HDCN Abstract:  ASN Annual Meeting 2020 -- Digital Meeting  

Barratt J, Tumlin JA, Suzuki Y, et al.

24-Week Interim Analysis of a Randomized, Double-Blind, PlaceboControlled Phase 2 Study of Atacicept in Patients with IgA Nephropathy and Persistent Proteinuria

ASN Annual Meeting 2020 -- Digital Meeting
J Am Soc Nephrol (Oct) 31:54A 2020


IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis and currently has no approved therapy. Its central pathogenic feature is circulating immune complexes of poorly O-galactosylated polymeric IgA1 (Gd-IgA1) that often deposit in the kidneys (causing inflammation and scarring) and trigger formation of IgA/G autoantibodies. Atacicept, a human TACI-Ig fusion protein, inhibits B cell-stimulating factors BLyS and APRIL and is associated with reduced serum IgA/G, mature B cells and plasma cells. This Phase II study (NCT02808429) examines atacicept safety and efficacy in reducing Gd-IgA1 and renal activity in IgAN.


Patients with IgAN and proteinuria ≥1 g/day or 0.75 mg/mg on 24-hr urine protein-creatinine ratio (UPCR) despite maximal standard of care (ACE inhibitor and/or ARB) were enrolled. Patients were randomized to subcutaneous placebo, atacicept 25mg or 75mg weekly. Primary endpoint: change in proteinuria at Week 48; secondary endpoints: changes in eGFR, serum IgA, IgG, and IgM, and Gd-IgA1.


This interim analysis showed that, at Week 24, IgAN patients (placebo=5; atacicept 25mg=6; 75mg=5) had a consistent, dose-dependent reduction in IgA, IgG and IgM, and in Gd-IgA1 (Fig 1A), and a higher median % reduction from baseline in UPCR with atacicept than with placebo (Fig 1B); eGFR remained stable. TEAEs were reported by 81% of patients (mild/moderate, none severe), with no serious related events, severe hypogammaglobulinemia, or fatal outcomes.


These results provide proof of concept for the potential treatment of patients with IgAN and persistent proteinuria with atacicept.

Figure 1. Median changes from baseline to Week 24 in a) serum Gd-IgA1 and b) 24-hour UPCR

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