Pilot Study Effect of Sulfasalazine on Glutamate Levels by(Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy)MRS in Patients With Glioma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Alabama at Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: April 11, 2012
Last updated: April 24, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
The main purpose of this part of the study is to determine the Central Nervous System bioavailability of sulfasalazine.

Condition Intervention
Brain Tumor
Drug: Sulfasalazine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Bio-availability Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study to Determine the Effect of Sulfasalazine on Glutamate Levels Detected by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy(MRS) in Patients With Glioma

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Further study details as provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Central Nervous System Bioavailability of Sulfasalazine [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To determine the ability of sulfasalazine to alter glioma glutamate levels. These levels will be measured by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety will be analyzed for all patients treated in study [ Time Frame: up to 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: January 2015
Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Sulfasalazine Drug: Sulfasalazine

Sulfasalazine has been the parent aminosalicylate in use for over 40 years in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. The drug is a conjugate of sulfapyridine linked to 5-aminosalicylic acid. In inflammatory bowel disease, the 5-ASA component is the active moiety

Sulfasalazine is a prodrug that consists of sulfapyridine bonded to mesalamine (5-ASA). Sulfasalazine is cleaved by colonic bacterial azo-reductases into sulfapyridine and the 5-ASA moiety. 5-ASA is metabolized to N-acetyl-5-ASA by an enzyme in the intestinal epithelium and the liver and then excreted in the urine as a mixture of free 5ASA and N-acetyl-5-ASA.

Detailed Description:
This is a pilot, open-label, non-randomized, study to determine the effect that orally administered sulfasalazine has on glutamate levels as measured by MRS and on epileptiform spiking as measured by simultaneous MEG/EEG. The intent of the dose escalation is to determine an Optimal Biological Dose (OBD) based on changes in tumor glutamate levels. The OBD is defined as the dose that has the maximal reduction in tumor glutamate levels after normalization to uninvolved brain.

Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients must be > 18 years of age or older.
  2. Patients must have histologically proven low grade astrocytoma,anaplastic astrocytoma, anaplastic mixed glioma, anaplastic oligodendroglioma,glioblastoma multiforme, astrocytoma WHO II,oligodendroglioma WHO II or mixed glioma WHO II. Patients do not haveto demonstrate progressive disease to participate in this study.
  3. Patients must have completed initial glioma therapy involving radiation and be 3 months from the completion of radiation therapy. If initial glioma therapy did not include radiation (example: anaplastic oligodendroglioma), then 2 cycles of chemotherapy must be completed prior to study entry.
  4. Patients must be maintained on a stable corticosteroid regimen for > 5 days prior to entry.
  5. Patients must have a Karnofsky performance status > 60% (i.e. the patient must be able to care for himself/herself with occasional help from others).
  6. Patients must have adequate hematologic, renal and liver function (i.e. Absolute neutrophil count > 1500/mm3, Platelets > 100,000/mm3, creatinine > 1.5 mg/dl.
  7. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test.
  8. Patients with the potential for pregnancy or impregnating their partner must agree to follow acceptable birth control methods to avoid conception. The effect of the investigational drugs on the developing human fetus is not known, but these drugs are likely to be harmful to the developing fetus or nursing infant. Women of child-bearing potential must agree to use adequate contraception (either surgical sterilization; approved hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills: Depo-Provera, or Lupron Depot; barrier methods such as condom or diaphragm along with spermicide; or an IUD). Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician and study PI immediately.
  9. Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant or breast feeding.
  2. Exclude sexually active males and females unwilling to practice contraception during the study.
  3. Serious concurrent infections.
  4. Clinically significant cardiac disease not well controlled with medication (e.g. congestive heart failure, symptomatic coronary artery disease and cardiac arrhythmias) or myocardial infarction within the last 12 months.
  5. Patients with other serious uncontrolled co-morbid diseases that the investigator feels may comprise the study findings.
  6. Allergic or sensitivity to sulfa containing medications.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01577966

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Principal Investigator: Louis B Nabors, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Alabama at Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01577966     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UAB 1108 
Study First Received: April 11, 2012
Last Updated: April 24, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:
Patients with brain tumors associated with seizures

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Neoplasms
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Anti-Infective Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Antirheumatic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Therapeutic Uses

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