Kidney Cancer New Pathway Discovery Project

Study ID
STU 012011-190

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Clements University Hospital
  • UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services
  • Zale Lipshy University Hospital
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System

Qurratulain Yousuf

Principal Investigator
James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D.


This study utilizes/collaborates with the uT Southwestern Tissue Resource (e-iRB STu 102010-051) and the urologic tissue and serum repository (e-iRB 032011-187) to obtain previously collected tissue for the examination explained within this protocol. Previously collected serum samples may also be examined for this study. if a patient has already consented to having their tissue banked in one of the two studies noted above, they will not be consented again. Their tissue and serum may be evaluated under this protocol because they consented to participate in the repositories.

The retrieval of specimens from the oR will be coordinated with the uTSTR. occasionally, if uTSTR personnel are not available, lab personnel may be involved in sample collection.

Tumors (as well as adjacent normal tissue for comparison, or blood) will be analyzed molecularly using a variety of techniques including SnP arrays, Rna microarrays and miRna arrays. in addition, samples will be subjected to whole genome or exome sequencing.

attempts will be made to preserve tumor viability. Tumors will be dissagregated and frozen in 10% dimethylsulfoxide for storage under conditions preserving viability. Tumor samples will also be implanted in immunocompromised mice.

Subsequently, analyses will be conducted to evaluate the sensitivity of the tumors to both approved drugs (such as Sunitinib) as well as experimental therapies.

in addition, the response of tumor samples or cell lines to therapies will be investigated in vitro.

Results in the laboratory will be correlated to patient characteristics and responses in the clinic.

Participant Eligibility

1.This study is being conducted under auspices of the UTSTR and only patients consenting to donating tissue "using the urology consent form" are eligible.

2. Any patient undergoing a resection of a tumor/metastasis presumed to be RCC is eligible to enter into the study. "Similarly, patients having a thoracocentesis for medical reasons, may have fluid collected for the evaluation of tumor cells."

3. Patients with metastatic disease at presentation or at high risk for recurrence will be given priority.