Safety & Immunogenicity of Immunisations With EN41-UGR7C HIV Vaccine

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 9, 2013
Last Update Posted : May 21, 2014
European Commission
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Brief Summary:

The purpose of the clinical trial is to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity in female volunteers of EN41-UGR7C vaccine candidate adjuvanted with Alum using IM administration. The objective of the immunisation is to induce mucosal and systemic binding and neutralizing antibodies against HIV in order to block the virus on the mucosal surface and neutralise the viral particles that may eventually succeed in crossing the mucosal barrier.

This is a Phase 1 exploratory study. EN41-UGR7C will be administered for the first time in humans.

Volunteers who are vaccinated with EN41-UGR7C may develop an immune response against HIV, but its ability to induce meaningful protection against HIV will not be known before Phase 3 efficacy trials are completed, as correlates of protection against HIV are not yet clearly defined.

Consequently, there is no direct benefit to volunteers. They will be reimbursed for their time and travel.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
- HIV Biological: EN41-UGR7C HIV vaccine Biological: NaCl Phase 1

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Phase 1 Randomised, Single-centre, Observer-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial of Safety and Immunogenicity of EN41-UGR7C HIV Vaccine Candidate Administered Intramuscularly in Healthy Female Volunteers
Study Start Date : April 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2014

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: EN41-UGR7C HIV vaccine
Group 1: IM injection of 210 µg UGR7-C in 560 µg of Alum at month 0, 1 and 4
Biological: EN41-UGR7C HIV vaccine
Other Name: EN41-UGR7C adjuvanted with Alum

Placebo Comparator: NaCl
Group 2: IM injection of 700 µL of 0.9% sodium chloride (NaCl) at month 0, 1 and 4
Biological: NaCl
Other Name: NaCl placebo vaccine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Safety of 3 EN41-UGR7C administrations [ Time Frame: Up to 3 months after the last administration ]
    1. Safety assessed at any time from the first dose until 3 months after last administration by:Proportion of subjects developing Grade 3 or 4 adverse event

  2. Assessment of EN41-UGR7C immunogenicity [ Time Frame: Up to 3 months after the final administration ]

    Immunogenicity: to assess the EN41-UGR7C specific serum IgG responses measured by ELISA induced by the vaccine candidate up to 3 months after the final administration with a 3-fold increase from pre-administration baseline sample taken at visit 2, week 0.

    If no serum sample is available from this time point, serum taken at visit 1, screening, may be substituted.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. EN41-UGR7C specific ELISA IgA responses [ Time Frame: Up to 3 months after the final administration ]
    -To measure the EN41-UGR7C specific ELISA IgA responses in serum and EN41-UGR7C IgA and IgG responses in vaginal samples up to 3 months after the final administration

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Women aged between 18 and 55 years on the day of screening
  2. Available for a maximal study duration of 8 months from screening
  3. Willing and able to give written informed consent
  4. At low risk of HIV infection and willing to remain so for the duration of the study defined as:

    • no history of injecting drug use in the previous ten years
    • no gonorrhoea or syphilis in the last six months
    • no high risk partner (e.g. injecting drug use, HIV infected sexual partner) either currently or within the past six months
    • no unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse in the last six months outside a relationship with a regular partner known to be HIV negative
    • no unprotected sex with someone from a high HIV prevalence region where HIV is more common than in the UK (e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean, South-East Asia)
  5. Negative HIV1/2 antibody/antigen test result at screening
  6. If heterosexually active female, using an effective method of contraception using a double barrier method of contraception (combined oral contraceptive pill, injectable or implanted contraceptive and use of condoms incorporating spermicide; physiological or anatomical sterility) from 14 days prior to the first vaccine administration until 3 months after the last administration, and willing to undergo urine pregnancy tests prior to each vaccine administration and blood pregnancy test at screening and final follow-up visits. Heterosexual females who become sexually active during the trial should also follow the same guidance
  7. Agree to abstain from donating blood during their participation in the trial
  8. Registered with a General Practitioner and medical history available for 12 months before dosing
  9. Satisfactory response received from General Practitioner relating to medical history before randomization

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant or lactating or planning to get pregnant within the next year
  2. Clinically relevant abnormality on history or examination:

    • central nervous system disorder or disease, including history of grand-mal epilepsy
    • severe eczema
    • clinically significant haematological, cardio-pulmonary, metabolic, gastrointestinal, renal, psychiatric or ophthalmological disorders
    • acute infection or illness
    • autoimmune disease, immunodeficiency or use of immunosuppressive agents in preceding 3 months prior to dosing
  3. Known hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine formulation used in this trial, or have severe or multiple allergies
  4. History of severe local or general reaction to previous vaccination defined as:

    • local: extensive, indurated redness and swelling involving most of the antero-lateral thigh or the major circumference of the arm, not resolving within 72 hours
    • general: fever >39.5°C within 48 hours; anaphylaxis; bronchospasm; laryngeal oedema; collapse; convulsions or encephalopathy within 72 hours
  5. Receipt of live attenuated vaccine within 60 days or other vaccine within 14 days of schedules study vaccine dosing
  6. Receipt of an experimental vaccine containing HIV envelope proteins at any time in the past
  7. Receipt of blood products or immunoglobulin within 4 months of screening
  8. Participation in another trial of a medicinal product, completed less than 90 days prior to Visit 2 and planned participation in another clinical trial during the present trial
  9. HIV 1/2 antibody/antigen positive or indeterminate on screening
  10. Positive for hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody or serology indicating active syphilis requiring treatment
  11. Clinically significant abnormal result in routine laboratory parameters.
  12. Unable to read and speak English to a fluency level adequate for the full comprehension of study and procedures required in participation and consent
  13. Unlikely to comply with protocol
  14. History of drug or alcohol abuse or regular use of drugs, or who test positive for alcohol test at screening
  15. On regular medication which in the opinion of the investigator makes volunteer unsuitable for participation in the study
  16. Any local vaginal, cervical or gynaecological condition which may interfere with collection or interpretation of data collected through vaginal samples
  17. Using any Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device as there is a risk of dislodging, displacing or removing the device when pulling or removing Softcup used for vaginal sampling
  18. Clinically significant abnormality on ECG performed at the screening visit
  19. Any condition that, in the investigator's opinion, compromises the volunteer's ability to meet protocol requirements or to complete the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01827397

United Kingdom
Royal Free Hospital; Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Pond Street
London, United Kingdom, NW3 2QG
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Commission
Principal Investigator: Margaret Johnson, Pr Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Responsible Party: PX'Therapeutics Identifier: NCT01827397     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EN41CT1.1.2
First Posted: April 9, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 21, 2014
Last Verified: May 2014

Keywords provided by PX'Therapeutics:
Safety of this HIV vaccine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs