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Genetic Susceptibility to Cardiovascular Disease in Patients on Kidney Dialysis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) Identifier:
First received: June 19, 2006
Last updated: January 24, 2017
Last verified: March 1, 2012

This study, done in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, will examine the role of genes in the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients undergoing kidney dialysis. The rate of illness and death from CVD among patients on dialysis is extraordinarily high, accounting for about 50 percent of deaths. Blood levels of inflammatory markers are elevated in these patients, strongly predicting illness and death from CVD. The discovery of gene variants related to the inflammatory process in atherosclerotic CVD may lead to better medical treatments and improved survival in patients with end-stage kidney disease.

Participants of John's Hopkins University's CHOICE (Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for End-Stage Renal Disease) program are included in this study. Blood samples previously collected from these patients will be analyzed in the laboratory for genes that might be associated with the inflammatory process and atherogenesis.

End Stage Renal Disease

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Prospective Study of Inflammatory Markers and Genes as Predictors of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Dialysis Patients

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 871
Study Start Date: March 21, 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 1, 2012
Detailed Description:


The CHOICE (Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for End stage renal disease) study is a national prospective cohort study of 1,041 incident dialysis patients aged 19 to 95 recruited in 81 dialysis clinics between October 1995 and June 1998, and is overseen by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

The discovery of genetic associations offers the potential to direct clinical management in order to prevent ASCVD (Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease) and improve survival in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD).


In Collaboration with investigators of the CHOICE cohort, we propose to assess the role of variants in genes related to the inflammatory process on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) incidence.


Eligibility is independent of age, race, ethnicity, and gender. However, no participants in this cohort are less than 19 years of age.


Frozen buffy coats from 871 patients will be sent to the LGD, and DNA will be extracted.

Singles nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within coding regions, upstream or downstream regulatory regions or in intronic regions of candidates genes will be genotyped.

The first candidate genes under study include IL6, IL10, TGFB1, Beta Fibrinogen, LTA, and STAT3.

Blood samples and relevant clinical data will be provided by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology with only numerical code which links samples and clinical data. While Johns Hopkins University will retain patient identifier information, the LGD will have no way of identifying the person from whom the blood, subsequent DNA, and clinical data are obtained.

The samples are maintained in our repository and curated through our central Laboratory database.

Destruction or loss of clinical samples or data will be recorded in our database and cannot impact the study participants in any way.

At the completion of this protocol, we will retain the samples for future use. We understand that studies subsequent to the completion of this protocol will require additional OHSR/IRB approval prior to commencement.


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Original eligibility criteria for enrollment in the CHOICE cohort included: 1) new onset of chronic outpatient renal replacement therapy in the last 3 months, 2) ability to give informed consent to participate in the study, 3) age 19 years or older, 4) ability to speak English or Spanish.


The entire set of 871 samples available to the LGD will be analyzed. No subject will be excluded.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00340119

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Michael Dean, Ph.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00340119     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999905125
Study First Received: June 19, 2006
Last Updated: January 24, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
End Stage Renal Disease
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Kidney Diseases
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases processed this record on March 27, 2017