Inflammatory Responses in Normal Volunteers and Patients With Abnormal Immune Responses

Conditions Phase Intervention Type
    Abnormal Phagocyte Function Healthy Volunteers


Ages Eligible for Study
6 years to 65 years
Genders Eligible for Study


Lymphokines, LTB4, Inflammation, Normal Volunteer, and Abnormal Phagocyte Function


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Inclusion Criteria


Be a healthy adult of either sex and between the ages of 18 and 65 years old.

Weight greater than 110 pounds.

Not have any heart, lung, or kidney disease, or bleeding disorders.

Not have a history of viral hepatitis (B or C) since age 11.

Not have a history of intravenous injection drug use.

Not have a history of engaging in high-risk activities for exposure to the AIDS virus.

Not be pregnant.

Exclusion Criteria


Less than 18 years old or older than 65 years.

Have viral hepatitis (B or C).

HIV positive.

Receiving chemotherapeutic agent(s), or have underlying malignancy.


Have history of heart, lung, kidney disease, or bleeding disorders.

Detailed Description

This study will investigate the inflammatory response. People with abnormal regulation of inflammation and immune defects often have an exaggerated or depressed inflammatory response that results in poor healing of recurrent infections. This study will measure and compare amounts of inflammatory mediators (chemicals involved in the inflammatory response) in healthy normal volunteers and in patients with abnormal immune responses. Healthy normal volunteers and patients with host defense defects or excessive inflammation, as in vasculitis syndromes, may be eligible for this study. Patients must be between 6 and 65 years of age. Participants will have eight small blisters raised on the forearm using a gentle suction device. The top of the blisters will be removed with scissors and a plastic template will be placed over the blisters. The wells of the template will be filled with a salt solution or a mixture of the subject s serum (fluid part of the blood without cells) and a salt solution. Some blisters may be covered with coverslips a small round piece of very thin sterilized glass before adding the fluid. Blister fluid will be removed from the wells at 3, 5, 8, and 24 hours with a syringe and analyzed for inflammatory mediators. A scab will form over the blisters and fall off in about 2 weeks. Participants will have about 4 tablespoons of blood drawn in order to compare the inflammatory mediators in the blood with those in the blister fluid.

Contacts and Locations

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001257


  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, Maryland United States

    Status: Recruiting

    Contact info For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Office of Patient Recruitment (OPR)

Overall Contact

Kol A Zarember, Ph.D.
(301) 402-1802

Overall Contact Backup

Mary E Garofalo, R.N.
(301) 827-9758