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Assessment of blood-brain barrier passage of flumazenil in patients with epilepsy.


- candidate number7691
- NTR NumberNTR2184
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR26-jan-2010
- Secondary IDs09052 METC VUmc
- Public TitleAssessment of blood-brain barrier passage of flumazenil in patients with epilepsy.
- Scientific TitleAssessment of blood-brain barrier passage of flumazenil in pharmacoresistant patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisFlumazenil is a substrate of P-glycoprotein at the blood-brain barrier.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedEpilepsy, Flumazenil, Pharmacoresistance, P-glycoprotein
- Inclusion criteriaInvestigational group:
1. Diagnosis of pharmacoresistant TLE, based on clinical evaluation and (video-) EEG;
2. Age between 18-60 years;
3. Normal liver function tests;
4. Normal full blood count;
5. Weight >50 kg;
6. All subjects have to be willing and able to give informed consent (written).

If necessary, healthy volunteers will be included:
1. Age between 18-50 years;
2. Good physical health evaluated by medical history, physical (including neurological) examination and screening laboratory tests;
3. Weight >50 kg;
4. RDC (Research Diagnostic Criteria) diagnosis never mentally ill;
5. Written informed consent of each subject.
- Exclusion criteria1. Any clinical significant abnormality of any clinical laboratory test;
2. Any subject who has received any investigational medication within 30 days prior to the start of this study, or who is scheduled to receive an investigational drug;
3. Any subject who has been prescribed a benzodiazepine preparation within 1 month prior to the start of this study;
4. Major psychiatric or neurological disorder other than TLE with or without a known substrate;
5. History of alcohol and/or drug abuse;
6. History of coagulation problems;
7. Use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs or drugs known to interfere with the P-gp, other than AEDs;
8. Abnormalities on MRI other than temporal localised pathology, that is the cause and/or effect of the TLE, and/or abnormalities on MRI other than white matter changes or an incidental small lacunar lesion without clinical diagnosis;
9. Blood donation or substantial blood loss within 3 months before the scan day;
10. Metal objects in or around the body.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-mrt-2010
- planned closingdate1-aug-2011
- Target number of participants24
- Interventions2x [11C]flumazenil- and 2x [15O]water PET scan with one gift of Tariquidar in between.
- Primary outcomeThe influence of P-gp function at the BBB on flumazenil binding to the GABAA-receptor in pharmacoresistant patients with TLE.
- Secondary outcome1. The effect of tariquidar on the cerebral blood flow (CBF). If there is an effect of tariquidar on CBF;
2. The effect of blood flow in the brain on [11C]flumazenil uptake. If flumazenil is a substrate for P-gp;
3. Quantification of the upregulation of P-gp by TLE, by comparing pharmacoresistant patients with TLE with healthy volunteers.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web sitehttp://www.euripides-europe.com/
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESMD, PhD J.C. Reijneveld
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMD, PhD J.C. Reijneveld
- Sponsor/Initiator VU University Medical Center
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
EURIPIDES
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryResistance to current drug therapy is an issue for approximately 30% for all people who develop epilepsy. Consequently, there is a pressing need to develop new and more effective treatments. P-gp is an efflux transporter, which is located at the BBB and transports substrates (including multiple CNS drugs) from the brain to blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Overexpression of P-gp is thought to be an important mechanism of pharmacoresistance in epilepsy. Various invasive techniques used in animal studies of epilepsy have shown upregulation of P-gp. At present upregulation of P-gp in refractory patients can only be confirmed by examining post-mortem or surgically removed brain tissue. Therefore the availability of non-invasive imaging methods that would allow the assessment of the distribution and function of P-gp in the brain is of vital importance. Currently only [11C]verapamil is available to assess P-gp function by using positron emission tomography (PET), but is not an ideal ligand to assess P-gp expression. Novel imaging probes, which are markers for the function of P-gp need to be evaluated. Such a probe could then be used to establish a non-invasive molecular imaging-based tool which will allow evaluation of the role of P-gp for pathophysiology and treatment response in epilepsy and other major CNS diseases, using the established imaging techniques. One of the important goals of the project is to quantify to what extent P-gp upregulation affects the binding of an established PET ligand known to be a P-gp substrate, namely [11C]-flumazenil. Flumazenil is a ligand that binds to the GABAA-receptor, but has no agonistic or antagonistic actions on this receptor. Labeled with [11C], flumazenil is frequently used for PET scanning in epilepsy patients to assess changes in GABAA-receptor density and to determine focus localization prior to resective surgery. There is circumstantial evidence from animal and in vitro studies that flumazenil is a substrate for P-gp. If this is indeed the case, changes in P-gp expression or functionality would compromise the interpretation of GABAA-receptor binding data.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD26-jan-2010 - 11-feb-2010


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