Metabolomics and COVID-19

Sars-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus. Thus, the biology is not well characterized yet. Among the issues that we need to understand better are the factors that contribute to the heterogenic outcomes of Covid-19, and the reasons that put elderly populations at increased risk of severe disease courses. Against this backdrop, biomarkers that can be predictive of probable disease progression or the response to a specific course of therapy would be highly valuable to personalize treatments at every stage of the disease.

Metabolomics and COVID-19

Sars-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus. Thus, the biology is not well characterized yet. Among the issues that we need to understand better are the factors that contribute to the heterogenic outcomes of Covid-19, and the reasons that put elderly populations at increased risk of severe disease courses. Against this backdrop, biomarkers that can be predictive of probable disease progression or the response to a specific course of therapy would be highly valuable to personalize treatments at every stage of the disease.

How could metabolomics contribute to COVID-19 research?

The metabolome is highly dynamic and changes in metabolism often precede changes in the clinical phenotype. To shape our understanding of COVID-19, metabolomics could play an important role. At Biocrates, we are confident that quantitative, standardized, and targeted metabolomics solutions are the ideal tools to tackle this challenge.

Successful examples for biomarker research in sepsis, pneumonia, and co-morbidities associated with many Covid-19 infections provide evidence of the potential of metabolomics to bring about personalized health care for Covid-19 patients, providing safe and effective treatments to patients.

Metabolomics in patient stratification

Infectious diseases are typically diagnosed by the direct or indirect detection of the etiologic pathogens causing them. Access to rapid diagnostic testing is certainly crucial to controlling the spread of the virus, but understanding the mechanism and the treatment of such disease is the ultimate aim to defeat the threat it poses to our society. If there is a way to predict patient reaction on a pathogen she has been tested positive for, medical systems could be steered more reliably and with reduced cost.

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Metabolic pathways relevant for patient response testing

  • Immunity related amino acids and related metabolites (e.g. tryptophan and related metabolites)
  • Steroid hormones and other immunomodulatory metabolites containing a cholesterol backbone (e.g. bile acids)
  • Lipid inflammatory mediators (e.g. ceramides)
  • Metabolites related to mitochondrial function/energy homeostasis (e.g. acylcarnitines)
  • Metabolites related to Mode of Action of study drug and/or drug toxicity
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