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Disease Markers
Volume 2016, Article ID 3185232, 11 pages
Research Article

Proteomic Biomarkers Panel: New Insights in Chronic Kidney Disease

1Victor Babes National Institute of Pathology, Biochemistry-Proteomics Department, Splaiul Independentei 99-101, Sector 5, 050096 Bucharest, Romania
2Cellular and Molecular Medicine Department, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, No. 8 B-dul Eroilor Sanitari, Sector 5, 050474 Bucharest, Romania
3Fundeni Clinic of Nephrology, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Șoseaua Fundeni 258, Sector 2, 022328 Bucharest, Romania
4Fundeni Clinical Institute, Nephrology Department, Șoseaua Fundeni 258, Sector 2, 022328 Bucharest, Romania
5National Institute for Chemical Pharmaceutical R&D, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Department, Calea Vitan 112, Sector 3, 031299 Bucharest, Romania
6Stefan S. Nicolau Institute of Virology, Molecular Virology Department, Șoseaua Mihai Bravu 285, Sector 3, 030304 Bucharest, Romania
7Faculty of Medicine, Titu Maiorescu University, Strada Dâmbovnicului 22, Sector 4, 040441 Bucharest, Romania

Received 7 April 2016; Accepted 27 July 2016

Academic Editor: Simone Ribero

Copyright © 2016 Simona Mihai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Chronic kidney disease, despite being a “silent epidemic” disease, represents one of the main causes of mortality in general population, along with cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of poor prognosis for these patients. The specific objective of our study was to characterize the relationship between the inflammatory status, the bone disorders markers, and kidney failure in chronic kidney disease patient stages 2–4, in order to design a novel biomarker panel that improves early disease diagnosis and therapeutic response, thus being further integrated into clinical applications. A panel of proteomic biomarkers, assessed by xMAP array, which includes mediators of inflammation (IL-6, TNF-α) and mineral and bone disorder biomarkers (OPG, OPN, OCN, FGF-23, and Fetuin-A), was found to be more relevant than a single biomarker to detect early CKD stages. The association between inflammatory cytokines and bone disorders markers, IL-6, TNF-α, OPN, OPG, and FGF-23, reflects the severity of vascular changes in CKD and predicts disease progression. Proteomic xMAP analyses shed light on a new approach to clinical evaluation for CKD staging and prognosis.