Sarah S. Bacus has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: The present disclosure provides method for determining an immune response score (irScore), the method comprising: determining a number of differentially expressed genes that have are implicated in anti-tumor immune cell signaling/activation; determining a number of differentially expressed genes that are implicated in immunosuppression, wherein the irScore=X(low, medium, or high), wherein X is the number of differentially expressed genes that are implicated in anti-tumor immune cell signaling/activation, and wherein low refers to 1-4 differentially expressed genes that are implicated in immunosuppression, medium refers to 5-9 differentially expressed genes that are implicated in immunosuppression, and high refers to 10 or more differentially expressed genes that are implicated in immunosuppression.
Abstract: Methods are disclosed for determining whether organ toxicity, particularly cardiotoxicity, will occur in a patient selected for treatment with various kinase inhibitors, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors, more particularly erbB inhibitors such as Herceptin. In addition, methods are disclosed for determining whether a potential drug is likely to produce a cardiotoxic effect. The methods involve analyzing lipid levels or the expression fatty acid oxidation enzymes, pAMP activated protein kinase, glucose uptake, to determine whether a fatty acid oxidation disorder is present. The identification of a fatty acid oxidation disorder can be used as a predictor of toxicity, especially cardiac toxicity, and as an indication that organ function should be carefully monitored if a drug such as a tyrosine kinase inhibitor is administered. Methods are also disclosed for protecting organs from metabolic stress and for the treatment of cells, such as adipocytes, to reduce their lipid content.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for predicting the sensitivity (e.g., responsiveness) of a cell and/or biological sample obtained from a subject (e.g., a human) to a drug (e.g., a DHFR inhibitor). Such methods may comprise determining the presence or absence of one or more Ras mutations and/or determining the presence or absence of an amplification of the Ras gene in the cell and/or biological sample. The methods may be used to predict the responsiveness of a subject to treatment with a drug.
Abstract: The present invention relates to a panel of targeted therapy markers that can be used in assessing a particular subject's sensitivity to various therapeutic agents and cancer treatments as a means of prognosticating whether a treatment or use of a particular therapeutic agent will result in a clinically positive outcome. Cellular receptors, ligands to those receptors and molecules involved in the programmed cell death pathway are examples of targeted therapy markers that might be used in the present invention.
Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to methods for the detection and quantitation of the p95 component of HER2/neu (ERbB2). Such methods may comprise assaying the biological sample for expression of HER2 ICD; assaying the biological sample for expression of a HER2 ECD; quantitating an expressed amount of the HER2 ICD and an expressed amount of the HER2 ECD in the biological sample; and determining the amount of p95 expressed in the biological sample based on a difference between the expressed amount of the HER2 ICD and the expressed amount of the HER2 ECD. The methods of the present disclosure may be used to predict whether a subject will be responsive to a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor and/or may be used to select subjects for inclusion/exclusion in a clinical trial.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for determining if PTEN is elevated or reduced in one or more tumor cells relative to one or more normal cells in the same biological sample by obtaining a biological sample comprising one or more tumor cells and one or more normal cells; assaying the biological sample for expression of PTEN; quantitating an amount of PTEN expression in the one or more tumor cells and an amount of PTEN expression in the one or more normal cells; comparing the amount of PTEN expression in the tumor cells to the amount of PTEN expression in the normal cells; and determining that PTEN is elevated in the tumor cells where the amount of expression of PTEN is greater in the tumor cells as compared to the normal cells or determining that PTEN is reduced in the tumor cells where the amount of expression of PTEN is less in the tumor cells than in the normal cells.
Abstract: A new bivalent ErbB-based ligand binding molecule is disclosed along with its method of preparation and use. The binding molecule can be a protein expressed from a recombinant DNA molecule. The protein can contain two extracellular domains of an ErbB receptor that both bind to ErbB receptor ligands. These binding molecules act as traps to bind and sequester ligands, thus making them unavailable for binding to cellular ErbB receptors.
February 8, 2007
December 24, 2009
Targeted Molecular Diagnostics, Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd.
Sarah S. Bacus, Jason E. Hill, Josef Yarden, Bose S. Kochupurakkal