Background & Aims: We evaluated the ability of vedolizumab to induce endoscopic and histologic remission in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). Methods: We performed a prospective study of 110 patients with active CD, based on CD activity index (CDAI) scores >220 and mucosal ulcerations, who received open-label vedolizumab (300 mg) infusions at weeks 0, 2, and 6, and every 8 weeks thereafter through week 52 at tertiary centers in Europe. Patients received an additional infusion at week 10 if their CDAI score had not decreased by 70 points. Patients underwent ileocolonoscopy with collection of biopsies at baseline and weeks 26 and 52; a local and central reader determined simple endoscopic index for CD (SES-CD) scores. Histologic features were assessed by a blinded pathologist at week 26. Serum concentrations of vedolizumab were measured at serial time points. The primary outcome was endoscopic and histologic remission in patients with active CD treated with vedolizumab for 52 weeks. Results: At weeks 26 and 52, 36 patients (29%) and 34 patients (31%), respectively, were in corticosteroid-free clinical remission (CDAI score <150), respectively. Based on intent-to-treat analysis, endoscopic remission (SES-CD score <4) was achieved by 36 patients (33%) and 40 patients (36%) at weeks 26 and 52. Endoscopic responses (decrease in SES-CD score ≥50%) occurred in 44 patients (40%) at week 26 and 5 patients (45%) at week 52. Serum concentrations of vedolizumab were higher at weeks 2, 10, and 22 in patients with lower SES-CD scores. Histologic remission at week 26 was observed in 43 (64%) of 67 patients based on Geboes Score and 37 (66%) of 56 patients based on Robarts Histopathology Index scores in analyses of paired biopsies with inflammation at baseline. Serum concentrations of vedolizumab above 10 mg/L at week 22 were associated with endoscopic remission at week 26. Conclusions: In a prospective trial, we found that approximately one-third of patients with CD achieve endoscopic remission after 52 weeks of treatment with vedolizumab and two-thirds achieve histologic remission at week 26. Higher serum concentrations of vedolizumab were associated with better outcomes. EUDRACT no: 2014–005376–29.

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Keywords Anti-integrin α₄, Biologic, IBD, LOVE-CD Trial, β₇
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Journal Gastroenterology
Löwenberg, M, Vermeire, S, Mostafavi, N. (Nahid), Hoentjen, F, Franchimont, D, Bossuyt, P, … D'Haens, G. (2019). Vedolizumab Induces Endoscopic and Histologic Remission in Patients With Crohn's Disease. Gastroenterology, 157(4), 997–1006.e6. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2019.05.067