Immunoquantitative PCR for prion protein detection in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Gofflot, Stéphanie ; Deprez, Manuel ; Elmoualij, Benaïssa et al
in Clinical Chemistry (2005), 51(9), 1605-11
BACKGROUND: The most common human prion disorder is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD); it includes sporadic, familial, iatrogenic, and variant subtypes. Diagnostic tests aim at detection with the highest ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: The most common human prion disorder is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD); it includes sporadic, familial, iatrogenic, and variant subtypes. Diagnostic tests aim at detection with the highest specificity of very small deposits of abnormal prion protein (PrP). METHODS: We used immunoquantitative PCR (iqPCR) to detect proteinase K-resistant PrP (PrPRes) in tissue from the middle frontal gyrus of 7 patients with sporadic CJD and 7 non-CJD cases. We compared iqPCR with routine optimized ELISA, Western blotting, and immunohistochemical analyses. RESULTS: The 4 methods showed similar 100% sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of CJD. Along with high specificity, however, iqPCR had a threshold for PrP(Res) detection at least 10-fold lower than that of the classic ELISA. CONCLUSIONS: iqPCR is a new method for PrPRes detection that combines 100% specificity with a detection threshold at least 10-fold lower than classic techniques. This method may improve the detection of minute PrPRes deposits in tissues and body fluids and thus be useful for diagnostic and sterilization applications. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 217 (18 ULg)