Exploring the role of cerebrospinal fluid as analyte in neurologic disorders

Future Sci OA. 2023 Apr 4;9(4):FSO851. doi: 10.2144/fsoa-2023-0006. eCollection 2023 Apr.


The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear ultrafiltrate of blood that envelopes and protects the central nervous system while regulating neuronal function through the maintenance of interstitial fluid homeostasis in the brain. Due to its anatomic location and physiological functions, the CSF can provide a reliable source of biomarkers for the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of different neurological diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and primary and secondary brain malignancies. The incorporation of CSF biomarkers into the drug discovery and development can improve the efficiency of drug development and increase the chances of success. This review aims to consolidate the current use of CSF biomarkers in clinical practice and explore future perspectives for the field.

Keywords: biomarkers; cerebrospinal fluid; circulating cells; genomics; malignancy; neurodegenerative disorders; small molecules.

Plain language summary

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear fluid that protects our brain and spinal cord, and can help diagnose and monitor neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Biomarkers in CSF are like clues that help doctors and researchers better understand these diseases. By using CSF biomarkers, doctors can diagnose and monitor patients more accurately, while researchers can develop more effective treatments. This review looks at how we use CSF biomarkers in medicine and how they might help us in the future. Better understanding of CSF biomarkers can improve the lives of people living with neurological diseases.

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  • Review