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Analysis of Donor Biopsy Tissue Samples at the Time of Kidney Transplant

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2011 by Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: January 5, 2011
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Last verified: January 2011
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The purpose of this study is to see if substances measured in a small piece of the donor organ predicts how well the organ will function in the recipient after transplant. We will be testing blood, urine, and biopsy tissue samples in this study. The research team will be looking at different risk factors in the donor organ that predict how well the kidney will do in the recipient.

Condition Intervention
Kidney Transplantation
Procedure: Kidney Biopsy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: mRNA and microRNA Profiles in Renal Transplant at the Time of Organ Reperfusion

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary endpoint for Aim 1 is the incidence of early organ dysfunction, defined by standard criteria for each organ defined as the need for dialysis within 7 days after transplant [ Time Frame: 7 days ]
  • Primary endpoint for Aim 2 is the incidence of biopsy proven acute cellular rejection within the first 12 months after transplant [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Serum Creatinine [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Correlation between proinflammatory mediators at the time of transplantation and renal function as measured by serum creatinine

  • Incidence of chronic allograft nephropathy [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Correlation between proinflammatory mediators at the time of transplantation and incidence of chronic allograft nephropathy

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: September 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Kidney Biopsy
    biopsy of transplant kidney
Detailed Description:


Early post-transplant kidney function can be attributed to inherent donor characteristics, damage from storage, and perioperative events and recipients factors. The incidence of severe injury to the transplant kidneys is 10-25% in the early post-transplant period. In addition, milder forms of early transplant kidney injury can impact on long term allograft function. Severe transplant kidney injury in the immediate post-transplant period has been hypothesized to be associated with higher rates of rejection.


In the current investigation, we would like to test the hypotheses that 1) mRNA and microRNA expression of proinflammatory genes in donor tissues is a risk factor for development of early kidney transplant dysfunction and 2) early inflammatory mRNA and microRNA expression in the allograft is associated with subsequent activation of cell mediated immunity as evidenced by increased incidence of acute rejection episodes and increased expression of cell mediated immunity genes during the first year post-transplant.


Aim 1: Test the association between proinflammatory mRNA and microRNA expression in donor samples and subsequent development of early organ dysfunction in the immediate period following transplantation.

Aim 2: Test the association of mRNA and microRNA expression of proinflammatory mediators in the transplanted organ in the immediate pre and post-reperfusion period with subsequent incidence of acute rejection and expression of genes involved in cell mediated immunity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Males and females <80 years of age for kidney
  • Recipients of single abdominal organ transplant
  • Ability to provide written informed consent
  • Donor blood and kidney biopsy tissues specimens are collected at the time of transplantation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Need for combined organ transplantation.
  • Inability or unwillingness of a participant or legal guardian to provide written informed consent
  • Clinical evidence of systemic bacterial infection in the recipient at the time of transplantation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01271465

United States, New York
Weill Cornell Medical College Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: David B Leeser, MD    212-746-5330   
Principal Investigator: David B Leeser, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

Responsible Party: David B. Leeser, Weill Cornell Medical College Identifier: NCT01271465     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1004010988 
Study First Received: January 5, 2011
Last Updated: January 5, 2011 processed this record on February 24, 2017