About Bolder Science

Our mission is to provide healthcare professionals with unbiased clinical research information, easily.

Currently, you can access the following clinical trials being conducted worldwide:

378040 studies
220 countries
Clinical trial information and results are updated daily from ClinicalTrials.gov. The latest data update was conducted on 06/15/2021.
This website is for US healthcare professionals

Log In to Bolder Science


Don't have an account? Sign Up

Please enter your email address.

You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

Log In

Create an Account

(optional) ?

Welcome, !

Please complete the following 4 questions to ensure you receive the information that best suits your needs.

Clinical Trials of Interest

When I’m looking for information on clinical trials, I usually am interested in...

finding clinical trials in which to enroll my patients

Rarely Often

finding newly launched clinical trials (for all phases)

Rarely Often

updates on status changes for clinical trials

Rarely Often

pipeline molecules

Rarely Often

Drug Interventions

Enter up to 3 drug interventions you are currently interested in:

Clinical trial information and results are updated daily from ClinicalTrials.gov. The latest data update was conducted on 06/15/2021.

Circulating miRNA in Primary Hyperparathyroidism

Clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT03931109

Recruitment Status Active, not recruiting

First Posted April 30, 2019

Last update posted June 11, 2020

Study Description

Brief summary:

The goal of this study is to: 1. Analyze the expression levels of circulating (serum) miRNAs in primary hyperparathyroidism patients with and without osteoporosis, and patients with osteoporosis undergoing thyroidectomy, and to correlate with clinical markers of bone remodeling including biochemical and radiologic studies. 2. To evaluate serum miRNA levels after treatment with parathyroidectomy.

  • Condition or Disease:Primary Hyperparathyroidism
    Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal
  • Intervention/Treatment:
  • Phase: N/A
Detailed Description

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are chronic diseases disproportionately affecting the elderly. In the United States, the prevalence of osteoporosis is projected to increase from 10 million in 2005 to 14 million in 2025, due to population aging. Similarly, the economic cost of osteoporotic fractures is projected to increase to $25 billion by 2025. Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is one of the few reversible causes of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. PHPT is the third most common endocrine disorder, with an incidence of 27-30 per 100,000 person-years, and increasing with age; half of all patients with PHPT are post-menopausal women, a population at high risk for osteoporosis at baseline. All forms of PHPT are characterized by loss of the normal negative feedback relationship between serum calcium and parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion, leading to hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism. Classic PHPT is characterized by skeletal, renal, gastrointestinal and neuropsychiatric manifestations. Skeletal manifestations of classic PHPT are mediated by osteoblast inhibition and osteoclast stimulation, leading to increased bone remodeling. The catabolic effects of chronic PTH excess may present as osteitis fibrosa cystica, brown tumors, pathologic fractures, bone pain, osteoporosis or osteopenia. Although frank osteitis fibrosa cystica is an increasingly rare presentation of PHPT in the United States, affecting 2% of patients, osteoporosis is reported in 39-63% of patients, with preferential loss of bone density in cortical sites. Fragility fractures are significantly associated with PHPT, particularly in postmenopausal women. Both decreases in bone mineral density (BMD) and fragility fractures are considered indications for parathyroidectomy in patients with asymptomatic PHPT. Parathyroidectomy has been demonstrated to improve BMD in prospective studies of PHPT patients with osteoporosis; some studies suggest that more benefit may be seen in pre-menopausal women. Current research in bone remodeling has identified microRNAs (miRNAs), novel biomarkers with both diagnostic and therapeutic potential. miRNAs are short, single stranded, non-coding RNAs which regulate posttranscriptional expression of mRNA. miRNAs have been extensively implicated in bone remodeling and homeostasis. Circulating miRNAs have been shown to correlate with fragility fractures, and are conserved across subpopulations of osteoporotic patients. miRNA panels have been suggested to have the potential to assist in diagnosis, prognosis, and are promising targets for directed therapy. Although miRNAs have been investigated in conjunction with pre-menopausal, postmenopausal, idiopathic and diabetic osteoporosis, no research to date has explored the miRNA profile of PHPT patients with osteoporosis. Similarly, although in vitro experiments have demonstrated miRNA response to bisphosphonates, no clear correlation has been established between therapeutic interventions and miRNA levels in vivo. The goal of this study is therefore two-fold; first, to analyze the expression levels of circulating miRNAs in PHPT patients with and without osteoporosis; and second, to evaluate miRNA levels after treatment with parathyroidectomy. This is a prospective, non-randomized pilot study. Post-menopausal female subjects with and without osteoporosis, undergoing neck surgery or non-operative management will be recruited. Informed consent will be obtained. Venipuncture will be performed and serum and plasma isolated from study subjects. Analysis of serum miRNA and biochemical and clinical markers of bone remodeling will be performed. Clinical care will proceed as planned. Subjects undergoing surgery will be reassessed one year after operative intervention for miRNA and clinical and biochemical markers.

Study Design
  • Study Type: Observational [Patient Registry]
  • Estimated Enrollment: 100 participants
  • Observational Model: Cohort
  • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Official Title: Circulating microRNA Signatures in Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Actual Study Start Date: September 2018
  • Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2021
  • Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2021
Outcome Measures
  • Primary Outcome Measures: 1. circulating microRNAs in primary hyperparathyroidism patients [ Time Frame: 2019-2021 ]
    Serum miRNA levels
  • 2. serum miRNA after parathyroidectomy [ Time Frame: 2019-2021 ]
    clinical markers of bone remodeling, including serum levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin, P1NP, CTX, calcium, phosphate, Vitamin D metabolites, and PTH; urine calcium; and DXA scan
  • Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA

    Blood Samples

Eligibility Criteria
  • Ages Eligible for Study: 50 to 100 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
  • Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
  • Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
  • Sampling Method: Non-Probability Sample
  • Study Population: post-menopausal women diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism.

Inclusion Criteria:

- post menopausal

- has had DXA scan

- has 24 hr Urine Calcium

- Elevated serum calcium

- Vitamin D above 20 ng/ml

- capable of giving informed consent

- female

- indication for biochemical primary hyperparathyroidism or an indication for partial or
total thyroidectomy

Exclusion Criteria:

- history of ESRD on dialysis or renal osteodystrophy

- prior parathyroidectomy

- hyper or hypothyroid by TSH

- currently taking steroids or has been on steroids for more than 7 days in the last two

- estrogen therapy within the last two years

- bisphosphonate therapy within the last two years

- diagnosis of Cushing's disease or Cushing's syndrome

- taking biotin within 24 hours of blood draw

Contacts and Locations

United States, Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine/ Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Sponsors and Collaborators

University of Pennsylvania


Principal Investigator: Heather Wachtel, MD University of Pennsylvania Health System

More Information