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Bone Marrow Transplantation to Promote Follicle Recruitment in Poor Ovarian Reserve

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02240342
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2014 by Dr. Antonio Pellicer Martínez, Hospital Universitario La Fe.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 15, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 15, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Antonio Pellicer Martínez, Hospital Universitario La Fe

Brief Summary:

Women delay maternity and, as a consequence, available oocyte number and their quality decrease (9-18% of all IVF patients). Different treatment protocols have been developed nevertheless none of them optimal: the number of oocytes retrieved depends on the present ones. New generation of oocytes and follicles has been defended by some authors and bone marrow seems to be involved. What seems crucial is the niche that produces paracrine signals able to activate dormant cells and to attract undifferentiated cells from other tissues (homing). This phenomenon has been described by our group in other human reproductive tissues like endometrium. The purpose of the study is to improve ovarian reserve in unfertile women with poor ovarian reserve by means of bone marrow protective capacity.

Bone marrow progenitor cells will be delivered into the ovarian artery allowing them to colonize ovarian niche.

The study hypothesis is that bone marrow progenitor cells will improve ovarian reserve differentiating themselves into germ cells or, more likely, stimulating the niche to activate dormant follicles.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ovarian Reserve Drug: Bone marrow transplant into ovarian artery Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ovarian Rejuvenation: Regeneration of Ovarian Follicles in Women With Poor Ovarian Reserve by Autologous Transplantation of Bone Marrow Derived Progenitors Cells in Peripheral Blood. Pilot Study.
Study Start Date : September 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2016

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Poor ovarian reserve women Drug: Bone marrow transplant into ovarian artery
Bone marrow progenitors mobilized to peripheral blood, obtained by plasmapheresis and infused into the ovarian artery

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Ovarian reserve [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Measured by FSH-LH, oestradiol, AMH, antral follicle count

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Ovarian response to controlled ovarian stimulation [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of MII oocytes obtained

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Take home baby [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    healthy new born after controlled ovarian stimulation, ICSI and ET.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • < or= 40 years old
  • FSH<15UI/L
  • poor ovarian response after controlled ovarian stimulation with conventional doses (<3 oocytes) or two episodes of poor ovarian response after ovarian stimulation with maximal doses even if young or normal ovarian reserve study.
  • Antral follicle count>2
  • >1 antral follicle in the perfused ovary
  • AMH between 0,5 and 3pmol/L
  • regular menstrual bleeding each 21-35 days
  • To be candidate to autologous hematopoietic progenitors transplantation

Exclusion Criteria:


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Contact: Antonio Pellicer, Professor +34961244000 ext 245848

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Hospital Universitario La fe Recruiting
Valencia, Spain, 46026
Contact: Susana Martínez, Doctor    +34961244000 ext 244116   
Contact: Mónica Romeu, Doctor    +34961244000 ext 244116   
Principal Investigator: Antonio Pellicer, Professor         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Universitario La Fe
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Responsible Party: Dr. Antonio Pellicer Martínez, Professor, Hospital Universitario La Fe Identifier: NCT02240342    
Other Study ID Numbers: NEOFOL2014
First Posted: September 15, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 15, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014
Keywords provided by Dr. Antonio Pellicer Martínez, Hospital Universitario La Fe:
Ovarian reserve
Poor response
Follicle recruitment
Bone marrow transplant