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Angiogenic/Angiostatic Mediators in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kristine Phillips, University of Michigan Identifier:
First received: April 25, 2008
Last updated: October 24, 2016
Last verified: October 2016
We propose to examine several angiogenic/angiostatic mediators in the skin and serum of subjects with SSc and compare it to levels found in the skin and serum of healthy subjects.

Systemic Sclerosis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Endostatin and Other Angiogenic/Angiostatic Mediators in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Kristine Phillips, University of Michigan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of endostatin in skin and serum [ Time Frame: At time of of biopsy and blood draw ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of JAM-A in skin and serum [ Time Frame: At time of blood draw and skin biopsy ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
skin serum

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: May 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Subjects with diffuse scleroderma
Healthy controls

Detailed Description:
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease that is characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. One of the earliest pathologic changes in patients with SSc is damage to the blood vessels. Many abnormalities have been found in the inner layer of the blood vessel, the enothelial tissue. It is known that there are mediators in the blood and tissues of the body that affect the endothelial tissue. These are called angiogenic (promote blood vessel formation) and angiostatic (inhibit blood vessel formation) mediators. Many of these mediators have been examined in the peripheral blood of patients with SSc, but fewer of these mediators have been examined at the site of action, in the tissue near the microvasculature. We hypothesize that there are differences in the levels of angiogenic/angiostatic mediators between healthy subjects and subjects with SSc. In addition, we propose that there are differences at skin sites that have varying levels of involvement with SSc of these angiogenic/angiostatic factors in subjects with SSc.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Attendees of a tertiary care clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Meet American College of Rheumatology criteria for systemic sclerosis
  2. Subjects with systemic sclerosis must have involvement proximal to the knee or elbow, excluding the face
  3. Persons with no chronic health conditions

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Persons with systemic sclerosis as a result of being exposed to chemicals or drugs that can cause a sceroderma-like illness
  2. Persons with autoimmune diseases other than systemic sclerosis
  3. Persons treated with cyclophosphamide in the last 8 weeks
  4. Persons with active infections, including but not limited to hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV
  5. Persons prone to bleeding because they are treated with medications that thin the blood or have a low platelet count
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00668473

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Hospitals
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Kristine Phillips, MD University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: James R Seibold, MD University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Alisa E Koch, MD University of Michigan
Study Director: Julie A Konkle, BSN University of Michigan
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kristine Phillips, clinical assistant professor, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT00668473     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HUM00011196
Study First Received: April 25, 2008
Last Updated: October 24, 2016

Keywords provided by Kristine Phillips, University of Michigan:
systemic sclerosis angiogenesis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Scleroderma, Systemic
Scleroderma, Diffuse
Pathologic Processes
Connective Tissue Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017