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Ex Vivo Stimulation of Whole Blood as a Means to Determine Glucocorticoid Sensitivity to Mild-to-Moderate and Refractory Asthmatics

This study has been terminated.
(data not as expected)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jeanette Marketon, MD, The Ohio State University Identifier:
First received: October 1, 2012
Last updated: October 30, 2012
Last verified: October 2012
Gluococorticoids are commonly prescribed to treat a number of diseases including the majority of inflammatory diseases. Despite considerable inter-personal variability in responses to glucocorticoids between asthmatics, an insensitivity rate of about 30% and the risk of adverse side effects of glucocorticoid therapy, no assay is currently performed to determine sensitivity in severe and non-severe asthmatics prior to treatment. The purpose of this study is to perform a whole blood ex vivo stimulation assay to interrogate known glucocorticoid receptor (GR) up- and down-regulated genes to indicate glucocorticoid sensitivity and compare the results between severe and non-severe asthmatics.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Ex Vivo Stimulation of Whole Blood as a Means to Determine Glucocorticoid Sensitivity to Mild-to-Moderate and Refractory Asthmatics

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Further study details as provided by Ohio State University:

Enrollment: 14
Study Start Date: June 2011
Study Completion Date: October 2012

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Inclusion criteria:

To be eligible for the study, subjects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Age ≥ 18 years old
  • Physician diagnosis of asthma confirmed through medical record documentation.
  • Documented history of 12% FEV1 reversibility post-bronchodilator and/or Methacholine PC 20 score of 16mg/ml or less.
  • Non-smoker for > 6 months before enrollment into the trial
  • Less than 5 pack year smoking history defined as the average packs smoked per day multiplied by the years of active smoking.
  • Willing and able to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol-specified procedures.

Exclusion criteria:

Subjects meeting any of the following criteria may not be enrolled in the study:

  • Existence of lung disease (other than asthma)
  • Recent asthma exacerbation requiring hospital admissions, unexpected healthcare visits, or prednisone courses in the previous 4 weeks.
  • Non-English speaking.
  • Participation in another interventional research trial
  • Self-reported pregnancy
  • Inability or unwillingness to provide consent
  • Febrile illness (>38.0˚ C or 100.4˚ F) within 24 hours of visit.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01698983

United States, Ohio
Martha Morehouse Medical Pavillion
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 432211
Martha Morehouse Medical Pavillion
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43221
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jeanette Marketon, MD
Principal Investigator: Jeanette Marketon, Ph.D. Recruit and Consent Patients
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jeanette Marketon, MD, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Identifier: NCT01698983     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011H0055
Study First Received: October 1, 2012
Last Updated: October 30, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on May 24, 2017