for males ages up to 24 months (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Morton Cowan
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Morton Cowan



SCID-X1 is a genetic disorder of blood cells caused by DNA changes in a gene that is required for the normal development of the human immune system. The purpose of this study is to determine if a new method, called lentiviral gene transfer, can be used to treat SCID-X1. This method involves transferring a normal copy of the common gamma chain gene into the participant's bone marrow stem cells. The investigators want to determine if the procedure is safe, whether it can be done according to the methods they have developed, and whether the procedure will provide a normal immune system for the patient. It is hoped that this type of gene transfer may offer a new way to treat children with SCID-X1 that do not have a brother or sister who can be used as a donor for stem cell transplantation.

Official Title

A Pilot Feasibility Study of Gene Transfer for X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency in Newly Diagnosed Infants Using a Self-Inactivating Lentiviral Vector to Transduce Autologous CD34+ Hematopoietic Cells


Bone marrow CD34+ cells will be obtained in the operating room, transduced with the lentiviral vector that contains a normal copy of the γc gene, and reinfused without any myeloreductive conditioning. Participants will be monitored for hematopoietic recovery from busulfan and for severe adverse events for 42 days post gene therapy. The primary endpoint assessing the efficacy of this approach will be T-cell immune reconstitution 52 weeks (± 4) weeks after transplantation. Continued and detailed evaluation of all aspects of immune reconstitution, protocol-related toxicity, and retroviral integration sites will also be performed. This study will evaluate the first use of a SIN lentiviral vector for the treatment of SCID-X1 and may lead to a new form of therapy that could be applied to the majority of newly diagnosed patients.


Assess the safety, feasibility and efficacy of lentiviral gene transfer in newly diagnosed SCID-X1 patients transplanted with autologous CD34+ cells that have been transduced with a self-inactivating lentiviral vector (CL20-i4-EF1α-hγc-OPT) expressing a γc gene.

Primary Objective 1: Evaluate the safety and feasibility of infusing at least 1 million transduced CD34+ cells per kilogram of body weight in SCID-X1 infants.

Primary Objective 2: Evaluate the efficacy of lentiviral gene transfer for inducing significant T-cell reconstitution 52 weeks (± 4 weeks) after transplantation. Significant reconstitution of T cells is defined as at least 2 of the following 3 criteria being present:

  • The development of T-cell proliferative responses to phytohemagglutinin (PHA) that are ≥ 50% the value seen in normal controls
  • ≥ 1000 autologous CD3+ T-cells/μl in the peripheral blood
  • ≥ 500 autologous CD4+ T-cells/μl in the peripheral blood
  • ≥ 200 autologous CD4+ CD45RA T-cells/μl in the peripheral blood


  • Correlate busulfan and its metabolite pharmacokinetics with toxicity, efficacy, engraftment of vector-transduced cells, and event-free survival and overall survival.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of busulfan dose-targeting with busulfan administration every 24 hours for a total of 2 doses in order to achieve a cumulative busulfan area under the curve of 22 mg*hr/L.
  • Evaluate B-cell function during longterm follow-up of protocol patients. Evaluation will include γc expression in circulating B-cells, measurement of serum IgG, IgA, and IgM concentration, measurement of antibody responses to vaccination, evaluation of IgG production after cessation of intravenous gamma globulin therapy in patients with clinical indications to discontinue IVIG.
  • Evaluate NK cell numbers in long term follow-up of protocol patients. Evaluation will include flow cytometry evaluation of NK cell numbers.
  • Determine the vector copy number and the location of vector-integration sites in sorted blood cells. Sorted T-cells, B-cells, NK cells, granulocytes and monocytes will be evaluated for vector copy number. Vector copy number in sorted T-cells will be evaluated as a potential safety measure and will be reported to the FDA if the vector copy number is greater than 5 copies per T cell in any patient at any time. Studies on sorted cells will also include deep sequencing with an automated sequencer to characterize insertion sites, and expression array analysis of T-cell clones to assay for gene expression alterations within 100 kb of the insertion sites.
  • Evaluate the overall, long-term safety of lentiviral gene transfer. This will include complete clinical evaluation of any AEs resulting from the gene transfer procedure. If any oncogenic event is seen, this evaluation will include complete molecular characterization of the tumor clone including insertion site analysis, gene expression analysis, and evaluation for the LMO2, Cdkn2a, Notch1, Cyclin D2 gene alterations.


Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease, X-linked, SCID, SCID-X1, X-linked SCID, immunodeficiency, gene therapy, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, X-Linked Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases, Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes, Busulfan, CL20-i4-EF1α-hγc-OPT, CliniMacs


You can join if…

Open to males ages up to 24 months

  • Treatment Eligibility Criteria:
    • Age <2 years at the time of enrollment.
    • No prior therapy with allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
    • A clinical diagnosis of SCID-X1 documented in the medical record.
    • A proven mutation in the common gamma chain gene as defined by direct sequencing of patient DNA.
    • Age > 2 months to < 1 year of age at the time of busulfan administration.
    • Less than 300 CD3+ T-cells by flow cytometry or higher if evidence of maternal engraftment as supported by peripheral blood FISH analysis for XY and XX.
    • Lymphocyte proliferation to phytohemagglutinin (PHA) <10% of the lower limit of normal for the laboratory.


You CAN'T join if...

  • Availability of a HLA matched sibling for allogeneic transplantation
  • Prior therapy with allogeneic stem cell transplantation
  • Positive for HIV infection by genome PCR
  • Presence of a medical condition indicating that survival will be less than 16 weeks such as the requirement for mechanical ventilation, severe failure of a major organ system, or evidence of a serious, progressive infection that is refractory to medical therapy.
  • The presence of any medical contraindications to general anesthesia and bone marrow harvest by aspiration
  • A social situation indicating that the family may not be able to comply with protocol procedures and recommended medical care.


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94158 United States
  • Seattle Children's Research Institute
    Seattle Washington 98101 United States
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Memphis Tennessee 38105 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Morton Cowan
    TR3-05535 Cowan (PI) 11/01/2012-10/31/2015 California Institute of Regenerative Medicine vGene Correction of Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Artemis Deficient SCID Goal is to complete the preclinical testing necessary for a clinical gene therapy trial in children with Artemis-SCID.


currently not accepting new patients, but might later
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Phase 1/2 research study
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Expecting 28 study participants
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