Last updated on February 2018

In Vivo Effects of the Gluten Friendly Bread in Coeliac Disease


Brief description of study

In the last two decades, a series of epidemiological studies have shown a particular increase in Coeliac Disease (CD), a life-long intolerance to gluten proteins (the seed storage proteins) present in most cereals (wheat, barley and rye) both in the United States and Europe, and in developing countries. In these subjects, the consumption of cereals containing gluten causes a chronic inflammatory process leading to lesions in the small intestine and a dysfunction in nutrient absorption.The only current treatment for CD is a strict lifelong gluten-free diet. In most cases (some people do not respond) this dietary regimen guarantees the full recovery of small intestine architecture and functions, though for many patients the gluten-free diet is highly restrictive, especially for social events and during travelling. In addition, this dietary therapy has often low content of vitamins and ions, such as vitamins B and calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium, as well as fibre. Furthermore, one of the major risks is to develop obesity and diseases related to metabolic syndrome.

Recently a new and innovative detoxification method has been developed with the purpose to overcome the disadvantages of the prior methods. The method is based on the application of microwave energy for few seconds to hydrated wheat kernels; the treatment induces modifications to endosperm components which dramatically reduce the immunogenicity of the most common epitopes involved in coeliac disease, without compromising the technological properties necessary to process flour into bread, pasta and other baked goods.

The method is based on the analysis of recent studies that have reported, when high temperatures are applied to the caryopsis of wheat, the protein polymers present in the pasta produced with these "baked grain" present a size distribution pattern that is not observed in pasta during the drying cycles. The researchers Lamacchia and others explained this phenomenon on the basis of the fact that in the caryopsis of wheat, gluten is not yet formed and gluten proteins are deposited in different protein bodies.

Detailed Study Description

The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of gluten friendly bread on the faecal microbiota composition, metabolism and immunity in coeliac individuals aged 20-80 years.

The study consists of a 6-visit (screening visit + 5 visits) randomised intervention with the Gluten Friendly bread at different doses and placebo (control bread).

Subjects will be randomly distributed into four groups: placebo (control bread in a dose of 1.5 g gluten/day), low gluten group taking the Gluten Friendly bread in a dose of 1.5 g gluten/day, medium gluten group (3 g gluten/day) and high gluten group (6 g gluten/day). As wheat generally contains 10% of gluten (i.e. 100 g of bread contain 10 g of gluten), bread buns of 60 g, 30 g and 15 g will be elaborated for high, medium and low gluten groups, respectively.

Control bread and also gluten free bread as 15g buns will be assessed as controls.

The study will include a screening visit, baseline visit, visits at midpoint, endpoint of the treatment periods and a final visit after 2 weeks of the treatment. Volunteers will provide a blood sample at a pre- screening visit (~10ml; 1 dessert spoon), to check for anaemia (defined as haemoglobin men <14g/dl; women <11.5g/dl). The design will include a 14-day run-in period followed by 14 days of treatment and a final visit post-gluten challenge. Participants will be asked to consume a multi-sugar drink (7.5g lactulose and 2g D-mannitol 98% in 100 ml of water) (a dosage used widely in oral clinical testing- LAMA testing) in the evening before each study visit (visits: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) at 8 pm and be instructed to collect all overnight and morning first spot pass urine sample. This non-invasive assessment of intestinal permeability in humans has a 20-year history. LAMA evaluation has been reported to be an accurate measure of small intestinal mucosal permeability though assessment of differential absorption of lactulose and mannitol. They will also provide a faecal sample for each study visit (visits: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Each visit will take approximately 30 minutes.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03168490

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Adele Costabile

Health Sciences Research Centre, Life Sciences Department, University of Roehampton
London, United Kingdom
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