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Biomarker Analysis of Stress

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 14, 2015
Information provided by:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Brief Summary:
Physiological changes can occur from different types of stress as induced by an infection, an environmental toxicant exposure, or an emotional disturbance. The stress-induced effects can modify health by lessening defense mechanisms as maintained by the immune system. The ability of different forms of stress to alter physiological processes (body functions) will be assessed by monitoring the blood profile of cell numbers and functions as well as the plasma protein content. It is anticipated that the pattern of blood changes will reflect the types of stress and the degree to which body functions could be altered by the stress.

Condition or disease

Detailed Description:
Blood will be collected from patients with an ongoing infection that has lead to sepsis (systemic inflammation) as a index of major stress. The blood will be analyzed for the types of proteins that could alter immune system functions and affect organ functions, including cardiovascular effects due to blood vessel changes. This will be followed by analysis of stress effects on mice and mice that have been generated with human immune cells. The ability of stress to alter blood patterns will also be examined in mice with genetic modification of metallothionein expression, which is believe to influence oxidative stress.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Biomarker Signatures of Biological, Chemical, or Psychological Stress
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2011

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients at Wadsworth Center with Sepsis

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00527384

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United States, New York
Wadsworth Center
Albany, New York, United States, 12201
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
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Principal Investigator: David A. Lawrence, Ph.D. Wadsworth Center
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00527384    
Other Study ID Numbers: 16014-CP-001
First Posted: September 10, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 14, 2015
Last Verified: April 2015
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