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The purpose of this protocol is to measure peripheral benzodiazepine receptors in the brain using positron emission tomography (PET) and compare the imaging results between patients and healthy people.


Clinical Trial Description

Objective

In endemic regions neurocysticercosis is the most common cause of adult acquired epilepsy and thus an important public health problem. The disease is caused by infection with the larval form of the tapeworm, Taenia solium. Although neurocysticercosis is common only in many developing regions, an increased number of patients are diagnosed in developed countries mostly due to immigration of infected individuals.

The peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) can be a clinically useful marker to detect neuroinflammation because activated microglia in inflammatory areas expresses much greater levels of PBR than in microglia in resting conditions. PBR has been imaged with positron emission tomography (PET) using [(11)C]1-(2-chlorophenyl-N-methylpropyl)-3-isoquinoline carboxamide (PK11195), which provides low levels of specific signal. Recently we developed a new ligand, [(11)C]N-acetyl-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)-2-phenoxy-5-pyridinamine (PBR28), which showed much greater specific signal than [(11)C]PK11195 in non-human primates.

The major objective of this protocol is to assess the utility of [(11)C]PBR28 PET to detect neuroinflammation in patients with neurocysticercosis.

Study population

Thirty patients will be recruited and clinically followed under protocol 85-I-0127, Treatment of Cysticercosis including Neurocysticercosis with Praziquantel or Albendazole, (PI: Theodore E. Nash, MD, NIAID). Thirty healthy subjects will be recruited.

Design

Fifteen patients with neurocysticercosis and the first 15 age-matched healthy subjects will have brain PET scans. Patients will have up to three [(11)C]PBR28 PET scans during the follow-up and the treatment under 85-I-0127, typically a few weeks apart.

Outcome measures

PBR28 binding will be compared with clinical symptoms and MRI findings. In addition, the binding will be compared between patients and age-matched control subjects because the high levels of specific binding may allow detection of an increase of PBR in regions where MRI does not detect inflammation. ;


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NCT number NCT00526916
Study type Interventional
Source National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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Status Completed
Phase Phase 1
Start date September 4, 2007
Completion date September 5, 2014

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