Function of Regulatory T Cells Improved by Dexamethasone in Graves' Patients
Antithyroid drugs is the first choice treatment of Graves' disease in China and Europe. However,the relapse rate is very high (40-60%) after therapy withdrawal, and many patients need further treatment. In our previous study, a new treatment strategy for GD has been introduced. After methimazole (18 months) combined with intrathyroid injection of dexamethasone (DEX) (3 months) treatment, the relapse rate of hyperthyroidism was markedly reduced compared with methimazole treatment alone (7.4% versus 51%) during the 2-year follow-up period. The results have been published in the 'J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2009,94:4984-4991'. However, the mechanism by which the DEX reduces the relapse rate of GD is not fully understood. In vitro study, we have proven that DEX could effectively improve the function of regulatory T (Treg) cells and set up a new balance of T helper 1(Th1)/Th2 in GD patients(this results have been in press in the Eur J Endocrinol). In order to elucidate mechanism of this treatment strategy in vivo, we plan to recruit 20-30 patients with GD and treat those patients by intrathyroid injection of DEX combined with methimazole, and the function of Treg cells and balance of Th1/Th2 will be evaluated.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Function of Regulatory T Cells Improved by Treatment With an Intrathyroid Injection of Dexamethasone in Graves' Patients|
- Function of Regulatory T Cells [ Time Frame: From baseline to 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Function of Treg cells will be analyzed by the proliferation rate of CD4+CD25- T cells, according to the following formula: cell proliferation rate (%) = proliferation rate of CD4+CD25- T cells co-cultured with CD4+CD25+T cells/proliferation rate of CD4+CD25- T cells alone×100%.
- The proportion of Th1 and Th2 cells [ Time Frame: From baseline to 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Th1 and Th2 cells will be identified by flow cytometry analysis.
|Study Start Date:||March 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Isotonic Na chloride
The treatment strategy is the same with intervention, only the drug (dexamethasone) will be changed to isotonic Na chloride.
The course of treatment will be last for 3 months. The intrathyroid injection of dexamethasone will be performed using a 25-gauge (0.25-mm) needle under ultrasound guidance. The injection will be performed in both lobes of the thyroid. The dosage of dexamethasone is 5mg (1.0 ml) in each lobe, twice a week during the first month of the treatment. The treatment strategy will be changed to once a week in the second month and twice a month in the third month; the dosage of dexamethasone is the same as in the first month.
Other Name: Hexadecadrol
|Nanjing First Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University|
|Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, 210006|
|Study Chair:||Xiao-Ming Mao, MD.||Nanjing First Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University|