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Ustekinumab for the Treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis (UGCA)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified September 2016 by Sebastian Unizony, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: November 4, 2016
Last Update Posted: February 20, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sebastian Unizony, Massachusetts General Hospital
The purpose of this study is to determine whether ustekinumab is effective in the treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)

Condition Intervention Phase
Giant Cell Arteritis Temporal Arteritis Horton's Disease Drug: Ustekinumab Drug: Prednisone Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Open Label Study to Test the Safety and Efficacy of Ustekinumab in Patients With Giant Cell Arteritis

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Further study details as provided by Sebastian Unizony, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of patients in glucocorticoid-free remission [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of disease flares [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
  • Cumulative prednisone dose [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • The number, nature and severity of adverse events (AE) [ Time Frame: 52 and 60 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Actual Study Start Date: December 1, 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ustekinumab plus prednisone
  1. Ustekinumab: 90 mg of ustekinumab will be administered subcutaneously at baseline, week 4, week 12, week 20, week 28, week 36 and week 44.
  2. Prednisone: All patients will receive a prednisone course tapered according to predefined schedules starting at either 60 mg, 40 mg or 20 mg. The initial dose of prednisone will be chosen by the investigators according to disease severity and comorbid medical conditions. The duration of the prednisone taper will be 6 months in all cases.
Drug: Ustekinumab
Ustekinumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets the p40 subunit of IL-12 and IL-23 and inhibits cytokine - cytokine receptor coupling and signaling
Other Name: Stelara
Drug: Prednisone
Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory medication

Detailed Description:

The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab, an interleukin (IL)-12/23 inhibitor, in patients with GCA

Hypothesis IL-12/23 pathway blockade may maintain disease remission in patients with GCA

Specific Aims

  • To evaluate the safety and tolerability of ustekinumab administration in 20 patients with GCA
  • To evaluate the efficacy of ustekinumab for remission maintenance and glucocorticoid sparing in 20 patients with GCA

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria: Subjects must meet the following criteria

  1. Able and willing to provide written informed consent and to comply with the study protocol
  2. Diagnosis of GCA classified according to the following criteria:

    • Age 50 years or older
    • History of erythrosedimentation rate (ESR) ≥ 50 mm/hour or C-reactive protein (CRP) ≥ 10 mg/L

    AND at least one of the following:

    • Cranial symptoms of GCA
    • Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

    AND at least one of the following:

    • Temporal artery biopsy revealing features of GCA
    • Evidence of large-vessel vasculitis by angiography or cross-sectional imaging
  3. Active new-onset or relapsing active disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Allergies: Subjects who have history of previous severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction associated with the administration of monoclonal antibodies or antibody fragments.
  2. Systemic infection: Subjects who have an active systemic infection.
  3. Serious infection: Subjects who have had serious infections, or any major episode of infection requiring hospitalization or treatment with IV antibiotics within 4 weeks of enrollment.
  4. Chronic or recurrent infection: Subjects who have chronic or recurrent bacterial, viral, fungal, mycobacterial, or protozoan infection.
  5. Opportunistic infection: Subjects who have, or have had, an opportunistic infection within 6 months prior to enrollment.
  6. Subjects who have active hepatitis B or active hepatitis C or a documented history of HIV
  7. Latent tuberculosis infection
  8. Malignancy
  9. Subjects with evidence of serious uncontrolled concomitant cardiovascular, nervous system, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine, immunologic, psychiatric or gastrointestinal disease that could interfere with participation in the trial according to the protocol.
  10. Subjects with transplanted organs (with the exception of a corneal transplant > 3 months prior to screening)
  11. Major surgery within 8 weeks prior to Screening or planned major surgery within 12 months after Baseline
  12. Pregnancy
  13. The following laboratory abnormalities

    • Hemoglobin < 8 gr/dL
    • Platelets < 100/mm3
    • White blood cell count (WBC) < 3000/mm3
    • Absolute neutrophil count < 2000/mm3
    • Absolute lymphocyte count < 500/mm3
    • Serum creatinine > 1.4 mg/dL in female subjects and > 1.6 mg/dL in male subjects
    • Total bilirubin > 2 mg/dL
    • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) > 1.5 X upper limit of normal
    • Positive hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis B core antibody or hepatitis C antibody
  14. Prohibited medications:

    • Subjects who received methotrexate (MTX) > 30 mg weekly, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil, tacrolimus, leflunomide, canakinumab, belimumab, abatacept, tocilizumab, secukinumab, infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, golimumab, or certolizumab within the 3-month period prior to enrollment.
    • Subjects who had treatment with any anti-cluster designation antigen (CD)20 agent (e.g., rituximab) within the 9-month period prior to enrolment
    • Subjects who used any investigational drug within 1 month prior to enrollment or within 5 half-lives of the investigational agent, whichever is longer.
    • Low dose MTX: Patients on < 30 mg of MTX weekly will be eligible for enrollment after a 2-week washout interval before receiving ustekinumab
    • Vaccines: Subjects who received any live virus or bacterial vaccinations other than bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) within the 3 months before the first administration of the study agent, or are expected to receive any live virus or live bacterial vaccinations during the study, or up to 3 month after the last administration of ustekinumab are not eligible. Subjects who received BCG vaccines within the 12 months before the first administration of the study agent, or are expected to receive BCG vaccines during the study, or up to 12 month after the last administration of ustekinumab are also not eligible.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02955147

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Ana Fernandes    617-724-2792      
Principal Investigator: Sebastian Unizony, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sebastian Unizony, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02955147     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016P000932
First Submitted: October 31, 2016
First Posted: November 4, 2016
Last Update Posted: February 20, 2017
Last Verified: September 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Giant Cell Arteritis
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vasculitis, Central Nervous System
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Skin Diseases, Vascular
Skin Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents