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Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, Severe Homzygous 0/+Thalassemia or Sever Variants of Beta 0/+ Thalassemia, THALLO

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Texas Children's Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kathryn Leung, Baylor College of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00578292
First received: December 19, 2007
Last updated: September 22, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
  Purpose

Patients have severe beta-thalassemia or one of the thalassemia variants. Thalassemia is a hereditary disease in which the bone marrow produces abnormal red blood cells that have a shorter life span than normal red blood cells. Because of that, the patient has chronically low red blood cell numbers (anemia) and need regular blood transfusions to help the patient feel better and to help prevent damage to important organs such as the heart. The following treatments are currently available to patients: lifelong blood transfusions and drugs that help remove iron from the body, and long-term antibiotics to prevent infections. These treatments are difficult for patients to take, and do not stop the effects of the disease.

Currently, the only treatment that may cure thalassemia is bone marrow or blood stem cell transplantation. Special blood or bone marrow cells from a healthy person might allow the bone marrow to create healthy cells, which will replace the abnormal red blood cells of thalassemia. There is a lot of experience using special blood or bone marrow cells from a healthy brother or sister who is the same HLA (immune) type. For patients who do not have such a donor in the family, an unrelated volunteer donor can be used. It is important for the patient to realize that this kind of transplant can have more problems than a transplant from a brother or sister.

Because we do not know the long-term effects of this treatment and because this type of transplant has not been used often for people with thalassemia, this is a research study. We hope, but cannot promise, that the transplanted marrow/stem cells will produce healthy cells and the patient will no longer have severe thalassemia.


Condition Intervention
Thalassemia
Drug: Busulfan
Drug: Fludarabine
Drug: Campath 1H
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Drug: MESNA

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation From Unrelated Donors for Patients With Severe Homozygous Beta 0/+ Thalassemia or Severe Variants of Beta 0/+ Thalassemia

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Further study details as provided by Baylor College of Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate engraftment. [ Time Frame: 30 days post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • To evaluate the occurrence of transient and stable mixed hematopoietic chimerism (HC) after unrelated donor SCT, and its effect on the recurrence of clinically measurable thalassemia. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • To measure hematopoietic and immune reconstitution, and assess the effects on infectious complications. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Toxicities. [ Time Frame: +100 days post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Loss of chimerism. [ Time Frame: 2 years post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • GVHD [ Time Frame: 2 years post-transplant ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Morbidity and mortality post-transplant. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: February 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Infusion

Mesna, Cyclophosphamide, Busulfan, Fludarabine, Campath 1H

Bone Marrow or Stem Cell infusion with pre-meds to take place on Day 0.

Bone marrow dose/stem cell dose: To ensure the probability for bone marrow engraftment, 4 x 10e8 nucleated cells/kg patient weight or 5 x 10e6/kg of CD34+ cells/kg patient weight if the product is mobilized peripheral blood, will be the target to be obtained from the unrelated donor.

Drug: Busulfan

4.0 mg/kg/day divided into four doses daily for four days; total dose = 16 mg/kg

Days -9 through -6

Other Name: Myleran
Drug: Fludarabine
30mg/m2 Day -5 through Day -2
Other Name: Fludara
Drug: Campath 1H
Per institutional guidelines Days -5 through -2
Other Name: Alemtuzumab
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
50 mg/kg Days -5 through -2
Other Name: Cytoxan
Drug: MESNA
10 mg/kg x 5 Days -5 through -2
Other Name: Mesnex

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Detailed Description:

To be treated on this study, we will test the blood to check for viruses, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). If the HIV test is positive, a transplant cannot be done because it would be too dangerous for the patient. Secondly, we will do a liver biopsy to determine if the liver has been damaged (which can happen from iron overload that develops after many transfusions). Too much liver damage could mean that the patient will have a higher risk to develop problems with the transplant.

To participate in this study, the patients also need to have a central line (a thin plastic catheter or tube that is placed during surgery into one of the large veins in the neck or chest). Central lines are used to give intravenous medications (go directly into the vein) or to take blood samples without the patient having to endure frequent needle sticks. Before the treatment starts, we will remove a small amount of the bone marrow (back-up bone marrow) and store it. The reason for this is that if the donors bone marrow or blood stem cells do not grow properly after the transplant and the patients blood counts stay low, we can put the patients own bone marrow cells back into their body. This will help the blood counts to recover, but this means that the patient will also have thalassemia again.

To prepare the body for the transplant, the patients own blood forming system has to be destroyed and their immune system has to be weakened. To do this, they will be given high dose chemotherapy and medications that weaken their immune system (also called a conditioning treatment) for 9 days before the transplant. The main chemotherapy drugs used in the conditioning treatment are: cyclophosphamide, fludarabine and busulfan. The chemotherapy treatment will last 9 days. The patient will be admitted 10 days before the transplant to start a medicine to prevent seizures before they receive the first dose of busulfan since one of the side effects of busulfan is risk of seizures. First the patient will be given a drug called busulfan through the central line every 6 hours starting 9 days before transplant (called Day -9) until 6 days before transplant (called Day -6). Starting one day after receiving the last busulfan dose (Day -5), they will receive cyclophosphamide, fludarabine and Campath IH, which will all be given through the central line once a day for the next four days. Campath IH is a special type of protein called an antibody that works against certain types of blood cells. Also on Day -5, we will add a drug called MESNA. MESNA is used to decrease the side-effects caused by cyclophosphamide.

One day after the chemotherapy treatment is finished (Say -1) the patient will have a day to rest. On Say 0, the patient will receive the bone marrow/stem cells from the donor. Once in the bloodstream, the cells will go to the bone marrow and should begin to grow. To help prevent a problem call graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), the patient will receive a small dose of methotrexate on four different days after transplant. Another drug to help prevent GVHD, tacrolimus, will be started 2 days (Day -2) before the transplant and continued for approximately one year after the transplant. To tell whether the transplant has "taken" or "engrafted", we will take samples of blood two to three weeks after the transplant.

The patient will need to be in the hospital for at least 4 weeks after the transplant to make sure the transplant has engrafted. To find out how much the treatment has helped them and how much it might help other patients, we will do several routine lung, kidney, and liver tests, including liver biopsies, after the bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Additionally, we will be looking at the immune function. To do this, we will take 30 mL (2 tablespoonfuls) of blood every three months for the first year after transplant and then every 6 months during the second year after transplant. When possible, the blood that is taken will be taken through an existing IV line. However, at times drawing the blood will require another stick with a needle. The total amount of blood to be taken will not exceed 12 tablespoonfuls.

Because bone marrow/stem cell transplant from an unrelated volunteer donor is a new therapy for severe thalassemia and because problems may happen months afterward, the patient will need to have exams and blood tests done every few months during the first and second year following transplantation.

The patient may still need to use iron removing agents for some time after transplant or undergo blood-letting to get rid of the excess iron in the body. During that time, we will monitor the amount of iron in the body. Looking at the iron stored in the liver can most accurately tell us how much excess iron the patient has in the body. We will do liver biopsies once or twice per year if the patient is receiving iron chelation treatment after the transplant.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients with documented diagnosis of severe (transfusion-dependent) homozygous b0/+-thalassemia or severe variants of b0/+-thalassemia requiring chronic transfusion therapy and iron chelating agents, who fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Patient does not have an HLA genotype-identical donor available and has a 5/6 or 6/6 matched unrelated donor, or a 5/6 matched related donor available.
  2. Must be between 1 and 16 yrs of age (all Pesaro risk groups).
  3. Patients older than 17 yrs of age must be in Pesaro Risk Class 2 or lower (see Appendix B).
  4. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test.
  5. Documentation of compliance with iron chelation, absence or presence of hepatomegaly, and presence or absence of hepatic fibrosis prior to transplant (criteria for the Pesaro Risk Classification). This information will be obtained by history, physical exam and interpretation of liver biopsy results.
  6. Documentation of awareness of alternative treatment options.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Biopsy-proven chronic active hepatitis or fibrosis with portal bridging.
  2. Has previous history of malignancies.
  3. Creatinine clearance < 35 mL/min/1.73 M2.
  4. Severe cardiac dysfunction defined as shortening fraction < 25%.
  5. HIV infection.
  6. Inadequate intellectual capacity to give informed consent (in the case of minors, this criteria must be fulfilled by the legal guardian).
  7. Be pregnant, lactating or unwilling to use appropriate birth control.
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Locations
United States, Texas
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children's Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathryn Suet Wa Leung, MD Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Kathryn Leung, Assistant Professor, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00578292     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H-14539-THALLO, THALLO
Study First Received: December 19, 2007
Last Updated: September 22, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Baylor College of Medicine:
transfusion-dependent
homozygous b0/+-thalassemia
severe variants of b0/+-thalassemia
chronic transfusion therapy
iron chelating agents
severe
transfusion-dependent homozygous b0/+-thalassemia or severe variants of b0/+-thalassemia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Thalassemia
Anemia
Anemia, Hemolytic
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Hematologic Diseases
Hemoglobinopathies
Alemtuzumab
Cyclophosphamide
Fludarabine
Fludarabine phosphate
Alkylating Agents
Antimetabolites
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Myeloablative Agonists
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

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