Urinary Metabolomic Signature of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

  • Author / Creator
    Davis, Vanessa W
  • Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death, due to its aggressive biology, lack of tools for early diagnosis and screening, advanced presentation and resistance to adjuvant therapy. Metabolomics, the newest of the “omics” sciences, may offer the potential for non-invasive screening of early tumor associated perturbations in cellular metabolism. We applied metabolomic techniques as a potential discriminating tool in the diagnosis of early stage and locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Urinary nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma was associated with a distinct metabolomics signature, was detectable in both early stage and locally advanced disease when compared with healthy, age and gender matched controls and was extinguished following complete, R0 surgical resection. These preliminary results suggest that metabolomics approaches may facilitate discovery of novel biomarkers capable of early disease detection.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2012
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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