Oxidative Stress in Motor Neuron Disease: COSMOS Add-On Study

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01143428
First received: June 11, 2010
Last updated: March 14, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
  Purpose

Background:

- Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a disorder in which nerve cells in the brain that control movement degenerate. The cause of PLS is not known, but some research has suggested that environmental factors that produce oxidative stress trigger PLS in people who carry certain genes. Oxidative stress is caused when the body makes chemicals called "free radicals" faster than its natural systems can break them down. Oxidative stress can be triggered by exposures to chemicals related to the bodily effects of lead, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and psychological stress. Chemicals produced by the body during oxidative stress can be measured in the blood and urine. Researchers are interested in studying the physical, neurological, and chemical effects of PLS to better understand the effects of oxidative stress on the disorder.

Objectives:

- To study the relation of oxidative stress to the diagnosis and progression of motor neuron disease.

Eligibility:

- Individuals 20 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with PLS, and have had symptoms of PLS for at least 5 but not more than 8 years and been previously enrolled in 01-N-0145 Screening: Neurologic Disorders with Muscle Stiffness

Design:

  • Participants will have an initial study visit and three follow-up visits. Each visit will require approximately 3 days of testing at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
  • As part of this study, participants will have the following tests and procedures:
  • Neurological examination to test muscle strength, sensation, coordination, and reflexes, as well as clarity of speech
  • Tests of memory, attention, concentration, and thinking
  • Surveys on oxidative stress, including questions on life, mood, jobs held, and habit
  • Electromyography to record the electrical activity of muscles
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation to measure electrical activity translated from their brain to the muscles
  • Blood, urine, and skin biopsy samples for testing and sample collection
  • After the initial visit, participants will have three more visits, once each in the following 3 years.

Condition
Motor Neuron Disease
Primary Lateral Sclerosis

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Oxidative Stress in Motor Neuron Disease: COSMOS-PLS Add-On Study

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Decline in ALSFRS score

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: May 2010
Detailed Description:

Objective

Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are motor neuron disorders with different phenotypes that progress at very different rates. ALS is a rapidly progressive disease with a median survival less than 5 years. Patients with PLS have a slowly progressive course with a normal lifespan. One hypothesis is that oxidative stress affects the way in which different motor neuron disorders progress. To test this hypothesis, exposures to putative triggers of oxidative stress and biomarkers that may reflect oxidative stress will be assessed in patients with motor neuron disorders. A multicenter effort (the COSMOS study) has been initiated to accumulate sufficient numbers of ALS patients to address this hypothesis. As an add-on study, PLS patients will also be assessed in the multicenter effort. The objective of this protocol is to enroll PLS patients in this multicenter effort. The goal is to assess environmental factors and markers of oxidative stress in patients with established PLS.

Study Population

15 adult patients with PLS who have symptoms of pure upper motor neuron dysfunction for at least 5 but not more than 15 years.

Design

Patients will undergo a standard battery of clinical, physiological, and cognitive screening tests at enrollment, with scheduled follow-up evaluation visits every 12 months for 36 months. Blood and urine samples will be sent to collaborators at Columbia University for analysis of markers of oxidative injury and genetic risk factors. Patients will complete a self-administered nutritional survey and will be interviewed by phone by Columbia University investigators using questionnaires to assess environmental, occupational, lifestyle and psychosocial factors thought to be triggers of oxidative stress.

Outcome Measures

The Columbia University collaborators will combine data from several centers in a regression model correlating the slope of decline of the ALS-FRS score with an index of oxidative stress.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients will be included if they:

Are 20 years or older

Have PLS, that is pure UMN dysfunction (spasticity, pathological hyperreflexia, pathological reflexes with or without motor weakness) of undetermined etiology

Have been evaluated at NIH and are being willing to return for active follow-up for 3 years

Had PLS symptom onset at least 5 years prior to the study enrollment but not more than 15 years

Have normal nerve conduction studies and normal needle electrode examination performed within 12 months of the time of enrollment in this study

Have no other definable diseases causing spasticity such as structural brain or spinal cord disease, metabolic diseases, paraneoplastic syndromes, hereditary diseases, infectious diseases, or other significant neurological abnormalities

Have a reliable family caregiver who can assist in providing responses on telephone interviews and questionnaires if the proband has problems with speaking or writing

Are fluent in English

Ability to provide his/her own informed consent

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients will be excluded if they:

Have EMG evidence of active denervation or fasciculations in more than a few muscles with chronic neurogenic motor unit potentials at the time of enrollment

Have only lower extremity involvement

Have major medical diseases (e.g. active cancer, dialysis) that have required active medical treatment within the past 6 months

Are participating in clinical treatment trials at the time of enrollment and acquisition of baseline biological samples (participation in clinical trials after the baseline visit is permitted)

Are unwilling or unable to return for follow-up visits

Have pacemakers or other implanted electrical devices, which might make TMS unsafe will be excluded from TMS testing

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01143428

Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mary Kay Floeter, M.D. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01143428     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 100121, 10-N-0121
Study First Received: June 11, 2010
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Motor Neuron Disease
Primary Lateral Sclerosis
Oxidative Stress
Physiology
PLS

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Pathologic Processes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 22, 2014