COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:

Get the latest research information from NIH: Menu

A Study Comparing the Mechanisms of Action of Lifibrol and Pravastatin

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01057654
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2010
Last Update Posted : January 27, 2010
Information provided by:
University Hospital, Bonn

Brief Summary:
Lifibrol is a new lipid-lowering drug which lowers cholesterol to an extent in the order of magnitude of the statins. The mechanism of action of this compound is different from the one of statins but remains unknown. The current study will investigate the mechanism of action using stable-isotope turnover methods. The study will be done in healthy male volunteers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypercholesterolemia Hyperlipoproteinemia Drug: Pravastatin Drug: Lifibrol Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Elevated lipoprotein concentrations are a major risk factor for the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Effective reduction of low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol concentrations has been shown to greatly reduce this risk. The most widely used lipid-lowering agents are the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins), which have been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) in large prospective clinical trials. However, despite significant LDL-C reduction approximately 70% of the events are still not avoided and the search for improved or alternative lipid-modifying drug therapies continuous. HDL-C has been addressed as a potential modifiable target for decreasing this residual risk, since a low HDL-C concentration is an acknowledged independent risk factor for CHD. However, recent studies showed that an increase in HDL-C concentrations was surprisingly not associated with a decrease in atherosclerosis, but with a possible increase. Therefore it seems that not the concentrations of HDL-C should be targeted but HDL function in reverse cholesterol transport.

Lifibrol is a lipid-modifying drug which has been shown to improve HDL particle flux via increased apoA-I production, while not having HDL-raising properties. Furthermore, it decreases dose-dependently LDL-C by up to 40%. It is of major interest to clarify the, apparently unique, mechanisms of action of a compound, whose LDL-lowering effects are comparable in magnitude to the ones of statins.

The mechanisms of lifibrol's LDL-lowering effects are not completely clarified. There is evidence suggesting that it increases hepatic LDL receptor expression by a sterol-independent mechanism, i.e. not through a reduction in cholesterol synthesis, the mechanism of action of statins. ApoB turnover studies have indicated that increased catabolism of LDL rather than a decrease in hepatic apoB production may be responsible for its cholesterol-lowering effects. Since apoB metabolism and cholesterol synthesis are closely related, we designed a study to investigate the effects of lifibrol on the metabolism of apoB-100-containing lipoproteins and on endogenous sterol synthesis in parallel, using stable isotope methods. In addition, since lifibrol may inhibit cholesterol synthesis at steps earlier than HMG-CoA reductase, we investigated [13C]acetate catabolism analyzing 13CO2 appearance in breath. The HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitor pravastatin was used as comparator, since its mode of action is well characterized. The principle questions addressed were (i) whether lifibrol exerts its cholesterol-lowering effects through decreased synthesis/enhanced catabolism of apoB-100-containing lipoproteins or through inhibition of sterol de novo synthesis and (ii) whether these effects are interrelated.

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: A Stable-isotope Study in Healthy Normolipidemic Volunteers Comparing the Mechanisms of Action of Lifibrol and Pravastatin
Study Start Date : January 1996
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 1996
Actual Study Completion Date : June 1998

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lifibrol
Lifibrol (K12.148; 4-(4'-tert. butylphenyl)-1-(4'-carboxyphenoxy)-2-butanol) given as a 600 mg film-coated tablet
Drug: Lifibrol
Lifibrol (K12.148; 4-(4'-tert. butylphenyl)-1-(4'-carboxyphenoxy)-2-butanol) given as a 600 mg film-coated tablet

Active Comparator: Pravastatin
Pravastatin 40 mg per day
Drug: Pravastatin
Pravastatin 40 mg

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. LDL cholesterol lowering [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in other lipoprotein concentrations [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male volunteers
  • 18 to 35 years old
  • good clinical condition
  • normal eating habits
  • mental abilities to be able to understand the study procedures
  • written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • relevant pathological findings in the baseline examination
  • known allergic predisposition
  • concomitant drugs
  • alcohol or nicotine abuse
  • participation in other clinical trials in the last 30 days

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01057654

Layout table for location information
Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Bonn
Bonn, Germany, 53105
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Bonn
Layout table for investigator information
Principal Investigator: Heiner K. Berthold, Professor University of Bonn
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Heiner K. Berthold, MD, PhD, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Bonn, Germany Identifier: NCT01057654    
Other Study ID Numbers: LIF293/95apoB
First Posted: January 27, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 27, 2010
Last Verified: January 2010
Keywords provided by University Hospital, Bonn:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors