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The hypothesis is that salsalate therapy may be an effective and safe method to modulate inflammation in metabolically-critical tissues and thus reduce insulin resistance and its related complications.
The objectives of the study are to (1) determine whether salsalate therapy improves insulin resistance in subjects with IGT and changes in glucose area under the curve following a standard oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT); (2) determine whether salsalate therapy reduces a) plasma levels of a variety of well established inflammatory proteins and b) mononuclear cell inflammatory activity to provide evidence of reduced systemic and tissue inflammation, respectively; and (3)also determine whether salsalate therapy improves parameters of cardiovascular disease risk, including features of metabolic syndrome (fasting glucose, triglycerides, HDL, and blood pressure) as well as endothelial dysfunction.
Recent studies demonstrate an important role for sub-acute, chronic inflammation in the development of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2 DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). A broad body of data indicate that obesity and high fat or "Western" diets activate sub-acute inflammatory processes in fat and liver tissue as well as in mononuclear cells. The inflammatory mediators produced by these tissues and cells promote the development of insulin resistance both locally and at distant sites such as skeletal muscle. These same inflammatory mediators may also increase the risk for CVD. Work from our labs indicate that Nuclear Factor-kappa B (NF-kB), an inflammatory master switch for a multitude of proinflammatory genes and pathways, is activated in fat and liver by obesity and high fat diets. We have also noted similar NF-kB activation in monocytes and macrophages in similar conditions of nutritional excess. It has become evident that salicylates inhibit the NF-kB regulatory protein IKKB and we have subsequently demonstrated their ability to downregulate NF-kB activation in each of these above tissues in animals. Moreover,by inhibiting the IKKB/NF-kB pathway, salicylates appear to ameliorate insulin resistance and its associated metabolic abnormalities and potentially provide a new approach for pharmacologic treatment of T2 DM as well as individuals with conditions such as impaired glucose intolerance (IGT) to prevent their progression to diabetes. Preliminary results from a two-week trail is T2 DM patients indicated that high-dose aspirin(ASA,~7g/day) improved glucose metabolism and associated risk factors. While this was as important first step towards proof-of-principle, the risk of severe gastrointestinal bleeding associated with high-dose ASA precludes broader use. Salicylate in its prodrug form of salsalate(Disalcid), is much safer than ASA(as it does not irritate the gastric mucosa nor alter bleeding times). We have now conducted several preliminary short-term in individuals with IGT or T2 DM as well in obese insulin resistant subjects and have demonstrated that salsalate in doses of 3.5-4.5g/d provides similar blood salicylate levels as high dose ASA and induces similar clinical and metabolic benefits over the 2-4 weeks study duration. Therefore, in vitro, animal and human clinical studies all support the concept that inhibiting the IKKB/NF-kB pathway with salsalates is a feasable approach to reducing insulin resistance. This study will more fully characterize the metabolic benefits of high dose salsalate therapy.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
Active, not recruiting
Department of Veterans Affairs
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:44:26-0400
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