Mitochondrial Capacity Boost in ALS (MICABO-ALS) Trial (MICABO-ALS)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04244630|
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : January 28, 2020
Last Update Posted : July 23, 2020
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)||Combination Product: Antioxidants||Phase 2|
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects muscle function throughout the body. Weakness and muscle shrinkage begin either in the face, arm, or leg. A clinical ALS hallmark is rapidly progressive weight loss. Also, respiration is usually affected late in the disease, and death typically occurs as a consequence of respiratory failure. The median survival after disease onset is approximately 3-4 years.
While there are now two FDA-approved agents for patients with ALS, there are no interventions that have had a meaningful impact on the natural course of this disease. Riluzole prolongs survival by up to 12 weeks. Edaravone improves some aspects of neurological function in a small subset of patients, but that was ineffective in clinical studies that included ALS patients at all stages of disease.
Past failures to identify effective therapies reflect the complexity of ALS pathogenesis, in that no single therapeutic target has been identified. Thus, single agent or dual combination therapies are unlikely to succeed. Given the truly rapid and devastating nature of ALS and that there are no effective treatments for ALS, one can argue that it is critical to devise a different approach. Until the exact mechanisms that lead to ALS are identified, it is necessary to employ polytherapy which includes new agents that show promise.
This study will lay further groundwork on methodology for performing more definite trials in ALS. The study of secondary biomarkers in ALS is significant because there are currently no molecular or biochemical biomarkers for assessing therapeutic efficacy of drug treatments in ALS clinical trials. By doing this study, the study investigators hope to learn that high-dose anti-oxidants would be a simple, low risk, low-cost approach to significantly slow or stop the progression of ALS, for which currently no effective treatment exists. Participation in this research will last about 13 months
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||60 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Mitochondrial Capacity Boost in ALS (MICABO-ALS) Trial|
|Estimated Study Start Date :||October 1, 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||December 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 2021|
Eligible patients will receive over-the-counter anti-oxidants, namley CoQ10, vitamin E, NAc cysteine, and L-cystine at defined doses.
Combination Product: Antioxidants
Over-the-counter anti-oxidants, namley CoQ10, vitamin E, NAc cysteine, and L-cystine at defined doses
- Measurement of serum NfL [ Time Frame: 12 months ]The change in log serum NfL level from baseline to 12 months will be assessed using a linear mixed model and the differences in NfL level at 12 months from baseline assessed using a paired t-test.
- Measurement of functional decline in ALS [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
Functional decline in ALS patients will be measured using the ALS Functional Rating Scale - Revised (ALSFRS-R), change will be measured from baseline to 12 months.
The ALSFRS-R is a quickly administered (five minutes) ordinal rating scale that assesses patients' capability and independence in 12 functional activities.
- Frequency of serious adverse events and adverse events. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]The frequency of serious adverse events and adverse events will be summarized using frequency and percentages.
- Survival analysis [ Time Frame: 12 months ]This is a robust measure of effect in this rapidly progressing terminal disease. Survival has been a standard outcome measure in past clinical trials.
- Change in serum CK level from baseline to 12 months [ Time Frame: 12 months ]CK levels will be measured in a clinical laboratory by colorimetric measurements. Analysis of serum CK levels will be conducted similar to serum NfL.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04244630
|Contact: Rehana Hussain, M.Sc.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Shirley OLeary, NP||214-857-4459||Shirley.OLeary@va.gov|
|Principal Investigator:||Olaf Stuve, M.D., Ph.D.||Dallas VA Medical Center|