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Uveitis Gene-Expression Profiling

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 2, 2009
Last Update Posted : April 9, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jim Rosenbaum, Oregon Health and Science University

Brief Summary:

Uveitis is a group of troublesome diseases that collectively represent a cause of blindness comparable to diabetes. Most forms of uveitis are either infectious or immune-mediated. The investigators propose to create a data base on peripheral blood gene expression for patients with 3 of the most important diseases associated with uveitis: ankylosing spondylitis, sarcoidosis, and Behcet's disease. The investigators will quantitatively measure the expression of consistent alteration in peripheral blood from patients with more than 40,000 gene sequences using microarray gene chip technology. This approach is known to detect systemic immune-mediated disease. The investigators will use this data base to:

  1. Determine if patients with uveitis and ankylosing spondylitis, sarcoidosis, or Behcet's can be distinguished from a normal population or controls with the same systemic disease but no history of uveitis
  2. Determine if the profile of gene expression can distinguish infectious or idiopathic forms of uveitis from patients with spondylitis, sarcoidosis, or Behcet's
  3. Determine how this gene profile changes over time as episodic disease such as spondylitis or Behcet's activates or remits
  4. Correlate the changes in gene expression with the prognosis of the ocular inflammatory process.

The creation of a gene expression data base for patients with uveitis has the potential to clarify the pathogenesis of disease, establish new diagnostic tools, and provide a means for predicting prognosis.

Condition or disease

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 280 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : June 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2010

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ankylosing spondylitis
Behcet's disease
herpetic acute retinal necrosis
idiopathic uveitis
ankylosing spondylitis (no uveitis)
sarcoidosis (no uveitis)
Behcet's disease (no uveitis)
normal control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Correlation of blood transcriptome with form of uveitis [ Time Frame: time of office visit for disease evaluation ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Individuals suffering from selected subtypes of uveitis, individuals suffering from selected autoimmune disease and healthy individuals.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The study group will include patients aged 21 years or older attending the Uveitis Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU who have uveitis of the following subtypes:

    1. ankylosing spondylitis
    2. sarcoidosis
    3. Behçet's disease
    4. toxoplasmosis
    5. herpetic acute retinal necrosis; AND
    6. idiopathic uveitis
  • Another group of patients, also aged 21 years or more, with the following diseases but no uveitis, will be recruited from the Rheumatology Clinic at OHSU as follows:

    1. ankylosing spondylitis
    2. sarcoidosis; AND
    3. Behçet's disease
  • The study group will also include 30 normal control volunteers aged 21 years or older.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Special/vulnerable subject populations (e.g., mentally impaired persons and children) will not be enrolled.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00874471

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United States, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239-3098
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Health and Science University
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Principal Investigator: James Rosenbaum, MD Oregon Health and Science University
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Responsible Party: Jim Rosenbaum, Professor, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier: NCT00874471    
Other Study ID Numbers: R01EY015858 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: April 2, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 9, 2014
Last Verified: April 2014
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Uveal Diseases
Eye Diseases