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NCT02624804 | Active, not recruiting | Diabetes Mellitus Type 1

A Pilot Study of the Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cell Educator Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes

Hackensack Meridian Health

Brief Summary:

This is a prospective, single arm, open-label, single-center pilot study to assess the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of Stem Cell Educator therapy for the treatment of patients with Type 1 Diabetes.

Condition or disease

Diabetes Mellitus Type 1


Stem Cell Educator Therapy


Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Our previous work demonstrated that human cord blood-derived multipotent stem cells (CB-SCs) are a unique type of stem cell identified from human cord blood, distinct from other stem cell types including hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The stem cells and harnessed some of their unique properties with Stem Cell Educator therapy by using CB-SCs in a closed-loop system that circulates a patient's blood through a blood cell separator, briefly co-cultures the patient's lymphocytes with adherent CB-SCs in vitro, and returns the "educated" lymphocytes (but not the CB-SCs) to the patient's circulation . This treatment leads to global immune modulations and immune balance as demonstrated by clinical data and animal studies. The Stem Cell Educator therapy may revolutionize the clinical treatment of diabetes and other immune-related diseases through CB-SCs' immune education and induction of immune balance, without the safety and ethical concerns associated with conventional stem cell-based approaches

Study Type : Interventional
Estimated Enrollment : 9 participants
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of the Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cell Educator Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes
Actual Study Start Date : June 27, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 11, 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2023
Arm Intervention/treatment

Experimental: Stem Cell Educator Therapy

Patients will have apheresis performed and then have their own blood returned to them with the "educated" lymphocytes

Biological: Stem Cell Educator Therapy

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria
  • Adult patients >/=18 years
  • Must have a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes mellitus based on the 2015 American Diabetes Association criteria for the Clarification and Diagnosis of diabetes
  • Must have a blood test confirming the presence of at least one autoantibody to pancreatic islet cells (IAA, IA2, GAD 65, ZnT8)
  • Fasting C-peptide level > 0.3 ng/ml
  • Adequate venous access for apheresis
  • Ability to provide informed consent
  • Must agree to comply with all study requirements and be willing to complete all study visits
Exclusion Criteria
  • AST or ALT 2 > x upper limit of normal.
  • Creatinine > 2.0 mg/dl.
  • Known coronary artery disease or EKG suggestive of coronary artery disease unless cardiac clearance for apheresis is obtained from a cardiologist.
  • Known active infection
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers
  • Use of immunosuppressive medication within one month of enrollment including but not limited to prednisone, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus, and chemotherapy.
  • Presence of any other autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, etc.)
  • Anticoagulation other than ASA.
  • Hemoglobin < 10 g/dl or platelets < 100 k/ml
  • Is unable or unwilling to provide informed consent
  • Presence of any other physical or psychological medical condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude participation

A Pilot Study of the Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cell Educator Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes

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United States, New Jersey

Hackensack University Medical Center - John Theurer Cancer Center

Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, 07601