New disease-specific biomarkers were selected by integrating genome and proteome with clinical informatics


Dr Shi et al. recently published an important article entitled "Selection of AECOPD-specific immunomodulatory biomarkers by integrating genomics and proteomics with clinical informatics" on Cell Biology and Toxicology (

Abstract: Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) as a serious event has high mortality and medical costs. Systemic inflammation and immune response are the major factors influencing the outcome and quality of patient with AECOPD. On basis of identification and validation of AECOPD-specific inflammatory biomarkers, the present study aimed to identify AECOPD-specific immunomodulatory mediators by evaluating dynamic genomic and proteomic profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and plasma in patients with AECOPD on day 1, 3, and 10 after the hospital admission, to compare with healthy controls or patients with stable COPD. We found that genes and proteins of C1QC and C1RL were co-differentially up-expressed in patients with COPD or AECOPD, while haptoglobin (HP), ORM1, SERPING1, and C3 were identified as a panel of AECOPD-specific immunomodulatory mediators. We also found that inflammatory stimuli could up-regulate osteopontin (OPN)-associated HP expression through the PI3K signal pathway in A549 cells. Block of autocrine production of OPN by gene inhibition could reduce HP production from inflammation-induced lung epithelial cells. The complex network of AECOPD- or COPD-specific immunomodulatory mediators will benefit the development of precision or personalized medicine strategies for prevention and treatment of AECOPD.