Background: The capillary microsampling technique was scaled down to enable repeated PK sampling of blood, plasma and serum from mice for the determination of the 14-kDa protein α-synuclein using the Gyrolab™ immunoassay platform.
Results: 4-µl plasma, serum or blood samples were taken from 36 mice, in total 648 samples were successfully collected and analyzed. Following intravenous administration of human α-synuclein to mice, the elimination of α-synuclein was rapid, with a half-life in plasma of 1.1 h. High endogenous levels in red blood cells in combination with some hemolysis led to a challenge in the evaluation of α-synuclein exposure in plasma and serum.
Conclusion: The small sample volumes and flexibility in choice of liquid matrices using the capillary microsampling technique enable repeated sampling in mouse studies, as well as multi-matrix analysis if needed. Liquid microsampling is well suited for micro- and nano-liter scale immunoassays.