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Ultrasensitive techniques and protein misfolding amplification assays for biomarker-guided reconceptualization of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics | August 30, 2021

Campese N, Beatino MF, Del Gamba C, Belli E, Giampietri L, Del Prete E, Galgani A, Vergallo A, Siciliano G, Ceravolo R, Hampel H and Baldacci F

Expert Rev Neurother. 2021:1-19



The clinical validation and qualification of biomarkers reflecting the complex pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) is a fundamental challenge for current drug discovery and development and next-generation clinical practice. Novel ultrasensitive detection techniques and protein misfolding amplification assays hold the potential to optimize and accelerate this process.

Areas covered

Here we perform a PubMed-based state of the art review and perspective report on blood-based ultrasensitive detection techniques and protein misfolding amplification assays for biomarkers discovery and development in NDDs.

Expert opinion

Ultrasensitive assays represent innovative solutions for blood-based assessments during the entire Alzheimer’s disease (AD) biological and clinical continuum, for contexts of use (COU) such as prediction, detection, early diagnosis, and prognosis of AD. Moreover, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-based misfolding amplification assays show encouraging performance in detecting α-synucleinopathies in prodromal or at-high-risk individuals and may serve as tools for patients’ stratification by the presence of α-synuclein pathology. Further clinical research will help overcome current methodological limitations, also through exploring multiple accessible bodily matrices. Eventually, integrative longitudinal studies will support precise definitions for appropriate COU across NDDs.