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OptiCal Study -Optimizing Fecal Calprotectin Monitoring: a Clinical Study Comparing CalproLab Against PhiCal and Evaluating Its Association With the Gut Microbiome (OptiCal)

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03051204
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified October 2017 by Daniel Hommes, MD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : February 13, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 26, 2017
Genova Diagnostics
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Daniel Hommes, MD, University of California, Los Angeles

Brief Summary:

Study Aims:

To analyze stool specimens to test and validate the CalproLab assay against the predicate PhiCal in order to determine performance characteristics.

And to correlate Calpro levels to the gut microbiome composition.

Condition or disease
Crohn Disease Ulcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Celiac Disease Healthy

Detailed Description:

Fecal Calprotectin has become one of the most frequently used biomarkers in patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Although its use for monitoring disease activity and therapeutic efficiency has previously been demonstrated, the test performance should further be optimized to improve clinical accuracy. The PhiCal™ test is a quantitative ELISA for measuring, in human stool, concentrations of fecal calprotectin, a neutrophilic protein that is a marker of mucosal inflammation. The PhiCal™ test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic to aid in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis), and to differentiate IBD from irritable bowel syndrome. Recently, the CalproLab™ in vitro device has become available which provides a greater reporting range than PhiCal™. The OptiCal study aims to test and validate the CalproLab™ assay against the PhiCal™ assay and determine its performance characteristics.

Calprotectin is a valuable clinical marker for inflammation. Calprotectin belongs to a group of calcium- binding neutrophil-derived proteins. Calprotectin makes up 60% of the cytosolic proteins within the neutrophil. It is very resistant to bacterial degradation in the gut and is stable in stool for up to one week

at room temperature. Calprotectin is the noninvasive "test of choice" for quantifying the degree of GI inflammation and differentiating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is considered to result from interplay between host and intestinal microbiota. Recently it was shown that the microbiota varied along a gradient of increasing intestinal inflammation (indicated by calprotectin levels), which was associated with reduced microbial richness, abundance of butyrate producers, and relative abundance of Gram-positive bacteria (especially Clostridium clusters IV and XIVa). A significant association between microbiota composition and inflammation was indicated by a set of bacterial groups predicting the calprotectin levels. So, intestinal microbiota may represent a potential biomarker for correlating the level of inflammation and therapeutic responses but this needs to be further validated.

  • This study is a prospective case series during which patients with either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and healthy controls (N=175) will be invited to participate.
  • Participants will receive a home kit (with a plain white plastic cup for calprotectin sample collections) for stool sampling, which then will be returned and processed at Genova Diagnostics. All participants are required to complete a patient survey, which will be included in the collection kit.
  • Participants will be recruited through the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases.
  • All patients will have confirmation of their diagnosis according to published clinical guidelines and standards of care using gold standard diagnostics (e.g. endoscopy)
  • Stool specimens will be analyzed for fecal Calprotectin using both the CalproLab™ assay and the PhiCal™ assay. No blood draws or other testing will be performed.
  • Patients will undergo a gut microbiome assessment utilizing the GI Effects™ 2200 Comprehensive Profile (Genova Diagnostics).

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 175 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: OptiCal Study -Optimizing Fecal Calprotectin Monitoring: a Clinical Study Comparing CalproLab Against PhiCal and Evaluating Its Association With the Gut Microbiome
Actual Study Start Date : February 28, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2020

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Bowel Movement

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Calprotectin [ Time Frame: up to 2 weeks from consent/enrollment ]
    Concentration of calprotectin in stool sample

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Male and female subjects 4-65y years of age with diagnosed Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

(75) IBD patients - Ulcerative Colitis (UC) or Crohn's Disease (CD) (50) IBS patients (25) Celiac Disease Patients (25) Healthy Controls


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female IBD patients should have had CD or UC for at least a period of six months*
  • Male and female patients should have had Celiac disease for at least three months.
  • Subjects willing and able to sign informed consent
  • Subjects willing and able to provide stool sample using a home kit
  • IBS patients will meet Rome Foundation criteria and received standard of care evaluations to exclude other diagnoses
  • Healthy controls will consist of patients who do not have any IBD or IBS diagnosis and meet exclusion criteria for health in nearby table

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwilling or unable to adhere to the protocol
  • Unwilling or unable to adhere to the informed consent
  • Age <4y or >65y
  • Any of the following conditions by medical history:

    • Individuals with intestinal cancer
    • Individual taking anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Individuals receiving chemotherapy
    • Individuals with a known intestinal infection
    • Individuals with known upper gastrointestinal disease such as esophagitis or gastritis that might influence the test's ability to detect intestinal inflammatory disease.
    • Individuals who are scheduled for endoscopy within 24 hours after providing the sample, or have undergone endoscopy during the 72 hours before providing the sample.

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT03051204

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Contact: Daniel Hommes, MD 310-206-3778
Contact: Miriam Dvorsky 310-206-3778

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United States, California
UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Contact: Daniel W Hommes, MD, PhD    310-206-5403   
Contact: Miriam Dvorsky    310-206-3778      
Principal Investigator: Daniel Hommes, MD PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Genova Diagnostics
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Principal Investigator: Daniel Hommes, MD UCLA IBD CENTER
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Responsible Party: Daniel Hommes, MD, Dr, MD, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT03051204    
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB#16-001499
First Posted: February 13, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 26, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: All participants data will be de-identified by the research coordinator in standing with HIPAA regulations.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Crohn Disease
Colitis, Ulcerative
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Celiac Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Colonic Diseases, Functional
Malabsorption Syndromes
Metabolic Diseases