Lp-PLA2, Progenitor Cells and Coronary Atherosclerosis in Humans AIM III

  • Study type:

    Interventional What is this?

    Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Study phase:

    III What is this?

    During the early phases (phases 1 and 2), researchers assess safety, side effects, optimal dosages and risks/benefits. In the later phase (phase 3), researchers study whether the treatment works better than the current standard therapy. They also compare the safety of the new treatment with that of current treatments. Phase 3 trials include large numbers of people to make sure that the result is valid. There are also less common very early (phase 0) and later (phase 4) phases. Phase 0 trials are small trials that help researchers decide if a new agent should be tested in a phase 1 trial. Phase 4 trials look at long-term safety and effectiveness, after a new treatment has been approved and is on the market.

Study IDs

  • Site IRB:

    • Rochester, Minnesota: 10-000044
  • NCT ID:

  • Sponsor Protocol Number:


About this study

AIM III is a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo controlled trial. The study is directly connected to IRB 08-008161 as a specific aim of the National Institute of Health (NIH) grant. Participants may either consent to and qualify for AIM I and AIM II (IRB 08-008161) or have a cardiac catheterization with acetylcholine testing in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN to be considered for this study.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients undergoing coronary angiography including endothelial function testing with the medication acetylcholine in the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mayo Clinic. Patients may be enrolled in AIM I and AIM II IRB 08-008161 :Lp-PLA2, Progenitor Cells and Atherosclerosis in Humans".
  2. Male or female aged at least 18 years, inclusive, at screening. Female subjects must be post-menopausal or using a highly effective method for avoidance of pregnancy. The decision to include or exclude women of childbearing potential may be made at the discretion of the investigator in accordance with local practice in relation to adequate contraception.
  3. Age greater than 18 up to age 85

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Current severe heart failure New York Heart Association class III or IV with ejection fraction less than 40%
  2. Unstable angina
  3. Myocardial infarction or angioplasty within 6 months prior to entry into the study
  4. Planned coronary revascularization (PCI or CABG)
  5. Planned major surgical procedure
  6. Patients with segments with endothelial dysfunction of less than 10 mm in length or complete occlusion will be excluded.
  7. Angiographic exclusion criteria include left main disease with greater than 30% stenosis on angiogram, luminal diameter of the study vessel less than 2.5 mm, severe tortuousity of the study vessel, or any other relevant anatomical reasons that the investigator deems inappropriate for the study.
  8. Current liver disease, known hepatic or biliary abnormalities (with the exception of Gilbert's syndrome or asymptomatic gallstones) or evidence of abnormal liver function tests (total bilirubin or alkaline phosphatase > 1.5 x upper limit of normal (UNL); or ALT or AST > 2.5 x UNL or other hepatic abnormalities that in the opinion of the investigator would preclude the subject from participation in the study.
  9. Chronic or acute kidney disease with serum creatinine greater than or equal to 2 mg/dL or estimated glomerular filtration rate <40 mL/min/1.73m2, renal transplant status, history of contrast nephropathy,
  10. Poorly controlled hypertension despite lifestyle modifications and pharmacotherapy. (systolic BP >160 mm Hg and/or diastolic BP >110 mm Hg),
  11. Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (HbA1c >10%),
  12. Current or within 1 month use of any form of corticosteroids,
  13. Severe asthma that is poorly controlled on pharmacotherapy
  14. History of anaphylaxis, anaphylactoid (resembling anaphylaxis) reactions
  15. Current life-threatening conditions other than vascular disease, alcohol or drug abuse within the last 6 months
  16. Malignancy within the past 5 years,
  17. Positive pregnancy test (all female subjects of childbearing potential must have a urine β-human chorionic gonadotropin [hCG] pregnancy test performed at Screening and/or within 7 days prior to randomization) or is known to be pregnant or lactating.
  18. Current or planned chronic administration of strong oral or injectable cytochrome P-450 isoenzyme 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitors.
  19. Subjects with both parents of Japanese, Chinese, or Korean ancestry must have a blood sample collected for assessment of Lp-PLA2 activity by the central laboratory prior to randomization. Those with Lp-PLA2 activity ≤10 nmol/min/mL will be excluded from participation in the study.
  20. Previous exposure to darapladib (SB-480848).
  21. Use of an investigational device or investigational drug within 30 days or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) preceding the first dose of the study medication, or any subject the investigator deems unsuitable for the study
  22. Patients who require treatment with positive inotropic agents other than digoxin during the study
  23. Patients with cerebrovascular accident within 6 months prior to entry into the study
  24. Significant endocrine, hepatic or renal disorders
  25. Local or systemic infectious disease within 4 weeks prior to entry into study
  26. Mental instability
  27. Federal Medical Center inmates
  28. Hemoglobin less than 12 mg/dL

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Amir Lerman, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Cindy Woltman R.N.