Last updated on April 2018

Use of Recombinant hCG to Prevent Breast Cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Carriers


Brief description of study

Specific aim: To establish the proof of principle that treatment of "high breast cancer risk" women with recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin (r-hCG) will change their breast epithelium's high risk genomic profile to one similar to that identified in women with a history of early full first term pregnancy.

Detailed Study Description

This study is based on the investigators preclinical data that have demonstrated that r-hCG exerts a mammary cancer preventive effect that is mediated by the induction of gland differentiation, which results in permanent changes in the genomic signature of this organ. This exploratory study will evaluate the genomic profile of breast epithelial cells obtained from random periareolar fine needle aspiration (RPFNA) specimens performed in high risk women treated for 90 days (an extra 4 weeks in a subgroup) with r-hCG. This knowledge will serve as the basis for establishing a novel genomic biomarker that will serve as a surrogate endpoint in future preventive clinical trials.

The objective of the proposed study is to characterize the genomic profile of breast epithelial cells obtained from 35 asymptomatic high breast cancer risk nulliparous premenopausal women carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 deleterious mutations. Gene expression measurements and benign breast tissue specimens will be obtained at baseline (time 0), after treatment with r-hCG at 90 days (time 1), at 270 days from baseline (time 2) and (in a subgroup) at 60 weeks (+/- 4 weeks).

The primary objective of the study is to compare the gene expression profiles of these women across the three (or four) time points and identify differentially expressed genes. The investigator is interested in comparing the expression profiles between all pairs of time points as well as across time. The comparison of profiles before and after treatment with r-hCG, both at 90 and 270 days are of particular interest. The women will receive 3x/week injections of 250 microgram r-hCG for a total of 12 weeks (an extra 4 weeks in a subgroup). Core Needle Biopsies specimens will be primarily utilized for analysis of genomic expression by cDNA microarray. In addition, a series of surrogate intermediate markers such as cytomorphologic evaluation and cell proliferation index will be analyzed.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03495609

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Eline Meireson, Msc.

Ghent University Hospital
Ghent, Belgium
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