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Plasma Alpha-Synuclein Detected By Single Molecule Array Is Increased In PD


Ng ASL, Tan YJ, Lu Z, Ng EYL, Ng SYE, Chia NSY, Setiawan F, Xu Z, Tay KY, Prakash KM, Au WL, Tan E-K and Tan LCS

Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2019;0.

DOI: 10.1002/acn3.729


We utilized ultrasensitive single molecule technology to measure plasma alpha‐synuclein in 221 subjects (51 controls, 170 PD). Plasma alpha‐synuclein levels were significantly higher in PD than controls (15506.3 vs. 13057.0 pg/mL, P = 0.037), adjusting for age and gender. In PD, alpha‐synuclein levels did not vary by H&Y stage or UPDRS motor scores but were significantly higher in PD patients with poorer cognition (MMSE ≤ 25) than controls (P = 0.016, Bonferroni corrected P = 0.047). Alpha‐synuclein levels quantified using ultrasensitive single molecule technology discriminate PD from controls and correlate with cognitive severity. These preliminary findings require independent validation to determine the utility of this assay.