Effects of Oxalobacter formigenes in subjects with primary hyperoxaluria Type 1 and end-stage renal disease: A Phase II study

Bernd Hoppe, Patricia A. Pellikka, Bastian Dehmel, Ana Banos, Elisabeth Lindner, Ulrike Herberg

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Background: In primary hyperoxaluria Type 1 (PH1), endogenous oxalate overproduction significantly elevates urinary oxalate excretion, resulting in recurrent urolithiasis and/or progressive nephrocalcinosis and often early end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In ESRD, dialysis cannot sufficiently remove oxalate; plasma oxalate (Pox) increases markedly, inducing systemic oxalate deposition (oxalosis) and often death. Interventions to reduce Pox in PH1 subjects with ESRD could have significant clinical impact. This ongoing Phase II, open-label trial aimed to evaluate whether long-term Oxabact™ (Oxalobacter formigenes, OC5, OxThera Intellectual Property AB, Sweden) lowers Pox in PH1 ESRD subjects, ameliorating clinical outcome. Methods: PH1 ESRD subjects on stable dialysis regimens were examined. Subjects were administered one OC5 capsule twice daily for up to 36 months or until transplantation. Total Pox values, cardiac function and safety were evaluated. Free Pox was evaluated in a comparative non-treated PH1 dialysis group using retrospective chart reviews and analyses. Results: Twelve subjects enrolled in an initial 6-week treatment phase. Following a washout of up to 4 weeks, eight subjects entered a continuation study; outcomes after 24 months of treatment are presented. After 24 months, all subjects had reduced or non-elevated Pox compared with baseline. Cardiac function improved, then stabilized. No treatment-related serious adverse events were reported. Conclusions: Compared with an untreated natural control cohort, 24 months OC5 administration was beneficial to PH1 ESRD subjects by substantially decreasing Pox concentrations, and improving or stabilizing cardiac function and clinical status, without increasing dialysis frequency. OC5 was safe and well-tolerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1464-1473
Number of pages10
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021


  • Dialysis
  • Hyperoxaluria
  • Kidney function
  • OC5
  • Oxalobacter formigenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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