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Alefacept in Kidney Transplant Recipients

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(The drug will no longer be available in the United States.)
Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Donald Hricik, University Hospital Case Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2011
Last updated: February 17, 2012
Last verified: February 2012

Alefacept, also known as Amevive®, is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and other countries for the treatment of psoriasis, which is a chronic inflammatory immunological skin condition that can result in chronic dry, red patches that are covered in scales. Alefacept is approved by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis but not as an anti-rejection medication in transplant patients. It is now being tested in new kidney transplant patients as a supplement to other approved anti-rejection drugs. Alefacept will be used as an investigational drug in this study.

The reason for this study is to test whether using Alefacept will inhibit T cells, known as memory cells, using a test named ELISPOT-IFN. In patients with psoriasis, Alefacept inhibits these memory cells. If memory cells specific to your donor can be inhibited by this drug, it might prevent rejection and promote acceptance of the transplanted kidney in a unique manner.

Condition Intervention
Kidney Transplantation Drug: Amevive

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Effects of Alefacept on Donor-Specific Memory in Kidney Transplant Recipients

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Further study details as provided by Donald Hricik, University Hospital Case Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Absolute changes in ELISPOTS, PRT (Panel Reactive T Cells), and lymphocyte subsets will be analyzed using paired t-tests to compare baseline vs 4, 8, 12, 16, and 24 weeks of follow-up [ Time Frame: 12, 24, and 36 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The incidence of clinically overt infections will be descriptive or calculated as a simple percentage. [ Time Frame: 12, 24, and 36 months ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Alefacept action on memory T cells Drug: Amevive
Alefacept 15mg subcutaneous; once a week for 12 weeks
Other Name: Alefacept


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able and willing to sign informed consent
  • Adult (>18years) kidney-alone transplant recipient
  • 6 months post-transplant
  • Persistently positive donor-stimulated ELISPOT-IFN (≥30 spots/300K cells)-2 positive assays separated by at least one week
  • Female subjects of child bearing potential must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test within 7 days prior to enrollment and must agree to maintain effective birth control during the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Baseline CD4 count <250 cells/uL
  • Acute rejection episode within the 3 months prior to enrollment
  • Clinically overt infection within the 3 months prior to enrollment
  • History of BK polyoma viremia
  • Recipient or donor is known to be seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Subject has a current malignancy or a history of malignancy (within the past 5 years), except non-metastatic basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has been treated successfully
  • Any major illnesses/condition that, in the investigator's judgment, will substantially increase the risk associated with the subject's participation in and completion of the study, or could preclude the evaluation of the subject's response
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01433770

United States, Ohio
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Donald E Hricik, MD University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Donald Hricik, Professor of Medicine, Chief Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Medical Director Transplantation Services, University Hospital Case Medical Center Identifier: NCT01433770     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 02-11-06
Study First Received: September 8, 2011
Last Updated: February 17, 2012

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Dermatologic Agents processed this record on June 23, 2017