Principal Investigator: Cheryl  Pirozzi
Keywords: Alpha-1 , Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency , Pulmonary Genetic , Genetic , Pulmonary , Emphysema , COPD , A1ATD , A1AT Department: Pulmonary
IRB Number: 00127780
Specialty: Pulmonary, Pulmonary
Sub Specialties: Pulmonary Function,
Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Contact Information

Lindsey Reader

Brief Summary

Primary Objectives:

  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) administered twice daily (bid) for 12 weeks on blood markers of neutrophil elastase activity
  • To evaluate the safety and tolerability of alvelestat (MPH966) administered twice daily (bid) for 12 weeks

Secondary Objectives:

  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on other blood pharmacodynamic markers of neutrophil activation and elastase activity
  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on blood biomarkers of lung tissue degradation
  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on biomarkers of inflammation in blood
  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on neutrophil activation, elastase, and inflammatory activity in lung

Exploratory Objectives:

  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on pulmonary function
  • To evaluate the effect of alvelestat (MPH966) on respiratory symptoms, breathlessness, and health status

To evaluate PK efficacy relationships in AATD

Inclusion Criteria

Participants are eligible to be included in the study only if ALL of the following criteria apply:

Type of Participant and Disease Characteristics

  1. Capable of giving signed informed consent as described in Appendix 3, which includes compliance with the requirements and restrictions listed in the informed consent form and in this protocol
  2. Age ≥18 and ≤80 years
  3. Patients with a confirmed diagnosis AATD; Pi*ZZ, Pi*SZ, or Pi*null, or another rare phenotype/genotype known to be associated with either low serum AAT level <11uM or <57.2 mg/dL or functionally impaired AAT including "F" or "I" mutations.
  4. FEV1 ≥25% predicted
  5. Patients will be eligible if they are either a) are not currently receiving augmentation treatment and have not received augmentation in the 12 weeks prior to screening or b) have received weekly infusions of augmentation at 60 mg/kg for at least 12 weeks prior to screening and intend to continue augmentation through the study period.
  6. Male or female sex
    1. Male participants must agree to use a highly effective contraception as detailed in Appendix 5 during the treatment period and for at least 4 days after the last dose of study treatment and refrain from donating sperm during this period
    2. Female participants are eligible to participate if not pregnant; not breastfeeding; and at least one of the following conditions is met: 
      1. Not a woman of childbearing potential as defined in Appendix 5


                     b. A woman of childbearing potential who agrees to follow the contraceptive    guidance in Appendix 5. During the treatment phase and for at least 4 days after the last dose of study medication.

Exclusion Criteria

Participants are excluded from the study if ANY of the following criteria apply:

Excluded Medical Conditions

  1. Subjects with Pi*MZ, Pi*FM, Pi*MS, Pi*SS, or other AATD phenotypes/genotypes not known to be independently associated with emphysema
  2. Any clinically diagnosed lung disease other than COPD such as diffuse interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, or clinically significant bronchiectasis as determined by the Investigator
  3. Acute exacerbation of underlying lung disease requiring oral steroids and/or antibiotics within 4 weeks of baseline
  4. Acute or chronic hepatitis, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C (positive serologies, including hepatitis B and C antibody)
  5. HIV infection or other immunodeficiency or with an absolute neutrophil count ≤1.0 × 109/L
  6. Abnormal liver biochemistry (alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyl transferase) >1.5 × upper limit of normal or total bilirubin > upper limit of normal (unless Gilbert’s disease with normal conjugated bilirubin)
  7. Any of the following laboratory abnormalities are present at baseline:
    1. Platelet count <150×109/L
    2. Serum albumin ≤ 3.5 g/dL
    3. INR ≥1.2
    4. CPK ≥ ULN.
  8. History or current evidence of cirrhosis (on biopsy or imaging), esophageal varices, ascites or hepatic encephalopathy.
  9. Evidence of other forms of chronic liver disease based on diagnostic testing as per the guidelines (i.e. autoimmune liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, Wilson’s disease, Hemochromatosis or iron overload).
  10. Patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as diagnosed by any imaging modality or use of drugs associated with NAFLD for more than 2 weeks in the year prior to screening as diagnosed by any imaging modality.
  11. Subjects with a history of significant alcohol consumption for a period of more than 3 consecutive months within 1 year prior to screening, defined as average of >20g/ day in female subjects and >30g/ day in male subjects.
  12. Fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) score >3.25
  13. Any of the following cardiovascular conditions within 6 months prior to the screening visit:
    1. Myocardial infarction or unstable angina
    2. Coronary artery bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty, percutaneous coronary intervention, or carotid revascularization procedure
    3. Uncontrolled hypertension
    4. Stroke or transient ischemic attack
  14. Congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association III/IV) with left ventricular ejection fraction < 40%
  15. Any clinically significant 12-lead electrocardiogram abnormalities at screening or baseline, including corrected QT interval by Fridericia’s correction method >450 ms or history of significant cardiac dysrhythmia, including long QT syndrome
  16. History of cancer within the last 5 years, except for well-treated basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
  17. Other documented comorbidities or laboratory abnormalities that in the opinion of the Investigator could affect the outcome of the study assessments, participant safety, or ability of the participant to comply with the requirements of the protocol

    Excluded Prior/Concomitant Therapy

    18. Daily use of prednisone (>10mg daily) or other systemic glucocorticoids at a comparable or higher equivalent dose, or use of other immunosuppressant therapies are prohibited.

  19. Immunomodulating monoclonal antibodies within 6 months prior to screening are prohibited.

  20. Daily use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is prohibited. Daily use of acetaminophen up to 2 g per day and aspirin up to 325 mg per day is permitted.

  21. Initiation of drugs known for hepatotoxic potential within the 28 days prior to screening including but not limited to: statins, NSAIDS, amoxicillin/clavulanate, PDE inhibitors (theophylline, roflumilast), and anti-epileptics.  Subjects on established treatment for more than 28 days prior to screening will not be excluded.

  22. Requirement for medications mainly metabolized by CYP2C9 and with narrow therapeutic index (eg, warfarin, phenytoin) is prohibited


    Excluded Prior/Concurrent Clinical Study Experience

    23. Participation in any clinical investigation using medical devices or non-biologic treatments within 4 weeks or 5 half-lives of the drug (whichever is longer) prior to the initial dosing (or longer if required by local regulations) is prohibited

  24. Participation in any clinical investigation using biologic treatment within 6 months of screening is prohibited

  25. Previous participation in a gene therapy study for AATD at any time is prohibited


    Other Exclusions

    26. History of hypersensitivity to alvelestat (MPH966) or any of its excipients or the class of neutrophil elastase inhibitors

  27. Known hypersensitivity to medications used in the study procedures (e.g. midazolam, fentanyl, and lidocaine for bronchoscopy)