PET Evaluation of Brain Peripheral Benzodiazepine Receptors Using [11C]PBR28 in Frontotemporal Dementia
This study will use positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to measure a receptor in the brain that is involved in inflammation. Certain neurological disorders, possibly including frontotemporal dementia (FTD), are associated with increased inflammation in the brain. This study may help elucidate the relationship between FTD and inflammation.
Patients with FTD and healthy volunteers who are 35 years of age or older may be eligible for this study. Candidates are screened with a medical history, physical examination, electrocardiogram, and blood and urine tests.
Participants undergo the following procedures:
- Whole body PET scan: PET uses small amounts of a radioactive chemical called a tracer that labels active areas of the brain so the activity can be seen with a special camera. The tracer used in this study is [11C]PBR28. Before starting the scan, a catheter (plastic tube) is placed in a vein in the arm to inject the tracer. Pictures are taken for 1 hour. This short scan is done to determine if [11C]PBR28 binds to the subject s receptors, since a number of people do not have binding. Subjects who have binding continue with brain PET and MRI scans, described below.
- Brain PET imaging: Before starting the scan, a catheter is placed in a vein in the arm to inject the tracer,<TAB> and another catheter is placed in an artery in the wrist to obtain blood samples during the scan. The subject lies on the scanner bed. A special mask is fitted to the head and attached to the bed to help keep the person s head still during the scan so the images will be clear. An 8-minute transmission scan is done just before the tracer is injected to provide measures of the brain that are helpful in calculating information from subsequent scans. After the tracer is injected, pictures are taken for about 2.5 hours, while the subject lies still on the scanner bed.
- Blood and urine tests are done the day of and the day following each PET scan.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI scan is done within 1 year (before or after) of the PET scan. This procedure uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the brain. The subject lies on a table that is moved into the scanner (a tube-like device), wearing earplugs to muffle the noise of the machine during the scanning process. The test takes about 1 hour.
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||PET Evaluation of Brain Peripheral Benzodiazepine Receptors Using [11C]PBR28 in Neurological Disorders|
- Outcome measures will be the amount of [11C]PBR28 binding in the brain in FTD patients and in healthy controls.
- We will quantify the radioligand's brain uptake, washout, plasma clearance, and distribution volume using compartmental modeling.
|Study Start Date:||January 2008|
Abnormal immune responses and inflammatory mechanisms have been implicated in the pathogenesis of certain neurodegenerative diseases. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by focal atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes. Evidence supports the presence of inflammation in FTD; however, the relationship between inflammation and FTD pathogenesis is poorly understood. In addition, there is evidence of inflammation in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), a condition characterized by seizures originating from the mesial temporal lobe.
In response to brain inflammation, microglia are activated and over-express the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR). In normal conditions, PBR is expressed in low numbers. Measuring PBR density can identify areas of brain inflammation, because activated microglial cells in these areas express more PBR than microglial cells in resting conditions. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging can quantify PBR density in vivo using radioligands that bind to PBR sites. One PBR-specific radioligand, [11C]1-(2-chlorophenyl-N-methylpropyl)-3-isoquinoline carboxamide (PK11195), has been used to identify areas of brain inflammation in patients with FTD. Unfortunately, [11C]PK11195 has several limitations, such as low brain uptake and low specific signal. A recently developed radioligand, [11C]N-acetyl-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)-2-phenoxy-5-pyridinamine (PBR28), has higher affinity than [11C]PK11195 for PBR. [11C]PBR28 has never been used to study inflammation in FTD.
To further study brain inflammation in dementia and TLE, we wish to include patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) and TLE.
In this protocol, we wish to evaluate 20 patients with FTD, 50 100 patients with AD, 20 patients with TLE, and 30 55 healthy volunteers.
Subjects will undergo a dedicated brain PET with [11C]PBR28, as well as a brain MRI. In AD patients and controls, 11C PBR28 PET and MRI will then be repeated after an interval of one year but no more than 5 years.
Outcome measures will be the amount of 11C PBR28 binding in the brain in FTD patients, AD patients, TLE patients and in healthy controls. We will quantify the radioligand s brain uptake, washout, plasma clearance, and distribution volume using compartmental modeling. Distribution volume is proportional to the density of receptors and is equal to the ratio at equilibrium of uptake in brain to the concentration of parent radiotracer in plasma. 11C PBR28 binding will also be compared between baseline and follow-up scans to determine the change in binding related to evolution of AD pathology and that related to normal aging.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00613119
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert B Innis, M.D.||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)|