Rasagiline for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A randomized, controlled trial.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

INTRODUCTION: Rasagiline is a monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitor with possible neuroprotective effects in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 80 ALS participants with enrichment of the placebo group with historical controls (n = 177) at 10 centers in the United States. Participants were randomized in a 3:1 ratio to 2 mg/day rasagiline or placebo. The primary outcome was average slope of decline on the ALS Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R). Secondary measures included slow vital capacity, survival, mitochondrial and molecular biomarkers, and adverse-event reporting. RESULTS: There was no difference in the average 12-month ALSFRS-R slope between rasagiline and the mixed placebo and historical control cohorts. Rasagiline did not show signs of drug-target engagement in urine and blood biomarkers. Rasagiline was well tolerated with no serious adverse events. DISCUSSION: Rasagiline did not alter disease progression compared with controls over 12 months of treatment. Muscle Nerve 59:201-207, 2019.

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Cited Authors

  • Statland, JM; Moore, D; Wang, Y; Walsh, M; Mozaffar, T; Elman, L; Nations, SP; Mitsumoto, H; Fernandes, JA; Saperstein, D; Hayat, G; Herbelin, L; Karam, C; Katz, J; Wilkins, HM; Agbas, A; Swerdlow, RH; Santella, RM; Dimachkie, MM; Barohn, RJ; Rasagiline Investigators of the Muscle Study Group and Western ALS Consortium,

Published Date

  • February 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 59 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 201 - 207

PubMed ID

  • 30192007

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6545236

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mus.26335


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States