A Phase 1 Study to Assess the Safety and Tolerability of PET Imaging With [11C]CPPC [5-cyano-N-(4-(4-[11C]Methylpiperazin-1-yl)-2-(Piperidin-1-yl)Phenyl)Furan-2-carboxamide] Radioligand in Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Purpose:

The goal of this study is to evaluate the safety of using the [5-cyano-N-(4-(4-[11C]Methylpiperazin-1-yl)-2-(Piperidin-1-yl)Phenyl)Furan-2-carboxamide] ([11C]CPPC) radiotracer in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The investigators are also interested to see whether use of this radiotracer reveals imaging differences between patients with ALS and healthy patients.

Study Status:



Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Type:


Type of Intervention:


Intervention Name:

[11C]CPPC Injection




Phase 1

Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Nicholas J Maragakis, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Clinicaltrials.gov ID:


Neals Affiliated?


Coordinating Center Contact Information

Johns Hopkins University

Caroline F Plott, MS / email hidden; JavaScript is required / 4106149874

Baltimore, Maryland, 21287 United States

Full Study Summary:

This is a Phase 1 study of safety and tolerability of an investigational radiotracer drug called [5-cyano-N-(4-(4-[11C]Methylpiperazin-1-yl)-2-(Piperidin-1-yl)Phenyl)Furan-2-carboxamide] ([11C]CPPC). A radiotracer is a substance that chemically marks certain structures in the body. In this case, [11C]CPPC highlights structures expressing colony stimulating factor receptor (CSF1R), a receptor that is expressed on microglial cells. A safety and tolerability study is looking to see if there are any unanticipated, possibly harmful, effects of the use of the radiotracer in humans. However, ultimately, the investigators would like to know if this drug can be used to make better images of the brain for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which could help doctors better understand the disease and help take care of patients with ALS. This study will use a radiotracer to look for a chemical receptor which ALS patients have more of in the brain. After receiving the radiotracer, participants' brains will be scanned with a positron emission tomography (PET) imaging machine.

Study Sponsor:

Johns Hopkins University

Estimated Enrollment:


Estimated Study Start Date:

09 / 01 / 2021

Estimated Study Completion Date:

06 / 30 / 2024

Posting Last Modified Date:

07 / 13 / 2022

Date Study Added to neals.org:

02 / 11 / 2021

Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:


Can participants use Riluzole?


Inclusion Criteria:

1. Have the ability to understand the requirements of the study, provide written informed consent, understand and provide written authorization for the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) [per Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Ruling] and comply with the study procedures.

2. Men and women at least 18 years old.

3. Women must have a negative serum pregnancy test and practice an acceptable method of contraception or be of non-childbearing potential (post-menopausal for at least 2 years or who have undergone hysterectomy, oophorectomy or surgical sterilization).

4. Geographic accessibility to the study center and the ability to travel to the clinic for study visits.

5. Presence of a willing and able caregiver.

6. Diagnosis of ALS based on examination by the site PI, meeting El Escorial criteria for possible, laboratory-supported probable, probable or definite ALS or be a person without a diagnosis of ALS disorder

7. Vital capacity ≥ 50% of predicted normal for age, height and gender measured in the seated position and the ability to lie supine for a period of 1 hour.

8. Agrees to the visit schedule as outlined in the informed consent.

9. Pre-study labs within normal range, or if abnormal, deemed not clinically significant by the site investigator.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Weakness due to causes other than ALS.

2. Receipt of any investigational drug, device or biologic within 30 days of administration of study compound.

3. Use of anti-inflammatory medications, immunosuppressants, or benzodiazepines.

4. Any concomitant medical disease or condition limiting the safety to participate including, but not limited to:

1. Coagulopathy

2. Active infection

5. Any condition that the site PI feels may interfere with participation in the study

6. Inability to provide informed consent as determined by the site PI.

7. Known clinical evidence of frontotemporal dementia

8. Inadequate family or caregiver support as determined by the site PI.

9. Presence of any of the following conditions:

1. Current drug abuse or alcoholism

2. Unstable medical conditions

3. Unstable psychiatric illness including psychosis and untreated major depression within 90 days of screening

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center | Recruiting

Nicholas J Maragakis, MD / 410-614-9874

Baltimore, Maryland 21287
United States