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Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine


ISSN (Print): 1875-6921
ISSN (Online): 1875-6913

Review Article

Metabolomics-based Approach to Pharmacotherapy Personalization: Advantages and Limitations

Author(s): Dmitry L. Maslov*, Elena E. Balashova, Oxana P. Trifonova and Petr G. Lokhov

Volume 16, Issue 3, 2018

Page: [192 - 198] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1875692116666181008144905


Background: A patient-focused approach to treatment, where individual characteristics provide the selection of optimal medication strategy for a particular patient, is the trend of current clinical therapy. An application of advanced “omics” technologies, which enable to detect the inter-individual variability in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic levels is a perspective way to achieve such personalization.

Objective: In this review, the advantages of metabolomics-based approach as one of the most promising and perspective for individualization of pharmacotherapy are demonstrated. This approach provides a prediction of the inter-individual variability in drug response and allows monitoring effectiveness of drug treatment, correcting it in account of individual parameters of patients.

Method: Comparative analysis of metabolomics-based approach and the current methods of drug treatment personalization are carried out.

Results: Advantages and limitations of the metabolomics-based approach were identified and discussed.

Conclusion: The perspective ways for solution of limitations of the metabolomics-based approach are considered.

Keywords: Metabolomics, pharmacometabolomics, pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, mass spectrometry, metabolomics-based approach.

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