Phase 1 Infused Donor T Regulatory Cells in Steroid Dependent/Refractory Chronic GVHD

Conditions:Orthopedic, Hematology
Therapuetic Areas:Hematology, Orthopedics / Podiatry
Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:July 2013
End Date:July 2016
Contact:Joanne M Otani, RN, MSN, PHN

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A Phase 1 Safety and Tolerability Study of Infused Donor T Regulatory Cells in Steroid Dependent/Refractory Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

Chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) is a common complication of bone marrow or
hematopoietic cell transplant from another person (allogeneic transplant). This study will
determine if subjects with steroid dependent/refractory cGVHD can tolerate infusion of donor
regulatory T cells and whether their cGVHD responds to the infusion.


Determine the safety and tolerability of donor T regulatory (Treg) cell infusions in
subjects with steroid dependent/refractory chronic graft versus host disease.


1. Determine the quantitative blood Treg cell changes following the cell infusions

2. Determine clinical efficacy of donor Treg cells as failure-free survival (FFS) defined
by the absence of a new immunosuppressive therapy added, non-relapse mortality, and
recurrent malignancy at Day 180 after the first Treg infusion

3. In addition to FFS, the study will measure the change in:

1. cGVHD symptom burden measured by the Lee cGVHD Symptom Scale by increase in >7

2. NIH organ-specific cGVHD scale

3. The reduction in daily corticosteroid requirement of prednisone to <=0.25
mg/kg-day at Day 180 after the first Treg infusion

Inclusion Criteria:

- Steroid dependent/refractory cGVHD defined as:

- Steroid dependent disease: Persistent cGVHD manifestations requiring a
glucocorticoid dose >= prednisone 0.25 mg/kg/day (0.5 mg/kg orally [po] every
other day) for at least 12 weeks

- Steroid refractory disease: Progressive cGVHD manifestations despite treatment
with a glucocorticoid dose >= prednisone 0.5 mg/kg/day (1 mg/kg po every other
day) for at least 4 weeks

- Participants must be receiving systemic glucocorticoid therapy for cGVHD; all
immunosuppressive therapy may include but not be limited to tacrolimus, sirolimus,
CellCept, cyclosporine, and systemic corticosteroid must be at stable doses for 28
days prior to the first cell infusion

- Chronic GVHD manifestations that can be followed on physical or laboratory exam;
these include but are not necessarily limited to:

- Skin changes

- Oral mucosa changes

- Bronchiolitis obliterans

- Ocular changes

- Karnofsky performance status >= 60

- Serum creatinine =< 2 mg/dL

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) > 1 x 10^9/L

- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 20 x upper
limit of normal (ULN) or

- Total bilirubin =< 10 x ULN

- Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipient

- Transfusion independent

- Oxygen saturation during exertion is maintained at >= 88% on room air

- Does not have clinically significant, symptomatic uncontrolled heart disease (e.g.,
unstable angina, congestive heart failure, or uncontrolled hypertension)

- DONOR: Age >= 18 to =< 75 years old

- DONOR: Karnofsky performance status of >= 70% defined by institutional standards

- DONOR: Must be the same sibling donor from whom the recipient's blood and marrow
graft was collected for the original allogeneic transplant that is human leukocyte
antigen (HLA) 7/8 or 8/8 matched at the HLA-A, B,C, DRB1

- DONOR: Serologies for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antigen (Ag), HIV 1 and HIV
2 antibody (Ab), human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV 1) and HTLV 2 Ab, hepatitis
B surface antigen (sAg) or polymerase chain reaction positive (PCR+), or hepatitis C
Ab or PCR+, Syphilis (Treponema) screen and HIV 1 and hepatitis C by nucleic acid
testing (NAT) have been collected prior to apheresis

- DONOR: Female donors of child-bearing potential must have a negative serum or urine
beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test within three weeks of apheresis

- DONOR: Capable of undergoing leukapheresis, have adequate venous access, and be
willing to undergo insertion of a central catheter should leukapheresis via
peripheral vein be inadequate

- DONOR: Donor selection will be in compliance with 21 Code of Federal Regulations
(CFR) 1271

Exclusion Criteria:

- Original transplant utilized an unrelated donor graft

- Uncontrolled infections that are not responsive to antimicrobial therapy

- Progressive malignant disease, including post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease
unresponsive to therapy

- Second malignancy except for skin cancer within the last 5 years

- Received any investigational agent =< 28 days before Treg infusions

- Received filgrastim (GCSF) treatment within one month of enrollment

- Received a donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) or hematopoietic cell transplantation
(HCT) within 3 months of enrollment

- DONOR: Evidence of active infection or viral hepatitis

- DONOR: HIV positive

- DONOR: Pregnant donor
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Palo Alto, California 94304
Palo Alto, CA
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