Effect of Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery on Glucose Counterregulation in Long Standing Type 1 Diabetes: A Proof of Concept, Mechanistic, Single-Arm Clinical Trial

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Study Overview

Can a type 1 diabetic adult avoid low glucoses & regain hypoglycemia awareness using a hybrid closed loop insulin delivery system? Involvement is 22 months (13 visits) & includes a4-week Screening Phase & an 18-month Intervention Phase. 3 Hyperinsulinemic Clamps done at: Baseline (before starting to use the device & after completing the screening), 6 months (after using the device 6 months), & after using the device 18 months, will allow us to measure improvement in hypoglycemia awareness.

Study Description

The purpose of this small, proof-of-concept, mechanistic study is to determine whether hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery can achieve sufficient hypoglycemia avoidance in patients with long standing type 1 diabetes experiencing hypoglycemia and symptom unawareness despite receiving intensive insulin therapy standard-of-care to improve glucose counterregulation against insulin-induced hypoglycemia. As it remains critically important to understand the potential physiologic benefits of hypoglycemia avoidance by means of a hybrid closed-loop system in this population, studying each well characterized subject as his/her own control by a within subject design should serve the study purpose, and has been the standard approach to assessing the effects of various approaches to hypoglycemia avoidance in patients with unawareness. The data generated will be available to power future randomized clinical trials to determine the comparative efficacy of emerging artificial pancreas and β-cell replacement approaches to achieve target glycemic control with amelioration of problematic hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes. Screening Phase At the screening visit, the study details and procedures will be discussed with a research coordinator and at least one of the PI or the research nurse practitioner. The potential participant is given adequate time to ask questions and review the informed consent document. Once satisfied that all questions have been answered, the potential participant will either decline to participate or sign the informed consent document. This may occur at a subsequent visit if the potential participant desires, in order to think further about what participation means and/or to consult with family, friends and/or a personal physician. The consent form is signed in the presence of a witness (research coordinator +/- family member). All participants must read, sign, and date a consent form before entering the study, undergoing physical examination or undergoing any testing. The informed consent form will be revised whenever important new safety information is available, whenever the protocol is amended, and/or whenever any new information becomes available that may affect participation in the studies.Eligibility will be confirmed through the performance of a history and physical examination by the PI or the research nurse practitioner, EKG, urine pregnancy test (if applicable), serum chemistries, TSH, cell counts, HbA1c and C-peptide, completion of glycemic lability and hypoglycemia awareness and hypoglycemia severity questionnaires, placement of a 7 day blinded CGM (iPro 2, Medtronic Diabetes, Northridge, CA) unless on CGM available for downloading, and 7 day accelerometry (WGT3X-BT, Actigraph LLC,) to define the nocturnal period. Only after all eligibility criteria (inclusion and exclusion) are met, will a potential subject be enrolled. Repeated clinical testing throughout the study will ensure the continued safety and minimization of risk for the enrolled participants. Study Intervention Phase Eligible subjects will complete a baseline assessment of glucose counterregulation by stepped- hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemic clamp prior to starting intervention with the hybrid closed-loop system (MiniMed 670G system, Medtronic Diabetes, Northridge, CA). Unless this system becomes available to the subject via their insurance carrier, one will be provided for them. Subjects will also receive a study glucometer (Contour Next Link 2.4, Bayer, Indianapolis, IN) that communicates with the MiniMed 670G insulin pump for bolus dosing calculation and glucose sensor calibration. Subjects who cannot maintain > 80% (or 6/7 day) compliance with the sensor component as assessed at each study visit may be dropped since less compliance has not been associated with any benefit of CGM to glycemic control and limits the potential for benefit from LGS on hypoglycemia avoidance. Accuracy of the sensor will be assessed at each visit through devise download and interpretation. Study visits will occur weekly for the first month, then monthly until month 6, and then every 3 months until month 18. This schedule will allow for determination of possible benefit from hybrid closed- loop insulin delivery on glucose counterregulation after 6 months of intensive provider support, and then for assessment of the durability or potential further gains in beneficial effects after another 12 months of more typical provider interaction occurring every 3 months. Weekly visits may be performed via telephone with uploading devise data to Care Link for review and interpretation. Uploaded or downloaded insulin delivery, blood and sensor glucose monitoring, insulin dose settings and CGM calibration accuracy, alert settings, time spent in auto and manual modes, and LGS threshold and activity will be assessed at each visit, targeting > 80% CGM and LGS compliance, adjusting basal and bolus insulin dosing in order to minimize glycemic excursions while maximizing hypoglycemia (< 60 mg/dl) avoidance, with adjustment of alarms set to alert the subject to rapidly increasing or decreasing glucose and predict the occurrence of elevated or low blood glucose. During manual mode, target glucose ranges will be 90 - 140 mg/dl before meals, < 180 mg/dl after meals, and 120 - 160 mg/dl at bedtime, with correction dosing to no lower than 100 mg/dl during the day, and 120 mg/dl overnight. Alarm settings may be individualized to target these ranges, but the hypoglycemia alarm for LGS will not be set lower than 70 mg/dl. During auto mode, the automated interprandial basal insulin delivery will adjust according to the closed-loop algorithm to target a sensor glucose of 120 mg/dl, which may be temporality increased to 150 mg/dl if needed to further minimize exposure to hypoglycemia during exercise or overnight. Prior to each 3 monthly visit, subjects will wear an actigraph monitor ( WGT3X-BT, Actigraph LLC,) for three weeks in order to define the nocturnal period. Every 6 months measures of hypoglycemia awareness (Clarke score) and severity (HYPO score), and the glycemic lability index (LI) will be calculated from questionnaires, event diaries, and device downloads, respectively. At 6 months and at 18 months, subjects will again undergo assessment of glucose counterregulation by stepped-hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemic clamp testing

Additional Information:

This study is expected to go on for approximately 3 years. The University of Pennsylvania is the only site performing this research. We expect to screen a total of 24 people in order to enroll 15 to 18 participants in this study. INCLUSION CRITERIA Subjects who meet all of the following criteria are eligible for enrollment: • Male and female subjects age 25 to 70 years. • Subjects who are able to provide written informed consent and to comply with the procedures of the study protocol. • Clinical history compatible with type 1 diabetes with disease onset < 40 years of age and insulin dependent for > 10 years. • Absent C-peptide (< 0.3 ng/ml). • Involvement in intensive diabetes management defined as the use of basal-bolus insulin analog delivery by multi-dose injection (MDI) or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) together with self-monitoring of blood glucose values more than 3 times daily with or without continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) under the direction of an endocrinologist, diabetologist, or diabetes nurse practitioner with at least 3 clinical evaluations during the previous 12 months. • Hypoglycemia unawareness manifested by a Clarke score of 4 or more AND at least 1 of the following: HYPO score greater than or equal to the 90th percentile (1047); OR marked glycemic lability defined by a glycemic lability index (LI) score greater than or equal to the 90th percentile (433 mmol/l2/h•wk-1); OR a composite of a HYPO score greater than or equal to the 75th percentile (423) and a LI greater than or equal to the 75th percentile (329) (Senior et al., 2015). • Documented > 5% time spent in the hypoglycemic range (glucose < 60 mg/dl) by 7 day real- time or blinded CGM; at least one episode of hypoglycemic during the 7 days must occur overnight. EXCLUSION CRITERIA Subjects who meet any of these criteria are NOT eligible for enrollment: • BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. • Insulin requirement of ≥ 1.0 units/kg•day. • HbA1c ≥ 10%. • Untreated proliferative diabetic retinopathy. • Uncontrolled hypertension: systolic blood pressure > 160 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 100 mmHg. • Active cardiovascular disease • Abnormal kidney function: eGFR < 60 ml/min/1.73 m2. • Abnormal liver function: persistent elevation of liver function tests > 1.5 times the upper limit of normal. • Untreated hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease, or Celiac disease. • Anemia: baseline hemoglobin concentration < 11 g/dl in women and < 12 g/dl in men. • Presence of a seizure disorder not related to prior severe hypoglycemia. • Use of glucocorticoids greater than 5 mg of prednisone daily, or an equivalent physiologic dose of hydrocortisone. • For female participants of child-bearing potential: Positive pregnancy test, presently breast-feeding, or unwillingness to use effective contraceptive measures for the duration of study participation. Oral contraceptives, intra-uterine devices, Norplant®, Depo-Provera®, and barrier devices with spermicide are acceptable contraceptive methods; condoms used alone are not acceptable. • Treatment with any anti-diabetic medication other than insulin within 4 weeks of enrollment. • Use of any investigational agents within 4 weeks of enrollment. • Any medical condition that, in the opinion of the PI, will interfere with the safe completion of the study. DEVICES Unless a MiniMed 670G system becomes available to the subject via their insurance carrier, one will be provided for them together with a Contour Next Link 2.4 study glucometer in the spring of 2018 when the research team will receive the MiniMed 670G system and associated supplies directly from Medtronic. Until then we hope to enroll before the end of 2017 3-5 persons whom are either eligible for a pump upgrade or whom already wear the system COMPENSATION Participation in this research includes approximately 13 visits over 22 months. For each of the visits where a clamp was completed participants will receive $150.00. Participants will also receive $50.00 for the completion of the remaining 10 visits. In addition, at each visit, $10.00 in cash (or $11.00 for overnight visit) will be given for parking and/or regional rail expense. In summary; participants will receive a total of $1,083.00 and will be paid on three different occasions (every 6 months) via a check from the University of Pennsylvania.

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