Amyloid peptides (Abeta; Aβ) result from cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by beta and gamma secretase.The 42-amino acid variant, amyloid β peptide 1–42 is a widely accepted key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) together with the total tau (T-tau) and phosphorylated tau (P-tau) protein. Diagnostic accuracy of the Aβ 1–42 /Aβ 1–40 ratio in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
compared to the concentration of Aβ 1–42 alone was found to be even more significant.
Currently these peptides are analyzed routinely in CSF by immunoassays, but in recent years, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has been investigated for the quantification of Aβ1-38, Aβ1-40, and Aβ1–42.
This year’s ASMS annual conference in Indianapolis started with a lot of buzz around both the Zirconium pump and the ZircoFit fittings, which are both on display. Be sure to stop by our booth #825 if you are in Indy too!
Our neighbour CRO, Swiss BioQuant, use the Zirconium pump with a new scheme for loading and analyzing samples at the same time using the same binary pump. Dead times of the MS are greatly reduced, so they save a lot of instrument time while achieving exceptional sensitivity and precision.