CoQ10 in Geriatric Bipolar Depression
We propose to study and compare measures of brain energy metabolism in geriatric bipolar individuals and healthy older adults. We would also like to investigate changes in brain energy metabolites and in vivo creatine kinase (CK) enzymatic activity associated with CoQ10 administration in older bipolar individuals.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Oral Administration of CoQ10 and Phosphorus-31 Magnetization Transfer Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Geriatric Bipolar Disorder and Healthy Older Adults|
- We Measured the Change in Rate Constant of Creatine Kinase in Individuals With Bipolar Depression Treated With CoQ 10 as Compared With Age and Gender Matched Controls. These Rate Constants Were Calculated Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). [ Time Frame: 8 week trial ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The rate constant for creatine kinase is a measurement of the reaction rate ADP+PCr <---> ATP + Cr, which is catalyzed by the enzyme creatine kinase. The rate constant shows the direction and magnitude of the reaction at equilibrium. A higher rate constant indicates a higher rate constant of the CK enzyme, meaning, more efficient/rapid conversion of PCr to ATP through the creatine kinase enzymatic reaction in tissues with high and fluctuating energy demands such as brain and muscle tissue. As the value is a reaction rate, there are no associated units.
- We Measured Response to Treatment of Depression (Using the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale)in Older Adults With Bipolar Disorder After an 8 Week Trial of CoQ10. [ Time Frame: 8 week trial ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
The Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) is a 10 question questionnaire which assesses symptom severity of depression. The score is on a 0-60 scale with higher numbers indicating more severe depressive symptoms. The score is represented as a number of points.
Clinical improvement following treatment with CoQ10 supplement was only tested in the Bipolar subject cohort, not in healthy controls, therefore outcome data only apply to the bipolar group.
|Study Start Date:||July 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: CoEnzyme Q10
Open Label Study
Drug: CoEnzyme Q10
CoEnzyme Q10 with dosage range from 400 mg to 1200 mg per day
No Intervention: Healthy Controls
Healthy controls completed all study procedures completed by the CoQ10 group but did not receive any study medication.
- At baseline, the forward rate constant (kfor) of CK enzymatic activity in the frontal lobe of older subjects with bipolar depression will be significantly decreased relative to that of age-matched healthy controls.
- After 8 weeks of treatment, bipolar depression subjects will demonstrate an increase in the kfor of CK after 8 weeks of CoQ 10 treatment.
- Increases in the CK forward rate constant (kfor) will correlate with improvement in subjects' mood state as assessed by the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).
- Baseline measures of executive functioning and information processing speed (measured by performance on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), Trails A and B and Stroop tests) will be impaired in subjects with geriatric bipolar depression compared with healthy controls. These measures will improve with successful treatment with CoQ10 and correlate with increases in the CK forward rate constant (kfor).
A review of literature suggests a distinct pattern of bioenergetic changes, possibly related to mitochondrial dysfunction and abnormal CK function, in older adults and in individuals with bipolar disorder. As opposed to rudimentary measurements of static metabolite concentrations, the novel use of MT-MRS in such individuals will offer insight into the enzyme kinetics of CK, specifically examining the rate at which ATP is formed from PCr. From previous investigations it would seem that the dietary-supplement, CoQ10, is able to improve the efficiency of mitochondrial function in subjects with altered bioenergetics. We propose to measure CK activity and PCr turnover rate before and after CoQ10 treatment, with the overall aim of understanding metabolic relationships between brain bioenergetic alterations and treatment with CoQ10 in geriatric bipolar depression.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00720369
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Belmont, Massachusetts, United States, 02478|
|Principal Investigator:||Brent P Forester, MD||Mclean Hospital|