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Retinal Imaging of Subjects Implanted With Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor (CNTF)-Releasing Encapsulated Cell Implant for Early-stage Retinitis Pigmentosa

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2014 by Neurotech Pharmaceuticals
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of California, San Francisco
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Neurotech Pharmaceuticals
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01530659
First received: January 19, 2012
Last updated: February 27, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
  Purpose

This clinical trial is a single-site, 30 patient study for participants who have early stage retinitis pigmentosa, or Usher syndrome (type 2 or 3). Funding Source - FDA OOPD and Foundation Fighting Blindness.


Condition Intervention Phase
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Usher Syndrome Type 2
Usher Syndrome Type 3
Drug: NT-501
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Photoreceptor Structure in A Phase 2 Study of Encapsulated Human NTC-201 Cell Implants Releasing Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor (CNTF) for Participants With Retinitis Pigmentosa Using Rates of Change in Cone Spacing and Density

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Further study details as provided by Neurotech Pharmaceuticals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cone photoreceptor preservation [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, and 24 months post implant ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Evaluation of the changes (if present)in cone photoreceptor preservation in the CNTF-treated eye vs. the sham eye as measured by AOSLO.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • NT-501 device placement [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 months post implant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Safety will be measured,in part, by the presence or absence of rejection or extrusion of the implanted NT-501 device.

  • Change(s) in ocular function [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 months post implant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

    Change(s) in visual acuity and change in perimetry assessed by:

    • Mean, median and distribution of change in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA)
    • Changes in visual field using perimetry,
    • Changes in the outer nuclear layer thickness as measure by sdOCT,
    • Changes in full-field electroretinography (ERG) from Baseline through 24-months post implant
    • The presence of peri-implant fibrosis that blocks the visual axis or affects the lens or retina
    • Adverse events affecting ocular function which are thought to be potentially related to the implant

  • Toxicity [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 months post implant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Safety will be evaluated by the presence or absence of local and/or systemic toxicities.


Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NT-501
Encapsulated cell therapy that delivers ciliary neurotrophic factor to the retina
Drug: NT-501
Study participants will undergo surgery to have an NT-501 Encapsulated Cell Therapy implant placed into the study eye.
Other Name: CNTF, Encapsulated Cell Therapy, ECT

Detailed Description:

This clinical trial is a prospective, randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled trial of 30 study participants who have early-stage retinitis pigmentosa, or Usher syndrome (type 2 or 3). The trial will be conducted at the University of California, San Francisco. Individuals with these diseases experience gradually worsening vision that ultimately may lead to blindness due to a genetic condition in which specialized cells in the eye's retina called photoreceptor cells cease functioning and/or die. The study is intended to use a relatively new, non-invasive technology called AOSLO (adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy) in combination with a routine standard of care measurement called sdOCT (Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography) to demonstrate that when a device that secretes an investigational drug called CNTF (Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor) is surgically placed in the patient's eye, one type of photoreceptor called "cone photoreceptors" is preserved such that the gradual loss of vision is halted and to a lesser extent, reversed.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Participant must be between 18 and 55 years of age.
  2. Participant must have a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa or Usher Syndrome type 2 or 3 (without profound deafness or cochlear implants).
  3. Participant must understand and sign the protocol informed consent. If the participant's vision is impaired to the point where he/she cannot read the informed consent document, the document will be read to the participant in its entirety.
  4. Best-corrected visual acuity must be no worse than 20/63 (at least 59 letters).
  5. Participants must have clear natural lenses.
  6. Participants must have less than 6 diopters myopia.
  7. Participants must be medically able to undergo ophthalmic surgery for the NT-501 device insertion and able to undergo all assessments and tests associated with the protocol.
  8. Females of childbearing potential (women with last menses <1 year prior to screening) must agree to use an effective form of birth control from study onset until they complete the 30-month study.
  9. Participants must have reproducible baseline AOSLO image.
  10. Participants must have interocular symmetry of disease severity.
  11. Participant's clinical diagnosis must be consistent with retinal degeneration in the set of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) dystrophies.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Participant is medically unable to comply with study procedures or follow-up visits.
  2. Participant who has any of the following lens opacities: cortical opacity > standard 3, posterior subcapsular opacity > standard 3, or a nuclear opacity > standard 3; or participant is pseudophakic or aphakic.
  3. Participant has history of corneal opacification or lack of optical clarity.
  4. Participant has undergone LASIK surgery or other refractive surgery for either eye.
  5. Participant has nystagmus.
  6. Participant has greater than 6 diopters myopia.
  7. Participant has cystoid macular edema with cysts present within 4 degrees of the foveal center.
  8. Participant has fewer than 7 regions of interest (ROIs) present on baseline AOSLO image montages.
  9. Participant has retinal vascular disease such as diabetic retinopathy or prior retinal vascular occlusive disease.
  10. Participant has chronic requirement (e.g., ≥4 weeks at a time) for ocular medications or has disease(s) that in the judgment of the examining physician are vision threatening, toxic to the lens, retina, or optic nerve or may affect the primary outcome.
  11. Participant has a requirement of acyclovir and/or related products during study duration. To be eligible for this study, the participant must discontinue use of these products prior to enrollment and must not continue with the products until after they have completed the study.
  12. Participant is receiving systemic steroids or other immunosuppressive medications.
  13. Participant is currently participating in or has participated in any other clinical trial of a drug by ocular or systemic administration within the last 6 months.
  14. Participant has previous exposure to an intra-ocular device or implant into the eye (excluding intra-ocular lens).
  15. Participant has uveitis or other retinal inflammatory disease.
  16. Participant has a history of myocardial infarction within the last 12 months.
  17. Participant is pregnant or lactating.
  18. Participant is considered immunodeficient or has a known history of HIV.
  19. Participant with a history of ocular herpes zoster.
  20. Participant is on chemotherapy.
  21. Participant has a history of malignancy, except study participant with cancer treated successfully ≥5 years prior to inclusion in the trial.
  22. Participant with severe hearing disabilities in both ears.
  23. Participant who has been diagnosed and treated for amblyopia as an infant.
  24. Participant who, in the opinion of the study doctor, will not be a good study subject.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01530659

Contacts
Contact: Arshia Mian, BS 415-476-0444 miana@vision.ucsf.edu

Locations
United States, California
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Contact: Arshia Mian, BS    415-476-0444    miana@vision.ucsf.edu   
Principal Investigator: Jacque Duncan, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Neurotech Pharmaceuticals
University of California, San Francisco
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jacque Duncan, MD University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Neurotech Pharmaceuticals
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01530659     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AOSLO-CNTF-FFB-01, FD-R-004100-01A1
Study First Received: January 19, 2012
Last Updated: February 27, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Neurotech Pharmaceuticals:
Retinitis pigmentosa
Usher syndrome type 2
Usher syndrome type 3
Cone photoreceptor
Vision
Blind

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinitis
Syndrome
Usher Syndromes
Abnormalities, Multiple
Blindness
Congenital Abnormalities
Deaf-Blind Disorders
Deafness
Disease
Ear Diseases
Eye Diseases
Eye Diseases, Hereditary
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Hearing Disorders
Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss, Sensorineural
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Retinal Dystrophies
Sensation Disorders
Signs and Symptoms
Vision Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 25, 2014