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Sepsis is a life-threatening clinical syndrome and a leading cause of neonatal deaths worldwide. The burden of neonatal sepsis and severe infection (SI) is particularly high in areas of South Asia and other resource-limited settings. The goal of the Synbiotics for the Early Prevention of Severe Infections in Infants (SEPSIS) phase II L. plantarum trial is to generate knowledge on the safety, tolerability and effects on the microbiome of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum, with or without fructooligosaccharide, in infants (birth to 60 days of age) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. All data generated will support the design and implementation of a phase III trial to test the efficacy of the probiotic/synbiotic or other interventions for the prevention of SI, promotion of optimal growth and development, and effects on other health outcomes in early infancy.


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As a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, sepsis poses a common and serious threat for neonates. In 2017, sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia accounted for an estimated 540,000 newborn deaths worldwide, or approximately one-fifth of the world's annual neonatal deaths. Previous studies have suggested that South Asia has a relatively high incidence of possible serious bacterial infection (pSBI) in young infants, particularly in areas where neonatal and under-five mortality rates are highest. Recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs), including the Panigrahi et al. community-based trial in India, have demonstrated beneficial effects of probiotics and/or prebiotics, compared to placebo, for preventing infections in preterm and/or LBW infants. This is particularly important in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South Asia, where low-cost preventative interventions to reduce the burden of SI (e.g., probiotics or synbiotics) could have an important impact on the burden of morbidity and mortality in young infants. However, there are limited data regarding the safety, tolerability and efficacy of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 in the general population of infants (rather than selected groups of preterm or hospitalized newborns) in South Asia. This phase II trial will generate new evidence about the safety, tolerability and colonization effects of L. plantarum ATCC 2020195 in young infants (birth to 60 days of age) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aims of this study are to: 1. Estimate the effect of neonatal oral administration of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) ATCC 202195 (10^9 CFU/day) with or without fructooligosaccharide (FOS), versus placebo, on the absolute and relative stool abundance of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 from 14 to 60 days of age. Primary analyses will examine the effect of a 7-day regimen of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 with FOS (LP7+FOS), and secondary analyses will examine a 7-day regimen of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 without FOS (LP7), a 1-day regimen of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 with FOS (LP1+FOS), or a 1-day regimen of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 without FOS (LP1). 2. Determine if the absolute and relative stool abundance of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 from 14 to 60 days of age in Bangladeshi infants following LP1+FOS is not lower than the abundance achieved with LP7+FOS. Secondary analyses will assess the non-inferiority of the 1- and 7-day LP regimens without FOS (LP1 or LP7, respectively) compared to LP7+FOS. 3. Describe and compare the incidence and patterns of sustained and transient L. plantarum ATCC 202195 colonization (based on absolute and relative stool abundance) up to 6 months of age following administration of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, in Bangladeshi infants. 4. Assess the safety of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, during the first 60 days of age based on a) incidence of severe infection (SI) episodes associated with Lactobacillus spp.; b) incidence of detectable L. plantarum ATCC 202195 DNA in blood; c) adverse alterations in one or more biochemical or hematological parameters; and d) clinical serious adverse events. 5. Estimate the effects of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, on stool pH and concentrations of stool inflammatory markers during the first 60 days of life. 6. Assess the tolerability of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, following ingestion of the investigational product and during the period of administration (up to 21 days of age), based on frequencies and/or durations of crying time, fussiness, abdominal distention, vomiting and diarrhea. 7. Evaluate the effect of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, on stool iron content and antioxidant capacity (14 days of age) and iron status and oxidative stress in infants (60 days of age). 8. Estimate effects of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS and LP1, versus placebo, on infant linear growth, ponderal growth and head circumference up to 6 months of age. 9. Explore the effects of LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS or LP1, versus placebo, on the microbial community structure and diversity and metabolome of the infant's microbiota during the first 60 days of life and at 3 and 6 months of life. 10. Compare the absolute and relative stool abundance of L. plantarum ATCC 202195 in mothers and siblings of infants administered LP7+FOS, LP7, LP1+FOS, LP1, versus placebo, up to 60 days of age in the infant. 11. Assess the possible modes of cross-contamination by L. plantarum ATCC 202195 in two public hospitals, field offices, laboratories and in households within the trial catchment area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Study personnel will conduct active and passive clinical surveillance and routine specimen collection (e.g. stool, nasal, blood etc.). Additional specimen collection may also be triggered in the event of physician-confirmed clinical severe infection, or if infants meet the case definition of LRTI (fast breathing with at least one of the following: cough, nasal congestion, or runny nose) or are hospitalized with diarrhea and/or vomiting. ;


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NCT number NCT05180201
Study type Interventional
Source The Hospital for Sick Children
Contact Daniel Roth, MD, PhD
Phone 4168137654
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date January 7, 2022
Completion date August 2022

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