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Collecting Samples From Patients With Primary Systemic Amyloidosis

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified July 2016 by Boston Medical Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Vaishali Sanchorawala, Boston Medical Center Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2009
Last updated: July 19, 2016
Last verified: July 2016

RATIONALE: Collecting and storing samples of blood, urine, and tissue from patients with primary systemic amyloidosis to test in the laboratory may help the study of this disease in the future.

PURPOSE: This research study is collecting samples from patients with primary systemic amyloidosis.

Condition Intervention
Multiple Myeloma
Genetic: clonality analysis
Genetic: polymerase chain reaction
Genetic: protein analysis
Other: biologic sample preservation procedure
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Procedure: fluorescence spectroscopy
Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Data, Tissue, Blood, and Urine Repository for Amyloid Diseases

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Boston Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Establish a repository to promote biochemical research [ Time Frame: life of study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Collection of clinical material and information [ Time Frame: life of study ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
blood, urine, and tissue

Estimated Enrollment: 10000
Study Start Date: January 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2037
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Genetic: clonality analysis
    analyze clonality
    Genetic: polymerase chain reaction
    analyze polymerase chain reaction
    Genetic: protein analysis
    analyze protein
    Other: biologic sample preservation procedure
    preserve biologic samples
    Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
    analyze laboratory biomarkers
    Procedure: fluorescence spectroscopy
    perform fluorescence spectroscopy on specimens
    Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
    assess quality of life at each follow-up for life
Detailed Description:


  • To establish and maintain a database of clinical material (i.e., blood, urine, and tissue) and information on patients with primary systemic amyloidosis.

OUTLINE: Blood, urine, tissue, and bone marrow samples are collected during standard laboratory evaluations to maintain a repository of biospecimens in the Gerry Amyloid Research Laboratory, to permit the correlation of clinical results with measured biological events, and for future research studies. Bone marrow RNA samples are examined for immunoglobulin light-chain gene sequences and amino acids by PCR and positional cloning. Blood serum and urine samples are evaluated for amyloid protein stability by high-resolution calorimetry, isothermal-titration calorimetry, and far- and near-UV circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy. Urine samples are also examined for post-translational modifications (e.g., glycosylation, sulfation, and cross-linking) to identify common features unique to amyloid proteins. Tissue samples are analyzed for biochemical and biophysical properties and for post-translational modifications in light chains.

Quality of life is assessed by the SF36 questionnaire.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Participants diagnosed, or with suspicion of having, primary systemic amyloidosis

Inclusion Criteria:


  • Diagnosis or suspicion of primary systemic amyloidosis


  • Referred to the Amyloid Treatment and Research Center at Boston University Medical Center


  • Not specified

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00898235

Contact: Salli Fennessey 617-638-8261

United States, Massachusetts
Boston University Cancer Research Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Boston University Cancer Research Cen    617-638-8265      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD Boston Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Vaishali Sanchorawala, Principal Investigator, Boston Medical Center Identifier: NCT00898235     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000632869
BUMC-H-22838 ( Other Identifier: Boston University Medical Center IRB )
Study First Received: May 9, 2009
Last Updated: July 19, 2016

Keywords provided by Boston Medical Center:
primary systemic amyloidosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on April 21, 2017