Biomarkers for Neuroscience Research

Discover Biomarkers

Understanding and treating neurological diseases is a major challenge due to the complexity and dynamic environment of the central nervous system (CNS). Fortunately, with the use of neuroscience biomarkers these complexities start to unfold and come to life. Biomarkers are essential indicators of neurological disease states and contribute to the understanding of pathogenic molecular mechanisms by revealing affected pathways and processes. Count on our comprehensive portfolio of highly validated immunoassays and instrumentation so you can select the appropriate tools and effectively discover, detect, and monitor your neuroscience biomarkers. Ultimately, with the use of sensitive and specific biomarkers, derived from different platforms, neuroscientists can unearth new neurological findings and forge a path for new therapeutic discoveries.

Biomarker studies have different research needs. Here we highlight leading methods that address key areas for success:


Use this guide to DISCOVER more about each platform and how it fits your purpose.



Various research labs measure and evaluate neurological biomarkersAs various research labs measure and evaluate neurological biomarkers, highly validated, research use only (RUO), assays are essential to ensure accuracy, precision and reproducibility. This level of robustness allows you to produce results you can trust, with minimal repetition..


Inconsistent batches make it difficult to quantify biomarkers.


As your research uncovers the significant role of biomarkers in neurological disease states, you need a reliable partner for quality assays and consistent performance.  Detect and quantify your biomarkers with our ELISA and MILLIPLEX® MAP (multi-analyte profiling) assays that provide reproducibility in every lot, backed by unwavering technical support.

Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA)

Get a fuller picture of the complexities associated with non-disease and disease states of the nervous system with reliable quantification of biomarkers in sera and lysates using trusted ELISA techniques. ELISAs combine the specificity of antibodies with the sensitivity of simple enzyme assays, so you can successfully quantify critical targets. We lead in developing neuro-specific ELISAs, with over 20 ELISAs supporting neuroscience research and more than 1,000 available within our comprehensive ELISA portfolio.


Highlighted Neuroscience ELISAs

RUO, not for use in clinical diagnosis or patient management

Explore ELISA Kits

Description Species Standard Curve Range Sensitivity Sample Volume Cat. No.
α-Synuclein Human, Mouse, Rat 3–60 ng/mL 3 ng/mL 100 μL NS400
Amyloid beta 1–40 Human 16–500 pg/mL 4 pg/mL 50 μL EZHS40
Amyloid beta 1–42 Human 16–500 pg/mL 5 pg/mL 50 μL EZHS42
Amyloid beta, Set Human Contains 1 each of EZHS40 and EZHS42 EZHS-SET
Amyloid beta (Brain) 1–40 Human 16–500 pg/mL 4 pg/mL 50 μL EZBRAIN40
Amyloid beta (Brain) 1–42 Human 16–500 pg/mL 5 pg/mL 50 μL EZBRAIN42
Amyloid beta (Brain), Set Human Contains 1 each of EZBRAIN40 and EZBRAIN42 EZBRAIN-SET
BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) Human, Rat 7.8–500 pg/mL 7.8 pg/mL 50 μL CYT306
GFAP (Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein) Human, Mouse, Rat 1.5–100 ng/mL 1.5 ng/mL 100 μL NS830
NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) Mouse, Rat 10–1000 pg/mL 10–15 pg/mL 50 μL CYT304
NPY (Neuropeptide Y) Human 5–1000 pg/mL 2 pg/mL 50 μL EZHNPY-25K
NPY (Neuropeptide Y) Mouse, Rat 0.01–2 ng/mL 0.004 ng/mL 20 μL EZRMNPY-27K
PEDF (Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor) Human 0.9–62.5 ng/mL 0.9 ng/mL 50 μL CYT420
Phosphorylated Neurofilament, (pNF-H) Sandwich Multi-Species 0.0293–15 ng/mL 0.0585 ng/mL 1–10 μL NS170
S100B Human 2.7–2000 pg/mL 1.3 pg/mL 50 μL EZHS100B-33K

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Explore Application References
Plog, BA et al. Biomarkers of Traumatic Injury Are Transported from Brain to Blood via the Glymphatic System. J. Neurosci. 2015;35(2): 518-526. Mothapo, KM et al. Amyloidbeta-42 (Aβ-42), neprilysin and cytokine levels. A pilot study in patients with HIV related cognitive impairments. J Neuroimmunol. 2015;282:73-79.
Lagerstedt, L et al. H-FABP: A new biomarker to differentiate between CT-positive and CT-negative patients with mild traumatic brain injury. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(4):e0175572. Deng, H et al. Elevated Plasma S100B, Psychotic Symptoms, and Cognition in Schizophrenia. Psychiatr Q. 2017 Apr 24.


Low volume samples can create serious challenges for analyzing data.


Multiplexed Immunoassays (MILLIPLEX® MAP Assays)

Neuroscientists are often limited by their sample amount (e.g. cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, etc.) and need a method that allows for reproducibility with low volume sample requirements. Count on our neuroscience-specific MILLIPLEX® MAP panels, where you can simultaneously measure multiple biomarker analytes in a single sample, in a single plate well. This multiplex method can save you time and valuable sample material so you can bring your neuroscience biomarkers to life.

MILLIPLEX® MAP multiplex assays enable you to measure neuroscience-related biomarkers. A sample of key targets are shown below:


Neurodegenerative Disease
Amyloid β40 Amyloid β42 Apo E GDNF sICAM-1
PAI-1 sRAGE S100B sVCAM-1  
Neurological Disorders
Park7 Phospho Tau SAP Tau  
Neuropeptide/Neurohormone Signaling
α-MSH Cortisol Melatonin Orexin A Oxytocin
Substance P        

s = Soluble

Highlighted MILLIPLEX® MAP Neuroscience Panels

RUO, not for use in clinical diagnosis or patient management


Human Amyloid Beta and Tau (CSF samples)
(Cat. No. HNABTMAG-68K)

Amyloid beta 1-40
Amyloid beta 1-42
pTau (Thr181)
Tau (total)

Human Neuroscience Panel 1 (CSF samples)
(Cat. No. HNS1MAG-95K)

Glial Fibrillary Acidic
Protein (GFAP)
Enolase (NSE)
Transglutaminase 2

Human Neurodegenerative Disease Panel 1
(Cat. No. HNDG1MAG-36K)

Apo AI
Apo E
Complement C3
Complement Factor H

Human Neurodegenerative Disease Panel 2
(Cat. No. HNDG2MAG-36K)

α-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT)
Serum Amyloid P

Human Neurodegenerative Disease Panel 3
(Cat. No. HNDG3MAG-36K)

Cathepsin D
PAI-1 (total)

Human Neurodegenerative
Disease Panel 4
(CSF samples)

(Cat. No. HNDG4MAG-36K)

Amyloid beta 1-40
Amyloid beta 1-42

Human Neurological
Disorders Panel 3

(Cat. No. HND3MAG-39K)

Fetuin A
Osteopontin (OPN)
Soluble Superoxide
Dismutase 1 (sSOD1)
Soluble Superoxide
Dismutase 2 (sSOD2)

New Product!
Human Neuroscience Panel 2
(Cat. No. HNS2MAG-95K)
Angiogenin (ANG)
Neurogranin (NRGN)
PRNP (Prion Protein)

Human Neuropeptide ■ ^
(Cat. No. HNPMAG-35K)

Orexin A
Substance P

Human Circadian Stress ■ ^
(Cat. No. HNCSMAG-35K)

Cortisol Melatonin

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Protein Detection Platform: Luminex®Protein Detection Platform: Luminex®

Use trusted Luminex® xMAP® technology to enable multivariate analysis of processes that underlie neural development, homeostasis and pathogenesis — all while conserving your precious samples.

MILLIPLEX® MAP Multiplex Detection Using Luminex® xMAP® Technology

  • Simultaneously measure multiple proteins in a single sample
  • Low sample volume (< 25 μL)
  • Large dynamic range (> 3.5 Logs)


Explore Application References
Hye, A et al. Plasma proteins predict conversion to dementia from prodromal disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2014;10(6):799-807. Hu, WT et al. CSF complement 3 and factor H are staging biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2016;4:14.
Westwood, S et al. The influence of insulin resistance on cerebrospinal fluid and plasma biomarkers of Alzheimer’s pathology. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2017;9:31. Martínez-Muriana, A et al. CSF1R blockade slows the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by reducing microgliosis and invasion of macrophages into peripheral nerves. Sci Rep. 2016;6:25663.
Öhrfelt, A et al. Increased Cerebrospinal Fluid Levels of Ubiquitin Carboxyl-Terminal Hydrolase L1 in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dement Geriatr Cogn Dis Extra. 2016;6(2):283–294. Marples, B et al. Cranial irradiation significantly reduces beta amyloid plaques in the brain and improves cognition in a murine model of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Radiother Oncol. 2016;118(1):43-51.




Human Amyloid Beta and Tau Magnetic Bead Panel
(Cat. No. HNABTMAG-68K)

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a prog-ressive neurodegenerative disorder, afflicts approximately 36 million people worldwide and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Two key neuropathological features that exemplify AD are extracellular Amyloid β (Aβ) plaques and intra-cellular neurofibrillary tangles, which are composed of the abnormally hyperphosphorylated protein Tau. Unlike ELISAs and other multiplex kits, the MILLIPLEX® MAP Human Amyloid Beta and Tau Panel enables the simultaneous measurement of Aβ1-40, Aβ1-42, total Tau and phospho-Tau (Thr181) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples, saving time, money and precious sample.

Multiplex measurement of human non-AD and AD CSF samples

Multiplex measurement of human non-AD and AD CSF samples. Non-AD and AD CSFs samples. Non-AD CSF samples (n = 16) and AD CSF samples (n = 16) were analyzed using the MILLIPLEX® MAP Human Amyloid Beta and Tau Magnetic Bead Panel.


Biomarker discovery depends on detection. And when the success of your neuroscience research requires finding and quantifying low-level proteins, you need technology and equipment you can rely on to detect your target.

Low abundance biomarkers are difficult to detect.


Highly Sensitive Single Molecule Counting (SMC™) Technology

Early detection of low level disease biomarkers in your research models and clinical samples can translate to the discovery and development of early therapeutic intervention in patients. Count on our ultra-sensitive SMC™ technology to provide precise measurement of molecules at levels previously undetectable, leading to unprecedented biomarker insight to fuel your discovery of neurological diseases.

  • Quantify previously undetectable analytes
  • Better stratify sample populations
  • Gain insights into novel neurological mechanisms
  • Require fewer data points for critical decision-making
  • Accelerate drug discovery and development

Reduced Background + Increased Signal

SMC™ technology provides maximum immunoassay performance while following a workflow very similar to traditional ELISA technology, as shown below. By combining a unique assay elution step and robust digital counting, SMC™ technology achieves improved signal-to-noise ratios over traditional immunoassay technologies. SMC™ technology provides enhanced quantification at both low and high levels of expression on one complete system.

Highlighted SMC™ Immunoassays

Description Cat. No.
Human Aβ-40 (Coming Soon) 03-0145-00
Human Aβ-42 (Coming Soon) 03-0146-00

Highlighted Inflammation Assays

Over 35 ultra-sensitive SMC™ assays to choose from, for use in humans and other species.

Description Cat. No.
Erenna® IL-17A Immunoassay Kit (V2) 03-0103-00
Erenna® IL-17F Immunoassay Kit (V2) 03-0102-00
Erenna® Human IL-23 Immunoassay Kit 03-0112-00
Erenna® Human IL-6 Immunoassay Kit 03-0089-01
Erenna® Human IL-4 Immunoassay Kit 03-0052-00

Discover our comprehensive portfolio of SMC™ immunoassays

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Explore Application References  
Wild, EJ et al. Quantification of mutant huntingtin protein in cerebrospinal fluid from Huntington’s disease patients. J Clin Invest.2015;125(5):1979-1986. Yang, T et al. A highly sensitive novel immunoassay specifically detects low levels of soluble Aβ oligomers in human cerebrospinal fluid. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2015;7(1):14.
Savage, MJ et al. A sensitive Aβ oligomer assay discriminates Alzheimer’s and aged control cerebrospinal fluid. J Neurosci. 2014;34(8):2884-2897.  

Sensitivity You Can Count On (SMCxPRO™ Immunoassay Platform)

Neuroscientists are often working with micro-volumes of blood plasmaNeuroscientists are often working with micro-volumes of blood plasma or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for analysis, requiring quantifiable data of low-abundant proteins with rapid precision. The new SMCxPRO™ platform is a highly sensitive instrument designed to fit seamlessly into your workflow and detect low-abundant proteins at the femtogram/mL level, serving your neuroscience research.

This compact benchtop solution offers:

  • High sensitivity (femtogram/mL)
  • Rapid analysis
  • Plate or bead-based assays
  • Compact: 14” W × 16” H × 17.5” D
  • Ready-made to fully customized kits
  • Access to over 600 antibody pairs

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Explore Application References

  1. Dobson, L et al. Laquinimod dampens hyperactive cytokine production in Huntington’s disease patient myeloid cells. J Neurochem. 2016;137(5):782-794.
  2. Arakawa, R et al. Imaging Flow Cytometry Analysis to Identify Differences of Survival Motor Neuron Protein Expression in Patients With Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Pediatr Neurol. 2016;61:70-75.
  3. Palanichamy, AJ et al. Rituximab efficiently depletes increased CD20-expressing T cells in multiple sclerosis patients. J Immunol. 2014;193(2):580-586.
  4. Ransohoff, RM. How neuroinflammation contributes to neurodegeneration. Science. 2016;353(6301):777-783.
  5. Bakunina, N et al. Immune mechanisms linked to depression via oxidative stress and neuroprogression. Immunology. 2015;144(3):365–373.
  6. Crotti, A et al. The choreography of neuroinflammation in Huntington’s disease. Trends Immunol. 2015;36(6):364-373.
  7. Sekar, A et al. Schizophrenia risk from complex variation of complement component 4. Nature. 2016;530(7589):177-183.
  8. Jones, KL et al. Autism with intellectual disability is associated with increased levels of maternal cytokines and chemokines during gestation. Mol Psychiatry. 2017;22(2):273-279.