Bring neurology discoveries to light with the SomaScan® Assay

Detect low-abundance proteins in complex sample types, including cerebrospinal fluid and blood.

Navigate the complex neurology landscape

Nearly 100 million people in the United States alone suffer from one of more than 1,000 different neurologic diseases.1 These diseases can derive from various sources, such as faulty genes, problems with development of the nervous system, degeneration of the nervous system, dysfunctional proteins, and signaling pathways.2-4

The SomaScan Platform is the proteomics solution for targeted research into the biology of specific neurologic diseases. By utilizing high-content profiling for discovery of potential biomarkers, the platform can be used to further the study of a range of neurologic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord disorders, as well as cancer.5-9 In addition, our proteomics approach can be used to identify and track blood- and cerebrospinal fluid–based biomarkers as predictors of disease and indicators of disease progression.5,10

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Multiplex, high-throughput proteomics

Profile 11,000 protein measurements per sample and conduct high-throughput analysis of >1,000 samples simultaneously.5

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Sensitive detection

Detect and quantify a wide dynamic range of proteins (from fmol – µmol) in complex sample types, including cerebrospinal fluid and blood.5,10

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Obtain consistent and reproducible inter- and intra-assay results for data analysis and comparison.5

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Application Focus: Exploring Brain Diseases Through Plasma Proteomics

Keenan Walker, PhD and Chief, Multimodal Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), National Institute on Aging (NIH) summarizes information that explores the relationship between systemic proteins and Alzheimer’s disease in this paper. This paper is based on his presentation from the webinar titled “Using plasma proteomics to understand Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases”.

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Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD

Young blood for old brains and the quest to slow brain aging

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, D.H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and Director of the Phil and Penny Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience at Stanford University, presents data on his team’s findings that blood-borne factors from young humans and mice are sufficient to counteract aspects of brain aging and improve cognitive function in old mice, while blood plasma from old organisms is detrimental to young mice and impairs their cognition.

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Using plasma proteomics to understand Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases

Keenan Walker, PhD, Tenure-Track Investigator at NIA/NIH, discusses how he integrates proteomic, genetic, brain imaging, and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers from initially cognitively normal individuals who later develop dementia, in order to discover novel blood-based biomarkers and mechanistically relevant proteins for therapeutic target prioritization.

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Harnessing AI and proteomics for glioblastoma

Andra Krauze, MD, Physician Early Investigator and radiation oncologist at NCI NIH, presents data on balancing genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics — including approaches on how to connect proteomic data to the clinic.

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Read more published research from Dr. Krauze on using the SomaScan® Assay for noninvasive glioblastoma classification and treatment response insights in
Frontiers in Oncology here.

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Proteomics of neurology and aging

Learn how 5 experts use high-plex protein profiling in their research on aging, neurology, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep research, and pain therapeutics.

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, Stanford University
Naisha Shah, PhD, BioAge Labs
Sara Ahadi, PhD, Alkahest
Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, Stanford University
Juliet Mwirigi, PhD candidate, UT Dallas

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Genomic atlas of the proteome from brain, CSF and plasma identifies causal and druggable proteins implicated for neurological disorders

Carlos Cruchaga, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, presents results from the first multi-tissue study yielding hundreds of novel pQTLs. The team identified 15 existing drugs approved for Alzheimer’s disease and another 14 for Parkinson’s disease.

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Proteomics for precision neuroscience: The power of protein analysis

Christopher Whelan, MSc, PhD, Carlos Cruchaga, PhD, and Keenan Walker, PhD, discuss how academic, industry, and government researchers are directly measuring protein abundance and function via multiplex proteomics to build more detailed characterizations of the biological systems underlying neurodegenerative diseases.

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Advanced proteomics offerings in neurology

The SomaScan Platform is available in multiple formats, each providing unique data outputs to fast-track your neurology research.

SomaScan Assay

With the ability to profile thousands of proteins simultaneously, the SomaScan Assay is well-suited to measuring low- and high-abundant proteins in a small amount of blood or cerebrospinal fluid.5,10

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SomaScan Panels

These custom panels can be individualized from our menu of 7,000 protein analytes. The assay is also offered as a neuroscience panel containing 1,316 preset analytes most relevant to neurology-focused proteomics. This panel focuses on significant neurologic disease associations including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord disorders, cancer, ischemia, seizures, addiction, pain, and others.5

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SomaSignal® Tests

Monitor clinical metrics, including those associated with dementia and other critical parameters, such as cardiovascular fitness and glucose tolerance.5,11

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Additional resources

References:  1. Gooch CL, Pracht E, Borenstein AR. The burden of neurological disease in the United States: a summary report and call to action. Ann Neurol. 2017;81(4):479-484. doi:10.1002/ana.24897.  2. Moujalled D, Strasser A, Liddell JR. Molecular mechanisms of cell death in neurological diseases. Cell Death Differ. 2021;28(7):2029-2044. doi:10.1038/s41418-021-00814-y.  3. McKinnon PJ. DNA repair deficiency and neurological disease. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009;10(2):100-112. doi:10.1038/nrn2559.  4. Sweeney P, Park H, Baumann M, et al. Protein misfolding in neurodegenerative diseases: implications and strategies. Transl Neurodegener. 2017;6:6. doi:10.1186/s40035-017-0077-5.  5. Data on file. SomaLogic Operating Co., Inc.  6. Ward M, Schofield EL. Biomarkers for brain disorders. Therapy. 2010;7(4):321-336.  7. Shi L, Winchester LM, Westwood S, et al. Replication study of plasma proteins relating to Alzheimer’s pathology. Alzheimers Dement. 2021;17(9):1452-1464. doi:10.1002/alz.12322.  8. Yang C, Farias FHG, Ibanez L, et al. Genomic atlas of the proteome from brain, CSF and plasma prioritizes proteins implicated in neurological disorders. Nat Neurosci. 2021;24(9):1302-1312. doi:10.1038/s41593-021-00886-6.  9. Candia J, Cheung F, Kotliarov Y, et al. Assessment of variability in the SOMAscan Assay. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):14248. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14755-5.  10. Masvekar R, Wu T, Kosa P, Barbour C, Fossati V, Bielekova B. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers link toxic astrogliosis and microglial activation to multiple sclerosis severity. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2019;28:34-43. doi:10.1016/j.msard.2018.11.032.  11. Walker KA, Chen J, Zhang J, et al. Large-scale plasma proteomic analysis identifies proteins and pathways associated with dementia risk. Nat Aging. 2021;1:473-489. doi:10.1038/s43587-021-00064-0.