Mendelian Reverse Cholesterol Transport Study

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2013 by University of Pennsylvania.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Marina Cuchel, University of Pennsylvania Identifier:
First received: January 30, 2013
Last updated: February 21, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of radiolabeled particulate cholesterol administered intravenously in association with albumin, as a method to study reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) in people carrying mutations in genes known to affect HDL metabolism by analyzing changes in the tracer activity in total plasma, lipoproteins fractions and feces.

Condition Intervention
Cholesterol, HDL
Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Tangier Disease
LCAT Deficiency
CETP Deficiency
Drug: 3H-cholesterol bound to albumin

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: A Validation Study Evaluating the Use of 3H-Cholesterol Bound to Albumin as a Method to Assess Reverse Cholesterol Transport in Subjects With Monogenic Diseases Affecting HDL Metabolism

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • determination of 3H cholesterol in plasma and lipoproteins [ Time Frame: up to 192 hr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • determination of 3H cholesterol and its metabolites in red blood cells over time [ Time Frame: up to 192 hr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • determination of 3H cholesterol and its metabolites in feces over time [ Time Frame: up to 192 hr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: October 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 3H-cholesterol Drug: 3H-cholesterol bound to albumin
up to 100 uCi of [3H]-cholesterol (containing approximately 0.2 mg of cholesterol) mixed with a solution containing human serum albumin will be administered as an intravenous bolus injection
Other Name: particulate cholesterol

Detailed Description:

The study will use 3H-cholesterol bound to albumin (particulate cholesterol) to assess the ability of HDL to transport cholesterol from the periphery to the liver to be eliminated. This process is called reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) and is one of the main mechanisms by which HDL protect against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Mutations in some of the genes affecting HDL metabolism, may results in changes in RCT. The validation of a method assessing RCT is important for the development of new drugs which affect RCT and may result in useful treatments for atherosclerosis.

Subjects carrying mutations in genes known to affect HDL metabolism and healthy controls will be enrolled in the study. Changes in the tracer activity in total plasma, lipoproteins fractions and feces will be analyzed following the intravenous administration of radiolabeled particulate cholesterol.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 75
  2. Subjects must be:

    1. Carriers of functional mutations of genes encoding proteins affecting HDL metabolism ;
    2. Healthy control subjects with HDL cholesterol levels ≥ 50th percentile for age, gender and race matched for gender, race, age (± 5 years) to the patients.
  3. Negative screening pregnancy test if female of child bearing potential (females of child-bearing potential must be following a medically accepted form of contraception)
  4. Subjects must be able to comprehend and willing to provide a signed IRB approved Informed Consent Form.
  5. Subjects must be willing and able to comply with all study-related procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Known cardiovascular disease, including coronary disease, cerebrovascular disease, or peripheral vascular disease (control subjects only)
  2. History of diabetes mellitus or fasting glucose > 126 mg/dL at the screening visit (control subjects only).
  3. History of any other endocrine disease
  4. History of a non-skin malignancy within the previous 5 years
  5. Anemia; Hemoglobin less than 10 g/dL
  6. History of kidney disease or chronic renal insufficiency, as defined as eGFR < 60 ml/min/1.73m2 in control subjects and patients with other disorders of HDL metabolism and eGFR < 30 ml/min/1.73m2 in subjects with LCAT deficiency.
  7. Any major active rheumatologic, pulmonary, or dermatologic disease or inflammatory condition
  8. Uncontrolled hypertension (Systolic >160 mm Hg and/or Diastolic BP >100 mmHg on two consecutive measurements
  9. Use of warfarin, or any known coagulopathy and /or elevated PT/PTT >1.5 x ULN
  10. Self-reported history of HIV positive
  11. Previous organ transplantation
  12. Clinical evidence of liver disease or liver injury as indicated by abnormal liver function tests such as ALT or AST > 1.5x ULN, or self-reported history of positive Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C test result
  13. Any major surgical procedure that occurred within the previous 3 months of the screening visit
  14. History of drug abuse (< 1 year)
  15. Regular abuse of alcoholic beverages (> 2 drinks/day)
  16. Body mass index (BMI) > 35 kg/m2 or < 18.5 kg/m2
  17. Participation in an investigational drug study within 6 weeks prior to the screening visit
  18. Serious or unstable medical or psychological conditions that, in the opinion of the investigator, would compromise the subject's safety or successful participation in the study will be excluded.
  19. Use of lipid lowering drugs expected to affect RCT (e.g. fibrates) within the 6 weeks prior to dosing or during the study. Use of statins (stable dose for at least 30 days) is permitted.
  20. Male subjects who plan to conceive a child within 3 months of the conclusion of the study.
  21. Women who are pregnant or lactating or who are planning to become pregnant
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01782027

Contact: Marina Cuchel, MD, PhD (215) 746-2834
Contact: Amanda Baer, MB (215)746-3423

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Amanda Baer, MB    215-746-3423   
Contact: Anna Raper    215-746-8340   
Principal Investigator: Marina Cuchel, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Marina Cuchel, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Marina Cuchel, Research Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT01782027     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 815075
Study First Received: January 30, 2013
Last Updated: February 21, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
healthy controls
Tangier Disease
LCAT deficiency
SRBI deficiency
CETP deficiency

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lecithin Acyltransferase Deficiency
Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Tangier Disease
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
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