Biomarkers in Blood and Tissue Samples From Patients With Newly Diagnosed Neuroblastoma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: July 1, 2011
Last updated: May 8, 2015
Last verified: May 2015

RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood and tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer.

PURPOSE: This research trial studies biomarkers in blood and tissue samples from patients with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma.

Condition Intervention
Genetic: RNA analysis
Genetic: polymerase chain reaction
Genetic: protein expression analysis
Genetic: proteomic profiling
Genetic: western blotting
Other: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
Other: immunohistochemistry staining method
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Other: liquid chromatography
Other: mass spectrometry

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Neuropeptide Y and Its Receptors in Neuroblastoma

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Association of high expression of NPY and its Y2/Y5 Rs in NBs with poor outcome of the disease, advanced stage, increased vascularization and other unfavorable prognostic factors, such as TrkB expression and MYCN amplification [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • BDNF/TrkB and TrkAIII up-regulate expression of NPY and its Rs [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • NPY upregulates expression of the identified proteins in NB and their Rs in endothelial cells (ECs) [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Interaction between Y2 and Y5 receptors in NB and ECs sensitize them to NPY and amplify NPY-induced proliferation [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Blocking the NPY-Y2/Y5 pathway reduces NB growth and tumor vascularization [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

blood and tissue

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: June 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2100 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the expression of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and its receptors (Rs) in human neuroblastoma (NB) tissues.
  • Determine whether BDNF/TrkB and TrkAIII stimulate expression of NPY and its Rs.
  • Determine whether NPY mediates BDNF- and TrkAIII-induced NB proliferation and survival.
  • Determine neurotrophins' angiogenic actions.
  • Identify factors released from NB cells upon NPY stimulation (proteomics).
  • Determine whether NPY upregulates expression of the identified proteins in NB and their Rs in endothelial cells (ECs).
  • Test whether inhibition of the identified pathways reduces angiogenic activity of NB-conditioned media.
  • Determine the mechanisms of NYP actions and signaling pathways.
  • Test whether blocking NPY-Y2/Y5 pathway reduces NB growth and vascularization in vivo.

OUTLINE: Archived tumor tissue and serum samples are analyzed for neuropeptide Y and its receptors (Y1, Y2, and Y5) expression, neuroblastoma prognostic factors (MYCN, TrkA, TrkAIII, TrkB, BDNF, and NGF), and angiogenic markers by real-time PCR, IHC, ELISA, radioimmunoassay (RIA), mitogenic assay, caspase 3/7 activity assay, western blots, liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry, proteomic assays, and other assays. Results are then analyzed and compared with patients' clinical data, including stage of disease, its phenotype, prognostic markers, age and gender, and response to treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 10 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Children with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma.



  • Children with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Samples from the Children's Oncology Group (COG) from patients enrolled in clinical trials in institutions in the USA, Canada, and Australia

    • Paraffin-embedded tumor specimens, RNA isolated from tumor tissues, and patient serum must be available


  • Not specified


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01387724

Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Joanna Kitlinska, PhD Lombardi Cancer Research Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Children's Oncology Group Identifier: NCT01387724     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ANBL11B1, COG-ANBL11B1, NCI-2011-02862, ANBL11B1
Study First Received: July 1, 2011
Last Updated: May 8, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Children's Oncology Group:
disseminated neuroblastoma
localized resectable neuroblastoma
localized unresectable neuroblastoma
regional neuroblastoma
stage 4S neuroblastoma

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 October 02, 2015