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Safety, Immunological Effect and Efficacy of the Combined Application of MPL and Grass Pollen Allergen

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Safety and tolerability of different dose combinations of MPL and grass pollen allergen and to identify the highest combinations of MPL and grass pollen allergen which is safe.Pharmacodynamics and efficacy of MPL and grass pollen allergen.

Official Title

Investigation of the Safety, Immunological Effect and Efficacy of the Combined Application of MPL and Grass Pollen Allergen


  • Type I Hypersensitivity

Study Type


Study Design

Treatment, Randomised, Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Placebo Control, Parallel Assignment, Safety Study.

Further Details

Primary Outcome Measures:

  • Adverse Events

Secondary Outcome Measures: 

  • Laboratory/immunological parameters, allergic reactions/symptomatology

Study Start

December 2005

Eligibility & Criteria


  • Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 65 Years
  • Genders Eligible for Study: Both


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female subjects, aged between 18 and 65 years (inclusive).
  • BMI 18 – 32 kg/m² (inclusive).
  • Positive skin prick test (wheal > 4 mm) with grasses pollen allergen extract.
  • Specific IgE to grass pollen allergens as documented by RAST (or equivalent test) ≥ class 2.
  • Women of childbearing potential must be using a medically acceptable method of birth control and have a negative β-HCG pregnancy test result at screening and Day 1 predose. Male subjects must also agree to use the double barrier method of contraception during the study.
  • In the opinion of the investigator, each subject will be able to understand verbal and written instructions and competent to follow these instructions.
  • Subjects must read, understand, sign, and date the written informed consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Positive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-test, acute or chronic hepatitis B/C (except vaccination titre).
  • Positive drug screen.
  • Positive alcohol breath test.
  • Known or suspected drug or alcohol abuse.
  • History of clinically significant cardiovascular (especially heart failure or pulmonary insufficiency), pulmonary (except for asthma), hepatic, renal, gastrointestinal, hematologic, endocrine, dermatological, or metabolic disease within the last 2 years. A clinically significant disease is defined as a disease which, in the opinion of the investigator, may either put the subject at risk because of participation in the trial or a disease which may influence the results of the trial or the subject’s eligibility to participate in the trial.
  • Clinically significant abnormalities on pre-study physical examination, vital signs, electrocardiogram (ECG), or laboratory tests; acute illness within 7 days before the screening visit.
  • History of allergy to all-season allergens and / or history of allergy to other seasonal allergens than grass pollen which might interfere with period of trial conduct
  • History of a major psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia, other psychotic symptomatology, major depressive disorder, or suicide attempt within the past 5 years; history of alcohol or drug abuse within the past year; history or evidence of a progressive central nervous system (CNS) disease, lesion, or encephalopathy.
  • History of malignancy within the past 2 years; with the exception of basal cell carcinoma.
  • Acute or subacute atopic dermatitis.
  • Periodontitis, gingivitis, gingival bleeding or other mucosal disorders in the oral cavity or planned tooth extraction during the course of the study.
  • Secondary changes of the reactive organs (e.g., emphysema, bronchiectasis).
  • Auto-immune disease (e.g., of liver, kidney, thyroid, nervous system) rheumatoid diseases.
  • Immunodeficiencies (e.g., by immunosuppressive agents).
  • Therapy with β-blockers.
  • Therapy with antihistamines less than three days prior to Day 1.
  • Therapy with corticosteroids (except hormonal contraceptives) four weeks prior to Day 1 (with the exception of local steroids, which must be terminated from three days prior to Day 1).
  • Vaccinations in the last three months.
  • Unable to comply with recommended therapy-free interval for specified medications prior to skin prick test.
  • Current diseases with a pathogenesis interfering with the immune response and diseases for which medication has been given, which could influence the results of this study.
  • Acute or chronic infection.
  • Already undergone hyposensitisation therapy with grass pollen allergens within the last three years.
  • Use of MPL-containing products within the last 12 months or allergy / hypersensitivity to MPL.
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding.
  • Use of any investigational drug or medical device within 30 days prior to the screening visit.
  • A handicap that would prevent compliance with the study procedures or proper reporting of adverse events.
  • Subjects who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day
  • Subjects unable to conduct nasal washes and comply with nasal challenge tests according to the instruction of the investigator
  • Total flow during rhinomanometry with vehicle solution is more than 40% lower than total flow obtained with blank measurement (note: this exclusion criteria does not apply to the screening visit but to nasal challenge test performed on Day 1 predose)
  • In the opinion of the investigator, unable to complete the study.

Total Enrolment


Contact Details

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00241410


 CRS Clinical Research Services Mannheim GmbH      
       Mannheim, Germany, 68167

Sponsors and Collaborators

Allergy Therapeutics


Principal Investigator:      

Wolfgang Timmer, MD
CRS Clinical Research Services Mannheim GmbH,
Grenadierstraße 1, 68167 Mannheim, Germany

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Posted On: 1 January, 2013
Modified On: 16 September, 2014


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