Val Thomson

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BACKGROUND Identification of possible transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) via blood transfusion has caused concern over spread of the disease within the human population. We aimed to model iatrogenic spread to enable a comparison of transmission efficiencies of vCJD and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and an assessment of the(More)
The PrP protein is central to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), and the amino acid sequence of this protein in the host can influence both incubation time of disease and targeting of disease pathology. The N terminus of murine PrP has been proposed to be important in the replication of TSE agents, as mutations or deletions in that region(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) by blood transfusion has prompted investigation to establish whether there has been any alteration in the vCJD agent following this route of secondary transmission. Any increase in virulence or host adaptation would require a reassessment of the risk analyses relating(More)
Bcl-2 protein expression was studied in hippocampal CA1, CA2, CA3 and CA4 pyramidal neurons in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus), of the in in the early (Day 2) and late (Day 7) reperfusion period after a 7-minute forebrain ischemia and following ischemic postconditioning (IPostC), as well as in sham-operated animals (n=60). In the latter, the(More)
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