Effects of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Platelet Function in Healthy Subjects

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 24, 2006
Last Update Posted : August 24, 2006
American Heart Association
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Yale University

August 23, 2006
August 24, 2006
August 24, 2006
October 2005
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  • Bleeding time
  • Platelet function assay closure time
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No Changes Posted
  • Complete Blood Count
  • PT
  • PTT
  • P-selectin
  • von Willebrand factor
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Effects of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Platelet Function in Healthy Subjects
Effects of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Platelet Function in Healthy Subjects
The purpose of this study is to see if a naturally-occurring hormone called erythropoietin changes the action of platelets in the blood. Erythropoietin is made by the kidneys to stimulate red blood cell production to prevent anemia. Platelets are small cells in the blood that help clot blood in case of injury. Platelets also sometimes form blood clots in blood vessels that may cause heart attacks. This study is trying to determine whether erythropoietin increases the clotting action of platelets. Information on erythropoietin in healthy subjects may eventually help in the treatment of patients with heart attacks.

Anti-apoptotic effects of erythropoietin in experimental myocardial infarction and ischemia-reperfusion injury suggest potential for therapeutic benefit in patients with acute MI. Before the therapeutic potential of rHuEpo in acute MI can be tested in large clinical trials, more information on the effects of short-term rHuEpo on platelet function are needed. Accordingly, the current proposal aims to determine the effects of 3 doses of rHuEpo (100U/kg, 200U/kg and 400U/kg daily for 3 days) on platelet function and other safety measures in healthy subjects.

Specific Aim: To determine the effects of three ascending doses of rHuEpo vs. placebo on in vivo and in vitro platelet function in healthy subjects treated with aspirin and clopidogrel.

Hypotheses to be tested: 1) 1) Short-term administration of rHuEpo does not alter bleeding time responses to aspirin and clopidogrel when compared with placebo. 2) Short-term administration does not alter in vitro platelet aggregation responses to aspirin and clopidogrel when compared with placebo.

Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Healthy Subjects
  • Drug: Recombinant human erythropoietin alfa (drug)
  • Drug: Aspirin (drug)
  • Drug: Clopidogrel (drug)
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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July 2006
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 21-40 years
  • Able and willing to provide written informed consent
  • Bleeding time <10 minutes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any chronic medical disease
  • Chronic or frequent over-the-counter or prescription medication use
  • Hemoglobin >15 gm/dl for both genders or <13 gm/dl (men) or <12 gm/dl (women)
  • Platelet count >400,000/µl or <150,000/µl
  • Blood pressure > 140/90 mmHg
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
21 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
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United States
AHA 0555844T
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Yale University
American Heart Association
Principal Investigator: Stuart D Katz, MD Yale University
Yale University
August 2006

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