Optimalization of Nephroprotection Using N-Acetylcysteine
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The main purpose of the study is find whether the addition of N-acetylcysteine (antioxidant) to dual renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockade involving angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and AT-1 angiotensin II receptor blocker leads to the reduction of proteinuria, main prognostic marker of chronic kidney disease progression.
Condition or disease
Chronic Kidney DiseaseProteinuria
Drug: ACC (N-acetylcysteine) 1200 mg
The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays an important role in the progression of chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and inhibition of the RAAS with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARB) may retard CKD progression. Dual pharmacological blockade of the RAAS with ACEI and ARB is recommended as a standard renoprotective management at least in patients with nondiabetic proteinuric CKD. However, neither ACEI nor ARB, even in high doses or in concomitant usage, abrogate the progression of CKD completely. Innovative approaches are needed to keep patients with CKD off dialysis. Additional antioxidant (N-acetylcysteine) may prove to be such beneficial therapeutic concept. To shed more light on this issue, we performed a randomised open controlled study to evaluate the influence of triple N-acetylcysteine and RAAS therapy on surrogate markers of kidney injury, i.e. proteinuria, markers of tubular involvement and kidney fibrosis.
N-acetylcysteine (ACC) 1200 mg In the 8-weeks run-in period angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and/or angiotensin II subtype 1 receptor antagonists were administered to achieve the target blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg. Next, they were randomly assigned to add (or not) 1200 mg N-acetylcysteine in two active treatment periods lasting 8 weeks each
Investigate the antiproteinuric effect of adding antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine to the combination therapy with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and AT-1 receptor blocker in maximal recommended doses.
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Investigate the effect of the study intervention on urine excretion of N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase, alfa1-microglobulin and amino-terminal propeptide of type III procollagen
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 65 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Chronic kidney disease
Stable proteinuria above 300 mg/24 hours (no variations above 25% in the last 6 months)
Normal or slightly impaired stable renal function defined as serum creatinine level below 1.7 mg/dl (eGFR > 45 ml/min)
Steroids or other immunosuppressive treatment minimum during six months before the study
Potassium serum level > 5.1 mEq/L
Albumin serum level < 2.0mg/dL
Creatinine serum level >2 mg/dl
Current diagnosis of heart failure New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II-IV
Clinically significant valvular heart disease or second or third degree heart block without a pacemaker
History of hypertensive encephalopathy, cerebrovascular accident or transient ischemic cerebral attack
History of myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, coronary bypass surgery, or any percutaneous coronary intervention
History of malignancy including leukemia and lymphoma (but not basal cell skin carcinoma) within the past five years
Pregnant or nursing women
Any surgical or medical condition which might significantly alter the absorption, distribution, metabolism, or excretion of study drugs.
History of alcohol abuse
NSAID abuse (more than 2 doses per week)
Known or suspected contraindications to the study medications, including history of allergy to ACE inhibitors, AT-1 receptor blockers and N-acetylcysteine