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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone in Membranous Nephropathy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03025828
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 20, 2017
Last Update Posted : March 18, 2021
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paolo Cravedi, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, Acthar) on the loss of proteins in the urine (proteinuria) in patients with membranous nephropathy. Acthar is a hormone that stimulates steroid production from small glands above the kidneys. It has direct protective effects on the kidney and is currently approved by the FDA to treat kidney disorders associated with proteins in the urine, but the mechanisms of action are not entirely understood and will be studied in the present trial.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Membranous Nephropathy Drug: ACTHar Phase 4

Detailed Description:
Patients with membranous nephropathy and nephrotic syndrome will be treated with ACTH for 6 months. Proteinuria remission at 12 months will be the primary endpoint. Different biomarkers including anti-PLA2R autoantibodies, circulating regulatory T cells, and autoreactive memory B cells will be serially measured to identify predictors of response to therapy.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 5 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Changes in Autoreactive Memory B Cells as Biomarker of Response to Adrenocorticotropic Hormone in Patients With Membranous Nephropathy
Actual Study Start Date : March 19, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 16, 2020
Actual Study Completion Date : December 16, 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Acthar
Acthar will be administered subcutaneously (SC) 80 units for the first week and then 80 units twice weekly
Drug: ACTHar
for 6 months
Other Names:
  • ACTH
  • Acthar Injectable Product

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Remission of proteinuria [ Time Frame: baseline and 12 months ]
    Change in proteinuria at baseline versus after 12 months of treatment.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 24h Proteinuria [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Protein concentration in the urine.

  2. Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    GFR measures kidney function.

  3. Anti-PLA2R antibodies levels [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    blood levels

  4. Anti-PLA2R memory B cells [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    blood levels

  5. CD4+CD25+CD127lowFoxP3+ T cell [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    blood levels - one single cell subset identified by different markers

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 to 70 years
  • Free of immunosuppression for at least 3 months
  • Capability of understanding the purpose of the study
  • Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Epidermal growth factor receptor (eGFR) < 30ml/min/1.73m2
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Secondary MN (defined on the basis of clinical criteria)
  • Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes mellitus (prior diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus is not an exclusion)
  • History of previous use of Acthar for treatment of nephrotic syndrome
  • Prior sensitivity to Acthar or other porcine protein products
  • Contraindication to Acthar per Prescribing Information
  • Planned treatment with live or live attenuated vaccines once enrolled in the study
  • More than three previous treatment regiments
  • Participation to other clinical trials over the previous 12 months
  • History of cancer, except carcinoma in situ and treated basal and squamous cell carcinomas
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Current substance abuse
  • Any clinically relevant condition that might affect study participation and/or study results

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03025828

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United States, New York
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Principal Investigator: Paolo Cravedi, MD, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Responsible Party: Paolo Cravedi, Assistant Professor, Nephrology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Identifier: NCT03025828    
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO 16-2402
First Posted: January 20, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 18, 2021
Last Verified: March 2021
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Paolo Cravedi, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
Membranous nephropathy
adrenocorticotropic hormone
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Kidney Diseases
Glomerulonephritis, Membranous
Urologic Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs