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Characterization of Apolipoprotein A-I Pathways in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Background: - Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease that becomes worse over time. There is currently no effective treatment for it. Researchers want to study the disease and learn new ways to treat it. Objectives: - To discover new pathways that are involved in pulmonary fibrosis. To develop new drugs that may be used to treat pulmonary fibrosis. Eligibility: - People at least 18 years old with IPF. - Healthy volunteers at least 18 years old. Design: - Participants will be screened with medical history, questionnaire, and physical exam. They will...
Characterization of Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Very recent studies indicate that a high percentage of HCL, about 50%, have mutations in the B-RAF oncogene. The development of ultrasensitive methodologies capable of identifying these mutations in bronchoalveolar lavage will represent a significant advance in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. An undetermined percentage of HCL does not present mutations in B-RAF. Consequently, the deep genetic analysis, through the use of techniques of massive sequencing, can favor the identification of new alterations that contribute to the development of the disease. We hypothesized that patients with HCL may present a different...
Clinical and Basic Investigations Into Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) is an inherited disease which results in decreased pigmentation (oculocutaneous albinism), bleeding problems due to a platelet abnormality (platelet storage pool defect), and storage of an abnormal fat-protein compound (lysosomal accumulation of ceroid lipofuscin). The disease can cause poor functioning of the lungs, intestine, kidneys, or heart. The major complication of the disease is pulmonary fibrosis and typically causes death in patients ages 40 - 50 years old. The disorder is common in Puerto Rico, where many of the clinical research studies on the disease have been conducted. Neither the full...
Clinical Course of Interstitial Lung Diseases: European IPF Registry and Biobank
Born out of the European Union 7th Framework Programme funded project European IPF Network (eurIPFnet), the European IPF Registry (eurIPFreg) has become Europe's leading database of longitudinal data from IPF patients, including control groups of patients with other lung diseases. The registry was initiated with the intention of creating a permanent and continuously growing record of well defined data on IPF in Europe, in order to increase the chances of finding better treatment options for this devastating disease. Clinical colleagues who would like to actively participate (both in terms of patient recruitment and data analysis)...
Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Autologous Lung Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and ultimately fatal disease characterized by a progressive damage of lung structure and decline in lung function.This study intends to carry out an open, single-center, non-randomized, self control phase I clinical trial. During the treatment, lung stem cells will be isolated from patients' own bronchi and expanded in vitro. Cultured cells will be injected directly into the lesion by fiberoptic bronchoscopy after lavage. After twelve-month observation, the investigators will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment by measuring the key clinical indicators.
Clinical Relevance of Thoracic Echography for the Early Diagnosis of Interstitial Lung Disease in Systemic Scleroderma - Pilot Study
Diffuse interstitial lung disease (PID) is the leading cause of death in systemic scleroderma (SSc). Major progress has recently been made in its therapeutic management. Early diagnosis is essential to optimize this management. Current diagnostic techniques are based on high-resolution computed tomography on the thorax (HRCT) and pulmonary functional tests (PFT). However, these explorations have their limitations. Thus, there is a need for new techniques for a very early diagnosis of PID-SSc. Thoracic ultrasound (TUS) is an innovative, easily accessible, non-irradiating, inexpensive and painless tool. It is an emerging technique...
Clinical Study of Jianfei Kangfu Cao in the Treatment of pSS-ILD
This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Jianfei Kangfu Cao in the treatment of primary Sjogren's syndrome associated interstitial lung disease.
Clinical Transcriptomics in Systemic Vasculitis (CUTIS)
Multi-center observational study to evaluate the histopathology and transcriptome of cutaneous lesions in patients with several different types of vasculitis.
Cobimetinib in Refractory Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), and Other Histiocytic Disorders
This is a research study of a drug called cobimetinib in children and adults diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), and other histiocytic disorders that has returned or does not respond to treatment. Cobimetinib blocks activation of a protein called Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK) that is part of incorrect growth signals in histiocytosis cells. Four different groups of patients will be enrolled.
Cohort of IPF Patients Experiencing an Exacerbation
Extension of the PFBIO cohort which includes patients with newly diagnosed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for longitudinal follow-up for up to 5 years. In the PFBIO-EXA extension, patients are included if they experience an exacerbation, or other increase in respiratory symptoms requiring hospital admission, for further collection of clinical and biological data.