G. H. Murdoch

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The molecular nature of the related infectious agents that cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and scrapie is poorly understood, and an agent-specific nucleic acid genome has not yet been identified. Several biological manifestations of these agents resemble those seen in retrovirus-induced diseases. We therefore attempted to identify an agent-specific(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a dementia of humans caused by a class of infectious agents with several biological properties similar to those of conventional viruses. The molecular nature of this group of agents is enigmatic, for neither an agent-specific nucleic acid nor a non-host protein has yet been identified. Recent transmissions of familial CJD(More)
AIM We sought to define the mechanism of total body irradiation (TBI)-induced seizures in NOS1(-/-) mice and amelioration by intra-esophageal manganese superoxide dismutase-plasmid liposomes (MnSOD-PL). MATERIALS AND METHODS We evaluated the role of vagus nerve pathways in irradiation-induced seizures using biochemical, physiologic, and histopathologic(More)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a progressive dementia of humans, is caused by an infectious agent that is closely related to the scrapie agent of sheep. Although the molecular nature of these "unconventional" agents is still a matter of speculation and controversy, even less is known concerning the mechanism(s) of their effects on the central nervous(More)
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