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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231300/detection-and-partial-discrimination-of-atypical-and-classical-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathies-in-cattle-and-primates-using-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-assay
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Etienne Levavasseur, Anne-Gaëlle Biacabe, Emmanuel Comoy, Audrey Culeux, Katarina Grznarova, Nicolas Privat, Steve Simoneau, Benoit Flan, Véronique Sazdovitch, Danielle Seilhean, Thierry Baron, Stéphane Haïk
The transmission of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (C-BSE) through contaminated meat product consumption is responsible for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. More recent and atypical forms of BSE (L-BSE and H-BSE) have been identified in cattle since the C-BSE epidemic. Their low incidence and advanced age of onset are compatible with a sporadic origin, as are most cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. Transmissions studies in primates and transgenic mice expressing a human prion protein (PrP) indicated that atypical forms of BSE may be associated with a higher zoonotic potential than classical BSE, and require particular attention for public health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211814/are-major-dementias-triggered-by-poor-blood-flow-to-the-brain-theoretical-considerations
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Jack C de la Torre
There is growing evidence that chronic brain hypoperfusion plays a central role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) long before dyscognitive symptoms or amyloid-β accumulation in the brain appear. This commentary proposes that dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) may also develop from chronic brain hypoperfusion following a similar but not identical neurometabolic breakdown as AD. The argument to support this conclusion is that chronic brain hypoperfusion, which is found at the early stages of the three dementias reviewed here, will reduce oxygen delivery and lower oxidative phosphorylation promoting a steady decline in the synthesis of the cell energy fuel adenosine triphosphate (ATP)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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
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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/28168213/extended-and-direct-evaluation-of-rt-quic-assays-for-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-diagnosis
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Bradley R Groveman, Christina D Orrú, Andrew G Hughson, Matilde Bongianni, Michele Fiorini, Daniele Imperiale, Anna Ladogana, Maurizio Pocchiari, Gianluigi Zanusso, Byron Caughey
Real-Time Quaking-Induced Conversion (RT-QuIC) testing of human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is highly sensitive and specific in discriminating sporadic CJD patients from those without prion disease. Here, using CSF samples from 113 CJD and 64 non-prion disease patients, we provide the first direct and concurrent comparison of our improved RT-QuIC assay to our previous assay, which is similar to those commonly used internationally for CJD diagnosis. This extended comparison demonstrated a ~21% increase in diagnostic sensitivity, a 2-day reduction in average detection time, and 100% specificity...
February 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153848/cjd-mimics-and-chameleons
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REVIEW
Simon Mead, Peter Rudge
Rapidly progressive dementia mimicking Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a relatively rare presentation but a rewarding one to become familiar with, as the potential diagnoses range from the universally fatal to the completely reversible. Patients require urgent decisions about assessment and investigation and have quickly evolving needs for treatments and support, through symptom management and end-of-life care in most cases. We have based this pragmatic review on the experiences of a specialist prion referral centre in the UK, which, unsurprisingly, is strongly biased towards seeing patients with CJD...
February 2, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153046/mitochondrial-dna-point-mutations-and-relative-copy-number-in-1363-disease-and-control-human-brains
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Wei Wei, Michael J Keogh, Ian Wilson, Jonathan Coxhead, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Helen Griffin, Marzena Kurzawa-Akinibi, Mauro Santibanez-Koref, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner, Chris-Anne McKenzie, Claire Troakes, Johannes Attems, Colin Smith, Safa Al Sarraj, Christopher M Morris, Olaf Ansorge, Stuart Pickering-Brown, James W Ironside, Patrick F Chinnery
Mitochondria play a key role in common neurodegenerative diseases and contain their own genome: mtDNA. Common inherited polymorphic variants of mtDNA have been associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, and somatic deletions of mtDNA have been found in affected brain regions. However, there are conflicting reports describing the role of rare inherited variants and somatic point mutations in neurodegenerative disorders, and recent evidence also implicates mtDNA levels. To address these issues we studied 1363 post mortem human brains with a histopathological diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), Frontotemporal dementia - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (FTD-ALS), Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (CJD), and healthy controls...
February 2, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121634/fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-fdg-pet-correlation-of-histopathology-and-mri-in-prion-disease
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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 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110369/neuroradiology-of-human-prion-diseases-diagnosis-and-differential-diagnosis
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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/28076012/imaging-of-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-imaging-patterns-and-their-differential-diagnosis
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Diego Cardoso Fragoso, Augusto Lio da Mota Gonçalves Filho, Felipe Torres Pacheco, Bernardo Rodi Barros, Ingrid Aguiar Littig, Renato Hoffmann Nunes, Antônio Carlos Martins Maia Júnior, Antonio J da Rocha
Diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) remains a challenge because of the large variability of the clinical scenario, especially in its early stages, which may mimic several reversible or treatable disorders. The molecular basis of prion disease, as well as its brain propagation and the pathogenesis of the illness, have become better understood in recent decades. Several reports have listed recognizable clinical features and paraclinical tests to supplement the replicable diagnostic criteria in vivo...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072756/rapid-testing-for-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-donors-of-cornea
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Luisa Gregori, Arthur Serer, Kristy L McDowell, Juraj Cervenak, David M Asher
BACKGROUND: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has been accidentally transmitted by contaminated corneal transplants. Eye donors are not ordinarily tested for CJD, in part because an easy test is not available. We propose a relatively simple postmortem procedure to collect brain samples without performing full autopsy and show that a test currently marketed for veterinary diagnosis would offer an effective screening test. METHODS: We selected 6 brains from confirmed cases of human sporadic CJD and sampled each in triplicate (18 specimens), 28 control brains of individuals with non-CJD neurodegenerative diseases and 10 normal brains...
January 9, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059790/combined-creutzfeldt-jakob-jacob-alzheimer-s-disease-cases-are-important-in-search-for-microbes-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Frank O Bastian
The question whether Alzheimer's disease is infectious as brought up in the recent editorial published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease is complicated by the controversy whether the causal agent is a microbe or a misfolded host protein (amyloid). The replicating amyloid (prion) theory, based upon data from studies of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), has been challenged since the prion can be separated from TSE infectivity, and spiroplasma, a wall-less bacterium, has been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of CJD...
December 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056460/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarker-based-diagnosis-of-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-a-validation-study-for-previously-established-cutoffs
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Franc Llorens, André Karch, Ewa Golanska, Matthias Schmitz, Peter Lange, Beata Sikorska, Pawel P Liberski, Inga Zerr
BACKGROUND: Several biomarkers have been proposed to discriminate sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) from other dementias and control cases. However, their clinical accuracy depends on the PRNP codon 129 genotype, leaving it unclear how well established markers behave in untested conditions. METHODS: We analyzed 14-3-3, tau, p-tau levels, and the p-tau/tau ratio in a population sample collected from Polish hospitals including nondementia, dementia, and definite sCJD cases and validated their parameters according to previously established cutoffs...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028861/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#13
REVIEW
Yasushi Iwasaki 岩崎 靖
This review will explore the clinical and pathological findings of the various forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Clinical findings of CJD are characterized by rapidly progressive cognitive dysfunction, diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) hyperintensity, myoclonus, periodic sharp-wave complexes on electroencephalogram and akinetic mutism state. Neuropathologic findings of CJD are characterized by spongiform changes in gray matter, gliosis-particularly hypertrophic astrocytosis-neuropil rarefaction, neuron loss and prion protein (PrP) deposition...
December 28, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003548/detection-of-prions-in-blood-from-patients-with-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
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Luis Concha-Marambio, Sandra Pritzkow, Fabio Moda, Fabrizio Tagliavini, James W Ironside, Paul E Schulz, Claudio Soto
Human prion diseases are infectious and invariably fatal neurodegenerative diseases. They include sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), the most common form, and variant CJD (vCJD), which is caused by interspecies transmission of prions from cattle infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Development of a biochemical assay for the sensitive, specific, early, and noninvasive detection of prions (PrP(Sc)) in the blood of patients affected by prion disease is a top medical priority to increase the safety of the blood supply...
December 21, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003435/genetic-compendium-of-1511-human-brains-available-through-the-uk-medical-research-council-brain-banks-network-resource
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Michael J Keogh, Wei Wei, Ian Wilson, Jon Coxhead, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Helen Griffin, Marzena Kurzawa-Akanbi, Mauro Santibanez-Koref, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner, Chris-Anne McKenzie, Claire Troakes, Johannes Attems, Colin Smith, Safa Al Sarraj, Chris M Morris, Olaf Ansorge, Stuart Pickering-Brown, James W Ironside, Patrick F Chinnery
Given the central role of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of common neurodegenerative disorders, it is critical that mechanistic studies in human tissue are interpreted in a genetically enlightened context. To address this, we performed exome sequencing and copy number variant analysis on 1511 frozen human brains with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD, n = 289), frontotemporal dementia/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD/ALS, n = 252), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD, n = 239), Parkinson's disease (PD, n = 39), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB, n = 58), other neurodegenerative, vascular, or neurogenetic disorders (n = 266), and controls with no significant neuropathology (n = 368)...
January 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978902/-myoclonus-and-it-s-associated-factors-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#16
J Liu, H X Wang, L P Li, X Hong, A H Liu, J Ye, L Song, J Zhang, J Li, N N Hu, Z C Sun, S R Li, Y H Yang, H Q Dong, Y P Wang
Objective: To analyze features and the related factors of myoclonus of 47 patients with probable or possible Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Methods: All patients diagnosed with"suspected CJD" and hospitalized in Xuanwu Hospital from January 2013 to November 2015 were included, and their clinical information and myoclonus features were analyzed. Age, clinical, course and manifestation, EEG, MRI, CSF14-3-3 features between myoclonus positive group and negative group were compared, and the correlation between myoclonus features and these factors was analyzed using Spearman correlation analyses...
December 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942718/diagnosis-of-human-prion-disease-using-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-testing-of-olfactory-mucosa-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples
#17
Matilde Bongianni, Christina Orrù, Bradley R Groveman, Luca Sacchetto, Michele Fiorini, Giovanni Tonoli, Giorgio Triva, Stefano Capaldi, Silvia Testi, Sergio Ferrari, Annachiara Cagnin, Anna Ladogana, Anna Poleggi, Elisa Colaizzo, Dorina Tiple, Luana Vaianella, Santina Castriciano, Daniele Marchioni, Andrew G Hughson, Daniele Imperiale, Tatiana Cattaruzza, Gian Maria Fabrizi, Maurizio Pocchiari, Salvatore Monaco, Byron Caughey, Gianluigi Zanusso
Importance: Early and accurate in vivo diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is necessary for quickly distinguishing treatable from untreatable rapidly progressive dementias and for future therapeutic trials. This early diagnosis is becoming possible using the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) seeding assay, which detects minute amounts of the disease-specific pathologic prion protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or olfactory mucosa (OM) samples. Objective: To develop an algorithm for accurate and early diagnosis of CJD by using the RT-QuIC assay on CSF samples, OM samples, or both...
February 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942451/neuroanatomical-correlates-of-prion-disease-progression-a-3t-longitudinal-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#18
Enrico De Vita, Gerard R Ridgway, Mark J White, Marie-Claire Porter, Diana Caine, Peter Rudge, John Collinge, Tarek A Yousry, Hans Rolf Jager, Simon Mead, John S Thornton, Harpreet Hyare
PURPOSE: MRI has become an essential tool for prion disease diagnosis. However there exist only a few serial MRI studies of prion patients, and these mostly used whole brain summary measures or region of interest based approaches. We present here the first longitudinal voxel-based morphometry (VBM) study in prion disease. The aim of this study was to systematically characterise progressive atrophy in patients with prion disease and identify whether atrophy in specific brain structures correlates with clinical assessment...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929120/neurofilaments-in-blood-and-csf-for-diagnosis-and-prediction-of-onset-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
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Petra Steinacker, Kaj Blennow, Steffen Halbgebauer, Song Shi, Viktoria Ruf, Patrick Oeckl, Armin Giese, Jens Kuhle, Dana Slivarichova, Henrik Zetterberg, Markus Otto
While cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are established and partly included in the diagnostic criteria, no blood biomarkers are available. Here, we assessed the utility of serum neurofilament light chain (NF-L) and tau protein in comparison to CSF markers (NF-L and phosphorylated NF heavy chain (pNF-H), tau, S100B, 14-3-3) and prion conversion assay (real-time quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC)) for sporadic and genetic CJD. Importantly, a Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker mutation carrier in the asymptomatic phase and at disease onset was included as well...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925304/dura-mater-graft-associated-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-with-30-year-incubation-period
#20
Masahiro Shijo, Hiroyuki Honda, Sachiko Koyama, Koji Ishitsuka, Koichiro Maeda, Junya Kuroda, Mitsugu Tanii, Takanari Kitazono, Toru Iwaki
Over 60% of all patients with dura mater graft-associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (dCJD) have been diagnosed in Japan. The incubation period has ranged from 1 to 30 years and the age at onset from 15 to 80 years. Here, we report a 77-year-old male Japanese autopsied dCJD case with the longest incubation period so far in Japan. He received a cadaveric dural graft at the right cranial convexity following a craniotomy for meningioma at the age of 46. At 30 years post-dural graft placement, disorientation was observed as an initial symptom of dCJD...
December 7, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
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