C5a receptor inhibitor avacopan in immunoglobulin A nephropathy- A n open-label pilot study

Annette Bruchfeld, Hasan Magin, Patrick Nachman, Samir Parikh, Richard Lafayette, Antonia Potarca, Shichang Miao, Pirow Bekker

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Background: Improvement of proteinuria as a marker for disease activity is associated with a better renal outcome in immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN). Complement is an effector pathway in IgA-mediated kidney injury. Avacopan, a selective C5a receptor inhibitor, has previously shown efficacy in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of avacopan in patients with IgAN with persistent proteinuria despite a maximally tolerated dose of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockade. The efficacy evaluation was based on the change in proteinuria. Methods: This open-label pilot trial enrolled adult patients with biopsy-proven IgAN, urinary protein:creatinine ratio (UPCR) >1 g/g creatinine and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or >45 mL/min/1.73 m2 if eGFR has not declined >10 mL/min/1.73 m2 over the previous 24 weeks. If the UPCR remained at >1 g/g creatinine after an 8-week run-in period, patients started avacopan 30 mg twice daily. The primary efficacy endpoint was the change in the slope of the UPCR from the 8-week run-in period to the slope in the 12-week avacopan dosing period. Results: A total of 10 of 15 screened patients entered the run-in period. Seven patients with a UPCR >1 g/g creatinine received avacopan. Six of seven patients had numerical improvement in the UPCR during the avacopan treatment period, three of whom had a numerical improvement of ∼50% at week 12. At week 24, five of seven patients still showed numerical improvement in the UPCR compared with baseline. The urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein-1:creatinine ratio decreased numerically 30% by week 8, possibly reflecting the anti-inflammatory activity of avacopan. Avacopan was well tolerated. There was one serious adverse event of unstable angina, which was deemed to be unrelated to avacopan. Conclusions: This short-term pilot study showed an improvement in the slope of the UPCR, with ∼50% improvement in three of seven patients with IgAN. Longer avacopan treatment duration may be indicated for maximal benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-928
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Kidney Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022

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  • C5a receptor
  • C5a receptor inhibitor
  • IgA nephropathy
  • avacopan
  • complement
  • proteinuria

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