Mapping the parameters of prion-induced neuropathology.
MP Stumpf, DC Krakauer
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A | Published : 2000
We present a theoretical framework that enables us to dissect out the parametric dependencies of the pathogenesis of prion diseases. We are able to determine the influence of both host-dependent factors (connectivity, cell density, protein synthesis rate, and cell death) and strain-dependent factors (cell tropism, virulence, and replication rate). We use a model based on a linked system of differential equations on a lattice to explore how the regional distribution of central nervous system pathology in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, and fatal familial insomnia relates to each of these factors. The model then is used to make qualitative predictions about ..View full abstract