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Oxygenated Machine Preservation in Kidney Transplantation (SNOPO)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04540640
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2020 by Patrick Luke, Lawson Health Research Institute.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : September 7, 2020
Last Update Posted : September 7, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Patrick Luke, Lawson Health Research Institute

Brief Summary:
Kidney transplantation remains the best treatment option for patients with end-stage kidney failure, however, the need for transplantable organs far exceeds the number of acceptable grafts available from deceased donors. In an effort to increase access to transplantation, organs from higher risk donors are being used more frequently. Patients who receive these high risk kidneys are more likely to experience poor outcomes post-transplantation, such as delayed graft function and shorter graft survival than those who receive standard criteria donor kidneys. One way to improve outcomes in these high risk kidneys is to limit the amount of damage donor organs sustain during the transplant process. The current standard of care is storage of the donor organ on ice until the time of transplant, during which the kidney incurs injury from cold and lack of oxygen. Recent research suggests that oxygenated machine perfusion of the organ at room temperature as a storage method can help protect kidneys and improve post-transplant outcomes. This study aims to assess the feasibility and safety of room temperature oxygenated machine perfusion of donor kidneys prior to transplantation. Kidney function will be evaluated with standard clinical parameters and participants will be followed for one-year post-transplantation for their outcomes. Feasibility will be evaluated in terms of trial process such as recruitment rate and ease of implementation of the study intervention. Preliminary safety will be assessed by incidence of graft discard and technical limitations.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Kidney Transplantation Device: Kidney perfusion pump Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Kidney transplantation remains the treatment of choice for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease. To combat the ever-increasing waiting list, higher risk organs, including those from donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors, and older donors are being transplanted more frequently. However, organs from these donors are more susceptible to damage during the transplant procedure known as ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and show worse outcomes post-transplant such as increased rates of primary non-function, delayed graft function and early graft loss. Therefore, strategies to mitigate IRI are of great interest to improve transplant outcomes. One method of interest is modification of organ storage techniques during the transplant process.

The current standard of care for organ preservation is static cold storage or hypoxic hypothermic pulsatile perfusion of the donor organ. Our pre-clinical studies in a porcine DCD transplant model indicate that perfusion at room temperature is capable of significantly reducing kidney inflammation and damage during the transplant process compared to cold storage and normothermic perfusion. While other trials have looked at hypothermic and normothermic perfusion, to the best of our knowledge there has not been a trial to evaluate subnormothermic perfusion of kidneys.

The study intervention will consist of ex vivo perfusion of donor kidneys using a clinical pulsatile pump modified with an oxygen delivery unit developed by our laboratory. Once organs arrive at the transplant centre they will be attached to the pump by the transplant surgery team and/or perfusionist. Prior to placement on pump, a baseline tissue sample of the kidney will be taken via needle core biopsy. Kidneys will be perfused with a preservation solution composed of a bloodless oxygen carrier. Organs will be perfused for 1-10 hours depending on the clinical timeline of the transplant. The kidney will be transplanted into the recipient as per clinical standard. After reperfusion of the kidney in the recipient, another study tissue sample will be collected via needle core biopsy. Pre-implantation and post-perfusion baseline biopsies are performed as clinical standards, but a small sample of the biopsy specimen will be stored for analysis in our laboratory. Study participants (n=15) will be followed for 1 year post-transplant and their graft function will be assessed using standard clinical parameters.

The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility and preliminary safety of subnormothermic perfusion. Feasibility will be assessed by ease of implementation of study procedures and recruitment rate. Safety will be determined from rate of graft discard attributed to study intervention, graft function and technical limitations of the study intervention.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 15 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: A pilot study assessing the feasibility of procedures and preliminary safety of study device and perfusion solution.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Feasibility of Subnormothermic Oxygenated Machine Perfusion for Protection of Renal Allografts: A Single Centre Pilot Study
Estimated Study Start Date : September 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2022

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Subnormothermic Perfusion
Kidneys retrieved for transplantation will undergo subnormothermic oxygenated perfusion using the study device and perfusion solution for at least 1 hour prior to transplantation into the recipient.
Device: Kidney perfusion pump
The pulsatile perfusion device will circulate room temperature oxygenated perfusion solution through the donor kidney ex vivo.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Eligible versus actual kidney perfusions performed to assess study feasibility [ Time Frame: 1 year from start of study ]
    Ratio of kidneys grafts that are planned to receive the study intervention compared to the actual number of grafts perfused by study device.

  2. Rate of kidney discard or graft failure attributed to the study intervention [ Time Frame: From first study intervention to 1 year after last intervention ]
    Complications related to ex vivo perfusion that result in graft discard prior to transplantation or graft failure post-transplantation will be recorded.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Rate of delayed graft function in study participants [ Time Frame: 1 year post-transplantation ]
    The need for post-transplant dialysis in study participants will be recorded

  2. Degree of ischemia-reperfusion injury by kidney biopsy [ Time Frame: 3 months after enrolment of last participant ]
    Pre and post-implantation kidney biopsies will be graded as per standard histological criteria to assess for ischemia-reperfusion injury

  3. Post-transplant serum creatinine levels to assess graft function [ Time Frame: From first study intervention to 1 year after transplantation of final participant ]
    Serum creatinine levels will be interpreted as per clinical standard, with higher levels indicating poorer graft function

  4. Rate of primary non-function of kidney grafts in study participants [ Time Frame: 1 year post-transplantation ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria (Participant):

  • Adult male or females, 18 years or older
  • Active on the kidney transplant waiting list

Exclusion Criteria (Participant):

  • Patients receiving a multi-organ transplant (e.g. double kidney, kidney-pancreas)
  • Patients who are unable/refuse to provide informed consent

Inclusion Criteria (Organ):

  • Single kidney from donation after circulatory death (DCD) or donation after brain death (DBD) donor.

Exclusion Criteria (Organ):

  • Kidneys from living donors
  • Kidneys that would be declined for transplantation under current clinical practice
  • Vascular issues precluding placement on a pump

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04540640

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Contact: Patrick Luke, MD 519-663-3180 patrick.luke@lhsc.on.ca

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Canada, Ontario
London Health Sciences Centre
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5
Contact: Patrick Luke, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
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Principal Investigator: Patrick Luke, MD Lawson Health Research Institute
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Responsible Party: Patrick Luke, Surgical Director of Multi-Organ Transplant, Lawson Health Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04540640    
Other Study ID Numbers: 116275
First Posted: September 7, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 7, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
Keywords provided by Patrick Luke, Lawson Health Research Institute: