Last updated on May 2008

Trial of Rituximab Given Pre-Transplant to Sensitised Live Donor Kidney Recipients

Brief description of study

About one third of prospective kidney transplant recipients have antibodies in their blood directed against the tissues of their only available kidney donor. Recently, "desensitisation" treatments when administered pre-transplant have allowed successful transplantation of these patients despite high rates of acute antibody mediated rejection (AAMR). The investigators propose to test in a randomised controlled trial whether rituximab, a monoclonal antibody that depletes B-lymphocytes, will safely lower antibody mediated rejection (AMR) rates when added to "standard" therapy. The investigators will also test whether rituximab enables more patients to achieve a negative crossmatch against their donor and thereby allow more transplants to proceed.

Detailed Study Description

This study is designed to investigate in a prospective, randomised fashion whether a single intravenous dose of rituximab (375 mg/m2) given two weeks prior to transplant, in addition to standard therapy, will allow sensitised renal transplant subjects to achieve a negative CDC crossmatch and thereby proceed to live donor transplantation. We will also evaluate whether rituximab will reduce the number of AAMR episodes in the post-transplant period, compared to controls. All eligible subjects must have a positive T- and/or B-cell CDC or flow cytometry crossmatch and have donor-specific antibodies identified by solid-phase assay at screening. All subjects will receive a standard desensitisation regimen that includes plasma exchange/IVIG + MMF before and immediately after transplantation followed by a standard care immunosuppressive regimen (IL-2R antagonist, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil [MMF] and corticosteroids) after transplantation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00371904

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