Product(s) used in this publication: Reference Peptides for Targeted Proteomics - SpikeTides™ & SpikeMix™
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a promising clinical sample for identification of novel biomarkers for various neurological disorders. Considering its direct contact with brain tissue, CSF represents a valuable source of brain-related and brain-specific proteins. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory, demyelinating neurological disease affecting the central nervous system and so far there are no diagnostic or prognostic disease specific biomarkers available in the clinic. The primary aim of the present study was to develop a targeted mass spectrometry assay for simultaneous quantification of 30 brain-related proteins in CSF and subsequently to demonstrate assay feasibility in neurological samples derived from multiple sclerosis patients. Our multiplex selected reaction monitoring assay had wide dynamic range (median fold range across peptides = 8.16x103), and high assay reproducibility (median across peptides CV=4%). Candidate biomarkers were quantified in CSF samples from neurologically healthy individuals (n=9) and patients diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome (n=29) or early multiple sclerosis (n=15).