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Interest of Topical Spironolactone's Administration to Prevent Corticoid-induced Epidermal Atrophy

Information source: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
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Condition(s) targeted: Cutaneous Atrophy Due to Corticosteroids

Intervention: Clobetasol + Spironolactone (Drug); Clobetasol + Placebo (Drug); Placebo + Spironolactone (Drug); Placebo + Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Eve MAUBEC, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Assistance Publique - HĂ´pitaux de Paris


The purpose of this study is to determine whether spironolactone could significantly reduce cutaneous atrophy due to corticosteroids.

Clinical Details

Official title: Interest of Topical Spironolactone's Administration to Prevent Corticoid-induced Epidermal Atrophy

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: histological measure of epidermal thickness

Secondary outcome:

delay of healing after skin biopsies performed on day 29

Dermis thickness evaluated by ultrasound

Mineral receptors and glucoreceptors expression ratio performed by immunohistochemistry

Detailed description: skin cutaneous atrophy due to corticosteroids limits the long-term use of highly potent topical glucocorticoids which are the treatment of choice for many inflammatory skin diseases. This atrophy results in fragile skin, delay of healing, purpura, irreversible striae, telangiectasia and secondary infections. Up to now, no treatments can prevent efficiently skin atrophy. The mineralocorticoid receptor, belonging to the superfamily of nuclear receptors, is expressed in human epidermis but its actual function is unknown. Experimental results in animals obtained in INSERM unit U772 by Dr N FARMAN suggest that spironolactone which is a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist 1- might limit epidermal atrophy and 2- might promote healing. Study description We propose to test clinically these hypotheses for the first time on humans, at the CIC in BICHAT's hospital on healthy volunteers: 1- by applying on the skin a highly potent cutaneous corticosteroids in association or not with spironolactone, 2- by applying or not spironolactone on wounds after 3-mm punch biopsies.


Minimum age: 20 Years. Maximum age: 50 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Healthy volunteers of both sex, aged between 20 and 50 years

- Woman with effective contraception and pregnancy test negative before inclusion.

- Subject considered healthy after a detailed review (interview, clinical examination)

- Subject belonging to a social security scheme (beneficiary or have the right)

- Subject having signed a free and informed consent

- Integrity of the skin at forearms

- Subject available the next 7 weeks and able to go to CIC once a day from Monday to


- Subject accepting four skin biopsies at D29

- no washing forearms during 2 hours after applications

Exclusion Criteria:

- Chronic Alcoholism

- Drug-addiction (comprehensive interview with a sampling in case of doubt)

- Woman pregnant or breast-feeding

- Subject involved in another trial or in exclusion period of another protocol

- Subject has already received more than 3700 Euros in compensation for damages

suffered constraints in the past 12 months for his involvement in biomedical researches

- Subject has already participated in this protocol

- Phototypes 5 and 6

- Clinical skin atrophy

- History of severe chronic skin disease

- Problems of healing

- Treatment with oral corticosteroids, mineralocorticoids or spironolactone (Aldactone,

Flumach, Practon, Spiroctan, Spironone, Aldactazine, ALDALIX, Practazin, Spiroctazine ...)

Locations and Contacts

Bichat Hospital, Paris 75877, France
Additional Information

Related publications:

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Bayo P, Sanchis A, Bravo A, Cascallana JL, Buder K, Tuckermann J, SchĂĽtz G, PĂ©rez P. Glucocorticoid receptor is required for skin barrier competence. Endocrinology. 2008 Mar;149(3):1377-88. Epub 2007 Nov 26.

Sainte Marie Y, Toulon A, Paus R, Maubec E, Cherfa A, Grossin M, Descamps V, Clemessy M, Gasc JM, Peuchmaur M, Glick A, Farman N, Jaisser F. Targeted skin overexpression of the mineralocorticoid receptor in mice causes epidermal atrophy, premature skin barrier formation, eye abnormalities, and alopecia. Am J Pathol. 2007 Sep;171(3):846-60. Epub 2007 Aug 3.

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Maubec E, Laouénan C, Deschamps L, Nguyen VT, Scheer-Senyarich I, Wackenheim-Jacobs AC, Steff M, Duhamel S, Tubiana S, Brahimi N, Leclerc-Mercier S, Crickx B, Perret C, Aractingi S, Escoubet B, Duval X, Arnaud P, Jaisser F, Mentré F, Farman N. Topical Mineralocorticoid Receptor Blockade Limits Glucocorticoid-Induced Epidermal Atrophy in Human Skin. J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Jul;135(7):1781-9. doi: 10.1038/jid.2015.44. Epub 2015 Feb 10.

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Last updated: July 2, 2015

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