Trial record 7 of 184 for:    selenium

Selenium Supplementation of Patients With Cirrhosis

This study has been terminated.
(Insufficient funds to complete study.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
RBurk, Vanderbilt University Identifier:
First received: December 29, 2005
Last updated: March 6, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients with liver cirrhosis can improve their selenium nutritional status by taking supplemental selenium.

Condition Intervention
Liver Disease
Dietary Supplement: 200 µg selenium as selenate
Dietary Supplement: 400 µg selenium as selenate
Dietary Supplement: 200 µg selenium as selenomethionine
Dietary Supplement: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Selenium Supplementation of Patients With Cirrhosis

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Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Plasma selenoprotein P, Plasma GPX-3 activity, Total plasma selenium [ Time Frame: 8 week ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 99
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
200 µg selenium as selenate
Dietary Supplement: 200 µg selenium as selenate
200 µg selenium as selenate
Experimental: 2
400 µg selenium as selenate
Dietary Supplement: 400 µg selenium as selenate
400 µg selenium as selenate
Experimental: 3
200 µg selenium as selenomethionine
Dietary Supplement: 200 µg selenium as selenomethionine
200 µg selenium as selenomethionine
Placebo Comparator: 4
Dietary Supplement: Placebo

Detailed Description:

Selenium is an essential nutrient. Selenium carries out its biological functions through selenoproteins. The liver converts dietary selenium to a form that can be used to make selenoproteins. Patients with cirrhosis have much lower selenium levels than healthy individuals. We hypothesize that patients with cirrhosis are unable to utilize dietary selenium for selenoprotein synthesis. These patients may benefit from another form of selenium: selenate.

We will compare the effects of two supplemental forms of selenium on plasma selenium levels in patients with cirrhosis. Patients will be randomized to receive either a placebo, 200 µg selenomethionine, 200 µg selenate or 400 µg selenate, daily, for 8 weeks. We will measure selenium levels in the blood at baseline, week 4 and week 8. We will determine which forms of selenium, if any, increased plasma selenium levels of the cirrhosis patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • liver disease
  • aged 18 or above

Exclusion Criteria:

  • substance abuse
  • renal failure
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00271245

United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Raymond F Burk, M.D. Vanderbilt University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: RBurk, M.D., Vanderbilt University Identifier: NCT00271245     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DK58763-c, R01DK058763, DK58763
Study First Received: December 29, 2005
Last Updated: March 6, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Vanderbilt University:
liver disease
selenoprotein P

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Selenic Acid
Growth Substances
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
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