This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition obstructive sleep apnea (osa)
Treatment cpap
Sponsor University of Pennsylvania
Collaborator National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Start date April 2008
End date October 2016
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00834509, 807416, P01HL094307


The purpose of the study is to:

- recruit subjects with untreated sleep apnea; assess overnight changes in their blood and urine chemicals

- review the overnight changes in blood and urine chemicals after they have been treated for sleep apnea

- assess the overnight changes in blood and urine chemicals in healthy individuals with no sleep problems

- compare the amount of fat in the belly using a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner on all subjects

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective prospective
OSA participants will be treated with a CPAP/APAP treatment, per standard clinical care.
Use CPAP for 4-6 weeks as clinically prescribed.
Control participants will not receive APAP/CPAP treatment, if not diagnosed with OSA.

Primary Outcomes

Magnitude of change in biomarkers during sleep in persons with OSA before & after successful treatment with CPAP, & differences in magnitude of change in persons with different degrees of visceral adiposity, & in those w/ & w/o specific comorbidities.
time frame: End of study

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 30 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - able to read and write in English - if female, not pregnant - goes to bed between 9:30pm-12:30am and sleeps minimum of 7 hours/night - has telephone access - BMI < 40 Exclusion Criteria: - shift worker, irregular schedule - previous diagnosis of sleep disorder other than OSA - previous treatment with CPAP, BiPAP, oxygen, surgery for OSA - current kidney disease, anemia, depression, - substance abuse/dependence - BMI > 40 - visual/hearing/cognitive impairments - smoker who's not willing to refrain from all nicotine during study - not willing to try CPAP treatment

Additional Information

Official title Towards a Blood Test for Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Principal investigator Allan I Pack, MD
Description The overall goal of this project is to address the postulate that the optimal molecular signature for the common disorder obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is change in relevant biomarkers during the sleep period. In sleep apnea, events lead to sleep fragmentation and cyclical deoxygenation/reoxygenation. It is proposed that these changes will lead to molecular consequences can be detected by assessing biomarkers in blood. To determine which changes are due to OSA and which to circadian/sleep mechanisms, studies will be done in patients with OSA before and after effective treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and also in controls of similar visceral adiposity without OSA. Multiple assessments of biomarkers will be made before, during and after sleep. Since it is proposed that the magnitude of these dynamic changes across the sleep period will be affected by degree of visceral obesity and be greater in OSA subjects with cardiovascular comorbidities, studies will be done in 4 groups of subjects: lean and obese with and without such morbidities. In assessing biomarkers the primary outcome variables will be: urinary isoprostanes (oxidative stress); plasma tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) (inflammation); plasma norepinephrine (sympathetic activation); and free fatty acids. Secondary biomarkers will be: Interleukin 6 (IL-6), urinary norepinephrine; urinary normetanephrine; glucose, Intercellular Adhesion Molecule (ICAM), leptin. To complement assessment of circulating biomarkers, an approach utilizing a cellular window will be used. Monocytes will be separated from each blood sample (before, during and after sleep) and RNA extracted. Expression of key genes will be assessed by RT-PCR and microarray studies will be performed in a subset of subjects to assess changes in expression of all genes as a result of OSA. A particular focus will be investigating differences between individuals with OSA with and without cardiovascular comorbidities. Three aspects will be evaluated: a)whether individuals with comorbidities have more oxidative stress and inflammatory change for equivalent degrees of OSA than individuals without such comorbidities; b) whether individuals with comorbidities have lower levels of protective mechanisms—melatonin (an anti-oxidant secreted during sleep), IL-10 (antiinflammatory); c) different gene variants based on a genetic association study using a recently developed CV SNP array. Finally, data will be used to determine whether there is a diagnostic urine and/or blood test for OSA.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2015.
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