Last updated on February 2018

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide and Skeletal Muscle Metabolic Phenotype


Brief description of study

This study is designed to assess the physiological consequences of elevating Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) availability using Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) supplementation in skeletal muscle tissue, and examine its effect upon muscle metabolic phenotype.

Detailed Study Description

-NAD+ sensitive metabolic decline in ageing, including sarcopenia, leads to a reduction in energy metabolism, contribute to chronic inflammation, disposing individuals to metabolic disease and overall decreased later-life health. Prominent metabolic changes include a decline in NAD+ content and deterioration in muscle NAD+ mediated signalling and mitochondrial function, ultimately compromising skeletal muscle and whole body energy homeostasis.

The most efficient means to boost NAD+ in muscle appears to be oral delivery of NR, and participants will be supplemented with 1000mg NR (2x x250mg tablets twice daily) for 3 weeks.

  • Hypothesis: elevating skeletal muscle NAD+ bioavailability using NR supplementation will increase markers of mitochondrial function and that will manifest as a more favourable metabolic profile.
  • Study Setting: the study will be carried out at the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02950441

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