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Modeling and Treating the Pathophysiology of Demyelination in Multiple Sclerosis

This study has been terminated.
(Poor Enrollment- schedule of assessments too complex and time-consuming.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Elliot Frohman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier:
First received: February 27, 2009
Last updated: April 19, 2013
Last verified: April 2013
The investigators principal hypothesis is that INO and optic neuritis are objective, quantitative, and reproducible models for corroborating the hypothesis that changes in core body temperature are associated with the reversible and stereotypic decay in axonal conduction and that ACTHAR can serve to prevent such changes. The application of ocular motor and optic nerve measures appears to constitute a useful paradigm to detect and monitor responses to therapeutic strategies that stabilize nerve cell membranes in response to temperature induced decay in axonal conduction mechanisms, with implications on activities of daily life that are dependent upon vision (reading, driving, walking, work performance).

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Sclerosis
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Modeling and Treating the Pathophysiology of Demyelination in Multiple Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Elliot Frohman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if preemptive cooling provides protection against worsening of INO and its effect on reading, with body heating. [ Time Frame: 8-10 weeks for each patient ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine whether changes in core body temperature has an impact on patient reported measures of vision (high and low contrast acuity) and reading acuity and speed. [ Time Frame: 8-10 weeks per patient ]

Enrollment: 1
Study Start Date: May 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: ACTHAR- placebo first
Placebo, 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg
SQ weekly injections
Experimental: ACTHAR- placebo second
20mg, Placebo, 40 mg, 80mg
SQ weekly injections
Experimental: ACTHAR- placebo third
20 mg, 40 mg, Placebo, 80 mg
SQ weekly injections
Experimental: ACTHAR- placebo fourth
20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg, Placebo
SQ weekly injection

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subject has clinically or laboratory supported Multiple Sclerosis with evidence of INO by quantitative neurophysiologic criteria or has a history of ON.
  2. Subject is between the ages of 18-65.
  3. Subject is able to understand the demands of the protocol, has had any questions answered and has voluntarily signed the informed consent prior to any study procedures.
  4. Subject has a peak saccadic acceleration ratio (abducting eye/adducting eye) of greater than 2S.D. above the mean derived form a normal control group.
  5. Subject is otherwise in good health, based on complete medical history and physical examination, including vital signs and ECG.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subject is a pregnant female (as determined by a urine pregnancy test), a lactating female, or a female of child-bearing potential, not sterilized and not using one of the following methods of birth control: oral or injectable contraceptive agent, implantable contraceptive device, or barrier method.
  2. Subject has a history of hypertension or diabetes.
  3. Subject has known allergy to ACTH.
  4. The subject has any medical condition, including psychiatric disease that might interfere with the interpretation of the results or with the conduct of the study.
  5. Subject has a history of drug or ethanol abuse within the past year.
  6. Subject has a history of ischemic heart disease.
  7. Subject has received an investigational drug within 30 days of screening.
  8. In opinion of investigator, subject is unlikely to complete study for any reason.
  9. The subject has abnormal clinical laboratory values or an abnormal ECG, without approval of the study monitor.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00854750

United States, Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75390
Sponsors and Collaborators
Elliot Frohman
Principal Investigator: Elliot Frohman, MD, PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Elliot Frohman, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier: NCT00854750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTHAR version 1.0
Study First Received: February 27, 2009
Last Updated: April 19, 2013

Keywords provided by Elliot Frohman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:
Multiple Sclerosis, hx of unilateral ON, evidence of thermal sensitivity, and no evidence of an ocular motor syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis, no evidence of ON, and evidence of thermal sensitivity
Healthy age/gender matched controls

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Demyelinating Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on May 25, 2017