The Effects of Spironolactone on Calcineurin Inhibitor Induced Nephrotoxicity (SPIREN)
The purpose of this study is to assess whether the diuretic drug spironolactone can prevent chronic damage to transplanted kidneys caused by the medication that prevents rejection.
Spironolactone prevents the effects of the hormone aldosterone. Aldosterone is suspected of being involved in the processes leading to chronic rejection of transplanted kidneys. Hence, by blocking the effects of aldosterone we hope to be able to prevent loss of kidney function in transplant patients.
Disorder Related to Renal Transplantation
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||The Effects of Spironolactone on Calcineurin Inhibitor Induced Nephrotoxicity|
- Improved Cr EDTA clearance [ Time Frame: 0, 1 year, 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Reduced urine protein levels [ Time Frame: Every 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Reduced fibrosis [ Time Frame: 0, 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Verified by graft biopsies and immuno histochemistry. Newly transplanted patients will be subjected to additional biopsies 3 months and 1 year after inclusion.
- Reduced blood pressure [ Time Frame: 0, 1 year, 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Cardiovascular events [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||September 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
One tablet per day (25 mg Spironolactone/placebo) for the first three months. Subsequently dosage is increased to two tablets per day (50 mg Spironolactone/placebo) for the rest of the study.
In case of hyperkaliemia (>5,5 mmol/L) or intolerable side effects dosage will be reduced to one tablet per day (25 mg Spironolactone/placebo).
|Placebo Comparator: Placebo||Drug: placebo|
AIM: The purpose of this study is to assess whether spironolactone can prevent the formation of fibrosis in transplanted kidneys.
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) are one of the cornerstones of immunosuppressive therapy after kidney transplantation. The introduction of CNI has caused a significant decrease in acute rejections. However, CNI also have known side effects. These include the formation of tubulointerstitial fibrosis in the transplanted kidney, contributing over time to impaired kidney function and reduced graft survival.
The mineralocorticoid aldosterone may be involved in the development of renal fibrosis. Recent observations suggest that aldosterone plays a central role in the pathogenesis of CNI nephrotoxicity and that the mineralocorticoid-receptor-blocker spironolactone could be a useful agent to prevent it.
METHODS: This study is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study in which 170 renal transplant patients will be recruited from two nephrological departments in Southern Denmark. Patients will be randomized to three years of treatment with either spironolactone or placebo added to the standard immunosuppressive treatment. Renal graft biopsies, various molecular tests of tissue, blood and urine, chrome-EDTA clearance, 24-hour bloodpressure measurement and blood samples will be performed at inclusion, after 1 year, 2 years and upon completion.
|Odense University Hospital|
|Odense C, Denmark, 5000|
|Study Director:||Claus Bistrup, MD, ph.d.||Dep. of Nephrology, Odense University Hospital|