Finding a needle in the haystack: identifying actionable biomarkers from the plasma proteome

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In a study published in Neurology, a group from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals used large-scale protein screening assays to simultaneously analyse many proteins in vast numbers of patient serum samples.

This cutting-edge approach allowed them to discover a novel biomarker of hereditary transthyretin-mediated (ATTRv) amyloidosis disease onset and progression.

ATTRv amyloidosis, caused by mutation of the transthyretin protein is a rare, adult-onset disease characterised by the accumulation of amyloid fibrils throughout the body, leading to progressive debilitation and death.  

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