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

ArticleinVeterinary Microbiology 123(4):294-304 · September 2007with17 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2007.04.001 · Source: PubMed
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.
    • "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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    • "Starting from the basic principle of the " sFIDA " assay [17, 18], which has been developed to detect and quantify prion protein aggregates from scrapieinfected hamster as well as BSE-infected cattle, and an earlier version of this assay adapted to detect A aggregates [20, 21], we optimized the assay to an even more sensitive and highly specific A oligomer detection and quantification assay. The details are described in the methods section and a general scheme of the procedure is shown in Fig. 1. "
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    • "It should be noted, however, that infectivity in the PBMC fraction is about one order of magnitude higher compared to blood plasma [6,7], and prions were not detected in plasma by the ELISA method reported by Terry et al. 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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