IMPROVED ASSAYS FOR SPECIFICALLY MEASURING COLLAGENASE-3

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44AG020045-02
Agency Tracking Number: AG020045
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
COGNOSCI, INC.
COGNOSCI, INC., BOX 12076, 2 DAVIS DR, RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 27709
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MICHAEL VITEK
 (919) 765-0028
 MIKEVITEK@COGNOSCI.COM
Business Contact
 MICHAEL VITEK
Phone: (919) 765-0028
Email: MIKEVITEK@COGNOSCI.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are associated with, and may be predictors of diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and cancer. In Phase I, we discovered novel and selective substrates for the MMP collagenase 3, an enzyme implicated in OA and cancer progression. Substrates were obtained by modifying sequence data gained from substrate mapping on protein expression libraries in phage lambda (phage display). We will extend this study to include other MMPs that are potential disease markers for not only OA and cancer, but also RA, so that we may obtain a profile of activities for a specific disease state. Phage display results are reported for stromelysin 1, gelatinase A and gelatinase B while a synthetic peptide library was used to determine the substrate specificity of collagenase 1. One goal is to use this knowledge to develop an "assay" kit that can measure these MMP activities directly in biological fluids. We will develop this kit by using two approaches: fluorescence substrates that are selective for the above MMPs, and neo-epitope antibodies to the protein fragments generated by collagenase 3 and/or gelatinase B cleavages. This "assay" kit can then be used in arthritis and cancer by assessing disease progression.

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