DESMOSINE AS A MARKER FOR IN VIVO ELASTASE ACTIVITY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$30,843.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11342
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Oread Laboratories Inc
1501 Wakarusa Dr, Lawrence, KS, 66046
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE AIM OF THIS PROJECT IS TO EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING ANALYTICAL TECHNOLOGY APPLICABLE TO THE DETERMINATION OF DESMOSINE (DMS) IN THE SYSTEMATIC CIRCULATORY SYSTEM AND IN OTHER PHYSIOLOGICAL SAMPLES. IN VIVO HYDROLYTIC DEGRADATION OF THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE ELASTINBY THE ENZYME ELASTASE PRODUCES DMS-PEPTIDE FRAGMENTS. CURRENT RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT AN ACCURATE DETERMINATION OF DMS-PEPTIDE LEVELS IN VIVO MAY SERVE AS A USEFUL INDICATOR OF ELASTASE ACTIVITY. UNREGULATED ELASTASE ACTIVITY HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS IN DISEASES SUCH AS EMPHYSEMA AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS. THE TECHNOLOGY TO BE DEVELOPED HERE IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NEWLY DESIGNED ELASTASE INHIBITORS. MOREOVER, THE INFORMATION GENERATED WILL BE USEFUL IN THE DESIGN OF A DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM FOR THE DETECTION OF THE ONSET OF SOME PULMONARY DISEASES. THE STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASSAY TECHNOLOGY WILL BE DERIVED FROM A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSIOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF DMS AND DMS-PEPTIDE FRAGMENTS. BECAUSE CURRENT FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT DMS EXISTS IN THE BIOLOGICAL MEDIA AS MULTIPLE PEPTIDE FRAGMENTS, TECHNOLOGIESNEED TO BE DEVELOPED TO POOL THESE FRAGMENTS FOLLOWED BY HYDROLYSIS, IDENTIFICATION, AND QUANTIFICATION. SPECIAL CHROMATOGRAPHIC AND DETECTION TECHNIQUES, SUCH AS HIGH-PERFORMANCE ION-EXCHANGE AND ION-PAIR CHROMATOGRAPHY, AND CHEMICAL DERIVATIZATION, WILL BE EXPLORED.

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