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Idcgs Clinica De Diagnosticos Medicos, University of Sao Paulo and Biocrates Life Sciences | Date: 2017-02-08

The present invention relates to metabolic biomarker sets for assessing HIV. In preferred embodiments, the present invention relates to the use of biomarker sets for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject.In other embodiments, the invention relates to methods for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject, as well as to a kit adapted to carry out the methods. By employing the specific biomarkers and the method according to the present invention it becomes possible to more properly and reliably assess HIV. In particular, it becomes possible to screen for and diagnose HIV in a patient with high accuracy and predict early in advance the patients therapeutic response to antiretroviral therapy.


Patent
Biocrates Life Sciences and Idcgs Clinica De Diagnosticos Medicos | Date: 2016-12-22

The present invention relates to metabolic biomarker sets for assessing HIV. In preferred embodiments, the present invention relates to the use of biomarker sets for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject. In other embodiments, the invention relates to methods for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject, as well as to a kit adapted to carry out the methods. By employing the specific biomarkers and the method according to the present invention it becomes possible to more properly and reliably assess HIV. In particular, it becomes possible to screen for and diagnose HIV in a patient with high accuracy and predict early in advance the patients therapeutic response to antiretroviral therapy.


Patent
Biocrates Life Sciences and Idcgs Clinica De Diagnosticos Medicos | Date: 2015-03-31

The present invention relates to metabolic biomarker sets for assessing HIV. In preferred embodiments, the present invention relates to the use of biomarker sets for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject. In other embodiments, the invention relates to methods for screening and/or diagnosing HIV infection, for prediction of immunologic response of a mammalian subject to antiretroviral therapy and/or prognosis of HIV disease progression, and for monitoring of HIV disease activity in a mammalian subject, as well as to a kit adapted to carry out the methods. By employing the specific biomarkers and the method according to the present invention it becomes possible to more properly and reliably assess HIV. In particular, it becomes possible to screen for and diagnose HIV in a patient with high accuracy and predict early in advance the patients therapeutic response to antiretroviral therapy.


Patent
Idcgs Clinica De Diagnosticos Medicos, University of Sao Paulo and Biocrates Life Sciences | Date: 2015-10-07

The present invention relates to a metabolic biomarker set for assessing HIV comprising at least one acylcarnitine (AC) and at least one sphingomyelin (SM). Moreover, the present invention relates to a method for assessing HIV in a mammalian subject which comprises obtaining a biological sample, preferably blood, from the subject and measuring in the biological sample the amount of at least one acylcarnitine (AC) and at least one sphingomyelin (SM), as well as to a kit adapted to carry out the method. By employing the specific biomarkers and the method according to the present invention it becomes possible to more properly and reliably assess HIV. In particular, it becomes possible to screen for and diagnose HIV in a patient with high accuracy and predict early in advance the patients therapeutic response to antiretroviral therapy.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: KBBE.2011.2.2-02 | Award Amount: 7.84M | Year: 2012

NutriTech will build on the foundations of traditional human nutrition research using cutting-edge analytical technologies and methods to comprehensively evaluate the diet-health relationship and critically assess their usefulness for the future of nutrition research and human well-being. Technologies include genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, laser scanning cytometry, NMR based lipoprotein profiling and advanced imaging by MRI/MRS. All methods will be applied in an integrated manner to quantify the effect of diet on phenotypic flexibility, based on metabolic flexibility (the capacity for the organism to adapt fuel oxidation to fuel availability). However, NutriTech will move beyond the state-of-the-art by applying these integrated methods to assess the underlying and related cell biological and genetic mechanisms and multiple physiological processes of adaptation when homeostasis is challenged. Methods will in the first instance be evaluated within a human intervention study, and the resulting optimal methods will be validated in a number of existing cohorts against established endpoints. NutriTech will disseminate the harmonised and integrated technologies on a global scale by a large academic network including 6 non-EU partners and by providing an integrated and standardised data storage and evaluation platform. The impact of NutriTech will be multifold and exploitation is crucial as major breakthroughs from our technology and research are expected. This will be achieved by collaboration with a consortium of 8 major food industries and by exploitation of specific technologies by our 6 SME partners. Overall, NutriTech will lay the foundations for successful integration of emerging technologies intro nutrition research.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2013.2.4.2-1 | Award Amount: 8.33M | Year: 2014

Asymptomatic vascular damage accumulates for years before patients are identified and subjected to therapeutic measures. The limited knowledge on early vascular disease pathophysiology is reflected in the lack of therapeutic options. SysVasc aims to overcome this limitation by mounting a comprehensive systems medicine approach to elucidate pathological mechanisms, which will yield molecular targets for therapeutic intervention. The consortium is based on established multidisciplinary European research networks, including specialists in pre-clinical and clinical research, omics technologies, and systems biology from research intensive SMEs and academia; partners synergistically provide access to an extensive number of selected population-based cohorts and associated datasets, cutting edge modeling and simulation methods, and established cardiovascular disease (CVD) animal models and patient cohorts. The coordinated application of these tools and know-how will identify pathophysiological mechanisms and key molecules responsible for onset and progression of CVD and validate their potential to serve as molecular targets for therapeutic intervention. To this end, the consortium will also use unique resources to evaluate molecular homology between the available model systems and human disease, which will yield reliable essential preclinical research tools to explore proof of concepts for therapeutic intervention studies and ultimately translate relevant results into novel therapeutic approaches. Collectively, SysVasc will identify and validate novel biology-driven key molecular targets for CVD treatment. Major scientific, societal and economic impact is expected including, but not limited to, providing a valuable resource to further CVD research, and enhance competitiveness of participating SMEs and European health industry in general by translating knowledge into innovative services in therapeutic target and drug research.


Patent
Biocrates Life Sciences | Date: 2015-08-12

The present invention relates to a biomarker and a method for determining an oxidative stress level in a biological sample, which employs co-factor-dependent oxidative stress parameters, as well as a kit adapted for carrying out such a method. In one aspect the co-factor is tetrahydrobiopterin.


Patent
Biocrates Life Sciences | Date: 2016-08-29

The present invention relates to a metabolic biomarker set for assessing kidney disease comprising at least two amino acids, at least two acylcarnitines and at least two biogenic amines. Moreover, the present invention relates to a method for assessing kidney disease in a mammalian subject which comprises obtaining a biological sample, preferably blood and/or urine, from the subject and measuring in the biological sample the amount of at least two amino acids, of at least two acylcarnitines and of at least two biogenic amines, as well as to a kit adapted to carry out the method. By employing the specific biomarkers and the method according to the present invention it becomes possible to more properly and reliably assess kidney disease.


Patent
Biocrates Life Sciences | Date: 2015-11-11

The present invention relates to a method and kit for in vitro diagnosing a complex disease such as cancer, in particular, colon cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer; transient ischemic attack (TIA), ischemia, in particular stroke, hypoxia, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, perinatal brain damage, hypoxic- ischemic encephalopathy of neotatals asphyxia; demyelinating disease, in particular, white-matter disease, periventricular leukoencephalopathy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinsons disease; in a biological sample. For the diagnosis, use is made of measuring at least two different species of biomolecules and classifying the results by means of suitable classifier algorithms and other statistical procedures. With the present invention, a significant improvement of the reliability of, e.g. expression profiles alone, are achieved. In other words, in a defined collective, an up to 100% accurate positive diagnosis could be achieved, which renders the method of the present invention superior over the prior art.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 2.86M | Year: 2017

The consolidation of the knowledge that cancer is not only a genetic, but also a metabolic disease, has led scientists to investigate the intricate metabolic plasticity that transformed cells must undergo to survive the adverse tumor microenvironment conditions, and the contribution of oncogenes and tumor suppressors in shaping metabolism. In this scenario, genetic, biochemical and clinical evidences place mitochondria as key actors in cancer metabolic restructuring, not only because these organelles have a crucial role in the energy and biosynthetic intermediates production but also because occurrence of mutations in metabolic enzymes encoded by both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA has been associated to different types of cancer. TRANSMIT aims to dissect the metabolic remodeling in human cancers, placing the focus on the role of mitochondria and bridging basic research to the improvement/development of therapeutic strategies. Further, TRANSMIT fosters the communication of this emerging field to the patients and their families. To these aims, TRANSMIT will create a network of seven different countries, among which world-leading basic science and clinical centers of excellence, several industrial partners with up-to-date omics technologies, as well as non-profit foundations and associations who care for cancer patients. By creating the critical mass of scientific excellence, TRANSMIT will allow to transfer the current knowledge into the wide field of cancer research, translating scientific and technical advances into the education and training of eleven Early Stage Researchers. TRANSMIT will implement training-through-research dedicated to unravel the metabolic features of cancer, as well as to provide a full portfolio of complementary skills through the creation of a network of basic, translational and industrial laboratories, devoted to a multidisciplinary/multisectorial education of young scientists.

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