Study of CTS-1027 in Combination With Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Null-Responders

2014-07-23 21:11:03 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine if the combination treatment of CTS-1027, pegylated interferon and ribavirin can improve the response rates in HCV patients who did not previously respond to pegylated interferon and ribavirin therapy.


A subset of non-responders to standard of care treatments (pegylated interferon and ribavrin) is termed null responders. Null responders are the most treatment refractory population. Treatment for null responders is currently limited: retreatment with SOC results in approximately 5% sustained virologic response (SVR).

CTS-1027 may facilitate the activity of interferon by preventing MMP-induced cleavage and deactivation in the first phase of clinical response to therapy. In addition, CTS-1027, like ribavirin, alone does not significantly affect viral replication, but both CTS-1027 and ribavirin are likely to impact response to therapy during the second and slower phase of the clinical response.

The potential of MMP inhibition to facilitate the action of interferon, together with ribavirin-driven up-regulation of interferon stimulated genes, has the potential to yield a potent host immune response in this highly resistant null-responder patient population. Again, since MMP inhibition is thought to target the second slower phase kinetics, the initial treatment duration in this trial will be 24 weeks.

This trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of CTS-1027 combined with SOC in patients who did not previously respond to SOC therapy.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Historical Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Hepatitis C Virus Infection


CTS-1027, Pegylated Interferon, Ribavirin


Scripps Clinic
La Jolla
United States


Active, not recruiting


Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:03-0400

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