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Effects of Exenatide on Hypothalamic Obesity

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Identifier:
First received: February 2, 2010
Last updated: January 30, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of Exenatide on weight status (change in body mass index) of children treated for craniopharyngioma that have developed hypothalamic obesity at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. We hypothesize that Exenatide given to hypothalamic obese children for 6 months will reduce their body mass index significantly from baseline.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hypothalamic Obesity Drug: Exenatide Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Exenatide on Hypothalamic Obesity

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Further study details as provided by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI Change [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
    BMI was collected at baseline and 24 weeks

  • Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR) [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
    Waist circumference was measured at the natural waist level (midway between the lowest rib margin and the iliac crest) at baseline and 24 weeks

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Childhood Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
    The Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (CEBQ) was designed as parent-report measure comprised of 35 items, each rated on a five-point likert scale that ranges from never to always. We utilized the CEBQ as a self-report measure during this study; it has not been validated for such use. For the purposes of this study, we looked at the Satiety Responsiveness Subscale Scores (5 questions; total scores could range from 5-25 with lower scores denoting a lower level of satiety). The results reported show the change between baseline and week 24 scores.

  • Calorie Intake Based on 3-day Diet Records [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
    Dietary data were collected via 3-day diet records (Crawford et al. 1994) twice during the study, at baseline and week 24. Three-day diet records were collected on consecutive days including one weekend day. A registered dietitian (RD) instructed subjects on dietary data collection at baseline appointment. Depending on the age and capacity of the subject, the patient, parent or a collaboration of both recorded dietary intake. A RD entered dietary data into Nutritionist Pro software (First DataBank, SanBruno, CA) and the mean difference was analyzed.

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Exenatide
5mcg of exenatide will be given twice a day for 4 weeks and increased to 10 mcg twice a day for 20 weeks.
Drug: Exenatide
5mcg twice a day for 4 weeks increased to 10 mcg twice a day for 20 weeks.
Other Name: Byetta

Detailed Description:
Hypothalamic obesity is when individuals suffer from acute weight gain after brain tumor treatment, involving secondary damage to the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, which may lead to obesity. The weight gain is uncontrolled and not receptive to diet and exercise interventions. The rate of long-term obesity in children diagnosed with craniopharyngioma can be as high as 50%. Exenatide, a drug indicated for diabetes, is an incretin mimicking agent that mimics the enhancement of glucose-dependent insulin secretion and several other antihyperglycemic actions of incretins has resulted in weight loss when given to diabetics. Exenatide shows potential to benefit patients suffering from hypothalamic obesity by slowing gastric emptying and therefore reducing food intake. Also increasing the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) circulation, decreased due to obesity, at the already compromised GLP-1 receptor site of the hypothalamus could potentially help with regulation of appetite.

Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • >/=6 months post surgical or radiation or chemotherapy treatment for 1° craniopharyngiomas or other suprasellar tumors
  • 10-21 years old
  • Age-and sex-adjusted BMI >/=95%
  • Parent sign consent and patient sign assent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • < 6 months post surgical or radiation or chemotherapy treatment for 1° craniopharyngiomas or other suprasellar tumors
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding, or those women who plan to get pregnant
  • Renal impairment
  • Gastroparesis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • <1 month post initiation of Metformin treatment
  • Prescription or over-the-counter weight loss medications within 3 months of screening
  • Are actively participating in, or have participated in a formal weight loss program within the last 3 months
  • Have had bariatric surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01061775

United States, California
Children's Hospital of Orange County
Orange County, California, United States, 92868
United States, Minnesota
Children's Hospitals & Clincis of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, 55102
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Principal Investigator: M. Jennifer Abuzzahab, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Identifier: NCT01061775     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0903-028
Study First Received: February 2, 2010
Results First Received: February 25, 2015
Last Updated: January 30, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: We do not plan to share individual participant data.

Keywords provided by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:
Hypothalamic Obesity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists processed this record on June 22, 2017