Adrenergic Blockers for Cardiac Changes in Early Parkinson's Disease
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03775096|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : December 13, 2018
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2020
REM Behavior Sleep Disorder (RBD) is a sleep disorder causing people to 'act out' their dreams. A high percentage of individuals with idiopathic RBD (iRBD) are known to develop conditions affecting the neurons in the brain such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Based on the increased risk to develop PD, individuals with iRBD are currently considered ideal candidates for therapies that can possibly protects brain cells, due to the critical window of opportunity to intervene early before brain cell loss progresses significantly.
Early changes of PD are associated with a number of symptoms including loss of smell, constipation, anxiety and depression. In addition, early heart and brain abnormalities can be visualized using specialized imaging techniques called 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy (MIBG) and dopamine transporter (DAT) single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) respectively. The combined presence of certain symptoms and the use of these imaging techniques are considered early markers of PD in individuals with iRBD.
In other conditions, like heart failure, MIBG abnormalities are reversed by drugs able to block excessive adrenergic stimulation, known as beta-blockers. In this study the investigators want to learn about the effect of treatment with the beta-blocker carvedilol on MIBG abnormalities found in iRBD patients at risk to develop PD. The investigators believe that reversing the MIBG abnormality might prelude to a slowing of the neurodegenerative process. This drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for congestive heart failure, hypertension and left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction. However, carvedilol is not approved by the FDA in patients with iRBD at risk for PD. The available doses for this drug oral formulations are 3.125mg, 6.25mg, 12.5mg and 25mg.
Changes visualized with the MIBG imaging technique will be correlated to the presence and severity of neurological (i.e. tremors, stiffness, slow movements, walking difficulties) and other symptoms associated with PD (i.e. abnormal smell, constipation, depression, color vision abnormalities), as measured by specific clinical scales and exams.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Pre-motor Parkinson Disease Symptomatic Parkinson Disease||Drug: Carvedilol||Phase 2|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||15 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||Treatment: carvedilol titration; Experimental treatment with carvedilol will be offered at stabilized medical treatment. The dosage of carvedilol will be gradually increased from the initial recommended starting dose of 3.125mg twice daily and will be doubled every week according to patient tolerability, as measured by subjective complaints, arterial blood pressure and heart rate. The target dose will be 25mg twice daily (50 mg/day). Subjects that cannot tolerate the 50 mg daily dose, will be offered to continue at the 25 mg daily dose.|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Adrenergic Blocker Therapy on Cardiac and Striatal Transporter Uptake in Pre-Motor and Symptomatic Parkinson's Disease|
|Actual Study Start Date :||April 4, 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||May 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||May 2021|
Experimental: carvedilol therapy
The dosage of carvedilol will be gradually increased from the initial recommended starting dose of 3.125 mg twice/daily, the target dose will be 25mg twice daily (50 mg/day) and participants will take 50 mg/day carvedilol for 6 months.Subjects that cannot tolerate the 50 mg daily dose, will be offered to continue at the 25 mg daily dose.
At the end of Baseline visit, carvedilol 3.125 twice daily will be initiated and maintained for 1 week, increased to 6.25twice daily (dispensed at week 1visit), to 12.5mg twice daily (dispensed at week 2) and a max dose of 25mg twice daily (dispensed at week 4 visit), as tolerated. A subject that cannot tolerate at least a 25 mg daily dose will be excluded from the study. Subjects that cannot tolerate the 50 mg daily dose, will be offered to continue at the 25 mg daily dose. The project will include a washout period at study end.
Other Name: Coreg
- 123I-MIBG reuptake changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]123I-MIBG reuptake will be measured by early and late Heart to Mediastinal ratio (H/M) and Washout ratio (WR) which will be calculated using the following formula: [(early heart counts/pixel - early mediastinum counts/pixel) - (late heart counts/pixel decay-corrected - late mediastinum counts/pixel decay-corrected)]/(early heart counts/pixel - early mediastinum counts/pixel). Care will be taken to exclude lung or liver from the myocardial and large vessels and lung from the mediastinum region of interest. MIBG abnormality cutoffs will be set for values of late H/M <2.2 and WR >30%.
- Adverse Events frequency [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Safety will be monitored collecting the type and frequency of adverse events, including clinical symptoms, changes in vital signs, clinical laboratory measures and EKG abnormalities.
- Heart rate variability changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Twenty-four-hour Holter monitoring of all patients will be conducted at two points during the study: 1) After MIBG and prior to the administration of the study drug and 2) within one week of the end of the six-month treatment trial. Two-channel Holter recordings will obtained and analyzed on a commercially available scanner in the cardiac laboratory at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, according to published guidelines.
- MDS-UPDRS part III changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]The Movement disorder society-unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (MDS-UPDRS) Part III will be administered at baseline and 26 weeks after study medication titration. Each item of the MDS-UPDRS has a possible rating from 0 to 4, where 0 = normal, 1 = slight, 2 = mild, 3 = moderate, and 4 = severe.Clinical scales will be performed OFF medication in those subjects that might be receiving dopaminergic drugs
- Sleep changes as measured by REM Behavior Disorder questionnaire [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]RBD questionnaire (RBDSQ) changes from Screening at 26 weeks after study drug titration
- Smell changes as measured by University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) changes from screening at 26 weeks after study medication titration
- Constipation score changes using a questionnaire based on modified ROME III diagnostic criteria [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Functional constipation will be assessed at screening and at 26 weeks after study medication titration using a questionnaire based on modified ROME III diagnostic criteria, which focuses on symptoms including straining, lumpy or hard stools, sensation of incomplete evacuation, sensation of anorectal obstruction or blockage, manual maneuvers to facilitate evacuation, and two or fewer bowel movements per week. This questionnaire is based on a six item self-report measures with a three point summated rating scale. The total score has a range of 0 to 12, with scores > 4 identifying functional constipation.
- Color vision changes as measured by HRR Pseudochromatic Plates [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Color vision changes will be assessed using HRR Pseudochromatic Plates from screening at 26 weeks after study medication titration
- DAT scan Changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]DaT/SPECT uptake at baseline will be quantified at baseline and 26 weeks after study medication titration
- Non-Motor Symptoms Scale (NMSS) changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]The NMSS measures non-motor symptoms over the previous month. Each symptom is scored with respect to: Severity: 0 = None, 1 = Mild; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Severe and Frequency: 1 = Rarely (<1/wk); 2 = Often (1/wk); 3 = Frequent (several times per week); 4 = Very Frequent (daily or all the time).
- Scopa-AUT changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]The SCOPA-AUT scale consists of 25 items assessing autonomic symptoms in the following regions: gastrointestinal (7), urinary (6), cardiovascular (3), thermoregulatory (4), pupillomotor (1), and sexual (2 items for men and 2 items for women) dysfunction.
- Peripheral insulin resistance changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Peripheral IR will be defined by testing for fasting plasma insulin (FPI), fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) from baseline at 26 weeks after study medication titration. HOMA index will be calculated by the formula: HOMA-IR = (FPI x FPG)/405. [A cutoff HOMA index of 2.0, equivalent to <50% sensitivity, will be used to define IR. Subjects were considered to have IR if they either had a HOMA≥2.0 and/or HbA1c≥5.7.
- Central insulin resistance changes [ Time Frame: 30 weeks ]Measures of insulin sensitivity in neuronal-origin enriched plasma EVs (central IR) will be used to test the association of changes in such sensitivity to changes in MIBG uptake and clinical scores from baseline to 26 weeks after carvedilol titration. For that purpose, plasma samples will be collected and stored and -80oC to allow for isolation of neuronal origin EVs at the completion of the study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03775096
|Contact: Helia Maghzi, MD||3104236646||Helia.Maghzi@cshs.org|
|United States, California|
|Cedars Sinai Medical Center||Recruiting|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90048|
|Contact: Helia Maghzi, MD 310-423-6646|
|Principal Investigator:||Michele Tagliati, MD||Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|