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A Study of Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell ( CAR-T) Therapy in Subjects With Non-relapsing and Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT06138132
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : November 18, 2023
Last Update Posted : April 12, 2024
Kyverna Therapeutics
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jeffrey Dunn MD, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
A Study of Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy in Subjects with Non-relapsing and Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis, Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Secondary Progressive Biological: KYV-101 anti-CD19 CAR-T cell therapy Drug: Standard lymphodepletion regimen Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated neurodegenerative central nervous system disease that can lead to loss of vital neurologic function. The clinical course of MS from person to person is variable. Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (pMS) is marked by a history of neurologic worsening over time; and can occur following a prior history of defined relapses that has evolved to a non-relapsing state (previously termed "secondary progressive MS" (SPMS)) or from disease onset (termed "primary progressive MS" (PPMS)).

There are now more than twenty FDA approved disease modifying therapies (DMTs) for MS in the United States. Most of these treatments have an approved FDA indication for relapsing disease. Several have a labeled indication for active secondary progressive MS, and only one has been FDA approved for primary progressive MS. There are no formally approved treatments for patients with non-relapsing progressive Multiple Sclerosis that is worsening, treatment refractory, and non-active as defined operationally by absence of relapse of magnetic resonance imaging evidence of inflammatory disease within the preceding two years.

B cells play a central and multi-functional role in the immunopathogenesis of MS. B cells present antigen to T cells in stimulating a pro-inflammatory immune cascade, secrete pathogenic cytokines, moderate T cell and myeloid cell functions, form structural B cell meningeal follicles within the human central nervous system, act as reservoirs for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection, and produce pathogenic antibodies upon evolution to plasma cells. CD19-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells harness the ability of cytotoxic T cells to directly and specifically lyse target cells to effectively deplete B cells in the circulation and in lymphoid and potentially non-lymphoid tissues. KYV-101, a fully human anti-CD19 CAR T-cell therapy, will be investigated in adult subjects with non-relapsing and progressive forms of MS.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 12 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Sequential Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 1, Open-Label, Single Center Study of KYV-101, an Autologous Fully-Human Anti-CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell (CD19 CAR T) Therapy in Subjects With Non-relapsing and Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis
Actual Study Start Date : April 10, 2024
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2027
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2027

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: KYV-101 CAR-T cells with lymphodepletion conditioning
Dosing with KYV-101 CAR T cells
Biological: KYV-101 anti-CD19 CAR-T cell therapy
KYV-101 anti-CD19 CAR-T cell therapy

Drug: Standard lymphodepletion regimen
Standard lymphodepletion regimen
Other Name: Bendamustine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency of dose limiting toxicities at each dose level [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of adverse events (AEs) including clinical tolerance and laboratory abnormalities [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months ]
    Clinical tolerance will be assessed with attention to cytokine release syndrome (CRS), Immune Effector Cell-associated Neurotoxicity Syndrome (ICANS) and other AE to be graded by CTCAE Version 5.0

  2. To characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months ]
    Levels of KYV-101 CAR-positive T cells in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid from treatment baseline to end of study

  3. To characterize the pharmacodynamics (PD) [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months ]
    Levels of B cells in the blood from treatment baseline to end of study

  4. To evaluate clinical response [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months ]
    Time from CD19 KYV CAR T cell infusion to a change in disability and walking score, as measured by the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)

  5. To evaluate clinical response [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Levels of unique unmatched intrathecal oligoclonal bands from treatment baseline to 6 months following treatment

  6. To evaluate clinical response [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Whole brain and grey matter volume from treatment baseline to end of study

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patient is ≥ 18 years old, and ≤55 years of age, at time of screening visit.
  2. Diagnosis of MS according to the 2017 McDonald Criteria.
  3. Progressive MS by 2014 Lublin MS phenotypic criteria.
  4. Presence of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) antibodies, or completion of at least one dose of the varicella zoster glycoprotein E (gE) Shingrix vaccine at least four weeks prior to treatment.
  5. Presence of anti EBV antibodies.
  6. Organ and Marrow Function

    • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 2000/uL.
    • Platelet count ≥ 150,000/uL.
    • Absolute lymphocyte count ≥ 1000/uL.
    • Serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) ≥ 500mg/dL.
    • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL.
    • Adequate renal, hepatic, pulmonary and cardiac function defined as:

      • Creatinine ≤ 2mg/dL or creatinine clearance (as estimated by Cockcroft Gault Equation) ≥ 60 mL/min.
      • Serum alanine transaminase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≤ 3 upper limit of normal (ULN).
      • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dl, except in subjects with Gilbert's syndrome
      • Cardiac ejection fraction ≥ 40%, no evidence of physiologically significant pericardial effusion as determined by an ECHO, and no clinically significant ECG findings.
      • Baseline oxygen saturation > 94% on room air.
  7. Testing for

    • Hepatitis B core antibody (HBc Ab)
    • Hepatitis C antibody (HCV Ab)
    • Hepatitis B surface antigen (Hep B surf. AG)
    • HIV 1&2 Ab
    • Syphilis Screen
    • Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV) Ab I & II
    • Nucleic acid test multiplex (NAT MPX) for HIV, HCV, HBV
    • Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 IgG panel
    • Varicella-Zoster (VZ) IgG
    • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Total Ab

    Must be seronegative for HIV-1 RNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR); HIV 1 and HIV 2 Ab (antibody); HTLV-1 and HTLV-2 Ab; PCR+ or negative surface antigen for hepatitis B; negative for the Treponema pallidum antibody Syphilis screen; and negative for HIV-1 and hepatitis C by nucleic acid testing (NAT) within 40 days of apheresis procedures.

  8. Females of childbearing potential have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test because of the potentially dangerous/unknown effects on the fetus. Females who have undergone hysterectomy or who have been postmenopausal for at least 2 years are not considered to be of childbearing potential.
  9. Contraception: Subjects of child-bearing or child-fathering potential must be willing to practice highly effective birth control from the time of enrollment on this study and for the entire study period which is 12 months after receiving the CAR T cell infusion.
  10. Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document. Patients must have signed informed consent to participate in the trial.
  11. Adequate vital sign criterion with acceptable numerical ranges of:

    • Systolic Blood Pressure (mmHg) ≥ 100 and ≤ 150
    • Diastolic Blood pressure (mmHg) ≥ 60 and ≤ 90
    • To ensure subject safety and stability, any subject who is noted to have a BP > 150/90 mm Hg should be stable on anti-hypertensive medications with repeated BP ≤150/90 for at least one month prior to enrollment in the study
    • Heart Rate ≥ 60 and ≤ 100 bpm
    • Oral Temperature ≤ 37.7 C/afebrile
    • Respiratory rate ≥ 12 and ≤ 20bpm

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) or MOG antibody associated disease (MOGAD).
  2. Prior treatment with any investigational agent within 3 months, or 5 half-lives, whichever is longer. Agents authorized by the FDA for prevention or treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are not considered investigational.
  3. Initiation of any DMT between the completion of apheresis and start of lymphodepletion (LD) chemotherapy. The use of methylprednisolone for bridging therapy between apheresis and start of LD chemotherapy will be allowed.
  4. History of CNS or spinal cord tumor, metabolic or infectious cause of myelopathy, genetically inherited progressive CNS disorder, sarcoidosis or non-MS progressive neurologic condition affecting ability to perform study assessments.
  5. History of cytopenia consistent with the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
  6. History of sickle cell anemia or other hemoglobinopathy.
  7. Coagulation abnormalities defined by: international normalized ratio (INR) > 1.5, prothrombin time (PT) > 14 seconds, partial thromboplastin time (PTT) > 45 seconds to the exclusion criteria. Patients with positive antiphospholipid antibodies, including anti-cardiolipin, or lupus anticoagulant.
  8. Presence of fungal, bacterial, viral, or other infection that is not controlled and/ or requiring hospitalization or treatment with IV antimicrobials within 4 weeks of screening. Simple urinary tract infection (UTI) and uncomplicated bacterial pharyngitis are permitted if responding to active treatment.
  9. Psychiatric disorder(s) or psychosocial circumstance(s) which in the opinion of the Stanford Transplant team caring for this potential patient would place the patient at an unacceptable risk.
  10. Presence or history of liver cirrhosis.
  11. History of malignancy other than non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ (e.g. cervix, bladder, breast) unless disease free for at least 3 years
  12. Active infection with HIV, hepatitis B (HBsAg positive) or hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV positive) as the immunosuppression contained in this study may pose unacceptable risk. A prior history of hepatitis B or hepatitis C is permitted providing the viral load is undetectable per quantitative PCR and/or nucleic acid testing. Hepatitis B surface antibody following hepatitis B immunization is not considered to be evidence of past infection.
  13. Central nervous system (CNS) disorder such as cerebrovascular ischemia/hemorrhage, dementia, cerebellar disease unrelated to MS that in the judgment of the investigator may impair the ability to evaluate neurotoxicity.
  14. History of myocardial infarction, cardiac angioplasty or stenting, unstable angina, or other clinically significant cardiac disease (uncontrolled congestive heart failure) within 4 months of enrollment. Subjects with stable cardiac disease fulfilling inclusion criteria are allowed.
  15. Subjects receiving anticoagulation therapy or subjects with concomitant use of antiplatelet agents.
  16. History of Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus that required continued systemic immunosuppression/systemic disease modifying agents within the 2 years prior to trial enrollment.
  17. A primary immune deficiency disease
  18. In the investigator's judgment, the subject is unlikely to complete protocol-required study visits or procedures, including follow-up visits, or comply with the study requirements for participation.
  19. History of severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction to any of the agents used in this study. This includes contraindications or life-threatening allergies, hypersensitivity, or intolerance to KYV-101 or its excipients, including dimethyl sulfoxide; Bendamustine; or tocilizumab.
  20. Any medical condition that in the judgement of the investigator is likely to interfere with assessment of safety or efficacy of study treatment.
  21. Prior treatment with total lymphoid irradiation or mitoxantrone exceeding 36 mg/m2 cumulative dose
  22. Prior treatment with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, or prior history of cellular immunotherapy (eg. CAR T) or gene therapy directed at any target.
  23. Prior treatment with anti-CD20+ monoclonal antibody therapy within 9 months of trial initiation. A 30-day washout will be required for prior treatment with glatiramer acetate, interferon-beta, and fumarates. A 60-day washout will be required for sphingosine-i-phosphate modulators and natalizumab. Excluded will be patients who received prior treatment with mitoxantrone regardless of prior cumulative dose.
  24. Prior history of solid organ transplantation
  25. Impaired cardiac function or clinically significant cardiac disease including:

    • a. Unstable angina or myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) within 6 months prior to apheresis.
    • b. New York Heart Association (NYHA) stage III or IV congestive heart failure.
    • c. History of clinically significant cardiac arrhythmia (eg, ventricular tachycardia), complete left bundle branch block, high-grade atrioventricular (AV) block.
    • d. History of severe nonischemic cardiomyopathy.
    • e. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <45% as assessed by echocardiogram (ECHO) or multi-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan (performed ≤8 weeks of apheresis).
    • f. Active, current cardiac manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) including pericarditis, pericardial effusion, and myocarditis.
  26. Prior history of splenectomy
  27. History of moderate or worse than moderate asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  28. Corrected QT interval (QTc) >450msec in males or >470msecs in females
  29. Subjects with valvular heart disease (regurgitation, stenosis or atresia
  30. Moderate or worse renal impairment using criteria

    • Stage 1: Kidney damage with normal or increased GFR (>90 mL/min/1.73 m^2).
    • Stage 2: Mild reduction in GFR (60-89 mL/min/1.73 m^2).
    • Stage 3a: Moderate reduction in GFR (45-59 mL/min/1.73 m^2).
    • Stage 3b: Moderate reduction in GFR (30-44 mL/min/1.73 m^2).
    • Stage 4: Severe reduction in GFR (15-29 mL/min/1.73 m^2).
    • Stage 5: Kidney failure (GFR < 15 mL/min/1.73 m^2 or dialysis)
  31. Previously received Mavenclad, yet drug washout is ≤9 months.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT06138132

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Contact: Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Study Team 650-319-5522

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United States, California
Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Center Recruiting
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
Contact: Crystal Ton-Nu, BS    650-319-5522   
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Dunn, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Everett Meyer, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Robert Lowsky, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Saurabh Dahiya, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Esther Nie, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Jamie McDonald, MD, MS         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Kyverna Therapeutics
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Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Dunn, MD Stanford University
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Responsible Party: Jeffrey Dunn MD, Lily Sarafan Director of Neuroimmunology and Professor of Clinical Neurology, Stanford University Identifier: NCT06138132    
Other Study ID Numbers: 70408
First Posted: November 18, 2023    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 12, 2024
Last Verified: April 2024
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Jeffrey Dunn MD, Stanford University:
autoimmune disease
anti-CD19 CAR-T therapy
cellular therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Progressive
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Chronic Disease
Disease Attributes
Bendamustine Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents