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Microarray Analysis of Erythema Migrans Lesions

This study is currently recruiting participants.

Summary | Eligibility | Citations | Contacts

Summary

Number

05-I-0219

Sponsoring Institute

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required

No

Population Exclusion(s)

Children

Special Instructions

Currently Not Provided

Keywords

lyme Disease;
Borrelia Burgdorferi;
Inflammation;
Skin;
Host Response

Recruitment Keyword(s)

lyme Disease;
Erythema Migrans Rash;
Healthy Volunteer;
HV

Condition(s)

Erythema Migrans Lesions;
Erythema Migrans

Investigational Drug(s)

None

Investigational Device(s)

None

Intervention(s)

None

Supporting Site

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

This study will analyze cells from erythema migrans lesions, the "bull's eye" rash of lyme disease. Little is known about what happens in the skin when it is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause lyme disease. This study will examine and compare laboratory findings in skin biopsies from people with lyme disease and from healthy normal volunteers to try to better understand the infection.

Healthy volunteers and people with untreated erythema migrans rash who are 18 years of age or older may be eligible for this study.

All participants undergo a clinical examination, blood tests, four skin biopsies (removal of a small piece of tissue for laboratory examination), and complete two health questionnaires. The biopsies are taken from the erythema migrans lesion in patients with lyme disease and from skin on the legs, forearms, buttocks, or side from healthy volunteers. To collect the tissue, the skin at the biopsy site is numbed with injection of a local anesthetic and a sharp instrument is then used to remove a round plug of skin about the size of a pencil eraser. The wound may be closed with one or two sutures, or allowed to heal without sutures. The sutures are removed after a week to 10 days.

Patients with lyme disease receive treatment for their condition. In addition, at the time the sutures are removed and at 4 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months after their first visit they fill out a questionnaire and have additional blood tests.

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Eligibility

INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients:

Age greater than or equal to 18 years

Diagnosis of EM - an expanding annular lesion, at least 5 cm in diameter on a person with a history of exposure to the disease.

Exposure is defined as having been (less than or equal to 30 days before onset of EM) in wooded, brushy, or grassy areas (i.e., potential tick habitats) in an area in which lyme disease is endemic.

A history of tick bite is not required.

The area of the erythema migrans lesion is suitable for biopsy. This excludes biopsies on the face, neck, scalp, and over the tibia.

Not know to be positive for RPR, HIV, HBsAg or HCV

Able to give consent

Healthy Volunteers:

Age greater than or equal to 18 years

Not positive for RPR, HIV, HBsAg or HCV.

Able to give consent

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients:

Antibiotic therapy for the current episode of lyme disease

Oral corticosteroids within the past 2 weeks

History of severe skin disease (such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis) in the last year.

Diagnosis of diabetes, active cancer, or autoimmune diseases.

Investigational drugs in the past month

History of forming large thick scars after skin injuries or surgery

History of excessive bleeding after cuts or procedures or on anticoagulation.

Use of steroid cream/ointment at the rash.

Healthy Volunteers:

History of lyme disease, or serological evidence for lyme disease

No oral corticosteroids within the past 2 weeks

History of severe skin disease (such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis) in the last year.

Diagnosis of diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases.

Investigational drugs in the past month

History of forming large thick scars after skin injuries or surgery

No history of excessive bleeding after cuts or procedures or on anticoagulation.


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Citations:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). lyme disease--United States, 2001-2002. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 May 7;53(17):365-9.

Fraser CM, Casjens S, Huang WM, Sutton GG, Clayton R, Lathigra R, White O, Ketchum KA, Dodson R, Hickey EK, Gwinn M, Dougherty B, Tomb JF, Fleischmann RD, Richardson D, Peterson J, Kerlavage AR, Quackenbush J, Salzberg S, Hanson M, van Vugt R, Palmer N, Adams MD, Gocayne J, Weidman J, Utterback T, Watthey L, McDonald L, Artiach P, Bowman C, Garland S, Fuji C, Cotton MD, Horst K, Roberts K, Hatch B, Smith HO, Venter JC. Genomic sequence of a lyme disease spirochaete, Borrelia burgdorferi. Nature. 1997 Dec 11;390(6660):580-6.

Casjens S, Palmer N, van Vugt R, Huang WM, Stevenson B, Rosa P, Lathigra R, Sutton G, Peterson J, Dodson RJ, Haft D, Hickey E, Gwinn M, White O, Fraser CM. A bacterial genome in flux: the twelve linear and nine circular extrachromosomal DNAs in an infectious isolate of the lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Mol Microbiol. 2000 Feb;35(3):490-516.

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Contacts:

Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Adriana R. Marques, M.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
BG 10 RM 12C118
10 CENTER DR
BETHESDA MD 20814
(301) 435-7244
amarques@niaid.nih.gov

Adriana R. Marques, M.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
BG 10 RM 12C118
10 CENTER DR
BETHESDA MD 20814
(301) 435-7244
amarques@niaid.nih.gov

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Clinical Trials Number:

NCT00132327

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