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Biotech Support Group Release: Cleanascite™ Lipid Removal and Clarification Reagent for Alzheimer's Disease Research

10/1/2012 11:44:03 AM

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ.– United States Patent Application 20120107841 titled, “Serum Diagnostic Method, Biomarker and Kit for Early Detection and Staging of Alzheimer's Disease” cites Cleanascite™ from Biotech Support Group for lipid clarification. Cleanascite™ is used in this patent to remove lipids from serum samples. This patent describes a blood test which measures redox reactive autoantibodies before and after exposure to an oxidative agent in serum for the presence of an elevated level of redox-reactive autoantibodies for developing a laboratory method to screen, diagnose, monitor and/or stage early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Moreover, the patent describes the search for serological biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) by studying redox-reactive autoantibodies (R-RAA) present in serum which unmask antigen recognition sites upon oxidative exposure. The autoantibodies are detected in blood with an oxidizing agent and using a screening assay to detect antibodies that bind a self antigen. Hemin is the oxidizing agent used for R-RAA aPE ELISA. Inventor John Mcintyre developed technology to ‘unmask’ autoantibodies in serum samples in vitro and matched AD specific epitopes to reactive autoantibodies. The increase in R-RAA aPE in MCI serum samples and changes in hippocampal choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) in end-stage AD or MCI are being exploited as potential biomarkers. Using ELISA to quantitatively measure concentration of unmasked antibodies in serum samples in vitro by the presence of their recognition epitopes, the increase in R-RAA over their base line values and comparison to the increased ELISA reactivity in AD and/or normal individuals is determined. Comparisons between the AD and normal populations revealed highly significant differences in R-RAA antiphosphatidylethanolamine (aPE).

Characteristics of Cleanascite™

A high binding capacity for lipids with minimal cross-reactivity with proteins

Effectively replaces chlorinated/fluorinated hydrocarbons (eg. freon) and it is environmentally friendly.

Helps purify antibodies, recombinant proteins, nucleic acids, proteoglycans

Ideal for clarifying ascites, serum, cell & tissue culture, bile and organ homogenates

Very low protein binding

Does not bind to DNA, RNA, enzymes and proteins

About Biotech Support Group LLC

Biotech Support Group LLC is a leading provider of genomics and proteomics sample preparation products and enrichment reagent kits as well as integrated biotechnology services for life sciences research, biomarker and drug discovery. Based in New Jersey, it’s principal products include: AlbuVoid™ for albumin depletion, Cleanascite™ for lipid adsorption and clarification, NuGel™ for passivated silica-based affinity chromatography, and ProCipitate™ & ProPrep™ for nucleic acid isolation. Currently, Biotech Support Group LLC and ProFACT Proteomics Inc., are collaborating on the development of a proteomics platform used in functional profiling for proteomic analysis and a separations method for generating sub-proteomes used in biomarker and functional proteomic prospecting. For more information, go to:


Dr.Swapan Roy

Biotech Support Group

1 Deer Park Drive, Suite M,

Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852, USA


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Cleanascite™ References For Plasma/Serum

United States Patent Application 20120107841: Serum Diagnostic Method, Biomarker and Kit for Early Detection and Staging of Alzheimer's Disease

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Torrelles JB, DesJardin LE, MacNeil J. et al Inactivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis mannosyltransferase pimB reduces the cell wall lipoarabinomannan and lipomannan content and increases the rate of bacterial-induced human macrophage cell death Glycobiology.2009;19(7):743-755

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Nussbaum G, Cleare W, Casadevall A et al Epitope Location in the Cryptococcus neoformans Capsule Is a Determinant of Antibody Efficacy The Journal of experimental medicine.1997;185:685-694

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