Sirolimus for Autoimmune Disease of Blood Cells
|Autoimmune Pancytopenia Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS) Evans Syndrome Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Anemia, Hemolytic, Autoimmune Autoimmune Neutropenia Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis||Drug: sirolimus||Phase 1 Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Sirolimus for Patients With Chronic and/or Refractory Autoimmune Cytopenias: A Pilot Series|
- To define the toxicities of administration of oral sirolimus in children with autoimmune cytopenias [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- To evaluate the efficacy of oral sirolimus in children with autoimmune cytopenias [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- To characterize the trough levels produced by administration of oral sirolimus in children with autoimmune cytopenias [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- To evaluate the effect of sirolimus on intracellular targets [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2020|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Sirolimus treatment
Tablet or liquid; taken once or twice daily; dosage is based on establishing a serum trough of 5-15 ng/ml by high-performance liquid chromatography (initial loading dose of 3 mg/m2 then 2.5 mg/m2 with adjustment based on serum trough)
Patients with autoimmune destruction of hematopoietic cells frequently have severe and debilitating disease requiring aggressive and frequent medical management. These patients are often treated with non-specific immunosuppressive medications with limited efficacy and untoward side-effect profiles. We have been investigating the use of an immunosuppressive and anti-cancer agent, sirolimus in patients with an autoimmune cytopenias syndrome: Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS). ALPS is a primary immune deficiency caused by mutations in the Fas apoptotic pathway, leading to abnormal lymphocyte survival. Clinical manifestations in patients with ALPS typically include autoimmune cytopenias, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, and a propensity to develop secondary malignancies. Thus, far we have found excellent results albeit the total number of patients treated is small.
Sirolimus is a signal transduction inhibitor with a tolerable side effect profile. Sirolimus has two properties making it an attractive agent to treat patients with autoimmune cytopenias syndromes, including ALPS. First, sirolimus induces apoptosis in normal and abnormal white blood cells, the cell type dysregulated in patients with autoimmune disease. In addition, sirolimus increases a T cell subset called Regulatory T cells (Tregs). Tregs are a cell population designed to suppress the immune system and control autoimmunity. These combined properties make sirolimus unique as compared with other immunosuppressive agents. Ample preclinical and clinical data exists demonstrating sirolimus in effective in patients with autoimmunity. Accordingly, we hypothesize sirolimus is a safe and efficacious medication for patients with autoimmune destruction of blood cells..
We plan to confirm our hypotheses by performing a pilot series in children with autoimmune cytopenias who are either refractory to standard therapy or have significant toxicity from standard treatments. Our primary aim is to define the toxicities of administration of oral sirolimus in children with autoimmune cytopenias. Our secondary aims are to evaluate the efficacy of sirolimus in children with autoimmune cytopenias, to determine the trough levels of sirolimus when used in these patients, and to evaluate the effects of sirolimus on intracellular targets of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). We intend to enroll 50 children with autoimmune cytopenias and treat for a 6 month period, however, if we find sirolimus is effective, we anticipate these children will continue to take sirolimus for a longer period of time. We anticipate the results of this work will establish sirolimus is an effective and well tolerated medication and will lead directly to a larger national phase II clinical trial.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00392951
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|Principal Investigator:||David T. Teachey, MD||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|