Counting of single prion particles bound to a capture-antibody surface (surface-FIDA)

Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Institute of Physical Biology, Universitätsstrasse 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany.
Veterinary Microbiology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 09/2007; 123(4):294-304. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2007.04.001
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Hitherto accredited prion tests use the PK resistance of PrP(Sc), the pathogenic isoform of the prion protein, as a marker for the disease. Because of variations in the amount of disease-related aggregated PrP, which is not PK-resistant, these prion tests offer only limited sensitivity. Therefore, a prion detection method that does not rely on PK digestion would allow for the detection of both PK-resistant as well as PK-sensitive PrP(Sc). Furthermore, single particle counting is more sensitive than methods measuring an integrated signal. Our new test system is based on dual-colour fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). This method quantifies the number of protein aggregates that have been simultaneously labelled with two different antibodies using dual-colour fluorescence intensity distribution analysis (2D-FIDA). This only counts PrP aggregates, and not PrP monomers. To increase the sensitivity, PrP(Sc) was concentrated in a two-dimensional space by immobilizing it so that the antibodies could be captured on the surface of the slide (surface-FIDA). When the surface was systematically scanned, even single prion particles were detected. Using this new technique, the sensitivity to identify samples from scrapie-infected hamster as well as BSE-infected cattle can be dramatically increased in comparison with identification using FIDA in solution.

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    • "The method discriminates aggregated PrP forms from monomeric PrP without the use of the proteinase K (PK) digestion step and therefore recognizes both PK-resistant and PK-sensitive PrPTSE. Surface-FIDA enabled the counting of bovine and hamster PrP aggregates in brain homogenates and in bovine cerebrospinal fluid [47]. PrP aggregates were also blind-detected in blood of scrapie-infected sheep (n = 15) with high specificity and sensitivity [46], although it remains unsettle whether the detection of PrP aggregates correlates with infectivity. "
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    • "In an earlier study, we described the detection of PrP aggregates with high sensitivity in brain homogenate of BSE cattle, and in a small number of cerebrospinal fluid samples from BSE cattle [26]. According to the literature, infectivity in blood - even in symptomatic experimental hamsters - is as low as 10 infectious units per ml [33], [34]. "
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    • "A scheme of the measurement principle can be found in the figure. At least, three detection antibodies are used in the assay procedure, providing high specificity [48]. Additionally, detection of monomers can be excluded by the application of the same antibody as capture and as detection probe. "
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