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Signaling Mechanisms and Vascular Function in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00762671
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : September 30, 2008
Information provided by:
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to learn how blood vessel function is altered by diabetes. We are studying an investigational drug, Ebselen, to see if it can improve the ability of blood vessels to relax (widen).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Drug: Ebselen Drug: Placebo Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:
A major cause of death and disability in patients with diabetes mellitus is atherosclerosis. Endothelial dysfunction is an important, if not primary, factor in atherogenesis. Nitric oxide is an important substance made and released by the endothelium. Many prior studies in animals and humans have shown that the ability of the blood vessel to dilate is impaired in diabetes. This process of vasodilation is mediated by a substance, nitric oxide, which is thought to be highly susceptible to destruction by oxidant molecules. In previous studies, we found that acute administration of the antioxidant, vitamin C, improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in blood vessels of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This suggests that by scavenging oxidants, such as superoxide, vitamin C may reduce the destruction of nitric oxide and thereby preserve endothelial function. Additional mechanisms, including activation of a substance called protein kinase C, and oxidant stress from excess soluble peroxides may be present in diabetes and interact with oxidant stress to cause endothelial dysfunction in patients with diabetes. Accordingly, we would like to study both of these mechanisms to determine their contribution to endothelial dysfunction.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Signaling Mechanisms and Vascular Function in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus
Study Start Date : May 1999
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2007

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: 2
Drug: Placebo
Placebo 1 po BID for 2 weeks

Active Comparator: 1
Drug: Ebselen
150 mg BID for 2 weeks

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent vasodilation of peripheral resistance and conduit vessels will be studied in diabetic (type 1 and 2) and healthy subjects two weeks following randomization to the ebselen or placebo. [ Time Frame: one testing visit every 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with diabetes mellitus will be eligible if they are receiving dietary treatment for hyperglycemia, sulfonylureas, metformin or insulin

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any diabetic subject with a HgbA1C level of <7% or >11%
  • Evidence of atherosclerosis
  • symptoms of angina
  • symptoms of claudication
  • symptoms of cerebrovascular ischemia
  • findings of arterial occlusive disease, as would be suggested by decreased pulses, asymmetric blood pressure, bruits or reduced limb pressure measurements
  • hypertension defined as a systolic blood pressure > = 150 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure >= 95 mmHg; (allowable blood pressure medications for diabetic subjects include calcium channel blockers, alpha and beta adrenergic blockers, and diuretics)
  • hypercholesterolemia, defined as total cholesterol levels greater than 75th percentile for age and sex and LDL cholesterol levels >130mg/dL.
  • renal insufficiency (serum creatinine >1.5 mg/dL for men; >1.2 mg/dL for women)
  • hepatic dysfunction defined as liver enzyme abnormalities > two times the upper limit of normal
  • chronic pulmonary disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • pregnancy (or subjects planning to become pregnant);
  • history of cigarette smoking within the last five years;
  • history of clinically significant coronary artery or cerebrovascular disease (defined as MI or stroke within 6 months, or presence of unstable angina)

    • use of any, vasoactive, cardioactive, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications within 24 hours of vascular testing visits

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United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hosptial
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Mark A Creager, MD Brigham and Women's Hosptial
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Mark A. Creager, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00762671    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1999-P-003331Ebselen
First Posted: September 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2008
Last Verified: September 2008
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Anti-Ulcer Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Neuroprotective Agents