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Data Confirm Synvista Therapeutics Haptoglobin Diagnostic Test Kit Success in Rapidly Determining Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Diabetes
Date:9/11/2008

d paper was presented at the Symposium highlighting the use of Synvista's proprietary diagnostic kit for quantifying carboxymethyl-lysine (CML), a dominant advanced glycation end product (A.G.E.). The study demonstrated that CML is a biomarker of mortality in the elderly.

About Haptoglobin

The best understood function of haptoglobin (Hp), a common serum protein, is to bind free hemoglobin released from red blood cells. Extracellular hemoglobin (hemoglobin not found in red blood cells) is a potent oxidizing agent capable of inflicting oxidative tissue damage. Haptoglobin binds to this extracellular hemoglobin and inhibits hemoglobin induced oxidation. Once hemoglobin is bound to haptoglobin, it is rapidly cleared from the bloodstream by the liver or specialized white blood cells.

Haptoglobin in humans exists as three different proteins that arise from one of three haptoglobin gene combinations in the population, Hp 1-1 (16%), Hp2-2 (36%) and Hp1-2 (48%) For a variety of reasons, well described in the literature, Hp2-2 is more effective than Hp1-1 at preventing hemoglobin-induced oxidation in the bloodstream and blood vessel wall.

As a result, scientists have determined that the rate of heart disease is five times higher in Hp2-2 Diabetes than in Hp1-1 Diabetes. Hp2-2 Diabetes also has higher rates of myocardial infarction and re-vascularization within one year of angioplasty, and of heart failure and death following a heart attack. Prospective clinical trials have demonstrated that the rate of heart attack in Hp2-2 Diabetes can be decreased by the administration of natural Vitamin E (400IU). This combination of testing and treatment exemplifies pharmacogenomics, the targeting of a particular drug on the basis of genetic testing.

About Synvista Therapeutics

Synvista Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing diagnostics and drugs to diagnose, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes. The Com
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