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Induction of Suction Blisters in Patients With Urticaria, Blistering Diseases, Inflammatory Dermatoses and Neoplastic Disorders, and in Normal Volunteers

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001150
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:
The use of a suction blister apparatus has facilitated study of the immunologic capacity of human epidermal cells. We have been able to prepare purified populations of these cells after blister formation. Specifically, using the blister tops, we are able to enrich for epidermal Langerhans cells which are very potent stimulators in antigen presenting assays. Thus, this normal volunteer study provides an important source of fresh epidermal tissue from which we can study normal epidermal Langerhans cell function. In addition, we have recently used blister roofs in important experimental models of HIV-1 transmission. There is no other method available for assessing the biologic function of freshly isolated Langerhans cells without altering their milieu. It is a very safe and effective way to obtain human epidermal samples.

Condition or disease
Dermatitis Healthy Neoplasm Urticaria Vesiculobullous Skin Disease

Detailed Description:
The use of a suction blister apparatus has facilitated study of the immunologic capacity of human epidermal cells. We have been able to prepare purified populations of these cells after blister formation. Specifically, using the blister tops, we are able to enrich for epidermal Langerhans cells which are very potent stimulators in antigen presenting assays. Thus, this normal volunteer study provides an important source of fresh epidermal tissue from which we can study normal epidermal Langerhans cell function. In addition, we have recently used blister roofs in important experimental models of HIV-1 transmission. There is no other method available for assessing the biologic function of freshly isolated Langerhans cells without altering their milieu. It is a very safe and effective way to obtain human epidermal samples.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 2000 participants
Official Title: Induction of Suction Blisters in Patients With Urticaria, Blistering Diseases, Inflammatory Dermatoses and Neoplastic Disorders, and in Normal Volunteers
Study Start Date : October 1976
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2004

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

INCLUSION CRITERIA

Patients with urticaria of all types, blistering diseases, inflammatory dermatoses and neoplastic skin diseases.

Patients 18 years of age or older.

No pregnant women.


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Locations
United States, Maryland
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001150     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 760293
76-C-0293
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: March 2004

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Blister Formation
Inflammatory Mediator Assay
Ultraviolet Radiation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dermatitis
Urticaria
Skin Diseases
Blister
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous
Skin Diseases, Vascular
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Hypersensitivity
Immune System Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical