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Expert Rev Proteomics. 2008 Dec;5(6):779-85. doi: 10.1586/14789450.5.6.779.

SELDI-TOF serum proteomics and breast cancer: which perspective?

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  • 1Chemical-Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory Unit, 'Giovanni Paolo II', National Cancer Institute, Via Samuel F. Hahnemann 10, 70126 Bari, Italy.


Despite the efforts of recent years, clinicians still lack reliable biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of clinical outcomes in breast cancer patients. Owing to the large number of people potentially involved in the management of this clinical problem, the search for noninvasive and repeatable laboratory assays has been intensive. Recently, the proteomic profiling performed by SELDI-TOF mass spectrometry, has been proposed in order to identify new clusters of serum markers that could be potentially useful in breast cancer management. The purpose of this special report is to review the literature on SELDI-TOF technology applied on serum coming from healthy people and breast cancer patients, in order to verify the clinical applicability of such approach. We conclude that potential new biomarkers, first of all for early diagnosis of breast cancer, need to be validated in larger clinical series.

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