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Extract the most out of precious neuroscience samples

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Neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, infectious disease, and neurotrauma can have devastating effects on the Central Nervous System (CNS) that impact cognitive function, behavior, mental health, and more. Understanding the role of CNS cells such as neurons, astrocytes, glia, and oligodendrocytes as well as the pathways involved in disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is crucial to disease prevention, detection, and treatment. 

Challenges

We know it’s difficult to acquire diseased and normal CNS tissue for research. When samples are available, extracting the most biological information from every experiment with a multi-omic platform that is easy to use is important. Traditional, low-plex methods of profiling RNA and protein such as PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, or immunofluorescence staining provide limited information on CNS structure and functionality.  RNA Sequencing, while more comprehensive for expression analysis, does not directly quantify transcripts, requires time-consuming, tedious steps and onerous data analysis and sacrifices the spatial arrangement of mRNAs within tissue.


NanoString offers two robust and widely-cited platforms for multiplexed proteomics and transcriptomics of challenging neuroscience sample types such as FFPE, cell lysates, and cerebrospinal fluid. The nCounter® Analysis System and GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP) can be used in tandem with minimal hands-on time for bulk and spatial profiling of RNA or protein to generate accurate, repeatable, and insightful results in less than 24 hours that get you to your next neuroscience publication faster.

Case
Studies

Biomarkers for Parkinson’s
Disease – Case Study

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Biomarkers for Parkinson’s Disease - Case Study

Inflammation in Alzheimer’s
– Case Study

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Inflammation in Alzheimer's Case Study

Microglia and Alzheimer’s
– Case Study

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Inflammation in Alzheimer's - Case Study

Related Resources

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Blog Advancing Neuroscience Gene Expression Research
Whitepaper Neuro Pub Review – Whitepaper
Product Bulletin nCounter Neuroinflammation Panel – Product Bulletin
Product Bulletin nCounter Neuropathology Panel – Product Bulletin
App Note/Tech Note The importance of Gene Expression in Neurodegenerative Disease Research – App Note

Publications

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Differential protein expression in the hippocampi of resilient individuals identified by digital spatial profiling.

Clinical symptoms correlate with underlying neurodegenerative changes in the vast majority of people. However, an intriguing group of individuals demonstrate neuropathologic changes consistent with Alzheimer disease (AD) yet remain cognitively normal (termed “resilient”).

Spatial molecular profiling of a central nervous system low-grade diffusely infiltrative tumour with INI1 deficiency (CNS LGDIT-INI1) featuring a high-grade AT/RT component.

Key points: – diffusely infiltrative low-grade tumour with SMARCB1/INI1-deficiency (CNS LGDIT-INI1) has been proposed as a new entity – we report the first case of a child with a CNS LGDIT-INI1 with a high-grade AT/RT component at the time of initial surgery – methylation profiles of both the low- and the high-grade component yielded high similarity with ATRT-MYC – spatial transcriptome analyses showed upregulation of glioneuronal markers in the low grade component underlining the concept of diffuse infiltrative behaviour of CNS LGDIT-INI1 – high-grade tumour areas displayed increased translational activity and proliferation as well as MYC pathway activation.

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Co-activation of Sonic hedgehog and Wnt signaling in murine retinal precursor cells drives ocular lesions with features of intraocular medulloepithelioma.

Intraocular medulloepithelioma (IO-MEPL) is a rare embryonal ocular neoplasm, prevalently occurring in children. IO-MEPLs share histomorphological features with CNS embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes (ETMRs), referred to as intracranial medulloepitheliomas.