Antithymocyte Globulin (ATG) and Pegylated Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor (GCSF) in New Onset Type 1 Diabetes
This is a three-arm, 1:1:1 randomized, placebo controlled, double- blinded trial in which at least 28 subjects will receive active Anti-Thymocyte Globulin and Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (ATG-GCSF), at least 28 subjects will receive ATG alone and at least 28 subjects will receive placebo alone within 100 days from diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The primary objective of the study will be to determine the safety and ability of low dose ATG plus GCSF and low dose ATG alone to retain/enhance C-peptide production in new onset T1D patients demonstrating residual beta cell function.
The study will also examine the effect of the proposed treatments on surrogate markers for immunologic and metabolic outcomes.
12 Years to 45 Years
Accepting Healthy Volunteers?
- Must be > 12 years < 46
- Must have a diagnosis of T1D for less than 100 days at randomization
- Willing to provide Informed Consent or have a parent or legal guardian provide informed consent if the subject is <18 years of age
- Positive for at least one islet cell autoantibody; glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65A), Insulin micro IAA (mIAA), if obtained within 10 days of the onset of insulin therapy, islet antigen 2 (IA-2A), Islet Cell Antigen (ICA), or zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8A)
- Must have stimulated C-peptide levels = 0.2 pmol/ml measured during a mixed meal tolerance test (MMTT) conducted at least 21 days from diagnosis of diabetes and within one month (37 days) of randomization
- Must be Epstein-Barr virus (EBV PCR) negative within two weeks of randomization if EBV seronegative at screening
- Be at least 6 weeks from last live immunization
- Participants are required to receive killed influenza vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to randomization when vaccine for the current or upcoming flu season is available
- Be willing to forgo vaccines during the treatment period and for 3 months following last dose of study drug
- Be willing to comply with intensive diabetes management
- Be immunodeficient or have clinically significant chronic lymphopenia: (Leukopenia (< 3,000 leukocytes /µL), neutropenia (<1,500 neutrophils/µL), lymphopenia (<800 lymphocytes/µL), or thrombocytopenia (<100,000 platelets/µL).
- Have active signs or symptoms of acute infection at the time of randomization
- Have evidence of prior or current tuberculosis infection as assessed by purified protein derivative (PPD), interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) or by history
- Be currently pregnant or lactating, or anticipate getting pregnant within the two year study period
- Require use of other immunosuppressive agents including chronic use of systemic steroids
- Have evidence of current or past human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection
- Have any complicating medical issues or abnormal clinical laboratory results that may interfere with study conduct, or cause increased risk to include pre-existing cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sickle cell disease, neurological, or blood count abnormalities
- Have a history of malignancies other than skin
- Evidence of liver dysfunction with aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) greater than 3 times the upper limits of normal
- Evidence of renal dysfunction with creatinine greater than 1.5 times the upper limit of normal
- Vaccination with a live virus within the last 6 weeks
- Current or ongoing use of non-insulin pharmaceuticals that affect glycemic control within prior 7 days of screening
- Active participation in another T1D treatment study in the previous 30 days
- Prior treatment with abatacept or anti-cd3
- Known allergy to GCSF or ATG
- Prior treatment with ATG or known allergy to rabbit derived products
- Any condition that in the investigator's opinion may adversely affect study participation or may compromise the study results