This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatment conjugated linoleic acid (cla)
Phase phase 0
Sponsor Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Start date May 2009
End date September 2012
Trial size 24 participants
Trial identifier NCT00908791, D0906


Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is obtained in the human diet by consumption of foods containing ruminant fat. Milk and dairy products have shown the highest amounts of CLA. Clarinol (CLA), is considered a natural supplement and is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CLA is known to inhibit proliferation of human breast cancer cells and tumors in rodent breast cancer models and reduced Spot 14 (THRSP, S14) and Fatty Acid Synthase (FASN) gene expression in breast cancer cells and tht the two major CLA isomers used in nutritional supplements (C9, t11 and t10, c12) were equipotent in reducing breast cancer cell growth. This study looks at the hypothesis that S14 expression is decreased by CLA and will characterize the major pharmacodynamic (PD) effects of CLA in newly diagnosed Breast cancer patients on Tumor tissue lipogenic pathway. FASN, S14 and Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL), Ki67 and apoptotic index expression will be assessed by quantitative immunohistochemistry (IHC) in initial breast cancer biopsies and compared to that in resected breast tumor tissue after the study subject has been taking CLA for ten to twenty-eight days. Tissue from adjacent breast adipocytes will also be analyzed to determine whether adipose tissue effects can serve as a surrogate marker for those in tumor tissue. A sample of the original biopsy will be compared to the tumor resection sample to determine the levels of CLA in the breast cancer cells.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose basic science

Primary Outcomes

To determine whether CLA consumption suppresses expression of markers of lipogenesis (Spot 14, FASN, LPL, Ki67 and apoptotic index ) in breast cancer tissue in vivo.
time frame: 2 years

Secondary Outcomes

To determine whether CLA consumption suppresses expression of lipogenesis markers in adipose tissue.
time frame: 2 years
To measure the baseline and steady state blood/plasma CLA concentrations in breast cancer patients taking CLA, and explore their relationship to the expression of lipogenesis markers in breast tumor tissue and adipocytes.
time frame: 2 years

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - All study patients must have histologically confirmed invasive adenocarcinoma of the breast. Their breast cancer must be resectable clinical stage I or II breast cancer as defined by the current AJCC TNM Staging System (Greene FL, Page DL, Fleming ID, et al.: editors. AJCC cancer staging manual, 6th edition. New York: Springer; 2002). - All patients must be able to and give informed consent indicating they are aware of the investigational nature of this treatment, prior to entry into the study. - All subjects must be Age >18 years. - All subject must have adequate hepatic and renal function documented prior to study entry to include: hepatic transaminases (AST or ALT) ≤ 1.5 times the upper limits of normal, total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times the upper limits of normal, serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 times the upper limit of normal or eCRCl ≥ 60 mL/min. Exclusion criteria: - Patients who have received prior or be receiving radiation therapy for their breast cancer will be excluded. - Patients who have received prior chemotherapy or receiving chemotherapy or hormonal therapy for their breast cancer will not be included. - Women must be surgically sterilized or post-menopausal or women of childbearing potential must be using an adequate method of contraception. Women of childbearing potential must be using at least one of the following: oral, implanted, injectable contraceptive hormones, or mechanical products such as an intrauterine device or barrier methods (diaphragm, condoms, spermicides) to prevent pregnancy or practicing abstinence or have a partner that is sterile (e.g., vasectomy). Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test within 72 hours prior to start of study therapy. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and women of childbearing potential not using an adequate method of birth control will be excluded. - Patients with gastrointestinal abnormalities including: inability to take oral medication, requirement for intravenous alimentation, or prior surgical procedures affecting nutrient /drug absorption will be excluded. - A serious uncontrolled medical disorder or active infection which would impair their ability to receive study treatment will be excluded. Significant cardiac disease, including uncontrolled high blood pressure, unstable angina, and congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction within the previous 3 months or serious cardiac arrhythmias will be excluded. Dementia or significantly altered mental status that would prohibit the understanding or rendering of informed consent and compliance with the requirements of this protocol will be excluded.

Additional Information

Official title An in Vivo Proof of Principle Trial to Determine Whether the Nutritional Supplement Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA, Clarinol™) Can Modulate the Lipogenic Pathway in Breast Cancer Tissue
Principal investigator Margit M McGowan, DO
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2012.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.