Global Genomic and Proteomic Profiling of African Children With Typhoid Fever
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02947295|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 28, 2017
|Condition or disease|
Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella enteric serovar Typhi (S. typhi), a human specific pathogen. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes typhoid fever as a global health problem, with an estimated 21 million cases and 200,000-600,000 deaths annually. In Africa and South Asia, young children represent a subgroup with the highest disease burden. The onset of the illness is insidious and clinical diagnosis is often unreliable. Definitive diagnosis through blood or bone-marrow culture is labor-intensive, expensive, and invasive, with a sensitivity of 40 to 70%. WHO recommends routine typhoid fever vaccination but currently licensed vaccines provide only 55-75% protection against the disease. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop rapid, sensitive, and inexpensive diagnostic methods, as well as more efficacious vaccines for countries where typhoid fever remains a major public health burden. The long term goals are 1) to develop innovative molecular diagnostic assays for rapid and inexpensive detection of typhoid fever and, 2) to better understand the molecular mechanisms of host response to facilitate the development of next-generation typhoid fever vaccines.
The immediate objective is to obtain global gene expression and proteomic profiles of S. Typhi infected African children, identify and validate the classifier genes and proteins as potential diagnostic biomarkers and vaccine targets. A bacteremia surveillance system was established in central Nigeria in 2008; a pilot study was initiated from a small cohort from this system composed of children with typhoid fever.
Preliminary data showed unique gene expression profiles of host response in peripheral blood of children with typhoid fever compared with other bacteremic infections, as well as patients in acute vs. convalescent phase. Here, it is hypothesized that distinct classifier genes and proteins based on host response in the peripheral blood and serum can be obtained to discriminate typhoid fever from other bacteremic infections and healthy controls.
- Define typhoid fever-specific host response classifier genes using gene expression (GE) micro-arrays,
- Discover specific serum anti-typhoid fever proteins using newly established S. Typhi proteome micro-arrays and develop prototype serologic assay for acute typhoid (ELISA)
- Validate classifier genes and field-test prototype ELISAs using new, independent cohorts.
To accomplish these objectives, a multidisciplinary team with expertise in infectious disease, immunology, molecular genomics/proteomics, micro-arrays, and bioinformatics has been assembled to ensure success of this project. These studies will identify distinct classifier genes and proteins of typhoid fever infection based on immunological responses. Classifiers that discriminate S. Typhi from other bacteremia are possible to develop and offer rapid, inexpensive, non-invasive, and sensitive molecular diagnostic assays specific for typhoid fever. Classifier proteins obtained from the new, custom whole-proteome typhoid fever micro-arrays will provide new insights of targeted proteins and antibodies for next-generation vaccine development.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||192 participants|
|Observational Model:||Ecologic or Community|
|Official Title:||Global Genomic and Proteomic Profiling of African Children With Typhoid Fever|
|Study Start Date :||September 2012|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||September 2018|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 2018|
- Define typhoid fever-specific host response classifier genes using gene expression (GE) micro-arrays. [ Time Frame: 10 years ]
- Discover specific serum anti-typhoid fever proteins using newly established S. Typhi proteome micro-arrays and develop prototype serologic assay for acute typhoid (ELISA) [ Time Frame: 10 years ]
- Validate classifier genes and field-test prototype ELISAs using new, independent cohorts. [ Time Frame: 10 years ]
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|National Hospital of Nigeria||Recruiting|
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|Principal Investigator:||Stephen Obaro, MD||Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center|