"PTHrP(1-36) IV Dose Escalation Study"

2014-08-27 03:50:34 | BioPortfolio


This is a single-blinded, one-treatment, combination dose escalation and pharmacokinetic study done in healthy volunteers. The investigators want to determine whether PTHrP(1-36) shares anabolic properties with the only currently approved anabolic agent, parathyroid hormone or PTH(1-34), which stimulates both osteoblastic bone resorption and formation. In a previous study done by the investigators, postmenopausal osteoporotic women on estrogen received 6.56 mcg/kg PTHrP(1-36) subcutaneously for three months daily. They experiences a 4.7% increase in bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine when compared with those taking placebo. They also displayed an increase in serum osteocalcin, a marker of bone formation, with no change in several markers of bone resorption. It is believed that the rapid absorption and clearance of PTHrP(1-36) likely plays a central role in its anabolic effect In order to further assess absorption, we are combining both pharmacokinetic and dose escalation methods for studying intravenous PTHrP given via a one-time bolus injection. The purpose is to define the maximum safe dose and measure the pharmacokinetic parameters of a single intravenous dose of Parathyroid Hormone-related Protein (1-36)[PTHrP(1-36)]. The results will be useful in determining future treatment options for osteoporosis.


Osteoporosis is a growing health problem. The most commonly used treatment options are anti-resorptive agents, which give a bone density increase of the lumbar spine in the 6-8% range over a 3-5 year period. A 100 % increase in bone mass would be needed to restore bone mass to peak, premenopausal levels. The ideal drug to treat osteoporosis would be a pure skeletal anabolic agent; however, the only currently approved anabolic agent, parathyroid hormone [PTH(1-34)] appears to only increase lumbar spine mass by 12-15% over a 2-3 year period when given alone.

Parathyroid hormone-related protein, [PTHrP(1-36)], is a peptide secreted by almost all normal tissues and cells that shares significant homology with PTH; and the investigators believe that it shares anabolic properties with PTH. In a previous study, PTHrP(1-36) administered subcutaneously to postmenopausal women for two weeks increased markers of bone formation (osteocalcin) while decreasing markers of osteoclastic bone resorption. In a subsequent study, postmenopausal osteoporotic women on estrogen received 6.56 mcg/kg PTHrP(1-36) subcutaneously for 3 months daily. They experienced a 4.7% increase in bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine compared to those taking placebo. The also displayed an increase in serum osteocalcin, a marker of bone formation, with no change in several markers of bone resorption. As a result of both rat and human research studies, the investigators feel the rapid absorption and clearance of PTHrP(1-36) likely plays a central role in its anabolic effect in humans.

In order to further assess the absorption of PTHrP, the investigators are doing this pharmacokinetic study using bolus intravenous PTHrP. It combines both pharmacokinetic and dose escalation methods for studying intravenous PTHrP given via a one-time bolus injection. Subcutaneous PTHrP has been shown to increase bone mass in previous studies done and would be the preferred route for administration of PTHrP in the treatment of osteoporosis. Comparing intravenous with subcutaneous PTHrP will yield much information about the bioavailability of PTHrP in vivo.

This six hour study has been designed to achieve the goals of (1) determining what is the maximum safe dose of PTHrP(1-36) that can be given intravenously as a one time bolus dose; and (2) what is the pharmacokinetic profile of a one-time intravenous bolus dose of PTHrP. A placebo group of 5 subjects will initially serve as a control. The investigators feel it is important to begin with very small amounts of intravenous PTHrP and gradually increase the dose for safety reasons. The initial single bolus intravenous dose to be tested is intentionally low (4 micrograms). Subsequent doses of PTHrP will be gradually increased using a standard dose escalation scale in groups of three subjects until a maximal dose of 400 mcg is reached or a dose limiting toxicity occurs at a dose lower than 400 mcg. The maximum determined safely tolerated dose will then be administered to a total of 10 normal healthy volunteers.

In all subjects at different dosing groups, frequent blood sampling within the first 20 minutes after IV administration of PTHrP will yield pharmacokinetic data about peak PTHrP blood levels and time to peak level T(max). After research subjects receive an intravenous bolus of PTHrP; blood samples will be collected for pharmacokinetic analysis of PTHrP at intervals of 2 minutes for the first 20 minutes, than at 25, 30, 45 and 60 minutes, then hourly for the next five hours. Measurement of calcium, creatinine, phosphorus, PTH, 1,25 Vitamin D and markers of bone metabolism will be obtained at baseline, and at hours one and three. After the baseline urine sample is obtained, urine will be collected at two hour intervals for calcium, creatinine, phosphorus, and markers of bone metabolism.

All subjects will be assigned in a single-blinded manner to receive either placebo or study drug. Initial subjects will be assigned to receive placebo or the starting dose of PTHrP: 4 micrograms. all groups of subjects will receive of PTHrP or placebo via intravenous bolus injection followed by a 3 ml normal saline solution flush over a 30-60 period. If subjects in the initial groups do not experience any adverse effects, doses of intravenous PTHrP will be increased in subsequent groups of three subjects each, and the doses for these groups will be 10, 40, 75, 150, 250 and lastly, 400 micrograms. 400 micrograms is the highest possible dose that will be given in this study. The dose that causes no dose-limiting toxicities will be given to a total of 10 healthy subjects. Data from this dosing group will be used to compare data from the investigator's previous pharmacokinetic and dose escalation studies, including recently completed a double-blind, crossover pharmacokinetic study comparing peak serum levels of PTH(1-34) and PTHrP(1-36) after a single subcutaneous injection. Preliminary results from that study indicated that PTHrP peaks earlier than PTH (6-15 minutes verses 45 minutes), despite the fact that the dose of PTHrP (~420 mcg) was 20 times greater than the dose of PTH (20 mcg).

This study will be performed in healthy young adults, ages 24-35 years. It is anticipated that we will need to screen 100 subjects to achieve a maximum of 52 evaluable subjects, to answer the questions posed by this study.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Parathyroid Hormone-related Protein


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
United States




University of Pittsburgh

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