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Effects of Vitamin D on Renin Expression in Hypertensive Patients

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: NCT00585442
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Lack of quality data)
First Posted : January 3, 2008
Last Update Posted : May 27, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
mark munger, University of Utah

Brief Summary:
The cardiovascular effects of vitamin D therapy (in humans) have been documented only in patients with known vitamin D deficiency or hyperparathyroidism (a surrogate marker of inadequate vitamin D activity). It is unknown whether the cardiovascular benefits of vitamin D therapy extend beyond these patients to the general hypertensive population. We propose to directly measure the effect of vitamin D therapy on plasma renin activity (PRA), plasma renin concentration (PRC), renin transcription (in mononuclear leukocytes), and blood pressure in hypertensive (but otherwise healthy) patients in a randomized, controlled, experimental trial. This will be the first study to assess vitamin D receptor (VDR) biological (PRA, PRC, renin mRNA, and polymorphisms) and hypertensive activity in patients without vitamin D deficiency. We hypothesize that vitamin D inhibition of renin transcription will produce significant reductions in PRA, PRC, renin transcription, inflammatory cytokines, SBP, and DBP, with potential variation by VDR genotype. Such a result may prove to be significant in the treatment of hypertension, as even modest blood pressure reductions (5 mmHg) are associated with a 14% reduction in mortality due to stroke, a 9% reduction in mortality due to CHD, and a 7% overall reduction in all-cause mortality.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertension Vitamin D Deficiency Drug: calcitriol Drug: Placebo Early Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 12 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Calcitriol (1α, 25-[OH]2 Vitamin D3) on Renin Expression in Hypertensive Patients Without Vitamin D Deficiency
Study Start Date : May 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2008

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Calcitriol Drug: calcitriol
1.0 mcg daily
Other Names:
  • Rocaltrol
  • 1α, 25-[OH]2 Vitamin D3

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Compare plasma renin activity (PRA) and plasma renin concentration (PRC) in hypertensive patients (JNC VII stage I) following 14 days treatment with calcitriol (1α, 25-[OH]2 vitamin D3) or matched placebo. [ Time Frame: 13 MONTHS (MAY 2007-JUNE 2008) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Compare mononuclear leukocyte renin transcription (mRNA) between calcitriol and matched placebo. [ Time Frame: 13 MONTHS (MAY 2007-JUNE 2008) ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Male or female patients age > 55 years.
  2. Female patients must be postmenopausal, as determined by surgical hysterectomy or 12 month history since last active menstruation
  3. Stage I hypertension (JNC VII Criteria): mean systolic blood pressure (mSBP) 140-159 mmHg and mean diastolic blood pressure 90 - 99 mmHg (mDBP)2
  4. Provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Serum vitamin D <55 pmol/L
  2. Serum calcium >10.5 mg/dL
  3. Serum phosphate (inorganic) >5.5 mg/dL
  4. Serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) >1.3 pmol/L
  5. Vitamin D supplements, calcium supplements, estrogen replacement therapy, corticosteroids (inhaled/oral), or hydroxymethyl glutarate CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) within 30 days prior to randomization
  6. Stage II hypertension (JNC VII criteria): mSSBP >160 mmHg or mSDBP >100 mmHg
  7. Use of alpha2-agonists, beta-blockers, or more than 2 anti-hypertensive medications at screening
  8. Estimated creatinine clearance <30 mL/min by Crockroft-Gault Formula
  9. History of heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), acute coronary syndrome (ACS), transient ischemic attack (TIA), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), or known clotting disorder
  10. Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (patients stabilized on oral regimens may be enrolled)
  11. History of hypersensitivity reaction to 1α, 25-(OH)2 vitamin D3 (calcitriol)

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United States, Utah
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84112
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Utah
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Principal Investigator: Mark Munger, PharmD University of Utah
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Responsible Party: mark munger, Professor, Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah Identifier: NCT00585442    
Other Study ID Numbers: 22714
10151812 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education )
First Posted: January 3, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 27, 2016
Last Verified: March 2016
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Vitamin D Deficiency
Deficiency Diseases
Nutrition Disorders
Vitamin D
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Bone Density Conservation Agents
Calcium-Regulating Hormones and Agents
Calcium Channel Agonists
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Vasoconstrictor Agents