Characterization of Lipoprotein Composition and Function in Pediatric Psoriasis Before and After Treatment

Study Purpose

This study will assess differences in inflammatory proteins, lipoprotein composition, cholesterol efflux and HDL-proteome in moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis who at baseline begin systemically administered therapy vs.#46; a) healthy controls; and b) patients with milder psoriasis.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 6 Years - 17 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - Children ages 6-17 years of all races/ethnicities with plaque and/or extensive guttate psoriasis for at least 6 months and on topical or systemic therapy.
  • - Patients in the systemic group can be starting a medication for the first time OR transitioning from another systemic if unresponsive and on that previous treatment for ≤ 3 months.
  • - Patients may concurrently have psoriatic arthritis if initiation of a systemic medication is warranted by skin severity.
  • - Children ages 6-17 years of all races/ethnicities with acne being treated with isotretinoin.
  • - Children ages 6-17 years of all races/ethnicities without plaque or guttate psoriasis and history of severe acne or treatment with isotretinoin as controls.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Patients less than 6 years of age or 18 years and older.
  • - Patients with congenital heart disease, prior cardiac catheterizations/surgeries, or on cardiac medications in the past two years other than for hypertension (eg, calcium channel-blockers, beta-blockers and vasotropic medications).
  • - Patients who have other systemic inflammatory diseases (including atopic dermatitis, severe acne, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, connective tissue diseases and/or other autoimmune diseases).
  • - Patients who have active infection or malignancy or have suffered from infection requiring oral or parenteral antibiotic in past 2 weeks.
  • - Patients and parents/caregivers unable to give written informed consent.

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor

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Northwestern University
Principal Investigator

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Amy Paller, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Northwestern University
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

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Arms & Interventions


: Psoriasis patients to be treated only topically

: Psoriasis patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis who begin

: Age-, sex- and BMI percentile-matched controls

: Patients being treated with isotretinoin for acne


Other: - Fasting blood draw for lipid assessments

Fasting blood draw for lipid assessments

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Chicago, Illinois




Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, 60611

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