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Resveratrol for Alzheimer's Disease

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) Identifier:
First received: December 23, 2011
Last updated: May 6, 2016
Last verified: April 2016

Resveratrol is derived from plants and is found in highest levels in red wine and the skin of red grapes. A recent study reported that monthly and weekly consumption of red wine is associated with a lower risk of dementia. There is compelling evidence that caloric restriction can improve overall health by activating a class of enzymes known as Sirtuins. Resveratrol is a substance found in some plants that directly activates sirtuins, mimicking the effects of caloric restriction and may affect regulatory pathways of diseases of aging, including Alzheimer's disease (AD).

In this study, people with AD will be given either Resveratrol or placebo for 12 months to determine whether daily resveratrol therapy is beneficial in delaying or altering the deterioration of memory and daily functioning. Subjects age 50 and above with a diagnosis of probable AD may qualify for participation in this study. A small group of 15 participants will be asked to take part in a more detailed 24-hour Pharmacokinetic (PK) sub-study that will measure resveratrol levels over a 24 hour period.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alzheimer's Disease Drug: Resveratrol Drug: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study to Evaluate the Impact on Biomarkers of Resveratrol Treatment in Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Baseline, Weeks 6, 13, 19, 26, 32, 39, 45, and 52 ]
    The safety and tolerability of treatment with resveratrol will be assessed by analysis of adverse events, including symptoms, abnormal findings on physical examinations, standard laboratory tests and PK analysis of resveratrol and its major metabolites. The frequencies of adverse events or laboratory abnormalities between the participants who receive resveratrol and those receiving placebo will be compared.

  • Change From Baseline in Volumetric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) [ Time Frame: Baseline and Week 52 ]
    MRI will be used to assess the effect of treatment on rate of whole brain volume

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study-Activities of Daily Living (ADCS-ADL) [ Time Frame: Week 52 ]
    The ADCS-ADL is an activities of daily living inventory developed by the ADCS to assess functional performance in participants with AD. The ADCS-ADL includes some items from traditional basic ADL tests (e.g., grooming, dressing, walking, bathing, feeding, toileting) as well as instrumental (complex) activities of daily living (e.g., shopping, preparing meals, using household appliances, keeping appointments, reading). This structured questionnaire is administered to the subject's caregiver/study partner. The range of this instrument is 0 to 78 with lower numbers indicating greater impairment.

  • Comparison of the Response to Treatment of Resveratrol Based on ApoE Genotype [ Time Frame: Week 52 ]
    CSF Abeta40

Enrollment: 119
Study Start Date: May 2012
Study Completion Date: March 2014
Primary Completion Date: March 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Resveratrol
Subjects will take 500 mg by mouth once daily increasing at 13 week intervals to a maximum of 1 gram by mouth twice daily with or without food.
Drug: Resveratrol
The dosage will begin at 500 mg taken once daily and increase at 13 week intervals to 1 gram taken by mouth twice daily, supplied as 500 mg capsules (two capsules twice daily).
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Subjects will receive a matching placebo to be taken with or without food.
Drug: Placebo
The matching placebo will begin at a capsule taken once daily and increase at 13 week intervals to two capsules twice daily.

Detailed Description:

This double blind, placebo-controlled trial will be conducted at approximately 26 Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) clinical centers. One hundred twenty (120) patients with mild to moderate dementia due to probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) will be randomly assigned to treatment (1:1) with resveratrol starting at 500 mg once daily or matching placebo, increasing at 13 week intervals to a maximum of 1 gram twice daily (divided into two 500 mg capsules taken orally) taken with or without food. Participants will be treated for 52 weeks, and will undergo venous blood draws for biomarker analysis at Baseline and at 52 weeks; participants will also undergo two lumbar punctures for biomarker analyses of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at Baseline and at Week 52. Participants will undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure rate of whole-brain and regional atrophy at Screening, Week 13 and Week 52 visits. Randomization will be stratified by site. For monitoring of potential toxicities of the study drug - particularly nephrotoxicity - subjects will undergo physical examination, neurological examination, adverse event review, blood chemistries to include blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine (Cr), pharmacokinetic (PK) analyses for resveratrol and its metabolites, and urinalysis every 6-7 weeks during the study. Clinical, Cognitive and Functional effects of resveratrol and insulin and glucose metabolism will also be assessed.

A subgroup of approximately 15 subjects enrolled will be randomized 4:1 (N = 15, 12 treated + 3 placebo) for more detailed 24-hour PK analysis. For these individuals, blood samples will be collected at 15 different time points. Measurements will include levels of resveratrol and its major metabolites (sulfated- and glucuronidated-resveratrol). These subjects will complete the detailed PK with each dosage step. This 24-hour PK sampling in the subgroup will occur after the first dose following Baseline, after the first dose at each dose increment (Weeks 13, 26 and 39), and after the final dose (Week 52).

Enrollment will be restricted to individuals who are able to abstain from ingesting large quantities of resveratrol-containing foods (including red wine). 1-2 glasses of red wine or red grape juice and 1 serving of red grapes daily is acceptable. Subjects must also be able to abstain from ingesting herbal/natural preparations or dietary supplements containing resveratrol.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of probable AD (NINDS-ADRDA criteria).
  • Age must be 50 years or older.
  • Able to ingest oral medications.
  • Caregiver/Study Partner who has direct contact with the participant more than 2 days per week to accompany participant to all visits.
  • MMSE score between 14 and 26 (inclusive).
  • Modified Hachinski score of less than or equal to 4.
  • Able to abstain from ingesting large quantities of resveratrol-containing foods (including red wine). 1-2 glasses of red wine or red grape juice daily acceptable; 1 serving of red grapes daily acceptable.
  • Able to abstain from ingesting herbal/natural preparations or dietary supplements containing resveratrol.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-AD dementia.
  • Probable AD with Down syndrome.
  • History of clinically significant stroke.
  • Current evidence or history in past two years of epilepsy, focal brain lesion, head injury with loss of consciousness or DSM-IV criteria for any major psychiatric disorder including psychosis, major depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Sensory impairment that would preclude the participant from participating in or cooperating with the protocol.
  • Use of investigational agent within two months of Screening.
  • Evidence of any significant clinical disorder or laboratory finding that renders the participant unsuitable for receiving an investigational drug including clinically significant or unstable hematologic, hepatic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, metabolic, renal or other systemic disease or laboratory abnormality.
  • Active neoplastic disease, history of cancer five years prior to screening, including breast cancer (history or skin melanoma or stable prostate cancer are not excluded).
  • History of seizure within past five years.
  • Pregnancy or possible pregnancy.
  • Use of resveratrol containing supplements.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01504854

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Study Director: Raymond S. Turner, MD, PhD Georgetown University
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) Identifier: NCT01504854     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ADC-037-RES
Study First Received: December 23, 2011
Results First Received: January 28, 2016
Last Updated: May 6, 2016

Keywords provided by Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS):
Alzheimer's disease
Brain diseases
Memory problems
Mental disorders
Cognitive disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
Antimutagenic Agents
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