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Continuously Infused Intracerebral (IC) Recombinant-Methionyl Human Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (r-metHuGDNF) for the Treatment of Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease

This study has been completed.
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First received: November 8, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: January 2004

Parkinson's disease is characterized by loss of neurons that produce dopamine in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra. In the early stages of the disease, the disease responds to agents that replace dopamine such as levodopa. Patients with more advanced disease have wide fluctuations in their response to levodopa, exhibiting on and off periods. This is due to continued degeneration of neurons. Recombinant-methionyl human glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (r-metHuGDNF or GDNF) is a neurotrophic factor that promotes survival of dopaminergic neurons. This is a protein produced by recombinant technology that is almost identical to the naturally produced factor. Results of animal studies indicate that GDNF has the potential to benefit patients with advanced Parkinson's disease.

The purpose of this clinical trial is to determine whether GDNF works to relieve symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease. The study will also test the delivery of GDNF using a catheter implanted into the putamen, the area of the brain associated with Parkinson's disease, and an infusion pump that is implanted under the skin in the abdomen or chest. GDNF will be placed into the pump and delivered through the catheter to the brain. The purposes of this study are to determine the potential benefits and side effects of GDNF. The performance and safety of the catheter/infusion pump system will also be assessed. The study will last for 6 months. Subjects will undergo neurological testing, computerized gait assessment and neurological imaging.

Condition Intervention Phase
Parkinson Disease Drug: recombinant-methionyl human glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with advanced idiopathic Parkinson's disease treated with optimal doses of levodopa, dopamine agonist, catechol-o-methyl transferase (COMT) inhibitors, or selegiline for 2 months prior to implantation of the intracerebral catheter and pump.
  • Must be able to undergo surgery required to implant the pump and catheter.
  • Must be capable of informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006488

United States, New York
Department of Neurology
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00006488     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCRR-M01RR00096-0968
M01RR000096 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: November 8, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases processed this record on August 17, 2017