Harvest, Isolation and Culture of Cardiac Stem Cells From Endomyocardial Biopsies

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Louisville
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: April 10, 2012
Last updated: December 2, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the harvest, isolation and culture of cardiac stem cells from endomyocardial biopsies is feasible.

Heart Failure

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Harvest, Isolation and Culture of Cardiac Stem Cells From Endomyocardial Biopsies

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine the efficacy of using endomyocardial biopsy samples to isolate and expand cardiac stem cell cultures. [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Biopsy samples are taken at the time of right heart catheterization. They are frozen in a GMP facility at the University of Louisville. The tissue is shipped either to the Institue of Molecular Caridology, Louisville, KY or shipped overnight to the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. The tissue is enzymatically dissociated, and cardiac stem cells are isolated and maintained in culture for 6-8 passages (point of clinical utility). During that time period, experimentation is carried out to charcterize the biological attributes of these cell populations. After this experimentation is complete, the cultures are destroyed in accordance with the biohazard handling policies of the individual institution.

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Heart failure
Patients with heart failure from any cause will be considered as potential participants given their clinical background meets eligibility criteria.

Detailed Description:
Heart failure is a devastating condition affecting nearly 6 million patients in the United States alone. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, or pump failure secondary to previous heart attack, is considered by many to be the leading cause of heart failure. Stem cell therapy, or regeneration of the lost myocardium, is an intervention that has the potential for reversing the detrimental effects of this disease. Recently published evidence has shown preliminary results indicating the safety and feasibility of utilizing cardiac stem cells for the treatment of ischemic cardiomyopathy. The ability to use a commonly practiced method, such as endomyocardial biopsy, to isolate and expand stem cell cultures could, potentially, make this therapy widely available. The results of this study will be important for the design of future clinical trials.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with heart failure undergoing evaluation for medical management at the University of Louisville or Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY will be considered for participation based on the evaluation of enrollment criteria.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Any heart failure patient scheduled for RHC without contraindication for biopsy.
  2. Any patient undergoing biopsy for diagnostic purposes may also be included in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Severe comorbidities (AST, ALT, serum creatinine > 3 times the upper limit of normal).
  2. Pregnancy or women of childbearing potential.
  3. Anticoagulation which cannot be stopped for 5-7 days.
  4. Hepatitis B, C or HIV.
  5. Inability to give informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01576757

United States, Kentucky
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Louisville
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Roberto Bolli, MD University of Louisville
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Louisville
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01576757     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UL-11.0146 
Study First Received: April 10, 2012
Last Updated: December 2, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Louisville:
Stem cell therapy

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