Determining the Responsiveness of Intestinal Lipoprotein Production to an Elevation of Plasma Free Fatty Acids
Lipoproteins are large complexes of molecules that transport lipids (primarily triglycerides and cholesterol) through the blood. The intestine has traditionally been viewed as a 'passive' organ with respect to lipoprotein production, with intestinal lipoprotein production rates responding mainly to fat ingestion and absorption. The investigators have recently demonstrated in animal models that there is an overproduction of intestinal lipoproteins in both the fasted and the fed state. The investigators have also recently demonstrated that an elevation of plasma free fatty acids (FFAs) stimulates intestinal lipoprotein in hamsters. It is not known whether intestinal lipoprotein production can be acutely stimulated by an elevation of plasma FFAs in humans.
Hypothesis: Intestinal lipoprotein particle production in humans can be stimulated by an acute elevation of plasma free fatty acids.
Drug: Intravenous Intralipid
Drug: Intravenous leucine, glycerol
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
- To determine if the elevation of plasma FFAs by infusing intralipid and heparin stimulates intestinal lipoprotein production [ Time Frame: blood samples at 1,2,3,5,7,9,10,11 and 12 hours ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Drug: Intravenous Intralipid
This study proposes to use a published stable isotope method to study the kinetics of apoB48 and apoB100 in the constant fed state in healthy subjects. These studies will be performed in 10 healthy, lean men and women aged 18 to 65 years of age. Each subject will serve as his/her own control and will undergo 3 separate lipoprotein turnover studies, in random order, 4 to 6 weeks apart. Since the infusion of intralipid (a synthetic triglyceride emulsion that provides a source of fatty acids) and heparin (to activate lipoprotein lipase) raises both FFAs and glycerol, two control studies will be performed, one with saline and one with glycerol infusion. ApoB48-containing lipoprotein particle production will be determined as outlined above but for this study in the fasted state, in response to the following interventions:
- Intralipid (20% solution @ 40 ml/hr) and heparin (250 u/hr) infusion to achieve an ~2-fold elevation of plasma FFAs (as previously shown), starting 90 minutes prior to and continuing throughout the lipoprotein turnover experiment,
- Saline infusion control study, and
- Glycerol control study in which glycerol will be infused at a rate of 2.25 g/hr to simulate the infusion of glycerol contained in Intralipid.
Stable isotope infusion protocol. Following a 14-h overnight fast, an IV will be inserted into a superficial vein in each forearm, one for infusion and one for sampling. At 7 am, a fasting blood sample will be drawn and the subject will begin to ingest the first of 15 identical small hourly meals, each equivalent to 1/15th of their daily food intake. This will be achieved by giving the patient the drink BOOST (Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Ottawa, On) and, using the Harris Benedict Equation (HBE) to determine the number of total energy requirements. This is based on height, weight, age and activity factors. The subject will have nothing else to eat until the end of the study. At the same time an IV infusion with either heparin plus intralipid or saline or glycerol as indicated above will be started. At 10 am (3 hours after starting the ingestion of hourly feeds), a primed-constant infusion of deuterium-labeled leucine ([D3]L-leucine 98%, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, MA) will be started, as previously described (0.6 mg/kg as an initial injection and then 0.6 mg/kg/hr thereafter). In addition, an IV bolus of d5-glycerol (100 mmol/kg) will be administered. These are standard techniques used for the assessment of lipoprotein metabolism in humans. Leucine, an amino acid and glycerol, an intermediary metabolite, are used by cells in the body as building blocks for proteins, fats and for energy. The form of leucine that will be administered is deuterated leucine (chemical formula L-[5,5,5-2H3]) and the form of glycerol is d5-glycerol, which has been enriched with the naturally occurring isotope (chemical variant) of hydrogen (2H). Deuterated leucine and glycerol are stable isotopes that occur naturally in the environment and in the body, and there are no health/safety issues regarding the infusion of the amounts of deuterated leucine and glycerol indicated above. The solutions are prepared using sterile techniques and are monitored for contamination prior to administration. Blood samples will be collected prior to and at the following time points after administration of the stable isotopes: 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, 5hr, 7hr, 9hr, 10hr, 11hr and 12hr. A total of 340 ml of blood will be drawn.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00152945
|University Health Network|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2c4|
|Principal Investigator:||Gary F Lewis, MD||University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|