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Inflammatory Genomics in Human Carotid Artery Disease

This study has been completed.
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: October 6, 2003
Last updated: August 20, 2008
Last verified: August 2008
To investigate the relationship between genetic variation in genes for inflammation and carotid artery atherosclerosis.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Carotid Artery Diseases

Study Type: Observational

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Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: September 2003
Study Completion Date: August 2008
Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


Atherosclerotic vascular disease is a major source of morbidity and mortality. Inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis. The tools to systematically study the extent to which genetic variation determines risk of and progression of atherosclerosis are only now becoming available.


The study will evaluate the role of genetic variation in inflammatory pathway genes at 29 loci on the risk and progression of carotid artery atherosclerotic disease (CAAD). Genes to be evaluated include those potentially involved in plaque initiation and progression. The investigators will evaluate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) informative for the common locus haplotypes. Choice of informative polymorphisms for evaluation is based on the genes' evolutionary history. They will evaluate progression effects in subjects with CAAD followed longitudinally by noninvasive magnetic resonance (MR) techniques over 3 years. Risk will be evaluated by case-control comparisons. In additions to evaluating genetic polymorphisms, they will evaluate the intervening phenotypes of protein level for fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, serum amyloid A, and interleukin-6. Independence of genetic predictors from traditional cardiovascular risk factors will be evaluated.

The major specific aims are: Aim 1. Test for inflammatory genetic effects and protein level in CAAD progression in 550 subjects with CAAD (275 with 15-49% and 275 with 50-79% baseline CAAD stenosis) evaluated by 3-year magnetic resonance image follow-up of percent lumen stenosis; Aim 2. Determine whether the variation in the inflammatory genes or protein levels predicts 810 case vs. 810 control status with a case distribution of 335 subject with 15-49%, 275 with 50-75% and 200 with >80% carotid artery stenosis at baseline. Age (onset of vascular disease for cases, current age for controls)-, sex-, race-, and hospital-matched controls will have less than 15% stenosis on carotid duplex ultrasound. Genes that are implicated in disease may eventually allow targeted therapy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00070668

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
OverallOfficial: Gail Jarvik University of Washington
  More Information Identifier: NCT00070668     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1237
Study First Received: October 6, 2003
Last Updated: August 20, 2008

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Carotid Artery Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Arteriosclerosis processed this record on April 26, 2017