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Setting up a Blood Bank for Gene Therapy in HIV-Infected Infants

This study has been terminated.
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: July 30, 2008
Last verified: June 2003

The purpose of this study is to set up a blood bank for infants who have HIV-positive mothers. This blood may be used in the future to treat the child if he/she turns out to be HIV-positive.

Blood from the umbilical cord contains a certain kind of cell called a stem cell. Stem cells eventually turn into one of the many types of blood cells. If HIV infection can be prevented in these stem cells, then, when these stem cells are injected back into the infant, the new cells that develop will also be protected from HIV. This study will provide the blood needed to test whether this type of gene therapy is safe and effective.

HIV Infections

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Establishment of a Cord Blood Bank for Gene Therapy in HIV-Infected Infants

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: September 1997
Detailed Description:

Gene therapy may provide a new therapeutic approach to pediatric AIDS. Putting an HIV-resistant gene into umbilical cord blood stem cells and transplanting the cells back into the patient could lead to the production of cells that resist HIV infection. If a patient's cells could be engineered to be resistant to supporting the growth of HIV-1, the cells may have improved survival in the presence of HIV-1. To date, an umbilical cord blood bank for HIV-positive deliveries has not been established in the United States. This protocol establishes a repository of banked umbilical cord blood as a first step toward the potential application of gene therapy for the treatment of HIV-infected infants.

HIV-infected mothers have about 20 ml of blood drawn to test for infectious diseases (e.g., hepatitis). At time of delivery maternal HIV viral load is measured. After delivery, about 60 ml of blood is collected from the umbilical cord; this blood is labeled and transferred to the umbilical cord blood bank for possible use in future gene therapy studies on the infant. At birth, infant HIV status and general health are assessed. If the infant is found to be HIV-infected, the mother may be approached about the infant's participation in a future gene therapy study. If the infant is not HIV-infected, the cord blood is stored for up to four years and is then released to the mother, or, with her consent, to the research community.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 6 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are HIV-positive.

Exclusion Criteria

Your child will not be eligible for this study if he/she:

  • Is not expected to live more than 6 months.
  • Weighs less than 3.3 pounds.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00000917

United States, California
UCSD Med Ctr / Pediatrics / Clinical Sciences
La Jolla, California, United States, 920930672
Long Beach Memorial (Pediatric)
Long Beach, California, United States, 90801
Los Angeles County - USC Med Ctr
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033
Cedars Sinai / UCLA Med Ctr
Los Angeles, California, United States, 900481804
UCLA Med Ctr / Pediatric
Los Angeles, California, United States, 900951752
Harbor - UCLA Med Ctr / UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California, United States, 905022004
San Francisco Gen Hosp
San Francisco, California, United States, 94110
UCSF / Moffitt Hosp - Pediatric
San Francisco, California, United States, 941430105
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Study Chair: Savita Pahwa
Study Chair: Howard Rosenblatt
  More Information Identifier: NCT00000917     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTG 385
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: July 30, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
Gene Therapy
Specimen Handling
Blood Banks
Fetal Blood

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017