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Functional Role of RUNX1 Mutations in the Etiology of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

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 April 2011 by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Weizmann Institute of Science
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First received: March 10, 2011
Last updated: April 5, 2011
Last verified: April 2011
The purpose of this study is to elucidate the role of RUNX1 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), in particular, the transcriptional regulation of genes by mutated forms of this protein. This research will study the effect of mutations found in AML patients

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Performance of expression arrays on transfected CD34+ cells [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Performance of expression arrays on transfected CD34+ cells (derived from human cord blood), expecting differential gene expression between the wild type RUNX1-transfected cells and mutated RUNX1-transfected cells.

Estimated Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Umbilical cord blood

Detailed Description:

The RUNX1 gene, located at chromosomal band 21q22, is a transcription factor, crucial for hematopoiesis and the generation of hematopoietic stem cells in the embryo. RUNX1 is the most frequent target for chromosomal translocation in leukemia. In addition, point mutations in the RUNX1 gene have been found to constitute an important mode of genetic alteration in development of leukemia. Recent publications stressing the clinical need for implementing RUNX1 point mutations as both a diagnostic and unfavorable prognostic marker of AML, have aroused particular interest in the functional role of RUNX1 in this disease.

In order to pinpoint specific RUNX1 target genes involved in pre-leukemic transformation or exacerbation of existing leukemia, the investigators plan to compare expression profiles from human hematopoietic progenitors overexpressing a mutated form of RUNX1with controls (RUNX1 wild-type and knocked-down). In this study the investigators intend to collect blood, after receiving informed consent, from umbilical cords of neonates born vaginally, in order to isolate CD34+ hematopoietic progenitors. Human umbilical cord blood contains relatively high numbers of CD34+ cells, which may be frozen directly after collection and used as a source of progenitor cells for further culture or direct analysis.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Female hospital patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Consenting women who have had full-term birth

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Systemic disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01329471

Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Hadera, Israel, 38100
Contact: Ofer Fainaru, MD, PhD   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Weizmann Institute of Science
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Ofer Fainaru, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Identifier: NCT01329471     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HYMC-16-2011
Study First Received: March 10, 2011
Last Updated: April 5, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
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