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The Effect of TRA-8 on Ovarian Cancer Tissue

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tong Zhou, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier:
First received: July 3, 2008
Last updated: September 10, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
The goal of this study is to determine the apoptosis-inducing efficacy of TRA-8 in patient ovarian cancer tissues using a tissue slice technology. In addition, we want to evaluate the expression of apoptosis regulatory proteins using multiplex proteomic technology and its correlation with TRA-8-induced cytotoxicity in patient ovarian cancer tissues.

Ovarian Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Death Receptor-Mediated Apoptosis and Therapy Strategies in Ovarian Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Tong Zhou, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Presence of TRA-8 apoptosis [ Time Frame: At the time of surgery ]
    Apoptosis properties of TRA-8 will be analyzed in tissue collected from surgery using tissue slice technology.

  • Presence of apoptosis regulatory proteins [ Time Frame: At the time of surgery ]
    The presence of apoptosis regulatory properties will be analyzed in tissue collected from surgery using multiplex proteomic technology.

Enrollment: 478
Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Ovarian cancer remains highly lethal, with an estimated 25,580 new cases and 16,090 death per year in the US. The most common ovarian cancers arise from the surface epithelium of the ovary. Approximately 75% of patients with advanced-stage cancer are surgically incurable. While chemotherapy is a critical component of treatment, the pre-existing and induced chemoresistance of ovarian cancer cells is a major obstacle in treatment of patients with advanced disease. Novel strategies to enhance the established therapeutic Defective apoptosis has been proposed as one of the major mechanisms that lead to malignant transformation and resistance to therapeutics. Defective apoptosis may result from increased growth stimulation (oncogenes), decreased growth inhibition (tumor suppressor genes) or imbalanced apoptosis regulation. Alterations of the Bcl-2 family proteins have been reported to be associated with chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer cells.(1) Increased anti-apoptosis protein, Bcl-XL, may play a role in preventing apoptosis of ovarian cancer cells in response to chemotherapy. Conversely, high levels of pro-apoptosis protein, Bax, are associated with a favorable response to therapy. The role of these and other apoptotic regulatory proteins in sensitivity/resistance mechanisms to chemotherapy in patient's ovarian cancer cells are just beginning to be elucidated.

Precision cut tumor slices will be prepared from fresh primary ovarian tumor specimens using the Krumdieck tissue slicer, followed by ex vivo TRA-8 cytotoxicity assays on the tumor slices. Tumor-derived tissue slices may be used immediately in short term assays with no need to isolate or expand tumor cells, thus avoiding potential problems in maintaining cell viability or selecting variant cells during tumor dispersion or longer periods of in vitro cell culture. Demonstration of TRA-8-induced apoptosis using primary ovarian tumors in ex vivo tumor slice cytotoxicity assays can strengthen the rationale for this therapy in this tumor type and may be used to select patients who would most likely benefit from TRA-8 therapy. The sensitivity of ovarian patient tumors to TRA-8, paclitaxel, and carboplatin will be evaluated in tumor slice cytotoxicity assays as single agents and in combination. Slices from different treatment conditions will be paraffin-embedded or frozen for immunohistochemical evaluation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with histologically confirmed epithelial carcinoma of the ovary or of extra-ovarian origin, any histologic subtype or stage 19 years of age or older.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have suspected ovarian cancer and must be a candidate for surgery.
  • Patients must have provided a signed consent form.
  • Patients must have extra tumor at the time of surgery that is appropriate for tumor slicing.
  • Patients must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Patients must have histologically confirmed epithelial carcinoma of the ovary or of extra-ovarian origin, any histologic subtype or stage.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have received any prior therapy for ovarian cancer.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00711932

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Principal Investigator: Tong Zhou, M.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Responsible Party: Tong Zhou, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier: NCT00711932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: F080328006/UAB0802
ROI CA 123197-01
Study First Received: July 3, 2008
Last Updated: September 10, 2013

Keywords provided by Tong Zhou, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham:
Ovarian Cancer
Monoclonal Antibody
Tissue Slice Technology

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ovarian Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders processed this record on August 21, 2017