Precision Multiparameter Tracking of Inflammation on Timescales of Hours to Years Using Serial Dried Blood Spots

MedRxiv : the Preprint Server for Health Sciences
Norman Leigh AndersonTerry W Pearson


High-frequency longitudinal tracking of inflammation using dried blood microsamples provides a new window for personalized monitoring of infections, chronic inflammatory disease, and clinical trials of anti-inflammatory drugs. Using 1,662 dried blood spot samples collected by 16 subjects over periods of weeks to years, we studied the behavior of 12 acute phase response (APR) and related proteins in inflammation events correlated with infection, vaccination, surgery, intense exercise and Crohn's disease. Proteins were measured using SISCAPA mass spectrometry and normalized to constant plasma volume using low-variance proteins, generating high precision within-person biomarker trajectories with well-characterized personal baselines. The results shed new light on the dynamic regulation of APR proteins and offer a new approach to visualization of multidimensional inflammation trajectories.

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