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Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell (darTregs) in Liver Transplantation (deLTa)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02188719
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 14, 2014
Last Update Posted : November 27, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is look at the safety of:

  • Taking a specific combination of immunosuppressant drugs after liver transplantation
  • Receiving one of three different doses of donor-alloantigen-reactive regulatory T cells (darTregs) while taking this specific combination of drugs

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Liver Transplantation Biological: Anti-Thymocyte Globulin - Rabbit Biological: darTreg Infusion Drug: Everolimus Drug: Tacrolimus Drug: Mycophenolate mofetil Drug: Prednisone Drug: Acetaminophen Drug: Diphenhydramine Drug: Anti-Infective Prophylaxis Procedure: Leukapheresis Procedure: Blood draws Procedure: Liver biopsies Procedure: Liver transplantation Phase 1

Detailed Description:

After liver transplantation, immunosuppressants must be taken every day to prevent the body from injuring the transplanted liver by a process called rejection. People who take these drugs may experience side effects.

Studies show that some of body's cells, called T regulatory cells (Tregs), may play a part in accepting the transplanted liver. The investigators are learning about whether scientists can take Tregs from the blood of a liver transplant recipient and teach them to protect the transplanted liver from rejection. In the laboratory, the recipient Tregs are exposed to cells from the liver donor. Research data suggests that giving these "donor reactive" Tregs back to the transplant recipient might allow a liver transplant recipient to take lower doses of immunosuppressants, or perhaps to stop them altogether, without rejecting the liver.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell (darTreg) Therapy in Liver Transplantation (RTB-002)
Study Start Date : December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2022

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Cohort 1 - Treg-supportive IS only
3 subjects (Cohort 1a) at site 1 (UCSF) and 3 subjects (Cohort 1b) from site 2 (Mayo Rochester) will receive Treg-Supportive immunosuppression (IS) regimen and will not receive Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive T Regulatory Cells (darTregs). Progression from one cohort to the next will depend on the cumulative incidence of sentinel adverse events.
Biological: Anti-Thymocyte Globulin - Rabbit
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects will be given a dose range of 3.0-4.5 mg/kg total, in divided doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day. Subjects who meet eligibility criteria for Thymoglobulin® administration will be given 1.5 mg/kg intravenously (IV) on post-operative day 3, within 72 hours of transplantation. Additional doses of 1.5 mg/kg IV will be administered until CD3 count is <50/mm^3 or when the maximal dose of 4.5/mg/kg has been given.
Other Names:
  • ATG (Anti-Thymocyte Globulin)
  • Thymoglobulin®

Drug: Everolimus
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects meeting eligibility criteria for Treg-supportive IS regimen will begin EVR no sooner than 30 days after liver transplantation and no later than 44 days after transplantation; with target trough levels of 6-8 μg/L.EVR target trough levels will be further reduced to 4-6 μg/L 24 - 26 weeks after transplantation.
Other Names:
  • EVR
  • Zortress®

Drug: Tacrolimus

Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Between 30 and 44 days following transplant: Subjects who are not eliminated by Exclusion Criteria C1 (Protocol Section 14.3.1) will proceed in the study and receive either TAC-based or EVR- based IS, based on eligibility Criteria C2 (Section 4.3.4 )

  • TAC-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; continue MMF
  • EVR-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; EVR target trough level of 6-8 μg/dL; decrease then discontinue MMF
Other Name: Prograf®

Drug: Mycophenolate mofetil
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. 1000 mg total daily dose. MMF will be initiated within 24 hours of transplantation. MMF must be discontinued as soon as target EVR trough levels have been achieved.
Other Names:
  • MMF
  • Cellcept
  • Myfortic

Drug: Prednisone
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Solumedrol 500 mg will be given IV on the day of transplantation. Additional Solumedrol will be prescribed according to site-specific standard of care. Oral prednisone should be initiated once oral medication is tolerated.
Other Name: Solumedrol

Drug: Anti-Infective Prophylaxis
Intravenous ganciclovir and/or oral Valcyte will be administered for the prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for at least six months after liver transplantation.
Other Names:
  • Antiviral Prophylaxis
  • ganciclovir
  • Cytovene
  • Valganciclovir
  • Valcyte

Procedure: Blood draws
Blood draws are necessary to carefully and frequently evaluate allograft function after liver transplantation and treatment with Treg-supportive IS as well as after darTreg infusion. Peripheral blood samples will be collected and analyzed per protocol throughout subject participation in this study.
Other Names:
  • Venipuncture
  • Phlebotomy

Procedure: Liver biopsies
Subjects will have a liver biopsy for this study 12-14 weeks after transplantation. For subjects receiving darTregs, a second biopsy will be performed 7-10 days after darTregs infusion.
Other Name: Liver biopsy samples

Procedure: Liver transplantation
Inclusion in this trial is in the setting of subjects defined as having end-stage liver disease and listed for primary solitary liver transplant.
Other Name: Liver transplant

Experimental: Cohort 2 - darTreg infusion,50 million(range 25 to 60 million)
At least 3, and up to 6 subjects will receive a single infusion of 50 million darTregs. Progression from one cohort to the next will depend on the cumulative incidence of sentinel adverse events.
Biological: Anti-Thymocyte Globulin - Rabbit
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects will be given a dose range of 3.0-4.5 mg/kg total, in divided doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day. Subjects who meet eligibility criteria for Thymoglobulin® administration will be given 1.5 mg/kg intravenously (IV) on post-operative day 3, within 72 hours of transplantation. Additional doses of 1.5 mg/kg IV will be administered until CD3 count is <50/mm^3 or when the maximal dose of 4.5/mg/kg has been given.
Other Names:
  • ATG (Anti-Thymocyte Globulin)
  • Thymoglobulin®

Biological: darTreg Infusion
A single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4) will be received as per protocol.
Other Name: Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell Infusion

Drug: Everolimus
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects meeting eligibility criteria for Treg-supportive IS regimen will begin EVR no sooner than 30 days after liver transplantation and no later than 44 days after transplantation; with target trough levels of 6-8 μg/L.EVR target trough levels will be further reduced to 4-6 μg/L 24 - 26 weeks after transplantation.
Other Names:
  • EVR
  • Zortress®

Drug: Tacrolimus

Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Between 30 and 44 days following transplant: Subjects who are not eliminated by Exclusion Criteria C1 (Protocol Section 14.3.1) will proceed in the study and receive either TAC-based or EVR- based IS, based on eligibility Criteria C2 (Section 4.3.4 )

  • TAC-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; continue MMF
  • EVR-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; EVR target trough level of 6-8 μg/dL; decrease then discontinue MMF
Other Name: Prograf®

Drug: Mycophenolate mofetil
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. 1000 mg total daily dose. MMF will be initiated within 24 hours of transplantation. MMF must be discontinued as soon as target EVR trough levels have been achieved.
Other Names:
  • MMF
  • Cellcept
  • Myfortic

Drug: Prednisone
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Solumedrol 500 mg will be given IV on the day of transplantation. Additional Solumedrol will be prescribed according to site-specific standard of care. Oral prednisone should be initiated once oral medication is tolerated.
Other Name: Solumedrol

Drug: Acetaminophen
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 650mg of acetaminophen will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.

Drug: Diphenhydramine
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 25-50mg of diphenhydramine will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.
Other Name: Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride

Drug: Anti-Infective Prophylaxis
Intravenous ganciclovir and/or oral Valcyte will be administered for the prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for at least six months after liver transplantation.
Other Names:
  • Antiviral Prophylaxis
  • ganciclovir
  • Cytovene
  • Valganciclovir
  • Valcyte

Procedure: Leukapheresis

Leukapheresis is necessary to ensure collection of adequate numbers of autologous Tregs to support ex vivo expansion of darTregs for infusion after liver transplantation.

Participants enrolled in Cohorts 3 and 4 will undergo leukapheresis. Participants enrolled in Cohort 2 will have either whole blood collection or leukapheresis for the purpose of isolating autologous Tregs for later manufacture. If a cohort 2 subject has a hemoglobin level >/=10.5 gm/dL, he or she will undergo phlebotomy. If the patient has a hemoglobin level </=10.5 gm/dL and remains eligible for the study, the patient will undergo leukapheresis.

Other Name: Leukocytapheresis

Procedure: Blood draws
Blood draws are necessary to carefully and frequently evaluate allograft function after liver transplantation and treatment with Treg-supportive IS as well as after darTreg infusion. Peripheral blood samples will be collected and analyzed per protocol throughout subject participation in this study.
Other Names:
  • Venipuncture
  • Phlebotomy

Procedure: Liver biopsies
Subjects will have a liver biopsy for this study 12-14 weeks after transplantation. For subjects receiving darTregs, a second biopsy will be performed 7-10 days after darTregs infusion.
Other Name: Liver biopsy samples

Procedure: Liver transplantation
Inclusion in this trial is in the setting of subjects defined as having end-stage liver disease and listed for primary solitary liver transplant.
Other Name: Liver transplant

Experimental: Cohort 3 - darTreg infusion,200 million(range100-240 million)
At least 3, and up to 6 subjects will receive a single infusion dose of 200 million darTregs. Progression from one cohort to the next will depend on the cumulative incidence of sentinel adverse events.
Biological: Anti-Thymocyte Globulin - Rabbit
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects will be given a dose range of 3.0-4.5 mg/kg total, in divided doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day. Subjects who meet eligibility criteria for Thymoglobulin® administration will be given 1.5 mg/kg intravenously (IV) on post-operative day 3, within 72 hours of transplantation. Additional doses of 1.5 mg/kg IV will be administered until CD3 count is <50/mm^3 or when the maximal dose of 4.5/mg/kg has been given.
Other Names:
  • ATG (Anti-Thymocyte Globulin)
  • Thymoglobulin®

Biological: darTreg Infusion
A single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4) will be received as per protocol.
Other Name: Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell Infusion

Drug: Everolimus
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects meeting eligibility criteria for Treg-supportive IS regimen will begin EVR no sooner than 30 days after liver transplantation and no later than 44 days after transplantation; with target trough levels of 6-8 μg/L.EVR target trough levels will be further reduced to 4-6 μg/L 24 - 26 weeks after transplantation.
Other Names:
  • EVR
  • Zortress®

Drug: Tacrolimus

Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Between 30 and 44 days following transplant: Subjects who are not eliminated by Exclusion Criteria C1 (Protocol Section 14.3.1) will proceed in the study and receive either TAC-based or EVR- based IS, based on eligibility Criteria C2 (Section 4.3.4 )

  • TAC-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; continue MMF
  • EVR-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; EVR target trough level of 6-8 μg/dL; decrease then discontinue MMF
Other Name: Prograf®

Drug: Mycophenolate mofetil
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. 1000 mg total daily dose. MMF will be initiated within 24 hours of transplantation. MMF must be discontinued as soon as target EVR trough levels have been achieved.
Other Names:
  • MMF
  • Cellcept
  • Myfortic

Drug: Prednisone
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Solumedrol 500 mg will be given IV on the day of transplantation. Additional Solumedrol will be prescribed according to site-specific standard of care. Oral prednisone should be initiated once oral medication is tolerated.
Other Name: Solumedrol

Drug: Acetaminophen
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 650mg of acetaminophen will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.

Drug: Diphenhydramine
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 25-50mg of diphenhydramine will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.
Other Name: Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride

Drug: Anti-Infective Prophylaxis
Intravenous ganciclovir and/or oral Valcyte will be administered for the prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for at least six months after liver transplantation.
Other Names:
  • Antiviral Prophylaxis
  • ganciclovir
  • Cytovene
  • Valganciclovir
  • Valcyte

Procedure: Leukapheresis

Leukapheresis is necessary to ensure collection of adequate numbers of autologous Tregs to support ex vivo expansion of darTregs for infusion after liver transplantation.

Participants enrolled in Cohorts 3 and 4 will undergo leukapheresis. Participants enrolled in Cohort 2 will have either whole blood collection or leukapheresis for the purpose of isolating autologous Tregs for later manufacture. If a cohort 2 subject has a hemoglobin level >/=10.5 gm/dL, he or she will undergo phlebotomy. If the patient has a hemoglobin level </=10.5 gm/dL and remains eligible for the study, the patient will undergo leukapheresis.

Other Name: Leukocytapheresis

Procedure: Blood draws
Blood draws are necessary to carefully and frequently evaluate allograft function after liver transplantation and treatment with Treg-supportive IS as well as after darTreg infusion. Peripheral blood samples will be collected and analyzed per protocol throughout subject participation in this study.
Other Names:
  • Venipuncture
  • Phlebotomy

Procedure: Liver biopsies
Subjects will have a liver biopsy for this study 12-14 weeks after transplantation. For subjects receiving darTregs, a second biopsy will be performed 7-10 days after darTregs infusion.
Other Name: Liver biopsy samples

Procedure: Liver transplantation
Inclusion in this trial is in the setting of subjects defined as having end-stage liver disease and listed for primary solitary liver transplant.
Other Name: Liver transplant

Experimental: Cohort 4 - darTreg infusion,800 million(range 400-960 million)
Six subjects will receive a single infusion of 800 million darTregs.
Biological: Anti-Thymocyte Globulin - Rabbit
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects will be given a dose range of 3.0-4.5 mg/kg total, in divided doses of 1.5 mg/kg/day. Subjects who meet eligibility criteria for Thymoglobulin® administration will be given 1.5 mg/kg intravenously (IV) on post-operative day 3, within 72 hours of transplantation. Additional doses of 1.5 mg/kg IV will be administered until CD3 count is <50/mm^3 or when the maximal dose of 4.5/mg/kg has been given.
Other Names:
  • ATG (Anti-Thymocyte Globulin)
  • Thymoglobulin®

Biological: darTreg Infusion
A single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4) will be received as per protocol.
Other Name: Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell Infusion

Drug: Everolimus
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Subjects meeting eligibility criteria for Treg-supportive IS regimen will begin EVR no sooner than 30 days after liver transplantation and no later than 44 days after transplantation; with target trough levels of 6-8 μg/L.EVR target trough levels will be further reduced to 4-6 μg/L 24 - 26 weeks after transplantation.
Other Names:
  • EVR
  • Zortress®

Drug: Tacrolimus

Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Between 30 and 44 days following transplant: Subjects who are not eliminated by Exclusion Criteria C1 (Protocol Section 14.3.1) will proceed in the study and receive either TAC-based or EVR- based IS, based on eligibility Criteria C2 (Section 4.3.4 )

  • TAC-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; continue MMF
  • EVR-based IS: reduce TAC trough level to 3-8 μg/dL; EVR target trough level of 6-8 μg/dL; decrease then discontinue MMF
Other Name: Prograf®

Drug: Mycophenolate mofetil
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. 1000 mg total daily dose. MMF will be initiated within 24 hours of transplantation. MMF must be discontinued as soon as target EVR trough levels have been achieved.
Other Names:
  • MMF
  • Cellcept
  • Myfortic

Drug: Prednisone
Liver transplantation/Treg-supportive immunosuppression (IS) treatment. Solumedrol 500 mg will be given IV on the day of transplantation. Additional Solumedrol will be prescribed according to site-specific standard of care. Oral prednisone should be initiated once oral medication is tolerated.
Other Name: Solumedrol

Drug: Acetaminophen
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 650mg of acetaminophen will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.

Drug: Diphenhydramine
Pre-medication for single dose darTreg infusion (Cohorts 2 - 4). 25-50mg of diphenhydramine will be administered intravenously or by mouth 30-60 minutes prior to the darTreg infusion.
Other Name: Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride

Drug: Anti-Infective Prophylaxis
Intravenous ganciclovir and/or oral Valcyte will be administered for the prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for at least six months after liver transplantation.
Other Names:
  • Antiviral Prophylaxis
  • ganciclovir
  • Cytovene
  • Valganciclovir
  • Valcyte

Procedure: Leukapheresis

Leukapheresis is necessary to ensure collection of adequate numbers of autologous Tregs to support ex vivo expansion of darTregs for infusion after liver transplantation.

Participants enrolled in Cohorts 3 and 4 will undergo leukapheresis. Participants enrolled in Cohort 2 will have either whole blood collection or leukapheresis for the purpose of isolating autologous Tregs for later manufacture. If a cohort 2 subject has a hemoglobin level >/=10.5 gm/dL, he or she will undergo phlebotomy. If the patient has a hemoglobin level </=10.5 gm/dL and remains eligible for the study, the patient will undergo leukapheresis.

Other Name: Leukocytapheresis

Procedure: Blood draws
Blood draws are necessary to carefully and frequently evaluate allograft function after liver transplantation and treatment with Treg-supportive IS as well as after darTreg infusion. Peripheral blood samples will be collected and analyzed per protocol throughout subject participation in this study.
Other Names:
  • Venipuncture
  • Phlebotomy

Procedure: Liver biopsies
Subjects will have a liver biopsy for this study 12-14 weeks after transplantation. For subjects receiving darTregs, a second biopsy will be performed 7-10 days after darTregs infusion.
Other Name: Liver biopsy samples

Procedure: Liver transplantation
Inclusion in this trial is in the setting of subjects defined as having end-stage liver disease and listed for primary solitary liver transplant.
Other Name: Liver transplant




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence and severity of biopsy proven acute and/or chronic rejection [ Time Frame: Week 40 ]
  2. Incidence of Grade 3 or higher infections [ Time Frame: Week 40 ]

    For any adverse event of Infection, the following grading system will be used for study participants:

    • Grade 1 = asymptomatic; clinical or diagnostic observation only; intervention with oral antibiotic, antifungal, or antiviral agent only; no invasive intervention required
    • Grade 2 = symptomatic; intervention with intravenous antibiotic, antifungal, or antiviral agent; invasive intervention may be required
    • Grade 3 = any infection associated with hemodynamic compromise requiring pressors; any infection necessitating intensive care unit level of care; any infection necessitating operative intervention; any infection involving the central nervous system; any infection with a positive fungal blood culture; any proven or probable aspergillus infection; any tissue invasive fungal infection; any pneumocystis jiroveci infection
    • Grade 4 = life-threatening infection
    • Grade 5 = death resulting from infection

  3. Incidence of Grade 3 or higher wound complications [ Time Frame: Week 40 ]
    According to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI CTCAE v4.0)

  4. Incidence of anemia, neutropenia, and/or thrombocytopenia [ Time Frame: Week 40 ]
    According to study defined reporting requirements, protocol section 14.3.1

  5. Incidence of adverse events attributable to the darTreg infusion including infusion reaction / cytokine release syndrome, and malignant cellular transformation [ Time Frame: Week 40 ]
    Adverse events will include grade 3 or higher infusion reaction / cytokine release syndrome according to the NCI CTCAE v4.0, and any malignant cellular transformation



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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who meet all of the following criteria are eligible for enrollment as study participants:

    • Able to understand and provide informed consent
    • End-stage liver disease and listed for primary solitary liver transplant
    • Have a calculated Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score ≤ 25 at the time of study entry/consent
    • Female and male subjects with reproductive potential must agree to use effective methods of birth control for the duration of the study.
    • If history of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), have completed or are in current treatment for HCV AND have no detectable HCV RNA.
    • Subjects with HCC meeting Milan criteria.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Below are exclusion criteria to be assessed at study enrollment, prior to Stage 1 study procedures. Subjects who meet any of these criteria are not eligible for Stage 1 study procedures. Note that subjects in Cohort 1a or 1b will NOT undergo leukapheresis regardless of eligibility.

    • End stage liver disease secondary to autoimmune etiology (autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, or primary sclerosing cholangitis)
    • History of less than 5 years remission of malignancy, except for 1) HCC or 2) history of adequately treated in-situ cervical carcinoma, or adequately treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
    • History of previous organ, tissue or cell transplant
    • Serologic evidence of human immunodeficiency (HIV) 1 or -2 infection
    • Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) sero-negativity (EBV or CMV naïve candidates)
    • Chronic use of systemic glucocorticoids or other Immunosuppression (IS), or biologic immunomodulators
    • Chronic condition requiring anti-coagulation after liver transplantation
    • Any chronic illness or prior treatment which, in the opinion of the investigator, precludes study participation
    • Participation in any other studies that involved investigational drugs or regimens in the preceding year
    • Received any vaccination within 28 days prior to leukapheresis or blood collection for Treg manufacture
    • Hemoglobin <9.0 g/dL within 10 days prior to screening
    • Neutrophils <1,500/μL within 10 days prior to screening
    • Platelets <40,000/μL within 10 days prior to screening
  • Thymoglobulin Exclusion Criteria B (Stage 2):

    • Below are exclusion criteria to be assessed prior to administration of Thymoglobulin®. Subjects who meet any of these criteria should not receive Thymoglobulin®:

      • Calculated Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score >25 at the time of deceased donor liver transplant
      • Last alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) obtained prior to liver transplantation >400 μg/L for candidates with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)
      • Unacceptable Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) product for participants enrolled in Cohorts 2, 3, or 4 per the UCSF The Human Islet and Cellular Transplant Facility (HICTF) manufacturing specifications
      • Absence of donor spleen for any participants
      • Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR (DR is one of class II antigens) matched to donor at both loci
      • Subject is < 21 or >70 years of age at the time of transplantation
      • Located in the intensive care unit 72 hours after transplantation
      • Hemoglobin <8.0 g/dL
      • Absolute neutrophil count <1,200/μL
      • Platelets <40,000/μL
      • Positive pregnancy test for females of child bearing potential
      • Unexpected histopathology on back table liver biopsy that contraindicates the initiation of Treg supportive IS regimen.
      • Development of a condition requiring chronic anti-coagulation.
      • Hypersensitivity to rabbit proteins or any excipient in Thymoglobulin®.
      • Detectable HCV RNA or less than six months after end of treatment for HCV at the time of transplantation (i.e., does not meet criteria for SVR).
    • Below are exclusion criteria to be assessed prior to conversion to Everolimus (EVR)-based IS regimen. (Assessed at day 30-44 after transplantation for continuation in the trial) All subjects regardless of eligibility for EVR conversion, with any of the following will not receive darTregs and will move into safety follow up:

      • Explanted liver with evidence of increased risk of recurrent cancer risk (hepatocellular (HCC) tumor burden exceeding the Milan criteria; presence of vascular invasion; cholangiocarcinoma morphology)
      • Insufficient depletion of recipient T cells, defined as a nadir CD3 count ≥50 cells μ/L (50 cells /mcL) or total lymphocyte count ≥ 0.1x 109/L if CD3 count is unavailable
      • Development of a condition requiring chronic anti-coagulation.
      • Clinical evidence of biliary obstruction
      • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) >2.0 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
      • Inability to taper off corticosteroids by 44 days (+/- 2 days) after transplant
      • Detectable circulating HCV RNA.

Everolimus Conversion Criteria C2 (assessed prior to conversion to EVR based IS regimen; EVR cannot be initiated prior to 30 days after liver transplantation). Subjects with any of the following will remain on TAC-based IS regimen.

  • Evidence of hepatic artery stenosis or thrombosis by Doppler examination or angiography within 7 days prior to conversion
  • Urine protein/creatinine ratio >1.0 within 7 days prior to conversion
  • Calculated GFR less than 30 ml/min per MDRD4 (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study) equation within 7 days prior to conversion
  • Physical examination documentation of abnormal wound healing or uncontrolled wound infection
  • Hemoglobin <8.0 g/dL within 7 days prior to conversion
  • Absolute neutrophil count <1,200/μL within 7 days prior to conversion
  • Platelets <50,000/μL within 7 days prior to conversion

    *Below are exclusion criteria to be assessed prior to darTreg infusion for subjects in Cohorts 2, 3, and 4 only. Subjects in Cohort 2, 3, or 4 who meet any of these criteria should not receive a darTreg-infusion:

  • Inability or unwillingness of participant to give additional written informed consent
  • Unacceptable darTreg product
  • Detectible circulating Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA within 10 days prior to darTreg infusion
  • Detectible Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) DNA within 10 days prior to darTreg infusion
  • Detectable circulating HCV RNA within 10 days prior to darTreg infusion.
  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) >1.5x upper limit of normal within 10 days of darTreg infusion
  • Most recent, but not greater than 10 days prior to darTreg infusion,12 hour TAC trough levels of > 8 μg/L for all subjects
  • Most recent, but not greater than 10 days prior to darTreg infusion,12 hour EVR trough levels of < 5 μg/L for subjects on EVR
  • For subjects on EVR-based IS, received Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) within 10 days prior to darTreg infusion
  • Evidence of acute rejection or chronic rejection according to Banff criteria on protocol allograft biopsy based on local assessment
  • Received any vaccination within 14 days prior to darTreg infusion
  • Positive pregnancy test for females of child bearing potential
  • Inability or unwillingness of participant to comply with study protocol or procedures.
  • Calculated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) less than 40 ml/min per MDRD4 equation within 10 days prior to infusion.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02188719


Locations
United States, California
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Contact: Monique Koenigsberg    415-502-3016    Monique.Koenigsberg@ucsf.edu   
Principal Investigator: Sandy Feng, MD, PhD         
United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 55905
Contact: Patrice Al-Saden    312-503-1058    palsaden@northwestern.edu   
Principal Investigator: Josh Levitsky, MD         
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Recruiting
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Contact: Julie Gecox Hanson, CCRP    507-293-6592    Gecox.Julie@mayo.edu   
Principal Investigator: Timucin Taner, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sandy Feng, MD, PhD University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Sang-Mo Kang, MD, FACS University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Qizhi Tang, PhD University of California, San Francisco

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02188719     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DAIT RTB-002
First Posted: July 14, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 27, 2018
Last Verified: November 2018

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
Donor-Alloantigen-Reactive Regulatory T Cell Therapy
Tregs
Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy
Immunotherapy, Adoptive
Liver Transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Extracts
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisone
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Methylprednisolone
Prednisolone
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Everolimus
Mycophenolic Acid
Tacrolimus
Thymoglobulin
Antilymphocyte Serum
Ganciclovir triphosphate
Acetaminophen
Diphenhydramine
Valganciclovir
Ganciclovir
Anti-Infective Agents
Promethazine
Hematinics
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Glucocorticoids
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents