Tofacitinib for Immune Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04246372|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : January 29, 2020
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2022
People with Down syndrome (DS) display widespread immune dysregulation, including several immune skin conditions. This study hypothesizes that pharmacological inhibition of the increased interferon (IFN) signaling seen in DS is safe and could improve associated skin conditions.
The study evaluates the safety and efficacy treatment with Tofacitinib, an FDA-approved drug known to block IFN signaling, in adolescents and adults with DS and an autoimmune and/or autoinflammatory skin condition. Investigators will also measure the impact of interferon inhibition on a variety of molecular markers, as well as the cognitive abilities and quality of life of participants.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Down Syndrome Alopecia Areata Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema Hidradenitis Suppurativa Vitiligo Psoriasis||Drug: Tofacitinib||Phase 2|
Trisomy 21 (T21) is the most common human chromosomal disorder, occurring in ~1/700 live births, leading to the condition known as Down syndrome (DS). Importantly, people with DS display widespread immune dysregulation and over half of adults with T21 are affected by one or more autoimmune conditions, including several immune skin conditions. The driving hypothesis for this study is that hyperactivation of interferon (IFN) signaling leads to myriad immune-driven diseases and immunological phenotypes in people with DS, and that pharmacological inhibition of IFN signaling could have multidimensional therapeutic benefits in this population.
This study utilizes Tofacitinib, an FDA-approved drug known to block IFN signaling and several accompanying inflammatory pathways, to reduce IFN signaling in DS and to measure its effects via multidimensional endpoints. Previous studies and current clinical trials indicate that Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, such as Tofacitinib, can block inflammatory pathways and may have beneficial effects on immune skin conditions. Further, inhibition of chronically active IFN signaling in DS with Tofacitinib may attenuate other core drivers of immune dysregulation, leading to improvements in other immune diseases and conditions common to DS that are potentially driven by inflammation, such as cognitive deficits. Investigators will test these hypotheses using a battery of immune and molecular assessments, as well as cognitive testing and quality of life measures. This clinical trial evaluates adult participants with DS during eight study visits over an approximate five month period.
- To define the safety profile of JAK inhibition in people with DS,
- To determine the impact of JAK inhibition on the immune dysregulation caused by trisomy 21,
- To define the impact of JAK inhibition on immune skin conditions in DS, and
- To characterize the impact of JAK inhibition on cognition and quality of life in DS.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||47 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||All participants will receive the investigational product, Tofacitinib.|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Safety and Efficacy of Tofacitinib for Immune Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome|
|Actual Study Start Date :||October 21, 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||August 2024|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 2024|
Experimental: On Treatment
Tofacitinib 5mg oral tablets twice daily for 16 weeks
Treatment with oral Tofacitinib for immune mediated skin conditions in adults with Down syndrome
Other Name: Xeljanz
- Safety as Assessed by Number of Serious Adverse Events (SAE) [ Time Frame: Up to Week 18 ]Number of SAEs that are definitely related to Tofacitinib treatment
- Change in Interferon (IFN) Scores in the Transcriptome of White Blood Cells [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]A composite score used to represent the change in activation of the interferon pathway. Possible scores increase from zero with higher scores indicating a more activated interferon pathway.
- Change in Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The IGA will be used to assess overall changes in severity across five skin diseases (alopecia, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa) scored from 0 (no involvement) to 4 (severe).
- Change in Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The DLQI will be used to assess participant-reported impact of skin conditions on self-image, relationships, and daily activities. Possible total scores range from 0-30, with higher scores indicating a more impaired quality of life.
- Change in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) Score in Participants with Atopic Dermatitis [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The EASI will be used to assess changes in the extent (area) and severity of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Each of four sites (head, upper limbs, trunk, and lower limbs), are weighted by overall contribution to body surface area and separately scored by using four parameters (erythema, infiltration, excoriations, lichenification), each of which is graded on a severity scale of 0 (none) to 4 (severe), as well as degree of involvement. Possible total scores range from 0-72, with higher scores indicating a more severe involvement.
- Change in Severity of Alopecia Tool (SALT) Score in Participants with Alopecia [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The SALT will be used to assess changes in degree and extent (area) of hair loss due to alopecia on the head. Each of four scalp sites (left side, right side, top and back) are weighted by overall contribution to scalp surface area and rated for percent involvement. Possible total scores range from 0-72, with higher scores indicating a larger affected area.
- Change in Modified Sartorius Score (MSS) Score in Participants with Hidradenitis Suppurativa [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The MSS will be used to assess changes in areas affected by hidradenitis suppurativa. Each of seven sites (right/left axillae, right/left groin, right/left gluteal, other) are scored by number of lesions, distance between lesions, and presence of normal skin between lesions. Possible total scores range up from 0 with no maximum, with higher scores indicating a more severe involvement.
- Change in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) Score in Participants with Psoriasis [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The PASI will be used to assess changes in extent (area) and severity of psoriasis. Each of four sites (head, upper limbs, trunk, and lower limbs) are weighted by overall contribution to body surface area and separately scored by degree of involvement and three additional parameters (erythema, induration and desquamation), each of which is graded on a severity scale of 0 (Not severe) to 4 (very severe). Possible total scores range from 0-72, with higher scores indicating a more severe involvement.
- Change in Vitiligo Extent Tensity Index (VETI) in Participants with Vitiligo [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]The VETI will be used to assess changes in extent (area) of skin affected by vitiligo. Each of five sites (head, trunk, upper limbs, lower limbs, genitalia) are weighted by overall contribution to body surface area and rated for degree of de-pigmentation scale of Stage 0 (normal skin) to Stage 5 (complete de-pigmentation plus significant hair whitening) and percent involvement. Possible scores range from 0-55.5, with a higher score indicating a higher degree of involvement.
- A composite score generated using the Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) platform used to assess inflammatory changes in plasma. [ Time Frame: Baseline and 16 weeks ]Possible total scores increase from zero, with higher scores indicating a higher inflammatory state.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04246372
|Contact: Angela Rachubinski, PhD||303-724-7366||DSresearch@cuanschutz.edu|
|Contact: Belinda Enriquez Estrada, MS||303-724-0491||DSresearch@cuanschutz.edu|
|United States, Colorado|
|Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome||Recruiting|
|Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045|
|Principal Investigator:||Joaquin Espinosa, PhD||Linda Crnic Institute, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Principal Investigator:||Cory Dunnick, MD||Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Principal Investigator:||David Norris, MD||Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|