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Study of Propranolol as Anti-Adhesive Therapy in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

2014-07-23 21:09:57 | BioPortfolio

Summary

An open label, prospective, randomized cross-over phase II study in up to 60 sickle cell patients who are either homozygous for Hb S or have HbSB0 thalassemia. Initially, each patient will be treated for 6 weeks with placebo or a standard dose of propranolol (40 mg) every 12 hrs. This will be followed by a 2-week washout period after which, patients will receive the other treatment modality (placebo or propranolol).

We Hypothesize that propranolol administered in vivo on a daily basis for 6 weeks (1) will decrease baseline adhesion to endothelial cells and will substantially abrogate epinephrine-stimulated adhesion to endothelial cells, as measured in vitro; (2) will improve biomarkers of endothelial activation and dysfunction; and (3) can be safely used in patients with SCD. Thus, the use of propranolol in SCD may represent a safe and effective means of anti-adhesive therapy in SCD.

Study Objectives:

Primary Objective:

• To establish the safety and efficacy of long-term therapy with propranolol as an anti-adhesive therapy for SCD.

Secondary Objective:

• To evaluate changes in soluble markers of endothelial activation and dysfunction.

Correlative Science Objective:

• To determine whether response to propranolol therapy is associated with polymorphisms in genes encoding the proteins involved in the upregulation of SS RBC adhesion by epinephrine.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Sickle Cell Disease

Intervention

Propranolol, Placebo

Location

Duke University Medical Center
Durham
North Carolina
United States
27710

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Duke University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:57-0400

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