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Biomarkers in Predicting Response in Patients With Graft-Versus-Host Disease Undergoing Extracorporeal Photophoresis

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2016 by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Madan Jagasia, MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: March 7, 2011
Last updated: August 10, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
This clinical trial studies biomarkers in predicting response in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) undergoing extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP). ECP treats the patient's blood with ultraviolet light outside the body and kills the white blood cells before returning blood back into the patient's body. Studying samples of blood from patients with GVHD may help doctors identify and learn more about biomarkers related to GVHD.

Condition Intervention
Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)
Procedure: extracorporeal photopheresis
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: T-regulatory Homing Subsets as a Predictor of Response in GVHD Treated With Extracorporeal Photopheresis

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Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Association of frequency of skin and gut homing Tregs (%) in patients with chronic GVHD with response to ECP. [ Time Frame: 6 months after last patient is on study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rates of GVHD with ECP as measured by NIH response criteria [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
  • Incidence of T-reg cell frequency (%) with various NIH subtypes of chronic GVHD [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
  • Incidence of T-reg homing subsets (%) with various NIH subtypes of chronic GVHD [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 203
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (Treg predictor of response to ECP)
Patients undergo ECP twice a week for 4 weeks and then twice a week every 2 weeks for 8 weeks.
Procedure: extracorporeal photopheresis
Undergo ECP
Other Name: extracorporeal photophoresis
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Detailed Description:


I. To show that extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP)increases skin and gut homing T regulatory (T-reg) cells in patients with GVHD clinically responding to ECP.


I. Response rates of GVHD with extracorporeal photopheresis(ECP)as measured by NIH response criteria

II. Incidence of T-reg cell frequency(%)with various NIH subtypes of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)

III. Incidence of T-reg homing subsets(%)with various NIH subtypes of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)


Patients undergo ECP twice a week for 4 weeks and then twice a week every 2 weeks for 8 weeks.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 2, 4, and 6 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with any NIH subtype of chronic GVHD that is being treated with ECP
  • Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) > 60% at time of study enrollment
  • Life expectancy > 3 months
  • Steroid dose not greater than 2 mg/kg prednisone equivalent at time of study enrollment
  • If patient has steroid refractory GVHD (defined as worsening of GVHD after 3 days of 2 mg/kg prednisone equivalent or no improvement after 7 days of 2 mg/kg prednisone equivalent), time interval from start of steroids to initiation of ECP should not be > 14 days
  • No use of an investigational agent within 2 weeks of starting ECP
  • No uncontrolled bacterial, fungal or viral disease (therapy for cytomegalovirus [CMV] viremia is permitted)
  • No evidence of relapse or progression of underlying disease (molecular evidence of relapse/progression or mixed chimerism is permitted)
  • Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) should be willing to use 2 forms of contraception; male patients should be willing to use contraception
  • Voluntary written informed consent before performance of any study-related procedure not part of normal medical care, with the understanding that consent may be withdrawn by the subject at any time without prejudice to future medical care

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant
  • Patients known to be human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans as the sole indication of ECP
  • Serious medical or psychiatric illness likely to interfere with participation in this clinical study
  • Mechanical ventilation, renal replacement therapy, admitted in intensive care until at time of enrollment
  • Stage 4 gastrointestinal GVHD as per Seattle-Glucksberg criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01324908

Contact: VICC Clinical Trials Information Program 800-811-8480

United States, Georgia
Emory University Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Cynthia Giver, PhD    404-778-5806      
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Giver, PhD         
United States, Massachusetts
Dana Farber Cancer Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Yi-Bin Chen, MD    617-724-1124 ext 2      
Principal Investigator: Yi-Bin Chen, MD         
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232-6838
Contact: VICC Clinical Trials Program    800-811-8480      
Principal Investigator: Madan H. Jagasia         
United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University, Massey Cancer Center Recruiting
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
Contact: William Clark, MD    804-828-1292      
Principal Investigator: William Clark, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Madan Jagasia Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Madan Jagasia, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Outpatient Transplant Program; Section Chief, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01324908     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VICC BMT 1063
NCI-2011-00225 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
Study First Received: March 7, 2011
Last Updated: August 10, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Graft vs Host Disease
Immune System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017