Although QPS is complying with all government regulations for social distancing and allowing employees who can, to work from home, QPS Neuropharmacology is up and running. Please feel free to contact us any time to discuss your research needs.
QPS Neuropharmacology is the division of QPS that focuses on preclinical studies in CNS diseases, Rare 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 (NPC1), Gaucher Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Schizophrenia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) and other neurodegenerative and rare diseases.
QPS is a global contract research organization (CRO) providing discovery, preclinical and clinical drug development services since 1995. Our mission is to accelerate pharmaceutical breakthroughs across the globe by delivering custom-built research services. An award-winning leader in the CRO industry, QPS is known for proven quality standards, technical expertise, a flexible approach to research, client satisfaction and turnkey laboratories and facilities.
QPS Neuropharmacology provides 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.
As a leading CRO for CNS drug development, QPS Neuropharmacology is the premier provider for services with transgenic animals. We have more than 20 years of experience in generating, characterizing, and maintaining transgenic disease models and applying them for drug testing projects.
QPS Neuropharmacology'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.
QPS Neuropharmacology'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.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a human specific disease and represents one of the most common neurological disorders among young adults. Although there is a broad range of neurological symptoms and different disease progressions, key hallmarks are demyelination, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration resulting in persistent invalidity. To model and test new drugs against MS, the Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) model is frequently used. Here we treated 10 week old female C57Bl/6 mice with MOG and pertussis toxin to induce EAE and evaluated neuroinflammation and demyelination in the cervical spinal cord. One EAE-induced group was further chronically treated with Fingolimod as reference item to prevent pathology. We can show, that EAE induction causes strong inflammation in the cervical spinal cord as indicated by increased CD45 (Fig.1, representative images) and Iba1 levels (Fig.1). Treatment with Fingolimod was able to reduce neuropathological features of the model and is thus a valuable positive control. Evaluation of myelination in the same animals show a strong reduction of myelin in EAE-induced mice compared to sham-treated animals (Fig.2). Additional analysis of neurofilament-light chain (NF-L) levels in the plasma showed highly increased levels caused by EAE induction that can be prevented by Fingolimod treatment (Fig2).
Figure 1. Neuroinflammation in the cervical spinal cord. Representative images of an immunofluorescent labelling showing leukocytes by CD45 labelling, activated microglia by Iba1 labelling and DAPI to counterstain for nuclei in a sham-treated and an EAE-induced mouse. Graphs show immunoreactive area in percent of Iba1 in the white matter of the cervical spinal cord of sham-treated, EAE-induced and EAE-induced mice that were additionally treated with Fingolimod. Graph presents means of immunofluorescent signal measured within the region of interest of 1-2 spinal cord sections per mouse (n = 6-8 per group). One-way ANOVA followed by Bonferroni’s post hoc test. Mean + SEM. *p<0.05; **p<0.01; ***p<0.001.
Figure 2. Neurodegenerative processes in the EAE mouse model. Representative images of a Luxol Fast Blue staining showing myelin in a sham-treated and an EAE-induced mouse. The weaker staining in the EAE-induced mouse indicates demyelination (left). Quantification of neurofilament-light chain levels in the plasma of sham-treated, EAE-induced and EAE-induced mice that were additionally treated with Fingolimod. (n = 6 per group). One-way ANOVA followed by Tukey’s post hoc test. Mean + SEM. **p<0.01; ***p<0.001.