Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis (SSc)

  • End date
    Aug 1, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Paul Szabolcs
Updated on 7 October 2022
ct scan
stem cell transplantation
total body irradiation
progressive systemic sclerosis
intravenous immunoglobulin
systemic sclerosis
raynaud's syndrome


The purpose of this study is to determine whether a regimen of high-dose immunoablative therapy will demonstrate safety that is consistent or improved with other published regimens in SSc patients, while maintaining a treatment effect.


This is a single center, phase II trial where after a process of stem cell mobilization and conditioning, subjects receive a CD34-selected autologous peripheral blood stem cell rescue. By virtue of positive selection for the stem/progenitor cell marker of CD34, the graft will be depleted for T, B and NK lymphocytes and other immune cells such as monocytes that may be pathogenic. This is an open label study and there will be no randomization or blinding as a part of this study.

The proposed regimen of high-dose immunoablative therapy will demonstrate safety that is consistent or improved with other published regimens in SSc patients, while maintaining a treatment effect.

The primary objectives of this study are to determine the safety and treatment effect of high-dose immunoablative therapy followed by transplantation of CD34+ positively selected peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) for systemic scleroderma (SSc) patients using a regimen designed to maximize patient safety while also aiming to eradicate autoreactive clones responsible for the disease. Safety will be determined by monitoring for death of any cause, and severe or life-threatening infections. Treatment effect will be determined by assessing event-free survival in comparison to a SSc observational cohort control group treated with standard of care medication (mycophenolate mofetil) at 12 and 36 months post hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Enrolled subjects will be followed for survival, secondary malignancies, and SSC activity at least yearly up to 36 months post-HSCT.

The secondary objectives of this study are to:

  • To assess cutaneous disease response to high dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) by comparing pre- and post-transplant measurements of the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS).
  • To assess pulmonary disease response by longitudinally tracking FVC (pulmonary function test) and DLCO (diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide) yearly up to 36 months post-HSCT.
  • To evaluate the treatment effect on disease activity/progression, as indicated by severity measures of cardiac, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, vascular and renal organ involvement, and need for concomitant disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) use.
  • To evaluate quality of life by comparing pre- and post-transplant quality of life measurements. These measurements will include the Scleroderma Health Assessment Questionnaire (SHAQ), the Medical Outcomes Study Questionnaire Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) and the Scleroderma Skin Patient Reported Outcome (SSPRO) pre- and post-mobilization.

Condition Systemic Sclerosis, Diffuse Sclerosis Systemic, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension
Treatment Rituximab, cyclophosphamide, MESNA, Total body irradiation, alemtuzumab, thiotepa, Intravenous immunoglobulin, GM-CSF, Anti Thymocyte Globulin, Anti Thymocyte Globulin
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03630211
SponsorPaul Szabolcs
Last Modified on7 October 2022


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