Immune Activation, Hypoxia and Vasoreaction in Sepsis of Pulmonary Versus Abdominal Origin

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified October 2012 by Universitätsmedizin Mannheim.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Timo Sturm, University Hospital Mannheim Identifier:
First received: November 9, 2011
Last updated: October 17, 2012
Last verified: October 2012

Sepsis remains a common entity in critical care patients with remarkable mortality. Pulmonary and abdominal infections (with subsequent sepsis) are the most common in the ICU. Despite extended research activities, no differences in patient outcome or organ dysfunction were revealed.

Sepsis is a complex immune reaction phenomenon based on unbalanced activation and suppression. In addition to changes of cytokine levels and immune cell activity, underlying genetic reactions are present. For instance, expression of miRNA (as a potential important step of immune cell activation) is likely changed during systemic and local immune reactions.

The aim of this study is to perform a detailed assay of immune cell activation, to investigate the levels of pro- and antiinflammatory cytokines and the various expression of miRNA depending on the origin of infection in the two most common sides. This means in ICU patients with early pulmonary or abdominal sepsis as well as in healthy controls. Additionally, clinical parameters of organ function, current infection markers as CRP and procalcitonin, cardiovascular function and heart rate variability will be assessed. Parameters of local tissue perfusion in a dynamic testing during forearm ischemia and plasma adenosine concentration will be measured.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Immune Activation, Hypoxia and Vasoreaction in Sepsis of Pulmonary Versus Abdominal Origin

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Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Blood samples

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients with sepsis of pulmonary or abdominal origin with admission to the ICU in the first 48 hours of sepsis onset


Inclusion Criteria:

  • sepsis (according to the criteria of the International Sepsis Definition Conference)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
  • malignancy
  • corticoid therapy
  • organ transplantation
  • renal insufficiency with HD
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01530932

Contact: Timo Sturm, Dr. med. 0621 383 ext 0

University Hospital Mannheim Recruiting
Mannheim, Germany, 68167
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitätsmedizin Mannheim
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Responsible Party: Timo Sturm, Principal Investigator, University Hospital Mannheim Identifier: NCT01530932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-411M-MA
Study First Received: November 9, 2011
Last Updated: October 17, 2012
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Comission

Keywords provided by Universitätsmedizin Mannheim:
tissue oxygenation
tissue perfusion
immune reaction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Pathologic Processes processed this record on October 16, 2014