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Endobronchial autologous bone marrow-mesenchymal stromal cells in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a phase I trial

Jun 28, 2021 | Magazine: ERJ Open Research

Arantza Campo  1   2 , José María González-Ruiz  3 , Enrique Andreu  4 , Ana B Alcaide  1 , María M Ocón  1 , Juan De-Torres  1 , Jesús Pueyo  5 , Rosa Cordovilla  3 , Eva Villaron  6 , Fermín Sanchez-Guijo  6 , Miguel Barrueco  3 , Jorge Nuñez-Córdoba  7 , Felipe Prósper  4   8 , Javier J Zulueta  1   8

Rationale: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has a dismal prognosis. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have shown benefit in other inflammatory diseases.

Objectives: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of endobronchial administration of bone marrow autologous MSCs (BM-MSC) in patients with mild-to-moderate IPF.

Methods: A phase I multicentre clinical trial ( NCT01919827) with a single endobronchial administration of autologous adult BM-MSCs in patients diagnosed with mild-to-moderate IPF. In a first escalating-dose phase, three patients were included sequentially in three dose cohorts (10×106, 50×106 and 100×106 cells).

In a second phase, nine patients received the highest tolerated dose. Follow-up with pulmonary function testing, 6-min walk test and St George's Respiratory Questionnaire was done at 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 months, and with computed tomography at 3, 6 and 12 months.

Results: 21 bone marrow samples were obtained from 17 patients. Three patients were excluded from treatment due to chromosome aberrations detected in MSCs after culture, and one patient died before treatment. Finally, 13 patients received the BM-MSC infusion. No treatment-related severe adverse events were observed during follow-up. Compared to baseline, the mean forced vital capacity showed an initial decline of 8.1% at 3 months. The number of patients without functional progression was six (46%) at 3 months and three (23%) at 12 months.

Conclusions: The endobronchial infusion of BM-MSCs did not cause immediate serious adverse events in IPF patients, but a relevant proportion of patients suffered clinical and/or functional progression. Genomic instability of BM-MSCs during culture found in three patients may be troublesome for the use of autologous MSCs in IPF patients.

CITATION  ERJ Open Res. 2021 Jun 28;7(2):00773-2020. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00773-2020. eCollection 2021 Apr.