Published: July 22, 2019

Subtyping of circulating exosome-bound amyloid β reflects brain plaque deposition (Nature Communications, Mar 2019)

Subtyping of circulating exosome-bound amyloid β reflects brain plaque deposition

Lim CZJ, Zhang Y, Chen Y, Zhao H, Stephenson MC, Ho NRY, Chen Y, Chung J, Reilhac A, Loh TP, Chen CLH and Shao H.

Abstract
Despite intense interests in developing blood measurements of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the progress has been confounded by limited sensitivity and poor correlation to brain pathology. Here, we present a dedicated analytical platform for measuring different populations of circulating amyloid β (Aβ) proteins – exosome-bound vs. unbound – directly from blood. The technology, termed amplified plasmonic exosome (APEX), leverages in situ enzymatic conversion of localized optical deposits and double-layered plasmonic nanostructures to enable sensitive, multiplexed population analysis. It demonstrates superior sensitivity (~200 exosomes), and enables diverse target co-localization in exosomes. Employing the platform, we find that prefibrillar Aβ aggregates preferentially bind with exosomes. We thus define a population of Aβ as exosome-bound (Aβ42+ CD63+) and measure its abundance directly from AD and control blood samples. As compared to the unbound or total circulating Aβ, the exosome-bound Aβ measurement could better reflect PET imaging of brain amyloid plaques and differentiate various clinical groups.

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