Mepolizumab in Episodic Angioedema With Eosinophilia

2019-10-21 12:45:26 | BioPortfolio



Gleich syndrome is also called episodic angioedema with eosinophilia (EAE). People with EAE have episodes of swelling. They may also have itching, hives, fever, and weight gain. During episodes, the body has very high numbers of white blood cells, especially a kind called eosinophils. Researchers think a drug called mepolizumab could help.


To see if mepolizumab causes EAE symptoms to be less severe and happen less often.


People ages 18 or older with EAE.


Participants will be screened under NIH protocol 94-I-0079.

Participants will have 8 visits over about 6 months. The timing of some visits will depend on each participant s EAE episodes. Visits will include:

- Medical history

- Physical exam

- Blood and urine tests

- Optional bone marrow collection at first or second visit. For this, a needle will be inserted through the participant s hip bone into the marrow.

Participants will get mepolizumab 3 times over about 3 months. They will get their first dose when their eosinophils are at their lowest point. They will get the drug by IV. A needle will guide a thin plastic tube into an arm vein. The drug will be given through the tube over about 30 minutes.

Participants will keep a daily online log for about 3 months. The log will track their weight, temperature, and EAE symptoms. During the whole study, they will complete 2 online questionnaires about their symptoms. They will fill out 1 daily and 1 monthly.

Participants will have blood and urine tests 2-3 times a week. For these, they will go to their local doctor.


Episodic angioedema with eosinophilia (EAE), also known as Gleich s Syndrome,is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of urticaria, fever, angioedema, weight gain and dramatic eosinophilia that occur at 3- to 6-week intervals and resolve with spontaneous diuresis in the absence of therapy. Although the syndrome is often classified in the broad category of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES), EAE is a distinct eosinophilic syndrome that is remarkably homogeneous in clinical presentation. More recently, it has become apparent that there is multilineage cycling, involving lymphocytes and neutrophils in addition to eosinophils. Early studies described cyclic elevations of serum interleukin 5 (IL-5) preceding the rise in eosinophilia, and additional studies have shown cyclic elevations in other type II cytokines as well as in eosinophilic chemokines. Aberrant T cells with a CD3-CD4+ surface phenotype have also been detected in the majority of subjects with EAE. The cyclic nature of the disorder and the involvement of multiple cell lineages have made it difficult to determine the underlying cause of EAE.

We hypothesize that IL-5 driven eosinophilia is central to the pathogenesis of EAE. Suppression of eosinophil cycling by blocking IL-5 would help determine whether eosinophils are indeed the main drivers of the symptoms of angioedema and urticaria and pave the way for future mechanistic studies investigating the etiology of this unusual disorder. The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the effect of mepolizumab, a humanized antibody to IL-5, on eosinophil cycling in 12 subjects with EAE. Subjects with EAE will undergo screening on the National Institutes of Health protocol 94-I-0079 to establish the periodicity of their cycling (if not previously determined) and the optimal timing for the baseline visit. After screening, subjects will be followed closely with signs and symptoms recorded in a daily log, as well as complete blood counts and research blood collected for one cycle prior to administration of mepolizumab. Subjects will receive a total of 3 administrations of mepolizumab, one infusion every 4-6 weeks, and have a follow-up visit 4 weeks after the last administration of mepolizumab.

The primary efficacy endpoint will be reduction of symptoms and severity of symptoms after mepolizumab. Secondary endpoints will include reduction in peak eosinophils after mepolizumab, continued suppression of absolute eosinophil count and reduction in symptoms following monthly dosing of mepolizumab therapy.

Study Design




Nucala (mepolizumab)


National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
United States


Not yet recruiting


National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Results (where available)

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