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Hypoglycemia and the Mineralocorticoid Receptor (HypoMR)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01394627
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 14, 2011
Results First Posted : November 17, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to look at whether blockade of the mineralocorticoid receptor will result in changes in the cardiovascular and inflammatory response to hypoglycemia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hypoglycemia Drug: Eplerenone Drug: Placebo

Detailed Description:

The effect of ongoing hypoglycemia on cardiovascular autonomic function is unclear and the focus of this protocol. In our preliminary studies, the investigators demonstrated that baroreflex sensitivity is impaired during hypoglycemia in healthy individuals. Treatment with eplerenone (200mg total administered in two doses in the 15 hours prior to the hypoglycemic clamp) prevented this impairment.

The study is based on the overarching hypothesis that hypoglycemia leads to increases in aldosterone/mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) activity and increased cardiovascular injury.

This study will address the following Specific Aims:

To test the hypothesis that MR blockade will reduce the adverse effects of hypoglycemia on inflammation and on autonomic control of cardiovascular function.

The investigators will determine the effects of hypoglycemia (50 mg/dl for 2.0 hours) on the blood inflammatory factor interleukin-6 levels, and on cardiovascular autonomic function (baroreflex sensitivity) in each subject under two conditions - pretreatment with MR blockade (eplerenone) and pretreatment with placebo.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 21 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Hypoglycemia and the Mineralocorticoid Receptor
Study Start Date : January 2011
Primary Completion Date : August 2016
Study Completion Date : August 2016

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Hypoglycemia
Drug Information available for: Eplerenone
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Eplerenone
hypoglycemia (50 mg/dl) with pretreatment with two doses of eplerenone (100 mg of eplerenone per dose)
Drug: Eplerenone
100mg x 2
Placebo Comparator: placebo
hypoglycemia of 50 mg/dl plus placebo
Drug: Placebo

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change From Baseline in Cardiovascular Autonomic Function [ Time Frame: Baseline and 2 hours after hypoglycemia ]
    Modified oxford procedures was performed in duplicate immediately prior to start of the hypoglycemic clamp and during the last 30 min of the clamp (i.e. during the last 30 min of exposure to 2 hours of hypoglycemia).. We calculated the baroreflex sensitivity (the relationship between RR interval and change in systolic blood pressure defined as the change in the inter-beat cardiac interval in milliseconds per unit change in blood pressure in mmHg) at each time point and then the change in baroreflex sensitivity (BRS during hypoglycemia minus BRS at baseline)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change From Baseline in Inflammation [ Time Frame: Baseline and 2 hours after hypoglycemia ]
    Change in interleukin-6

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy volunteers
  • Males and females age 18 to 40 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Menopause
  • Any medical condition other than treated hypothyroidism.
  • Alcoholism
  • Active tobacco use
  • In all subjects, any individuals on oral, injected, inhaled or topical corticosteroids within the last year or oral contraceptives within the past 3 months will be excluded.
  • Use of medications other than physiological thyroxine replacement
  • Serum potassium >5.0 mmol/L
  • Estimated glomerular filtration rate < 60 mL/min
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01394627

United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Gail K Adler, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Gail K Adler, MD, PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital
More Information

Responsible Party: Gail Kurr Adler, Associate Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01394627     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010P002054
K24HL103845 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01HL109634 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
T32HL007609 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 14, 2011    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: November 17, 2017
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Diuretics, Potassium Sparing
Natriuretic Agents