocardialVascularEndothelialGrowth Factor D(VEGF-D)Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Severe Coronary Heart Disease (KAT301)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
University of Eastern Finland
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Juha Hartikainen, Kuopio University Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 23, 2009
Last updated: March 1, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of catheter mediated endocardial adenovirus VEGF-D gene therapy in patients with severe coronary heart disease.

Condition Intervention Phase
Angina Pectoris
Myocardial Infarction
Biological: VEGF-D gene transfer
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Participant
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Endocardial VEGF-D Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Severe Coronary Heart Disease - A Phase 1 Single-blinded Placebo-controlled Phase 1 Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Kuopio University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Assessments for safety and tolerability as measured as the acute and late adverse effects, laboratory parameters, biodistribution of the vector, anti-adenovirus antibodies and VEGF-levels before and in several time points after the gene transfer. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of GT to increase myocardial perfusion in MRI and PET. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  • Functional capacity in exercise test, LV-function in echocardiography, arrhythmias in 24-hours Holter-recording will be analyzed. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  • Improvement in symptoms, QOL and medication. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: October 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gene therapy Biological: VEGF-D gene transfer
Gene transfer will be performed by using endocardial injection system (NOGATM) and an escalating dose of 1x109, 1x1010 and 1x1011 vpu of AdVEGF-D will be injected into 10 sites of the myocardium (0.2 ml per site).
No Intervention: Control
Control patients will have electroanatomic mapping procedure but no gene injections.

Detailed Description:

Study objective(s):

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of catheter mediated endocardial adenovirus VEGF-D gene transfer in patients with severe coronary heart disease to whom revascularisation cannot be performed ("no option -patients"). The primary objective is safety of the gene therapy and the secondary objective is the efficacy of gene therapy to improve myocardial perfusion as measured by MRI, PET and left ventricular function as measured by echocardiography as well as to improve functional status as measured by bicycle ergometer test. Quality of life will be monitored with a personal interview and the consumption of nitrate medication.

Study design:

This is a randomised, single-blinded, placebo controlled single centre Phase I study for patients with coronary heart disease to whom no other treatment than standard medication is available. Patients will be randomized 4:1 to the treatment group and control group. Control patients will not be treated with gene injections but only with cardiac electroanatomical mapping.

Study population:

Up to thirty patients will be recruited from the area of Kuopio University Hospital in the study. The patients will be selected for the trial on the basis of coronary angiogram imaging. Only those patients who are not eligible for the coronary angioplasty or bypass operation ("no option -patients") due to diffuse coronary stenosis, small coronary vessels, repeated revascularisation or too high risk for operation, will be included.


Assessments for safety are recording of adverse events (Appendix 4), laboratory assessments and transthoracic echocardiography. Assessments for efficacy are clinical symptoms and need for nitrate medication, cardiac MRI, PET and bicycle ergometer test. Other assessments are 24-hour Holter recording, transthoracal echocardiography, quality of life and PCR reactions for the detection of gene and virus vector.

Investigational drug product:

First generation replication-deficient AdVEGF-D produced in 293 cells (refer to product master file (PMF-VD-08-001)) will be injected into ten sites in the endocardium. In the beginning, an escalating dose of 1x109, 1x1010 and 1x1011 vpu of virus in a total volume of 2 ml (10 times 0.2 ml) will be used. On the basis of fifteen patients an interim analysis will be performed to evaluate the most suitable dose of virus which will be used for the rest of the study patients. Control patients will not be treated with drug product, only electroanatomical mapping will be performed.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • informed consent signed,
  • age between 30 and 80 years,
  • significant angina pectoris (CCS II-III) despite of maximal medication,
  • significant stenosis in coronary angiography (stenosis > 60 %),
  • contraindication to coronary angioplasty or by pass operation (diffuse or distal stenosis,
  • chronic total occlusion,
  • vessels with difficult anatomy,
  • stenosis with severe calcifications,
  • stenosis in small vessels (< 2.5 mm)),
  • reversible myocardial perfusion defects detected by pharmacological adenosine or dobutamine assisted perfusion MRI,
  • angina pectoris or ischemic ST-depression (> 1 mm) in the exercise test,
  • left ventricle wall > 8 mm detected by transthoracal echocardiography (treatment area).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • women in fertile age,
  • patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or severe end-stage type 2 diabetes mellitus,
  • diabetic retinopathy,
  • atrial fibrillation,
  • clinically significant anemia (hemoglobin count < 120 mg/l in male, < 110 mg/l in female; hematocrit < 0.36), leukopenia (b-leukocyte count < 3.0x109/l), leukocytosis (b-leukocyte count > 12.0x109/l) or thrombocytopenia (b-thrombocyte count < 100x109/l), renal insufficiency (s-creatinine > 160mg/l),
  • liver insufficiency (s-alanine amino transferase and s-alcaline phosphatase over 2 x normal),
  • haematuria of unknown origin,
  • severe hypertension (systolic blood pressure > 200 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 110 mmHg) or significant hypotension (systolic blood pressure < 90mmHg),
  • significant obesity (BMI > 35),
  • cardiac pacemaker,
  • acute infection,
  • immunosuppressive medication,
  • significant impairment of the left ventricular function (EF < 25% in TTE or CO < 2 l in MRI),
  • congestive heart failure,
  • haemodynamically significant (gradus 3-4/4) aortic regurgitation or other heart disease needing surgery,
  • recent ( < 6 weeks) acute coronary syndrome or myocardial infarction (elevated CK-MB or cardiac troponin),
  • PCI or CABG or TIA/stroke,
  • previous or current malignancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01002430

Kuopio University Hospital
Kuopio, Finland
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kuopio University Hospital
University of Eastern Finland
Principal Investigator: Juha Hartikainen Kuopio University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Juha Hartikainen, Professor, Director, Heart Center, Kuopio University Hospital Identifier: NCT01002430     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KUH5101035
Study First Received: October 23, 2009
Last Updated: March 1, 2017

Keywords provided by Kuopio University Hospital:
Myocardial ischemia
Refractory angina pectoris
Vascular endothelial growth factor
Gene therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Diseases
Myocardial Infarction
Coronary Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Angina Pectoris
Pathologic Processes
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Chest Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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