Albumin functions as a versatile carrier protein, responsible for binding and transporting a wide array of compounds. Being the most abundant protein in the body, it is easily measurable through serum tests. While no direct diseases are attributed to albumin, its levels serve as a valuable health indicator. For instance, hypoalbuminemia, a condition marked by reduced albumin production or increased loss, can highlight potential health issues. To identify certain diseases, albumin concentrations can be measured using various methods.
One such application involves measuring urine albumin concentrations to detect kidney damage, often associated with proteinuria. Due to its adaptability as a carrier protein and its role as a health marker, albumin is a promising drug target.
To explore albumin’s potential as a drug target and its various applications, I am developing a database containing all known and newly discovered interactions with albumin and its proteoforms.