Research Roundup: neuroscience antibodies and protein standards

Our highly-validated antibodies and QPrEST protein standards are used in cutting-edge neuroscience research. Read a roundup of some newly published studies to see our neuroscience antibodies and targeted proteomics in action!

Our antibodies and QPrEST protein standards are used in cutting-edge neuroscience research. All our neuroscience products are highly validated and tailor-made for research on signaling, neural lineage, developmental processes, aging, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Our primary antibodies are created using a unique antigen design for optimal specificity, affinity-purified using the immunogen, and manufactured using a standardized production process to ensure the highest quality. 

Let's take a look at three recent studies showing our products in action.

1. Identification of novel cerebrospinal fluid biomarker candidates for dementia with Lewy bodies: a proteomic approach (van Steenoven et al. 2020)

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is associated with cognitive decline, parkinsonian symptoms, cognitive irregularities, and REM sleep behavior disorder.  

LBD diagnosis is often achievable upon post-mortem examination due to the overlap in symptoms with other disorders. This is why there is a need for new and accurate biomarkers to identify and categorize patients with the disease. 

In this work, the authors used mass spectrometry (to identifyand ELISA (to validatesix promising biomarkers in the cerebral spinal fluid of LBD patients. The results suggest these candidate biomarkers promise to improve diagnostic accuracy in living patientsparticularly when used as a panel. 

  • The study used our QPrEST20926 (neurosecretory protein VGF) as an internal standard.

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Figure 1. Results of discovery proteomics. A. Heatmap and cluster analysis of differentially expressed proteins (n = 69) in cohort 1. The heatmap shows distinct patterns of up-and down-regulated proteins in the clinical groups. The branching pattern of the dendrogram shows an almost complete separation of patients with DLB from cognitively normal controls (35/40 (87.5%) were clustered correctly). Fifteen DLB patients were assigned to cluster 1 (red), and five DLB patients and 20 controls were assigned to cluster 2. The five DLB patients in cluster 2 clustered together in a small subgroup (cluster 2A, purple), and the controls clustered together in another subgroup (cluster 2B, blue). B. Volcano plot representing the top biomarker candidates discriminating DLB from controls. The horizontal axis indicates log2 fold change. The vertical axis indicates − 10 log p-values. Each point represents a protein. Points at the far right- and left-hand sides of the plot have the largest fold changes, while those along the top of the plot are the most statistically significant. The non-axial red dotted vertical lines denote fold change thresholds of 1.2. The non-axial red dotted horizontal line denotes a p-value threshold of 0.05. Proteins in red have a fold change > 1.2 and p-value < 0.05. The top-10 biomarker candidates are highlighted in the plot. Image from van Steenoven et al. 2020.

 

2. Sideroflexin 3 is a mitochondrial protein enriched in neurons (Rivell et al., 2019)

The mitochondrial protein sideroflexin 3 (Sfxn3) is one of the main Sfxn proteins responsible for transporting the amino acid serine into mitochondria during one-carbon metabolism.  

Sfx3n is highly expressed in the brain and thought to be involved in Parkinson´s disease's neurodegenerative process.  

In this study, the authors took a detailed look into the spatiotemporal brain localization of Sfx3n in the rat. They found a sharp mitochondrial increase in Sfx3n in the rat brain after birth, suggesting that Sf3x3 is necessary for neurite outgrowth and synapse formation. 

This finding provides a translatable baseline for investigating presumed alterations in Sfx3n toward clarifying the pathogenesis of human neurological and neurodegenerative conditions. 

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Figure 2. Distribution of Sfxn3 protein in neurons. A. Immunoblot analysis showing Sfxn3 protein in neurons cultured from several brain regions. B, C.  Immunofluorescence images from hippocampal or cortical neuron cultures co-labeled for Sfxn3 (green) and a neuronal marker map2 (red). Sfxn3 labeling is seen throughout neurons. D. Immunoblots showing a higher level of Sfxn3 in neuron-enriched cultures (Enriched) than in neuron-glia mixed cultures (Mixed). Syp, synaptophysin, neuronal synaptic marker; Gfap and Aldh1L1, glial markers. E, F. Sample images from hippocampal or midbrain neuron cultures co-labeled for Sfxn3 (green) and the glial marker Gfap (red). Sfxn3 fluorescent intensity is noticeably higher in neurons than in Gfap-labeled glial cells (white arrows). GImmunoblots showing the presence of Sfxn3 protein in synapses but not in synaptic vesicles. Syp, synaptophysin, a synaptic vesicle protein; Psd95, a synaptic protein. H. Sample fluorescent image of a hippocampal neuron co-labeled for Sfxn3 (green) and vGlut1 (red). vGlut1 is a marker for excitatory neurons. Zoomed-in views (h1, h2) showing Sfxn3 immunolabeling in close proximity to vGlut1 along neurites. Note that some Sfxn3 green puncta overlap directly with vGlut1 red puncta (white arrowheads); others are located in the adjacent neurites' shaft. I. Sample image of a midbrain neuron co-labeled for Sfxn3 (green) and an inhibitory neuron marker GAD (red). Zoomed-in views in boxes i1 and i2 showing Sfxn3 immunolabeling close to GAD labeling on the neuronal soma. Some Sfxn3 green puncta overlap with GAD red puncta (white arrowheads); others are seen in the adjacent region of the soma. Image from Rivell et al. 2019.

 

3. Cellular and molecular properties of neural progenitors in the developing mammalian hypothalamus (Zhou et al. 2020)

The hypothalamus is essential for homeostasis and energy metabolism. Developmental deficiencies of the hypothalamus can contribute to diseases or disorders of energy imbalance, obesity, and anxiety. However, many important aspects of hypothalamic development remain unaddressed, particularly the progenitors responsible for neurogenesis in the hypothalamus.

In this study, the authors used single-cell RNA sequencing to unravel distinct transcriptional regulation circuits governing the development of distinct cell nuclei within the hypothalamus.

The authors identified several novels and specific markers for hypothalamic precursor cells and increased knowledge of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underpin the development of the non-laminated mammalian hypothalamus. Another important point relates to the strong developmental conservation of nuclear structures in the hypothalamus and marker gene conservation between mice and humans.

Overall the results show that TTYH1-, FAM107A-, or HMGA2-expressing cells residing in the VZ were positive for SOX2 and P-VIM. The FAM107A+SOX2+ cells exhibited radial fibers extending basally toward the pial surface, suggesting that these cells are hypothalamic radial glial and hypothalamic mantle zone radial glial cells.

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Figure 3. Immunostaining for candidate markers including TTYH1, FAM107A, and HMGA2 with SOX2 and P-VIM, respectively (n = 3 independent experiments). Higher-magnification views of the boxed regions are shown at the bottom. Scale bars, 100 μm (top), 50 μm (bottom). Image from Zhou et al. 2020.

 

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References

1. van Steenoven, I., Koel-Simmelink, M.J.A., Vergouw, L.J.M. et al. Identification of novel cerebrospinal fluid biomarker candidates for dementia with Lewy bodies: a proteomic approach. Mol Neurodegeneration 15,36 (2020).

2. Rivell A, Petralia RS, Wang YX, Mattson MP, Yao PJ. Sideroflexin 3 is a mitochondrial protein enriched in neurons. Neuromolecular Med. 2019;21(3):314-321

3. Zhou, X., Zhong, S., Peng, H. et al. Cellular and molecular properties of neural progenitors in the developing mammalian hypothalamus. Nat Commun 11, 4063 (2020).

 

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