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Biodistribution of 11C-PIB PET in Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Cognitively Normal Elderly (11C-PIB PET)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Utah Identifier:
First received: December 16, 2008
Last updated: August 9, 2016
Last verified: August 2016

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by neuritic plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, and neuronal cell loss. Amyloid plaques are believed to play an integral role in AD. Elevated levels of Aβ in the brain are correlated with cognitive decline.

There are no approved ways to measure amyloid load in humans. Several compounds are under investigation. All of these compounds use radioactive chemical tags for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. The most promising compound is 11C-PIB, or Pittsburgh Compound-B. This compound can be injected and a PET scan performed. This allows doctors to see the amyloid plaques in the brain, and to use this information to look at other types of dementia to see if there are differences and/or similarities in the plaques.

We will recruit a total of 30 subjects, 10 from each of the following three diagnostic categories: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Alzheimer's disease, and normal volunteers. All subjects will be given an [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose or FDG-PET scan (if they haven't had one in the past) and a PIB-PET scan.

The overall objective of this project is to study the biodistribution of 11C-PIB using PET imaging in normal elderly volunteers and relevant patient groups.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alzheimer's Disease
Radiation: 11C-PIB PET Scan
Radiation: FDG-PET Scan
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Biodistribution of 11C-PIB PET in Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Cognitively Normal Elderly

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Further study details as provided by University of Utah:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The agent 11C-PIB has similar biodistribution outside the brain in AD, FTD, and cognitively normal elderly individuals. [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patients with AD scanned with 11C-PIB will have higher standardized uptake values (SUVs) than cognitively normal elderly in brain regions where beta amyloid are expected to be over-expressed. [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Radiation: 11C-PIB PET Scan
    Participants will receive an 11C-PIB PET scan of the brain.
    Other Name: 11 Carbon Pittsburgh compound B
    Radiation: FDG-PET Scan
    Participants will receive an FDG-PET scan of the brain.
    Other Name: 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (FDG)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. All participants will be between 30-90 years old, inclusive, clinically characterized as having AD, having FTD, or being cognitively normal controls (NC).
  2. All subjects must be willing and able to undergo testing procedures.
  3. Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine - symptomatic drugs approved for AD - will be allowed since these drugs are not expected to significantly affect amyloid load.

General inclusion criteria are shown below:

  1. Normal subjects: Healthy individuals aged to match AD and FTD groups, who are non-depressed, non-demented, and without a complaint of memory loss. A brief neuropsychological test, the 3MS-R or Modified Mini-Mental State Examination, Revised (Tschanz et al., 2002), will be given to confirm that the subject is not cognitively impaired.
  2. FTD subjects: Patients seen in the University of Utah (UU) Cognitive Disorders Clinic (CDC) who have been clinically characterized and meet Neary criteria for frontotemporal dementia (Neary et al., 1998).
  3. AD subjects: Patients seen in the UU CDC who have been clinically characterized to meet NINCDS-ADRDA criteria for probable AD (McKhann et al., 1984). These criteria were established in 1984 for diagnosis of AD by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS) and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association (ADRDA).

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects with medical conditions that have a high risk of associated cognitive symptoms such as transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, seizures, or head injury with loss of consciousness within five years
  2. Subjects with Axis I psychiatric diagnoses other than treated depression
  3. Subjects who are not medically stable will be excluded from the study. Examples of medically unstable patients include uncontrolled hypertension, heart/liver/renal failure, and other conditions requiring acute medical attention
  4. Subjects cannot have a serum glucose level greater than 180 mg/dl for FDG-PET imaging
  5. Subjects who are too claustrophobic to undergo FDG-PET or 11C PIB-PET imaging
  6. Subjects who require conscious sedation or anesthesia to undergo FDG-PET or 11C PIB-PET imaging
  7. Subjects who are unable to follow instructions to urinate after completing scanning procedures
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00811122

United States, Utah
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84112
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Utah
Principal Investigator: John M Hoffman, MD Huntsman Cancer Institute/ University of Utah
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: University of Utah Identifier: NCT00811122     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 17991
Study First Received: December 16, 2008
Last Updated: August 9, 2016

Keywords provided by University of Utah:
Alzheimer's disease
Frontotemporal dementia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Frontotemporal Dementia
Aphasia, Primary Progressive
Pick Disease of the Brain
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Speech Disorders
Language Disorders
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
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