Prospective Descriptive Study of the Angiogenic T Cell Population in Subjects With Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)

Prospective Descriptive Study of the Angiogenic T Cell Population in Subjects With Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)


Lead Sponsor: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Dijon

Source Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Dijon
Brief Summary

Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) results from genetic deregulation of angiogenesis. It is characterized by mucocutaneous telangiectasia responsible for recurrent epistaxis affecting quality of life (anaemia, iron deficiency, social distress). More rarely, HHT is complicated by the appearance of pulmonary, hepatic or cerebral arteriovenous malformations that can lead to serious complications: cerebrovascular accidents, cerebral abscesses, high output heart failure, and massive hemoptysis (1). The intensity of symptoms increases with age but with significant individual variability, even for the same mutation in the same family. Thus, while the mutations responsible for the disease have been identified, the pathophysiology is not fully understood because these mutations do not explain the great diversity of clinical presentations. Other factors not yet identified probably play an important role. Angiogenic T cells (TANG) are a newly individualized T cell population, defined by a CD4+CXCR4+CD31+ phenotype, which plays a key role in differentiating endothelial progenitors (2).

In an earlier study, the investigators showed that patients with HHT had a decrease in CD4+ and CD8+ LT compared to a cohort of healthy subjects (3).

They hypothesize that the lymphopenia mainly involves TANG, whose quantification could make it possible to assess the individual level of angiogenesis during HHT. The evaluation of the TANG levels could thus make it possible to personalize HHT management.

Overall Status Recruiting
Start Date June 28, 2018
Completion Date March 2021
Primary Completion Date December 2020
Study Type Observational
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Average monthly duration (in minutes) of epistaxis over the 3 months following inclusion Through study completion, an average of 3 months
Number/mm3 of circulating TANG (CD3+CXCR4+CD31+) at inclusion. At inclusion
Enrollment 60

Intervention Type: Biological

Intervention Name: Blood samples

Description: 5 mL dry tube to separate serum Two 6 mL EDTA tubes for plasma separation Eight 6 mL heparinized tubes for flow cytometry (quantification of TANG such as CD3+CD31+CXCR4+ and CEC) and quantification of angiogenesis markers.

Intervention Type: Other

Intervention Name: Epistaxis charts

Description: Three monthly epistaxis charts to be completed

Arm Group Label: Patients


Sampling Method: Non-Probability Sample


Inclusion Criteria:

- Person who has given consent

- Adult

- Person capable of understanding spoken and written French

"Patient" group:

- Certain HHT (3 or 4 Curacao criteria - Appendix 2):

- Recurring epistaxis

- Telangiectasia of the skin or mouth

- Family hereditary context

- Arteriovenous visceral malformations

- Causal mutation identified

- Person capable of completing monthly epistaxis charts

"Control" group :

- Control subjects will be matched to patients for age (+/- 6 years) and sex.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Person not affiliated to a national health insurance scheme

- Pregnant or breastfeeding woman

- Protected adult

- Hemoglobin levels less than 9 g/dl in the last 15 days

- Progressive or recent infectious disease, autoimmune disease or cancer (less than 6 months)

- Immunosuppressive treatment in progress or recent (less than 6 months), including systemic steroid therapy. The use of inhaled or topical steroids is not an exclusion criterion.

- Treatment in progress or stopped less than 6 months ago or to be introduced within the next 3 months of the following medications:

- bevacizumab

- tranexamic acid

- dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors (diabetic patient)

- beta-blockers (hypertensive patient)

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Overall Contact

Last Name: Alexandre GUILHEM

Phone: 0380293432

Email: [email protected]

Facility: Status: Contact: CHU Dijon Bourgogne Alexandre GUILHEM 0380293432 [email protected]
Location Countries


Verification Date

November 2019

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Arm Group

Label: Patients

Description: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia patients

Label: Controls

Description: Matched for age (+/- 5 ans) and sex.

Acronym TangRO
Study Design Info

Observational Model: Cohort

Time Perspective: Prospective