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A 35 Day Study to Investigate the Effects of GSK1521498 on Bodyweight in Obese Subjects With Over-Eating Behaviours.

This study has been completed.
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First received: September 3, 2010
Last updated: August 23, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
The purpose of this study is to determine whether GSK1521498 will cause weight loss in obese but otherwise healthy subjects with over-eating behaviours.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: GSK1521498
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 35-Day, Multi-Centre, Randomised, Parallel-Group, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Proof of Concept Study to Investigate the Effects of GSK1521498 on Body Weight and Composition, Eating Behaviour and Related Brain Function, in Obese Subjects With Over-Eating Behaviours.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinically and statistically significant weight loss [ Time Frame: 35 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To see if effects on bodyweight are associated with effects on fat mass, eating behaviour brain function and blood and urine markers [ Time Frame: 35 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To see if effects on bodyweight correlate with over-eating behaviour at baseline [ Time Frame: 35 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety: adverse events,blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, change in cognition (eg reaction times), change in mood scales, change in neuropsychiatric symptoms [ Time Frame: 35 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationships: effects on primary and secondary outcomes, including estimation of possible dose-response relationships [ Time Frame: 35 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 2 mg GSK1521498
Approximately 20 subjects will be randomised to receive 2 mg GSK1521498. The drug is being developed for the treatment of obesity due to excessive consumption of high calorie foods
Drug: GSK1521498
GSK1521498 2mg or 5mg will be given for up to 35 days and subjects will be assessed weekly
Experimental: 5 mg GSK1521498
Approximately 20 subjects will be randomised to receive 5 mg GSK1521498. The drug is being developed for the treatment of obesity due to excessive consumption of high calorie foods
Drug: GSK1521498
GSK1521498 2mg or 5mg will be given for up to 35 days and subjects will be assessed weekly
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Approximately 20 subjects will be randomised to receive matching placebo.
Drug: Placebo
Placebo will be given for up to 35 days and subjects will be assessed weekly

Detailed Description:
This study is to test a new drug which may be used for treating over-eating behaviours and patterns that some overweight and obese people find difficult to control. The drug works by inhibiting the effects of messenger molecules called opioids. These opioids are naturally produced within the human body, and are involved in controlling how much we eat, and the pleasure we get from eating. We believe that GSK1521498 might be effective in the treatment of obesity because it is well known that drugs working on similar binding sites in the brain reduce the pleasure we get from eating, especially high fat or high sugar food. We also believe the effects of GSK1521498 will be greater in obese individuals with greater severity of over-eating behaviours, as measured for example by existing questionnaire scales for binge-eating or compulsive eating behaviour. We will perform a variety of simple tests using a computer, questionnaires and eating assessments to examine effects on behaviour. We will also ask people to complete questionnaires so that we can see if there are any effects on their mood.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Obese but essentially healthy male or female between 18 and 60 years of age inclusive.
  • Body Mass Index greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2.
  • Binge Eating Scale (BES) score that is greater than or equal to 19 at screening assessment.
  • A female subject of child-bearing potential must use one of the contraception methods listed in the protocol prior to the start of the study until at least 14 days after receiving the last dose of study medication.
  • Male subjects must agree to use one of the contraception methods listed in the protocol from the time of the first dose of study medication until at least 5 days after receiving the last dose of study medication.
  • Capable of giving written informed consent, which includes compliance with the requirements and restrictions listed in the information sheet or informed consent form. A good understanding of English is required due to the high number of questionnaires and assessments that subjects are required to undergo.
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) < 2x Upper limit of Normal (ULN); alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin <1.5x (ULN) (isolated bilirubin >1.5xULN is acceptable if bilirubin is fractionated and direct bilirubin <35%).
  • Must be right handed (a requirement to ensure consistency of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) signals from the brain)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Has a history of clinically significant medically diagnosed eating disorders (diagnosed and/or treated) as assessed by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV/V) criteria using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI).
  • Self-administered Beck Depression Inventory II scale total score greater than 13 or suicide question score greater than zero at screening.
  • Current history (in the last 6 months) of any Axis 1 psychiatric disorder as assessed by DSM-IV/V criteria using the MINI.
  • Subject who, in the investigator/designee's judgement, poses a significant suicide risk. Evidence of serious suicide risk may include any history of suicidal behaviour and/or any evidence of suicidal ideation on any questionnaires e.g. type 4 or 5 on the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) in the last 6 months.
  • History of substance abuse or dependence in the 6 months prior to screening, as determined by the Investigator/designee or MINI.
  • History of regular high level of alcohol consumption.
  • Positive pre-study drug/alcohol screen.
  • Smoking history that includes regular use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products within 3 months prior to screening
  • Use of prohibited medications.
  • use of prescription or non-prescription drugs, including vitamins, herbal and dietary supplements (including St John's Wort) within 14 days prior to the first dose of study medication.
  • Subjects who do not currently show stable bodyweight, as judged by the PI/designee (e.g. >5% change within the last 3 months)
  • Pregnant or lactating females
  • Medical history, concurrent medical condition or laboratory result which makes the subject unsuitable for the study. This includes T1 or T2 diabetes mellitus (Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG) >7 mmol/L), untreated dyslipidaemia (fasting lipid profile with a Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol > 5 mmol/L), uncontrolled hypertension
  • History of bariatric surgery for obesity.
  • QTcB or QTcF > 450 msec.
  • Current or chronic history of liver disease, or known hepatic or biliary abnormalities (with the exception of Gilbert's syndrome or asymptomatic gallstones).
  • Current or chronic history of neurological disorders.
  • A positive test for HIV or Hepatitis C.
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Gastrointestinal disease including inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, Crohn's or malabsorption syndromes within the past year
  • Participated in a clinical trial and has received an investigational product within 90 days.
  • Any contraindications or logistical complications anticipated in relation to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning or other endpoint assessments, including: presence of a cardiac pacemaker or other electronic device or ferromagnetic metal foreign bodies, claustrophobia, inability to lie still on back, waist circumference of more than 170 cm or body weight exceeding maximum capacity of MRI scanners (180 kg).
  • Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarians, vegans, religious, food-intolerant diets).
  • Unsuitable for cannulation.
  • Subjects planning to start a calorie controlled diet or major exercise routine.
  • Consumption of red wine, seville oranges, grapefruit or grapefruit juice from 7 days prior to the first dose of study medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01195792

United Kingdom
GSK Investigational Site
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, CB2 0QQ
GSK Investigational Site
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B15 3ES
GSK Investigational Site
London, United Kingdom, NW10 7EW
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: GSK Clinical Trials GlaxoSmithKline
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: GlaxoSmithKline Identifier: NCT01195792     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 111850 
Study First Received: September 3, 2010
Last Updated: August 23, 2012
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Keywords provided by GlaxoSmithKline:
Opioid receptors
Body weight
Over-eating behaviour
Fat mass

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
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