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Prediction of Response to Certolizumab Pegol Treatment by Functional MRI of the Brain (PreCePRA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01864265
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 29, 2013
Last Update Posted : September 26, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School

Brief Summary:
By using functional MRI the investigators have recently shown that TNFi elicit rapid changes in brain function linked to the perception of RA [5]. Functional MRI represents a method allowing detecting tiny changes in neuronal activity by measuring alterations of blood flow in the context of neuronal activation. TNFi rapidly reversed the widespread activation of brain centers involved in pain such as the thalamus and the somatosensoric cortex, as well as those involved in the control, of mood and emotions such as the limbic system. Moreover, as small phase I study with 10 patients with RA showed that high brain activity detected in the functional MRI predicts clinical response to Certolizumab Pegol after 1 month, suggesting the central nervous system activity may be used as a tool to predict response to TNFi [8]. The rationale of this study is to test whether response to TNFi can be predicted by using functional MRI.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug: Certolizumab Pegol Drug: Placebo Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Randomized double-blinded controlled multi-centre, study over 12 weeks, followed by a 12 weeks single blinded multicenter trial in 156 patients with RA with inadequate response to DMARD therapy. The study is composed of 3 arms with a 1:1:1 randomization at baseline: High functional MRI/400mg Certolizumab Pegol on week 0,2 and 4 followed by Certolizumab Pegol 200mg every two weeks for a total of 24 weeks; low functional MRI/400mg Certolizumab Pegol on week 0,2 and 4 followed by Certolizumab Pegol 200mg every two weeks for a total of 24 weeks with the possibility of early escape at week 12.

Patients who did not respond sufficiently according to EULAR response criteria (DAS28 reduction ≥ 1.2) to Certolizumab-Pegol (Treatment Arm A and Arm B) after 12 weeks will be off-Study and treated according to local guidelines.

Patients in the Placebo group with an EULAR response ≥ 1.2 reaching remission (DAS28 ≤ 2.6) will also be off study and treated according to the local guidelines or will be followed while they are in clinical remission. Patients with an EULAR response (DAS28 reduction ≥ 1.2) but not fulfilling the clinical remission criteria (DAS28 ≤ 2.6) will receive Certolizumab Pegol in week 12,14 and 16 with Certolizumab Pegol 400mg s.c. followed by s.c.injection of 200mg Certolizumab Pegol every two weeks till week 24.

In the situation that in one group sufficient patients will be randomized, fMRI done at screening, needs to be analyzed first to ensure that no further patient will be randomized with the randomization to the closed group. A blinded person, not involved either in the analysation of the fMRI nor in the treatment of the patients or the clinical assessments, will be responsible for the randomization list. If the next number on the randomization list represent the number of the closed group, the patient is not eligible for the study and will be treated according to local guidelines.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 156 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prediction of Response to Certolizumab Pegol Treatment by Functional MRI of the Brain. A Multi-center, Randomized Double-blind Controlled Study Prediction of Response to Certolizumab-Pegol in RA (PreCePRA)
Study Start Date : July 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 30, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : June 30, 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Certolizumab Pegol Drug: Certolizumab Pegol
Certolizumab Pegol (Cimzia®) is an engineered, humanized antibody-Fab'-fragment with specificity for human TNF-α, that is conjugated to polyethylene glycol (PEG). Certolizumab Pegol (Cimzia®) is a humanized antibody-Fab'-fragment that is produced in Escherichia coli and subsequently PEGylated to prolong its circulating half-time to be similar to that of an intact mAB. Certolizumab Pegol has a high affinity for TNF α with a Kd90pM and is an effective TNF α inhibitor. Certolizumab pegol does not neutralize TNFß (lymphotoxin), a related cytokine, and does not activate complement or kill cells via antibody-dependent cellular toxicity.
Other Name: Cimzia

Drug: Placebo
Placebo will be administered according to the label of the biological

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Certolizumab Pegol
Certolizumab Pegol (Cimzia®) is an engineered, humanized antibody-Fab'-fragment with specificity for human TNF-α, that is conjugated to polyethylene glycol (PEG). Certolizumab Pegol (Cimzia®) is a humanized antibody-Fab'-fragment that is produced in Escherichia coli and subsequently PEGylated to prolong its circulating half-time to be similar to that of an intact mAB. Certolizumab Pegol has a high affinity for TNF α with a Kd90pM and is an effective TNF α inhibitor. Certolizumab pegol does not neutralize TNFß (lymphotoxin), a related cytokine, and does not activate complement or kill cells via antibody-dependent cellular toxicity.
Other Name: Cimzia

Drug: Placebo
Placebo will be administered according to the label of the biological




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reaching low disease activity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Proportion of patients who reach low disease activity according to the DAS28 (DAS28 < 3.2) during the first 12 weeks of study participation according their screening CNS activity measured by functional MRI.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Remission [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Proportion of subjects in each treatment group reaching remission (defined as DAS28 < 2.6) after 1, 12 and 24 weeks

  2. Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    HAQ of zero after 12 and 24 weeks to baseline

  3. SF36 [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Mean and median SF-36 after 1, 12 and 24 weeks

  4. MRI [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Proportion of subjects in each treatment group with normal functional MRI after screening, week 12 and 24 weeks

  5. Normal fMRI [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Proportion of subjects in each treatment group with normal functional MRI after screening, 12 and 24 weeks

  6. Ultrasound score [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Mean and median ultrasound synovitis score after 1, 12 and 24 weeks

  7. Bold signal [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Mean and median ultrasound synovitis score after 1, 12 and 24 weeks

  8. Adverse events [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Type, frequency, severity and relationship of adverse events, serious adverse events or suspected unexpected serious adverse reactions to drugs used in this study

  9. Number of patients who discontinue Certolizumab-Pegol [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of subjects who prematurely discontinue Certolizumab-Pegol due to any adverse event



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Understands and voluntarily signs an informed consent form
  • Male or female, aged ≥ 18 years at time of consent
  • Must be able to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements
  • Must satisfy the 2010 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis plus a disease duration of at least 6 months.
  • Must have active RA with a DAS28 ≥3.2
  • Must be RF and/or ACPA positive
  • ≥ 3 swollen and/or tender joints of the hands
  • At screening- visit patients should have been treated without alterations of therapy for at least three months with DMARDS (i.e. Methotrexate) with or without concomitant use of steroids).
  • Glucocorticoids treatment up to 10mg prednisolone per day will be allowed at study entry.

    . Exclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals not able to understand and follow study protocol and not able to voluntarily sign informed consent
  • Individuals not willing to follow study protocol and sign informed consent
  • Individuals with claustrophobia, tattoos containing metal, magnetic endoprostheses, surgery on bone in between a time interval < 3 months.
  • Patients treated before with any biological or small molecule or medication under investigation for the treatment of RA.
  • Patients with serious or chronic infections within the previous 3 months
  • Opportunistic infections within the 6 months before screening
  • Cancer within the 5 years before screening (with the exception of treated and cured squamous or basal cell carcinoma of the skin)
  • History of severe congestive heart failure
  • Current signs or symptoms of severe, progressive, or uncontrolled renal, hepatic, hematologic, gastrointestinal (a.e.diverticulitis), endocrine, pulmonary, cardiac, neurologic or cerebral disease
  • Transplanted organ (with the exception of corneal transplantation done more than 3 months before screening)
  • Evidence of active tuberculosis

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Locations
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Germany
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Campus Charité Mitte Klinik für Rheumatologie und klinische Immunologie Studienambulanz
Berlin, Germany, 10117
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Internal Medicine 3, Rheumatology & Immunology
Erlangen, Germany, 91054
Medizinische Universitätsklinik Freiburg Abteilung Rheumatologie und Klinische Immunologie
Freiburg, Germany, 79106
Universitätsklinikum Leipzig AÖR Department Innere Medizin Sektion Rheumatologie
Leipzig, Germany, 04103
Portugal
Hospitais da Universidade (SRHUC) Reumatologia
Coimbra, Portugal, 3000-075
Serbia
Belgrade University School of Medicine Director of the Institute Institute of Rheumatology
Belgrad, Serbia, 11000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Juergen Rech, MD University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Internal Medicine 3, Rheumatology & Immunology
Study Director: Georg Schett, MD, Prof. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Internal Medicine 3, Rheumatology & Immunology

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Responsible Party: University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01864265     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PreCePRA
First Posted: May 29, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 26, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Keywords provided by University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School:
Rheumatoid arthritis
functional MRI
Prediction of Response
Certolizumab Pegol
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Arthritis
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Certolizumab Pegol
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents