Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)

New method for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis

Posted by CNIC from Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)Responsive · Patents for licensing · Spain

Summary of the technology

Inflammation is an active driver of atherosclerotic plaque development and a risk factor for atherosclerotic events. It is therefore of utmost importance to understand the mechanisms behind these inflammatory processes and to be able to develop new diagnostics and treatment modalities for atherosclerotic disorders.

CNIC, FJD (Fundación Jiménez Díaz) and UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) researchers conducted a study to identify new antibodies that show reactivity against the atherosclerotic plaque. They have found that one of these antibodies recognizes a mitochondrial dehydrogenase of the proline metabolism (PRODH). The levels of this protein are increased in the plasma of atherosclerotic mice and humans with carotid disease, supporting the potential use of this PRODH as a biomarker for atherosclerosis.

Description of the technology

Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes atheroma plaque formation in the arteries, and is the major cause underlying thrombosis, ischemic heart disease and stroke. However, it can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time. Lesions of atherosclerosis contain macrophages, T cells and other cells of the immune response, together with cholesterol that infiltrates from the blood. Nevertheless, the immunogenic trigger and the impact of the antibody immune response during atherosclerosis are not well understood. Atherosclerosis results from a complex interplay between inflammation and lipids. The accumulation of LDL and the inflammation of the arterial wall is the first stage of atherosclerosis. Immune cells are present within all atherosclerotic plaques, from early fatty streaks to complex atheromas. Distinct functions have been attached to B cells and the antibody immune response during atherosclerosis development.

CNIC, FJD and UAM researchers have performed a high-throughput single cell analysis of the antibody repertoire associated with atherosclerosis, because antibodies can be used as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. They found that one third of the antibodies showed reactivity against atherosclerotic plaques, indicating that a number of antigens in the lesion can trigger an antibody immune response The researchers found, using deep proteomics analysis, that one of the antibodies recognizes a mitochondrial dehydrogenase of the proline metabolism (PRODH). Moreover, the distribution of this dehydrogenase is altered during atherosclerosis. The levels of this protein are increased in the plasma of atherosclerotic mice and humans with atherosclerosis, supporting the potential use of this PRODH as a biomarker for atherosclerosis. Measuring the levels of the PRODH or the levels of antibodies antiPRODH in a sample, could be used as an in vitro method for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis.

Applications

  • This PRODH is a novel antigen associated with atherosclerosis and it shows reactivity for one specific antibody. Moreover, five additional antibodies have been identified to bind the PRODH.
  • Proteomics analysis of human atherosclerotic tissue revealed an increased abundance of this protein as compared to normal aortic tissue.
  • Patients with carotid atherosclerosis showed high levels of this PRODH, so it could be a valuable novel atherosclerosis biomarker.

Current development status

Tested in animal models.

Desired business relationship

Patent licensing

Technology development

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
EP19382817.5

Technology Owner

Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)

Research & Technology Organization

Additional information (attached documents)

Related keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Human Health
  • Diagnostics, Diagnosis
  • Heart and blood circulation illnesses
  • Medical Research
  • Biology / Biotechnology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology Technology
  • In vitro Testing, Trials Technology
  • Genetic Engineering / Molecular Biology
  • Monoclonal Antibodies and Hybridomas
  • Medical Health related
  • Diagnostic
  • atherosclerosis

About Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)

Research & Technology Organization from Spain

The Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) is a leading international research center dedicated to understanding the basis of cardiovascular health and disease and to translating this knowledge into improved patient care.

CNIC scientific area is organized into two departments focused on Basic Research and Clinical Research, fully interconnected through six multidisciplinary programs grouped into three research areas:

1 Vascular Pathophysiology
2 Myocardial Pathophysiology
3 Cell Developmental Biology

Our portfolio include biomarkers, genetic and diagnostic tools, animal models and treatments for cardiovascular, inflammatory and infectious diseases, among others. Some examples of our current projects include treatment for pulmonary hypertension, myeloproliferative diseases and trained immunity for prevention of infections. Regarding diagnosis, we are currently working on biomarkers for myocarditis, subclinical atherosclerosis and calcific aortic valve disease.

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