This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition acute myeloid leukemia
Sponsor Taipei Medical University WanFang Hospital
Start date September 2010
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT01195506, 99025


Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C is recognized as a tumor lymphangiogenic factor based on the effects of activated VEGFR3 on lymphatic endothelial cells. VEGFR3 has been proposed as a specific marker for lymphatic endothelial cells. Recent studies indicated that VEGFR3 also expressed in a variety of human malignancies, including lung, colon rectal, or head and neck cancer. Moreover, VEGF-C/VEGFR3 axis was demonstrated in regulating angiogenesis, cell invasion, and metastasis in several solid tumors. The promotion of cell mobility in response to VEGF-C was required the involvement of adhesion molecule contactin-1. In addition to solid tumors, it has been reported that the VEGF-C/VEGFR3 axis is activated in subsets of leukemia patients. Until now, it has been demonstrated that higher endogenous VEGFC levels of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) cells are related to decreased in vitro and in vivo responsiveness to chemotherapy; an effect that may result from inhibition of apoptosis by increasing Bcl-2/Bax ratios by the VEGF-C/VEGFR3 pathway. Thus, a functional VEGF-C/VEGFR3 system may exist in leukemia. However, the detail information concerning the role of VEGF-C/VEGFR3 in non-solid tumors is still lacking. Bone marrow neoangiogenesis plays a crucial pathogenic and possible prognostic role in AML. The VEGF-C/VEGFR3 axis has been proven in the regulation of solid tumors angiogenesis. In the investigators preliminary study, the investigators found VEGF-C may play a critical role in angiogenesis regulation of leukemic cells by upregulating cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Furthermore, the investigators found that the upregulation of COX-2 also correlate with the VEGF-C-induced proliferation in leukemic cells and this phenomenon might further regulate the chemoresistance of VEGF-C. In this study, the investigators will investigate the extent of angiogenesis and chemoresistance induced by VEGF-C in leukemic cells. This study will provide evidences on the subject of the novel role of VEGF-C in leukemia. With progress in molecular biology of VEGF-C, its value as a therapeutic target is highly promising.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case-only
Time perspective retrospective

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 60 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - patients who were diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia Exclusion Criteria: - patients who were diagnosed other type leukemia

Additional Information

Official title Study the Novel Functions and Molecular Mechanisms of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-C (VEGF-C) in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Principal investigator Ming-Hsien Chien
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2010.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Taipei Medical University WanFang Hospital.