Safety and Efficacy Study of Autologous Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Treatment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Corestem, Inc. Identifier:
First received: May 30, 2011
Last updated: August 15, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells("HYNR-CS inj"), through intrathecal delivery for the treatment in patients with ALS.

This study consists of 2 steps. First step is a safety study of the intrathecal(IT) transplantation of "HYNR-CS inj" in 7 patients with ALS. Safety will be evaluated with adverse effect and clinical laboratory test.

Second step is to compare the efficacy and safety between test group and control group of total 64 patients with ALS.

Condition Intervention Phase
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Biological: HYNR-CS inj
Other: Control group
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open-label, Phase I/II Trial for Safety and Efficacy Study of Autologous Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Treatment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Corestem, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in ALSFRS-R score [ Time Frame: Week 12, -8, -4, 0, 4, 8, 12, 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    After a lead-in period for 12 weeks, the patients of a test group will be treated with 'HYNR-CS inj' twice at an interval of 26 days. After treatment, patients will be followed up for progression rate, all patients will be assessed every 4 weeks using the ALSFRS-R(ALS functional rating scale-revised) score.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Appel scale [ Time Frame: Week -12, 0, 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To evaluate the disease progression rate, Appel scale will be assessed.

  • Change in FVC [ Time Frame: Week -12, 0, 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To check the change of patient's respiration ability, FVC(Forced Vital Capacity) will be evaluated.

  • Change in SF-36 [ Time Frame: Week 0, 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To evaluate quality of life, SF-36 will be assessed.

Enrollment: 71
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Test group
Treatment group with HYNR-CS inj.
Biological: HYNR-CS inj
Intrathecal injection with 1ml/10kg of body weight at an interval of 26 days.
Experimental: Control group
No treatment with HYNR-CS inj.
Other: Control group
No treatment of HYNR-CS inj

Detailed Description:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor neuron loss. Despite of many trials for disease-modifying, no treatment has so far changed natural course of disease.

We have performed the pre-clinical and clinical studies using autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells in ALS. We could get the evidence that autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells have dose-dependent effects on SOD1 mice via intrathecal injection. In our results of clinical trial, intrathecal injection of autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells could slow down disease progression and might be used as a disease modifying strategy in patients with ALS.

This study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of HYNR-CS inj(autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells) in patients with ALS.


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients between 25 and 75 years old
  • Patients who have both signs of lower motor neuron(LMN) and upper motor neuron(UMN) degeneration by clinical, electrophysiological or neuropathologic examination
  • Patients diagnosed as 'Probable' or 'Definite' ALS according to the World Federation of Neurology El Escorial criteria
  • Patients who have taken Rilutek at stable background dose from 3 months ago at least before screening entry
  • Patients whose duration of disease is within 5 years from the first diagnosis
  • Patients with ALSFRS-R score within 31 to 46 at screening
  • Patients who can visit to a hospital by walk personally or by protector's help
  • Patients who provide the written consent by oneself or his/her legal representative

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who doesn't appropriate to the diagnostic criteria of ALS
  • Patients who are diagnosed as primary lateral sclerosis(PLS) or progressive muscular atrophy(PMA)
  • Patients suspected of adverse effect after stem cell injection(patients suspected of malignant tumor, risk group of psychogenic shock, patients with serious hypertension)
  • Patients with ALSFRS-R score below 30 at screening
  • Patients performed ventilator or tracheostomy at screening
  • Patients performed gastrostomy at screening
  • Patients unable to assess the efficacy of this clinical trial due to unattainable PFT(Pulmonary Functional Test) or patients with suspected 40% or less of FVC at screening
  • Patients with finding of myocardial infarction or angina pectoris according to ECG, patients who have been performed Stenting or Bypass operation at screening
  • Patients who have taken any other drug for clinical trial within the past 3 months at screening entry
  • Patients with epilepsy
  • Patients with severe renal dysfunction(serum creatinine≥2.0mg/dl)
  • Patients with severe liver dysfunction(ALT, AST, bilirubin≥upper limit of normal X 2)
  • Pregnant woman, lactating woman, female patients who has a pregnancy planning or who doesn't agree with adoption of contraception methods proper medically, male patients who doesn't agree with adoption of contraception methods proper to his partner during participating this study
  • Patients with hemorrhagic tendency at screening
  • Patients with virus infection at screening
  • Patients with a known history of hypersensitivity/allergy to penicillin and streptomycin
  • Patients with previous stem cell therapy
  • Patients diagnosed with cancer
  • Patients who have taken any drug thag can effect to bone marrow function
  • Patients with any other neurological disease except ALS
  • Patients with psychotic diseases
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01363401

Korea, Republic of
Hanyang University Hospital
Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 133-792
Sponsors and Collaborators
Corestem, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Seung Hyun Kim, M.D., Ph.D. Hanyang University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Corestem, Inc. Identifier: NCT01363401     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HYNR_CS_ALS201 
Study First Received: May 30, 2011
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
Health Authority: Korea: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Corestem, Inc.:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Motor neuron disease
Autologous bone marrow derived stem cell
Intrathecal injection

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Central Nervous System Diseases
Metabolic Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Spinal Cord Diseases
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