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Kidney Transplantation: Desensitization and other complications

Wednesday September 16, 2020 - 14:30 to 15:15

Room: Channel 6

480.1 Clazakizumab® (Anti-IL-6) for desensitization of highly-HLA sensitized patients awaiting kidney transplant (NCT03380962)

Ashley Vo, United States

Cedars Sinai Medical Center


Ashley A. Vo, PharmD, is the Administrative Director of the Transplant Immunotherapy Program at the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Vo earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She completed a General Practice Residency and a Specialty Residency in Administration, both at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Vo’s research has been in advancing the field of desensitization for the highly HLA sensitized patients awaiting kidney transplantation and the development of novel therapeutics for prevention and treatment of antibody mediated rejection in kidney transplantation. Dr. Vo is a Co-Investigator for all Kidney Transplant Investigator Initiated Trials and Industry sponsored trials, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of Immunology, etc. and has published in journals including Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, World Journal of Nephrology, and Immunotherapy. Dr. Vo was awarded AST Clinician of Distinction in 2014, a prestigious award that recognizes clinical excellence and the creative scholarship brings to the field of transplantation, and Fellow of the American Society of Transplant in 2016.


Clazakizumab® (Anti-IL-6) for desensitization of highly-HLA sensitized patients awaiting kidney transplant (NCT03380962)

Ashley Vo1, Noriko Ammerman1, Edmund Huang1, Mieko Toyoda2, Shili Ge2, Alice Peng1, Reiad Najjar1, Summer Williamson1, Catherine Myers1, Supreet Sethi1, Kathlyn Lim1, Jua Choi1, Stanley Jordan1.

1Kidney Transplant, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States; 2Transplant Immunology Laboratory, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Purpose: IL-6 mediates inflammation and activation of T-cells, B-cells & plasma cells. Thus, IL-6 may represent an important target for desensitization (DES). Here we report a 12M follow-up of this single center Phase I/II study to assess safety & efficacy of Clazakizumab (anti-IL-6, Vitaeris) for DES in highly-HLA sensitized (HS) patients.
Methods: Ten HS patients (cPRA >50%) received PLEX x5 followed by IVIg 2gm/kg X1. Post-IVIg, patients received anti-IL-6 25mg SC Q4W X6 with monitoring of HLA antibody and other immune parameters. Study end point was transplantation by day 270 post-Rx. Transplanted patients received anti-IL6 25mg SC Q4W. After protocol biopsy at 6M, patients continued anti-IL6 for 12M post-transplant. The primary end point was safety and ability to modify HLA antibodies from baseline. All transplanted patients received induction with alemtuzumab and maintained on tac/mmf/pred.
Results: Nine patients were transplanted. Briefly, mean time from dialysis to transplant was 96±52M and from last claza to transplant was 5.5±3.6M. All patients had previous transplants; 78% had cPRA 99-100%, 67% were B-cell FCMX+ and CII DSA+ @transplant. Mean MFI for HLA CI & CII were: pre-des v. post claza: CI 13062±3123 v. 8585±4597 (p=0.05) and CII 13519±2966 v. 8344±4836 (p=0.03). Figure 1 showed DSA MFI pre & post-tx to month 12. No patients had detectable DSA @6M post-tx. Protocol biopsies @6M in 8 patients (89%) showed mean g+ptc: 0.75±1.9, cg: 0.375±0.99, c4d: 0.625±1.1, ci+ct: 1.25±1.4, and i-IFTA: 0.75±1.1 respectively (Figure2). Two patients developed rejection CMR/ABMR and cABMR as a result of DSA rebound. Mean eGFR @12M was 51±26 ml/min.
Conclusions: Overall, there was a significant reduction in HLA MFI for CI and CII post-claza in 9/10 patients. No patient had detectable DSA 6M post-transplant. Therefore, anti-IL-6 appears promising as a desensitization agent when used with PLEX + IVIg. Anti-IL-6 also reduced antibody rebound post-PLEX + IVIg likely allowing successful HLAi transplantation for these patients. An increase in Treg (CD4+,CD25+,FoxP3+, CD127low) was seen in claza treated patients post-transplant.

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