Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance and Inflammation in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis With ABPA (ABPA)

This study has been completed.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jay Kolls, University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: January 1, 2008
Last updated: February 12, 2016
Last verified: February 2016
The goal of this study is to identify the immunological factors that influence a patient's response to the presence of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) in the lungs. In patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), this fungus is not known to cause damage to the lungs, but some patients respond with an allergic reaction that may cause wheeze, cough, or difficulty breathing. Approximately 230 patients will be enrolled with an additional 60 people who do not have CF and who do not have a history of asthma to serve as a comparison group.

Cystic Fibrosis
Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: SCCOR in Host Factors in Chronic Lung Diseases: Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance and Inflammation in Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA) in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To test the hypothesis that the white blood cells of CF patients with ABPA will demonstrate increased inflammatory cytokine expression in response to binding of A. fumigatus antigens compared to white blood cells from non-ABPA patients. [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 month follow-up, ABPA exacerbation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To test the hypothesis that T cells from CF patients with ABPA will have decreased adaptive regulatory function [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 month follow-up, ABPA exacerbation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To test the hypothesis that surface-bound TGF beta is critical for the development and maintenance of immune tolerance to A. fumigatus antigens [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 month follow-up, ABPA exacerbation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
The CF subject's blood will be processed to establish a cell line (lymphocyte transformation) for a source of DNA for future genetic studies.

Enrollment: 79
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
CF (non-ABPA)
cystic fibrosis and culture positive for A. fumigatus in airway cultures.
cystic fibrosis and diagnosis of ABPA
healthy control
healthy non-CF

Detailed Description:
In this cohort the investigators will study blood T-cell responses to Aspergillus antigens to determine if patients with ABPA have greater type 2 responses as measured by IL-13 compared to CF or non-CF controls.

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Male and female subjects with CF who have A. fumigatus in cultures of airway flora and receive clinical care at the Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Age (± 1 year) and sex matched healthy, non CF controls will also be recruited.

Inclusion Criteria:


  • diagnosis of CF
  • age 6 years or older
  • presence of A. fumigatus in culture of airway flora, or the presence of one or more of the diagnostic criteria for ABPA (Control)
  • age and sex matched to CF population

Exclusion Criteria:


  • uncontrolled CF-related diabetes mellitus
  • use of oral steroids at a dose ≥ 0.5 mg/kg/day
  • history of lung transplantation
  • pulmonary exacerbation as defined by requirement for use of intravenous antibiotics or need for hospitalization within the preceding 14 days.
  • patients who have a diagnosis of HIV and have a CD4+ Tcell count below 500 cells/ml will be excluded (control)
  • asthma
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00585364

United States, Pennsylvania
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Jay K Kolls, MD University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jay Kolls, PI, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00585364     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCCOR  P50HL084932 
Study First Received: January 1, 2008
Last Updated: February 12, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
Aspergillus fumigatus
cytokine expression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary
Cystic Fibrosis
Pulmonary Aspergillosis
Digestive System Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Fungal
Pancreatic Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Infectious processed this record on May 30, 2016