Grant now has two complementary cervical dysplasia or cancer diagnostic tests that can be used with blood serum or cervical mucous and cells
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) October 17, 2007
Sveshnikov/Kiselev have developed an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) to detect specific cancer-causing proteins from the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- the obligate cause of cervical cancer -- within cervical mucous and cells (which make up liquid-based Pap samples). The test utilizes certain monoclonal antibodies against these cancer-causing HPV proteins for detection. Thus far, the test is designed to detect cancer-causing proteins from HPV types 16 and 18 which, collectively, are responsible for most cervical disease. This type-specific antigen test, once fully validated and expanded to include additional types of HPV associated with cervical dysplasia and cancer, is expected to be a synergistic and complementary test to existing Pap technology. It is expected to provide for low-cost HPV testing as currently performed in Western countries, without the need for additional cervical specimens beyond what is now taken. In addition, large capital outlays would not be required, since most laboratories can readily do ELISA testing.
Sveshnidov/Kiselev have already tested their technology with 1000 Russian samples to confirm the potential of this technology. Grant will be further validating with more specimens from Russia and other parts of the world.
"Grant now has two complementary cervical dysplasia or cancer diagnostic tests that can be used with blood serum or cervical mucous and cells," said Dr. Hun-Chi Lin, President and Chief Scientist at Grant. "Of course, a blood-based test might be perfectly suited for testing the 1.7 billion women worldwide who currently are not tested by Pap smear cytology. This inadequacy results in over 300,000 deaths per year. On the other hand, a test employing cervical mucous or cells is quite suitable to be used in Western medical venues, and has the potential to significantly reduce costs when compared to those attributable to current HPV DNA-testing. Moreover, it might dramatically decrease the costs associated for follow-up referral procedures that turn out to be overwhelmingly negative; these billions of dollars per year in needless medical expenses might be saved as a result."
About Grant Life Sciences Inc.
Grant Life Sciences Inc., a development stage company, engages in the research, development, marketing, and sale of diagnostic kits for the screening, monitoring, and diagnosis of diseases with emphasis on women's health, infectious diseases, and cancers.
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