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Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trial: An Opportunity to Prevent Dementia. A Study of Potential Disease Modifying Treatments in Individuals at Risk for or With a Type of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease Caused by a Genetic Mutation. (DIAN-TU)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Eli Lilly and Company
Hoffmann-La Roche
Alzheimer's Association
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals
Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Washington University School of Medicine Identifier:
First received: December 26, 2012
Last updated: October 6, 2016
Last verified: October 2016
The purpose of this study is to assess the safety, tolerability, biomarker and cognitive efficacy of gantenerumab and solanezumab in subjects who are known to have an Alzheimer's disease-causing mutation by determining if treatment with the study drug improves cognitive outcomes and disease-related biomarkers.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alzheimers Disease Dementia Alzheimers Disease, Familial Drug: Gantenerumab Drug: Solanezumab Drug: Matching Placebo (Gantenerumab) Drug: Matching Placebo (Solanezumab) Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II/III Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Multi-Center Study of 2 Potential Disease Modifying Therapies in Individuals at Risk for and With Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Washington University School of Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Assess cognitive efficacy of gantenerumab and solanezumab in individuals with mutations causing dominantly inherited AD as measured by change in the DIAN-TU cognitive composite score. Comparisons will not be made between the two drug treatments. [ Time Frame: Baseline and Week 52, 104, 156, and 208 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Gantenerumab: Cerebral amyloid imaging using [11C]PiB-PET. [ Time Frame: Baseline and Weeks 52, 104, and 208 ]
  • Solanezumab: Total Abeta 1-42 (Aβ42) in CSF. [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 104 ]
  • Change in amyloid deposition as measured by [11C]PiB-PET-C-SUVR [when not the biomarker endpoint] [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 208 ]
  • Change in CSF amyloid-beta peptide concentrations [when not the biomarker endpoint] [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 208 ]
  • Change of CSF biomarkers tau and ptau181 values compared between subjects on active drug (gantenerumab or solanezumab) and mutation carriers in the pooled placebo group [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 208 ]
  • Rate of brain atrophy in treatment groups vs. pooled placebo group as measured by cortical thickness of regions of interest (volumetric MRI) [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 208 ]
  • Change in FDG-PET metabolism in specific regions of interest (e.g., precuneus) in treated group as compared to pooled placebo group measured [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 208 ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline in Clinical Measures [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 208 ]
    • Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), including CDR sum of boxes (CDR-SB) and clinician's diagnostic assessment
    • Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
    • Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire (NPI-Q)
    • Functional Assessment Questionnaire (FAQ)
    • Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE)
    • Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), including CDR sum of boxes (CDR-SB) and clinician's diagnostic assessment
    • Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
    • Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire (NPI-Q)
    • Functional Assessment Questionnaire (FAQ)
    • Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE)

  • Change from Baseline in Cognitive Measures [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 208 ]
    • International Shopping List Test (12-Item Word List Learning): 3 learning trials, Immediate Recall, 30-min Delayed Recall (CogState)
    • Groton Maze Learning Test: Timed Chase Task, 5 learning Trials, Immediate Recall, 30-min Delayed Recall (CogState)
    • Cogstate Detection Task
    • Cogstate Identification Test
    • Cogstate One Card Learning Test
    • Cogstate One-Back (OBK) Task
    • Stark Pattern Separation Task
    • Memory Complaint Questionnaire (MAC-Q)
    • Trails A & B [baseline, week 208]
    • Wechsler Memory Scale - Revised (WMS-R) Digit Span
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised (WAIS-R) Digit-Symbol Substitution Test
    • Raven's Progressive Matrices (Set A)
    • Category Fluency (Animals & Vegetables)
    • Wechsler Memory Scale Logical Memory I Paragraph Memory (Immediate & Delayed Recall)

  • Exploratory Biomarker Measures [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 208 ]
    Symptomatic (CDR > 0) and asymptomatic (CDR=0)

  • Safety and Tolerability Outcome Measures [ Time Frame: 4 Years ]
    • Frequency of adverse events during the treatment period
    • Nature and severity of adverse events during the treatment period

  • Safety and Tolerability Outcome Measures [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 208 ]
    • Vital signs/physical findings
    • Neurological findings
    • Laboratory test results
    • ECG findings

Estimated Enrollment: 210
Study Start Date: December 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gantenerumab Drug: Gantenerumab
Subcutaneously at escalating doses every 4 weeks
Other Name: RO4909832
Experimental: Solanezumab Drug: Solanezumab
400 mg intravenous infusion every 4 weeks
Other Name: LY2062430
Placebo Comparator: Matching placebo (Gantenerumab) Drug: Matching Placebo (Gantenerumab)
subcutaneous injection of placebo every 4 weeks
Placebo Comparator: Matching Placebo (Solanezumab) Drug: Matching Placebo (Solanezumab)
intravenous infusion of placebo every 4 weeks

Detailed Description:

The mutations in presenilin 1 (PSEN1), presenilin 2 (PSEN2) and amyloid precursor protein (APP) that are associated with autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease have very high penetrance (near 100%). This study will target individuals who are either known to have a disease-causing mutation or who are at risk for such a mutation (the child or sibling of a proband with a known mutation) and unaware of their genetic status. Because the age at onset of cognitive changes is relatively consistent within each family and with each mutation (Ryman et al., 2014), an age at onset is determined for each affected parent or mutation. This study will enroll subjects who are either asymptomatic and are within a specific window of time of expected age of onset for their family and/or mutation or who have symptoms of mild Alzheimer's disease.

The ability to identify individuals destined to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) within the next 10-15 years with a high degree of confidence provides a unique opportunity to assess the efficacy of therapies at asymptomatic and very early stages of dementia. Although there are differences between dominantly inherited AD and the more common age-associated sporadic disease, the results of the early intervention in this study will have implications for future studies and treatments in sporadic AD. Families with known disease-causing mutations are extremely rare and are geographically dispersed throughout the world. These constraints necessitate a specialized study design. Many of the subjects in this study will not yet have any cognitive symptoms of AD; they will be "asymptomatic" carriers of mutations that cause Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer's disease and would be expected to perform normally on standard cognitive and functional testing. Imaging and fluid biomarkers will be used to demonstrate that the treatment compounds have engaged their therapeutic targets. A set of cognitive measures designed to assess the very earliest and most subtle cognitive changes will be collected. Additionally, because many at-risk individuals decide not to know whether they have the disease-associated mutation or not, some of the at-risk individuals enrolled in this study will not have the disease causing mutations; they will be "mutation negative". It is important to enroll non-carrier subjects to avoid coercion (e.g., potential subjects may be pressured into genetic testing to learn their genetic status in order to be eligible for the trial). These mutation negative individuals will be assigned to the placebo group; subjects and site study staff will remain blinded as to these individuals' active or placebo group assignment and mutation status. Thus, the study will be double blinded for placebo and for mutation status, except for mutation positive subjects who are aware of their genetic status. Two different therapies will be tested in order to increase the likelihood that an effective treatment will be discovered. They were selected for this trial based on mechanism of action and available data on efficacy and safety profile.

The study design includes a pooled placebo arm shared by all treatment groups. Mutation positive subjects will be randomized to one of the four study arms (gantenerumab:gantenerumab placebo:solanezumab:solanezumab placebo) in an overall 3:1:3:1 ratio for active drug:placebo. Mutation negative subjects will all receive placebo. Importantly, subjects and study staff will not be blinded as to which treatment group each subject has been assigned; they will be blinded as to whether subjects have been randomized to active drug or placebo arms. Biomarker data will be analyzed for prespecified endpoints consistent with the drug's mechanism of action and known effects on the tested biomarkers. The primary cognitive endpoint will be the same for both treatment arms. Interim analyses of the imaging or fluid biomarker endpoint will assess safety and whether each study drug engages its biological targets. This biomarker approach is particularly important in this study as most study subjects will be cognitively normal at the time of enrollment and most will remain cognitively normal during the first 2 years of the study. The cognitive composite is designed to assess subtle cognitive changes that may be detectable before the onset of dementia. The four year cognitive endpoint will allow for analysis of these subtle cognitive changes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between 18-80 years of age
  • Individuals who know they have an Alzheimer's disease-causing mutation or are unaware of their genetic status and have a 50% chance of having an autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (ADAD) mutation (e.g. parent or sibling with a known AD-causing mutation)
  • Are within -15 to + 10 years of the predicted or actual age of cognitive symptom onset
  • Cognitively normal or with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia, Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) of 0-1 (inclusive)
  • Able to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Lumbar Puncture (LP), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and complete all study related testing and evaluations.
  • For women of childbearing potential, if partner is not sterilized, subject must agree to use effective contraceptive measures (hormonal contraception, intra-uterine device, sexual abstinence, barrier method with spermicide).
  • Adequate visual and auditory abilities to perform all aspects of the cognitive and functional assessments.
  • Has a Study Partner who in the investigator's judgment is able to provide accurate information as to the subject's cognitive and functional abilities, who agrees to provide information at the study visits which require informant input for scale completion.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History or presence of brain MRI scans indicative of any other significant abnormality
  • Presence of pacemakers, aneurysm clips, artificial heart valves, ear implants, or foreign metal objects in the eyes, skin or body which would preclude MRI scan.
  • History or presence of clinically significant cardiovascular disease, hepatic/renal disorders, infectious disease or immune disorder, or metabolic/endocrine disorders
  • Anticoagulants except low dose (≤ 325 mg) aspirin.
  • Have been exposed to a monoclonal antibody targeting beta amyloid peptide within the past six months.
  • History of cancer within the last 5 years, except basal cell carcinoma, non-squamous skin carcinoma, prostate cancer or carcinoma in situ with no significant progression over the past 2 years.
  • Positive urine or serum pregnancy test or plans or desires to become pregnant during the course of the trial.
  • Subjects unable to complete all study related testing, including implanted metal that cannot be removed for MRI scanning, required anticoagulation and pregnancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01760005

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington University School of Medicine
Eli Lilly and Company
Hoffmann-La Roche
Alzheimer's Association
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals
Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP)
Study Director: Randall J Bateman, MD Washington University School of Medicine
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Washington University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT01760005     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DIAN-TU-001
The Alzheimer's Association ( Other Grant/Funding Number: DIAN TTU-12-243040 )
1U01AG042791 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
2013-000307-17 ( EudraCT Number )
R01AG046179 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
REec-2014-0817 ( Registry Identifier: Spanish Clinical Studies Registry )
Study First Received: December 26, 2012
Last Updated: October 6, 2016

Keywords provided by Washington University School of Medicine:
Alzheimer's Disease
Genetic Mutation
Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Disease
Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network
Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer's Disease
Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Immunologic Factors
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