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Biofluid Biomarkers in Huntington’s Disease

  • Filipe B. Rodrigues
  • Lauren M. Byrne
  • Edward J. Wild
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1780)

Abstract

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative condition where new markers of disease progression are needed. So far no disease-modifying interventions have been found, and few interventions have been proven to alleviate symptoms. This may be partially explained by the lack of reliable indicators of disease severity, progression, and phenotype.

Biofluid biomarkers may bring advantages in addition to clinical measures, such as reliability, reproducibility, price, accuracy, and direct quantification of pathobiological processes at the molecular level; and in addition to empowering clinical trials, they have the potential to generate useful hypotheses for new drug development.

In this chapter we review biofluid biomarker reports in HD, emphasizing those we feel are likely to be closest to clinical applicability.

Keywords

Huntington’s disease Biomarkers Cerebrospinal fluid Blood Urine Review 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filipe B. Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Lauren M. Byrne
    • 1
  • Edward J. Wild
    • 1
  1. 1.Huntington’s Disease Centre, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, Institute of NeurologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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