A Safety, Methodological and Exploratory Biomarkers Study to Slow Disease Progression


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine safety of plasma infusion in APOE 44 patients.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Critieria:

  • Patient age 50 to 85.
  • APOE 44 homozygote.
  • Meets the Petersen criteria for MCI (41).
  • Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) of 0.5 and Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE) of 24 to 30 inclusive.
  • Has an informant who the investigator judges has sufficient patient contact to provide accurate information.
  • Stable depression and or anxiety.
  • Stable psychoactive medication for 6 weeks.

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of severe reaction to plasma or plasma derived products which include but not limited to severe allergic reaction, anaphylactic reaction and transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI).
  • Patients who do not want to receive blood transfusion for religious or cultural reasons such as Jehovah Witness Faith.
  • Has a medical condition that would interfere with participation such as congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Class III or IV), unstable angina, moderate to severe renal impairment, liver failure, and poorly controlled diabetes.
  • History of autoimmune disease considered clinically significant or requiring chronic steroid or immune suppression medication.
  • History of being HIV +.
  • History of +VE test result indicating active hepatitis C or B (defined as  both hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis core antibody +VE).
  • Uncontrolled hypertension as defined by systolic/diastolic BP three times more than 165/100.
  • No venous access for plasma exchange therapy.
  • Any neurological condition that could be contributing to cognitive decline such as Lewy body disease, front temporal dementia, strokes or other cerebrovascular disease, head trauma, substance abuse, multiple sclerosis, Vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid deficiency.
  • Epileptic seizures within 10 years of screening.
  • Cancer diagnosis (other than non-melanoma skin cancer) in the last 5 years.
  • More than 1 subcortical stroke or more than 1 cortical stroke.
  • Unable to have an MRI.
  • MRI showing acute or subacute hemorrhage, evidence of normal pressure hydrocephalus, hemispheric infarcts, glioma or other brain tumor that could contribute to cognitive decline.
  • Unstable psychiatric condition.
  • On another experimental treatment study or has been on one in the last 3 months.
  • If a patient consents to lumbar puncture (LP), they will be excluded from LP if any contraindication to having an LP is present.  Examples are platelet count<100,000, spine deformity or contraindication to come off blood thinner for the LP. Patients may still participate in the rest of the study without having and LP.
  • Any unspecified reason that the investigator finds the patient unsuitable to take

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Neill Graff Radford, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Dana Haley CCRP


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