Combination therapy with interferon beta-1a and doxycycline in multiple sclerosis : an open-label trial

Minagar, Alireza and Alexander, J. Steven and Schwendimann, Robert N. and Kelley, Roger E. and Gonzalez-Toledo, Eduardo and Jimenez, Joaquim J. and Mauro, Lucia and Jy, Wenche and Smith, Stacy J.. (2008) Combination therapy with interferon beta-1a and doxycycline in multiple sclerosis : an open-label trial. Archives of neurology, Vol. 65, H. 2. pp. 199-204.

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of combination therapy with intramuscular interferon beta-1a and oral doxycycline, a potent inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases, in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) having breakthrough disease activity. DESIGN: Open-label, 7-month trial. SETTING: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. PATIENTS: Fifteen patients with RRMS taking interferon beta-1a with breakthrough disease activity took doxycycline for 4 months. Patients underwent monthly neurologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain using triple-dose gadolinium, and safety blood work. INTERVENTIONS: Ongoing treatment with intramuscular interferon beta-1a plus oral doxycycline, 100 mg daily, for 4 months. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary end point was gadolinium-enhancing lesion number change, and the secondary end points were relapse rates, safety and tolerability of the combination of interferon beta-1a and doxycycline in patients with MS, Expanded Disability Status Scale score, serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 levels, and transendothelial migration of monocytes exposed to serum from patients with RRMS. RESULTS: Combination of doxycycline and interferon beta-1a treatment resulted in reductions in contrast-enhancing lesion numbers and posttreatment Expanded Disability Status Scale values (P > .001 for both). Only 1 patient relapsed. Multivariate analyses indicated correlations between decreased serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 levels and enhancing lesion activity reduction. Transendothelial migration of monocytes incubated with serum from patients with RRMS undergoing combination therapy was suppressed. Adverse effects were mild; no adverse synergistic effects of combination therapy or unexpected adverse events were reported. CONCLUSIONS: Combination of intramuscular interferon beta-1a and oral doxycycline treatment was effective, safe, and well tolerated. Controlled clini trials in larger cohorts of patients with MS are needed to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of this combination. Trial Registration clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00246324
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Institut für Pflegewissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Schwendimann, René
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:American Medical Association
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