A Double-blind, Randomised, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial of the Efficacy of MABp1, a- First-in-class True Human Antibody Targeting Interleukin-1alpha, in Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Not Eligible for antiTNF Therapy
  • Phase

    Phase 2
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Intervention/Treatment

    t2-18c3 ...
  • Study Participants

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder. Although adalimumab is recently licensed for moderate to severe HS, many cases fail to respond or relapse during treatment. Favorable outcomes from a recently conducted double-blind randomized clinical study on the efficacy of anakinra, one interleukin(IL)-1alpha blocker, in hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), led to validate the efficacy of MABp1, a true human antiIL-1α antibody in these cases.
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic devastating skin disorder affecting areas rich in apocrine glands. Nodules appear in the affected areas; they progressively become swollen and rupture with the release of pus. This process occurs repeatedly leading to sinus tract formation and scars. This disease course creates a frustrating situation not only for the patients but also for physicians. Traditional treatments comprise short-courses of antibiotics and surgical excision. However, relapse is the rule so that HS leads to severe impairment of the quality of life. The Dermatology Quality Life Index (DQLI) for HS is 8.9, being higher than any other skin disorder.

This devastating disorder has often been neglected and considered a rare situation. However, HS seems to indiscriminately affect the global population. A large epidemiological survey in France reports 0.97% disease prevalence.

The exact pathophysiology of HS is unknown. Both familial and non-familial cases of HS exist. Familial HS is less than 5% of cases and it is usually inherited through the dominant autosomal mode. Mutations in genes encoding for the gene complex of nicastrin-γ-secretase are predominant in hereditary HS. However, little is known on the genetic predisposition of non-familial HS that comprises the great majority of cases. Two studies by the investigators have been conducted to explore the predisposition of HS among patients who carry single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of gene encoding for pro-inflammatory cytokines namely TNF and IL-12RB1. Results have shown that carriage of haplotypes comprising minor frequency SNP alleles at the promoter region of TNF increases the likelihood for HS; furthermore these patients are less likely to respond to treatment with anti-TNF agents. In parallel, haplotyping for gene SNPs of exon 7 and exon 10 of IL-12RB1 comprising seven constitutive SNPs has shown that carriage of the h2 haplotype composed by four minor frequency SNP alleles is associated with more severe disease phenotypes. These results indicate a strong component of the implication of the innate immune responses in the pathogenesis of HS. In conjunction with this and following a successful phase II trial, the two phase III PIONEER studies ended up with significant improvement of patients after 12 weeks of treatment with adalimumab. A novel score, HS clinical response (HiSCR) score, was introduced in these trials and it is now suggested for the evaluation of the efficacy of any new formulation in HS. Using this score, it was found that the success rate of adalimumab to achieve a positive HiSCR after 12 weeks of treatment ranged between 40 and 60%. This means that several patients do not respond to adalimumab treatment whereas others may relapse after some initial response.

The investigators have recently concluded a phase 2, double-blind, randomized study of the efficacy of anakinra treatment administered 100mg subcutaneously daily for 12 consecutive weeks compared to placebo in 19 patients; 10 were allocated to the placebo arm and nine to the anakinra arm (EudraCT2011-005145-12, www.clinicaltrials.gov NCT01558375). Results were favorable for the clinical efficacy of anakinra. The primary endpoint defined to be disease activity was marginally achieved in the modified intent-to-treat population. Regarding the secondary endpoints, treatment with anakinra was very effective in: a) prolonging the time to new exacerbation compared to the placebo arm; and b) modulating cytokine stimulation from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. More precisely, the production of interferon-γ was significantly decreased and the production of IL-22 was increased compared to the placebo arm. HiSCR score was not initially included as a study endpoint because this score has not been developed when the trial was submitted to the authorities. Retrospective validation of the HiSCR score showed significant reduction at week 12 in 7 patients (77.8%) treated with anakinra compared to three patients (30%) treated with placebo (p: 0.039).

The considerable efficacy of anakinra that blocks interleukin (IL)-1alpha (IL-1α) leads to consider a significant role of IL-1α in the pathogenesis of HS. MABp1 is a first-in-class true human monoclonal antibody cloned directly from a human B lymphocyte and specifically targets IL-1α. Results from a first-in-man trial were recently published, in which fifty-two patients with metastatic cancer were enrolled in an open-label phase 1 study. The drug was well-tolerated, tumor responses were observed, and interestingly, treatment was accompanied by an increase of lean body weight.

The purpose of this clinical study is to evaluate the safety and the efficacy of MABp1 compared to placebo in patients with moderate to severe HS who either failed previous treatment with antiTNF regimens or who relapsed under antiTNF regimens or who are treatment naïve and they are unwilling to receive subcutaneous adalimumab treatment. The rationale behind the promising success of MABp1 relies on recent findings showing heterogeneity of cytokines in skin lesions with several patients expressing huge concentrations of TNFα the lesions and other who express low concentrations of TNFα but huge concentrations of IL-1α.
Study Started
Dec 31
Primary Completion
Oct 31
Study Completion
Feb 28
Last Update
Mar 01

Drug MABp1

This is a sterile injectable liquid formulation of 50 mg/mL MABp1 in a stabilizing isotonic buffer (pH 6.4). Each 10-mL serum vial contains 6 ml of the formulation, and is sealed with a 20-mm grey bromobutyl stopper and flip-off aluminum seal

Drug Placebo

The placebo dosage form is a sterile isotonic formulation buffer at pH 6.2-6.5. Each 10-ml Type I borosilicate glass serum vial contains 6mL of the formulation buffer, and is sealed with a 20-mm Daikyo Flurotec butyl rubber stopper and flip-off aluminum seal.

Placebo Placebo Comparator

The placebo product is manufactured following the same procedures and batch records used to manufacture the MABp1 drug product. The placebo dosage form is a sterile isotonic formulation buffer at pH 6.2-6.5. Each 10-ml Type I borosilicate glass serum vial contains 6mL of the formulation buffer, and is sealed with a 20-mm Daikyo Flurotec butyl rubber stopper and flip-off aluminum seal.

MABp1 Active Comparator

MABp1 is a recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibody specific for human interleukin-1α (IL-1α). The entire MABp1 heavy and light chain sequences are identical to those found in naturally-occurring human IgG1κ, with the light and heavy chain variable regions being identical to those originally expressed by a peripheral blood B lymphocyte that was obtained from a healthy individual. It is a sterile injectable liquid formulation of 50 mg/mL MABp1 in a stabilizing isotonic buffer (pH 6.4). Each 10-mL serum vial contains 6 ml of the formulation, and is sealed with a 20-mm grey bromobutyl stopper and flip-off aluminum seal


Inclusion Criteria:

Written informed consent provided by the patient
Age equal to or more than 18 years
Diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)
HS of Hurley II or III stage disease or rapidly progressive HS of Hurley I stage
Presence of at least 3 inflamed nodules consistent with HS in the body
At least one of the following: a) previous failure of treatment with any anti-TNF regimen; b) previous relapse under treatment with any anti-TNF regimen; c) unwillingness to receive subcutaneous adalimumab treatment

Note: Since rapidly progressive HS of Hurley I stage as defined below is not a licensed indication for adalimumab, these patients can be enrolled irrespective or not of a history of previous adalimumab treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

History of systemic lupus erythematosus
Treatment with any biologicals or investigational agents within the last 4 weeks (or 5 half-lives, whichever is longer).
History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions to human, humanized, chimeric, or murine monoclonal antibodies.
Administration of any live (attenuated) vaccine over the last 4 weeks
History of recurrent vein thrombosis or embolism compatible with anti-cardiolipin syndrome
Any present serious bacterial infection namely pneumonia, endocarditis, acute pyelonephritis and intrabdominal infection. These patients can be enrolled once the attending physicians confirm cure by the infection
Hepatic dysfunction defined as any value of transaminases, of γ-glutamyl transpeptidase or of bilirubin> 2 x upper normal limit
History of haematological or solid tumor malignancy, arterial hypertension, liver cirrhosis, HIV infection, and hepatitis virus B or C infection
History of episodes mimicking demyelinating disorders or a definite diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
Any creatinine value above 1.5 mg/dl
Intake of corticosteroids defined as daily intake of prednisone or equivalent more than 1mg/kg for the last three weeks
Neutropenia defined as <1000 neutrophils/mm3
Pregnancy or lactation
History of tuberculosis (latent or active). This will be excluded according to the procedure defined in the screening of patients (see below)
Major surgery within 28 days prior to Day 0
It is explicitly stated that intake of antimicrobials for HS is not an exclusion criterion
No Results Posted