Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. | Date: 2015-03-10
Methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, or determining diabetic nephropathy or an associated disorder in a mammal are described. In particular, methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, or determining diabetic nephropathy or an associated disorder using measured concentrations of a combination of three or more analytes in a test sample taken from the mammal are described.
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 835.72K | Year: 2011
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Primary hyperoxaluria, type 1 (PH1) is a rare, monogenic disorder in which a mutation in the AGXT gene leads to overproduction of oxalate by the liver, resulting in widespread deposition of calcium oxalate in the kidneys and other organs. Unfortunately, PH1 disease progression is not understood. Despite identification of the AGTX mutation, there is little genotype-phenotype correlation in these patients, with kidney stone formation and loss of kidney function proceedingin a seemingly haphazard fashion. Many patients may progress to end- stage kidney disease (ESKD), despite current supportive therapy. An objective diagnostic that accurately detects PH1 and identifies individuals at high risk for rapid progression to ESKDis an unmet clinical need. Clearly, no single molecular marker, or small group of markers, will be able to meet this need. Common proteomic technologies, such as Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), lack the ability to quantify multiple biomarkers simultaneously. One-at-a-time assessment of each putative biomarker incurs considerable time, cost and sample volume. Newer technologies lack sensitivity, precision and automation. The ability to systematically identify protein profiles, predict risk of clinical events, evaluate therapeutic response, and define underlying mechanisms is thereby limited severely. Rules-Based Medicine (RBM) resolved these limitations by developing bead-based, multiplexed immunoassays for identifying disease-specific Multi-Analyte Profiles (MAPs). Exciting preliminary data indicates that MAP technology is well suited for screening large numbers of markers in parallel to identify protein profiles associated with PH1, and may provide insight into the disease course. During Phase I,RBM, and Children's Memorial Hospital (CMH) propose to utilize this quantitative proteomics approach to compare the protein profiles in urine samples obtained from patients diagnosed with PH1 vs. age- and gender-matched control populations. The level and pattern of expression for 201 proteins will be studied. It is expected that the physiological insight obtained from the proposed study may be used to better define the pathological mechanisms associated with PH1. During Phase II, a prospective validation ofthe MAP identified for PH1 during Phase I efforts will be performed. The sensitivity, specificity,and positive and negative predictive values for each analyte, as well as, the MAP of biomarkers for predicting progression of the disease to ESKD will be determined. In addition, a proposed physiological range of MAP analytes for children and adolescents will be developed based on age, and gender for both the normal and PH1 populations. Such range values, typically used for diagnosis and intervention, can be used as a reference for future studies and for the development of both a diagnostic test and therapeutic algorithms. The identification of novel biomarker patterns of individuals with PH1, as well as, individuals at high risk for rapid progression to ESKD,will allow for improved management of the condition by objective selection of treatment course or dosage, determining treatment effectiveness, and providing a framework for developing and evaluating new treatments. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Primary hyperoxaluria, type 1 (PH1) is a rare, genetic disorder that leads to widespread deposition of calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys and other organs. Unfortunately, PH1 disease progression is not understood, and many patients may progress to end-stage kidney disease, despite therapy. The identification of novel biomarker patterns of individuals with PH1 as well as, individuals at high risk for progression to end-stage kidney disease, will allow for improved management of the condition by objective selection of treatment course, aiding the determination of treatment dosage and/or effectiveness, and providing a framework for developing and evaluating new treatments.
Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. | Date: 2012-01-30
The present invention refers to a cell culture system especially for investigating the sensitizing, allergenic and/or irritating effect of substances, comprising a first and a second compartment that can communicate with each other via a permeable interlayer, whereby the first compartment has an epidermis model and the second a cell culture based on immune cells.
Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. | Date: 2012-06-19
The present invention refers to a method for recognizing and/or characterizing cellular activity patterns, in particular for diagnostic purposes and/or for tracking the therapy of diseases. Blood cells are stimulated in a culture medium at least with toll-like receptor ligands (TLR ligands) and the stimulated blood cells and/or the culture medium are examined.
Rules-Based Medicine, Inc. | Date: 2015-09-08
The inventors have discovered sets of proteinaceous biomarkers which can be measured in biological fluid samples to diagnosis or aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimers disease and distinguish AD samples from non-demented samples.