Try our beta test site
IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...

Albumin, Total and Free Fraction of Mycophenolic Acid, and Measurement of IMPDH Activity in Liver Transplants. (Albumix)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Pål Aarstrand Reine, Oslo University Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 15, 2009
Last updated: September 13, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
In this study we aim to investigate to what extent the serum albumin concentration in liver transplant patients treated with mycophenolic acid (MPA) affect the free fraction of MPA. Furthermore we will investigate if a change in free fraction has implications for the immunosuppressive effect of MPA by measuring the IMPDH activity. This might in the future provide opportunity for further individualisation of the treatment with MPA. We will also investigate if the stabilizers present in pharmaceutical-grade albumin have a displacement effect on MPA in Vitro (ref).

Liver Transplant

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Quantitative Measurements of Albumin, Total and Free Fraction of Mycophenolic Acid, and Measurement of IMPDH Activity in Liver Transplants.

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
Blood for drug analyzes

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

This is a prospective, open, non randomised study without intervention. Our main goal is to find out what effect the albumin concentration has on the free fraction MPA and IMPDH activity in the lymphocytes.

There will be taken blood samples on day 2, 3 or 4 after transplantation. There will be taken one sample before intake of MPA then another 8 samples during the next 4 hours. The samples will be analyzed with regards to MPA and IMPDH. We will follow the progress of free fraction MPA and IMPDH activity (variables; area under the curve, maximum value, minimum value, time to max and min)

The results will be correlated with the other laboratory results and clinical data. In addition to our main aim, to find correlation between free fraction MPA and albumin values, we will describe the relationship between free fraction MPA and IMPDH activity. We will also study the effect on free fraction MPA after adding stabilizers present in pharmaceutical-grade albumin to our serum samples.

The samples will be taken from an indwelling central venous catheter routinely introduced during the transplant surgery. The drug analyses will be performed by the Section for analytic pharmacology and endocrinology. MPA concentrations will be measured by a method based on HPLC with UV-detection. Enzymatic activity for IMPDH will be analysed by a validated method developed in-house (ref). Other biochemical analyzes included in this study is routinely analyzed in liver transplant patients


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Liver transplant pations from Rikshospitalet HF

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Liver transplant, MPA treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • malignant disease
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00995956

Oslo university Hospital, Rikshospitalet
Oslo, Norway, 0027
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo University Hospital
Study Chair: Ulf E Kongsgaard, Prof Oslo University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Pål Aarstrand Reine, Mr, Oslo University Hospital Identifier: NCT00995956     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009/716a
Study First Received: October 15, 2009
Last Updated: September 13, 2012

Keywords provided by Oslo University Hospital:
Mycophenolic acid
Free fraction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mycophenolic Acid
Mycophenolate mofetil
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 28, 2017