Effect of Liraglutide on Cardiovascular Endpoints in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Patients (MAGNA VICTORIA)

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Verified November 2013 by Leiden University Medical Center
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Novo Nordisk A/S
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.B. Bizino, MD, principal investigator, Leiden University Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01761318
First received: December 20, 2012
Last updated: November 28, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
  Purpose

The most important cause of mortality amongst DM2 patients is cardiovascular disease. An early finding of cardiovascular disease in DM2 and obesity is diastolic dysfunction. Diastolic dysfunction is an independent predictor of mortality and has been shown to improve in patients on a low calorie diet. The improvement of diastolic function was associated with a reduction in triglyceride accumulation in the heart and liver. A relatively new widely prescribed therapeutic agent for DM2 patients is Liraglutide (Victoza®). Liraglutide is a Glucagon Like Peptide - 1 homologue that improves glucose homeostasis and reduces blood pressure and body weight. Next to the induction of weight loss, which is potentially beneficial for cardiac function, GLP-1 therapy might have a direct advantageous effect on the cardiovascular system. However, the effect of Liraglutide on cardiovascular function has not been investigated yet. The investigators hypothesize that treatment of DM2 patients with Liraglutide is associated with improvement of cardiovascular function and a reduction of triglyceride accumulation in end-organs.


Condition Intervention Phase
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Metabolic Syndrome
Cardiovascular Disease
Diastolic Dysfunction
Fatty Liver
Drug: Liraglutide
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Magnetic Resonance Assessment of Victoza Efficacy in the Regression of Cardiovascular Dysfunction In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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Further study details as provided by Leiden University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Stroke volume [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in ml: difference between groups

  • Ejection Fraction [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in percentage: difference between groups

  • Cardiac output [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in L/min: difference between groups

  • Cardiac index [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in L/min/m2: difference between groups

  • Peak ejection rate [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in ml end-diastolic volume/sec: difference between groups

  • Early peak filling rate [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in ml end-diastolic volume/sec: difference between groups

  • Early deceleration peak [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in ml/sec: difference between groups

  • Atrial peak filling rate [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in ml/sec: difference between groups

  • Early deceleration peak / Atrial peak filling rate (E/A ratio) [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of the ratio: difference between groups

  • Peak mitral annulus longitudinal motion [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in cm/sec: difference between groups

  • Left ventricular filling pressure (= early peak filling rate / peak mitral annulus longitudinal motion) [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in mmHg: difference between groups


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Aorta and carotid vessel wall imaging [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of total vessel wall area in mm2: difference between groups

  • Aorta and carotid vessel wall imaging [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of average vessel wall thickness in mm: difference between groups

  • Aorta and carotid vessel wall imaging [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of aminimum vessel wall thickness in mm: difference between groups

  • Aorta and carotid vessel wall imaging [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of maximum vessel wall thickness in mm: difference between groups

  • Aorta and carotid vessel wall imaging [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of vascular distensibility (pulse wave velocity): difference between groups

  • Adipose tissue distribution [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of the ratio subcutaneous fat / visceral abdominal fat: difference between groups

  • Total body fat [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of total fat volume in ml: difference between groups

  • Epicardial fat volume [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in cm3: difference between groups

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the heart [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in percentage: difference between groups

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the liver [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in percentage: difference between groups

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the kidney [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in percentage: difference between groups

  • HBA1C [ Time Frame: 0,8, 12, 16 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Measurements will be used to guide therapeutic management

    The outcome measure glycemic control will be based on the average HBA1C level of all measurements and regards: difference between groups.


  • Fasting blood glucose level [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

    Fasting blood glucose levels will be used to guide therapeutic management and for safety reasons.

    Outcome measure: the difference between groups of the average of all measurements.


  • Myocardial T1 - mapping [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseling of myocardial T1 - values before and after contrast: difference between groups


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Anthropometric measurements [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Lenght, body weight and calculated BMI.

    Outcome measure: Change from baseline in kg (body weight) or kg/m2 (BMI): difference between groups


  • Waist / hip ratio [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Waist circumference divided by hip circumference.

    Outcome measure: change from baseline: difference between groups


  • Systolic blood pressure [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Measurements for routine clinical management

    Outcome measure: change from baseline in mmHg: difference between groups


  • Diastolic blood pressure [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Measurements for routine clinical management

    Outcome measure: change from baseline in mmHg: difference between groups


  • Resting Energy Expenditure [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Change from baseline: difference between groups

    Measurement with indirect calorimetry (Jaeger, OxyconPro)


  • Immunological analysis [ Time Frame: 0, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS).

    Change from baseline: difference between groups.


  • Immunological analysis [ Time Frame: 0, 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell isolation to analyze immunological activation and status of subjects. Both quantification of white blood cells (T-cells, B-cells, macrophages) and functional analysis will be performed.

    Change from baseline: difference between groups


  • Fasting insulin level [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Leptin [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Glucagon [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Adiponectin [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • CETP [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Cholesteryl ester transfer protein

    Change from baseline: difference between groups


  • High Sensitive C Reactive Protein [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Free Fatty Acids [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Cholesterol level (total, HDL and LDL) [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Liver function tests (ALT, AST, AF, GGT) [ Time Frame: 0, 4, 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Triglycerides [ Time Frame: 0, 4 , 12 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • QUICKI [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Quantitative Insulin Sensitivity Check Index

    Change from baseline: difference between groups


  • Albuminuria [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline of urinary albumine / kreatinine ration: difference between groups

  • Immunological analysis [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Immunological status as assessed by RNA profiling. Change from baseline: difference between groups

  • Metabolomics [ Time Frame: 0 and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Metabolomics in urine and blood sample. Change from baseline: difference between groups


Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: August 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Liraglutide

Liraglutide: Solution for subcutaneous injection 6 mg/ml; Flexpen 3 ml.

Dose: s.c. 0,6 mg (0,1 mL) once daily. After 1 week, the dose will be increased to 1,2 mg (0,2 mL) once daily. If tolerated, after 1 week, dose will be increased to 1.8 mg (0,3 mL) once daily. In case of a hypoglycaemic episode, the dosage of oral blood glucose lowering medicaments will be adjusted first. If hypoglycaemia persists, Liraglutide / Liraglutide placebo will be adjusted on the basis of clinical parameters.

Duration: 26 weeks

Drug: Liraglutide

Preparation and labelling of Investigational Medicinal Product:

Liraglutide and placebo will be packed and labeled by Novo Nordisk A/S and provided in non-subject specific boxes. Labeling will be in accordance with Annex 13, local law and trial requirements. The examples of labels are not readily available, but will be supplied when received from Novo Nordisk.

Drug accountability:

Drug accountability will be cared for by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy of the LUMC. The trial product will be dispensed to each subject as required according to treatment group by the clinical pharmacist. No trial product will be dispensed to any person not enrolled in the trial.

Other Names:
  • Trade name: Victoza
  • EV Product Code: SUB25238
  • Name of the Marketing Authorisation Holder: Novo Nordisk
  • Marketing Authorisation number: EU/1/09/529/001
  • ATC code: A10BX07
  • CAS number 204656-20-2
Placebo Comparator: Liraglutide-placebo

Liraglutide placebo: Solution for injection; Flexpen 3 ml.

Dosage: same as Liraglutide

Duration: 26 weeks


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Detailed Description:
  1. INTRODUCTION AND RATIONALE

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an endemic disease associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. In the year 2025 the prevalence of DM2 patients worldwide is expected to be 334 million. In the year 2000 there were an estimated 2,9 million diabetes-related deaths worldwide. Especially cardiovascular disease contributes for a great deal to the high mortality rates. Diabetes patients have a two-fold excess risk for a wide range of vascular diseases, independently of other risk factors, making cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death of diabetes patients. Therefore, treatment of DM2 is focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and other diabetes related complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy. Unfortunately, despite lifestyle advises, glucose lowering therapy and co-treatment of other risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia, complication rates remain high. Classical glucose lowering treatment strategies such as sulfonylurea derivatives and insulin ultimately can not control the disease, partly because they participate in the vicious cycle of increasing body weight and insulin resistance. A hopeful new therapeutic agent is the Glucagon Like Peptide -1 analogue Liraglutide. Next to its glucose lowering effect, it reduces body weight resulting in increased insulin sensitivity. The group of GLP-1 analogues are therefore widely prescribed nowadays. However, the effect on the cardiovascular system has not been investigated yet. Since cardiovascular disease is the major threat for the DM2 patient, the effect of this new drug on the cardiovascular system is a very important issue. Interestingly, a cardio-protective effect from Liraglutide can be expected on the basis of both the associated weight loss and because of a direct protective effect on the heart. The investigators hypothesize that treatment with Liraglutide improves cardiac function in DM2 patients. The pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in DM2 is rather complex and multifactorial. Ultimately most patients develop myocardial infarction and / or heart failure. Often DM2 patients already have subclinical signs of cardiac dysfunction before DM2 is recognized, the main early sign being diastolic dysfunction. Diastolic dysfunction is a strong predictor of mortality. The subclinical characteristics of cardiac dysfunction are highly associated with a condition called the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome consists of the existence of three out of five of the following risk factors: 1. elevated waist circumference; 2. elevated triglycerides; 3. reduced HDL-C; 4. elevated blood pressure; 5. elevated fasting blood glucose including diabetic-range elevated blood glucose level. With these criteria most patients with diabetes meet the criteria for the metabolic syndrome. A key element in the pathogenesis of the metabolic syndrome might be ectopic fat deposition; the earliest sign of the syndrome being visceral adiposity. Next to visceral adiposity, there is significant deposition of ectopic fat stores in the liver, heart, skeletal muscle and kidney. Triglyceride accumulation in the cardiomyocyte is called myocardial steatosis. Studies performed by our group have proven that caloric restriction results in a reduction in myocardial steatosis and improvement of diastolic function. Hence, myocardial steatosis and associated cardiac dysfunction seem to be reversible as is the case for hepatic steatosis. The putative mechanism of steatosis resulting in cardiac dysfunction is thought to be explained by a phenomenon called lipotoxicity. Altered substrate metabolism and insulin resistance of cardiomyocytes may also play an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction in obesity and DM2. Systemic and cardiac insulin resistance was proven to be associated with increased production of toxic lipids such as diacylglycerol and ceramide. The ultimate treatment for obesity and diabetes related cardiac disease seems to be weight loss. However, lifestyle intervention programs have repeatedly been unsuccessful to have a sustained long term effect. Liraglutide is characterized as a long-acting, human GLP-1 analogue as it shows 97% homology with the amino acid sequence of human GLP-1. The phase 3a program for Liraglutide encompasses five clinical trials in which Liraglutide treatment was studied in each stage of the treatment cascade for type 2 diabetes mellitus. In five studies, Liraglutide was compared directly to standard treatment. The phase 3a clinical development program, included 3,978 exposed patients with DM2, investigated the efficacy and tolerability of Liraglutide 1.2 or 1.8 mg daily (n = 2735) as monotherapy and in combination with various oral antidiabetic drugs. The phase 3a studies showed HBA1C reductions of 1-1.5% and fasting plasma glucose reductions of 0,83 - 2,39 mmol/L. In addition, weight reduction was consistent: Liraglutide 1.8 mg as monotherapy was accompanied by a mean weight loss of 2.5 kg over a 52-week period. A substudy of two phase 3a trials showed that the weight loss caused by Liraglutide, is predominantly caused by a reduction in fat mass; the visceral fat compartment was reduced by 16% from baseline during 26 weeks of Liraglutide 1,2 mg daily. Recent experimental data suggest GLP-1 and its analogues to have direct effects on the heart. In studies on rat heart, the size of an infarct was diminished by more than 50% by an infusion of GLP-1. Post conditioning efficacy of GLP-1 was also demonstrated in an ex vivo rat heart. Exendin-4 was shown to diminish infarct size by approximately 56% and 39%, respectively, in rat global and pig focal models of heart ischemia. The GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) is present in the cardiomyocytes as well as in the endothelium and smooth muscle cells of myocardial vasculature. The cell death effector mechanisms targeted by the GLP-1R appear to be mitochondrial permeability transition and apoptosis. Animal studies have suggested myocardial contractility improvement after GLP-1 administration. For instance, dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy treated with GLP-1 for 48 h showed strong improvements in myocardial contractility and cardiac output. GLP-1 infusion was associated with increased myocardial glucose uptake, suggesting ameliorated insulin sensitivity of the cardiomyocytes. In a few small clinical studies, GLP-1 was infused to patients after PCI for approximately 72 h and to patients selected for elective coronary artery bypass grafting from 12 h before to 48 h after the surgery. The latter group showed an improved metabolic profile but no hemodynamic change. In contrast, a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) increase from 29% to 39% was found in the former study, as well as in a study of 12 diabetic, overweight heart failure patients (New York Heart Association class III/IV, LVEF ≤ 40%), given GLP-1 infusion for 5 weeks: at the end of the treatment, these patients showed an increased LVEF, cardiac output, and improved scores in a life quality questionnaire. A number of laboratory studies have suggested a vasorelaxant effect of GLP-1. No pressor effect has been found associated with GLP-1 treatment in studies on diabetic patients. In fact, a decrease of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure values was noted in DM2 patients after an 82-week exenatide trial [33], in a manner correlated to weight loss. Recent experiments (unpublished data) have shown that the GLP-1 analogue exendin - 4 can protect against atherosclerosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in APOE 3 - Leiden.CETP mice on a western diet probably due to decreased hepatic CETP expression as well as reduced monocyte recruitment from the circulation to the vessel wall. In addition, hepatic steatosis was improved by a GLP-1 receptor agonist in mice. So far, no dedicated clinical studies have been performed to systematically study the effects of GLP-1 analogues on cardiovascular function. Given the consistency of the results from animal experiments and clinical observations, this area appears ripe for clinical studies. Beneficial effects on cardiovascular endpoints will be crucial to consolidate the therapeutic profile of Liraglutide. Although large scale studies on cardiovascular endpoints are underway, an attractive option is to perform small scale, short-term studies with advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques. Thereby gaining insight in what way GLP-1 therapy affects the cardiovascular system. Advanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/S) enables to assess effects of interventions, in relatively small groups of patients in a limited period of time. As these cardiovascular parameters are strong and clinically relevant predictors of cardiovascular events, measurements of these parameters with MRI/S are worthwhile. Our research group has developed advanced cardiovascular MRI and MRS techniques and algorithms and gained extended experience in the field of DM2 related cardiac function and lipid metabolism.

  2. RECRUITMENT AND SCREENING PROCEDURE OF STUDY POPULATION

    Patients will be recruited from the outpatient clinics of the Leiden University Medical Center, general practitioners, local hospitals and by advertisement. Patients own physicists will be asked to point eligible patients to the opportunity of study participation. If interested, patients will be informed by the principal investigator. Patients will be given oral and written explanati¬on about the study. After a consideration time of two weeks, patients are asked to give written acknowl¬edgement of informed consent to participate. Then a medical screening will take place. Screening will be performed after an overnight fast of at least 12 hours. The screening will consist of a medical history, physical examination consisting of measurement of height, body weight, heart rate, blood pressure and examination of thorax and abdomen. Furthermore laboratory tests and rest-ECG will be performed. If the patient is eligible- and willing to participate in the study, and has signed the informed consent, the patient will be included. Informed consent must be obtained before any trial related activities take place. After inclusion in the study protocol, the patient's treating physician and general practitioner will be notified. Alt¬hough the patients are free to leave the study at any time, it will be attempted to recruit patients who are likely to continue the study to completion.

  3. SAMPLE SIZE CALCULATION

    Because of the absence of data on the effects of GLP-1 in DM2 patients without heart failure, it is hard to calculate the sample size needed to detect differences between myocardial function at 26 weeks between active treatment and controls. Clinically relevant differences and standard deviations of two studies were chosen to generate data for the sample size calculation. The data we used to incorporate the precision of MRI assessment of cardiac function was generated by a study performed by our group with pioglitazone vs metformin on cardiac function parameters. To estimate the effect of GLP-1 therapy on cardiac function, we only have data of a pilot study with eight DM2 patients with heart failure. Calculations for diastolic function parameters were based on the "early deceleration peak" and for systolic function on the basis of "ejection fraction". With a power of 90% and alfa = 0.05, groups varying from 9 to 17 patients will be needed. In a comparable trial the drop-out rate was 10%. Taken into consideration that the population studied will have a significant better systolic function than the heart failure patients studied by Sokos et al, differences may be smaller. In conclusion, investigators estimate to be able to detect a clinically relevant, significant result with 90% power and alfa = 0.05 with 25 patients in each group.

  4. USE OF CO-INTERVENTION

    Patients should continue to use the oral glucose lowering medicament metformin during the study. For glycaemic control after initiation of the study drug, the current clinical guideline will be followed. However when glycaemic control is lost and insulin is needed, patients will be withdrawn from the study.

    Excluded concomitant therapy: Insulin, thiazolidinediones, other GLP-1 analogues or DPP-IV inhibitors, fibrates, prednisone, cytostatic and antiretroviral therapy.

    Permitted concomitant medication: any other medication required, including antihypertensive agents and incidental analgesic and antibiotic therapy.

    Given the risk of hypoglycaemia, patients will be instructed how to recognize and manage a hypoglycaemic episode. Routine measurement of blood glucose by the study participants themselves will be necessary once a week.

    Furthermore patients are asked not to change their diet or level of physical activity during the study period and adequate contraception is obligatory for study participation.

  5. RANDOMISATION, BLINDING AND TREATMENT ALLOCATION

    After the medical screening and mutual agreement of participation in the study, patients will be randomised by block randomisation, stratified 1:1 for gender. A randomisation schedule will be prepared by the research pharmacist who is employee at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Coded and sealed envelopes for each participant will be kept at the department of Radiology. In case of safety issues, the sealed envelopes are readily available to the principal investigator and project leader. In case of a serious adverse event - or a medical emergency requiring knowledge of the study medication - the randomisation code will be broken. In order to ensure that in medical emergencies, the study participation of the patient is apparent, each patient will receive a patient file in the electronic patient registry. In this personal file, the study number of the patient including the procedure for deblinding and notification of the investigators will be mentioned. When the whole study is completed the randomisation list will be provided to the principle investigator by the pharmacist.

  6. STUDY PROCEDURES

    Withdrawal of individual subjects: Patients can leave the study at any time for any reason if they wish to do so without any consequences. The responsible investigator can also withdraw a subject if continuing participation is in his opinion deleterious for the subject's well being. Patients can also be withdrawn in case of protocol violations and non-compliance. When a subject withdraws from the study, a medical examination will be performed. In case of withdrawal because of a severe or serious adverse event, appropriate laboratory tests or other special examinations will be performed. Finally patients can be withdrawn from study participation if an incidental finding at the MRI examination - for example a malignancy - influences the ratio of justification versus risks / benefits.

    Specific criteria for withdrawal: Loss of glycemic control: if hyperglycemia persists despite maximum dosage of metformin and allowed concomitant medication, the patient will be withdrawn from study participation. Specific criteria can not be given, as the need for concomitant medication is dependent not only on blood sugar levels, but also on the patient's general condition, age, the capability of prevention of dehydration, etcetera. The decision of withdrawal will be made by the principal investigator in concordance with the project leader and other responsible investigators and on the basis of the clinical parameters.

    Replacement of individual subjects after withdrawal: Patients will not be replaced after withdrawal.

    Follow-up of subjects withdrawn from treatment: Follow-up of patients after withdrawal will be done by the treating physicist (general practitioner in most cases). Immediately after study withdrawal, the treating physicist will be updated on the patient's condition and laboratory results and whether the patient was in the control group or intervention group.

    Premature termination of the study: In case of the incidence of three serious adverse events, the study will be terminated prematurely and an independent committee will be asked to investigate the safety of the trial. Furthermore, the investigators will prematurely terminate the study when the number of subjects withdrawn from the study exceeds the number used for sample size calculation, i.e. 16 individuals in total.

  7. ADVERSE EVENTS, SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENTS and SUSPECTED UNEXPECTED SERIOUS ADVERSE REACTIONS

Adverse events (AEs):

Adverse events are defined as any undesirable experience occurring to a subject during a clinical trial, whether or not considered related to the used medication or the infused drugs. All adverse events reported spontaneously by the subject or observed by the investigator or his/her staff will be recorded on the adverse event data collection form. The intensity of these adverse events will be graded by the investigator as follows:

  • Mild: Discomfort noted but no disruption of normal daily activity
  • Moderate: Discomfort sufficient to reduce or affect normal daily activity
  • Severe: Inability to work or perform daily activity All adverse events will be actively queried by asking the question: "Have you had any complaints since the last time we talked/met?" at all visits. All adverse events will be followed until they have abated, or until a stable situation has been reached. Depending on the event, follow up may require additional tests or medical procedures as indicated.

The chronicity of the event will be classified by the investigator on a three-item scale as defined below:

  • Single occasion: Single event with limited duration
  • Intermittent: Several episodes of an event, each of limited duration
  • Persistent: Event that remains indefinitely For each adverse event, the relationship to the used medication or infused drug (definite, probable, possible, unknown, definitively not) as judged by the investigator, will be recorded, as well as any actions undertaken in relation to the adverse event, will be recorded. The occurrence of an adverse event that is fatal, life-threatening, disabling or requires in-patient hospitalization, or causes congenital anomaly, will be described according to CHMP guidelines as (suspected) "serious" adverse events and will be notified in writing to the Medical Ethics Committee.

Furthermore, the investigators will copy Novo Nordisk when expediting SARs and SUSARs to competent authorities and will report all SARs related to Novo Nordisk product to Novo Nordisk. The submission to Novo Nordisk must however be within day 15 from the investigator getting knowledge about a valid case no matter local timelines for reporting to the authorities. All pregnancies in trial patients occurring during use of a Novo Nordisk product must be reported to Novo Nordisk.

Serious Adverse Events (SAEs):

A serious adverse event is any untoward medical occurrence or effect that at any dose:

  • results in death;
  • is life threatening (at the time of the event);
  • requires hospitalisation or prolongation of existing inpatients' hospitalisation;
  • results in persistent or significant disability or incapacity;
  • is a congenital anomaly or birth defect;
  • Any other important medical event that may not result in death, be life threatening, or require hospitalization, may be considered a serious adverse experience when, based upon appropriate medical judgement, the event may jeopardize the subject or may require an intervention to prevent one of the outcomes listed above.

The sponsor will report the SAEs to the accredited METC that approved the protocol, within 15 days after the sponsor has first knowledge of the serious adverse reactions.

SAEs that result in death or are life threatening should be reported expedited. The expedited reporting will occur not later than 7 days after the responsible investigator has first knowledge of the adverse reaction. This is for a preliminary report with another 8 days for completion of the report.

Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reactions (SUSARs):

Unexpected adverse reactions are SUSARs if the following three conditions are met:

  1. the event must be serious
  2. there must be a certain degree of probability that the event is a harmful and an undesirable reaction to the medicinal product under investigation, regardless of the administered dose;
  3. the adverse reaction must be unexpected, that is to say, the nature and severity of the adverse reaction are not in agreement with the product information as recorded in:

    • Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) for an authorised medicinal product;
    • Investigator's Brochure for an unauthorised medicinal product. The sponsor will report expedited all SUSARs to the competent authorities in other Member States, according to the requirements of the Member States.

The expedited reporting will occur not later than 15 days after the sponsor has first knowledge of the adverse reactions. For fatal or life threatening cases the term will be maximal 7 days for a preliminary report with another 8 days for completion of the report.

SAEs need to be reported till end of study within the Netherlands, as defined in the protocol

8. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Primary and secondary study parameters:

The study endpoints will be analyzed according to intention-to-treat principles. All endpoint parameters are continuous variables. Data will be calculated as mean SD, median (percentile range) according to nature and distribution of the variable. Within group changes from baseline will be tested with independent paired t-test or Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Between group differences will be compared after 26 weeks between Liraglutide and control. The endpoints will be analyzed using a linear regression model, with gender, age, BMI and HBA1C as covariates. For the covariates age, BMI and HbA1c in the primary analysis the baseline value will be used. The dataset for the primary analysis will include data from all subjects with at least one post-baseline measurement. Analysis will be performed with SPSS. A 2-sided significance level of p < 0.05 will be applied.

9 REGULATION STATEMENT

The study will be conducted according to the principles of the "Declaration of Helsinki" (as amended in Tokyo, Venice and Hong Kong, Somerset West and Edinburgh) and in accordance with the Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (CPMP/ICH/135/95 - 17th July 1996).

10. ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS, MONITORING AND PUBLICATION

Handling and storage of data and documents:

Study participants are provided a study name of the letter "MV" followed by the number of enrolment (1-50). The study name is coupled to a randomly chosen seven - digit study number. The study number will be used to register the participant in the Electronic Patient Registry of the LUMC. This file will be used as the general patient record, as well as collection of routine laboratory measurements needed for clinical and study treatment. The MRI images will be filed under this registry so that anonymity will be safeguarded. The subject identification code list will be stored by the principal investigator and will only be accessible by the principal investigator and project leader. The data extracted from the study file in the Electronic Patient Registry and from the MRI images will be saved in an SPSS file. From this file the true identity of the study participants can not be discovered. The data will be stored for fifteen years. The blood samples will be frozen and stored anonymously using the above mentioned study name and study number. For ad hoc laboratory tests of inflammatory, endocrine and other biomarkers, blood samples will be kept for a maximum period of three years. The blood samples are solely accessible by the investigator team.

In order to ensure that in medical emergencies, the study participation of the patient is apparent, each patient will receive a patient file in the electronic patient registry. In this personal file, the investigator will mention the study number of the patient including the procedure for de-blinding and notification of the investigators. In this file, the signed Informed Consent form of the patient will be stored.

Public disclosure and publication policy: The data analysis will be performed by the investigators. Novo Nordisk has no role in data analysis and / or publication of the results of the trial in peer reviewed papers. The results of the study will be submitted to peer reviewed papers, also in case the hypothesis has not been proven.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 69 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Informed consent
  • Age > 18 years and < 70 years
  • BMI > 25 kg/m2
  • DM2 treated with metformin for at least 3 months in the maximum tolerable dosage
  • HbA1c ≥7% and ≤ 10.0 %
  • EGFR > 60 ml/min
  • Normal sitting blood pressure < 150/85 mm Hg and stable for at least one month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use of insulin, thiazolidinediones (TZD), SU derivatives, GLP-1 analogues, DPP-IV inhibitors, fibrates, prednisone, cytostatic o antiretroviral therapy within 6 months prior to the study
  • Hereditary lipoprotein disease
  • Psychiatric disorders and / or use of antipsychotic or antidepressant drugs at present or in the past
  • Hepatic disease (AST/ALT > 2 times reference values)
  • Endocrine disease other than diabetes mellitus type 2
  • History or presence of cardiovascular disease
  • Any significant chronic disease (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Any significant abnormal laboratory results found during the medical screening procedure
  • Gastrointestinal surgery (e.g. gastric bypass)
  • Pregnant woman or a woman who is breast-feeding
  • Female of child-bearing potential intending to become pregnant or is not using adequate contraceptive methods while sexually active
  • Allergy to intravenous contrast
  • Known or suspected hypersensitivity to trial products or related products
  • Chronic pancreatitis or previous acute pancreatitis
  • Personal history or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2
  • Claustrophobia
  • Metal implants or other contraindications for MRI
  • Recent participation in other research projects within the last 3 months or participation in 2 or more projects in one year
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01761318

Contacts
Contact: Maurice B Bizino, MD +31715263953 m.b.bizino@lumc.nl
Contact: Hildo J Lamb, MD PhD +31715266387 h.j.lamb@lumc.nl

Locations
Netherlands
Leiden University Medical Center Recruiting
Leiden, Netherlands, 2333 ZA
Contact: Maurice Bizino, MD    0031715263953    m.b.bizino@lumc.nl   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Leiden University Medical Center
Novo Nordisk A/S
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Maurice B Bizino, MD Leiden University Medical Center
Study Chair: Jan WA Smit, MD PhD University Nijmegen Medical Centre
Study Director: Hildo J Lamb, MD PhD Leiden University Medical Center
Study Chair: Albert de Roos, MD PhD Leiden University Medical Center
Study Chair: Ingrid M Jazet, MD PhD Leiden University Medical Center
  More Information

Publications:
Alberti KG, Eckel RH, Grundy SM, Zimmet PZ, Cleeman JI, Donato KA, Fruchart JC, James WP, Loria CM, Smith SC Jr; International Diabetes Federation Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention; Hational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association; World Heart Federation; International Atherosclerosis Society; International Association for the Study of Obesity. Harmonizing the metabolic syndrome: a joint interim statement of the International Diabetes Federation Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association; World Heart Federation; International Atherosclerosis Society; and International Association for the Study of Obesity. Circulation. 2009 Oct 20;120(16):1640-5. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192644. Epub 2009 Oct 5.

Responsible Party: M.B. Bizino, MD, principal investigator, M.B. Bizino, MD, Leiden University Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01761318     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 379, 2012-001623-12
Study First Received: December 20, 2012
Last Updated: November 28, 2013
Health Authority: European Union: European Medicines Agency

Keywords provided by Leiden University Medical Center:
Diabetes mellitus type 2
Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Steatosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Cardiovascular Diseases
Metabolic Syndrome X
Fatty Liver
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Insulin Resistance
Hyperinsulinism
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Liraglutide
Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Incretins
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists

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