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Electrophoresis. 2002 Jul;23(14):2247-51.

Studies of potential cerebrospinal fluid molecular markers for Alzheimer's disease.

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120 Olin Hall, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ithaca, NY 14583-5201, USA.


There is a need for a reliable, molecular-based ante mortem diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, we examined the use of two-dimensional protein electrophoresis for generating molecular barcodes which may be useful for the clinical differentiation of AD patients from normals. We compared cerebrospinal fluid samples taken from AD patients with confirmed post mortem pathology to comparable specimens from normal volunteers. Using canonical correlation analysis, a panel of nine molecular markers were identified which segregated diseased cases from normal controls. Using the scaled volume image analysis variable, a principal factor analysis was also used to distinguish normal from AD spinal fluid, based on molecular markers identified using a heuristic clustering algorithm. The use of panels of molecular markers derived from proteomic analysis may offer the best prospect for developing molecular diagnostic tests for complex neurodegenerative disorders such as AD.

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