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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221972/control-points-to-reduce-movement-of-central-nervous-system-tissue-during-beef-slaughter
#1
J L Aalhus, R D Thacker, I L Larsen, J C Roberts, M A Price, M Juárez
Consumption of central nervous system tissue (CNST) from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is thought to cause the human neurological disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. To identify points of cross-contamination of beef carcasses with CNST, 55 young beef cattle were slaughtered and processed through a federally inspected multispecies abattoir. The objectives of this study were to evaluate CNST spread following the placement of a plug in the penetration site of the skull after captive bolt stunning, to evaluate cross-contamination of carcasses before and after splitting, to compare the effects of hot water pasteurization (84°C for 10 s) versus cold water wash (10°C for 30 s) for reducing CNST on the carcass, and to examine other possible sources of cross-contamination in the abattoir...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207746/protease-resistance-of-infectious-prions-is-suppressed-by-removal-of-a-single-atom-in-the-cellular-prion-protein
#2
Henning Leske, Simone Hornemann, Uli Simon Herrmann, Caihong Zhu, Paolo Dametto, Bei Li, Florent Laferriere, Magdalini Polymenidou, Pawel Pelczar, Regina Rose Reimann, Petra Schwarz, Elisabeth Jane Rushing, Kurt Wüthrich, Adriano Aguzzi
Resistance to proteolytic digestion has long been considered a defining trait of prions in tissues of organisms suffering from transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Detection of proteinase K-resistant prion protein (PrPSc) still represents the diagnostic gold standard for prion diseases in humans, sheep and cattle. However, it has become increasingly apparent that the accumulation of PrPSc does not always accompany prion infections: high titers of prion infectivity can be reached also in the absence of protease resistant PrPSc...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205010/prion-specific-and-surrogate-csf-biomarkers-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-diagnostic-accuracy-in-relation-to-molecular-subtypes-and-analysis-of-neuropathological-correlates-of-p-tau-and-a%C3%AE-42-levels
#3
Francesca Lattanzio, Samir Abu-Rumeileh, Alessia Franceschini, Hideaki Kai, Giulia Amore, Ilaria Poggiolini, Marcello Rossi, Simone Baiardi, Lynne McGuire, Anna Ladogana, Maurizio Pocchiari, Alison Green, Sabina Capellari, Piero Parchi
The differential diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) from other, sometimes treatable, neurological disorders is challenging, owing to the wide phenotypic heterogeneity of the disease. Real-time quaking-induced prion conversion (RT-QuIC) is a novel ultrasensitive in vitro assay, which, at variance with surrogate neurodegenerative biomarker assays, specifically targets the pathological prion protein (PrP(Sc)). In the studies conducted to date in CJD, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) RT-QuIC showed good diagnostic sensitivity (82-96%) and virtually full specificity...
February 15, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193766/molecular-mechanisms-of-chronic-wasting-disease-prion-propagation
#4
Julie A Moreno, Glenn C Telling
Prion disease epidemics, which have been unpredictable recurrences, are of significant concern for animal and human health. Examples include kuru, once the leading cause of death among the Fore people in Papua New Guinea and caused by mortuary feasting; bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its subsequent transmission to humans in the form of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), and repeated examples of large-scale prion disease epidemics in animals caused by contaminated vaccines. The etiology of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a relatively new and burgeoning prion epidemic in deer, elk, and moose (members of the cervid family), is more enigmatic...
February 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176395/imaging-diagnosis-computed-tomography-findings-in-a-dog-with-spontaneous-transmural-migration-of-a-textiloma-into-the-cecum
#5
Agustina Anson, Juana D Carrillo, Alejandro Bayon, Maria Teresa Escobar, Juan Seva, Amalia Agut
A 3-year-old spayed female dog was presented with 3-month history of severe bilateral uveitis subsequent to previous ovariohysterectomy. Physical examination revealed moderate abdominal pain. Computed tomography showed a nonobstructive heterogeneous mass-like lesion with a speckled gas pattern (spongiform pattern) within the cecum. Exploratory laparotomy revealed a surgical swab in the lumen of the cecum with severe adhesions. Histopathological examination demonstrated a chronic inflammatory pyogranulomatous reaction to the retained swab embedded within the intestinal wall, consistent with transmural migration of the swab from the peritoneal cavity into the cecum...
February 7, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154522/metal-dyshomeostasis-and-their-pathological-role-in-prion-and-prion-like-diseases-the-basis-for-a-nutritional-approach
#6
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Mattia Toni, Maria L Massimino, Agnese De Mario, Elisa Angiulli, Enzo Spisni
Metal ions are key elements in organisms' life acting like cofactors of many enzymes but they can also be potentially dangerous for the cell participating in redox reactions that lead to the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Any factor inducing or limiting a metal dyshomeostasis, ROS production and cell injury may contribute to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases or play a neuroprotective action. Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), also known as prion diseases, are a group of fatal neurodegenerative disorders affecting the central nervous system (CNS) of human and other mammalian species...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144628/de-novo-generation-of-a-unique-cervid-prion-strain-using-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification
#7
Crystal Meyerett-Reid, A Christy Wyckoff, Terry Spraker, Bruce Pulford, Heather Bender, Mark D Zabel
Substantial evidence supports the hypothesis that prions are misfolded, infectious, insoluble, and protease-resistant proteins (PrP(RES)) devoid of instructional nucleic acid that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) has provided additional evidence that PrPRes acts as a template that can convert the normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) present in uninfected normal brain homogenate (NBH) into the infectious misfolded PrP(RES) isoform. Human PrP(C) has been shown to spontaneously convert to a misfolded pathological state causing sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD)...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139079/current-evidence-on-the-transmissibility-of-chronic-wasting-disease-prions-to-humans-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
L Waddell, J Greig, M Mascarenhas, A Otten, T Corrin, K Hierlihy
A number of prion diseases affect humans, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; most of these are due to genetic mutations in the affected individual and occur sporadically, but some result from transmission of prion proteins from external sources. Of the known animal prion diseases, only bovine spongiform encephalopathy prions have been shown to be transmissible from animals to humans under non-experimental conditions. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease that affects cervids (e.g., deer and elk) in North America and isolated populations in Korea and Europe...
January 30, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130616/investigation-of-the-motor-system-in-two-siblings-with-canavan-s-disease-a-combined-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-tms-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti-study
#9
V K Kimiskidis, Vasileios Papaliagkas, S Papagiannopoulos, D Zafeiriou, D Kazis, E Tsatsali-Foroglou, Z Kouvatsou, V Kapina, D Koutsonikolas, G Anogianakis, T Geroukis, S Bostantjopoulou
Canavan's disease (CD) is a hereditary leukodystrophy caused by mutations in the aspartoacylase gene (ASPA), leading to spongiform degeneration of the white matter and severe impairment of psychomotor development. We present the cases of two non-Jewish sisters with CD that have a milder and protracted clinical course compared to typical CD. MRI imaging revealed bilateral high-signal-intensity areas in the thalami and the internal capsule and MR spectroscopy showed typical findings for CD (a marked increase in N-acetylaspartate (NAA) levels)...
January 28, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121634/fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-fdg-pet-correlation-of-histopathology-and-mri-in-prion-disease
#10
Karin P Mente, James K O'Donnell, Stephen E Jones, Mark L Cohen, Nicolas R Thompson, Alberto Bizzi, Pierluigi Gambetti, Jiri G Safar, Brian S Appleby
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and other prion diseases are rapidly progressive spongiform encephalopathies that are invariably fatal. Clinical features and magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalogram, and cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities may suggest prion disease, but a definitive diagnosis can only be made by means of neuropathologic examination. Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is not routinely used to evaluate patients with suspected prion disease. This study includes 11 cases of definite prion disease in which FDG-PET scans were obtained...
January 24, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119056/prp-c1-fragment-in-cattle-brains-reveals-features-of-the-transmissible-spongiform-encephalopathy-associated-prp-sc
#11
Fabienne Serra, Joachim Müller, John Gray, Ramona Lüthi, Sandor Dudas, Stefanie Czub, Torsten Seuberlich
Three different types of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are known and supposedly caused by distinct prion strains: the classical (C-) BSE type that was typically found during the BSE epidemic, and two relatively rare atypical BSE types, termed H-BSE and L-BSE. The three BSE types differ in the molecular phenotype of the disease associated prion protein, namely the N-terminally truncated Proteinase K (PK) resistant prion protein fragment (PrP(res)). In this study, we report and analyze yet another PrP(res) type (PrP(res-2011)), which was found in severely autolytic brain samples of two cows in the framework of disease surveillance in Switzerland in 2011...
January 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116677/a-heparin-purification-process-removes-spiked-transmissible-spongiform-encephalopathy-agent
#12
Cyrus Bett, Ksenija Grgac, Dianna Long, Michael Karfunkle, David A Keire, David M Asher, Luisa Gregori
In 2000, bovine heparin was withdrawn from the US market for fear of contamination with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent, the cause of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Thus, US heparin is currently sourced only from pig intestines. Availability of alternative sources of crude heparin, a life-saving drug, would benefit public health. Bovine heparin is an obvious option, but BSE clearance by the bovine heparin manufacturing process should be evaluated. To this end, using hamster 263K scrapie as a surrogate for BSE agent, we applied a four-step bench-scale heparin purification protocol resembling a typical heparin manufacturing process to investigate removal of the spiked scrapie agent...
January 23, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110369/neuroradiology-of-human-prion-diseases-diagnosis-and-differential-diagnosis
#13
REVIEW
Simona Gaudino, Emma Gangemi, Raffaella Colantonio, Annibale Botto, Emanuela Ruberto, Rosalinda Calandrelli, Matia Martucci, Maria Gabriella Vita, Carlo Masullo, Alfonso Cerase, Cesare Colosimo
Human transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are invariably fatal conditions associated with a range of clinical presentations. TSEs are classified as sporadic [e.g. sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), which is the most frequent form], genetic (e.g. Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, fatal familial insomnia, and inherited CJD), and acquired or infectious (e.g. Kuru, iatrogenic CJD, and variant CJD). In the past, brain imaging played a supporting role in the diagnosis of TSEs, whereas nowadays magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays such a prominent role that MRI findings have been included in the diagnostic criteria for sCJD...
January 21, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109886/truncated-prion-protein-prp226-a-structural-view-on-its-role-in-amyloid-disease
#14
Valerija Kovač, Blaž Zupančič, Gregor Ilc, Janez Plavec, Vladka Čurin Šerbec
In the brain of patients with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, besides PrP(Sc) aggregates, deposition of truncated PrP molecules was described. Jansen et al. reported two clinical cases with deposition of C-terminally truncated PrP, one of them ending with Tyr226. We have previously described the discovery of monoclonal antibody V5B2 that selectively recognizes this version of the prion protein, which we called PrP226*. Using monoclonal antibody V5B2 we showed that accumulation of PrP226* is characteristic for most types of human and animal TSEs...
January 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109330/the-structure-of-mammalian-prions-and-their-aggregates
#15
E Vázquez-Fernández, H S Young, J R Requena, H Wille
Prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, chronic wasting disease in cervids (i.e., deer, elk, moose, and reindeer), and sheep scrapie, are caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a disease-causing conformer (PrP(Sc)). PrP(C) is a normal, GPI-anchored protein that is expressed on the surface of neurons and other cell types. The structure of PrP(C) is well understood, based on studies of recombinant PrP, which closely mimics the structure of native PrP(C)...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098532/oral-transmission-of-l-type-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-agent-among-cattle
#16
Hiroyuki Okada, Yoshifumi Iwamaru, Morikazu Imamura, Kohtaro Miyazawa, Yuichi Matsuura, Kentaro Masujin, Yuichi Murayama, Takashi Yokoyama
To determine oral transmissibility of the L-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) prion, we orally inoculated 16 calves with brain homogenates of the agent. Only 1 animal, given a high dose, showed signs and died at 88 months. These results suggest low risk for oral transmission of the L-BSE agent among cattle.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096245/prion-like-characteristics-of-polyglutamine-containing-proteins
#17
Margaret M P Pearce, Ron R Kopito
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are infectious neurodegenerative diseases caused by the conversion of prion protein (PrP) into a self-replicating conformation that spreads via templated conversion of natively folded PrP molecules within or between cells. Recent studies provide compelling evidence that prion-like behavior is a general property of most protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Many of these disorders are associated with spontaneous protein aggregation, but genetic mutations can increase the aggregation propensity of specific proteins, including expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts, which is causative of nine inherited neurodegenerative diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093855/typical-and-atypical-appearance-of-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-a-clinical-neuroimaging-and-neuropathological-study-symposium-fundamentals-learned-from-diversity-among-typical-and-atypical-appearances
#18
Shinobu Kawakatsu, Ryota Kobayashi, Hiroshi Hayashi
The International Working Group (IWG) has classified Alzheimer's disease (AD) as two different types, the typical form and the atypical form, but clinicopathological studies of atypical AD are limited. Because atypical AD cases usually present with early-onset dementia, we investigated 12 patients with early-onset AD, including two patients with typical AD and 10 patients with atypical AD. Of these patients, six had the posterior variant, three had the frontal variant and one had the logopenic variant mixed with semantic dementia...
January 17, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077719/suppressing-n-acetyl-l-aspartate-synthesis-prevents-loss-of-neurons-in-a-murine-model-of-canavan-leukodystrophy
#19
Jiho Sohn, Peter Bannerman, Fuzheng Guo, Travis Burns, Laird Miers, Christopher Croteau, Naveen K Singhal, Jennifer A McDonough, David Pleasure
: Canavan disease is a leukodystrophy caused by aspartoacylase (ASPA) deficiency. The lack of functional ASPA, an enzyme enriched in oligodendroglia that cleaves N-acetyl-l-aspartate (NAA) to acetate and l-aspartic acid, elevates brain NAA and causes "spongiform" vacuolation of superficial brain white matter and neighboring gray matter. In children with Canavan disease, neuroimaging shows early-onset dysmyelination and progressive brain atrophy. Neuron loss has been documented at autopsy in some cases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071987/a-computer-aided-diagnosis-system-using-artificial-intelligence-for-the-diagnosis-and-characterization-of-thyroid-nodules-on-ultrasound-initial-clinical-assessment
#20
Young Jun Choi, Jung Hwan Baek, Hye Sun Park, Woo Hyun Shim, Tae Yong Kim, YoungKee Shong, Jeong Hyun Lee
Background We describe an initial clinical assessment of a new, commercially available, computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system using artificial intelligence (AI) for thyroid ultrasound, and evaluate its performance in the diagnosis of malignant thyroid nodules and categorization of nodule characteristics. Methods This prospective study protocol was reviewed and approved by the institutional review board. Patients with thyroid nodules with decisive diagnosis, whether benign or malignant on the basis of cytopathologic or US results, were consecutively enrolled from November 2015 to February 2016...
January 10, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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