Article, 2024

Blood-Based Biomarkers Reflecting Protease 3 and MMP-12 Catalyzed Elastin Degradation as Potential Noninvasive Surrogate Markers of Endoscopic and Clinical Disease in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In: Journal of Clinical Medicine, ISSN 2077-0383, Volume 13, 1, 10.3390/jcm13010021

Contributors (8)

Pehrsson M. (0000-0002-4787-5563) (Corresponding author) [1] Domislovic V. (0000-0002-3715-5730) [2] Alexdottir M.S. (0000-0002-7028-4307) [1] Brinar M. [2] Karsdal M.A. (0000-0002-4764-5100) [1] Barisic A. [2] Krznaric Z. (0000-0003-3758-4540) [2] Mortensen J.H. (0000-0003-0326-7264) [1]


  1. [1] Nordic Bioscience
  2. [NORA names: Nordic Bioscience; Private Research; Denmark; Europe, EU; Nordic; OECD]
  3. [2] University Hospital Centre Zagreb
  4. [NORA names: Croatia; Europe, EU]


Chronic inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) triggers significant extracellular matrix remodeling, including elastin remodeling, leading to severe clinical complications. Novel methods to assess intestinal tissue destruction may act as surrogate markers of endoscopic disease activity, relieving patients of invasive endoscopy. We explored the noninvasive blood-based biomarkers ELP-3 and ELM-12, measuring elastin degradation in IBD. In a study involving 104 Crohn’s disease (CD), 39 ulcerative colitis (UC), and 29 healthy donors, we assessed these biomarkers’ association with endoscopic and clinical disease activity using ELISA. Patients were evaluated based on the SES-CD and CDAI for CD patients and modified MES and partial Mayo for UC patients. ELP-3 and ELM-12 were elevated in patients with IBD. Discerning CD patients in endoscopic remission and mild from moderate to severe, ELP-3 provided an AUC of 0.69 and ELM-12 an AUC of 0.73. The ELP-3 biomarker was associated with UC patients and provided the highest diagnostic power of 0.87 for remission vs. active clinical disease. The data suggest an association of ELP-3 with active CD and ELM-12 with endoscopic remission in CD patients. Additionally, ELP-3 could identify UC patients with active clinical disease from patients in remission. The noninvasive biomarkers ELP-3 and ELM-12 could be potential surrogate biomarkers of elastin degradation and endoscopic and clinical disease markers.


Crohn’s disease, IBD, biomarker, blood-based biomarker, clinical disease, elastin remodeling, endoscopic disease, neoepitope, ulcerative colitis