Impact of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone on HIV Persistence
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has improved the health of more than 18 million people infected with HIV by controlling viral replication, AIDS and non-AIDS events, and by reducing the risk of transmission. However, the existence of latent viral reservoirs in long-lived memory CD4 T cells remains a hurdle to curing HIV infection; consequently patients must remain on ART for the rest of their lives. Recently, a more realistic approach under limelight is to identify strategies leading to a functional cure, which is defined as the natural control of viral reservoir by the host. Use of recombinant human growth hormone has been shown to improve immune function by several mechanisms. This study hypothesizes that treatment with recombinant human growth hormone will decrease the size of the replication competent HIV reservoir in HIV-infected immune-reconstituted individuals.
The specific study objectives include:
- To evaluate the effect of recombinant human growth hormone administration for 48 weeks on the size of the replication competent HIV reservoir
- To evaluate the safety and tolerability of recombinant human growth hormone administration for 48 weeks in HIV-infected individuals on suppressive ART.
For this purpose, the investigators will add recombinant human growth hormone treatment for the patients receiving stable ART. Approximately 22 participants will be enrolled in this study at the Chronic Viral Illness Service of the McGill University Health Centre (Montreal, Canada), which will last about 52 weeks. Participants will be treated with recombinant human growth hormone for a total of 48 weeks. The initial recombinant human growth hormone dose will be 3 mg/day (30-40 µg/kg/d) for 24 weeks administered by subcutaneous injection on an outpatient basis, followed by dose reduction to 1.5 mg/day for the final 24 weeks of the treatment period, also conducted on an outpatient basis. The study inclusion criteria include male and female participants, ≥18 and <40 years of age, with an undetectable viral load (the quantity of the HIV virus in the blood must be less than 50 copies/ml) during last 24 months and with a CD4 T-cell count ≥350 cells/mm3 obtained within 30 days prior to study entry. The findings from this study will contribute to the development of novel strategies to eradicate HIV.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Growth Hormone Treatment
Drug: Somatotropin (Human)
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Proof-of-concept Study to Assess the Effect of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone on the Size of the Replication-competent Viral Reservoir in HIV-infected Individuals on Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy|
- Change in the frequency of CD4+ T cells harbouring replication competent HIV (per 106 CD4+ T cells) between baseline (average of 2 assessments at study week -2 and 0) and 48 weeks recombinant human growth hormone administration (study week 48). [ Time Frame: Baseline and 48 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2016|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03091374
|Contact: Jonathan Roger, MSc||5149341934 ext email@example.com|
|Mcgill University Health Center||Recruiting|
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4A 3J1|
|Contact: Jonathan Roger, MSc 5149341934 ext 32547 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Jean-Pierre Routy, MD, FRCPC|