Investigation of the prion protein gene (PRNP) polymorphisms in Anatolian, Murrah, and crossbred water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis)
TROPICAL ANIMAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTION
Authors: Yaman, Yalcin; Karadag, Orhan; Un, Cemal
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) of the cattle is the outstanding disease among other transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSEs). It can be transmitted from the cattle to a human and causes a new variant of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). It is known that prion protein coding gene (PRNP) plays a major role in the TSE susceptibility or resistance in some species. Recent researches demonstrated that the insertion (in) and deletion (del) polymorphisms within promoter and intron 1 region of the PRNP related to BSE susceptibility in cattle. In contrast to cattle, BSE has never been reported in water buffalo; hence, PRNP polymorphisms may be an explanation for buffalo resistance to BSE. The aim of this study was to evaluate allele, genotype, and haplotype frequencies of the PRNP promoter and intron 1 insertion/deletion (indel) polymorphism in healthy Anatolian, Murrah, and Murrah x Anatolian crossbred buffaloes. According to our findings, there were no deletion alleles at two mentioned loci. All studied buffaloes were monomorphic and have carried in/in haplotypes which are considered as the most resistant genotype to BSE.
Early pathology in sleep studies of patients with familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH
Authors: Givaty, Gili; Maggio, Nicola; Cohen, Oren S.; Blatt, Ilan; Chapman, Joab
In this study, we aimed to assess sleep function in patients with recent-onset familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (fCJD). The largest cluster of fCJD patients is found in Jews of Libyan origin, linked to the prion protein gene (PRNP) E200K mutation. The high index of suspicion in these patients often leads to early diagnosis, with complaints of insomnia being a very common presenting symptom of the disease. The study included 10 fCJD patients diagnosed by clinical manifestations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain, elevated tau protein in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and positive PRNP E200K mutation. Standard polysomnography was performed after a brief interview confirming the presence of sleep disturbances. All patients showed a pathological sleep pattern according to all scoring evaluation settings. The sleep stages were characterized by (i) disappearance of sleep spindles; (ii) outbursts of periodic sharp waves and shallowing of sleep consisting in increased Stage 2 and wake periods during the night, as well as decrease of slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Recordings of respiratory functions reported irregular breathing with central and obstructive apnea and hypopnea. The typical hypotonia occurring during the night and atonia during REM sleep were replaced by hyperactive sleep consisting of multiple jerks, movements and parasomnia (mainly talking) throughout the night. In conclusion, we report unique pathological sleep patterns in early fCJD associated with the E200K mutation. Specific respiratory disturbances and lack of atonia could possibly serve as new, early diagnostic tools in the disease.