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Mavrilimumab, a human monoclonal antibody targeting GM-CSF receptor-α, in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase I, first-in-human study
  1. Gerd R Burmester1,
  2. Eugen Feist1,
  3. Matthew A Sleeman2,
  4. Bing Wang3,
  5. Barbara White4,
  6. Fabio Magrini2
  1. 1Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  2. 2MedImmune, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3MedImmune, Hayward, California, USA
  4. 4Formerly with MedImmune, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Free University and Humboldt University Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany; gerd.burmester{at}


Objective To evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of mavrilimumab, a human monoclonal antibody targeting the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor-α, in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalating phase I study in subjects with RA who received stable methotrexate treatment for ≥3 months before enrolment. Subjects received single intravenous escalating doses of mavrilimumab (0.01–10.0 mg/kg) or placebo.

Results 32 subjects were enrolled in this study (1 unblinded subject at 0.01 mg/kg and another at 0.03 mg/kg were followed by five sequential double-blinded cohorts, n=6 each, treated with 0.1, 0.3, 1.0, 3.0 and 10.0 mg/kg, respectively). Adverse events were mild or moderate and were reported with similar frequency across all treatment cohorts. One subject (10.0 mg/kg) experienced moderate face and neck urticaria during infusion that resolved with symptomatic treatment. Systemic clearance of mavrilimumab approached that of endogenous IgG at doses >1.0 mg/kg; pharmacodynamic activity was confirmed in the 1.0 and 3.0 mg/kg cohorts by suppression of suppressor of cytokine signalling 3 mRNA transcripts. In exploratory analyses, reductions of acute phase reactants were observed in subjects with elevated C-reactive protein (>5 mg/l) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (≥20.0 mm/h) at baseline. No significant change in Disease Activity Score 28-joint assessment (DAS28) was seen in any of the cohorts. In mavrilimumab-treated subjects (n=15) with baseline DAS28 >3.2, mean disease activity (DAS28) was significantly reduced at 4 weeks.

Conclusion In this first-in-human study, mavrilimumab showed preliminary evidence of pharmacodynamic activity. Importantly, the safety and pharmacokinetic profiles of mavrilimumab support further clinical studies in RA.

Trial registration number: NCT00771420.

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  • Funding The study and manuscript preparation were funded by MedImmune, Gaithersburg, MD, USA. As the study sponsor, MedImmune was responsible for the study design; the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; the writing of the clinical study report; and the decision, along with the authors, to submit this manuscript for publication.

  • Competing interests GRB and EF received research funding from MedImmune to conduct this clinical study. MAS, B Wang and FM are employees of MedImmune. B White is a former employee of MedImmune.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the State of Berlin ethics committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

    B White, present address: UCB Biosciences, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

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