Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) Vaccine In Radiologically Isolated Syndrome (RIS)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03888924|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 25, 2019
Last Update Posted : June 9, 2021
Multiple sclerosis (MS) witnessed relevant therapeutic progress in the last decade. Following the extraordinary progress in the treatment of relapsing-remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS), two major unmet needs remain to be addressed by translational research in this field: progressive MS and the "dream" of a world free of MS. As far as the latter is concerned, the investigators can hope to make the dream come true by understanding the etiology of the disease and hence design definitive cures. A more realistic and pragmatic perspective may be the prevention of the clinical onset of the disease, a research field that promises to become increasingly important as the integration of genetic data with endophenotypes, magnetic resonance imaging and other biomarkers ameliorates the ability to predict the development of the disease under clinical circumstance. Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine has been tested with encouraging results in early MS and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). The knowledge that disease-modifying therapies work best when used early in the demyelinating process raises the question about whether to try this approach - which is safe, cheap and handy - in individuals with radiologically isolated syndrome (RIS).
Radiologically isolated syndrome is a new entity, diagnosed when the unanticipated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) finding of brain spatial dissemination of focal white matter (WM) lesions highly suggestive of MS occurs in subjects without symptoms of MS, and with normal neurological examinations. Conversion to clinically isolated syndromes (CIS) were described in 84% of RIS individuals with spinal cord lesions over a median time of 1.6 years from the date of the first MRI. Whether or not to treat this condition remains currently a clinical conundrum. Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine may have these characteristics since it resulted beneficial in early MS and first demyelinating episodes. Being safe, cheap and handy, the investigators propose to investigate its use to prevent progression of the demyelinating process in radiologically isolated syndrome. An approach such as BCG vaccine seems appropriate as a front-line immunomodulatory approach for RIS people. In a pilot study BCG vaccine was safe and effective in reducing disease activity at MRI, and the risk of developing persistent T1-hypointense lesions ('black holes' -BH- expression of tissue damage) in subjects with MS.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Drug: Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine Drug: Placebo||Phase 2|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||100 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||This is a phase II, double blind, randomized, controlled, multicenter study with two parallel groups of subjects.|
|Masking:||Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)|
|Masking Description:||In order to guarantee a double blind design, participants, assessing neurologists and neuroradiologists will be masked to treatment allocation. A "two-physician-treating and assessing-model" will be used|
|Official Title:||Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) Vaccine In Radiologically Isolated Syndrome (RIS)|
|Actual Study Start Date :||June 17, 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||July 1, 2023|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||October 1, 2023|
Experimental: BCG treated patients
a single dose of Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine
Drug: Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine
One dose (0.1 mL) contains 50 μg of the semi-dry mass of BCG bacilli, i.e. from 150,000 to 600,000 of live BCG bacilli (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), the Brazilian Moreau substrain.
One ampoule or vial with the powder contains: 0.5 mg (from 1.5 mln to 6 mln) of live BCG bacilli (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), the Brazilian Moreau substrain.
Powder: monosodium glutamate. Solvent: isotonic solution of sodium chloride.
Other Name: BCG 10 Anti-Tuberculosis Vaccine
Placebo Comparator: Placebo treated patients
a single dose of placebo.
isotonic solution of sodium chloride (2mL vials).
- cumulative number of CUAL (new gadolinium T1-weighted lesions and non-enhancing new and newly enlarging T2-weighted lesions) on MRI scans over 1 year. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
To evaluate the cumulative number of new combined unique active lesions (CUAL; defined as new gadolinium T1-weighted lesions and non-enhancing new and newly enlarging T2-weighted lesions) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans over 1 year.
Brain MRI will be acquired in all subjects at each centre using a magnet at 1.5T or 3T.
- A sagittal survey image will be used to identify the anterior and posterior commissure (AC and PC).
- A dual-echo, turbo spin-echo sequence (slice thickness: 3mm).
- A high-resolution (3D, MPRAGE) T1- weighted image (slice thickness: 1mm).
- A Magnetization Transfer (MT) sequence will be performed acquiring two 2-dimensional gradient-echo sequences, one without and one with MT saturation pulse (slice thickness: 3 mm).
- A double inversion recovery (DIR) sequence
- A T1-weighted scan, post-gadolinium injection, after 10-minute wait period.
- A FLAIR sequence to be acquired between the DIR and the T1-weighted scans, after the gadolinium injection.
- Time to the first clinical event. [ Time Frame: 36 months ]
The secondary endpoint will be the time to the first clinical event over the 3 years period.
Five visits (including physical and neurological examinations) per subject are planned:
- Visit 1 - from day -3 to day +1
- Visit 2 - 6 months (±7 days)
- Visit 3 - 12 months (±7 days)
- Visit 4 - 24 months (±7 days)
- Visit 5 - 36 months (±7 days)
- number of cortical lesions [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 24, 36 months ]To evaluate the number of cortical lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at 6 months, as well as at 1, 2 and 3 years: Cortical lesions will be assessed on the DIR sequence and defined as those focal hyperintensities entirely or partly located in the cortical GM.
- Percentage of Brain Volume Changes (PBVC) [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 24, 36 months ]Brain atrophy (global and regional) will be assessed on the 3D T1-weighted images using the software SIENA/SIENAX (Structural Image Evaluation, using Normalization, of Atrophy) method.
- Cortical and white matter Volume Changes [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 24, 36 months ]Brain atrophy (global and regional) will be assessed on the 3D T1-weighted images using the software SIENA/SIENAX (Structural Image Evaluation, using Normalization, of Atrophy) method. To avoid GM misclassification due to WM lesions, the latter will be masked out and refilled with intensities matching the surrounding normal-appearing WM before segmentation analysis. Volume in the subcortical grey matter will be assessed with FMRIB's Integrated Registration and Segmentation Tool (FIRST).
- Magnetization Transfer ratio (MTr) in lesions [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 24, 36 months ]Magnetization Transfer (MT) sequence will be performed acquiring two 2-dimensional gradient-echo sequences, one without and one with MT saturation pulse, which allows to obtain MT ratio in lesions, and normal-appearing brain.
- Magnetization Transfer ratio (MTr) in normal-appearing brain [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 24, 36 months ]Magnetization Transfer (MT) sequence will be performed acquiring two 2-dimensional gradient-echo sequences, one without and one with MT saturation pulse, which allows to obtain MT ratio in lesions, and normal-appearing brain.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03888924
|Contact: Giovanni Ristori, MD||+390633776044 ext firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Center for Experimental Neurological Therapies (CENTERS), S. Andrea Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, "Sapienza" University of Rome||Recruiting|
|Rome, Italy, 00139|
|Contact: Giovanni Ristori, MD,PhD +390633776044 email@example.com|
|Contact: Silvia Romano, MD, PhD +390633776044 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Giovanni Ristori||S.Andrea Hospital, University of Roma La Sapienza|