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Elafin is a biomarker of graft-versus-host disease of the skin.

TitleElafin is a biomarker of graft-versus-host disease of the skin.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPaczesny, S, Braun, TM, Levine, JE, Hogan, J, Crawford, J, Coffing, B, Olsen, S, Choi, SW, Wang, H, Faca, V, Pitteri, S, Zhang, Q, Chin, A, Kitko, C, Mineishi, S, Yanik, G, Peres, E, Hanauer, DA, Wang, Y, Reddy, P, Hanash, S, Ferrara, JLM
JournalSci Transl Med
Date Published2010 Jan 6
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Biological Markers, Child, Child, Preschool, Elafin, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Graft vs Host Disease, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Middle Aged, Prognosis, Skin

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), the major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, affects the skin, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. There are no plasma biomarkers specific for any acute GVHD target organ. We used a large-scale quantitative proteomic discovery procedure to identify biomarker candidates of skin GVHD and validated the lead candidate, elafin, with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in samples from 492 patients. Elafin was overexpressed in GVHD skin biopsies. Plasma concentrations of elafin were significantly higher at the onset of skin GVHD, correlated with the eventual maximum grade of GVHD, and were associated with a greater risk of death relative to other known risk factors (hazard ratio, 1.78). We conclude that elafin has significant diagnostic and prognostic value as a biomarker of skin GVHD.

Alternate JournalSci Transl Med
PubMed ID20371463
PubMed Central IDPMC2895410
Grant ListP01 CA039542 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P01 CA039542-20 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P01-CA039542-20 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30 CA046592 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30 CA046592-19 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
P30CA46592 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
RC1 HL101102 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
RC1 HL101102-01 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
RC1-HL-101102 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
David Hanauer
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center at North Campus Reserach Complex
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