Journal article

BLOOD BUFFY COAT FROM ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE PATIENTS AND THEIR RELATIVES DOES NOT TRANSMIT SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY TO HAMSTERS

MS GODEC, DM ASHER, WE KOZACHUK, CL MASTERS, JU RUBI, JA PAYNE, DJ RUBIVILLA, EE WAGNER, SI RAPOPORT, MB SCHAPIRO

NEUROLOGY | LITTLE BROWN CO | Published : 1994

Abstract

There was a report of spongiform encephalopathy transmitted to Syrian hamsters by intracerebral inoculation with the blood buffy coat of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their unaffected first-degree relatives. We attempted to verify that report, taking measures to reduce the risk of contaminating samples with agents causing spongiform encephalopathies. We obtained blood from 50 subjects, including six patients with familial AD, 21 unaffected first-degree relatives (siblings and offspring) of patients with familial AD, and 20 control subjects. We inoculated the buffy coats intracerebrally into Syrian LVG hamsters, observed them for signs of neurologic disease, examined their brains..

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