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Study to Evaluate the Leish-111F + MPL-SE Vaccine in the Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

This study has been completed.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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First received: May 23, 2005
Last updated: February 13, 2007
Last verified: February 2007
This study will evaluate the safety of the Leish-111f + MPL-SE vaccine in adult patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous Biological: Leish-111f + MPL-SE vaccine Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Double-Blind, Adjuvant- and Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Escalating Study to Evaluate Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of Leish-111f + MPL-SE Vaccine With Meglumine Antimoniate (Glucantime) in Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Occurrence of dose limiting toxicity
  • Adverse events

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • IgG and T-cell response to Leish-111f vaccine
  • Leish-111f skin test reactivity
  • Safety of the vaccine with respect to the clinical course of cutaneous leishmaniasis

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: October 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2006
Detailed Description:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disfiguring infection that can progress to mucosal leishmaniasis, a more serious and possibly fatal form of leishmania infection. All available medical therapies require weeks of treatment and cause significant toxicity. In Brazil, a standard therapy is Glucantime treatment, administered in cycles of 10 consecutive, once daily, intramuscular injections (Glucantime 10 mg/kg, maximum of 850 mg), followed by 11 consecutive days without Glucantime injections (rest days). At the completion of each cycle, a study physician examines the patient to determine if a further cycle of Glucantime treatment is indicated.

It appears that Leishmania infections can be eliminated by T helper 1 immune responses. This finding argues that a vaccine that augments cutaneous leishmaniasis patients’ T helper 1 response will eliminate the infection and disease. This study is a phase 1, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, sequential dose-escalating trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of three injections of 5, 10, or 20 μg of Leish-111f protein + 25 μg of MPL-SE adjuvant given at 4 week intervals as an adjunct to the standard chemotherapy with Glucantime cycles, as described above in patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis defined as positive identification of parasite from lesion biopsy
  • Normal lab values and electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Negative for HIV, hepatitis B and C, and Chagas disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nine or more active cutaneous lesions
  • Lesion diameter >60mm
  • Previous exposure to Leishmania vaccines or to MPL-SE
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding female
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00111553

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 31270-901
Ambulatório de Leishmanioses da Secretaria Municipal da Saude de Januária
Januária, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 39480-000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Principal Investigator: Evaldo Nascimento, MD Federal University of Minas Gerais
Study Director: Franco M Piazza, MD, MPH Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00111553     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IDRI-LCVTC-101
Study First Received: May 23, 2005
Last Updated: February 13, 2007

Keywords provided by IDRI:
Subunit vaccine
T cell

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous
Euglenozoa Infections
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Skin Diseases, Parasitic
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Skin Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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