This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition highly-sensitized kidney transplant recipients
Treatment everolimus + low-dose tacrolimus
Targets mTOR, FKBP-12
Sponsor Joseph Kahwaji, MD, MPH
Collaborator Novartis
Start date June 2013
End date January 2016
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT01911546, CRAD001AUS200T


A growing number of patients on the kidney transplant waiting list are broadly human leukocyte antigen (HLA) sensitized (HS). These patients are unlikely to have a compatible donor. Therefore they wait longer and have increased morbidity and mortality. Desensitization with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) and rituximab with alemtuzumab induction improves transplant rates and achieves good allograft outcomes. However, HS patients are at risk for viral infections after transplant. We have previously shown an increased incidence of BKV infections after desensitization with HS patients having higher peak viral loads. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and polyomavirus BK (BKV) infections place HS renal transplant recipients at particular risk. Allograft rejection is associated with both CMV and BKV infection. This is of particular concern for HS patients as they are at an increased risk of rejection at baseline. Furthermore, the frequent development of leukopenia after transplantation often requires the CMV prophylactic agent to be discontinued along with lowering immunosuppression. This increases the risk of CMV infection and allograft rejection.

Everolimus was approved for rejection prophylaxis in combination with calcineurin inhibitors (CNI). CNI used in the study that led to drug's approval was cyclosporine. There are several trials nearing it's completion that utilize low dose tacrolimus instead. In 2012 Novartis published data from several trials showing superior outcomes using everolimus + low dose tacrolimus. This combination is currently approved in EU. It is also a combination that is standard of care (SOC) at our center for patients on everolimus.

This study aims to demonstrate that use of everolimus as part of a maintenance immunosuppression regimen may decrease viral infections without lowering overall immunosuppression thus improving allograft function and survival.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
everolimus + low-dose tacrolimus

Primary Outcomes

The number of CMV and Polyomavirus BK infections
time frame: 12 months

Secondary Outcomes

Incidence of acute rejection and/or graft loss
time frame: 12 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Recipient of a deceased or living donor kidney allograft 2. Patients must have undergone desensitization with IVIG and rituximab with or without plasma exchange prior to transplant or be administered IVIG and rituximab peri-operatively. 3. Age 18 and over 4. Able to understand and provide informed consent Exclusion Criteria: Recipients of a dual simultaneous kidney/liver, kidney/heart, kidney/lung transplant 2. Pregnant or lactating females 3. Patients with a platelet count < 100,000/mm3 at time of randomization 4. Patients with an absolute neutrophil count < 1,500/mm3 or a white blood cell count of <3,000/mm3 at time of randomization 5. Patients who have an abnormal liver profile such as ALT, AST, Alkaline Phosphatase, or total bilirubin > 3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) at time of randomization 6. Patients with severe total hypercholesterolemia (> 350 mg/dL; > 9 mmol/L) or total hypertriglyceridemia (> 500 mg/dL; > 5.6 mmol/L). Patients on lipid lowering treatment with controlled hyperlipidemia are acceptable. 7. History of hypersensitivity to any of the study drugs or to drugs of similar chemical classes 8. Patients being treated with drugs that are strong inducers or inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4 9. Patients with a clinically significant systemic infection within 30 days prior to transplant 9 10. Patients who have any surgical or medical condition, such as severe diarrhea, active peptic ulcer disease, or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, which in the opinion of the investigator, might significantly alter the absorption, distribution, metabolism and/or excretion of study medication. 11. Patients with a history of coagulopathy or medical condition that would require long-term anticoagulation therapy after transplantation, unless the condition would permit a two week interruption in therapy before and after allograft biopsy. (Treatment with low dose aspirin is allowed.) 12. Women of childbearing potential who are either pregnant, lactating, planning to become pregnant during this trial, or with a positive serum or urine pregnancy test. Women of childbearing potential must be willing to agree to contraceptive practices.

Additional Information

Official title A Prospective, Pilot Trial to Evaluate Safety and Tolerability of Everolimus for the Prevention of BK and CMV Viremia in HLA Sensitized Kidney Transplant Recipients
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.