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Biomarkers of Organ Injury

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A molecular biomarker is an entity whose release, abundance and/or modification state is altered as a result of injury or disease, and can be used to aid diagnosis. The concentrations of injury biomarkers are typically highest within the injured organ, but may be measurable in body fluids. Injuries such as trauma often result in damage to multiple organs, requiring biomarkers that can specifically identify the organs that are injured. Biomarkers such as glial fibrillary acidic protein for brain injury, kidney injury marker-1 for kidney injury, cardiac troponin for heart damage, intestinal-type fatty acid binding protein for gut injury, and d-dimer for coagulopathy have been shown to have clinical diagnostic utility to detect injury to individual organs. The long-term objective of injury-associated biomarker research is to identify and validate a panel of biomarkers to diagnose (or exclude) injury to various organs and/or predict ensuing symptoms/outcome. Unfortunately, such a panel is not currently available. This review will critically assess the current status and related patents of individual biomarkers being investigated for the diagnosis of injury to specific organs, and discuss the feasibility of generating a panel of biomarkers that can be used to diagnose injury to multiple organs.
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Keywords: Genomics; miRNA; post-concussive symptoms; proteomics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2014

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  • Recent Patents on Biomarkers publishes review and research articles, and guest edited thematic issues on important recent patents on biomarkers. The coverage includes novel biomarkers in basic, medical, environmental, and pharmaceutical research. A selection of important and recent patents on biomarkers is also included in the journal. The journal is essential reading for all researchers involved in biomarker research and discovery. The journal also covers recent research (where patents have been registered) in fast emerging patent biomarker applications; discovery and validation are covered for drug discovery, clinical development and molecular diagnostics.
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