This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions circadian, exercise, testosterone
Treatment testosterone supplementation
Sponsor Paracelsus Medical University
Collaborator Technische Universität München
Start date April 2014
End date December 2015
Trial size 12 participants
Trial identifier NCT02134470, BISP-SALIVA-2014


It is generally accepted that chemical testing of biologic fluids is the most objective means of diagnosis of drug use. In recent years saliva has attracted much attention. The prime advantage of saliva is that it offers non-invasive, stress-free and real-time repeated sampling whereas blood collection is undesirable, difficult and expensive. In addition, it is known that androgens such as testosterone can be assayed in saliva, as these steroids pass the endothelial-epithelial barriers by passive diffusion. Nevertheless, the correlations of blood, urine and saliva concentrations are not well documented. In recent reviews, it is pointed out that salivary hormone analysis could be a promising method for sports medicine and doping control, but much work is needed before the use of saliva samples in this area receives the acceptance. According to recent studies the increase of testosterone concentration in saliva is significantly higher than alterations of steroid concentrations (or ratios) in blood or urine. Saliva concentration may therefore serve as screening parameter to select suspicious cases for further target evaluation (e.g. by IRMS). This may be beneficial to identify cases of transdermal administration of low steroid doses. It is therefore the aim of the present project to detect administered testosterone in saliva and compare these levels to those in blood and urine. The intention is not to detect high dosage but low dosage abuse of testosterone, as a single-dose by patch application. From the practical point of view saliva could offer a complementary specimen for a pre-screening of testosterone. So it could be assumed that salivary testosterone exceed upon plasma and/or urine levels. So the present study could be the base for a new method to preselect the suspicious samples for testosterone abuse.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification pharmacokinetics/dynamics study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
Chemical testing of saliva is an objective method to quantify steroid hormones. Recent studies indicate that salivary testosterone is significantly higher than in other body fluids. Therefore, saliva may serve as pre-screening parameter to select suspicious cases for further target evaluation. The aim of the present project is to detect administered testosterone in saliva and compare these levels to those in blood and urine. Therefore, each participant represents its own control.
testosterone supplementation
Low-dose testosterone supplementation will be facilitated by using hormone patches. For pharmacokinetic aspects circadian profiles of saliva/blood/urine will be measured under native conditions and under exogene hormone application. In addition, cross-reactivity of a standardized exercise bout and hormone application will be of further interest.

Primary Outcomes

Salivary testosterone concentration
time frame: 2 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

Serum testosterone
time frame: 2 weeks
Circulating microRNA in blood plasma
time frame: 2 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - male - healthy - informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - any metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary disorder - neoplastic or hormonal disorders - active sports competitor - disorders which hinder cycling ergometry

Additional Information

Official title Diagnostic Relevance of Salivary Testosterone Concentrations After Exogene Low-dose Hormone Application as a Screening Method for in Doping Control.
Principal investigator Martin Schönfelder, Dr.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Paracelsus Medical University.