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Narrowband UVB Phototherapy in the Treatment of Psoriasis Vulgaris

This study has been terminated.
(Unable to isolate sufficient cells from the skin biopsy to perform study related experiments)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: February 16, 2009
Last Update Posted: June 30, 2011
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Information provided by:
Rockefeller University
Ultra-violet light B (UVB) therapy has been used by dermatologists to treat psoriasis for decades. Only a few studies have begun to dissect the mechanism of how NB-UVB therapy causes lesion resolution. Results from this study will aid in identifying other diseases that may be treated successfully with NB-UVB. If we can identify the mechanism of action of this therapy, this may give us additional new therapeutic targets for psoriasis and other diseases. Our overall hypothesis is that UVB induces changes that will indicate a mechanism of action of this therapy in psoriasis.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Plaque Psoriasis Procedure: NB-UVB

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Mechanism of Action of Narrowband UVB Phototherapy in the Treatment of Psoriasis Vulgaris

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Further study details as provided by Rockefeller University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome is genomic analysis of lesional skin biopsies, in a time course experiment,by microarray and RT-PCR. [ Time Frame: End of study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • cell counts of leukocytes populations in skin biopsies including (but not limited to) myeloid dendritic cells (CD11c and CD1c/BDCA-1), plasmacytoid dendritic cells (BDCA-2/CD123), macrophages (CD163), and T cells (CD3, CD4, CD8, Foxp3, RORγ). [ Time Frame: End of study ]
  • Effects of NB-UVB on NL skin will be determined by comparison of microarray analysis of NL skin biopsies throughout treatment. [ Time Frame: End of study ]
  • To determine if there is a set of genes that can predict response, expressed in circulating PBMCs, we will perform microarray on baseline PBMCs, and compare the gene sets for responders and non-responders (discriminant analysis). [ Time Frame: End of study ]
  • To evaluate if treatment causes an altered ratio of Th17:Tregs in the circulation and skin, we will perform intracellular cytokine staining by flow cytometry on peripheral blood and from the shave biopsy. [ Time Frame: Before and after treatment ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Regular, monitored NB-UVB treatment. Patients will be treated 3 times per week, and a full course of therapy is 12 weeks. NB-UVB dosing is increased by 5-20% increments in exposure time, depending on response of the patient.
Procedure: NB-UVB
UVB light will be administered to the entire body except for the genitals in men and eyelids, which will be shielded.NB-UVB dosing is increased by 5-20% increments in exposure time, depending on response of the patient.
Other Name: narrowband UVB phototherapy


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed informed consent.
  • History of chronic plaque psoriasis vulgaris, for at least six months.
  • ≥10% body surface affected
  • Age 18 or greater.
  • Concomitant, chronic, but well-controlled medical conditions such as hypertension are allowable.
  • No treatment with topical steroids for at least 2 weeks prior to entering the study
  • No treatment with systemic therapies, including etretinate, UVB, PUVA, or cyclosporine, other biologics 4 weeks prior to entering the study. However, if a patient is considered to be "unstable", or would deteriorate clinically if the systemic agent is ceased (eg efalizumab), a shorter "washout" period may be considered, and would be documented in the patient charts.
  • Patients who receive a stable dose of methotrexate (defined as <15mg/week for 4 months or greater) for psoriatic arthritis may be included.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who do not meet the above criteria, or who meet any of the following criteria:

    • Guttate, erythrodermic, or pustular psoriasis as sole or predominant form of psoriasis.
    • PHOTOSENSITIVITY: Hypersensitivity to sunlight or UVB light of any type; history of Lupus, PMLE, or any disease known to be worsened by UV light exposure
    • A history of non-melanoma skin cancer may be acceptable, and in this situation, the patient will be carefully evaluated.
    • Poorly controlled medical conditions of any kind.
    • Any medical condition that, in the opinion of the Investigator, would jeopardize the health or well being of the patient during the course of this study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00844363

United States, New York
Rockefeller University
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rockefeller University
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Principal Investigator: Michelle Lowes, MD, PhD Rockefeller University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Michelle Lowes, Rockefeller University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00844363     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MLO-0651
First Submitted: February 12, 2009
First Posted: February 16, 2009
Last Update Posted: June 30, 2011
Last Verified: June 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases