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The mode and the site of action of the major antiscrapie drugs have been studied by investigating their effects on the abnormal protease-resistant isoform of PrP (PrPres) and on its accumulation in mouse spleen. Day-by-day PrPres accumulation in the spleen and in other peripheral organs was first monitored to describe the early steps of scrapie(More)
Based on in vitro observations in scrapie-infected neuroblastoma cells, quinacrine has recently been proposed as a treatment for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), including a new variant CJD which is linked to contamination of food by the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent. The present study investigated possible mechanisms of action of quinacrine(More)
The accumulation of PrP(res), the protease-resistant abnormal form of the host-encoded cellular prion protein, PrP(C), plays a central role in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Human contamination by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has propelled many scientific teams on a highway for anti-prion drug development. This study reports that(More)
The polyene antibiotic MS-8209 is currently one of the most effective drugs in the treatment of experimental scrapie. However, its mechanism of action and its site of intervention in the pathogenetical process of scrapie infection are largely unknown. It has been shown previously that the infection of immunodeficient SCID mice by the peripheral route(More)
In most experimental models of scrapie and in some naturally infected species, the lymphoreticular system and the spleen in particular play a major role in the pathogenesis of the disease. Previous studies demonstrated scrapie infectivity in peripheral organs from the day of infection up to the terminal stage. The discovery of the abnormal prion protein,(More)
Amphotericin B derivatives, such as MS-8209, have been evaluated as a therapeutic approach to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. We show that MS-8209, like amphotericin B, increases tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) mRNA expression and TNF-alpha production and consequently HIV replication in human macrophages. These effects confirm the(More)
Polysulfated molecules, as the family of heparan mimetics (HMs) and pentosan polysulfate, are considered among the more promising drugs used in experimental models of prion diseases. Regardless of their therapeutic potential, structure-function studies on these polyanions are still missing. Here, we report the syntheses of a library of HMs of different(More)
Using the severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mouse model, we investigated the requirement of the immune system for the development of scrapie after peripheral inoculation. A total of 33% of SCID mice, all but one immunologically reconstituted SCID mice (93%), and all CB17 control mice developed the disease. PrPres was detectable in the brains of all(More)