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Lentiviral Gene Transfer for Treatment of Children Older Than Two Years of Age With X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (XSCID)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2014 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ) Identifier:
First received: February 26, 2011
Last updated: April 11, 2014
Last verified: April 2014

February 26, 2011
April 11, 2014
October 2010
December 2018   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
The primary objective is to assess the efficacy of immune reconstitution in XSCID patients transplanted with autologous CD34 plus cells that have been transduced with a self-inactivating lentiviral vector expressing a Gamma C gene.
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01306019 on Archive Site
  • To determine the incidence of serious side effects due to lentiviral gene transfer.
  • To determine the integration site distribution of the lentiviral vector in reconstituted peripheral blood cells.
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Lentiviral Gene Transfer for Treatment of Children Older Than Two Years of Age With X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (XSCID)
Lentiviral Gene Transfer for Treatment of Children Older Than 2 Years of Age With X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency


  • X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID) is caused by a genetic abnormality in the IL2RG gene that affects the growth and development of immune cells such as white blood cells. Individuals with XSCID have difficulty fighting infections, which may lead to chronic or severe illness and death. The primary treatment for XSCID is replacement of the patient s immune system with a normal immune system through a bone marrow transplant. The best outcomes in transplant patients are achieved when the bone marrow comes from a sibling, but parents and matching unrelated donors can provide bone marrow for transplant as well. However, because these transplant procedures are not always effective, researchers are studying gene transfer treatment as an approach to treating XSCID.
  • Lentiviral gene transfer treatment uses good genes to replace defective genes. A lentivirus is a virus that has been modified to carry corrected genes into the blood through corrected stem cells. By collecting an individual s stem cells and modifying them with a lentivirus, the gene-corrected cells can be returned into the blood to help produce normal healthy immune cells. Gene transfer treatment with lentivirus vector has been used in humans but has never been studied in patients with XSCID.


- To determine the safety and effectiveness of lentiviral gene transfer as a treatment for children and adolescents with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency.


- Children and adolescents between 2 and 20 years of age who have XSCID related to a defect in the IL2RG gene and who are not currently under treatment with strong immune-modulating or chemotherapy drugs.


  • Participants will be screened with a medical history, physical examination, blood and urine tests, and bone marrow samples to collect stem cells for the procedure.
  • Participants will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center 11 to 12 days before receiving gene-corrected blood stem cells.
  • Participants will receive palifermin for 3 days, followed by busulfan for 2 days. Palifermin will help prevent side effects from busulfan, and busulfan will help suppress the immune system in preparation for the gene transfer. Participants will have regular blood tests during this preparation period.
  • Participants will receive a transfer of their corrected blood stem cells about 36 to 48 hours after the second dose of busulfan. The cells will be injected over 5 to 10 minutes under close monitoring.
  • The day after the transfer, participants will have 3 more days of palifermin.
  • Participants will remain in the hospital for several weeks, possibly as long as 6 weeks, while the response to treatment is monitored.
  • Participants will continue to be monitored for immune function and possible side effects after leaving the hospital, and will be followed for up to 15 years after the procedure to evaluate the long-term effects of gene transfer therapy. The monitoring will involve regular physical exams and blood samples.

This is a Phase I/II non-randomized clinical trial of ex vivo hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene transfer treatment for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID, also known as SCID-X1) using a self-inactivating lentiviral vector incorporating additional features to improve safety and performance. The study will treat 13 patients with XSCID who are between 2 and 30 years of age and who have clinically significant impairment of immunity. Patients will receive a total busulfan dose of 6 mg/kg/body weight to condition their bone marrow, and this will be followed by a single infusion of autologous transduced CD34 plus HSC. Patients will then be followed to evaluate engraftment, expansion, and function of gene corrected lymphocytes that arise from the transplant; to evaluate improvement in laboratory measures of immune function; to evaluate any clinical benefit that accrues from the treatment; and to evaluate the safety of this treatment. The primary endpoint of the study with respect to these outcomes will be at 2 years, though data relevant to these measures will be collected at intervals throughout the study and during the longer follow-up period of at least 15 years recommended by the FDA Guidance Gene Therapy Clinical Trials Observing Subjects for Delayed Adverse Events

Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
  • SCID-X1
  • Gamma C-Deficient SCID
Other: Gene Transfer
Infusion of transduced autologous CD:34 hematopoietic stem cells
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
December 2018
December 2018   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • A proven mutation in the common gamma chain gene as defined by direct sequencing of patient DNA
  • HLA typing of the patient will have been performed before enrollment
  • No available HLA matched sibling donor as determined before enrollment.
  • Must be between 2 and 30 years of age and weigh greater than or equal to 10 kg
  • If previously transplanted, must be greater than or equal to 18 months post haploidentical HSCT
  • Expected survival of at least 120 days.
  • Documented to be negative for HIV infection by genome PCR
  • The patient must be judged by the primary evaluating physician to have a suitable family and social situation consistent with ability to comply with protocol procedures and the long-term follow-up requirements.
  • Medical lab data (historical) of severe B cell dysfunction (low or absent IgG levels, failed immune response to vaccines); OR demonstrated requirement for intravenous gamma globulin (IVIG) (significant drop over 3 to 6 weeks between peak and trough IgG levels).
  • Must be willing to have blood and tissue samples stored

IN ADDITION, patients must satisfy the following Laboratory Criteria AND Clinical Criteria

Laboratory Criteria: (greater than or equal to 3 out of 4 must be present)

i CD4+ lymphocytes: absolute number less than or equal to 50 percent of the lower limit of normal (LLN)

ii CD4 plus CD45RA+ lymphocytes: absolute number less than or equal to 50 percent of the LLN OR T-cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) less than or equal to 5 percent of normal for age.

iii Lymphocyte proliferative response to each of 2 mitogens, phytohemagglutinin (PHA) and concanavalin A (ConA), is less than or equal to 25 percent compared with a normal control.

iv Molecular spectratype analysis- absent or very oligoclonal (1-3 dominant peaks) in greater than or equal to 6 of the 24 V- Beta T-cell receptor families.

Clinical Criteria: (greater than or equal to 4 out of 8 must be present):

i Infections (not including molluscum, warts or mucocutaneous candidiasis; see vii and viii below): greater than or equal to 3 significant new or chronic active infections during the 12 months preceding evaluation for enrollment.

Infections are defined as an objective sign of infection (fever greater than 38.3 degrees C [101 degrees F] or neutrophilia or pain/redness/swelling or radiologic/ultrasound imaging evidence or typical lesion or histology or new severe diarrhea or cough with sputum production). In addition to one or more of these signs/symptoms of possible infection, there also must be at least 1 of the following criteria as evidence of the attending physician s intent to treat a significant infection (a. and b.) or objective evidence for a specific pathogen causing the infection (c.)

-Treatment (not prophylaxis) with systemic antibacterial, antifungal or antiviral antibiotics greater than or equal to 14 days


-Hospitalization of any duration for infection


-Isolation of a bacteria, fungus, or virus from biopsy, skin lesion, blood, nasal washing, bronchoscopy, cerebrospinal fluid or stool likely to be an etiologic agent of infection

ii Chronic pulmonary disease as defined by:

-Bronchiectasis by x-ray computerized tomography


-Pulmonary function test (PFT) evidence for restrictive or obstructive disease that is less than or equal to 60 percent of Predicted for Age


-Pulse oximetry less than or equal to 94 percent in room air (if patient is too young to comply with performance of PFTs).

iii Gastrointestinal enteropathy:

-Diarrhea-watery stools greater than or equal to 3 times per day (of at least 3 months duration that is not a result of infection as defined in criterion above)


-Endoscopic evidence (gross and histologic) for enteropathy (endoscopy will only be performed if medically indicated)


-Other evidence of enteropathy or bacterial overgrowth syndrome: including malabsorption of fat soluble vitamin(s), abnormal D-xylose absorption, abnormal hydrogen breath test, evidence of protein losing enteropathy (for example increasingly high or frequent dosing of intravenous gamma globulin supplement required to maintain blood IgG level).

iv Poor nutrition: Requires G-tube or intravenous feeding supplement to maintain weight or nutrition.

v Auto- or allo-immunity: Examples must include objective physical findings that include, but are not limited to any one of alopecia, severe rashes, uveitis, joint pain with redness or swelling or limitation of movement that is not a result of infection, lupus-like lesions, and granulomas (Does not include auto- or allo-immune enteropathy which is criterion iii). Where possible and appropriate, diagnosis will be supported by histopathology or other diagnostic modality.

vi Failure to grow in height: less than or equal to 3 rd percentile for age

vii Skin molluscum contagiosum OR warts (this criterion is satisfied if molluscum consists of greater than or equal to 10 lesions or there are two or more lesions at each of two or more widely separated anatomic sites; or there are greater than or equal to 3 warts at different anatomic sites at the same time; or the patient has both molluscum and warts)

viii Mucocutaneous candidiasis (chronic oral thrush or candida esophagitis or candida intertriginous infection or candida nail infections; must be culture positive to satisfy this criterion)


  • Any current or pre-existing hematologic malignancy
  • Current treatment with any chemotherapeutic agent (becomes eligible if not on treatment for at least 3 months)
  • Current systemic treatment with any immunosuppressive agent, excluding corticosteroids (becomes eligible if not on treatment for at least 3 months)
  • Documented HIV-1 infection
  • Documented active Hepatitis B infection
  • Childhood malignancy (occurring before 18 years of age) in the patient or a first degree relative, or previously diagnosed known genotype of the subject conferring a predisposition to cancer (no DNA or other testing for cancer predisposition genes will be performed as part of the screen for this protocol)
2 Years to 30 Years
Contact: Nana Kwatemaa, R.N. (301) 451-7820
Contact: Suk S De Ravin, M.D. (301) 496-6772
United States
110007, 11-I-0007
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital )
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Principal Investigator: Suk S De Ravin, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
April 2014

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