Prognostic Biomarkers in Tumor Tissue Samples From Young Patients With Neuroblastoma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: May 19, 2011
Last updated: May 11, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
This research study is studying biomarkers in tumor tissue samples from young patients with neuroblastoma. Studying samples of tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors identify biomarkers and learn more about biomarkers related to cancer

Condition Intervention
Disseminated Neuroblastoma
Localized Resectable Neuroblastoma
Localized Unresectable Neuroblastoma
Recurrent Neuroblastoma
Stage 4S Neuroblastoma
Other: diagnostic laboratory biomarker analysis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Observational - Expression of Ubiquitin Carboxyl-Terminal Hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) in Neuroblastoma Cancer Stem Cells and Its Relationship to Patient Prognosis

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Further study details as provided by Children's Oncology Group:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Association between test result (percent cells with positive UCHL1 staining dichotomized into high and low categories) and International Neuroblastoma Staging System (INSS) stage [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Relationship between UCHL1 expression and tumor histology, and MYCN amplification [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Tumor Tissue

Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: May 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Biomarker analysis
Archived tissue microarray samples are analyzed for ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) expression by UCHL1 monoclonal antibody and peroxidase technique.
Other: diagnostic laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Detailed Description:


I. Determine whether ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) expression is an indirect cancer stem cell marker in pediatric patients with neuroblastoma. Correlate UCHL1 expression with staging information and patient's outcome.

Study Subtype: Observational Observational Study Model: Case-control Time Perspective: Retrospective Biospecimen Retention: None Retained Biospecimen Description: Tissue Study Population Description: Tissue microarray samples from patients with Neuroblastoma supplied by the COG Biopathology Center Sampling Method: Probability


Archived tissue microarray samples are analyzed for ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) expression by UCHL1 monoclonal antibody and peroxidase technique. Results are then compared with patients' clinical data, including age at diagnosis, race, date of diagnosis, histology, stage and location at diagnosis, presence of cancer predisposition, date of completion of treatment, surgery performed, type of chemotherapy received, history of recurrence, and status (alive with disease, alive without disease, dead), if available.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients With Neuroblastoma

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with neuroblastoma
  • Tissue microarrays containing normal and neuroblastoma samples provided by the Children's Oncology Group (COG) Biopathology Center
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01358617

United States, California
Children's Oncology Group
Monrovia, California, United States, 91006-3776
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Aaron Sugalski, MD Children's Oncology Group
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Children's Oncology Group Identifier: NCT01358617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ANBL11B3, NCI-2011-02856, U10CA098543
Study First Received: May 19, 2011
Last Updated: May 11, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral processed this record on November 27, 2015