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Time course of prion seeding activity in cerebrospinal fluid of scrapie-infected hamsters after intratongue and intracerebral inoculations.

Research paper by Christina D CD Orrù, Andrew G AG Hughson, Brent B Race, Gregory J GJ Raymond, Byron B Caughey

Indexed on: 13 Jan '12Published on: 13 Jan '12Published in: Journal of clinical microbiology



Abstract

To assess prospects for early diagnosis of prion disease based on prion seeding activity in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), we measured the activity over time in scrapie-infected hamsters by real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC). After intracerebral inoculation, activity appeared in CSF within 1 day and plateaued weeks before the onset of clinical signs. However, after intratongue inoculation, activity first appeared in CSF with the onset of clinical signs, well after higher-level accumulation of seeding activity in brain.

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