Identification of Biomarkers Predictive of Worse Prognosis in Henoch Schonlein Purpura

Identification of Biomarkers Predictive of Worse Prognosis in Henoch Schonlein Purpura


Lead Sponsor: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Source Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Brief Summary

Henoch Schonlein Purpura (HSP), vasculitis of small vessels with deposits of IgA, is considered by many authors as the systemic form of Berger's disease (IgA-N). IgA-N is characterized by IgA1 deposits in mesangial areas associated with mesangial proliferation. These two diseases remain the leading cause of ESRD by primitive glomerulopathy in Western countries. In recent years, considerable progress has been made in understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of IgA-N. However, only a high rate of proteinuria at one year or the presence of severe glomerular inflammation on renal biopsy remain predictors of long term renal function. Moreover, the high variability of HSP clinical expression, from few purpura skin lesions that evolve favourably spontaneously, to rapidly progressive renal failure, remains so far unexplained but suggests the existence of individual genetic susceptibility.

In the first part of the study, we will study key factors based on physiopathological data obtained by our laboratory as well as by other groups. The second part of the study concerns genetic factors. Although the candidate genes that may confer a particular susceptibility to the disease, to progress to ESRD or respond to treatment are many, the genes involved in inflammation or controlling renin-angiotensin system are of particular interest.

We will apply these results by studying patients with HSP showing three distinct phenotypes (HSP with isolated cutaneous purpura or associated with minimal or severe renal disease) at diagnosis and after clinical remission.

The purpose of this study is to assess whether the phenotype at diagnosis is associated with the physiological markers and if one of them predicts a pejorative evolution of renal disease at 1 year. Meanwhile, study of polymorphism of selected genes of interest could allow identification of patients with specific genetic susceptibility or with bad prognosis factors who would be thus eligible for specific treatment.

Overall Status Unknown status
Start Date April 2010
Completion Date July 2014
Primary Completion Date January 2013
Study Type Observational
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Renal prognosis one time measure after a four hour writing session
Enrollment 120

Sampling Method: Probability Sample


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with HSP whose diagnosis was confirmed by histology of an active skin lesion, who signed the informed consent form or for minors, signature of the holders of parental authority.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients who do not have skin lesions; Patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs or steroids for more than 2 weeks; Patients with another diagnosis (platelets<100,000/mm3, bacterial purpura, other systemic disease);

- Patients unable to understand the protocol, refusing to sign the information form or unable to comply with regular follow-up consultation.

Gender: All

Minimum Age: N/A

Maximum Age: N/A

Healthy Volunteers: No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Evangeline Pillebout, Md PhD Principal Investigator APHP - Hôpital St Louis - Paris 10 - France
Overall Contact

Last Name: Evangeline Pillebout, MD PhD

Phone: 33142499631

Email: [email protected]

Facility: Status: Contact: Contact Backup: Investigator: Nephrology Unit - Hôpital St Louis Evangeline Pillebout, MD PhD 33142499631 [email protected] Evangeline Pillebout, MDPhD Principal Investigator
Location Countries


Verification Date

July 2012

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor

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Arm Group

Label: Group A

Description: have skin involvement +/- an extra renal disease (arthritis, digestive and/or HSP without renal disease. The absence of renal disease is defined by the absence of hypertension (BP <95th percentile for height in children, BP <140/90 mmHg in adults with no known history of hypertension), the absence of hematuria (<5 RBCs per mm3), the absence of proteinuria (proteinuria <0.1 g/24h) and the absence of renal dysfunction (MDRD> 80 ml / min).

Label: group B

Description: HSP with renal impairment, defined by the presence of renal dysfunction (calculated clearance <60 ml/min) and/or proteinuria (daily proteinuria greater than 0.3 g) and/or hematuria (more than 5000 RBC per ml or 5 RBC per mm3). We distinguish: Group B1 patients with moderate renal disease if renal biopsy was not indicated or no evidence of histologic severity in renal biopsy (histological classification class 1 or 25) Group B2 patients with severe renal impairment, with signs of histological severity in renal biopsy (class 3, 4 or 5).

Study Design Info

Observational Model: Cohort

Time Perspective: Prospective