This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions sepsis, amino acids
Sponsor Chinese PLA General Hospital
Start date March 2012
End date May 2013
Trial size 100 participants
Trial identifier NCT01818830, PLAGHHN2013001


The patients with sepsis are in the state of hypermetabolism, increased resting energy expenditure, protein and fat catabolism disorder, negative nitrogen balance, insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and amino acid metabolism disorders. However, it is remain unclear the changes of amino acids expression profiling in sepsis patients. In this study, the investigators has planned to enroll 100 subjects, including 20 cases with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), 20 cases with sepsis, 20 cases with severe sepsis and 20 with septic shock. In addition, this study also include 20 normal cases as control. The serum sample of patients with sepsis is draw on days 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, and 14 after first ICU admission. High-performance liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry was used to detect the quantification of amino acids. The amino acids expression profiling contain Arginine, Ornithine, Histidine, Cystine, Isoleucine, Cystathionine, Leucine, Homocystine, Lysine, α-Amino-n-Butyric Acid, Methionine, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Anserine, Threonine, β-Alanine, Tryptophan, β-Amino-Isobutyric Acid, Valine, Carnosine, γ-Amino-n-Butyric Acid, Ethanolamine, Glycine, δ-Hydroxylysine, Serine, Hydroxy-L-Proline, Taurine, 1-Methyl-L-Histidine, Tyrosine, 3-Methyl-L-Mistidine, α-Amino-Adipic, Phospho-Ethanolamine, Asparagine, Phospho-L-Serine, Aspartic acid, Proline, Citrulline, Sarcosine, Glutamic acid, Argininosuccinic Acid, Glutamine, Homocitrulline. The investigators speculate that measurement of amino acids expression profiling could be taken as an indicator for assessment in critically ill patients.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective retrospective
(1) temperature > 38oC or < 36oC; (2) pulse rate > 90 beats/min; (3) ventilation rate > 20 breaths/min or hyperventilation with a partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2) < 32 mmHg; (4) white blood cell (WBC) count >1 2,000μL-1 or < 4000 μL-1 , or > 10% immature cells.
For the healthy control outpatients, possibilities of acute or past chronic diseases were excluded. Moreover, we made sure that the healthy control subjects had not been hospitalized or taken vitamin-based substitutive drugs in the last 12 months, and proved normal in physical checkups and lab examinations.

Primary Outcomes

Patients Outcome
time frame: 28 days

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male and female aged 18 years old and over; 2. Clinically confirmed infection; 3. Fulfilled at least two criteria of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (a) core temperature higher than 38 °C or lower than 36 °C (b)respiratory rate above 20/min, or PCO2 below 32 mmHg (c) pulse rate above 90/min, and (d) white blood cell count greater than 12,000/μl or lower than < 4,000/μl or less than 10% of bands. Exclusion Criteria: 1. parenteral nutrition; 2. diabetes and other metabolic-related diseases; 3. chronic liver disease; 4. neutropenia (≤ 500 neutrophils/mm3); 5. HIV infection; 6. patients or their relatives refused.

Additional Information

Official title Amino Acids Expression Profiling of Patients With Sepsis
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Chinese PLA General Hospital.