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Brain Involvement in Myotonic Dystrophy Type I: From Functional Neuroimaging to the Impact on Quality of Life (BrainDM)

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: NCT03589677
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 18, 2018
Last Update Posted : July 18, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
prof. Corrado Angelini, IRCCS San Camillo, Venezia, Italy

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date May 10, 2018
First Posted Date July 18, 2018
Last Update Posted Date July 18, 2018
Actual Study Start Date July 3, 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date June 4, 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures
 (submitted: July 5, 2018)
Study of quality of life with INQoL test in DM1 patients [ Time Frame: Study of quality of life in DM1 patients. Estimated duration: about 15 months ]
The Individualized Neuromuscular Quality of Life Questionnaire (INQoL) patients and caregivers' score will be used for define the possible impact of the pathology on the patient's quality of life. Will be used the INQoL Italian version validated in 2010 (Sansone et al. 2010)
Original Primary Outcome Measures Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures
 (submitted: July 5, 2018)
  • Brain MRI neuroimaging in DM1 patients [ Time Frame: Estimated duration: about 16 months. ]
    Brain DM1 neuroimaging examination with MRI T1 sequences will be collected using 1.5 Tesla scanner and analyzed to verified the possible presence of structural brain alteration. T1 sequences will be used to evaluate cortical atrophy in DM1 patients.
  • Study of circulating myomiRNAs in DM1 patients before and after rehabilitation [ Time Frame: Estimated duration: about 16 months. ]
    New circulating molecular biomarkers, muscle specific-microRNAs (myomiRNAs), will be studied, before and after a period of 6 weeks of rehabilitation protocol, in blood of DM1 patients. MyomiRNAs could be used to evaluate the effect of physical rehabilitation since they appear to be linked to muscle atrophy. Rehabilitation protocol and methodologies have been published and validated by Cudia (Cudia et al.; 2016)
Original Secondary Outcome Measures Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title Brain Involvement in Myotonic Dystrophy Type I: From Functional Neuroimaging to the Impact on Quality of Life
Official Title Brain Involvement in Myotonic Dystrophy Type I: From Functional Neuroimaging to the Impact on Quality of Life
Brief Summary This project aims to characterize DM1 patients, by collecting clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and molecular rehabilitative data, in order to elucidate the etiology of cognitive troubles, with special attention to the impact of those dysfunctions on quality of life.
Detailed Description Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1), the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adulthood, is characterized by a multisystemic involvement in skeletal muscle (atrophy and progressive hyposthenia, predominantly in the distal districts, and myotonic phenomenon), and of the cardiac, ocular, endocrine, gastrointestinal and central nervous system (CNS) systems. The disease, of a genetic nature, is transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait and is due to an abnormal expansion of the CTG nucleotide triplet of the gene that encodes a kinase protein (DMPK), located on chromosome 19q13.3. Based on the expansion number of nucleotide triplets, 4 classes of expansion were identified: E1, E2, E3, E4, which are directly related to the severity of the phenotype. The pathogenetic basis of the disease is not yet clear to date; however, it is hypothesized that the mutation results in the expression of abnormal RNA transcripts that induce an alteration of the splicing mechanisms of different gene products. The disease frequently presents a typical profile of CNS disorders, characterized by a chronic and progressive pattern. The clinically identifiable symptomatology consists of cognitive disorders (visual-spatial, attention, executive functions), from alterations in the emotional sphere (depressed mood, anxiety and apathetic temperament) and from obsessive / avoiding / passive-aggressive personality traits. A difficulty in recognizing facial emotional states has also been reported. The overall intellectual performance tends to be at the lower limits of the norm when compared to the population of equal age and education. From the neuroradiological point of view, the presence of cortical atrophy, usually more evident in the frontal and temporal, and of white matter lesions spread on both hemispheres, often asymmetric, was detected. Despite the high number of studies on the subject, the frequency and localization of these abnormalities, as well as their relationship to cognitive involvement, the age of onset, duration of disease and genetic profile have not yet been clarified. In clinical practice, patients frequently present a partial impairment of insight, or the psychological ability to have a clear and complete awareness of their condition of illness, the incidence of which, however, has never been investigated. This disorder, also defined by the name of anosognosia, generates in the patient a partial admission of difficulties, which interferes with its adaptability to treatments and in the relationship with the caregiving figures. Lack of awareness about one's state of illness is a psychological condition found in various neurological diseases of an organic or neurodegenerative nature. The neuroanatomical and neuropsychological bases are complex and to date not fully known. The frontal lobes have been identified as possible neuroanatomical localizations of the disorder; however, data in the literature about the relationship between executive function deficits and anosognosia are extremely conflicting. In this patients, the rehabilitative intervention is useful for optimizing muscle tropism and prevents further atrophy of disused muscle fibers. MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) miR-1, miR-206, miR-133a, and miR-133b are called "myomiRs" and are involved in myogenesis, muscle maintenance, and recovery and can be used as possible biomarkers to follow the effectiveness of rehabilitation treatment. There are currently no similar studies on patients with DM1.
Study Type Observational
Study Design Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Target Follow-Up Duration Not Provided
Biospecimen Not Provided
Sampling Method Non-Probability Sample
Study Population DM1 subjects of both sexes: de novo or with previous diagnosis that show significant worsening detectable during the follow-up foreseen by the normal cure procedure with clinical presentation indicating a CNS compromise. DM1 is frequently characterized by a significant involvement of the CNS, causing cognitive disorders, mood and behavior, varying from case to case.
Condition Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1)
Intervention Not Provided
Study Groups/Cohorts Myotonic dystrophy type 1

Subjects of both sexes with a diagnosis of Steinert's disease (DM1), de novo or with the previous diagnosis that shows significant worsening detectable during the follow-up foreseen by the normal cure procedure with clinical presentation indicating a CNS compromise will be evaluated for:

  • quality of life evaluation
  • exam of neuroimaging
  • study of myomiRNAs before and after rehabilitation
Publications *

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Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status Completed
Actual Enrollment
 (submitted: July 5, 2018)
Original Actual Enrollment Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date June 4, 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date June 4, 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age between 20 and 60 years;
  • Presence of cognitive disorders declared by the patient or family members spontaneously or at the specific request of the physician, not to compromise the ability to understand and adhere to what is required by the study protocol;
  • Suspected leukoencephalopathy;
  • Signing of written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • clinical picture mainly referring to other neurological diseases (eg dementia, stroke outcomes, etc ...)
  • incompatibility with the eligibility criteria: subjects with DM1 who do not show symptoms of involvement of the central nervous system; subjects with previous diagnosis.
  • impossibility to perform magnetic resonance examinations as they are dangerous for the patient's health;
  • patients with severe psychiatric disorders: Axis 1 or 2 of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV);
  • patients with severe or severe mental retardation: Intelligence Quotient (IQ) at the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) <of 45.
  • Abuse of alcohol or other psychoactive substances.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages 20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers No
Contacts Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries Not Provided
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number NCT03589677
Other Study ID Numbers IRCCSSanCamillo
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
IPD Sharing Statement
Plan to Share IPD: No
Responsible Party prof. Corrado Angelini, IRCCS San Camillo, Venezia, Italy
Study Sponsor IRCCS San Camillo, Venezia, Italy
Collaborators Not Provided
Investigators Not Provided
PRS Account IRCCS San Camillo, Venezia, Italy
Verification Date June 2018