9/24/2012: New website format!
We have recently reformatted our study website; please click on the tabs below to find relevant information. No major content was changed from our previous website, with the exception of a new section titled "Information for Current or Potential Participants", which contains information for patients enrolled or considering enrollment in our study. We hope you enjoy the new format as much as we do. Please email email@example.com with any questions or comments about these changes.
Patients may not self-enroll in this study.
Enrollment must be facilitated by a health care provider (genetic counselor, doctor, nurse, etc.) able to take responsibility for receiving the patient's results:
Please be aware that an OFC (head circumference) measurement is a required data point for all study participants. You may not submit a patient for this study without this measurement. Please ensure that the measurement is documented in the patient's clinic notes for confirmation purposes.
Patients with the following will automatically qualify for study participation:
If you have questions about eligibility, please e-mail or fax the patient's pedigree and a clinical summary to our genetic counselor coordinator (email: firstname.lastname@example.org / fax: 216-636-0009 or 216-445-6935).
Please do not submit the following:
This is the enrollment process for most providers. Informed consent must be performed by a member of our research staff before the patient's blood sample is obtained. After you recognize that the patient qualifies for our study, please complete the following and send to us by fax or postal mail. To download the first four items, please click here .
Please do not draw the patient's blood to send with these documents. After we have received these documents and verified that all information is complete, our staff will mail the patient a consent document and sample collection kit and contact the subject to consent them. We will email you after we have consented the patient to keep you updated on their involvement. Samples received before the informed consent process has been completed may be destroyed.
If you are interested in becoming an IRB-approved site, which would grant you the ability to complete the informed consent process for your patients, please email email@example.com.
At present, the few institutions that have put our protocol through their institution's IRB may provide informed consent for patients at their facility. These sites have already received our informed consent document and may request additional copies by calling (216) 445-7869. If you are from an approved site, please click here for detailed instructions regarding the proper way to complete the informed consent document and other required study paperwork. Failure to complete this paperwork as described may result in the destruction of the patient's sample.
This is a multi-faceted research study that combines clinical patient information with DNA, RNA, and protein studies of the PTEN gene and related pathways. We are studying the frequency of particular characteristics such as cancer diagnoses among those with PTEN alterations; working to clarify variants of uncertain significance; and exploring alternative mechanisms of disease in patients without identified mutations. We ultimately hope that this research will lead to the development of targeted molecular therapies for persons with PTEN alterations.
All samples undergo mutation scanning via LightScanner of the PTEN coding region, exon/intron boundaries, and flanking intronic sequences up to approximately +/-40 bases. When an abnormality is noted, sequencing of the section in question is performed. Each sample also undergoes sequencing of the core promoter region (approximately -1300 to -700). Turn-around time for this testing averages 3-6 months, but may be longer depending on lab workload.
MLPA (large rearrangement) analysis of all nine PTEN exons with confirmation by quantitative PCR will be done for the following patients:
Please contact Jessica Mester at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding MLPA eligibility. We are currently unable to estimate the turn-around time for MLPA results.
Patient results are provided via confidential e-mail to the referring healthcare provider. Per our institutional IRB requirements, the exact nomenclature cannot be disclosed. However, you will be informed if results were negative (no alteration identified) or if a deleterious mutation, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), or variant of uncertain significance (VUS) is identified. If a deleterious mutation is identified, we can share the exact mutation nomenclature with the clinical lab of your choice for site-specific mutation confirmation. At present site-specific MLPA analysis is not clinically available, but the clinical lab performing confirmatory studies may appreciate having this information for patients with large rearrangements detected with this technology.
Please be aware that we will not release the patient’s results to you until all required study documents have been completed and received.
Information for Current or Potential Participants
Thank you for either being a part of or considering enrollment in our research. While we work to improve the content of this site, we hope you find the information below helpful.
Considering study participation?
Please click here to find a flyer we wrote especially for you, "The PTEN Study: Information for Prospective Participants"
Please check back for summaries of the research that your participation helped our laboratory accomplish.
Do you have a PTEN mutation?
Here are some resources you may find helpful:
PTEN/Cowden Clinic, housed at the Cleveland Clinic: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/genomics-genetics/subspecialties/pten-clinic.aspx
The PTEN Study: Required Documents Download Page
This downloads page has been updated with new forms which will be effective from September 23, 2012 until September 22, 2013. We will not accept any previous versions of these documents.
For non-approved outside sites to send to CCF to have a patient consented:
PTEN Eligibility Criteria and Clinical Features Checklist Permission to Contact Form CCF Release Form Banking Checklist Pedigree, and Requested medical records available to you.
For IRB-approved outside sites: All required consenting documents will be sent to you individually by our research coordinator. Along with those documents, please complete and send the following:
PTEN Eligibility Criteria and Clinical Features Checklist Banking Checklist ,Banking Checklist
Please also see the following:
Informed Consent Instructions
Specimen and Shipping Instructions