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Genetic Variants and Susceptibility to Diseases of Prematurity in Very Low Birth-Weight Infants (CLD)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2016 by Medical College of Wisconsin
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
G. Ganesh Konduri, Medical College of Wisconsin Identifier:
First received: June 19, 2008
Last updated: August 23, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
The purpose of this study is to determine if sequence variations in genes involved in the development and function of vulnerable organs increases susceptibility to chronic lung disease (CLD) and other diseases affecting premature infants, such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sepsis, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH). The study will also determine whether measurement of certain biomarkers in serum will identify infants who will develop these complications of prematurity. Previous studies from this institution and others have identified genetic variants in some genes, such as toll like receptor genes are associated with higher risk of CLD or NEC. The interaction of these variants with other gene variants that can influence the risk of these diseases remains unclear.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Lung Disease
Genetic: gene variations

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Genetic Variants and Susceptibility to Diseases of Prematurity in Very Low Birth-Weight Infants

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if small variations in certain genes predispose infants to the development of chronic lung disease and other diseases of prematurity [ Time Frame: participants will be followed for the duration of hospital stay, an expected average of 6 to 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
whole blood

Estimated Enrollment: 900
Study Start Date: June 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
infants less than 1500 grams at birth
Genetic: gene variations
comparing variations in genes in infants who develop chronic lung disease and other diseases of prematurity and those who do not.
Other Name: toll like receptors, biomarkers

Detailed Description:
Chronic lung disease of prematurity (CLD) is diagnosed in 30-40% of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (<1500gms) and remains a leading cause of mortality and long-term morbidity in this population. Other diseases such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), sepsis, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) also contribute to mortality and morbidity in this population. A central tenet in the pathogenesis of NEC, CLD and sepsis is the failure of host genome-regulated immune defenses to surmount the challenges posed by microbial pathogens in the presence of risk-factors that induce intestinal, pulmonary and systemic injury, respectively. Toll like receptors (TLRs) are pathogen recognition receptors which serve as the recognition and effector arm of the innate immune system. Since the premature infant is predominantly dependent on the innate immune system for host defense our hypothesis is that hypomorphic genetic variations in TLRs will increase susceptibility to diseases of prematurity such as CLD and sepsis.The increased risk of inflammation, decreased potential for repair and growth of lung may be reflected in the levels of biomarkers, such as, cytokines, micro-RNAs (miRNA) or peptides that are secreted into biological fluids, like blood and tracheal aspirates. It is likely that the genetic variants that increase the risk of inflammation or decreased repair and growth will be also associated with altered levels of these biomarkers. Measurement of the biomarkers and genetic variants together can increase the precision of the early predictors of these complications of prematurity. Measurement of biomarkers in biological fluids can be done with a shorter turnaround time than gene sequencing at the present time. Biomarkers can also provide longitudinal changes in the severity of disease and response to therapy. Newer multiplex assays make it feasible to measure the levels of biomarkers in very small quantities of biological fluids. These complementary strengths make gene sequencing and biomarker detection ideal 1-2 approach for the early identification and disease progression evaluation in premature infants. Our hypothesis will be tested in VLBW infants in four specific aims: (1) To determine whether the presence of previously described single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in TLR4 (Asp299Gly, Thr399Ile) TLR2 (Arg753Gln) and TLR5 (Arg392STOP) genes is associated with an increased risk of CLD ; (2) to detect by DNA sequencing if novel genetic variations in TLR4, TLR2, TLR9, MyD88 and other innate immune genes increases the risk of CLD or other disease in premature infants; (3) to identify by gene sequence approach whether variants in other repair and growth genes alter susceptibility to diseases affecting premature infants such as CLD,NEC or sepsis or PDA or IVH; and (4) whether alterations in cytokines, miRNA and other biomarker levels in serum from the same blood samples can provide additional predictive value in recognizing the risk of diseases of prematurity. VLBW infants who develop CLD (oxygen requirement at 36 weeks postconceptional age), NEC, sepsis, PDA, or IVH will serve as cases while VLBW infants who do not develop the diseases of interest will serve as controls. A 0.5cc sample of blood will be collected from enrolled infants via indwelling catheter or heel-stick for DNA analysis after consent is obtained. The TLR4 (Asp299Gly, Thr399Ile) TLR2 (Arg753Gln) and TLR5 (Arg392STOP) SNPs will be evaluated using a multiplex Single Base extension based technique, using commercially available primers. Novel genetic variations in these genes of interest and other variants proposed to be related to NEC will be detected using conventional Sanger or Next Generation DNA sequencing. Serum will be separated from the same blood sample obtained for DNA isolation. Biomarker levels in serum will be analyzed using multiplex EIA for cytokines, sequencing for miRNA profile and ELISA for peptide levels of interest (VEGF, angiopoietin-2 and Nogo-B peptide). Benefits include the possibility of development of risk-based preventive and therapeutic strategies to prevent CLD, NEC, sepsis, PDA, or IVH in this population.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Infants born weighing less than 1500 grams

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants born weighing less than 1500 grams

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Infants born with congenital heart disease (other than patent ductus arteriosus)
  • major congenital anomalies of the GI tract, respiratory tract, or kidneys
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00710112

Contact: G. Ganesh Konduri, MD 414.266.6820
Contact: Kathleen M Meskin, BSN 414.337.7171

United States, Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Recruiting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Contact: G. Ganesh Konduri, MD    414-266-6820   
Contact: Kathleen Meskin, RN, BSN   
Principal Investigator: G. Ganesh Konduri, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical College of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: G. Ganesh Konduri, MD Medical College of Wisconsin
  More Information

Responsible Party: G. Ganesh Konduri, Chief, Division of Neonatology; Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin Identifier: NCT00710112     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHW 06/92, GC151 
Study First Received: June 19, 2008
Last Updated: August 23, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:
VLBW infants
Toll like Receptors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Birth Weight
Premature Birth
Disease Susceptibility
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Obstetric Labor, Premature
Obstetric Labor Complications
Pregnancy Complications
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on October 27, 2016