A 24-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of three dosages of Cerebrolysin in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease

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Euroespes Biomedical Research Centre, Santa Maria de Babio, Bergondo, La Coruna, Spain. xantonal@yahoo.es

Abstract

Cerebrolysin (Cere) is a compound with neurotrophic activity shown to be effective in Alzheimer’s disease in earlier trials. The efficacy and safety of three dosages of Cere were investigated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, study. Two hundred and seventy-nine patients were enrolled (69 Cere 10 ml; 70 Cere 30 ml; 71 Cere 60 ml and 69 placebo). Patients received iv infusions of 10, 30, 60 ml Cere or placebo 5 days/week for the first 4 weeks and thereafter, two iv infusions per week for 8 weeks. Effects on cognition and clinical global impressions were evaluated 4, 12 and 24 weeks after the beginning of the infusions using the CIBIC+ and the modified Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS)-cog. At week 24, significant improvement of cognitive performance on the ADAS-cog (P=0.038) and global function (CIBIC+; P>0.001) was observed for the 10 ml dose. The 30 and 60 ml doses showed significant improvement of the global outcome but failed to show significant improvement of cognition. The results are consistent with a reversed U-shaped dose-response relationship for Cere. The percentage of patients reporting adverse events was similar across all study groups. Cere treatment was well tolerated and led to significant, dose-dependent improvement of cognition and global clinical impression.

PMID:
16420392
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

The neuroprotective effects of Cerebrolysin in a transgenic model of Alzheimer’s disease are associated with improved behavioral performance

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Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.

Abstract

Cerebrolysin is a peptide mixture with neurotrophic effects that might have the ability of both reducing amyloid burden and improving synaptic plasticity in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In order to determine if Cerebrolysin is capable of ameliorating the neurodegenerative and behavioral alterations associated with amyloid beta (A beta) production; transgenic (tg) mice expressing mutant human amyloid precursor protein (APP) under the Thy1 promoter were treated with Cerebrolysin or saline alone starting at 3 or 6 months of age for a total of three months. Animals were then tested behaviorally (at 6 and 9 months of age respectively) in the water maze and then analyzed neuropathologically for amyloid burden, synaptic density, astrogliosis and apoptosis. Performance analysis in the water maze showed that in the younger tg mice cohort, Cerebrolysin treatment significantly ameliorated the performance deficits. In the older cohort, there was a trend toward improved performance in the learning curve. Neuropathological examination showed that in both age/treatment groups, Cerebrolysin promoted synaptic regeneration, and reduced the proportion of neurons displaying DNA fragmentation by the (TdT)-mediated dUTP-biotin nick-end labeling (TUNEL) method. Moreover, Cerebrolysin treatment reduced A beta burden by 43% in the young group and by 27% in the older group. Taken together, these results suggest that Cerebrolysin treatment might have beneficial effects in patients with cognitive impairment by reducing A beta accumulation and promoting the preservation of synaptic terminals.

PMID:
14628195
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Improved global function and activities of daily living in patients with AD: a placebo-controlled clinical study with the neurotrophic agent Cerebrolysin.

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Neurology Department, University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cerebrolysin (Cere) is a peptidergic, neurotrophic drug which has been shown to improve cognitive performance and global function of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients in earlier trials. In this study, we have attempted to replicate this findings with particular emphasis on functional improvement of the patients.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Patients received infusions of 30 ml Cere or placebo five days/week for six consecutive weeks. Patients had to have a diagnosis of AD and a MMSE score of 14-25 inclusive. Effects on cognition, global function, and activities of daily living were evaluated 3, 6, and 18 weeks after the beginning of the infusions.

RESULTS:

Significant improvement of cognitive function, clinical global impression and activities of daily living were seen after the end of the therapy. The effects were most pronounced in the DAD score, a measure for the capability to perform activities of daily living. Interestingly, and in line with the findings of earlier studies, the treatment effect of Cere was maintained after cessation of treatment up to the week 18 assessment.

CONCLUSION:

The data confirm the findings of earlier trials and clearly demonstrates that Cere leads to functional improvement of patients with AD. The sustained treatment effect of Cere after withdrawal has been confirmed.

PMID:
12456070
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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