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Examining the Immune Response in Patients With Gaucher Disease and Hepatitis C

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2014 by Ari Zimran, Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 11, 2011
Last Update Posted : November 19, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ari Zimran, Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Brief Summary:

Study objectives:

  • Investigate the anti-HCV response in patients with Gaucher disease(GD)
  • Define the potential role of high levels of Glucocerebroside in the immune system

Study hypothesis:

High levels of Glucocerebroside can be used as a tool in the antiviral treatment of hepatitis C by potentiating the immune response of natural killer T cells and dendritic cells

Condition or disease
Gaucher Disease Hepatitis C

Detailed Description:

Gaucher disease is the most common glycolipid storage disorder, caused by reduced activity of the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase, which leads to the accumulation of the substrate, glucocerebroside (GC), in the cells of the reticulo-endothelial system.

One of the hallmarks of GD is its great phenotypic heterogeneity with variable presentations and symptoms, beginning with a lethal variant of infants dying at or near birth with hydrops fetalis and ichthyoids at one extreme and totally asymptomatic individuals without any physical or laboratory abnormalities at the other extreme.

This autosomal recessive disease is pan-ethnic, but it is especially prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews. From over 300 different mutations reported in the glucocerebrosidase gene, five account for 98% of the disease-producing alleles. Of these mutations, N370S (or 1226G) occurs in 1 out of 17 Ashkenazi individuals, leading to a disease frequency of 1:850 in this ethnic group.

The high prevalence of more than a single mutation among Ashkenazi Jews and the existence of two additional rare inherited lysosomal glycolipid storage diseases, Tay Sachs and Nieman Pick, at a higher prevalence within the same ethnic group is believed to be caused by selective advantage.

Available genetic data are consistent with a founder effect(4) whereas the nature of such an advantage has not been identified.

The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-HCV immune response in patients with GD in an attempt to define the potential role of high levels of GC in the immune system and antiviral immunity.

Study importance:

The host metabolic background exerts a profound effect on antiviral immunity, which may influence the clinical course of chronic HCV infection.

The accumulation of GC in patients with GD may provide a selective evolutionary advantage to these patients.

Glucocerebroside was recently tested in human trials and shown to be effective in altering NKT- dependent metabolic pathways, insulin resistance, and associated liver injury.

The present study examine the capability of Glucocerebroside to be be used as a tool in the antiviral treatment of hepatitis C by potentiating the immune response of natural killer T cells and dendritic cells.

Statistical Analysis:

Data are presented as the mean ± standard deviation (SD). The Kruskal Wallis non-parametric ANOVA test was used to identify differences between the study groups.

The student t-test and non-parametric Mann-Whitney test were used to compare quantitative variables between the study groups as appropriate; P <0.05 was considered to be significant.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 80 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Enhanced HCV Nonstructural Protein 3 (NS3) -Specific T Cell Proliferation,Interferon γ (IFNγ) and Interleukin-10 (IL-10) Secreting Clones, and Peripheral Blood Natural Killers T Cells ( NKT Cells) in Patients With Type I Gaucher Disease Infected With HCV : An Advantage in Anti Hepatitis Immunity?
Study Start Date : January 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2016

Gaucher Disease with Hepatitis C

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Gaucher patients' immune system provide enhanced immunity against hepatitis c virus [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. the role Glucocerebroside level have by enhanced immunity in patients with Gaucher disease [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with Gaucher Disease were recruited from the Sha'are Zedek Gaucher disease clinic, a national referral center for the disease.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with Gaucher disease
  • Patients with hepatitis C without Gaucher disease
  • Individuals or patients without Gaucher disease and hepatitis C
  • Individuals or patients who signed an approval for the research
  • Men and women 18< years of age , pregnant women

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inabillity to give an approval for the research
  • Acute liver disease that can alter the lab results , such as: Rt. congestive heart failure

severe infection ,inflammation, medication such as : Statins , Isoniazid ,


- Patients who received treatment for hepatitis C such as: Interferon ,

Pegylated interferon , Ribavirin


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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01274208

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Contact: Bernardo Melamud, Dr. 972-508685845
Contact: Ari Zimran, Prof. 972-2-65555143

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Shaare Zedek , Medical Center Recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel, 91120
Contact: Melamud   
Contact: zimran, Prof.   
Principal Investigator: Bernardo Melamud, Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Ari Zimran, Prof.         
Hadassah Medical Center Recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel
Contact: Yaron Ilan, Prof.    972 2 6778231   
Sub-Investigator: Yaron Ilan, Prof.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shaare Zedek Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Bernardo Melamud, Dr. Gaucher Clinic , Shaare zedek Hospital
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
Zigmond E LG, Pappo O, Zangen S, Levy Sklair M, Hemed N, Rabbani E, Itamar R, Ilan Y, Margalit M. Treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis by B-glucosylceramide: A phase I/II clinical study. Hepatology 2006;44 .180A, .

Other Publications:
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Responsible Party: Ari Zimran, Prof. Ari Zimran, Shaare Zedek Medical Center Identifier: NCT01274208    
Other Study ID Numbers: SZMC- 89/10
First Posted: January 11, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 19, 2014
Last Verified: November 2014
Keywords provided by Ari Zimran, Shaare Zedek Medical Center:
Gaucher disease, Hepatitis C , Glucocerebroside immunity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Gaucher Disease
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Nervous System
Brain Diseases, Metabolic, Inborn
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Metabolic Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders