Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Genotyping & Gene Expression
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

ClinMet Metabolomics Platform Offers Unique Insights into Diabetic Kidney Disease

Published: Friday, December 13, 2013
Last Updated: Friday, December 13, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Findings overturn previous belief regarding relationship of mitochondrial activity and diabetic complications.

Researchers from The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have published new metabolomics research that uncovers a novel, characteristic and highly consistent biochemical signature in urine associated with diabetic kidney disease. The findings, which form a foundation of ClinMet’s proprietary Clinical Metabolomics platform, have implications for the identification of clinically useful biomarkers for kidney function and for sharpening drug development and clinical trials related to chronic kidney disease, as well as to diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The new research, authored by U.C. San Diego professor and ClinMet scientific founder, Kumar Sharma, M.D., F.A.H.A (Director of the Center for Renal Translational Medicine, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension and the Institute of Metabolomic Medicine) and colleagues, appears online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. ClinMet has an exclusive license to use this set of metabolites in drug development and other applications, based on patents filed by UC San Diego.

The researchers quantified 94 urine metabolites in subjects with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), subjects with diabetes but no kidney disease, and healthy controls. They found that 13 of the metabolites were significantly different in those with disease compared to healthy controls (p values between 10-3 to 10-18), and 12 of 13 remained highly significant when compared to patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and no CKD. Moreover, 12 of the 13 metabolites were linked to mitochondrial metabolism and suggested global suppression of mitochondrial activity in the subjects with CKD relative to healthy individuals. This conclusion is in sharp contrast to prevailing beliefs about excess mitochondrial activity having a causal relationship to diabetic complications. The conclusions based on the urine metabolomic studies were independently validated based on protein and DNA analysis, indicating reduced mitochondrial content in the kidneys of patients with diabetic kidney disease.

“It is clear from this study that urine- and plasma-based metabolomics can be a rich source of biomarkers for understanding and treating diabetic kidney disease and possibly for related cardiovascular complications,” said Dr. Sharma. “This approach also offers direct insights into biochemical pathways linked to kidney dysfunction.”

Power of Clinical Metabolomics
“Genomics can help predict overall disease risk or a patient’s potential response to a drug, but cannot capture the effects that changes in diet, environmental factors, or other illnesses have on disease progression or improvement,” said Yesh Subramanian, President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ClinMet. “Clinical metabolomics, in contrast, lets us quickly see biochemically what is happening in specific disease pathways over time and in the context of other factors affecting a patient’s health, including drug therapy. This makes clinical metabolomics a highly actionable platform for translational research and drug development.”

“We see clinical metabolomics enabling our pharmaceutical and biotech customers to effectively implement precision medicine today,” Mr. Subramanian noted. “The ability to predict which patients are likely to better respond to specific treatments holds immense promise for sharpening Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials now, and for improving clinical medicine in the future.” 


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
Poor Survival Rates in Leukemia Linked to Persistent Genetic Mutations
For patients with an often-deadly form of leukemia, new research suggests that lingering cancer-related mutations – detected after initial treatment with chemotherapy – are associated with an increased risk of relapse and poor survival.
Marijuana Genome Unraveled
A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications for this valuable crop.
Growing Hepatitis C in the Lab
Recent discovery allows study of naturally occurring forms of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the lab.
Signature of Microbiomes Linked to Schizophrenia
Studying microbiomes in throat may help identify causes and treatments of brain disorder.
Study Identifies the Off Switch for Biofilm Formation
New discovery could help prevent the formation of infectious bacterial films on hospital equipment.
Genetic Overlapping in Multiple Autoimmune Diseases May Suggest Common Therapies
CHOP genomics expert leads analysis of genetic architecture, with eye on repurposing existing drugs.
Fat in the Family?
Study could lead to therapeutics that boost metabolism.
Combo Tool
Joining molecular components expands ability to manipulate genes in specific cell types.
Team Identifies Structure of Tumor-Suppressing Protein
An international group of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University physicists Mathias Lösche and Frank Heinrich have established the structure of an important tumor suppressing protein, PTEN.
Genes Associated With Improved Survival for Pancreatic Cancer Patients
Use of non-invasive liquid biopsies could predict in which patients the cancer could recur following surgery.
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!