Treatment of Refractory BK Infections With Related Donor BK Specific Cytotoxic T-cells (CTLs)

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New York Medical College

Status and phase

Phase 2
Phase 1


Viral Infection
Primary Immune Deficiency Disorder


Biological: BK CTL

Study type


Funder types



NYMC 590

Details and patient eligibility


BK cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) manufactured with the Miltenyi CliniMACS Prodigy Cytokine Capture System will be safe and effective in decreasing specific viral load in children, adolescents and young adults (CAYA) with refractory BK infection post Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AlloHSCT) or with primary immunodeficiencies (PID).


40 estimated patients




1 month to 79 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

.1.1 Patients with refractory BK infection post allogeneic HSCT, post solid organ transplantation or with primary immunodeficiencies with either

Increasing urine and/or plasma BK RT-PCR DNA (by 1 log) after 7 days or persistent quantitative qRT-PCR DNA copies after 14 days despite two weeks of appropriate anti-viral therapy AND/OR

Medical intolerance to anti-viral therapies including:

  • 2 renal toxicity with cidofovir or other > grade 2 toxicities secondary to cidofovir And/or
  • known resistance to cidofovir 1.2. Consent: Written informed consent given (by patient or legal representative) prior to any study-related procedures.

1.3 Performance Status > 30% (Lansky < 16 yrs and Karnofsky > 16 yrs) 1.4 Age: 0.1 to 79.99 years 1.5 Females of childbearing potential with a negative urine pregnancy test


  • Patient with acute GVHD > grade 2 or extensive chronic GVHD at the time of BK CTL infusion
  • Patient receiving steroids (>0.5 mg/kg prednisone equivalent) at the time of BK CTL infusion
  • Patient treated with donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) within 4 weeks prior to BK CTL infusion
  • Thymoglobulin (ATG) or Alemtuzumab within 30 days
  • Patient with poor performance status determined by Karnofsky (patients >16 years) or Lansky (patients ≤16 years) score ≤30%
  • Concomitant enrollment in another experimental clinical trial investigating the treatment of refractory BK infection.
  • Any medical condition which could compromise participation in the study according to the investigator's assessment
  • Known HIV infection
  • Female patient of childbearing age who is pregnant or breast-feeding or not willing to use an effective method of birth control during study treatment.
  • Known hypersensitivity to iron dextran
  • Patients unwilling or unable to comply with the protocol or unable to give informed consent.
  • Known human anti-mouse antibodies

Trial design

40 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
Eligible patients with refractory BK infection will receive up to 5 infusions of BK CTLs that are donor derived.
Biological: BK CTL

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Mitchell S Cairo, MD; Lauren Harrison

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