Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Acute Decompensation in Urea Cycle Disorders

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified September 2014 by Children's Research Institute
Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark Batshaw, Children's Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: February 8, 2012
Last updated: September 22, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

The primary purpose of the proposed study is to characterize the oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokine status in UCD during baseline and decompensated states.

Urea Cycle Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Acute Decompensation in Urea Cycle Disorders

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Further study details as provided by Children's Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Laboratory values indicating oxidative stress [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to period of decompensation up to one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Laboratory values that indicate oxidative stress include IL-1, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8. These values will be analyzed as a panel (not individually) comparing baseline values to values during periods of decompensation.

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Protein turnover is a cyclic process with a net loss of protein in the fasting state and a net gain in the fed state contributing to nitrogen balance. These physiologic processes are impacted during infection; whole-body protein catabolism exceeds protein synthesis, resulting in net loss of whole-body protein. Patients with urea cycle disorders suffer episodes of periodic hyperammonemic crisis, often in association with intercurrent infections. The immediate cause of this decompensation is the increase in endogenous protein catabolism that is the endpoint of a cascade triggered by intercurrent illness. This increase in protein catabolism leads to elevations of serum amino acids and ammonia production, which cannot be eliminated by a dysfunctional urea cycle.

It is well known that infectious illnesses play a significant role in precipitating metabolic crises in urea cycle defects, presumably by triggering a cascade of events involving the release of inflammatory cytokines that lead to increased protein catabolism. Cytokines have also been implicated as distant mediators of oxidative stress. However, the correlation between oxidative stress, cytokine levels, and severity of a crisis is currently unclear.

The primary purpose of the proposed study is to characterize the oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokine status in UCD during baseline and decompensated states. The investigators will undertake measurements of selected markers of oxidative stress and cytokines in serum and urine during baseline and decompensated states in subjects with UCD in order to establish their prognostic value as biomarkers for disease severity and/or predictors of metabolic decompensation.


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

Urea cycle disorders Inherited metabolic disorders N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency Carbamyl phosphate synthetase I (CPSI) deficiency Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency Argininosuccinate synthetase (AS) deficiency (Citrullinemia) Argininosuccinate lyase (AL) deficiency (argininosuccinic aciduria Arginase (ARG) deficiency (hyperargininemia) Hyperornithinemia, hyperammonemia and homocitrullinuria (HHH) syndrome, or mitochondrial ornithine carrier (ORNT) deficiency Citrullinemia type II, mitochondrial aspartate/glutamate carrier (CITR) deficiency


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed or highly-likely diagnosis of one of the eight UCDs as established for the Longitudinal Study (5101) (See section 4.2 Inclusion Criteria, Table 4 for diagnostic criteria for patients with UCD)
  • Enrolled in Longitudinal Study of Urea Cycle Disorders (RDCRN UCDC #5101)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • UCD patients who have undergone orthotopic liver transplantation
  • Significant chronic medical co-morbidity that might confound the analysis as determined by the site investigators.
  • Significant co-morbidities include but are not limited to:

    • diabetes, liver failure + cirrhosis
    • renal failure
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic inflammatory diseases
    • asthma requiring daily long-term control medications
    • significant respiratory disease.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01541722

Contact: George Diaz, MD (212) 241-0858 George.Diaz@mssm.edu

United States, California
University of California, Los Angeles Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Contact: Naghmeh Dorrani, MS, CGC    310-825-8084    Ndorrani@mednet.ucla.edu   
Sub-Investigator: Stephen Cederbaum, MD         
Principal Investigator: Derek Wong, MD         
United States, Colorado
The Children's Hospital, Aurora Not yet recruiting
Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
Contact: Curtis Coughlin, MS, CGC    303-724-2310    Coughlin.Curtis@tchden.org   
Principal Investigator: Renata C. Gallagher, MD, PhD         
United States, District of Columbia
Children's National Medical Center Recruiting
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20010
Contact: Kara Simpson, MS, CGC    202-476-6216    ksimpson@childrensnational.org   
Principal Investigator: Uta Lichter-Konecki, MD, PhD         
United States, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Not yet recruiting
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55455
Contact: Susan Berry, MD       berry002@umn.edu   
Contact: Sara Elsbecker, MS, RN, CPNP    612-626-5275    selsbeck10@umphysicians.umn.edu   
Principal Investigator: Susan Berry, MD         
United States, New York
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Contact: Nina Schrager    212-241-6805    nina.schrager@mssm.edu   
Principal Investigator: George A. Diaz, MD         
United States, Ohio
Case Western Medical College Not yet recruiting
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106
Contact: Christine Heggie, BSN, ND    216-844-7124    Christine.Heggie@UHhospitals.org   
Principal Investigator: Douglas Kerr, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Shawn McCandless, MD         
United States, Oregon
Oregon Health and Science University Not yet recruiting
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
Contact: Tina Marrone    503-418-3620    marronet@ohsu.edu   
Principal Investigator: Cary Harding, MD         
United States, Pennsylvania
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Not yet recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Irma Payan, RN    215-590-6236    Payan@email.chop.edu   
Principal Investigator: Marc Yudkoff, MD         
United States, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine Not yet recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Contact: Mary Mullins, RN, BSN    832-822-4263    mullins@bcm.edu   
Principal Investigator: Brendan Lee, MD, PhD         
United States, Washington
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98105
Contact: Linnea Brody, BS, MPH    206-987-3694    linnea.brody@seattlechildrens.org   
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Merritt, MD         
Canada, Ontario
The Hospital for Sick Children Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8
Contact: Munazzah Ambreen    416-813-7654 ext 2646    munazzah.ambreen@sickkids.ca   
Sub-Investigator: Annette Feigenbaum, MD         
Principal Investigator: Andreas Schulze, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mark Batshaw
Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
Principal Investigator: George Diaz Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Mark Batshaw, MD, Children's Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01541722     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RDCRN 5109, U54HD061221
Study First Received: February 8, 2012
Last Updated: September 22, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Children's Research Institute:
Urea cycle disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Urea Cycle Disorders, Inborn
Amino Acid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Brain Diseases
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Brain Diseases, Metabolic, Inborn
Central Nervous System Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Metabolic Diseases
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Nervous System Diseases

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