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Phase 1 LEP-F1 + GLA-SE Vaccine Trial in Healthy Adult Volunteers

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: NCT03302897
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 5, 2017
Last Update Posted : April 11, 2019
American Leprosy Missions
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Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to compare the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity in healthy adult subjects of an investigational vaccine being developed for the prevention of leprosy. Two dose levels of the vaccine will be evaluated.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Leprosy Biological: LEP-F1 + GLA-SE Phase 1

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to compare the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of the LEP-F1 + GLA-SE vaccine. The vaccine consists of the recombinant four-antigen Mycobacterium leprae antigen LEP-F1 in combination with the adjuvant formulation GLA-SE (Glucopyranosyl Lipid A - Stable Emulsion) and is being developed for the prevention of leprosy disease. This is a first-in-human study and will be conducted in healthy adult subjects. Two dose levels of the vaccine (2 μg LEP-F1 + 5 μg GLA-SE and 10 μg LEP-F1 + 5 μg GLA-SE) will be given by intramuscular administration on study Days 0, 28, and 56.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Phase 1, Open Label, Antigen Dose-Escalation Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of LEP-F1 + GLA-SE in Healthy Adult Subjects
Actual Study Start Date : October 2, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 5, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : March 5, 2019

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MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Leprosy

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 2 μg LEP-F1 + 5 μg GLA-SE
Three intramuscular injections of LEP-F1 + GLA-SE at Days 0, 28, and 56. Low dose of antigen.
Biological: LEP-F1 + GLA-SE
Investigational vaccine

Experimental: 10 μg LEP-F1 + 5 μg GLA-SE
Three intramuscular injections of LEP-F1 + GLA-SE at Days 0, 28, and 56. Higher dose of antigen.
Biological: LEP-F1 + GLA-SE
Investigational vaccine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of adverse events [ Time Frame: 421 days ]
    Solicited and unsolicited adverse events will be recorded for 28 days following each study injection; serious adverse events and adverse events of special interest will be recorded for the duration of the study.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Immunogenicity (IgG antibody and T cell responses to LEP-F1) [ Time Frame: Days 0, 35, and 63 ]
    Immunogenicity will be evaluated by measuring humoral and cellular responses to LEP-F1 + GLA-SE at specified timepoints.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Males and females 18 years to 55 years of age.
  2. Must be in good general health as confirmed by a medical history and physical exam.
  3. Female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening and a negative urine pregnancy test on the day of each study vaccination, must not be breast-feeding, and are required to use one of the following methods of contraception from enrollment (Day 0) in study until 30 days after last injection (only if in sexual relationships with men): hormonal (e.g. oral, transdermal, intravaginal, implant, or injection); double barrier (i.e., condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap with spermicide); intrauterine device (IUD) or system (IUS); vasectomized partner (6 months minimum); or abstinence; bilateral tubal ligation (if no conception post-procedure); tubal occlusion; or bilateral salpingectomy. These precautions are necessary due to unknown effects that LEP-F1 + GLA-SE might cause in a fetus or newborn infant. Women are considered non-child-bearing potential if they are post-menopausal (defined as at least 12 months spontaneous amenorrhea and confirmed with FSH > 40 mIU/ml) or have had documented hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy.
  4. The following screening laboratory values must be within the normal ranges or not clinically significant as determined by the Investigator and approved by the Medical Monitor: sodium, potassium, BUN, ALT, AST, total bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, creatinine, fasting glucose, total WBC count, hemoglobin, and platelet count. Abnormal results may be repeated once for confirmation at Investigator discretion.
  5. The following serology tests must be negative: HIV 1/2 antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody.
  6. Negative test for recreational drugs and alcohol per Clinical Research Unit standards.
  7. Normal or not clinically significant urinalysis as determined by the study clinician or designee. Abnormal results may be repeated at Investigator discretion.
  8. Must be capable of completing a study memory aid in English.
  9. Must give informed consent, be able and willing to make all evaluation visits, be reachable by telephone or personal contact by the study site personnel, and have a permanent address.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of infection with M. leprae or previous exposure to M. leprae vaccines or experimental products containing GLA-SE.
  2. History of BCG vaccination.
  3. History of active or documented latent TB.
  4. History of previous infection with other non-tuberculous mycobacteria.
  5. Travel to or residence in India, Brazil, or Indonesia for more than 6 months.
  6. Participation in another experimental protocol and/or receipt of any investigational products within the past 3 months prior to Screening.
  7. Treatment with immunosuppressive drugs (e.g., oral or injected steroids, such as prednisone; high dose inhaled steroids) or cytotoxic therapies (e.g., chemotherapy drugs or radiation) in the past 6 months prior to Screening.
  8. Received a blood transfusion within past 3 months prior to Screening.
  9. Donated blood products (platelets, whole blood, plasma, etc.) within past one month prior to Screening.
  10. Received any vaccine within past 1 month prior to Screening or have any planned immunizations while on study, with the exception of seasonal influenza vaccine which can be given after 1 month post the third study injection (Day 84).
  11. History of autoimmune disease or other causes of immunosuppressive states.
  12. History of any other acute or chronic illness (including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, hepatic, rheumatic, hematological, metabolic or renal disorders, uncontrolled hypertension), or use of medication that, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, may interfere with the evaluation of the safety or immunogenicity of the vaccine.
  13. Rash, tattoos, or any other dermatological condition that could adversely affect the vaccine injection site or interfere with its evaluation.
  14. BMI ≥ 32.
  15. Hypertension (systolic > 150 or diastolic > 95) at screening and Day 0.
  16. History of significant psychiatric illness with current use of medication.
  17. Known or suspected alcohol or drug abuse within the past 6 months prior to Screening.
  18. Chronic tobacco user (> 20 pack years).
  19. Subjects with a history of previous anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction to vaccines or unknown allergens.
  20. Subjects who are unlikely to cooperate with the requirements of the study protocol.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03302897

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United States, Wisconsin
Covance Clinical Research Unit
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53704
Sponsors and Collaborators
American Leprosy Missions
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Study Director: Corey Casper, MD, MPH IDRI
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Responsible Party: IDRI Identifier: NCT03302897    
Other Study ID Numbers: IDRI-LEPVPX-118
First Posted: October 5, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 11, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by IDRI:
Leprosy, vaccine, adjuvant, GLA, GLA-SE
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous
Mycobacterium Infections
Actinomycetales Infections
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Bacterial Infections
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses