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Role of Prostaglandins in the Regulation of Brain Blood Flow

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00006318
First Posted: October 2, 2000
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
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Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
  Purpose

This study will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the role of prostaglandins-a type of fatty acid with hormone-like actions-in the regulation of brain blood flow. The results will provide information on how to better use this technique to study brain function, which, in turn, may lead to a better understanding of certain illnesses and more effective treatments.

Healthy normal volunteers 18 years of age and older may be eligible for this study. Participants will fill out a health questionnaire and undergo a history, physical examination and MRI studies. MRI is a diagnostic tool that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-rays to show structural and chemical changes in tissues. During the scanning, the subject lies on a table in a narrow cylinder containing a magnetic field. An intercom system allows the subject to speak with the staff member performing the study at all times during the procedure. Four separate studies will be done-two carbon dioxide inhalation studies and two functional activation studies-as follows:

Carbon dioxide inhalation (indomethacin): This study is done in two parts. In both parts, an MRI brain scan is done. During the scan, the subject inhales an air mixture containing 6% carbon dioxide through a facemask or mouthpiece. Blood pressure and heart rate are monitored during inhalation of the mixture. For the second part of the study, indomethacin-a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-is injected through a catheter (thin flexible tube) in an arm vein. Indomethacin inhibits prostaglandin production. Total scan time averages between 45 and 90 minutes, with a maximum of 2 hours.

Carbon dioxide inhalation (rofecoxib and celecoxib): This study is identical to the one above, except either rofecoxib or celecoxib is given instead of indomethacin. Both of these drugs are also non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that inhibit prostaglandin production. Unlike indomethacin, rofecoxib and celecoxib are given orally instead of through a vein, so, to allow time for the drug to be absorbed, the second scan is delayed for 2 hours.

Functional activation (indomethacin): This study is done in two parts. In both parts, a MRI brain scan is done. During the study, the subject performs a simple motor task, such as finger tapping. For the second part of the study, indomethacin is injected through a catheter in an arm vein.

Functional activation (rofecoxib and celecoxib): This study is identical to the indomethacin functional activation study, except either rofecoxib or celecoxib is given instead of indomethacin. Because they are given orally instead of through a vein, the second scan is delayed 2 hours to allow time for the drug to be absorbed.


Condition
Healthy Hypercapnia

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Role of Prostaglandins in the Control of Cerebral Blood Flow During Hypercapnia and Functional Activation in Humans

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 125
Study Start Date: September 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2003
Detailed Description:
Advances in MR perfusion imaging have provided clinical researchers with the opportunity to quantify regional increases in cerebral blood flow. The purpose of this study is to investigate in humans the role of prostaglandins in the regulation of cerebral blood flow during hypercapnia and functional activation. For this investigation the increase in cerebral blood flow associated with either hypercapnia or functional activation will be measured before and after the administration of pharmacological agents that inhibit the production of prostaglandins. In the hypercapnia study cerebral blood flow will be increased by inhalation of an air mixture containing 6% CO2. For the functional activation study cerebral blood flow will be increased by a sensory motor task.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Any healthy normal volunteer above the age of 18 who is capable of giving informed consent.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Subjects will be excluded for the following reasons.

They have contraindications to MR scanning, such as the following: aneurysm clip, implanted neural stimulator, implanted cardiac pacemaker or autodefibrillator, cochlear implant, ocular foreign body (e.g., metal shavings), or insulin pump.

They have panic disorder or migraine (because of possible complications with CO2 inhalation).

They have cirrhosis, any renal dysfunction, or a chronic respiratory illness (such as asthma).

They have allergies to sulfonamide drugs or cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors (NSAIDS).

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00006318


Locations
United States, Maryland
Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center (CC)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00006318     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 000226
00-CC-0226
First Submitted: September 30, 2000
First Posted: October 2, 2000
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: December 2003

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Cerebral Blood Flow
CO2 Inhalation
Imaging
MRI
Perfusion
Functional Activation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypercapnia
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms