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Open Access An evaluation of factors influencing response to epicutaneous immunotherapy for peanut allergy in the PEPITES trial


Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) for peanut allergy is a potential novel immunotherapy that utilizes the unique cutaneous immunologic properties to induce desensitization. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trial (PEPITES) in peanut-allergic children 4‐11 years demonstrated an epicutaneous patch (DBV712) with 250 µg peanut protein was statistically superior to placebo in inducing desensitization following 12 months of daily treatment.


To investigate what baseline and in-study factors influenced response to DBV712 250 µg, with a focus on patch adhesion, by posthoc analysis of PEPITES data.


A posthoc multivariate model built with log-transformed Month 12 eliciting dose (ED) as the dependent variable was used to assess the influence of baseline characteristics and patch adhesion. Baseline characteristics and treatment response were also evaluated by stratifying subjects into decile subgroups by patch detachment rates over the 12-month study.


Multivariate analysis identified higher baseline ED and lower baseline peanut-specific IgE as the variables most predictive of higher Month 12 ED, followed by mean daily patch application duration, baseline SCORing Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) score, and age. By decile stratification, no association between patch detachment and treatment response was identified for 80% of DBV712-treated subjects. All DBV712-treated subjects, including those with the highest patch detachment rates, demonstrated treatment benefit measured by fold-changes in geometric mean ED.


We identified subject baseline characteristics of higher baseline ED and lower baseline peanut-specific IgE as most predictive of higher Month 12 ED. For the majority of treated subjects, patch detachment did not impact treatment response. A minority of subjects, highly sensitive to peanut at baseline, had lower prespecified responder rates and higher patch detachment rates, yet still benefited from treatment based upon fold-changes in ED.

Keywords: Epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT); adhesion; desensitization; detachment; eliciting dose; food allergy; immunotherapy; peanut allergy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado; 2: Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford University, Stanford, California; 3: Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas; 4: Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia; 5: DBV Technologies, Montrouge, France; 6: Certara, Princeton, New Jersey; and

Publication date: September 1, 2020

This article was made available online on June 15, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "An evaluation of factors influencing response to epicutaneous immunotherapy for peanut allergy in the PEPITES trial".

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