Heike Baron

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A 29 year old male presented with epileptic fits, progressive left sided focal seizures and epilepsia partialis continua, increasing left hemiparesis and mental slowing. Death occurred 2 years after the onset of the illness. Lesions were limited to the right cerebral hemisphere. Hypertrophic astrocytosis was diffuse throughout the gray and white matter but(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)
Alterations in sleep organization were studied during the clinical phase of experimental Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in cats. Twenty months after intracerebral inoculation of a CJD agent, cats developed clinical signs including behavioral changes, diminished grooming activity, dysmetria, startle reflex, myoclonus, and unusual sleep abnormalities. Rapid(More)
Scrapie-associated fibrils (SAF) are disease-specific markers for the unconventional agent-induced, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Polyclonal rabbit antiserum to SAF protein was reacted with brain sections from scrapie-infected mice, two familial cases of transmissible dementia, and three cases of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Specific(More)
Mutations in the LDL receptor gene (LDLR) cause familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a common autosomal dominant disorder. The LDLR database is a computerized tool that has been developed to provide tools to analyse the numerous mutations that have been identified in the LDLR gene. The second version of the LDLR database contains 140 new entries and the(More)
We report the case of a 73-year-old patient in whom a diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, suggested by the clinical course, was verified by the neuropathologic finding of widespread spongiform change and astrogliosis, the presence of proteinase-resistant protein in brain extracts, and the experimental transmission of spongiform encephalopathy to(More)
Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker's disease is a familial spongiform encephalopathy whose pathological hallmark is the existence--especially in the cerebellum--of numerous amyloid plaques. We report here the third clinicopathological case in a French family. Brain tissue from one of its members--initially described as familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob's disease--has(More)
In a consecutive series of 30 brains of demented patients (presenile, senile and familial types) with the histological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, cerebellar amyloid plaques and cerebellar amyloid angiopathy were observed in 80% of the cases. These cerebellar amyloid plaques were sometimes centered on a small amyloidotic blood vessel. They were(More)
Invasion of scrapie agent into the central nervous system (CNS) was studied in rats following intracerebral and peripheral inoculation, the latter by injection into intact or transected sciatic nerve. Comparison of sleep-wakefulness alterations, neuropathological features, and time lag of electroencephalographic and clinical signs in the 3 groups suggests(More)