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Collection of Samples and Clinical Data From Patients With Amyloid Diseases

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00898235
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : September 4, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston Medical Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Collecting and storing samples of blood, urine, tissue and data from patients with amyloid diseases to test in the laboratory may help the study of this disease in the future.

PURPOSE: This research study is collecting samples from patients with amyloid diseases

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Multiple Myeloma Genetic: clonality analysis Genetic: polymerase chain reaction Genetic: protein analysis Other: biologic sample preservation procedure Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Procedure: fluorescence spectroscopy Procedure: quality-of-life assessment

Detailed Description:


  • To establish and maintain a database of clinical material (i.e., blood, urine, and tissue) and information on patients with amyloid diseases.

OUTLINE: Blood, urine, tissue, and bone marrow samples are collected during standard laboratory evaluations to maintain a repository of biospecimens in the Gerry Amyloid Research Laboratory, to permit the correlation of clinical results with measured biological events, and for future research studies. Bone marrow RNA samples are examined for immunoglobulin light-chain gene sequences and amino acids by polymerase chain reaction and positional cloning. Blood serum and urine samples are evaluated for amyloid protein stability by high-resolution calorimetry, isothermal-titration calorimetry, and far- and near-UV circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy. Urine samples are also examined for post-translational modifications (e.g., glycosylation, sulfation, and cross-linking) to identify common features unique to amyloid proteins. Tissue samples are analyzed for biochemical and biophysical properties and for post-translational modifications in light chains.

Quality of life is assessed by the 36-Item Short Form Survey (SF-36).

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 10000 participants
Observational Model: Other
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Data, Tissue, Blood, and Urine Repository for Amyloid Diseases
Actual Study Start Date : January 2000
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2037

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Amyloidosis

Intervention Details:
  • Genetic: clonality analysis
    analyze clonality
  • Genetic: polymerase chain reaction
    analyze polymerase chain reaction
  • Genetic: protein analysis
    analyze protein
  • Other: biologic sample preservation procedure
    preserve biologic samples
  • Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
    analyze laboratory biomarkers
  • Procedure: fluorescence spectroscopy
    perform fluorescence spectroscopy on specimens
  • Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
    assess quality of life at each follow-up for life

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Establish a repository to promote biochemical research [ Time Frame: life of study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Collection of clinical material and information [ Time Frame: life of study ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
blood, urine, and tissue

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Participants diagnosed, or with suspicion of having, amyloidosis

Inclusion Criteria:


  • Diagnosis or suspicion of amyloidosis


  • Referred to the Amyloid Treatment and Research Center at Boston University Medical Center


  • Not specified

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00898235

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Contact: Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD 617-638-8261
Contact: Annie Jose, BS 617 638 8213

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United States, Massachusetts
Boston University Cancer Research Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Boston University Cancer Research Cen    617-638-8265      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD Boston Medical Center
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Boston Medical Center Identifier: NCT00898235    
Other Study ID Numbers: H-22838
CDR0000632869 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Amyloid Resarch Fund at BUSM )
First Posted: May 12, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 4, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020

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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 Boston Medical Center:
primary systemic amyloidosis
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases