Interleukin-1 Blockade for Treatment of Cardiac Sarcoidosis

2019-07-15 10:04:53 | BioPortfolio


Sarcoidosis is a heterogeneous disorder of unknown etiology whose signature lesions are granulomatous inflammatory infiltrates in involved tissues. Tissue commonly affected are lungs, skin, eyes, lymph nodes and the heart. In this latter case, cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) can lead to atrioventricular (AV) blocks, ventricular arrhythmias, heart failure (HF) and sudden cardiac death. Similar to other involved organs, cardiac disease generally progresses from areas of focal inflammation to scar. However, the natural history of CS is not well characterized complicating an immediate and definitive diagnosis. The management of CS often requires multidisciplinary care teams and is challenged by data limited to small observational studies and from the high likelihood of side effects of most of the treatments currently used (eg: corticosteroids, methotrexate and TNF-alfa inhibitors).

Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is the prototypical pro-inflammatory cytokine, also referred to as master regulator of the inflammatory response, involved in virtually every acute process. There is evidence that IL-1 plays a role in mouse model of sarcoidosis and human pulmonary lesions as the presence of the inflammasome in granulomas of the heart of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis, providing additional support for a role of IL-1 in the pathogenesis of CS. However, IL-1 blockade has never been evaluated as a potential therapeutic agent for cardiac sarcoidosis.

In the current study, researchers aim to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IL-1 blockade with anakinra (IL-1 receptor antagonist) in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis.


Researchers will perform a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of anakinra (recombinant IL-1 receptor antagonist, Kineret, SOBI, Sweden) given for 4 weeks in 28 patients with cardiac sarcoidosis (defined using Heart Rhythm Society diagnostic criteria).

Specific Aim #1: To determine the effects of anakinra on systemic inflammation

Specific Aim #2: To determine the effects of anakinra on cardiac inflammation and fibrosis (scar tissue)

Study Design


Cardiac Sarcoidosis


Anakinra, Placebos


Not yet recruiting


Virginia Commonwealth University

Results (where available)

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Sarcoidosis affecting predominantly the lungs, the site most frequently involved and most commonly causing morbidity and mortality in sarcoidosis. Pulmonary sarcoidosis is characterized by sharply circumscribed granulomas in the alveolar, bronchial, and vascular walls, composed of tightly packed cells derived from the mononuclear phagocyte system. The clinical symptoms when present are dyspnea upon exertion, nonproductive cough, and wheezing. (Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 19th ed, p431)

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