2). The degree of protease resistance is reported to reflect the codon 129 genotype,
with VV being least resistant and MM being most resistant, despite having the same 8 kDa PrPres fragment predominating. We have identified two cases of VPSPr prospectively in the UK[80, 81] and recently completed a retrospective review for such cases confirming many of the original observations by Gambetti and colleagues.[41, 79] Our work has shown that some areas of the VPSPr brain contain PrPres similar in appearance to that found in sCJD and conversely Ibrutinib that some cases of sCJD have a very minor PrPres band similar to the 8 kDa PrPres band that typifies VPSPr. The idea that protease-sensitive forms of PrPSc (senPrPSc) exist is not new, but until recently its significance was uncertain. Additionally, senPrPSc is difficult to detect directly, requiring techniques, such as conformation-dependent immunoassay (CDI), that identify PrPSc on the basis the exposure of specific PrP epitopes by treatment with chaotropic salts. The application of CDI to the post-mortem sCJD brain showed that more than 80% of the PrPSc (as defined by CDI) is sensitive to proteolytic degradation under the conditions generally used for Western blot PrPres typing. We have confirmed
these results and extended them NVP-BKM120 cell line to vCJD, which also has more senPrPSc than PrPres present in the brain (Fig. 3). It is worth pointing out that by definition senPrPSc does not figure in conventional Western blotting analyses and cannot therefore be ascribed a PrPres type. It is therefore possible that phenotypic and strain-related aspects of human prion diseases could be engendered by senPrPSc. The progressive Org 27569 unfolding of PrPSc with increasing chaotrope concentration had previously been shown to produce complex rodent
scrapie strain-specific CDI readings or “melt curves”. Direct application of this methodology to human brain specimens is fraught with difficulties; however, we have been able to show that when detergent insoluble PrPSc is analyzed, the stability of vCJD and sCJD PrPSc differs. The stability of PrPSc in the MM1 and VV2 sCJD subtypes is indistinguishable but their PrPSc is more stable than that of vCJD (Fig. 4). Interestingly synthetic prions made by refolding recombinant PrP display a diverse conformational stability, as judged by CDI-like methods and this property has a phenotypic correlate: those strains of synthetic prions with least stability have the shortest incubation periods. Moreover, protease-sensitive synthetic prions can be made and serially passaged in a specific transgenic mouse host.