Fixed- or controlled-dose mycophenolate mofetil with standard- or reduced-dose calcineurin inhibitors: The opticept trial

R. S. Gaston, B. Kaplan, T. Shah, D. Cibrik, L. M. Shaw, M. Angelis, S. Mulgaonkar, H. U. Meier-Kriesche, D. Patel, R. D. Bloom

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Abstract

Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was developed with cyclosporine as a fixed-dose immunosuppressant. More recent data indicate a relationship between mycophenolic acid (MPA) exposure in individuals and clinical endpoints of rejection and toxicity. This 2-year, open-label, randomized, multicenter trial compared the efficacy and safety of concentration-controlled MMF (MMF CC) dosing with a fixed-dose regimen in 720 kidney recipients. Patients received either (A) MMF CC and reduced-level calcineurin inhibitor (MMF CC/CNI RL); (B) MMF CC and standard-level CNI (MMF CC/CNI SL); or (C) fixed-dose MMF and CNI SL (MMF FD/CNI SL). Antibody induction and steroid use were according to center practice. The primary endpoint was noninferiority (α = 0.05) of group A versus group C for treatment failure (including biopsy-proven acute rejection [BPAR], graft loss and death) at 1 year. Although mean CNI trough levels in group A did not reach the prespecified targets, they were statistically lower than those in groups B and C (p ≤ 0.01 for each comparison). BPAR rates (8.5%) were low across groups. Group A had 19% fewer treatment failures (23% vs. 28%, p = 0.18). MMF doses were highest (p < 0.05), with withdrawals for adverse events the fewest (p = 0.02), in group A. Of the 80% of subjects taking tacrolimus (Tac), those with higher MPA exposure had significantly less rejection (p < 0.001) and diarrhea correlated with Tac, but not with MPA levels. Thus, MMF CC with low-dose CNI resulted in outcomes not inferior to those with standard CNI exposure and MMF FD, indicating potential utility of MMF CC in CNI-sparing regimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1607-1619
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

Keywords

  • Calcineurin inhibitor
  • Cyclosporine
  • Mycophenolate mofetil
  • Renal transplantation
  • Tacrolimus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Gaston, R. S., Kaplan, B., Shah, T., Cibrik, D., Shaw, L. M., Angelis, M., Mulgaonkar, S., Meier-Kriesche, H. U., Patel, D., & Bloom, R. D. (2009). Fixed- or controlled-dose mycophenolate mofetil with standard- or reduced-dose calcineurin inhibitors: The opticept trial. American Journal of Transplantation, 9(7), 1607-1619. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2009.02668.x