ASSESSING THE CLINICAL APPLICABILITY OF MALNUTRITION BIOMARKERS
Zdeněk Zadák, Prof, MD, PhD
Charles University, Prague
University Hospital Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
At present, there are varying views on the interpretation of biomarkers of malnutrition, and there is ongoing research on the mutual influence of nutrition and inflammatory biomarkers, eg, serum albumin and CRP, respectively. A malnutrition-independent, non-protein biomarker of inflammation may improve nutrition assessment. One such candidate biomarker is neopterin, an interferon-gamma responsive catabolite of guanosine triphosphate.