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Title: HIV Transplant Investigators Meeting: Introduction and Welcome

HIV Transplant Investigators Meeting Introduction
and Welcome
800 810
  • Nancy Bridges, NIH
  • Peter Stock, UCSF
  • Michelle Roland, UCSF

Meeting Objectives
  • 810 820
  • Michelle Roland
  • Administrative Issues
  • Protocol Review
  • Policy
  • Other

Objectives Administrative Issues
  • U01 and Terms and Conditions of Award
  • Subcontracts IRB and regulatory issues
  • Site visits pre-start up
  • Steering and Operations Committee Publications
    and Presentations Subcommittee
  • Data Management
  • Adverse Events Reporting

Objectives Protocol Issues
  • Study Aims
  • Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
  • Schedule of Events and Sub-Study Clusters
  • Medication Regimens and Drug Interactions
  • Immunosuppressants, ARVs, and Prophylaxis
  • Clinical Issues
  • HCV, HBV, and Rejection
  • Stopping Rules

Meeting Objectives Policy and Other Issues
  • Publications and Media Policy
  • Reimbursement
  • Donor Consent
  • Complete Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Training
  • Resources on the EMMES Study Website
  • Community Advisory Board
  • Coordinator Meeting Tomorrow
  • More GPC training
  • Data entry
  • Specimen shipping and tracking
  • Anal HPV swabs and follow-up (UCSF, U Maryland,
    Mt. Sinai liver, Columbia, Cedars-Sinai)

Budget and Regulatory Issues
  • 820 830
  • Michelle Roland
  • IRB Approvals
  • Regulatory Documents to NIH
  • Site Visits Pre-Start Up
  • Subcontract Conditions (Milestones)

Subcontract Requirements
  • Milestone 1, first 15 Centers will get initial
  • IRB Approvals to Natasha Tomilin
  • Regulatory Documents to Natasha Tomilin
  • Milestone 2, to renew subcontract, must
    demonstrate productivity (screening, enrollment
    and transplantation), data quality and regulatory
  • These factors will be reviewed approximately
    every 6 months from the time of initial funding.
  • Concerns will be communicated as soon as

Good Clinical Practices Training
  • 830 1000
  • Barbara Pennington

Study Aims
  • 1015 1025
  • Peter Stock
  • Primary Aims
  • Secondary Aims

Specific Aims
  • 2 hypothesis-driven aims
  • Patient survival
  • Graft survival
  • 4 exploratory aims

Primary Aim 1 Evaluate the impact of
immunosuppression on patient survival
  • Hypothesis Liver and kidney transplant
    recipients will have survival rates comparable to
    other patient groups without HIV infection that
    are currently considered acceptable transplant

Control Groups
  • We anticipate, as with older subjects, that
    transplantation of HIV patients is an acceptable
    but high risk procedure.
  • We expect survival may be less than that of age
    matched controls but that results should be
    similar to those seen in other poor prognosis
    groups (e.g. diabetics, hospitalized patients,
  • The gt65 year old normative group was selected
    because it is relatively common (7 of livers)
    and represents many organ failure causes.

  • Also age-race-donor source-matched controls from
    the national registry.
  • The effect of transplantation on mortality will
    be examined by comparing the mortality rate of
    subjects awaiting transplant to those receiving
    an allograft.

Primary Aim 2 Evaluate the impact of HIV
infection and HAART on graft survival
  • Hypothesis 1 HIV liver and kidney transplant
    recipients will have graft survival rates
    comparable to other patient groups without HIV
    infection that are currently considered
    acceptable candidates.

Graft survival in HBV/HCV co-infection
  • Hypothesis 2 HIV liver transplant recipients
    co-infected with hepatitis B or C will have graft
    survival comparable to other patient groups with
    the same viral hepatitis infections but without
    HIV infection that are currently considered
    acceptable candidates.

Graft survival in HIVAN
  • Hypothesis 3 HIV kidney transplant recipients
    with HIV nephropathy (HIVAN) will have recurrence
    of HIVAN resulting in impaired renal function and
    graft survival despite the use of HAART.

Secondary Aim 1 Explore the impact of
post-transplant immunosuppression on changes in
CD4 T cell counts and HIV-1 RNA levels.
  • Immunosuppression may accelerate HIV disease
    progression, resulting in declines in CD4 T-cell
    counts, increased rates of infectious and
    neoplastic opportunistic complications, and HIV-1
    RNA breakthrough on HAART. Such acceleration may
    be mediated through viral and/or host immunologic
  • Alternatively, immunosuppression may result in
    depletion of HIV-1 reservoirs or reductions in
    viral rebound and improved HIV-related outcomes.

Secondary Aim 2 Explore the impact of
post-transplant immunosuppression on the
host-response to viral co-pathogens, including
hepatitis B and C, the human herpesviruses (CMV,
EBV, HHV-6, HHV-8) and HPV.
  • The combination of immunosuppression and HIV
    could alter viral activation and/or host immune
    control of viruses that are associated with the
    development of clinically significant disease

Secondary Aim 3 Explore the impact of HIV
infection on the alloimmune response and
rejection rates.
  • HIV transplant recipients may have perturbations
    of the immune system that influence the immune
    response to solid organ allografts that may have
    implications for immunosuppression requirements.

Secondary Aim 4 Explore the pharmacokinetic
interactions between immunosuppressive agents and
the hepatically metabolized antiretroviral agents.
  • 1025 1040
  • Michelle Roland
  • Steering Committee
  • Operations Committee

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Steering Committee Key Responsibilities
  • Approve protocol and any subsequent changes
  • Approve the design and implementation of all
    adjunct studies
  • Facilitate the conduct and monitoring of the main
    trial and adjunct studies
  • Interpret study data safety and endpoint
  • Oversee reporting of study results
  • Recommend the addition or removal of sites
    participating in the study based upon completion
    of milestones

Implementation and Performance
  • The main trial and adjunct studies will be
    implemented with approval of the Steering
    Committee and the NIAID Program Officer
  • Sites will be required to accept and implement
    the protocol and procedures approved by the
    Steering Committee
  • Q6 month investigator meeting to consider
    protocol revisions
  • SC will oversee mechanisms for assessing the
    performance of each institution, with particular
    attention to
  • accrual of adequate numbers of eligible subjects
  • timely submission and quality of required data
  • conscientious observance of protocol requirements

Protocol Exemptions/Violations
  • No exemptions to inclusion/exclusion criteria for
  • Protocol violations should be driven by patient
    care needs.
  • Minimize as much as possible
  • Report to IRB and NIH
  • Will be reviewed by Steering Committee for
    possible protocol modification
  • Use of investigational agents must be approved by
    steering committee (MOP)

Current Members
  • Peter Stock and Michelle Roland
  • Don Stablein Senior Biostatistician
  • 2 Independent investigators To Be Named
  • Robert Zackin and Debi Surlas Community
  • 2 Daniella Livnat NIAID Program Officer
  • Nancy Bridges DAIT Medical Officer
  • Larry Fox DAIDS Medical Officer
  • 1 John Fung and 1, 2 Margaret Ragni University of
  • 1, 2 Timothy Pruett, University of Virginia

1 Rotate yearly 2 Non-voting members
Operations Committee
  • Monthly teleconference
  • Review safety reports (AE/SAE)
  • Monitor site performance (accrual, follow-up, and
  • Review protection of Human Subjects in research
  • Address unanticipated problems
  • Make recommendations concerning the protocol and
    study performance to the Steering Committee for

Current Members
  • Peter Stock and Michelle Roland
  • Daniella Livnat NIAID Program Officer
  • Nancy Bridges DAIT Medical Officer
  • Larry Fox DAIDS Medical Officer
  • Natasha Tomilin NIAID Project Manager
  • Laurie Carlson UCSF Study Coordinator
  • Rodney Rogers UCSF Project Manager
  • Don Stablein Senior Biostatistician

Stopping Rules
  • 1040 - 1055
  • Don Stablein
  • Study Design and Control Groups
  • Sample Size
  • Monitoring

Design Summary
  • Protocol contains separate single arm evaluations
  • kidney transplant
  • liver transplant
  • Dual Primary Endpoints
  • patient survival
  • graft survival (death is an event)

Sample Size
  • 150 Kidney
  • 125 Liver
  • 3 Year accrual period
  • Developed using a Sequential Probability Ratio
    Test with 95 power for the specified hypotheses
    of 1 year patient survival

Developing the Hypotheses
  • Anticipate patients may not do as well as
    average, but believe results will be similar to
    other high risk patients
  • Choose null using national data for a high risk
    group- older (gt64 year old) patients
  • older patients have co-morbidities
  • transplants are common
  • outcome data are available
  • Choose alternative using common delta
    (difference) for both endpoints within organ

Null and Alternative Hypotheses One Year Event
DSMB Monitoring
  • Construct upper confidence limit with 1-tailed
    significance level of .0001 every 6 months.
  • Recommend stopping if the targeted national value
    is not within the interval

Operating Characteristics for Stopping
Guidelines Using Semi-Annual Confidence Limits
with .0001 1- Sided Significance Level. of
Trials Recommended for Stopping Prior to
Completing 3 Year Accrual Period, 2000 replicates
per cell
Other Safety Monitoring
  • Serious Adverse Events daily to co-PIs and NIH
    Medical Officers
  • HIV Progression Alert Levels daily report to
    Operations Committee
  • Viral Load new onset detectable or gt/ 1 log
  • CD4 Count 25 decline w/o rejection therapy
  • Other Adverse Events monthly
  • Long term graft and patient survival

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
  • 1055 1110
  • Michelle Roland
  • Inclusion Criteria
  • Exclusion Criteria
  • Narrower Selection Criteria

Key Inclusion Criteria
  • Age gt 1 year old at Pediatric sites
  • UCSF (L/K), University of Chicago (L), Mt. Sinai
    (K), Columbia (L)
  • At non-pediatric sites age gt18
  • CD4 T-cell count for past 6 months
  • Kidney gt/ 200
  • Liver gt/100 OR gt/ 200 if there is a history of
    protocol allowed opportunistic complication
  • Use of IL-2 or GM-CSF in the prior six months to
    increase CD4 counts is an exclusion

Viral Load Must Be Undetectable for Subjects on
ARV Therapy
  • lt 50 with Amplicor Monitor Ultrasensitive PCR or
  • lt 75 with bDNA Versant version 3.0
  • If other assays are used, co-PI will define
  • Intermittent elevations to 1000 copies/mL, if not
    persistent on more than 2 sequential measures and
    followed by undetectable levels, are permitted

Liver Subjects Who Are Unable to Tolerate ARV
  • May have detectable viral load if the study HIV
    clinician confidently predicts HIV suppression
  • Based on ARV history, viral load while on ARVs,
    adherence, and available resistance tests
  • If there is significant doubt about the ability
    to suppress viral replication post-transplant,
    the patient should not be enrolled

  • Kidney patients and liver patients currently
    using antiretrovirals must be on stable ARV
    regimen for at least 3 months prior to entry
  • OR
  • Be able to maintain a persistently (always)
    undetectable HIV-1 RNA level without ARVs
  • This criteria accounts for the very rare
    long-term non-progressor with no history of
    detectable HIV RNA

OI History
  • Per site policy, a history of the following
    opportunistic infections or neoplasms may be
    allowed if subjects have received appropriate
    acute and maintenance therapy and have no
    evidence of active disease.
  • Medical record documentation should be provided
    by the primary medical provider whenever

Specific OI Requirements for Enrollment
  • Cryptococcal meningitis
  • Requires negative serum CRAG
  • Cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV)
  • No active disease on optho exam. Presence of an
    intraocular implant does not imply active
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Must be on or restart secondary prophylaxis
    regardless of CD4 count. (Will be modified if
    the USPHS/IDSA Guidelines re discontinuation of
    secondary OI prophylaxis change.)

Specific OI Requirements for Enrollment
  • CNS Toxoplasmosis (Toxo)
  • MRI without active disease
  • Kaposis Sarcoma (KS)
  • Clinical and radiologic evidence of complete
    remission with immune reconstitution. No residual
    cutaneous lesions and negative chest CT scan
  • HIV Encephalopathy (HIV Dementia)
  • Resolved on HAART with marked improvement in
    mental status and increased CD4 T-cell count and
    no evidence of progression of CNS disease AND are
    otherwise considered eligible from a functional

Mycobacterial Infections
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB)
  • Completed standard treatment course
  • Mycobacterium kansasii
  • Completed standard treatment course
  • Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)
  • Completion of 12 months of MAC therapy AND
    negative MAC blood culture

Key Exclusion Criteria OIs
  • Progressive Mulitfocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)
  • Chronic Cryptosporidiosis (gt 1 month duration)
  • Pulmonary Coccidiodomycosis will be treated per
    local site policy in HIV negative transplant
    candidates (generally 5-year disease-free

Exclusion Criteria Neoplasms
  • Lymphoma (Burkitts, immunoblastic or CNS)
  • Any other neoplasm except
  • cutaneous kaposis sarcoma
  • in situ anogenital carcinoma
  • adequately treated basal or squamous cell
    carcinoma of the skin
  • solid tumors treated with curative therapy and
    disease free for more than 5 years
  • hepatocellular carcinoma in liver candidates

HCV Co-Infected Kidney Candidates
  • Biopsy-documented cirrhosis requires listing for
    combined liver and kidney transplant.
  • Exceptions will be made when sequential rather
    than simultaneous transplant is appropriate, eg
  • ineligible for liver transplant due to medical
    contraindications such as severe cardiopulmonary
  • stable, compensated cirrhosis deemed by the
    investigator to not necessitate transplant at
    this time

Narrower Selection Criteria
  • Final decisions with regard to the application of
    narrower selection criteria with regard to
    pre-transplant viral load and history of
    opportunistic complications are the prerogative
    of the individual sites. However, individual
    sites may not enroll patients who are outside the
    bounds of the inclusion criteria.

Schedule of Events
  • 1110 1125
  • Michelle Roland
  • Clinical, Radiology, Laboratory (Safety, HIV,
    Screening Serology)
  • Clusters/Sub-Studies
  • HCV and HBV co-Infected Subjects

Clinical and Radiology
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  • An administrative tool to distribute the burden
    of additional lab studies among sites/subjects
  • Includes the site where the lab is
  • Loosely geographically located
  • Balance numbers to address aims
  • Total blood volumes/storage blood calculated by

Cluster 1 Sub-Studies Co-Pathogen
Virology/Immunology Transplant Immunology
Cluster 1 Continued pK and HPV
Cluster 2 Sub-Studies Co-Pathogen
Cluster 3 Sub-Studies HIVAN, HPV
Cluster 4 Sub-Studies HPV
HCV Subjects Virology and Immunology
1. Liver biopsy at month 6 post transplant then
annually. Kidney biopsy at month 6, year 2.5,
and year 5 if insurance is willing to cover. 2.
Liver subjects receiving HCV therapy must have
additional HCV RNA at 2, 6 and 12 months
post-therapy initiation. Kidney subjects
receiving HCV therapy must have additional HCV
RNA at 3 and 12 months post-therapy initiation.

HBV Subjects Virology

Questions and Answers
  • 1125 1145

  • 1230 1245
  • Peter Stock
  • Calcineurin Inhibitors
  • CellCept
  • Steroids
  • Acute and Chronic Rejection

Calcineurin Inhibitor
  • Cyclosporine initial dose recommendations
  • PI-containing regimen 25 50 mg PO BID.
  • This also applies to combined PI-NNRTI-based
  • When used with a non-PI containing regimen 200
    450 mg PO BID (200 mg if on Nevirapine 250 450
    mg if on Efavirenz)
  • Tacrolimus initial dose recommendations
  • PI-containing regimen 1 mg PO once to twice per
  • This also applies to combined PI-NNRTI-based
  • When used with an non-PI-containing regimen 1 -
    2 mg bid PO

CellCept (MMF) and Steroids
  • Standard dosing (1000 mg PO BID) will be
    initiated in all kidney and liver subjects.
  • Dosing should be modified based on toxicity
    (neutropenia, GI) and clinical judgment.
  • MMF may be tapered in stable liver transplant
    recipients after 6 months of therapy.
  • Steroid induction, taper, and maintenance will be
    according to local site practice.

  • Induction with an IL-2 receptor inhibitor
    (anti-CD25 antibody) may be utilized for kidney
    transplants, but no induction will be used for
    liver transplants.
  • Immunosuppressant doses will be modified to
    obtain routine trough levels standard for kidney
    and liver transplants.
  • In the case of HIV disease progression,
    immunosuppressive doses may be reduced to prevent
    clinical decline.

  • The transplant team/study coordinator must be
    notified of any change in immunosuppressive
    dosing because there may be interactions with
    antiretroviral drug dosing and visa versa.
  • Other agents to be used tx of acute and chronic
  • Sirolimus
  • Anti-lymphocyte preparations (Thymoglobulin)

Antiretrovirals and Resistance
  • 1245 100
  • Michelle Roland
  • General Management Principals
  • Responding to New Detectable Viral Load
  • Resistance Testing

Avoiding the Development of ARV Resistance
  • Effective viral suppression requires multiple
  • Viral resistance develops when the ARV regimen is
    not potent enough
  • Inadequate number of different drugs
  • Inadequate dose of drug
  • Inadequate dosing schedule (eg missed doses)
  • ARVs should be discontinued and restarted in
    entire combinations, not parts of combinations

Resistance Development
  • HIV drug resistance can develop very quickly,
    within days, for some drugs
  • Lamivudine (lamivudine) and all the NNRTIs
    (efavirenz, nevirapine)
  • Cross resistance is a problem with all these
  • In the post-op period, it is best to hold all
    ARVs until the patient is able to take pos,
    there is no vomiting, and there are no tests
    anticipated that will require an NPO period.

Managing HBV and HIV Therapy
  • In most cases, unless HIV drug resistance is
    already present, HBV therapy should only be
    initiated in combination with the full HIV ARV
    combination (except HBIg)
  • This can be particularly complicated with
    pre-transplant management in a patient with bad
    liver disease in whom you want to avoid

New Detectable HIV Viral Load
  • May be true failure to control HIV replication
    and harbinger of breakthrough
  • May be a blip
  • May be a false positive
  • Recommend repeat ASAP so if it is a true and
    persistent positive, the pros and cons of
    modifying ARV therapy to minimize resistance
    development can be considered

Resistance Testing
  • HIV Physician will determine when to request in
    both screening and follow-up period
  • 2 types are available genotypic and phenotypic
  • Main limitation is sensitivity
  • Can only detect minority quasispecies gt 20 of
  • Drug selection pressure drives proportion of
    quasispecies that will be resistant versus wild
  • Reversion to wild type does not mean resistant
    virus is cleared
  • Can use to rule drugs out, but not to rule them
  • Second significant limitation is interpretation
    of sequence/phenotype

  • 100 115
  • Michelle Roland
  • Transplant-Specific
  • HIV-Specific
  • Special Issues in Subjects with an OI History
    (Recommendations from the MOP)

Primary Prophylaxis
  • Subject with no history of the disease
  • At risk due to defined CD4 reduction or
  • Standard prophylaxis recommendations
  • Usually one drug
  • Often discontinued when CD4 count is high enough
    unless there is transplant associated risk (eg

Secondary Prophylaxis Chronic Maintenance
  • Subjects with a history of the disease
  • Secondary prophylaxis should be reinstituted
  • post- transplant for 1 month
  • during treatment of acute rejection and for 1
    month following completion of rejection therapy
  • if CD4 cell count drops below the defined level
  • Secondary prophylaxis should be discontinued when
    CD4 T-cell count is above the defined level for
    six months
  • unless the patient is within one month of
    completion of therapy for a rejection episode
  • These are often more intensive regimens than
    primary prophylaxis regimens (eg usually 2

Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP)
  • Primary and Secondary Prophylaxis are indicated
    in all patients for life and should start
    immediately post-transplant.
  • Preferred Regimen TMP-SMX DS or SS daily
  • Alternatives TMP-SMX DS TIW, dapsone QD
    (contraindicated if G6PD deficient), atovaquone
    QD or aerosolized pentamidine monthly

CMV Primary Prophylaxis
  • Per Site Practice

CMV Secondary Prophylaxis
  • CD4 cut-off 100 to start and gt/ 200 x 6
    months to discontinue.
  • Preferred valcyte QD
  • Alternative oral ganciclovir TID

MAC Primary Prophylaxis
  • CD4 T-cell count 75 to start and gt/ 100 x 6
    months to discontinue.
  • Preferred Azithromycin weekly
  • Alternatives clarithromycin BID (drug
    interactions with immunosuppressive agents must
    be considered). Because of the risk of rejection
    due to drug interaction with calcinerin
    inhibitors, rifabutin and rifampin should be
    avoided for prophylaxis unless all other
    alternatives have been exhausted.

MAC Secondary Prophylaxis
  • CD4 cut-off 75 to start and gt/ 100 x 6 months
    to discontinue.
  • Preferred azithromycin QD plus ethambutol QD
    plus leucovorin QD.
  • Alternatives replace azithromycin with
    clarithromycin BID (drug interactions with
    immunosuppressive agents must be considered).
    Because of the risk of rejection due to drug
    interaction with calcinerin inhibitors, rifabutin
    and rifampin should be avoided for prophylaxis
    unless all other alternatives have been

Toxoplasmosis Primary Prophylaxis
  • Toxo IgG-positive subjects with CD4 T-cell count
  • Preferred DS TMP-SMX QD
  • Alternatives SS TMP-SMX QD or atovaquone. If on
    dapsone for PCP need to add pyrimethamine QD
    leucovorin QD

Toxoplasmosis Secondary Prophylaxis
  • CD4 cut-off lt/ 200 to start gt 200 for 6 months
    to discontinue
  • Preferred pyrimethamine QD plus sulfadiazine
    QD plus leucovorin QD.
  • Separate PCP prophylaxis should be discontinued
    if this regimen is used.
  • Alternative for patients who cannot tolerate
    sulfa drugs pyrimethamine QD plus clindamycin
  • PCP prophylaxis must be continued with this

Cryptococosis Primary Prophylaxis
  • None Recommended

Cryptococcosis Secondary Prophylaxis
  • CD4 cut-off lt/ 200 to start gt 200 for 6 months
    to discontinue
  • Preferred fluconazole qD (200 mg)
  • Severe toxicity from calcineurin inhibitors may
    result if daily fluconazole (or another azole) is
  • The dose of calcineurin inhibitors should be
    reduced by 50 sometimes more significant dose
    reduction is required.
  • Daily calcineurin inhibitor trough levels should
    be monitored during the first week of therapy, or
    longer if necessary.
  • Similar adjustments are required in the dosing of
    sirolimus and tacrolimus.

Histoplasmosis Primary Prophylaxis
  • None Recommended

Histoplasmosis Secondary Prophylaxis
  • Prophylaxis must be continued regardless of CD4
    count until DHHS guidelines are modified to
    recommend a safe level for discontinuation
  • Preferred itraconazole DD
  • Alternatives high dose fluconazole (400 mg) QD
  • Severe toxicity from calcineurin inhibitors may
    result if daily azoles are used

  • Per site practice, but fluconazole 100mg once per
    week for 3 months, supplemented with Mycelex
    troches, is highly recommended.
  • Severe toxicity from calcineurin inhibitors may
    result if daily fluconazole (or another azole) is
  • See previous recommendations for dose adjustments

EBV Prophylaxis
  • Indicated for EBV negative recipient with
    positive donor.
  • Regimen IV ganciclovir QD while hospitalized
    then, ganciclovir PO TID x 1 year.
  • Patients should not be continued on acyclovir if
    they are on ganciclovir.

Anticipated Drug Interactions/Dosing
  • 115 130
  • Laurie Carlson
  • Protease Inhibitors and Calcineurin Inhibitors
  • NNRTIs

Dosing of Protease Inhibitors with Calcineurin
Dosing of NNRTIs with Calcineurin Inhibitors
Dosing of PI NNRTIs Combinations with
Calcineurin Inhibitors
Dosing of Antiretrovirals with Sirolimus
Factors Influencing Dosing
  • Graft function
  • Initiation of ARV therapy post transplant
  • Tenofovir and renal insufficiency
  • Side effects
  • Education

Questions and Answers
  • 130 145

HCV Co-Infected Patients
  • 200 220
  • Peter Stock
  • Liver Patients
  • Kidney Patients

Treatment of HCV Liver Recipients When?
  • HCV treatment will not be initiated preemptively
  • No data to suggest that HCV RNA clearance rates
    are higher
  • Minimize drug interactions and toxicity in the
    early post-transplant period
  • HCV treatment will be initiated if biopsy shows
    severe or progressive recurrent HCV disease
  • HAI scoregt 8 and/or fibrosis stage gt2 are
    considered indications for treatment by most
    transplant physicians but the decision to treat
    will ultimately be determined by the treating

Biopsies in HCV Liver Recipients When to Do?
Who Reads?
  • Protocol biopsies 6 and 12 months post
    transplant, then annually
  • And at any time as clinically indicated
  • Treatment decisions based upon local pathologist
  • For outcomes determinations, biopsies will be
    read by a central pathologist and will be scored
    using the Ishak version of  Knodell

HCV Treatment Regimen
  • Peg-INF or standard INF plus ribavirin.
  • Not altered based upon prior INF experience or
  • Peg-INF a-2b 1.0-1.5 ug/kg or Peg-INF a-2a 180 ug
  • Start at half dose
  • Increase to full-dose in 2 weeks if blood counts
    are acceptable
  • Ribavirin 200 mg PO BID x 2 weeks, then 400 mg PO
    BID x 2 weeks if tolerated, then 10-13 mg-kg as
    divided dose if tolerated.
  • Transplant patients have renal clearance issues
    that make increasing ribavirin dose too high
    and/or too quickly result in drug-limiting
    anemia. Thus, ribavirin should be titrated up
    slowly as tolerated.

Monitoring on HCV Treatment
  • Pre-therapy CBC, liver, renal, TSH, lipids,
    CXR, EKG
  • Months 1-2 post-therapy initiation weekly
  • Months 3, 6, 9, 12 post-therapy initiation TSH
  • HCV RNA all HCV co-infected patients have
    baseline, month 3, 6, 12 and years 2 and 5.
  • Subjects receiving HCV therapy have additional
    HCV RNA at 2, 6 and 12 months post-therapy
  • Depression screen monthly for first 3 months,
    then every 3 months.
  • Patients should be provided with 24-hour clinical
    contact number for adverse effect notification.

Length of Treatment
  • 12 month minimum. At 12 months, response will be
    determined by measurement of HCV RNA (if
    quantitative negative, will do qualitative),
    AST/ALT and liver histology.
  • Types of Response and Actions
  • HCV RNA negative at 6 and 12 months stop
  • HCV RNA positive but liver histology improved
    stop treatment. Consider re-initiation of
    therapy if disease activity (histology,
    biochemical) increases.
  • HCV RNA positive but liver histology unchanged or
    worse Continue treatment for another 12 months
    (or consider for experimental therapies).

Marrow-Supportive Therapy
  • Erythropoietin
  • Start when hemoglobin is lt10g/dl.
  • Dose 40,000 IU subcutaneously weekly.
  • If hemoglobin decreases below 8.0 g/dL,
    discontinue ribavirin until gt10 g/dL (women) or
    gt12 g/dL (males) on erythropoietin. If ribavirin
    is restarted, use 50 of the dose used when
    ribavirin was discontinued.
  • G-CSF
  • Start when ANC is lt1,000/mm3.
  • Dose 300 ug twice weekly. If subsequent trough
    ANC gt3000/mm3, reduce dose to 150 ug twice weekly
    or 300 ug once weekly. Continued until the end
    of treatment.

Pre-Transplant Treatment of HCV Kidney
Candidates When?
  • Pre-transplant therapy with interferon/peg-interfe
    ron will be considered in each patient but is not
  • Pre-transplant therapy is strongly recommended
  • Biopsy shows stage stage 2 or greater disease
  • All patients with non-1 genotypes, regardless of
    stage of disease, since the viral clearance rates
    with INF treatment are gt50 for this subgroup.

Post-Transplant Treatment of HCV Kidney
Recipients When?
  • Advanced or progressive liver disease
    post-transplant will be targeted for anti-HCV
  • Post-transplantation therapy will be offered but
    not required in the following circumstances
  • Biopsy evidence of progressive disease (increase
    in fibrosis score)
  • Any biopsy showing stage 3 or 4 disease
  • Biopsy and clinical features of fibrosing
    cholestatic hepatitis

Biopsies in HCV Kidney Recipients When to Do?
Who Reads?
  • Pre-transplant assess histological stage rule
    out cirrhosis
  • Protocol biopsies month 6, year 2.5, and year 5
    (use GCRC)
  • At any time for clinical indications
  • AST or ALT gt2 ULN for gt/ 3 months
  • significant change in AST, ALT, alkaline
    phosphatase or total bilirubin from baseline in
    order to rule out concurrent conditions (e.g.
    drug toxicity, biliary disease, fibrosing
    cholestatic hepatitis or other progressive HCV
  • Treatment decisions based upon local pathologist
  • For outcomes determinations, biopsies will be
    read by a central pathologist and will be scored
    using the Ishak version of  Knodell

HCV Treatment Regimen
  • Pre-transplant Peg- INF or standard INF
  • not altered based upon prior INF experience
  • standard INF 3 million units three times weekly
  • pegylated INF 1.0-1.5 ug/kg (peg-INF alfa-2b)
    weekly or 180 ug weekly (peg-INF alfa-2a).
  • Post-transplant Peg-INF or standard INF plus

Monitoring on HCV Treatment
  • Same as in liver recipients

Length of HCV Treatment Pre-Transplant
  • Minimum of 3 months
  • At 3 months, if a 2-log reduction in HCV RNA or
    HCV RNA negative, continued for a total of 6 to
    12 months (depending upon genotype and stage of
  • If the patient does not achieve at least a 2-log
    reduction in HCV RNA by month 3 of treatment, the
    treatment will be discontinued.
  • Note liver and combined kidney-liver candidates
  • will not be encouraged to treat HCV
    pre-transplant (as kidney candidates are) as it
    is assumed that they have already exhausted all
    medical therapy options for the treatment of HCV.

Length of Treatment Post-Transplant
  • 12 months. HCV RNA at 3 and 12 months
    post-therapy (if quantitative negative at 12
    months, will do qualitative
  • Repeat biopsy following 12 months of treatment
  • Types of Response and Actions
  • HCV RNA negative at end of treatment stop and
    observe for relapse.
  • HCV RNA positive at end of treatment stop and
    observe for histological progression.
  • Consider re-initiation of therapy if histological
    activity or fibrosis score increases.

Marrow-Supportive Therapy
  • EPO and G-CSF as for liver recipients

HBV Co-Infected Patients
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  • Liver Patients
  • Kidney Patients

Biopsies Liver and Kidney Recipients
  • No protocol-mandated biopsies
  • Biopsies should be obtained if
  • AST or ALT gt 1.5 ULN
  • Any HBV virological breakthrough
  • Suspicion of drug hepatotoxicity

Treatment Guidelines for Liver and Kidney
Candidates Pre-Transplant
  • If lamivudine naïve, treat with lamivudine 150mg
  • May use lamivudine plus adefovir or tenofovir
  • If lamivudine resistant, use tenofovir or
    adefovir plus lamivudine
  • (Emtriva FTC has not been added to protocol

Treatment Guidelines for Liver and Kidney
Recipients Peri-Transplant
  • Continue lamivudine, adefovir or tenofovir as
    prescribed pre-transplant
  • Adjust for renal function
  • If unable to start HIV antiretroviral therapy
    post-transplant, hold HBV antiviral medication
    until able to start HIV antiretroviral therapy

Treatment Guidelines for Liver Recipients
  • HBIg Dosing Schedule 10,000 IU during the
    anhepatic phase and on admission to ICU. 5,000
    IU Q6 hours for days 1 and 2 post-op, and 10,000
    IU daily for days 3 7 post-op. Check HBsAg on
    day 2 and if positive, give 10,000 IU every 12
    hours until HbsAg negative.
  • If patient is HBV DNA detectable pre liver
    transplant, closer monitoring of HBIG dosing is
    advised, especially if HBV antivirals are on
  • If HBV antivirals are held, check HbsAg daily and
    continue 5000 IU Q6 hours until HbsAg is
    negative, then 10,000 IU daily for 7 days of

HBV Treatment Guidelines for Liver Recipients
  • Continue HBV and HIV antiretrovirals indefinitely
  • HBIG
  • 10,000 IU monthly for 3 months, then
  • 5,000 IU for next 3 months, then
  • 2,500 IU (IM or IV) monthly thereafter,
  • Monitor HBsbAg and anti-HBs titer monthly.
  • Monitor HBV DNA levels as clinically indicated
    (AST or ALT gt 1.5 ULN) and every 3 months.

Treatment Guidelines for Kidney Recipients
  • If patient has stage 3 or 4 fibrosis, antiviral
    therapy should be continued indefinitely
  • For patients with lt/ stage 2 fibrosis, antiviral
    therapy can be stopped after 12 months if the
    following criteria are met
  • Normal liver enzymes
  • Minimal (5 mg QD or QOD) or no prednisone
  • No recent change in immunosuppression (stable for
    preceding 3 months)

Treatment Guidelines for Kidney Recipients
Restarting HBV Therapy
  • Restart HBV therapy and continue indefinitely if
    AST or ALT increase to gt 1.5 ULN and HBV DNA gt
    105 copies/mL after treatment is stopped.
  • Additionally, give HBV antiviral therapy whenever
    a patient receives treatment for rejection
    continue for at least 4 months stop only when
  • Normal liver enzymes
  • Minimal (5 mg QD or QOD) or no prednisone
  • No recent change in IMS (stable for preceding 3

Monitoring Guidelines Liver and Kidney
  • Pre-transplant HBV DNA every 3 months
  • Peri-transplant HBV DNA immediately
  • Post-transplant In addition to the
    protocol-mandated labs, it is recommended for
    clinical management that HBV DNA be followed
    every 3 months and as clinically indicated (AST
    or ALT gt 1.5 ULN) and that HBSAg and HBSAb be
    followed monthly

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  • Management
  • Definitions

Acute and Chronic Rejection
  • A biopsy will be performed in all cases of
    suspected rejection
  • Therapy may be initiated lt/ one day prior to the
    results of the biopsy if clinically indicated.
  • Treatment for gt 1 day, including increases in
    the dose of immunosuppressive medications, cannot
    be sustained without a biopsy, unless the
    managing physicians believe biopsy is unsafe.
  • Treatment of rejection episodes will be according
    to local site practices and may include
  • OKT3 and polyclonal anti-lymphocyte preparations
    have resulted in prolonged reduction in CD4
    counts in HIV infected transplant recipients, and
    their use should be restricted to treatment for
    severe rejection.

Definition of Rejection
  • Kidney (NIH CCTT Definition)
  • Type I mononuclear infiltrate in gt or 5 of
    cortex, a total of at least three tubules with
    tubulitis in 10 consecutive high-power fields
    from the most severely affected areas, and at
    least two of the three following features edema,
    activated lymphocytes, or tubular injury.
  • Type II arterial, or arteriolar, endothelialitis
    with or without the preceding features.
  • Type III arterial fibrinoid necrosis or
    transmural inflammation with or without
    thrombosis, parenchymal necrosis, or hemorrhage.
  • Liver (Banff Criteria)
  • Liver rejection will be defined by the Banff
    global grading scheme and Banff rejection
    activity index.

Questions and Answers
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Adverse Event Reporting
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  • TBD

Data Management
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  • TBD

Website Modifications
  • Updated sample letter requesting reimbursement
  • Updated PDFs for relevant studies
  • Updated contact list of experienced folks willing
    to help

Publication and Media Policy
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  • Membership
  • Roles

PPSC Membership
  • 1 from each Clinical Site
  • Balance transplant and HIV
  • PI discuss with key personnel and elect
  • 1 from each Lab Site
  • 1 from CAB
  • Add expertise as needed for concepts
  • PPSC elects its chair

PPSC Roles
  • Specific roles and procedures to be determined by
  • Guiding principles
  • Old Ideas New Ideas
  • Multi-Site Study Aim PI Concept Sheet
  • Single Site Concept Sheet None Required
  • (discouraged) (requested)

Reimbursement Considerations
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Who Paid in Pilot Multi-Site Study?
  • Kidney recipients
  • 69 Medicare
  • 8 Medicaid
  • 23 Private Insurers
  • Liver recipients
  • 10 Medicare
  • 20 Medicaid
  • 40 Private Insurers
  • 30 CA Research Funds

  • Sample letters to insurers
  • Supporting articles to include with coverage

IRB Re Experimental
  • The procedure is not experimental
  • The population/context is

Donor Consent
  • Required at each site
  • Must include disclosure of candidate HIV status
    prior to invasive procedures in donor
  • Alternatives cadaver donor, off-study transplant

Community Advisory Board
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  • TBD

Closing Discussion
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Parking Lot Issues from SC
  • Pre-eligible consent/enrollment for outcomes
  • Specimen request review process