alexa Pharmaco-metabolomics: an emerging "omics" tool for the personalization of anticancer treatments and identification of new valuable therapeutic targets.


Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

Author(s): Corona G, Rizzolio F, Giordano A, Toffoli G

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Abstract In the post-genomics era, metabolomics represents a new "omics" approach that in the last decade has received increased attention in the field of oncology. Metabolomics is based on the holistic study of the metabolic profile that characterizes a specific phenotype in a biological system. The metabolic profile provides a readout of the metabolic state of an individual that cannot be obtained directly from DNA genotyping, gene expression, or proteomic profiling analyses. The translational value of metabonomics in the oncology field has been demonstrated by the identification of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. The so-called pharmaco-metabolomic approach that is currently emerging aims to identify the individual metabolomic characteristics able to predict drug effectiveness and/or toxicity. This review presents the potential role of pharmaco-metabolomics in the future of anticancer pharmacology to achieve customized anticancer treatments and new, targeted therapeutic approaches. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This article was published in J Cell Physiol and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

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