CENTOGENE Announces Publication Establishing Lyso-Gb1 as a Predictive Biomarker for Gaucher Disease Patients

September 01, 2023
  • Results from pivotal study published in Diagnostics journal
  • Confirmation of utility of lyso-Gb1 (glucosylsphingosine) as a sensitive biomarker for Gaucher disease
  • Could predict clinical course of patients and improve personalized care

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ROSTOCK, Germany and BERLIN, Sept. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CENTOGENE N.V. (Nasdaq: CNTG) (the “Company”), the essential life science partner for data-driven answers in rare and neurodegenerative diseases, today announced data confirming the utility of lyso-Gb1 (glucosylsphingosine) as a sensitive biomarker for Gaucher disease (GD). The findings from this landmark study which were published in Diagnostics in a paper titled, “Insights into the value of lyso-Gb1 as a predictive biomarker in treatment-naïve patients with Gaucher disease type 1 in the LYSO-PROOF study,” also indicate lyso-Gb1 could help to predict the clinical course of patients and improve personalized care of GD patients in the future.

“Over the past decade, we have leveraged all our multiomic technological know-how to establish and confirm lyso-Gb1 as the best biomarker for Gaucher disease,” said Professor Peter Bauer, CENTOGENE’s Chief Medical and Genomic Officer. “This landmark study further advances our understanding of Gaucher disease patients – demonstrating a significant correlation between lyso-Gb1 levels and disease severity. The combination of state-of-the-art multiomic testing with access to data from our diverse, real-world CENTOGENE Biodatabank provides the essential link between genetic variants and actionable clinical information.”

The study, which included 160 treatment-naïve GD patients from Israel, Russia, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Algeria, India, Spain, Albania, Greece, Sweden, Columbia, and Tunisia, is one of the largest studies to examine Gaucher patients who have never received disease-specific treatment.

CENTOGENE utilized CentoCard®, the Company’s proprietary, CE-marked dried blood spot (DBS) collection kit in combination with state-of-the-art biochemical and sequencing technologies to screen for mutations in the GBA1 gene and establish a GD diagnosis. The insights gained were powered by the CENTOGENE Biodatabank, the world’s largest real-world integrated multiomic data repository in rare and neurodegenerative diseases.

The results of the study revealed a highly significant correlation between lyso-Gb1 and disease severity in all Gaucher patients, including those with novel rare GBA1 variants.

“This important international study has helped to set the standard for Gaucher disease care – from diagnosis and prognosis to treatment and monitoring,” said Tobias Böttcher, M.D., Director of Clinical Neurogenetics at CENTOGENE. “The progressive increase in lyso-Gb1 levels in untreated Gaucher patients suggests that these patients could benefit from treatment, such as enzyme replacement therapy. The biomarker, combined with diagnostic and sequencing technologies, provides physicians with the tool to establish the best therapeutic strategies for each individual patient, which could significantly improve their quality of life.”

To read the full study, visit: https://link.centogene.com/lyso-gb1-publication

About Gaucher Disease

Gaucher disease (GD) is a rare inherited lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) that affects the body's ability to break down a type of fat called glucocerebroside. This results in the accumulation of this fat within cells, particularly in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. GD can cause a wide range of symptoms, including enlargement of the liver and spleen, anemia, bone pain, and increased susceptibility to fractures. There are different types of GD, and the severity of symptoms can vary greatly. Treatment options may include enzyme replacement therapy to help break down the accumulated fat and manage the associated symptoms. Early diagnosis and appropriate management are essential to improve the quality of life for patients with GD.

About Lyso-Gb1

Lyso-Gb1, also known as glucosylsphingosine, is a biomarker associated with Gaucher disease (GD). Elevated levels of lyso-Gb1 in the blood and other tissues can indicate the presence of GD and help in its diagnosis and monitoring, as well as proactively predicting disease course. This biomarker plays a crucial role in assessing the severity of the disease and guiding treatment decisions for affected individuals.

Due to its utility, lyso-Gb1 could be used as a particularly valuable addition in Newborn Screening programs to shorten the diagnostic delay in GD.

Lyso-Gb1 is one of CENTOGENE’s commercialized, proprietary biomarkers, which has patents globally, including in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.


CENTOGENE’s mission is to provide data-driven, life-changing answers to patients, physicians, and pharma companies for rare and neurodegenerative diseases. We integrate multiomic technologies with the CENTOGENE Biodatabank – providing dimensional analysis to guide the next generation of precision medicine. Our unique approach enables rapid and reliable diagnosis for patients, supports a more precise physician understanding of disease states, and accelerates and de-risks targeted pharma drug discovery, development, and commercialization.

Since our founding in 2006, CENTOGENE has been offering rapid and reliable diagnosis – building a network of approximately 30,000 active physicians. Our ISO, CAP, and CLIA certified multiomic reference laboratories in Germany utilize Phenomic, Genomic, Transcriptomic, Epigenomic, Proteomic, and Metabolomic datasets. This data is captured in our CENTOGENE Biodatabank, with over 750,000 patients represented from over 120 highly diverse countries, over 70% of whom are of non-European descent. To date, the CENTOGENE Biodatabank has contributed to generating novel insights for more than 275 peer-reviewed publications.

By translating our data and expertise into tangible insights, we have supported over 50 collaborations with pharma partners. Together, we accelerate and de-risk drug discovery, development, and commercialization in target & drug screening, clinical development, market access and expansion, as well as offering CENTOGENE Biodata Licenses and Insight Reports to enable a world healed of all rare and neurodegenerative diseases.

To discover more about our products, pipeline, and patient-driven purpose, visit www.centogene.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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