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Using DNA-Typing and Erythrocyte Microparticle Analysis to Detect Blood Doping (Transfusion)

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Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : June 7, 2018
Last Update Posted : January 23, 2019
World Anti-doping Agency
Anti-Doping Lab Qatar
Sidra Medical and Research Center
Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Mohamed A Yassin ,MD, Hamad Medical Corporation

Brief Summary:
A total of 12 subjects will be recruited for participation in this study. 6 subjects will receive re-infusion of autologous blood, and 6 subjects (anemic patients) will receive a homologous transfusion.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Blood Disease Blood Transfusion, Autologous Blood Doping Blood Transfusion, Homologous Biological: Homologous Blood Transfusion Biological: Autologous Blood Transfusion Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Homologous blood transfusions (HBT) and autologous blood transfusions (ABT) are abused by athletes to illegally increase their hemoglobin mass and subsequently improve oxygen transport.

Anti-Doping labs use flow-cytometry to detect HBT in cheating athletes, but athletes avoid being tested positive by matching their blood for minor blood groups before transfusion. Recent publications suggest that DNA typing by Capillary Electrophoresis or RT-PCR might be an alternative way to detect this kind of doping in athletes. Unfortunately, no data exist on the clearance of DNA after transfusion of one bag of blood using this methodology.

For the detection of doping with ABT, there is no direct method available and only the biological passport, a longitudinal collection of hematological parameters can indicate doping. Recently RBC Microparticles (RBC-MPs) have been described as a potential biomarker for autologous transfusion. However, also for this methodology, no data on the clearance time of RBC-MPs are available.

Thus, in this World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved and sponsored project. The investigators plan to perform a clinical trial in which six healthy subjects receive an ABT and six healthy subjects or patients a HBT. Blood samples will be collected before and at several time-points after transfusion. For the detection of HBT the samples will be analyzed by the official method (cytometry), and the two genotyping methods (STR and RT-PCR) to compare these different techniques and to see if DNA-typing can replace cytometry.

For the ABT the collected samples will be analyzed for RBC-MPs on a cytometer dedicated for Microparticles.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 12 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Using DNA-Typing and Erythrocyte Microparticle Analysis to Detect Homologous/Autologous Blood Doping- a Transfusion Study
Estimated Study Start Date : February 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Healthy Subjects
Six healthy subjects will receive an ABT (Autologous Blood Transfusion)
Biological: Autologous Blood Transfusion
Autologous blood transfusion is the collection and re-infusion of the patient's own blood or blood components.

Experimental: Anemic Patients
Six patients with anemia will receive a HBT (Homologous Blood Transfusion)
Biological: Homologous Blood Transfusion
Homologous, or allogenic, blood transfusions involves someone collecting and infusing the blood of a compatible donor into him/herself.
Other Name: Allogenic Blood Transfusion

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Donor DNA (# of loci with triplets or quadruplets): [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Clearance Kinetics of donor DNA which is transferred during the transfusion of one bag of homologous blood will be established.

  2. Cellular Microparticles (10^3/uL): [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Clearance Kinetics of cellular microparticles which are introduced during an autologous blood transfusion and are originating from red blood cells during blood storage will be established.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • both genders,
  • age 20-50 years and
  • preferably physically active but no elite athletes subjected to Anti-Doping testing.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • vulnerable subjects
  • not willing to participate
  • not signing the ICF
  • patients with end-organ failure

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03548766

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Contact: Sven C Voss 0097455481955
Contact: Abdulqadir Nashwan 0097466473549

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Hamad Medical Corporation Not yet recruiting
Doha, Qatar
Contact: Mohamed Yassin         
Principal Investigator: Sven Voss         
Principal Investigator: Mohamed Yassin         
Sub-Investigator: Zeyd Merenkov         
Sub-Investigator: Saloua Hmissi         
Sub-Investigator: Aysha Al-Malki         
Sub-Investigator: Mohammad Abdulla         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hamad Medical Corporation
World Anti-doping Agency
Anti-Doping Lab Qatar
Sidra Medical and Research Center
Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI
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Study Chair: Sven Voss ADLQ
Principal Investigator: Mohamed Yassin Hamad Medical Corporation
Principal Investigator: Francesco Donati Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI, Rome, Italy
Principal Investigator: Costas Georgakopoulos ADLQ
Principal Investigator: Mohammed Alsayrafi ADLQ
Principal Investigator: Jean-Charles Grivel Sidra Medicine
Principal Investigator: Christophe Raynaud Sidra Medicine


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Responsible Party: Dr. Mohamed A Yassin ,MD, Hematology Consultant, Hamad Medical Corporation Identifier: NCT03548766     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MRC-02-18-070
First Posted: June 7, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 23, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hematologic Diseases