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Clinical, Translational and Biomarker-Based Female Genital HPV Induced Dysplasia and Cancer Screening Study Using Cf-HPV-DNA Blood Tests (TTMV HPV DNA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05536843
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : September 13, 2022
Last Update Posted : September 13, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Uterine cervical dysplasia and other female genital dysplasia continue to be significant health problems despite Cervical Screening Programs and HPV vaccinations being available. These female genital dysplasia [FGD] induced by HPV infections affect disadvantaged women in the US and globally more than others: minorities like African Americans [AA], rural populations, lower socioeconomic strata of the society and less educated in the US and lower / middle income countries. The reasons are: lack of access to screening and vaccines, lack of infrastructure, fear and shame of getting a pelvic examination and pap's smear and inability to go to the health centers that provide these cares. A simple blood test that can diagnose FGD can help make many of those hurdles go away. This proposal is to utilize the emergence of 'liquid biopsy' concepts using genomic/precision medicine advances of the past decade to have such a blood test to be made available. Collaborating with Naveris, Inc,® the clinical study will use their NavDx® blood test. This is a test for circulating cell-free tumor tissue modified viral (TTMV®)-HPV DNA. TTMV-HPV DNA is a clinically proven and analytically validated highly sensitive and specific biomarker for the identification of post-treatment recurrent and residual Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-driven squamous cell oropharyngeal carcinoma (OPSCC)1,2. Data is accruing for other major HPV-driven cancers including anal cancer and uterine cervical cancer with clinical utility appear similarly promising3. TTMV-HPV DNA is a distinct biomarker for HPV-driven malignancy and can distinguish between HPV-driven malignancy and acute and or chronic HPV infection. In this study, taking advantage of a robust Cervical Dysplasia Clinic in existence at UMMC and a team of multidisciplinary experts focused on this project, the blood levels of TTMV-HPV DNA will be determined through a fully informed IRB approved clinical trial process to correlate with the grades of dysplasia, any increasing values correlating with worsening grade/malignant transformation and other variables. This pilot study is the first of this type of biomarker-based 'screening' study, and if successful, will lead to a more efficient and convenient way to diagnose HPV-induced that will be cost effective and will need minimal infrastructure. Such a test will make remarkable beneficial differences in early diagnosis, early screening compliance, early interventions as well as improving outcomes in FGD patients worldwide. With the available infrastructure and expert team, this project can be successfully completed in a relatively short time.

Condition or disease
Cervical Dysplasia, Uterine Vaginal Dysplasia Vulvar Dysplasia

Detailed Description:


  1. The HPV induced dysplasia in cervical and vaginal tissues can lead to a detectable level of TTMV-HPV-DNA in the blood.
  2. Those levels will increase when there is progression of the dysplasia from lower grade to a higher grade.
  3. The blood levels of TTMV-HPV-DNA can distinguish lower versus higher grades of HPV induced dysplasia.
  4. Serial measurements of TTMV-HPV-DNA in the blood can help diagnose progression of dysplasia to a higher grade earlier and in a more efficient and convenient way. This will help improved compliance with screening, early diagnosis, early interventions, and better clinical outcomes.
  5. TTMV-HPV-DNA detection is also likely possible with touch preparations on the lesions, thus leading to easier diagnosis of such lesions.

Specific Aims:

  1. To collect blood and touch-preparation samples from the dysplasia lesions among patients with HPV induced dysplasia in cervical and vaginal tissues in human subjects with such lesions in a phase I/II clinical trial setting.
  2. Measure TTMV-HPV-DNA in those samples.
  3. Correlate the detectable levels of TTMV-HPV-DNA with demographics, grades of dysplasia, progression in the grades with serial measurements and HIV status and correlate with biopsy results in terms of progression in PIN grades and malignant transformation.
  4. Design future studies from these findings to enable early detection of potential progression to malignancy so that early curative interventions can be instituted.


  1. To develop an innovative and pilot clinical trial in HPV related female genital dysplasia that integrates basic science, public health, clinical and translational cutting-edge knowledge and information using 'liquid biopsy' concepts to help prevent progression to malignancy.
  2. To collect and analyze data in a prospective manner among a diverse population in terms of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic variations that could help improve screening acceptance in the most vulnerable women at risk for female genital cancer.
  3. To serve as a model for middle and low-income countries as well as resource-scarce, rural and disparity-affected populations in high-income countries in developing a blood-specimen based HPV-related early diagnosis screening tool.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 500 participants
Observational Model: Other
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Circulating Cell-Free Tumor Tissue Modified Viral (TTMV)-HPV DNA As A Biomarker For Early Cancer Detection Among Human Subjects With HPV-Induced Dysplasia In Female Genital [Uterine Cervix, Vaginal and Vulvar] Organs: A Clinical, Translational and Biomarker-Based Cancer Screening Study
Estimated Study Start Date : January 2023
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2023

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Primary Outcome Measures :

    Correlate the detectable levels of TTMV-HPV-DNA with demographics, grades of dysplasia, progression in the grades with serial measurements and HIV status and correlate with biopsy results in terms of progression in PIN grades and malignant transformation.

    Given the pilot nature of the proposed study, extensive use of exploratory data analysis will be done. For any analysis of time-to-event data,Kaplan-Meier analyses paired with two-sided log-rank tests will be used. For any necessary modeling, a generalized linear model framework will be employed with appropriate family and link functions, depending on the outcome. Should independence fail between the sampling units (repeated measures, etc.), this will be extended to generalized linear mixed models with random intercepts. All linearity assumptions will be checked and modifications to modeling strategies will be undertaken where necessary."

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
  1. Blood collection from the subject vein by UMMC's trained professionals of about four table spoons of blood like for any other blood test.
  2. The samples collected will be frozen and stored to be utilized in the future for research studies. These samples will be labeled using a key code instead of the subject name, and no one using these samples for future research will know your name.
  3. Touch Preparation from the subject genital lesion being taken by our clinical care providers.

Our research personnel will collect relevant information from your electronic medical records. The samples collected in this study could be used for genetic research studies. However, these results will not be added to your medical records. The samples collected in this study could be used to develop new treatments, drugs, or for other commercial purposes/third party company

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Gender Based Eligibility:   Yes
Gender Eligibility Description:   Adult women with female genital dysplasia; Non pregnant women; No prisoners; Competent to give informed consent
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult non-pregnant women diagnosed with female genital dysplasia at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult women with female genital dysplasia
  • Non pregnant women
  • No prisoners
  • age in between 18 years and 100 years
  • Competent to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women
  • Female below 18 years
  • Prisoners

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT05536843

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Contact: Srinivasan Professor and Chair, MD 6018156868 svijayakumar@umc.edu
Contact: Mary R Nittala, DrPH 6019842562 mnittala@umc.edu

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Mississippi Medical Center
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Responsible Party: University of Mississippi Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05536843    
Other Study ID Numbers: UMississippiRadOnc
First Posted: September 13, 2022    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 13, 2022
Last Verified: September 2022

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by University of Mississippi Medical Center:
Liquid Biopsy
Female Genital Cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Uterine Cervical Dysplasia
Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Pathologic Processes
Precancerous Conditions
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Carcinoma in Situ
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type