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Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Trial

2014-07-24 14:34:11 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this multicenter study is to determine if insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I) slows the progressive weakness in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. Study participants will be followed for 2 years once enrolled. They will receive either placebo or the active IGF-I. Examinations will take place at approximately 6-month intervals.

Description

The objective of this trial is to determine whether IGF-1 (MyotrophinTM) slows progression of weakness in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Three hundred patients with ALS from 16 medical centers will participate in this double blind, placebo-controlled two-year study. Half the patients will receive IGF-1 and the other half will receive placebo. The drug will be administered twice a day.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of motor neurons. IGF-1 is a neurotrophic factor essential for normal development of the nervous system and shows protection of motor neurons in animal models and cell culture systems. It is thought to block cell death pathways and promote muscle re-innervation and axonal growth and regeneration.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Intervention

insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I)

Location

Mayo Clinic
Rochester
Minnesota
United States
55905

Status

Completed

Source

Mayo Clinic

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:34:11-0400

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