Metabolomics and Molecular Imaging in the Post-genomic Era

  • Linda Illig
  • Thomas Illig


Metabolomics and Molecular Imaging are important tools in targeted medicine for better understanding disease pathoetiology and etiopathogenesis, as well as for improved diagnostics and therapy. Advances in analytical biochemistry have recently made it possible to obtain global snapshots of metabolism. In particular, the combination of different molecular omics techniques shows major differentiations in the metabolic make-up of the human population. Metabolites may determine the risk for a certain medical phenotype, the response to a given drug treatment, and the reaction to a nutritional intervention or environmental challenge. Molecular imaging (MI) is based on the idea that diagnostic tracers are concentrated in specific areas because of their interaction with molecular species that are distinctly present in a diseased state. Current molecular imaging techniques include positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography (US), and computed tomography (CT). MI is non-invasive, allows serial investigations and can monitor the therapeutic efficacy of drugs during the entire course of treatment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hannover Unified BiobankClinical Research Center HannoverHannoverGermany

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