Effects of Telomerase Reactivation With Danazol in Ovarian Function.

2019-08-21 20:05:48 | BioPortfolio


This project explores the implication of the telomere pathway in ovarian premature and regular aging. Telomere length and maintenance underlie several biological processes such cancer, aging, human diseases and the biology of stem cells. The reactivation of telomerase should lead to a rejuvenation of the ovarian tissue and the improvement of fertility.

The correlation of telomeric factors in blood and granulosa cells will be studied with the aim of finding telomeric biomarkers of ovarian aging.


This is a pilot study, randomized, controled, blind, parallelo arm clinical trial with inactive substance and medicine.

A pilot study will be developed with a total of 45 individuals from 30 to 45 years old, who represent the most frequent population of women seeking for ART.

A control group composed of women with normal ovarian reserve (30 to 45 years old) is needed to compare telomeric and fertility parameters with the group of women with compromised ovarian reserve. Women in the control group irrespective of their age, will have a greater number of follicles compared to women belonging to the group with compromised ovarian reserve.

A group of women with diminished ovarian reserve that will take an inactive substance has been incluided to avoid biases and to set the fertility base line for women with compromised ovarian reserve. The use of an inactive substance or placebo will help obtain better quality results. For instance, if Danazol happened to improve the fertility outcome, then, there could be a possibility that the IVF improvement might be due to other components of the pill. Using placebo, this possibility would be eliminated, since the placebo will contain all components of the pill, except Danazol.

The development of a pilot study will help us understand the statisticl behavior or the telomeric factors as well as to determine the appropriate number of individuals that shoyuld be recruited in a clinical trial to have results with statistical significance. In addition, a pilot study will help us learn errors or undesired events that may happen during the clinical trial. For instance, if patients cannot follow the indications of their doctors and why, or what proportion of patients will drop the study and the reasons for it. Furthermore, it will also help us understand if there exist a tendency, an indication or even a clear beneficial effect for patients without harming them.

The number of participants selected for the study is considered adequate for each group, since each group will be measured in an independent manner.

Study Design


Ovarian Reserve


Danazol/Placebo, Without intervention


Not yet recruiting


IVI Madrid

Results (where available)

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

A synthetic steroid with antigonadotropic and anti-estrogenic activities that acts as an anterior pituitary suppressant by inhibiting the pituitary output of gonadotropins. It possesses some androgenic properties. Danazol has been used in the treatment of endometriosis and some benign breast disorders.

Capacity of the ovary to provide viable eggs.

Cessation of ovarian function after MENARCHE but before the age of 40, without or with OVARIAN FOLLICLE depletion. It is characterized by the presence of OLIGOMENORRHEA or AMENORRHEA, elevated GONADOTROPINS, and low ESTRADIOL levels. It is a state of female HYPERGONADOTROPIC HYPOGONADISM. Etiologies include genetic defects, autoimmune processes, chemotherapy, radiation, and infections.

Cessation of ovarian function after MENARCHE but before the age of 40, without or with OVARIAN FOLLICLE depletion. It is characterized by the presence of OLIGOMENORRHEA or AMENORRHEA, elevated GONADOTROPINS, and low ESTRADIOL levels. It is a state of female HYPERGONADOTROPIC HYPOGONADISM. Etiologies include genetic defects, autoimmune processes, chemotherapy, radiation, and infections.

The volume of air contained in the lungs at the end of a maximal inspiration. It is the equivalent to each of the following sums: VITAL CAPACITY plus RESIDUAL VOLUME; INSPIRATORY CAPACITY plus FUNCTIONAL RESIDUAL CAPACITY; TIDAL VOLUME plus INSPIRATORY RESERVE VOLUME plus functional residual capacity; or tidal volume plus inspiratory reserve volume plus EXPIRATORY RESERVE VOLUME plus residual volume.

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