Last updated on September 2018

Sickle Cell Pro-Inflammatory Response to Interval Training Study


Brief description of study

Recommendations for exercise prescription currently do not exist for individuals with sickle cell anemia (SCA) despite the known impact that SCA-related complications has on physical functioning and fitness. A major barrier to increasing physical activity in SCA is the concern that the well-described inflammatory effects of exercise could precipitate or exacerbate complications such as vaso-occlusive pain or airway bronchoconstriction (i.e. exercise-induced asthma). Although the investigator's preliminary data suggest that increasing physical activity may be beneficial rather than harmful in children with SCA, the pro-inflammatory effects associated with repeated bouts of moderate to vigorous exercise remain poorly understood in this population. The long term goal is to address the safety and health impact of regular exercise in children with SCA. This proposal would help establish the safety of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise in children with SCA and importantly, will inform the design of future clinical trials focused on exercise training as a transformative strategy to improve fitness and overall well-being in this population.

Detailed Study Description

The investigator's plan to evaluate the effect of acute exercise and exercise intensity on circulating systemic pro-inflammatory mediators and airway bronchoconstriction in SCA. The investigators hypothesize that regular exercise at moderate to vigorous intensity is safe for children with SCA and do not precipitate SCA-related symptoms. In this multicenter study, 70 non-asthmatic children with SCA and 70 controls without SCA will first undergo a maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET), then be randomized to an exercise challenge by controlled intensity interval training (CIIT) at either moderate or vigorous intensity (8 exercise bouts at 50% or 70% peak workload, respectively). The Investigator's Aims are to: 1) Determine the influence of exercise intensity on the acute inflammatory response to exercise, defined by an increase in soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM) and other adhesion molecules, and 2) Define the effect of moderate to vigorous exercise on forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and acute bronchoconstriction in children with SCA. The investigators will also explore exercise- induced changes in gene and microRNA expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, tissue oxygenation during exercise by near infrared spectroscopy as well as the role of hyperventilation in bronchoconstriction using eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation testing in a subset of participants.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03653676

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Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL United States
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Robert Liem, MD

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL United States
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Nancy Green, MD

Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY United States
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Jane Hankins, MD

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN United States
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