ROS Signaling in Endothelial Function
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Start date||September 2008|
|End date||December 2014|
|Trial size||43 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT01037465, H-26547|
The vascular endothelium (inner lining of cells in blood vessels) normally prevents vasospasm and thrombosis by producing nitric oxide and other regulatory substances. In patients with atherosclerosis, endothelial function is impaired. Excess production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) contribute to endothelial dysfunction in atherosclerosis, and some prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of antioxidant treatment on endothelial function in patients with coronary artery disease. On the other hand, reactive oxygen species may be required for normal endothelial function and antioxidant supplements failed to show a benefit in large clinical trials. The effect of antioxidant treatment on endothelial function in healthy subjects is unknown. The present study will test the hypothesis that scavenging reactive species might reduce endothelium-dependent vasodilation in healthy subjects.
The study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. Participants will receive 2.4 grams of oral NAC or similar-appearing placebo during the first visit, and then will cross over to the alternative treatment (NAC or placebo) for the second and final visit. We will examine endothelial function before and after treatment on each visit.
|Intervention model||crossover assignment|
|Masking||double blind (subject, investigator)|
|Primary purpose||basic science|
Brachial artery flow-mediated dilation
time frame: 4 hours
Blood markers of antioxidant capacity
time frame: 4 hours
Male or female participants from 21 years up to 65 years old.
- Sex: Male and Female subjects.
- Age range: 21-65 years old.
- Disease status: No acute, chronic, or debilitating medical condition or use of prescribed medications.
- Willingness and ability to provide written informed consent and the ability to understand, to participate and to comply with the study requirements.
- Women with a positive urine beta HCG pregnancy test and lactating women.
- Blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg; serum LDL cholesterol greater than 160 mg/dl; fasting blood sugar greater than 110 mg/dl.
- History of any cigarette smoking within one year of the study.
- Clinical history of any acute, chronic, or debilitating medical condition, including liver disease and peptic ulcer disease.
- Treatment with an investigational new drug within the last 30 days.
- History of a psychological illness or condition such as to interfere with the subject's ability to understand the requirements of the study.
|Official title||ROS Signaling in Endothelial Function|
|Principal investigator||Joseph A Vita, MD|
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