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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644254/sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-with-unilateral-symptoms-in-the-setting-of-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
#1
Kyle C Rossi, Christine M Stahl, Pengfei Zhang, John W Liang, Lara V Marcuse, Fred Lublin
INTRODUCTION: Although it is not rare for magnetic resonance imaging findings in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease to be asymmetric, unilateral clinical syndromes are uncommonly reported and may confound diagnosis. In addition, neurological paraneoplastic syndromes are not common in renal cell carcinoma, though there are cases reported, often without an offending antibody isolated. CASE REPORT: A 66-year-old man was admitted with 1 month of left-sided numbness and "loss of control" of the left arm...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630454/treatment-with-a-non-toxic-self-replicating-anti-prion-delays-or-prevents-prion-disease-in-vivo
#2
R Diaz-Espinoza, R Morales, L Concha-Marambio, I Moreno-Gonzalez, F Moda, C Soto
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal neurological disorders caused by prions, which are composed of a misfolded protein (PrP(Sc)) that self-propagates in the brain of infected individuals by converting the normal prion protein (PrP(C)) into the pathological isoform. Here, we report a novel experimental strategy for preventing prion disease based on producing a self-replicating, but innocuous PrP(Sc)-like form, termed anti-prion, which can compete with the replication of pathogenic prions...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625169/is-there-a-decline-in-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-cases-born-after-reinforced-feed-bans-a-modelling-study-in-eu-member-states
#3
M E Arnold, R R L Simons, J Hope, N Gibbens, A L Adkin
Occasional cases of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) still continue to occur within the European Union (EU) for animals born after reinforced feed bans (BARBs), which should in theory have eliminated all risk of infection. The study aimed to determine (i) whether a common rate of decline of BSE infection was evident across EU member states, i.e. to determine whether control measures have been equally effective in all member states, (ii) whether there was any evidence of spontaneous occurrence of BSE in the data and (iii) the expected date for the last BSE case in UK...
June 19, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596963/prion-diagnosis-application-of-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion
#4
REVIEW
Hae-Eun Kang, Youngwon Mo, Raihah Abd Rahim, Hye-Mi Lee, Chongsuk Ryou
Prions composed of pathogenic scrapie prion protein (PrP(Sc)) are infectious pathogens that cause progressive neurological conditions known as prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Although these diseases pose considerable risk to public health, procedures for early diagnosis have not been established. One of the most recent attempts at sensitive and specific detection of prions is the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) method, which measures the activity of PrP(Sc) aggregates or amyloid formation triggered by PrP(Sc) seeds in the presence of recombinant PrP...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568896/an-autopsied-case-of-mv2k%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-type-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-presenting-with-widespread-cerebral-cortical-involvement-and-kuru-plaques
#5
Yasushi Iwasaki, Yufuko Saito, Ikuko Aiba, Atsushi Kobayashi, Maya Mimuro, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Mari Yoshida
MV2-type sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), which was previously called "Kuru-plaque variant", was gradually revealed to have a wide spectrum and has been classified into three pathological subtypes: MV2K, MV2C and MV2K + C. We herein describe the detailed clinical findings and neuropathologic observations from an autopsied MV2K + C-type Japanese sCJD case with widespread cerebral cortical pathology and Kuru plaques. In the early stages of the disease, the patient exhibited gait disturbance with ataxia and dysarthria as well as gradual appearance of cognitive dysfunction...
June 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549449/fatal-familial-insomnia-with-abnormal-signals-on-routine-mri-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#6
Tingting Lu, Yuhang Pan, Lisheng Peng, Feng Qin, Xiaobo Sun, Zhengqi Lu, Wei Qiu
BACKGROUND: Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a rare autosomal dominant disease caused by the PRNP D178N/129 M mutation. Routine brain CT and MRI usually reveal non-specific features. We report a patient with FFI presenting with diffuse abnormal signals on MRI, later confirmed as combined with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was a 58-year-old female, whose main clinical manifestations were insomnia, movement disorders, autonomic hyperactivity and mental deterioration...
May 26, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549342/mgr1-antigen-37-kda-laminin-receptor-precursor-promotes-cellular-prion-protein-induced-multi-drug-resistance-of-gastric-cancer
#7
Guanhong Luo, Weijie Wang, Qiong Wu, Yuanyuan Lu, Tao Su, Nan Gu, Kai Li, Jingbo Wang, Rui Du, Xiaodi Zhao, Xiaohua Li, Rui Fan, Hongbo Zhang, Yongzhan Nie, Xinmin Zhou, Yongquan Shi, Jie Liang, Xin Wang, Daiming Fan
Cellular prion protein (PrPC), the infective agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, is thought to be related to several cellular physiological and physiopathological processes. We have previously reported that PrPC participates in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer. As the salient ligand molecule of PrP for participating in internalization and propagation of the scrapie form of prion protein (PrPSc), 37 kDa laminin receptor precursor protein (37LRP) shared the same gene coding sequence of MGr1-Ag, another protein previously found to be involved in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer in our lab...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545018/fixed-differences-in-the-3-utr-of-buffalo-prnp-gene-provide-binding-sites-for-mirnas-post-transcriptional-regulation
#8
Hui Zhao, Siqi Wang, Lixia Guo, Yanli Du, Linlin Liu, Tengfei Ma, Newton O Otecko, Canpeng Li, Yaping Zhang
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a member of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, has not been reported in buffaloes, Bubalus bubalis. Prion protein (PrP), encoded by the prion protein gene (PRNP), is fundamental in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. We previously showed that buffaloes express more PrP proteins but lower PRNP mRNA than cattle in several pivotal tissues like the obex. Therefore, we sought to establish whether genetic variability in PRNP 3'UTR, mediated by miRNA down-regulation, causes PrP expression differences between cattle and buffaloes...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539446/infectious-prions-in-the-pregnancy-microenvironment-of-cwd-infected-reeves-muntjac-deer
#9
Amy V Nalls, Erin McNulty, Clare E Hoover, Laura A Pulscher, Edward A Hoover, Candace K Mathiason
Ample evidence exists for the presence of infectious agents at the maternal-fetal interface, often with grave outcomes to the developing fetus (i.e. zika virus, brucella, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasma). While less studied, pregnancy-related transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) have been implicated in several species, including humans. Our previous work has shown that prions can be transferred from mother-to-offspring resulting in the development of clinical TSE disease in offspring born to CWD-infected muntjac dams (64)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513534/unraveling-prion-protein-interactions-with-aptamers-and-other-prp-binding-nucleic-acids
#10
REVIEW
Bruno Macedo, Yraima Cordeiro
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders that affect humans and other mammals. The etiologic agents common to these diseases are misfolded conformations of the prion protein (PrP). The molecular mechanisms that trigger the structural conversion of the normal cellular PrP (PrP(C)) into the pathogenic conformer (PrP(Sc)) are still poorly understood. It is proposed that a molecular cofactor would act as a catalyst, lowering the activation energy of the conversion process, therefore favoring the transition of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508264/biological-safety-of-a-highly-purified-10-liquid-intravenous-immunoglobulin-preparation-from-human-plasma
#11
Caroline Goussen, Steve Simoneau, Soline Bérend, Christine Jehan-Kimmel, Anne Bellon, Céline Ducloux, Bruno You, Philippe Paolantonacci, Monique Ollivier, Ludovic Burlot, Sami Chtourou, Benoît Flan
BACKGROUND: A highly purified 10% liquid intravenous immunoglobulin, IQYMUNE(®), has been developed using an innovative manufacturing process including an affinity chromatography step for the removal of anti-A and anti-B hemagglutinins. OBJECTIVES: The pathogen (viruses and prions) clearance efficacy of the manufacturing process and its robustness for critical steps were investigated. METHODS: The manufacturing process of IQYMUNE(®) includes two dedicated complementary virus reduction steps: solvent/detergent (S/D) treatment and 20 nm nanofiltration as well as two contributing steps, namely caprylic acid fractionation and anion-exchange chromatography...
June 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491313/positron-emission-tomography-imaging-in-a-case-of-e200k-mutation-related-spongiform-encephalopathy-with-non-diagnostic-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-testing
#12
Pravin George, Christopher R Newey, Karin P Mente, Erik P Pioro
OBJECTIVE: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rapidly progressive spongiform encephalopathy. The E200K mutation is found in a majority of genetically transmitted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases. METHODS: We describe the case and associated neuroimaging of an E200K-129M gene-mutation-related fatal spongiform encephalopathy with resultant clinical insomnia and thalamic changes. RESULTS: A 46-year-old Caucasian male presented with, who was well until 2 months prior to admission, a rapidly progressive dementia followed by a change in personality with auditory and visual hallucinations...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472956/codon-141-polymorphisms-of-the-ovine-prion-protein-gene-affect-the-phenotype-of-classical-scrapie-transmitted-from-goats-to-sheep
#13
Timm Konold, Laura J Phelan, Ben R Donnachie, Melanie J Chaplin, Saira Cawthraw, Lorenzo González
BACKGROUND: A study to investigate transmission of classical scrapie via goat milk was carried out in sheep: firstly, lambs were challenged orally with goat scrapie brain homogenate to confirm transmission of scrapie from goats to sheep. In the second study phase, milk from scrapie-infected goats was fed to lambs. Lambs were selected according to their prion protein gene (PRNP) genotype, which was either VRQ/VRQ or ARQ/ARQ, with or without additional polymorphisms at codon 141 (FF141, LF141 or LL141) of the ovine PRNP...
May 4, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451263/polymorphism-at-129-dictates-metastable-conformations-of-the-human-prion-protein-n-terminal-%C3%AE-sheet
#14
S Alexis Paz, Eric Vanden-Eijnden, Cameron F Abrams
We study the thermodynamic stability of the native state of the human prion protein using a new free-energy method, replica-exchange on-the-fly parameterization. This method is designed to overcome hidden-variable sampling limitations to yield nearly error-free free-energy profiles along a conformational coordinate. We confirm that all four (M129V, D178N) polymorphs have a ground-state conformation with three intact β-sheet hydrogen bonds. Additionally, they are observed to have distinct metastabilities determined by the side-chain at position 129...
February 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449707/altered-ca-2-homeostasis-induces-calpain-cathepsin-axis-activation-in-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#15
Franc Llorens, Katrin Thüne, Beata Sikorska, Matthias Schmitz, Waqas Tahir, Natalia Fernández-Borges, Maria Cramm, Nadine Gotzmann, Margarita Carmona, Nathalie Streichenberger, Uwe Michel, Saima Zafar, Anna-Lena Schuetz, Ashish Rajput, Olivier Andréoletti, Stefan Bonn, Andre Fischer, Pawel P Liberski, Juan Maria Torres, Isidre Ferrer, Inga Zerr
Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) is the most prevalent form of human prion disease and it is characterized by the presence of neuronal loss, spongiform degeneration, chronic inflammation and the accumulation of misfolded and pathogenic prion protein (PrP(Sc)). The molecular mechanisms underlying these alterations are largely unknown, but the presence of intracellular neuronal calcium (Ca(2+)) overload, a general feature in models of prion diseases, is suggested to play a key role in prion pathogenesis...
April 27, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441344/collagenous-extracellular-matrix-biomaterials-for-tissue-engineering-lessons-from-the-common-sea-urchin-tissue
#16
REVIEW
Kheng Lim Goh, David F Holmes
Scaffolds for tissue engineering application may be made from a collagenous extracellular matrix (ECM) of connective tissues because the ECM can mimic the functions of the target tissue. The primary sources of collagenous ECM material are calf skin and bone. However, these sources are associated with the risk of having bovine spongiform encephalopathy or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. Alternative sources for collagenous ECM materials may be derived from livestock, e.g., pigs, and from marine animals, e...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429419/semi-synthesis-of-murine-prion-protein-by-native-chemical-ligation-and-chemical-activation-for-preparation-of-polypeptide-%C3%AE-thioester
#17
Lei Shi, Huai Chen, Si-Yu Zhang, Ting-Ting Chu, Yu-Fen Zhao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Yan-Mei Li
Prions are suspected as pathogen of the fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Strategies to access homogenous prion protein (PrP) are required to fully comprehend the molecular mechanism of prion diseases. However, the polypeptide fragments from PrP show a high tendency to form aggregates, which is a gigantic obstacle of protein synthesis and purification. In this study, murine prion sequence 90 to 230 that is the core three-dimensional structure domain was constructed from three segments murine PrP (mPrP)(90-177), mPrP(178-212), and mPrP(213-230) by combining protein expression, chemical synthesis and chemical ligation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421568/prions-prionoid-complexes-and-amyloids-the-bad-the-good-and-something-in-between
#18
Iva Hafner Bratkovič
Prions are infectious agents causing transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in humans and animals. These protein-based particles template conformational changes in a host-encoded prion protein to an insoluble self-like conformation. Prions are also present in yeast, where they support protein-based epigenetic inheritance. There is emerging evidence that prion-like (prionoid) particles can support a variety of pathological and beneficial functions. The recent data on the prionoid spread of other pathological amyloids are discussed in light of differences between prions and prion-like aggregates...
April 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421536/lysosomal-quality-control-in-prion-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Priyanka Majumder, Oishee Chakrabarti
Prion diseases are transmissible, familial or sporadic. The prion protein (PrP), a normal cell surface glycoprotein, is ubiquitously expressed throughout the body. While loss of function of PrP does not elicit apparent phenotypes, generation of misfolded forms of the protein or its aberrant metabolic isoforms has been implicated in a number of neurodegenerative disorders such as scrapie, kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, fatal familial insomnia, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker and bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413741/serial-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Ahmed H Qavi, Tasnim F Imran, Zachariah Hasan, Fariha Ilyas, Usman Ghani, Salman Assad, Shabih Hasan
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. CJD usually appears in later life and runs a rapid course. Typically, the onset of symptoms occurs about age 60 and about 90% of individuals die within one year. We report a case of 67-year-old male presented with progressive aphasia, confusion, dysphagia and inability to carry out activities of daily life (ADLs) over a period of three to four weeks. The patient had past medical history of chronic atrial fibrillation and hypertension...
March 14, 2017: Curēus
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