Glossary of neurodegenerative terms

Eppendorf tubes in a biology laboratory

In this glossary of neurodegenerative terms we have collected all the neurodegenerative terms that commonly appear in the field of biochemistry. We are always updating this glossary so feel free to favourite this page as your one-stop shop for whenever you need to learn a new term.


Analytical techniques

Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)

Is a technique that measures the heat released or absorbed during a chemical reaction as an intrinsic probe to characterize any chemical process that involves heat changes spontaneously occurring during the reaction.


Microfluidic diffusional sizing (MDS)

Characterizes proteins and their interactions in solution based on the size (hydrodynamic radius) of proteins and protein complexes as they diffuse within a microfluidic laminar flow. For more information click here:


Microscale thermophoresis (MST)

Is a technique that is based on thermophoresis, the directed movement of molecules in a temperature gradient. This movement depends on a variety of molecular properties such as size, charge, hydration shell and conformation.


Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)

Is a technique used to measure biomolecule interactions where polarized light strikes an electrically conducting surface at the interface between two media. This generates electron charge density waves called plasmons, reducing the intensity of reflected light at a specific angle known as the resonance angle, in proportion to the mass on a sensor surface.