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QPS Neuropharmacology

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About QPS Neuropharmacology

Divison of: QPS Holdings, LLC

QPS Austria, part of the QPS group, is a full-service contract research organization (CRO). The company performs preclinical as well as clinical research. QPS Austria Neuropharmacology is well known as a leading CRO for CNS drug development. The availability of the most predictive disease models and unparalleled experience with studies performed for biopharmaceutical companies of all sizes turn QPS into the first choice for most research needs. Validated transgenic and non-transgenic in vitro and in vivo models cover most targets of AD, PD, HD and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The clinical research team ensures an efficient development process from First-in-Man (Phase I) up to and including Post-Marketing-Surveillance-Studies (Phase IV). Our customers benefit from the competent teams at QPS Austria, the use of innovative technology as well as scientific and clinical expertise together with a worldwide network.

Recent Publications

  • Hepatic and neuronal phenotype of NPC1−/− mice. Santiago-Mujica E, Flunkert S, Rabl R, Neddens J, Loeffler T, Hutter-Paier B. Heliyon. 2019 Mar 14;5(3):e01293. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01293
  • Phosphorylation of different tau sites during progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Neddens J, Temmel M, Flunkert S, Kerschbaumer B, Hoeller C, Loeffler T, Niederkofler V, Daum G, Attems J, Hutter-Paier B. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2018 Jun 29;6(1):52. doi: 10.1186/s40478-018-0557-6.
  • mTh1 driven expression of hTDP-43 results in typical ALS/FTLD neuropathological symptoms. Scherz B, Rabl R, Flunkert S, Rohler S, Neddens J, Taub N, Temmel M, Panzenboeck U, Niederkofler V, Zimmermann R, Hutter-Paier B. PLOS ONE. 2018 May 22;13(5):e0197674. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197674.
  • SEN1500, a novel oral amyloid-β aggregation inhibitor, attenuates brain pathology in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Brunner D, Flunkert S, Neddens J, Duller S, Scopes DIC, Treherne JM, Hutter-Paier B. Neurosci Lett. 2017 Sep 13. pii: S0304-3940(17)30770-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.09.028.

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Our Services (108)


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Rare Disease Animal Models

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QPS Neuropharmacology is experienced in generating, characterizing and maintaining of transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years. We offer mouse and rat models available for drug development in many rare orphan diseases such as Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Gaucher Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alport Syndrome and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD).

Huntington’s Disease 

  • R6/2 transgenic Mouse Model
  • BACHD transgenic Rat Model


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • TDP-43 transgenic Mouse Model
  • SOD1-G93A transgenic Mouse Model


Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration

  • TDP-43 transgenic Mouse Model
  • TAU transgenic Mouse Models


Alport Syndrome

  • Col4A3-/- Mouse Model


Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Niemann-Pick Disease

  • NPC1-/- Mouse Model


Gaucher Disease

  • 4L/PS-NA Mouse Model


Mucopolysaccharidosis

  • MPS IIIA Mouse Model


We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

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Biomarker Assay Development

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QPS Austria’s expertise lies within the field of neurodegenerative diseases. We provide a state of the art research environment (AAALAC certified) for testing and evaluating new potential treatment approaches. Besides offering a broad spectrum of transgenic models and applications, we offer the establishment of new and customized assays that suit your special needs.

Research Fields

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Tauopathies
  • Orphan Diseases
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Inflammation

Applications

  • Gene & Protein Expression
  • Enzyme Activity Assays
  • Customized Cloning
  • Cytokine Profile
  • Lipid Profile
  • A4 Assay

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Animal Biobanking

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QPS Austria’s well characterized and validated in vivo and in vitro models are useful tools to push your CNS drug discovery research forward. We are happy to support your research activities with sample material from our biobank composed of various specimen derived from our in-house in vivo and in vitro models.

Various transgenic and non-transgenic in vivo models are readily available on various age groups as well as brain tissue, CSF and plasma samples derived from these animals. In vitro systems e.g. cellular lysates of primary hippocampal neurons and manifold overexpressing cell lines are rapidly available upon request.

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In vivo Drug Efficacy Testing

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As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Austria is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. The enterprise gained experience in generating, characterizing and maintaining transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.


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In vivo PK/PD Studies

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As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Austria is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. The enterprise gained experience in generating, characterizing and maintaining transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.

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Animal Models and Studies

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QPS offers mouse and rat models for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases.


The fully AAALAC accredited Animal Facility provides all in vivo services from mouse and rat breeding to delivering study reports that contain all experimental procedures and their outcome. Animals are housed under SPF conditions in IVC systems with periodic health monitoring. Our approach is based on a sequence of procedural building blocks that allow customization of any service request according to your specific needs. You have the option to select any entry point and exit point in our workflow.

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CNS/Neurology Animal Models

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QPS offers mouse and rat models for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases.


The fully AAALAC accredited Animal Facility provides all in vivo services from mouse and rat breeding to delivering study reports that contain all experimental procedures and their outcome. Animals are housed under SPF conditions in IVC systems with periodic health monitoring. Our approach is based on a sequence of procedural building blocks that allow customization of any service request according to your specific needs. You have the option to select any entry point and exit point in our workflow.

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Animal Behavior Studies

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of behavioral tests for various indications. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • General Health & Activity Levels
    • Cylinder Test
    • Glucose Tolerance Test
    • Irwin Test
    • Nest Building Test
    • Open Field Test
  • Cognitive Tests
    • Barnes Maze Test
    • Contextual Fear Conditioning Test
    • Morris Water Maze Test
    • Novel Object Recognition Test
    • Passive and Active Avoidance Test
    • Two Choice Swim Test
    • Y-Maze Test
  • Motor Ability Tests
    • Beam Walk and Challenging Beam Walk Test
    • Grip Strength
    • Pasta Gnawing Test
    • Pole Test
    • Rota Rod Test
    • Wire Hanging Test
  • Anxiety & Depression Tests
    • Elevated Plus Maze
    • Forced Swim Test
    • Marble Burying Test
    • Novelty-Induced Hypophagia (NIH) Test
  • Social Behavior Tests
    • Autogrooming Test
    • The Reeperbahn Test
    • Three Chamber Social Test
  • Lateral Lesion Tests
    • Corner Turn Test
    • Corridor Test
    • Rotation Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements.

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Alzheimer's Disease Animal Models

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QPS offers a variety of transgenic animal models for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

APP Transgenic Mouse Models

  • APPsl
  • APPsl x hQC
  • ApoB-100
  • ApoB x APP
  • 5xFAD
  • Tg2576

TAU Transgenic Mouse Models

  • TMHT
  • hTau
  • PS19

Scopolamine Treated Mice

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Parkinsons Disease Animal Models

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QPS Neuropharmacology offers a variety of transgenic and lesioned rodent models for drug development in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Alpha-Synuclein Transgenic Mouse Models

  • D-Line
  • Line 61
  • Models by MJFF

Lesion Models:

  • MPTP Mouse Model
  • 6-OHDA Lesion Model

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly searching for new animal models and would be glad to characterize them for your drug development.

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Inflammation Animal Models

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Neuroinflammation is a common feature of different neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and several others. Recent research suggests that targeting neuroinflammation might present a valid method to treat neurodegenerative diseases. In order to model neuroinflammation independent from other disease-relevant pathologies, wildtype mice can be peripherally injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS).

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In vitro Inflammation Models

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Chronic neuroinflammation includes not only long-standing activation of microglia and subsequent sustained release of inflammatory mediators, but also the resulting increased oxidative and nitrosative stress.

At QPS Austria currently 3 in vitro models for neuroinflammation based on LPS stimulation are established:

  • Immortalized Microglia Cell Lines
  • Primary Mouse Microglia
  • Organotypic Brain Slices

LPS-stimulated organotypic hippocampal slices provide an optimal tool to investigate the impact of developmental compounds on inflammasome activation in vitro.
By maintaining the three-dimensional structure and interplay of different cell types of the postnatal brain, this system closely resembles the in vivo situation while offering several advantages for early screenings:

  • Take supernatant samples anytime
  • Test new compounds without the challenge of BBB permeability
  • Semi high through-put
  • Dexamethasone can serve as reference compound

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Organotypic Cell Culture

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Organotypic brain slice cultures are an innovative and robust in vitro method to study several cell types of the brain in a complex network. Slices can be cultured as single slices isolated from different brain regions or as whole brain slices.

Organtoypic brain slices are your method of choice to investigate processes ex vivo with an intact 3D structure and cell-cell interactions. Especially hippocampal and whole brain slices are frequently used at QPS to study neuroinflammatory processes under highly physiological conditions.

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Neuronal Assays

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During development, neurons become assembled into functional networks by growing out axons and dendrites (collectively neurite outgrowth) that connect synaptically to other neurons. Strikingly, neurons retain their capacity for growth and synapse formation in the adult brain. Only those neurons that manage to establish adequate contacts with neighbor cells escape cell death. To stimulate and accelerate neurite outgrowth is thus important for restoring neuronal function after injury or from neurodegenerative diseases. A promising strategy for drugs targeted against neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is promoting the regeneration of neurons. Thus, new therapies are focusing on identifying new molecules that affect neurite outgrowth. For this purpose, QPS Austria provides cell culture models to assess the neurotrophic effects of your developmental compounds.

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Cell and Tissue Culture

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QPS Austria provides in vitro research services with numerous standardized cell culture systems including transgenic and non-transgenic cell lines, glial cells, primary chicken and rat peripheral and central nervous system neurons of different developmental stages and organotypic brain slices. New models are developed and validated on request.

In our cell culture systems we mimic disease related lesions for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Ischemia and other neuro-degenerative events. In addition, we perform assays for drug safety and have several systems available to test secretase modulators and inhibitors.

Send us a request to develop a straightforward strategy to support your development program.

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Primary Cell Culture

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QPS Austria offers functional screening of test compounds in a variety of cell culture models including primary neurons from different species. We provide custom tailored cell culture

Primary Rat and Mouse Neurons

  • Hippocampal neurons
  • Cortical neurons
  • Dopaminergic neurons from the ventral mesencephalon

Postnatal Mouse neurons

  • Cerebellar granule cells

Rat and Murine Glial Cultures

  • Astrocytes
  • Microglia

Embryonic Chicken Neurons

  • Mesencephalic neurons
  • Telencephalic neurons

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Culture

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QPS Austria offers functional screening of test compounds in a variety of cell culture models including Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC).


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Cell Lines

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QPS Austria offers functional screening of test compounds in a variety of cell lines. We provide custom tailored cell culture systems and would be happy to establish or generate novel transgenic cell lines for you.

  • Human or rat neuroblastoma cell lines
  • Human fibroblasts from patients
  • Transgenic cell lines overexpressing APP, TAU or TDP43
  • and many more

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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QPS Austria’s department of Translational Medicine offers a selection of molecular biological methods for the investigation of various diseases. The unit supports in vitro and in vivo studies performed at QPS Austria. However with the same techniques routine sample analyses from external preclinical or clinical studies is performed. Using the same methods for cell culture, animal and human samples brings your compound faster forward.

Besides standard techniques for protein quantification and enzyme activity assessment, with colorimetric, fluorescence or luminescence detection, like:

  • Western blotting
  • ELISA
  • Enzymatic assays (e.g. Monoamine Oxidase, Acetyl/Butylcholinesterase activity)

We also offer protein analysis with all kits from the MSD platform (Mesoscale Discovery). By using this multiplex electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assay technique, low sample volumes can be used to obtain several readouts within one measurement.

If you are interested in gene expression and mRNA analysis, we can also investigate your samples with:

  • Quantitative real-time PCR/gene expression analysis for any gene of interest
  • Standard PCR for any gene of interest

Furthermore, customized assays can be set up and validated, cloning and transfection of cell lines can be performed.

 

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Immunohistochemistry (IHC)

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Staining Techniques and Applications

We routinely perform both fluorescent and chromogenic immunostainings. Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs.

Our Expertise Includes:

  • Hundreds of established staining protocols
  • Antibody testing and optimization
  • Target validation of viral infections
  • Target validation in transgenic models
  • Compound detection

Multichannel Immunofluorescence

  • 4-channel immunofluorescence plus DAPI labeling of nuclei
  • Numerous validated antibody combinations for mouse, rat and human tissue

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Special Slide Staining

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We routinely perform both fluorescent and chromogenic immunostainings as well as general histological stainings and stainings for special applications. Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs. Our Expertise Includes:

  • Hundreds of established staining protocols
  • Antibody testing and optimization
  • Target validation of viral infections
  • Target validation in transgenic models
  • Compound detection

Multichannel Immunofluorescence

  • 3-channel immunofluorescence plus DAPI labeling of nuclei
  • Numerous validated antibody combinations for mouse, rat and human tissue

General stainings

  • Hematoxylin & Eosin (H&E) Staining
  • Cresyl Violet Staining
  • Crystal Violet Staining
  • Luxol Fast Blue Staining
  • Prussian Blue Staining
  • Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS) Staining
  • Jones' Staining

Protein Aggregation

  • Thioflavin S Staining
  • Campbell Switzer Staining
  • Gallya’s Staining
  • Congo Red Staining

Lipid Staining

  • Congo Red Staining
  • BODIPY 493/503

Silver stainings

  • Campbell Switzer Staining
  • Gallya’s Staining
  • Golgi Cox Staining

Fluorescence stainings

  • Fluoro Jade C
  • BODIPY 493/503 (Fluoreszenz)
  • Thioflavin S Staining

Cyclus Analysis

  • Shorr Staining

 

 


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Animal Learning, Memory, and Behavior Tests

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of cognitive tests. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • Barnes Maze Test
  • Contextual Fear Conditioning Test
  • Morris Water Maze Test
  • Novel Object Recognition Test
  • Passive and Active Avoidance Test
  • Two Choice Swim Test
  • Y-Maze Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements.

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Object Recognition Test

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This two trial test is used to assess memory for interactions with novel objects. Rodents tend to spend more time interacting with a new object rather than with an already known object. Acquisition: after habituation to the test chamber on the first day, the animal is placed in the box and allowed to explore two identical objects for a set period of time on the second day. Retention: on the third day, the animal is returned to the box where one of the familiar objects has been replaced with a novel object. The time exploring the novel object (relative to the time spent exploring the familiar object) is used as a measure of memory.


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Morris Water Maze Assay

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The Morris water maze is widely used to study spatial memory and learning. Animals are placed in a pool of water, and have to swim to a hidden escape platform. Each mouse has to perform three trials on each of four consecutive days. After the last trial on day 4, mice have to fulfill a probe trial. During the probe trial, the platform is removed from the pool and the number of crossings over the former target position is recorded together with the abidance in this quadrant.


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Barnes Maze Test

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The Barnes maze is a standard behavioral tool to investigate spatial learning and cognition in rodents.

The test consists of a circular arena with equally distributed holes on its periphery with one hole serving as target zone that is equipped with the animal’s home cage. The animal can use proximal or distal visual cues to locate and remember the target zone. Automated recordings of consecutive trials provide details on the rodent’s navigation in the arena and thus delivers information about their learning and memory performance.


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Animal Fear Conditioning Studies

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This test allows the simultaneous assessment of associative learning by simple cues and/or learning by complex stimuli such as context.

Animals are trained and tested on 2 consecutive days. On the training day animals are placed in a chamber and receive a conditioned stimuli / unconditioned stimuli package (tone/foot shock). Contextual memory is tested 24 hours after training. To do so the animal is placed into the same chamber as during the training and freezing behavior is automatically recorded. Cued memory is scored one hour after the contextual test in a novel, modified chamber where the animal receives the auditory cued stimulus and freezing behavior is again automatically recorded.

The time spent freezing during the contextual test and tone-dependent test are defined as index of fear-related learning and memory. Cued and contextual fear conditioning is a task that measures the ability of the animal to learn and remember an association between an aversive experience and environmental cues. All parameters of the test are measured automatically with a tracking system.

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Animal Motor Function and Activity Testing

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Several customized behavioral tests are offered to phenotype mouse and rat models and evaluate effects of compounds in different in vivo models. New behavioral tests are continuously developed and validated. 

  • Beam Walk and Challenging Beam Walk Test
  • Grip Strength
  • Pasta Gnawing Test
  • Pole Test
  • RotaRod Test
  • Wire Hanging Test

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Rotarod Performance Test

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The Rota Rod apparatus is used to measure motor coordination and balance. The time the animal is able to stay on an accelerating rod is measured automatically.

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Animal Anxiety and Depression Tests

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Several customized behavioral tests are offered to phenotype mouse and rat models and evaluate effects of compounds in different in vivo models. 

  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Forced Swim Test
  • Marble Burying Test
  • Novelty-Induced Hypophagia (NIH) Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new behavioral tests and would be glad to develop new tests according to your requirements.

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Forced Swim Test

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The Forced Swim Test is based on the assumption that animals try to escape from an aversive stimulus. The test is used to measure the effect of antidepressant drugs or the genotype on the emotional status of animals.

Animals are placed in a transparent Plexiglas cylinder filled with water during test session. The animal’s behavior is recorded and the duration of immobility as well as struggling and swimming is measured. Increased immobility (floating) is interpreted as a behavioral correlate of negative mood, representing a kind of depression in the animal.


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Elevated Plus Maze Animal Anxiety Test

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The Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) is currently one of the most frequenty used tests to study anxiety in small rodents.

The test is based on the aversion of rodents to open spaces and height. The EPM apparatus is elevated from the floor. The equipment is a four arm maze with two opposing open arms (lighted arms, without walls) and two opposing closed arms (sheltered arms, with walls). On the test day, the animal is placed in the center area facing the open arm. The behavior during the test session is recorded, and behavioral parameters such as time spent in the open and in the closed arms, number of visits in the open and closed arms as well as latency to enter the open arm are calculated automatically.


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Animal Social Behavior Test Panel

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Several customized behavioral tests are offered to phenotype mouse and rat models and evaluate effects of compounds in different in vivo models. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • Three Chamber Social Test
  • Autogrooming Test
    The Reeperbahn Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements!

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In vitro Neurodegeneration Models

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QPS Austria offers functional screening of test compounds in a variety of cell culture models including primary neurons from different species as well as cell lines.

  • Primary Cells
  • Cell Lines
  • Transgenic Cell Lines
  • Organotypic Brain Slices

We provide custom tailored cell culture systems and would be happy to establish new primary cell culture systems or generate novel transgenic cell lines for you.

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Cell Line Generation

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We provide custom tailored cell culture systems and would be happy to establish new primary cell culture systems or generate novel transgenic cell lines for you.

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In vitro Excitotoxicity Models

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Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which neurons are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters such as glutamate. QPS Austria offers several cellular models comprising primary neurons or transgenic and non-transgenic cell lines to mimic disease related conditions. Cellular models offer the advantage of a controlled environment useful for exploring single pathogenic mechanisms and the proteins involved. Our models are fast and cost-efficient. Customized models are generated gladly on request.

 


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Cell Line Characterization

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Mouse Embryonic Fibroblast Generation

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Neurogenesis

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The balance between neurogenesis and cell death plays a critical role not only in the embryonic brain development but also in the maintenance of the adult brain. Alterations in these processes are seen in many neurodegenerative diseases. The hippocampus, a brain area critical for learning and memory, is especially vulnerable to damage at early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Emerging evidence has indicated that compromised neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus represents an early critical event in the course of AD. For this purpose, QPS Austria provides a cell culture model to assess effects of your developmental compound on neurogenesis of hippocampal neurons.


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Synaptogenesis Studies

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Synapse formation but especially the synaptic maintenance (synaptogenesis) is critical for neuronal health and disease. Loss of synaptic maintenance is not only restricted to AD. Defects in synaptic maintenance most likely also contribute to the synaptic vulnerability in other neurodegenerative disorders as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s or Niemann Pick disease. A therapeutic strategy that favors synaptic maintenance may be a beneficial target for many neurodegenerative diseases. For this purpose, QPS Austria provides a cell culture model to assess effects of your developmental compound on synaptogenesis primary hippocampal neurons.


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Functional & Cell Type Specific Assays

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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for mitochondrial activity, oxidatixe stress, cell viability, apoptosis and lipid metabolism.

  • TMRM and Mitotracker assay for mitochondrial activity
  • YO-PRO-1 Iodide for apoptosis
  • Colorimetric assays such as TBARS assay for oxidative stress

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop new assays according to your requirements.

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Cytotoxicity Assays

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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for cell viability and apoptosis.

  • LDH assay
  • MTT assay
  • YO-PRO™-1 Iodide assay
  • Caspase assay
  • Propidium Iodide (PI) assay

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop assays according to your requirements.

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Mitochondrial Toxicity Studies

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A reduction in mitochondrial activity has been strongly linked with various neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, several mutations have been characterized that induce age-related mitochondrial malfunction. QPS Austria provides cell culture models that address the effect of compounds on mitochondrial activity and mitochondria related cell death in vitro.

Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for mitochondrial activity and mitochondrial membrane depolarization.

  • Mitochondrial Activity (MitoTracker)
  • TMRM assay


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Animal Model Housing and Maintenance

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As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Austria is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. The enterprise gained experience in generating, characterizing and maintaining transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The fully AAALAC accredited Animal Facility provides all in vivo services from mouse and rat breeding to delivering study reports that contain all experimental procedures and their outcome. Animals are housed under SPF conditions in IVC systems with periodic health monitoring. Our approach is based on a sequence of procedural building blocks that allow customization of any service request according to your specific needs. You have the option to select any entry point and exit point in our workflow.

Take advantage of the large assortment of rodent strains available at QPS Neuropharmacology, provide your own animals or arrange an external shipment to the QPS animal facility. Beside breeding we also offer aging of animals, treatments, implantations, in vivo tissue collection, behavioral tests and tissue sampling. In order to maximize the information gained per tissue sample, we also offer histological and biochemical analyses of parts of the same animal through the QPS TLM and Histology department. 

We provide fast in-house processing by experienced and well-trained staff, and work with highly reliable shipping companies to guarantee safe transfer of your valuable animals and samples.

We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

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Rodent Breeding

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Just discuss your needs with us, and we take care of your mice and rat breeding needs. Ship your own rodent model to us or decide for one of our life stock rodent models. Upon request we breed as many rodents as needed for your experiments. Once breeding is completed animals can be aged in house as long as demanded. Afterwards, animals can either be shipped to you or can be used in-house for studies according to your study needs.

Animal breeding and maintenance is performed by our trained animal keepers. Health monitoring is continuously performed by our in-house veterinarian.


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Animal Surgery

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Our expertise covers a wide range of surgery techniques in mice and rats that include the following (but are not limited to them):

  • Implantation of osmotic pumps
  • Catheterization
  • Stereotactic injections into hippocampus, cortex, ventricle, striatum or almost any other brain region to inject:
    • Drugs
    • Test items
    • Toxins
    • Viruses (Biosafety level 2)

Our expertise covers a wide range of treatment techniques in mice and rats that include the following routes but are not limited to them:

Treatment routes

Intraperitoneal
Intravenous
Subcutan
Intranasal
Oral (Gavage, via food pellets or drinking water)
Anesthesia / Surgeries

Implantation of osmotic pumps
Stereotactic injections into hippocampus, cortex, ventricle, striatum or almost any other brain region to inject:Drugs
Test items
Toxins
Viruses (S2)

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Animal Blood Collection

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We routinely perform in vivo blood sampling in mice and rats.

  • Vena mandibularis bleeding
  • Tail vein bleeding
  • Heart puncture (terminal)
  • Tail vein bleeding for immediate glucose measurements

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop new methods according to your requirements.

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Transgenic Mouse Services

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QPS Neuropharmacology is experienced in generating, characterizing and maintaining of transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years. 

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Gaucher Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.

We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

Our biobank can provide samples (brain tissue, CSF, etc.) of our animal models for analyses in your laboratory.

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Genotyping and Gene Expression Assays

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Mouse Phenotyping

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Several customized behavioral tests are offered to phenotype mouse and rat models and evaluate effects of compounds in different in vivo models. 

New behavioral tests are continuously developed and validated.


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Neurodegeneration Animal Models

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QPS Neuropharmacology is experienced in generating, characterizing and maintaining of transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.


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Cognition and Behavior Animal Models

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QPS Neuropharmacology is experienced in generating, characterizing and maintaining of transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.

We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

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Lesion-Induced CNS Animal Models

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QPS Austria offers lesion induced animal models for drug efficacy testing.

  • MPTP Mouse Model for Parkinson's Diseases
  • 6-OHDA Lesion Model for Parkinson's Diseases

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new CNS animal models and would be glad to develop an animal model according to your requirements.

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LPS-Induced Inflammation Animal Models

Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation Animal Models
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Neuroinflammation is a common feature of different neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and several others. Recent research suggests that targeting neuroinflammation might present a valid method to treat neurodegenerative diseases. In order to model neuroinflammation independent from other disease-relevant pathologies, wildtype mice can be peripherally injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS).


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Multiple Sclerosis Animal Models

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The cuprizone mouse model captures several aspects of MS pathology like demyelination / remyelination, cognitive decline, altered activity and motor deficits. The cuprizone model is the most frequently used model among the toxin-induced MS models, which include lysolecithin and ethidium bromide, and is used to study mechanisms of oligodendrocyte turnover, gliosis as well as motor capabilities. This animal model is thus be suitable to assess certain aspects of MS pathology and to test pharmaceutical compounds.

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Tissue Embedding

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Just discuss your needs with us, and we take care of dissecting the target tissue, accurate trimming of the tissue block, fixation and embedding of your tissue samples. Highly standardized default procedures are established, but alternatives can be used upon request. We are experienced working RNase-free.

Fixation

  • Standard: 4% paraformaldehyde
  • Alternatives: Glutaraldehyde, zinc, picric acid
  • Buffers: PBS, cacodylate, sulfide

Embedding

  • Standard: OCT or paraffin (Sakura, Tissue-Tek TEC)
  • Alternative: Plastic


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Paraffin Embedding

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Just discuss your needs with us, and we take care of dissecting the target tissue, accurate trimming of the tissue block, fixation and embedding of your tissue samples. Highly standardized default procedures are established, but alternatives can be used upon request. We are experienced working RNase-free.

Fixation

  • Standard: 4% paraformaldehyde
  • Alternatives: Glutaraldehyde, zinc, picric acid
  • Buffers: PBS, cacodylate, sulfide

Embedding

  • Standard: OCT or paraffin (Sakura, Tissue-Tek TEC)
  • Alternative: Plastic


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Tissue Sectioning

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Our expertise covers a wide range of sectioning techniques and tissue collection strategies. We process your samples according to the specific requirements of your project.

Sectioning

  • Sliding microtome (Leica, SM2000R)
  • Cryotome (Leica, CM1950S and CM3050S)
  • Vibrating blade microtome (Leica, VT1000S)
  • Choose any orientation and specify the section thickness

Collecting

  • Specify your collection scheme
  • Systematic uniform random sampling available
    (For explanation see: http://www.stereology.info/sampling/)
  • Free floating sections
  • Sections mounted on slides
  • Choose slides according to your needs


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Immunofluorescence

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We routinely perform both fluorescent immunostainings as well as general histological stainings. We have established protocols for more than hundred stainings.

Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs. Our expertise also includes

  • Antibody testing and optimization
  • Target validation of viral infections
  • Target validation in transgenic models
  • Compound detection

Examples for established staining protocols:

  • Neuronal markers (beta-III tubulin, neurofilament, MAP2, tyrosine hydroxylase)‏ 
  • Glial markers (GFAP, CD11b)‏ 
  • Disease related markers (Tau, phosphorylated Tau, signaling molecules, synuclein)‏ -
  • Synaptic proteins (synaptophysin)‏

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H&E Staining

Hematoxylin and eosin staining
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We routinely perform both fluorescent and chromogenic immunostainings as well as general histological stainings and stainings for special applications.

Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs.


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Image Analysis

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We use sophisticated macro-based software solutions to automatically analyze different features of brain morphology and pathology, e.g. numerical densities of cell somata or axonal fibers, synaptic density, dendritic arborization, area and volume of brain areas or plaques. We are pleased to develop new quantification methods, as well as to assess used (feasibility analysis) or ameliorate existing methods (proof of measurement).

Identification and Detection of Labeled Structures

  • Accuracy of detected labeled structures through:
    • Validation of antibodies on knockout tissue whenever possible
    • Appropriate imaging controls
  • Determination and consistent usage of thresholding and filtering parameters throughout the whole study

Analysis of Region and Object Features

We routinely offer a wide variety of automatically generated outcome measures. These include:

  • Total immuno-reactive area
  • Sum or mean fluorescence intensity of immuno-reactive particles
  • Number, size, density and shape of labeled particles
  • Size exclusions and binning of objects
  • Exact morphometric delineation of regions of interest for volume estimation
  • And many more


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Biology

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QPS Austria’s department of Translational Medicine offers a selection of molecular biological methods for the investigation of various diseases. The unit supports in vitro and in vivo studies performed at QPS Austria. However with the same techniques routine sample analyses from external preclinical or clinical studies is performed. Using the same methods for cell culture, animal and human samples brings your compound faster forward.

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Tissue Processing

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Tissue samples are routinely prepared and fractionized according to established methods.

  • Brain tissue e.g. processed to soluble or insoluble fractions
  • Extraction and purification of DNA/RNA/protein


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Protein Services

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Besides standard techniques for protein quantification and enzyme activity assessment, with colorimetric, fluorescence or luminescence detection, like:

  • Western blotting
  • ELISA
  • Enzymatic assays (e.g. Monoamine Oxidase, Acetyl/Butylcholinesterase activity

We also offer protein analysis with all kits from the MSD platform (Mesoscale Discovery). By using this multiplex electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assay technique, low sample volumes can be used to obtain several readouts within one measurement.

  • Inflammation marker/cytokines (TNF-a, IFN-γ, IL,….)
  • Abeta 38, 40, 42
  • (p-)Tau,
  • Synuclein
  • and many more

Additionally also the areas of oxidative stress and lipid metabolism can be investigated in house:

  • Colorimetric assays such as TBARS assay for oxidative stress
  • Assessment of total cholesterol levels in plasma and tissues

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop assays according to your requirements.

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Protein Quantification

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Western Blot

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  • Synaptic proteins (glutamate receptor 1, NMDA receptors, synaptophysin, drebrin) e.g. from matured hippocampal neurons
  • Tau and phospho-Tau isoforms
  • Abeta peptide profile, Abeta aggregation assays
  • Cell signaling molecules
  • TDP43
  • Synuclein


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ELISA

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
Price on request
  • Abeta1-38, Abeta1-40, Abeta1-42, sAPP-alpha, sAPP-beta
  • Tau and phospho Tau profile
  • Signal transduction molecules
  • Inflammation markers (e.g. Prostaglandin E2)
  • Cytokine Profile


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qRT-PCR

Quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction
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If you are interested in gene expression and mRNA analysis, we can investigate your samples with:

  • Quantitative real-time PCR/gene expression analysis for any gene of interest
  • Standard PCR for any gene of interest

Furthermore, customized assays can be set up and validated.

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LC-MS/MS

Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry
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Statistical Analysis

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Statistical Data Analysis

  • Professional statistical data analysis (unbiased and representative) performed by our team of scientists and biostatisticians
  • Conscientious quality checks of measurements and results


Reporting of Experiments and Results

At the end of each study our customers receive a full study report including all experimental procedures, qualitative and quantitative assessment of the results, as well a comprehensive statistical analysis. Constant updates throughout the study are provided if desired.

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Cells and Tissues

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QPS Austria provides in vitro research services with numerous standardized cell culture systems including transgenic and non-transgenic cell lines, glial cells, primary chicken and rat peripheral and central nervous system neurons of different developmental stages and organotypic brain slices. New models are developed and validated on request.

QPS Austria’s department of Translational Medicine offers a selection of molecular biological methods for the investigation of various diseases. The unit supports in vitro and in vivo studies performed at QPS Austria. However with the same techniques routine sample analyses from external preclinical or clinical studies is performed. Using the same methods for cell culture, animal and human samples brings your compound faster forward.


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Genetic Engineering

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We provide custom tailored cell culture systems and would be happy to generate novel transgenic cell lines for you.

We are experienced in performing in vitro and in vivo assays using lentivirus (LV) or adeno-associated virus (AAV).


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In vitro Neurotoxicity Testing

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QPS Austria provides in vitro research services with numerous standardized cell culture systems including transgenic and non-transgenic cell lines, glial cells, primary chicken and rat peripheral and central nervous system neurons of different developmental stages and organotypic brain slices. New models are developed and validated on request.

In our cell culture systems we mimic disease related lesions for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Ischemia and other neuro-degenerative events. In addition, we perform assays for drug safety and have several systems available to test secretase modulators and inhibitors.

Send us a request to develop a straightforward strategy to support your development program.

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Cell-Based Assays

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ell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for mitochondrial activity, oxidatixe stress, cell viability and apoptosis

  • TMRM and Mitotracker assay for mitochondrial activity
  • YO-PRO-1 Iodide for apoptosis
  • Colorimetric assays such as TBARS assay for oxidative stress


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Mitochondrial Stress Tests

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A reduction in mitochondrial activity has been strongly linked with various neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, several mutations have been characterized that induce age-related mitochondrial malfunction. QPS Austria provides cell culture models that address the effect of compounds on mitochondrial activity and mitochondria related cell death in vitro.

Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for mitochondrial activity and mitochondrial membrane depolarization.

  • Mitochondrial Activity (MitoTracker)
  • TMRM assay

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Apoptosis Assays

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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for apoptosis.

  • YO-PRO™-1 Iodide assay
  • Caspase assay

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop assays according to your requirements.


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Necrosis Assays

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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for necrosis.

  • LDH assay
  • Propidium Iodide (PI) assay

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop assays according to your requirements.


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LDH Release Assay

Lactate Dehydrogenase Release Assay
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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for cytotoxicity using the LDH assay. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is a stable cytoplasmatic enzyme present in all cells. It is rapidly releasedinto the cell culture supernatant upon damage of the plasma membrane.


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MTT and MTS Assays

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Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for cell viability using the MTT assay. The MTT-assay is based on the metabolicreduction of MTT, a substance with yellow color, to a blue formazan product by mitochondrialdehydrogenases. Only viable cells are able to catalyze this reaction.

 


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Animal Models of Disease

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QPS Neuropharmacology is experienced in generating, characterizing and maintaining of transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years. 

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Gaucher Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.

We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

Our biobank can provide samples (brain tissue, CSF, etc.) of our animal models for analyses in your laboratory.

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Rodent Models

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Rat Models

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Mouse Models

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Animal Model in vivo Analyses

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of behavioral tests for various indications. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • General Health & Activity Levels
  • Cognitive Tests
  • Motor Ability Tests
  • Anxiety & Depression Tests
  • Social Behavior Tests
  • Lateral Lesion Tests

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements.

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Animal Cognition & Behavior Tests

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of cognitive tests. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • Barnes Maze Test
  • Contextual Fear Conditioning Test
  • Morris Water Maze Test
  • Novel Object Recognition Test
  • Passive and Active Avoidance Test
  • Two Choice Swim Test
  • Y-Maze Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements.

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Animal Motor Function Tests

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Several customized behavioral tests are offered to phenotype mouse and rat models and evaluate effects of compounds in different in vivo models. New behavioral tests are continuously developed and validated. 

  • Beam Walk and Challenging Beam Walk Test
  • Grip Strength
  • Pasta Gnawing Test
  • Pole Test
  • RotaRod Test
  • Wire Hanging Test

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Animal Social Domain Tests

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of  social domain tests for various indications. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • Three Chamber Social Test
  • Autogrooming Test
  • The Reeperbahn Test

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new tests and would be glad to develop tests according to your requirements!


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Animal Social Behavior Tests

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QPS Neuropharmacology provides a wide range of  social behavior tests for various indications. Most tests are evaluated using rater-independent digital animal tracking systems.

  • Three Chamber Social Test
  • Autogrooming Test
  • The Reeperbahn Test


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Histological Staining

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Staining Techniques and Applications

We routinely perform both fluorescent and chromogenic immunostainings as well as general histological stainings and stainings for special applications. Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs.

Our Expertise Includes:

  • Hundreds of established staining protocols
  • Antibody testing and optimization
  • Target validation of viral infections
  • Target validation in transgenic models
  • Compound detection

Multichannel Immunofluorescence

  • 4-channel immunofluorescence plus DAPI labeling of nuclei
  • Numerous validated antibody combinations for mouse, rat and human tissue

General Stainings

  • Hematoxilin-Eosin
  • Cresyl violet (Nissl)
  • Luxol fast blue
  • … and many more

Special Stainings

  • Thioflavin S or Congo Red (amyloid plaques, tau tangles)
  • Golgi-Cox silver impregnation
  • Prussian Blue (microbleedings)


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Common Histochemical Stains

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General stainings

  • Hematoxylin & Eosin (H&E) Staining
  • Cresyl Violet Staining
  • Crystal Violet Staining
  • Luxol Fast Blue Staining
  • Prussian Blue Staining
  • Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS) Staining
  • Jones' Staining


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Immunostaining

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Staining Techniques and Applications

We routinely perform both fluorescent and chromogenic immunostainings as well as general histological stainings and stainings for special applications. Additionally, we are happy to establish and optimize customized staining protocols for your specific needs.

Our Expertise Includes:

  • Hundreds of established staining protocols
  • Antibody testing and optimization
  • Target validation of viral infections
  • Target validation in transgenic models
  • Compound detection


Multichannel Immunofluorescence

  • 4-channel immunofluorescence plus DAPI labeling of nuclei
  • Numerous validated antibody combinations for mouse, rat and human tissue

 

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Microscopy

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Multidimensional Image Acquisition

What we offer:

  • Automated and comprehensive multidimensional image acquisition
  • Mosaic (tiled) high-resolution images for systematic quantifications
  • Up to 5-channel epifluorescence imaging (green, red, infrared, far red, and nuclear dye DAPI)
  • Systematic uniform random sampling available
    (For explanation see: http://www.stereology.info/sampling/)

Appropriate Imaging Controls

Autofluorescence is an often times neglected, yet serious problem. Most tissues exhibit a certain level of autofluorescence that might be mistaken as specific staining. The unspecific signal usually increases with age and with the size of neuronal cells; this is therefore a common nuisance in human brain samples.

To control for this phenomenon, we often devote one of the four available fluorescent channels to image the „intrinsic“  fluorescence. Subtraction of this channel from the „labeled“ channels allows for determination of the specific signal deriving from targeted structures.


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Protein Expression Visualization

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Toxicology

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Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Biomarkers

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QPS Austria’s expertise lies within the field of neurodegenerative diseases. We provide a state of the art research environment (AAALAC certified) for testing and evaluating new potential treatment approaches. Besides offering a broad spectrum of transgenic models and applications, we offer the establishment of new and customized assays that suit your special needs.

Research Fields

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Tauopathies
  • Orphan Diseases
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Inflammation

Applications

  • Gene & Protein Expression
  • Enzyme Activity Assays
  • Customized Cloning
  • Cytokine Profile
  • Lipid Profile
  • A4 Assay

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Biospecimens

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QPS Austria’s well characterized and validated in vivo and in vitro models are useful tools to push your CNS drug discovery research forward. We are happy to support your research activities with sample material from our biobank composed of various specimen derived from our in-house in vivo and in vitro models.

Various transgenic and non-transgenic in vivo models are readily available on various age groups as well as brain tissue, CSF and plasma samples derived from these animals. In vitro systems e.g. cellular lysates of primary hippocampal neurons and manifold overexpressing cell lines are rapidly available upon request.


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Data Services

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Statistical Data Analysis

  • Professional statistical data analysis (unbiased and representative) performed by our team of scientists and biostatisticians
  • Conscientious quality checks of measurements and results


Reporting of Experiments and Results

At the end of each study our customers receive a full study report including all experimental procedures, qualitative and quantitative assessment of the results, as well a comprehensive statistical analysis. Constant updates throughout the study are provided if desired.

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Bioanalysis

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In vitro Toxicity Testing

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QPS Austria provides in vitro research services with numerous standardized cell culture systems including transgenic and non-transgenic cell lines, glial cells, primary chicken and rat peripheral and central nervous system neurons of different developmental stages and organotypic brain slices. New models are developed and validated on request.

In our cell culture systems we mimic disease related lesions for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Ischemia and other neuro-degenerative events. In addition, we perform assays for drug safety and have several systems available to test secretase modulators and inhibitors.

Send us a request to develop a straightforward strategy to support your development program.


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Cell Death Assays

Price on request

Cell lines and primary neurons can be exposed to different toxins and examined for cell death.

  • YO-PRO™-1 Iodide assay
  • Caspase assay
  • Propidium Iodide (PI) assay

Can’t find what you are looking for? We are constantly establishing new methods and would be glad to develop assays according to your requirements.

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RT-PCR

Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction
Price on request

If you are interested in gene expression and mRNA analysis, we can investigate your samples with:

  • Quantitative real-time PCR/gene expression analysis for any gene of interest
  • Standard PCR for any gene of interest

Furthermore, customized assays can be set up and validated.

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Biospecimen Management and Storage

Price on request

QPS Austria’s well characterized and validated in vivo models are useful tools to push your CNS drug discovery research forward. We are happy to support your research activities with sample material from our biobank composed of various specimen derived from our in-house in vivo models. Tissues of transgenic and non-transgenic animals of various age groups are readily available such as brain tissue, CSF and plasma samples.


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Drug Discovery & Development

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As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Austria is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. The enterprise gained experience in generating, characterizing and maintaining transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.


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Drug Development

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As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Austria is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. The enterprise gained experience in generating, characterizing and maintaining transgenic disease models and using them for drug testing projects for more than 15 years.

The mouse and rat models available for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Huntington’s Disease (HD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) , Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), and other neurodegenerative diseases allow the quantitative evaluation of compound interactions with amyloid, tau, inflammation related markers, mitochondrial deficiency and other pathologies.


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Clinical Research

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Clinical Laboratory Services

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Neuroscience

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QPS Neuropharmacology is the division of QPS that focuses on preclinical studies in CNS diseases, Orphan Diseases and Mental Disorders. The on-site availability of highly predictive disease models and unparalleled experience with studies performed for biopharmaceutical companies of all sizes makes QPS Neuropharmacology the first choice for most CNS drug development needs.

Validated transgenic and non-transgenic in vitro and in vivo models cover most targets of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Niemann-Pick Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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Lysosomal Storage Disease Animal Models

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QPS Austria offers mouse models available for drug development in lysosomal storage diseases.

Niemann-Pick Disease

  • NPC1-/- Mouse Model

Gaucher Disease

  • 4L/PS-NA Mouse Model
  • CBE-Induced Mouse Model

Mucopolysaccharidosis

  • MPS IIIA Mouse Model

We are happy to receive any inquiry to elaborate the most efficient way, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, biochemical and molecular biological techniques, for the support of your drug development approach.

Gaucher Niemann-Pick Mucopolysaccharidosis

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Christina Hoeller

Business Development Associate
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Jan Kehr

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Tina Löffler

Head of In-Vitro Research
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Joerg Neddens

Head of Histology
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Roland Rabl

Deputy Head of In-Vivo Research
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