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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665324/rapid-amplification-of-prions-from-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-cerebrospinal-fluid
#1
Marcelo A Barria, Andrew Lee, Alison Je Green, Richard Knight, Mark W Head
Human prion diseases constitute a group of infectious and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disorders associated with misfolding of the prion protein. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a zoonotic prion disease linked to oral exposure to the infectious agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. The most recent case of definite vCJD was heterozygous (MV) at polymorphic codon 129 of the prion protein gene PRNP while all of the previous 177 definite or probable vCJD cases who underwent genetic analysis were methionine homozygous (MM)...
April 2018: Journal of Pathology. Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29530742/reducing-the-risk-of-iatrogenic-cjd-by-improving-the-cleaning-of-neurosurgical-instruments
#2
Andrew Smith, Sandra Winter, David Lappin, Andrea Sherriff, Ian McIvor, Pamela Philp, Nigel Suttner, Sulisti Holmes, Alan Stewart
BACKGROUND: Currently UK vCJD cases total 178, with an estimated maximum 1:2,000 carriage rate based on archived appendix and tonsil tissue, implying infection maybe rare but carriage relatively common. Previous workers have identified that maintenance of surgical instruments in a humid atmosphere after use and prior to cleaning assists cleaning efficacy. Relatively recently the Department of Health/Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens UK have recommended a surgical instrument cleanliness threshold post cleaning of <5μg protein per instrument side...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29505163/generation-of-novel-neuroinvasive-prions-following-intravenous-challenge
#3
Patricia Aguilar-Calvo, Cyrus Bett, Alejandro M Sevillano, Timothy D Kurt, Jessica Lawrence, Katrin Soldau, Per Hammarström, K Peter R Nilsson, Christina J Sigurdson
Prion aggregates typically spread into the central nervous system (CNS), likely via peripheral nerves. Yet prion conformers differ in their capacity to penetrate the CNS; certain fibrillar prions replicate persistently in lymphoid tissues with no CNS entry, leading to chronic silent carriers. Subclinical carriers of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) prions in the United Kingdom have been estimated at 1:2000, and vCJD prions have been transmitted through blood transfusion, however the circulating prion conformers that neuroinvade remain unclear...
March 5, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458529/both-murine-host-and-inoculum-modulate-expression-of-experimental-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#4
Cyrus Bett, Pedro Piccardo, Juraj Cervenak, Juan-Maria Torres, David M Asher, Luisa Gregori
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are infections that are experimentally transmissible to laboratory animals. TSE agents (prions) can be serially passaged in the same animal species. The susceptibility of mice to infection with specific TSE agents can be unpredictable and must be established empirically. We challenged wild-type C57BL/6 and RIIIS/J mice and transgenic mice overexpressing bovine prion protein (TgBo110) with a human brain infected with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) agent and pooled brains of macaques experimentally infected with human vCJD agent (first-passage macaque vCJD)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406965/experimental-sheep-bse-prions-generate-the-vcjd-phenotype-when-serially-passaged-in-transgenic-mice-expressing-human-prion-protein
#5
Susan Joiner, Emmanuel A Asante, Jacqueline M Linehan, Lara Brock, Sebastian Brandner, Susan J Bellworthy, Marion M Simmons, James Hope, John Collinge, Jonathan D F Wadsworth
The epizootic prion disease of cattle, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), causes variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans following dietary exposure. While it is assumed that all cases of vCJD attributed to a dietary aetiology are related to cattle BSE, sheep and goats are susceptible to experimental oral challenge with cattle BSE prions and farmed animals in the UK were undoubtedly exposed to BSE-contaminated meat and bone meal during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although no natural field cases of sheep BSE have been identified, it cannot be excluded that some BSE-infected sheep might have entered the European human food chain...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403351/hemoglobin-mrna-changes-in-the-frontal-cortex-of-patients-with-neurodegenerative-diseases
#6
Silvia Vanni, Marco Zattoni, Fabio Moda, Giorgio Giaccone, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Stéphane Haïk, Jean-Philippe Deslys, Gianluigi Zanusso, James W Ironside, Margarita Carmona, Isidre Ferrer, Gabor G Kovacs, Giuseppe Legname
Background: Hemoglobin is the major protein found in erythrocytes, where it acts as an oxygen carrier molecule. In recent years, its expression has been reported also in neurons and glial cells, although its role in brain tissue remains still unknown. Altered hemoglobin expression has been associated with various neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we investigated hemoglobin mRNA levels in brains of patients affected by variant, iatrogenic, and sporadic forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD, iCJD, sCJD, respectively) and in different genetic forms of prion diseases (gPrD) in comparison to Alzheimer's disease (AD) subjects and age-matched controls...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359329/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-and-blood-transfusion-safety
#7
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C R Seed, P E Hewitt, R Y Dodd, F Houston, L Cervenakova
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are untreatable, fatal neurologic diseases affecting mammals. Human disease forms include sporadic, familial and acquired Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). While sporadic CJD (sCJD) has been recognized for near on 100 years, variant CJD (vCJD) was first reported in 1996 and is the result of food-borne transmission of the prion of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, 'mad cow disease'). Currently, 230 vCJD cases have been reported in 12 countries, the majority in the UK (178) and France (27)...
April 2018: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167394/prion-seeding-activity-and-infectivity-in-skin-samples-from-patients-with-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#8
Christina D Orrú, Jue Yuan, Brian S Appleby, Baiya Li, Yu Li, Dane Winner, Zerui Wang, Yi-An Zhan, Mark Rodgers, Jason Rarick, Robert E Wyza, Tripti Joshi, Gong-Xian Wang, Mark L Cohen, Shulin Zhang, Bradley R Groveman, Robert B Petersen, James W Ironside, Miguel E Quiñones-Mateu, Jiri G Safar, Qingzhong Kong, Byron Caughey, Wen-Quan Zou
Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), the most common human prion disease, is transmissible through iatrogenic routes due to abundant infectious prions [misfolded forms of the prion protein (PrPSc )] in the central nervous system (CNS). Some epidemiological studies have associated sCJD risk with non-CNS surgeries. We explored the potential prion seeding activity and infectivity of skin from sCJD patients. Autopsy or biopsy skin samples from 38 patients [21 sCJD, 2 variant CJD (vCJD), and 15 non-CJD] were analyzed by Western blotting and real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) for PrPSc Skin samples from two patients were further examined for prion infectivity by bioassay using two lines of humanized transgenic mice...
November 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142239/differential-overexpression-of-serpina3-in-human-prion-diseases
#9
S Vanni, F Moda, M Zattoni, E Bistaffa, E De Cecco, M Rossi, G Giaccone, F Tagliavini, S Haïk, J P Deslys, G Zanusso, J W Ironside, I Ferrer, G G Kovacs, G Legname
Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders with sporadic, genetic or acquired etiologies. The molecular alterations leading to the onset and the spreading of these diseases are still unknown. In a previous work we identified a five-gene signature able to distinguish intracranially BSE-infected macaques from healthy ones, with SERPINA3 showing the most prominent dysregulation. We analyzed 128 suitable frontal cortex samples, from prion-affected patients (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) n = 20, iatrogenic CJD (iCJD) n = 11, sporadic CJD (sCJD) n = 23, familial CJD (gCJD) n = 17, fatal familial insomnia (FFI) n = 9, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS)) n = 4), patients with Alzheimer disease (AD, n = 14) and age-matched controls (n = 30)...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141869/human-stem-cell-derived-astrocytes-replicate-human-prions-in-a-prnp-genotype-dependent-manner
#10
Zuzana Krejciova, James Alibhai, Chen Zhao, Robert Krencik, Nina M Rzechorzek, Erik M Ullian, Jean Manson, James W Ironside, Mark W Head, Siddharthan Chandran
Prions are infectious agents that cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The absence of a human cell culture model that replicates human prions has hampered prion disease research for decades. In this paper, we show that astrocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) support the replication of prions from brain samples of CJD patients. For experimental exposure of astrocytes to variant CJD (vCJD), the kinetics of prion replication occur in a prion protein codon 129 genotype-dependent manner, reflecting the genotype-dependent susceptibility to clinical vCJD found in patients...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097653/experimental-transfusion-of-variant-cjd-infected-blood-reveals-previously-uncharacterised-prion-disorder-in-mice-and-macaque
#11
Emmanuel E Comoy, Jacqueline Mikol, Nina Jaffré, Vincent Lebon, Etienne Levavasseur, Nathalie Streichenberger, Chryslain Sumian, Armand Perret-Liaudet, Marc Eloit, Olivier Andreoletti, Stéphane Haïk, Philippe Hantraye, Jean-Philippe Deslys
Exposure of human populations to bovine spongiform encephalopathy through contaminated food has resulted in <250 cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). However, more than 99% of vCJD infections could have remained silent suggesting a long-term risk of secondary transmission particularly through blood. Here, we present experimental evidence that transfusion in mice and non-human primates of blood products from symptomatic and non-symptomatic infected donors induces not only vCJD, but also a different class of neurological impairments...
November 2, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838665/infectious-and-sporadic-prion-diseases
#12
Richard Knight
Prion diseases are progressive fatal encephalopathies characterized by a neurodegenerative pathology, the tissue deposition of abnormally folded prion protein and, in general, potential transmissibility. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the commonest human prion disease and occurs in three principal forms: sporadic (idiopathic), acquired (infectious), and inherited (genetic). This chapter concerns the sporadic and acquired forms. Sporadic CJD occurs worldwide and affects mainly the middle aged and elderly...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838661/transmission-and-replication-of-prions
#13
Alba Marín-Moreno, Natalia Fernández-Borges, Juan C Espinosa, Olivier Andréoletti, Juan M Torres
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of progressive, invariably fatal diseases that affect the nervous system of many mammals including humans. The key molecular event in the pathogenesis of TSEs is the conversion of the cellular prion protein PrP(C) into a disease-associated isoform PrP(Sc). The "protein-only hypothesis" argues that PrP(Sc) itself is the infectious agent. In effect, PrP(Sc) can adopt several structures that represent different prion strains. The interspecies transmission of TSEs is difficult because of differences between the host and donor primary PrP sequence...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820380/similarities-of-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-strain-in-mother-and-son-in-spain-to-uk-reference-case
#14
Abigail B Diack, Aileen Boyle, Diane Ritchie, Chris Plinston, Dorothy Kisielewski, Jesús de Pedro-Cuesta, Alberto Rábano, Robert G Will, Jean C Manson
We investigated transmission characteristics of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in a mother and son from Spain. Despite differences in patient age and disease manifestations, we found the same strain properties in these patients as in UK vCJD cases. A single strain of agent appears to be responsible for all vCJD cases to date.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820136/protective-effect-of-val129-prp-against-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-but-not-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#15
Natalia Fernández-Borges, Juan Carlos Espinosa, Alba Marín-Moreno, Patricia Aguilar-Calvo, Emmanuel A Asante, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Shirou Mohri, Olivier Andréoletti, Juan María Torres
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is the only known zoonotic prion that causes variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. The major risk determinant for this disease is the polymorphic codon 129 of the human prion protein (Hu-PrP), where either methionine (Met129) or valine (Val129) can be encoded. To date, all clinical and neuropathologically confirmed vCJD cases have been Met129 homozygous, with the exception of 1 recently reported Met/Val heterozygous case. Here, we found that transgenic mice homozygous for Val129 Hu-PrP show severely restricted propagation of the BSE prion strain, but this constraint can be partially overcome by adaptation of the BSE agent to the Met129 Hu-PrP...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791720/infectivity-in-bone-marrow-from-sporadic-cjd-patients
#16
Alvina Huor, Jean Yves Douet, Caroline Lacroux, Séverine Lugan, Cécile Tillier, Naima Aron, Hervé Cassard, Mark Arnold, Juan Maria Torres, James W Ironside, Olivier Andréoletti
Prion infectivity was recently identified in the blood of both sporadic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) patients. In variant CJD (vCJD), the widespread distribution of prions in peripheral tissues of both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients is likely to explain the occurrence of the observed prionaemia. However, in sporadic CJD (sCJD), prion infectivity is described to be located principally in the central nervous system. In this study, we investigated the presence of prion infectivity in bone marrow collected after death in patients affected with different sCJD agents...
November 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518033/distribution-and-quantitative-estimates-of-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-prions-in-tissues-of-clinical-and-asymptomatic-patients
#17
Jean Y Douet, Caroline Lacroux, Naima Aron, Mark W Head, Séverine Lugan, Cécile Tillier, Alvina Huor, Hervé Cassard, Mark Arnold, Vincent Beringue, James W Ironside, Olivier Andréoletti
In the United-Kingdom, ≈1 of 2,000 persons could be infected with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Therefore, risk of transmission of vCJD by medical procedures remains a major concern for public health authorities. In this study, we used in vitro amplification of prions by protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) to estimate distribution and level of the vCJD agent in 21 tissues from 4 patients who died of clinical vCJD and from 1 asymptomatic person with vCJD. PMCA identified major levels of vCJD prions in a range of tissues, including liver, salivary gland, kidney, lung, and bone marrow...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455699/an-in-vivo-11-c-r-pk11195-pet-and-in-vitro-pathology-study-of-microglia-activation-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#18
Leonardo Iaccarino, Rosa Maria Moresco, Luca Presotto, Orso Bugiani, Sandro Iannaccone, Giorgio Giaccone, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Daniela Perani
Microgliosis is part of the immunobiology of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). This is the first report using 11 C-(R)-PK11195 PET imaging in vivo to measure 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) expression, indexing microglia activation, in symptomatic CJD patients, followed by a postmortem neuropathology comparison. One genetic CJD (gCJD) patient, two sporadic CJD (sCJD) patients, one variant CJD (vCJD) patient (mean ± SD age, 47.50 ± 15.95 years), and nine healthy controls (mean ± SD age, 44.00 ± 11...
April 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444687/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-lookback-study-21-years-of-surveillance-for-transfusion-transmission-risk
#19
Lauren A Crowder, Lawrence B Schonberger, Roger Y Dodd, Whitney R Steele
BACKGROUND: Transfusion transmission of human prion diseases has been observed for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), but not for the classic forms of prion disease (CJD: sporadic, genetic, and iatrogenic). Although the presence of prions or misfolded prion proteins in blood has been documented in some patients with the most common form of CJD, sporadic CJD, no transfusion-transmitted cases of CJD have been recognized. Since 1995, the American Red Cross has conducted a lookback study of the recipients of blood products from donors who develop CJD to assess the risk of blood-borne CJD transmission in the United States...
August 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332471/cjd-surveillance-in-the-republic-of-ireland-from-2005-to-2015-a-suggested-algorithm-for-referrals
#20
Teresa Loftus, Daphne Chen, Seamus Looby, Albi Chalissery, Rachel Howley, Ciara Heaney, Josephine Heffernan, Michael Farrell, Francesca Brett
Definitive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (CJD) remains tissue-based. Possible and probable CJD are useful clinical terms but may be used indiscriminately. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Irish surveillance system and to ascertain how diagnostic accuracy in identifying clinically "definite" cases might be improved. We reviewed the clinical information, relevant investigations, and samples n = 100; (autopsy n = 87; biopsy n = 13) in 96 patients between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2015...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
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