for people ages 18-68 (full criteria)
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This clinical study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Gastrin treatment with islet transplantation to help patients with difficult to control type 1 diabetes make insulin again and improve blood sugar control. This study involves two investigational (experimental) products not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for any disease: 1. Human allogenic islet cells (islet cells from a deceased, unrelated human donor) 2. Gastrin-17 (Gastrin) - a hormone secreted by the gut


Islet cell transplantation involves transplanting the cells that make insulin from a pancreas of deceased organ donor to a patient with diabetes. Because there is a limited supply of donor islet cells available, this study is testing whether Gastrin injections can help make a fewer number of transplanted islets work better. Gastrin is a natural gut hormone that is present in the pancreas during its development in the embryo but not after birth, and is believed to participate in the formation of the normal pancreas. Several studies have tried to use gastrin to help grow insulin making islet cells in laboratory experiments or after transplanting islets in laboratory animals. In early clinical trials, diabetic patients treated with gastrin and other growth factors required less insulin after 4 weeks of gastrin treatment and the effect lasted more than 12 weeks after stopping treatment, suggesting that gastrin may have increased the number of cells that make insulin. This study will evaluate whether taking Gastrin injections following a single islet transplantation is safe, improves how well the islet transplant works and/or helps increase the number of insulin-making cells in the islets. Qualified participants will receive treatment with a single islet transplant, followed by two rounds of gastrin treatment (twice daily injections for 30 days) just after transplant and again 6 months later. Study participants will also take anti-rejection medications (to prevent the body from rejecting the islet cells) and other medications to guard against infection and support their health and/or the health of the transplanted islets. Participants will need to return to City of Hope in Duarte, CA for frequent follow-up visits for one year after transplant.


Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 islet islet cell transplant gastrin hypoglycemia labile diabetes Gastrins Allogenic Human Islet Cells Gastrin 17


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-68

  1. Age 18-68 years
  2. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (documented with fasting C-peptide level of </= 0.2 ng/ml before and </= 0.3 ng/ml after IV administration of 1 mg of glucagon) for at least 5 years.
  3. Unstable blood glucose characterized by:

Frequent hypoglycemia (blood glucose less than or equal to 54 mg/dl more than once per week)

-and/or- Hypoglycemia unawareness (Clarke score of 4 or more).

-and/or- One or more severe hypoglycemic episodes in 12 months preceding enrollment

-and/or- Erratic blood glucose levels that interfere with daily activities

-and/or- One or more hospital visits for diabetic ketoacidosis in the 12 months preceding enrollment

  1. Ability and willingness to comply with post-transplant regimen, including immunosuppression, use of reliable contraception, frequent clinic visits, testing and maintaining detailed logs of blood glucose levels, insulin doses and medications, and completing detailed follow-up studies.
  2. Ability to give informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. BMI > 33
  2. Insulin requirements > 1.0 units/kg/day
  3. Significant kidney disease (estimated GFR from serum creatinine measurement <65 ml/min, random spot urine microalbumin to creatinine ratio >300mg albumin/g creatinine)
  4. Significant hepatobiliary disease, including elevation of liver enzymes > twice the upper limit of normal for each of ALT and AST (any elevation of these enzymes will be determined), bilirubin not within normal limits, albumin < 3.5 g/dl, liver masses, portal vein thrombosis, evidence of portal hypertension, or significant, untreated gallbladder disease (i.e. gallstones)
  5. Significant cardiovascular disease, including non-correctable coronary artery disease with ejection fraction < 50% and/or recent myocardial infarction (within last 12 months); or extensive peripheral vascular disease not correctable by surgery,
  6. Evidence of active proliferative retinopathy
  7. Hypertension( >/= 140/90) despite appropriate treatment
  8. Hyperlipidemia (total cholesterol > 260 mg/dl, LDL > 160 mg/dl, and/or triglycerides > 300 mg/dl) despite appropriate treatment
  9. Anemia (Hgb < 11 g/dl) or other hematologic disorders that require medical attention
  10. . WBC <3,000/ul
  11. . Increased risk of bleeding (platelet count < 120,000 cells/ul; INR > 1.5), other chronic hemostasis disorders, or treatment with chronic anticoagulant therapy (i.e. heparin or warfarin)
  12. . Recent unresolved acute infection (except for mild skin infection or nail fungal infection), or chronic infection, including tuberculosis, HIV, HBV, HCV, CMV or syphilis (RPR)
  13. . EBV IgG negative
  14. . Any history of malignancy, except completely resected squamous or basal cell skin cancer or in situ cancer of the cervix
  15. . Evidence of active peptic ulcer disease
  16. . History of gastric bypass
  17. . Recent history of non-adherence to recommended medical therapy
  18. . Psychiatric illness that is untreated, or likely to interfere significantly with study compliance despite treatment
  19. . Previous organ/tissue transplant
  20. . Administration of live attenuated vaccines within 60 days of enrollment.
  21. . Presence of a chronic disease that must be chronically treated with contraindicated medications
  22. . Use of investigational agents within four weeks of enrollment
  23. . Active alcohol or substance abuse, including cigarette smoking (must be abstinent for > 3 months)
  24. . Pregnant women, women intending future pregnancy, women of reproductive potential who are unable or unwilling to follow effective contraceptive measures (i.e., tubal ligation, two barrier methods, abstinence) for the duration of study treatment and for as long as they are on immunosuppressive medication, and women presently breastfeeding.
  25. . Individuals without health insurance covering the cost of immunosuppression and clinical and laboratory follow-up after completion of the study
  26. . Any medical condition that in the opinion of the investigator will interfere with safe participation in the trial


  • City of Hope Medical Center accepting new patients
    Duarte California 91010 United States


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City of Hope Islet Cell Transplantation Program
Phase 1/2 research study
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