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Effect of Glutamine Supplemented Nutrition Support on Protein and Glutamine Metabolism in Burns

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(This study was withdrawn (see NCT00181753).)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ronald G. Tompkins, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 20, 2005
Last updated: November 15, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)received as part of your routine burn care has optimal levels of protein and sugar, however the best mixture of amino acids for a patient with burn wounds is not yet known. Amino acids occur naturally in the body and the food we eat. The body combines amino acids to make protein. It uses the proteins to do things such as heal wounds, fight infection, and provide energy. We are studying if the body's use of protein is increased after receiving TPN containing the amino acid called glutamine. We hope to learn the best composition of TPN so that the body can more efficiently repair wounded tissues and recover earlier from an acute burn injury.


Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Study on the Effect of Glutamine Supplemented Nutrition Support on Protein and Glutamine Metabolism in Severely Burned Patients

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Further study details as provided by Ronald G. Tompkins, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • This is a study for measuring the protein kinetics for metabolism of the amino acid glutamine. Kinetics will be derived from measurements on blood and air samples taken as part of the study. [ Time Frame: 15 hours ]

Enrollment: 0
Burn patients
Receiving standard TPN with or without glutamine enrichment

Detailed Description:

Human and animal studies have demonstrated that glutamine catabolism exceeds glutamine synthesis in burn patients, resulting in a glutamine-depleted status, which compromises liver function, including glutathione status, proline and arginine homeostasis and whole body protein balance (1). The purpose of this study is to directly quantify glutamine / glutamate kinetics in relation to glutamine / glutamate disposal and whole body amino acid balance, by using stable isotope tracers [1-13C, 15N]leucine and [15N2]urea.

We hypothesize that the enrichment of amino acid mixtures with glutamine will attenuate overall body nitrogen catabolism and better maintain proline and arginine homeostasis.

The purpose of this study it to 1) investigate the effect of glutamine supplemented total parenteral nutrition (TPN) on whole body metabolic and disposal rate of glutamine, and its rate of de novo synthesis in severely burned patients and 2)explore the impact of glutamine supplementation on whole body protein turnover, studied with L-[1-13C, 15N}-leucine, and on the metabolic homeostasis of urea cycle.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

Burn patients being treated at MGH Burn Unit with one or more of the following criteria: 1) >=5% TBSA; 2) inhalation injury; or 3) resting energy expenditure (REE) of >15% of the predicted Basal Metabolic Rate using the Harris-Benedict equation.

Must be receiving total parenteral nutrition in the course of their treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients with thyroid disease. Patients who are not hemodynamically stable or show unstable vital signs Patients at the stage of major organ failure, e.g. renal and/or liver failure.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00216996

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Burn Unit
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD MGH, Shriners Burn Hospital - Boston
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Ronald G. Tompkins, Chief, Burns Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00216996     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1999-P-008464
5P50GM021700-26 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: September 20, 2005
Last Updated: November 15, 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: Published data will be shared in our publications and directly with an individual researcher when requested.

Keywords provided by Ronald G. Tompkins, Massachusetts General Hospital:
parenteral nutrition
burn injury
stable isotopes
Glutamate Metabolic Kinetics
Glutamine Metabolic Kinetics processed this record on September 21, 2017