Correlations between the clustering patterns of the pathological changes in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Armstrong, Richard A., Lantos, Peter L. and Cairns, Nigel J. (2001). Correlations between the clustering patterns of the pathological changes in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Neuroscience Research Communications, 29 (2), pp. 89-98.

Abstract

Correlations between the clustering patterns of the vacuolation ('spongiform change'), prion protein (PrP) deposits, and surviving neurons were studied in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellum in 11 cases of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). Differences in the sizes of the clusters of vacuoles were observed between brain regions and in the cerebral cortex, between the upper and lower laminae. With the exception of the parietal cortex, mean cluster size of the vacuoles was similar to that of the PrP deposits in each brain area. Clusters of the vacuoles were spatially correlated with the density of surviving neurons and with the clusters of PrP deposits in 47% and 53% of cortical areas analysed respectively but there were few spatial correlation between the PrP deposits and the density of surviving neurons. The data suggest that the pathology of sCJD may spread through the brain via specific anatomical pathways. Development of the clusters of vacuoles is spatially related to surviving neurons while the appearance of clusters of PrP deposits is related to the development of the vacuolation.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/nrc.1030
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences > Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: cerebellum,cerebral cortex,Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease,prion protein deposition,spatial pattern,surviving neurons,vacuolation,Neuroscience(all)
Full Text Link: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/86511757/abstract
Related URLs: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0034758788&partnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2001-11-13
Authors: Armstrong, Richard A. ( 0000-0002-5046-3199)
Lantos, Peter L.
Cairns, Nigel J.

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