This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition metabolic syndrome x
Treatment eplerenone (morning vs. evening drug regimen)
Phase phase 4
Sponsor Vanderbilt University
Collaborator National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Start date April 2007
End date April 2010
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00515021, 070183


To determine if nighttime administration of an aldosterone antagonist would effectively lower peak plasma PAI-1 levels more effectively than morning administration.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model crossover assignment
Masking double blind (subject, investigator)
Primary purpose supportive care
Eplerenone - 50mg, by mouth, daily, in the morning x 2 weeks followed by 100mg, by mouth, daily, in the morning x 4 weeks then patients cross over to 50mg, by mouth, daily, in the evening x 2 weeks followed by 100mg, by mouth, daily, in the evening x 4 weeks.
eplerenone (morning vs. evening drug regimen)
Eplerenone - 50mg, by mouth, daily, in the morning x 2 weeks or 50mg, by mouth, daily, in the evening x 2 weeks 100mg, by mouth, daily, in the morning x 4 weeks then patients cross over to 100mg, by mouth, daily, in the evening x another 4 weeks.

Primary Outcomes

Evidence of improved fibrinolytic balance
time frame: 14 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age18-65 - Metabolic Syndrome (3 or more of the following): 1. Blood pressure 130/85 or greater 2. Central obesity (Waist - Male > 40", Female > 35") 3. Fasting glucose ≥ 110 mg/dl 4. Low HDL (Male < 40 mg/dl, Female < 50 mg/dl) 5. Elevated Triglycerides (> 150 mg/dl) Exclusion Criteria: - Cigarette Use - Renal insufficiency - Coronary Artery Disease - Diabetes - Blindness - Cerebrovascular Disease - Secondary hypertension (renal artery stenosis, pheo, etc.) - RAAS disease (Primary Aldosteronism, etc.) - Other chronic illness (cancer, autoimmune or liver disease) - Pregnancy - Anemia (Hgb < 12 mg/dl) - Evening or Night Shift work - Transmeridian travel in previous 6 months - History of sleep disorders - Hypokalemia (serum potassium < 3.5 mEq/L) - Hyperkalemia (serum potassium > 5.5 mEq/L) - Reported hypersensitivity to HCTZ or eplerenone

Additional Information

Official title The Effects of Night-Time Versus Morning Administration of Eplerenone on the Diurnal Variation of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
Principal investigator James A Muldowney, III, MD
Description Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, a member of the serine protease inhibitor (serpin) superfamily, is the principal inhibitor to tissue-type plasminogen activator and urokinase-type plasminogen activator. Elevated plasma PAI-1 levels, an independent cardiovascular risk factor, has been shown to be a predictor of recurrent myocardial infarction (MI). Acute changes in plasma PAI-1 after MI is a predictor of mortality. PAI-1 levels are elevated in the individuals with hypertension, insulin resistance, hypertriglyceridemia, obesity, and the constellation of risk-factors known as the metabolic syndrome. PAI-1 is synthesized in the liver, vascular endothelium, vascular smooth muscle, and visceral adipose tissue. A number of factors have been shown to regulate PAI-1, including metabolic factors such as insulin, glucose, triglycerides; inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α, transforming growth factor-β, interleukin-1, and more notably, components of the RAAS, namely angiotensin II and aldosterone. PAI-1 also has a diurnal variation with a peak plasma level occurring between 8 and 9 AM that may help explain why the incidence of acute MI is highest in the morning and why thrombolysis is least effective at that time. PAI-1's diurnal variation is been shown to be directly regulated by central and peripheral circadian pacemakers in vitro, and in vivo. Our group has observed that the diurnal variation of plasma PAI-1 levels is blunted and delayed in blind individuals who's circadian mechanisms are free running (not controlled by a central circadian pacemaker) when compared to those whose circadian rhythms are entrained (controlled by a central circadian pacemaker) (unpublished data), suggesting an additional system may modulate diurnal variation of PAI-1. As PRA and aldosterone levels peak earlier than PAI-1 levels, they may be partially responsible. Indeed, continuous infusion of candesartan eliminated diurnal variation of aortic PAI-1 message expression in Wistar-Kyoto and spontaneously hypertensive rats, while hydralazine did not. The use of therapies to modulate plasma PAI-1 levels in human subjects have met with variable success. Low salt diet was shown to increase plasma PAI-1 levels in normotensive subjects in a manner that correlated with plasma aldosterone levels. Twice daily treatment with quinapril (40mg) lowered plasma PAI-1 levels during the expected peak time. In a second study of twice daily quinapril compared to twice daily losartan in normotensive subjects both only had a modest effect on plasma PAI-1 levels. A third study helped to explain this finding. In a crossover study, hypertensive subjects received daily spironolactone or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) in a randomized fashion. Plasma PAI-1 levels were increased after HCTZ treatment, but not significantly changed from baseline with spironolactone treatment. Spironolactone treatment, however, resulted in significantly higher aldosterone levels. The correlation between plasma aldosterone and PAI-1 that was observed at baseline and with HCTZ treatment was not observed in the spironolactone arm, suggesting that the endogenous relationship between aldosterone and PAI-1 can be disrupted by mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2009.
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