Do Nanobubbles Improve Joint Hypoxia?

  • End date
    Sep 15, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Oxford
Updated on 6 October 2021
rheumatoid arthritis
psoriatic arthritis


Inflamed joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are characterized by low oxygen levels and inflammation. We propose to investigate whether tiny bubbles (nanobubbles) when given in a drink can alter oxygen level in joints. These nanobubbles are so small that they can enter the bloodstream when given as a drink. This information will give new information on the role of oxygen in joint inflammation and could possibly lead to new treatment approaches in the future.

Condition Psoriasis, PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis
Treatment Nanobubble drink
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04844008
SponsorUniversity of Oxford
Last Modified on6 October 2021


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Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study
Male or Female, aged 18 years or above
Fulfil American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria (ACR/EULAR) 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria or fulfil Classification Criteria for Psoriatic Arthritis 2006 (CASPAR)
Selected joint for biopsy must be minimum Grade 2 synovial thickening for large joint (knee) and medium joint (wrist), or minimum Grade 3 synovial thickening for small joint (metacarpophalangeal)
Women of child bearing potential who are willing to use effective contraception (i.e. barrier, oral contraceptive pill, implanted contraception, or previous hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy) for the duration of the study

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Currently on oxygen therapy
Current enrolment in any other clinical study involving an investigational study treatment
Pregnant or lactating, or women planning to become pregnant or initiating breastfeeding
Intramuscular, intravenous or intra-articular administration of corticosteroid within 4 weeks prior to baseline visit
Oral corticosteroid > 10 mg/day prednisolone or equivalent within 4 weeks prior to baseline visit
Oral corticosteroid dose not stable for at least 4 weeks prior to baseline visit
Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including aspirin > 75 mg/ day and selective-cyclooxygenase inhibitors) dose not stable for at least 4 weeks prior to baseline visit
Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) dose not stable for at least 4 weeks prior to baseline visit
History of septic arthritis
Participants on warfarin, heparin, low molecular weight heparin, direct oral anticoagulants. Oral anti-platelet agents are permitted
History of haemophilia
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