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We present a synthesis of clinical, neuropathological, and biological details of the National Institutes of Health series of 300 experimentally transmitted cases of spongiform encephalopathy from among more than 1,000 cases of various neurological disorders inoculated into nonhuman primates during the past 30 years. The series comprises 278 subjects with(More)
The clinicopathological phenotype of the Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS) variant linked to the codon 102 mutation in the prion protein (PrP) gene (GSS P102L) shows a high heterogeneity. This variability also is observed in subjects with the same prion protein gene PRNP haplotype and is independent from the duration of the disease. Immunoblot(More)
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS), a cerebello-pyramidal syndrome associated with dementia and caused by mutations in the prion protein gene (PRNP), is phenotypically heterogeneous. The molecular mechanisms responsible for such heterogeneity are unknown. Since we hypothesize that prion protein (PrP) heterogeneity may be associated with(More)
The PRNP gene, encoding the amyloid precursor protein that is centrally involved in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), has an unstable region of five variant tandem octapeptide coding repeats between codons 51 and 91. We screened a total of 535 individuals for the presence of extra repeats in this region, including patients with sporadic and familial forms of(More)
Originally described by Lugaresi et al. in 1986 (ref. 1), fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a rare inherited neurological disease characterized by the subacute progression of intractable insomnia and other autonomic abnormalities, cerebellar and pyramidal signs, myoclonus and dementia; neuropathologically, the major feature is severe neuronal loss with(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), previously regarded as a neurodegenerative disorder strictly of the gray matter, occasionally occurs as a panencephalopathic form which is characterized by severe white matter damage. An ultrastructural study of the white matter pathology in mice experimentally infected with the Fujisaki strain of CJD virus revealed: (1)(More)
An American family of English origin with an unusually early onset and long-duration form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) had a heterozygous insert mutation in the region of repeating octapeptide coding sequences between codons 51 and 91 of the PRNP gene on chromosome 20. Affected members were 23 to 35 years old at the onset of illnesses that lasted from(More)
We report a family in which the proband died of clinically typical, neuropathologically verified Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; her still-living mother suffers from a progressive dementia of many years' duration, and her maternal grandfather died after a similar illness. The proband, her mother, and two of three young first-degree relatives all have an(More)
We report the finding of an insert mutation in the chromosome 20 amyloid precursor gene in a family with neuropathologically-verified, experimentally-transmitted Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS). The insert consisted of 8 extra copies of a repeating octapeptide coding sequence in the region between codons 51 and 91; it was identified in the(More)