CTRP9 Protein Levels May Be Biomarker of Lung Disease Severity

CTRP9 Protein Levels May Be Biomarker of Lung Disease Severity

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CTRP9 Protein Levels May Be Biomarker of Lung Disease Severity

High levels of a protein known as CTRP9 appear to indicate worsening lung function in patients with systemic scleroderma (SSc), according to a recent study. The discovery suggests that CTRP9 may be a useful biomarker for the loss of lung function in SSc. Such biomarkers are sorely needed, researchers said, given that diseases that cause scarring of lung tissue — known as interstitial lung diseases or ILD — are linked to poor outcomes for people…

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