Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 422–424

Variably Protease-Sensitive Prionopathy: a Novel Disease of the Prion Protein

  • Pierluigi Gambetti
  • Gianfranco Puoti
  • Wen-Quan Zou
Article

Abstract

Variably protease-sensitive prionopathy (VPSPr) is a novel disease involving the prion protein (PrP) that has clinical similarities with non-Alzheimer’s dementias especially frontotemporal dementia, diffuse Lewis body disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. VPSPr can be distinguished from sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (sCJD) especially for the characteristics of the abnormal PrP. Furthermore, although VPSPr like sCJD affects patients with the three PrP genotypes as determined by the common methionine/valine polymorphism, the allelic prevalence is very different in the two diseases. These findings suggest that VPSPr is basically different from classical prion diseases such as sCJD being perhaps more akin to other neurodegenerative dementias.

Keywords

Variably protease-sensitive prionopathy Prions Prion protein Prion diseases Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease Alzheimer’s disease 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierluigi Gambetti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gianfranco Puoti
    • 1
  • Wen-Quan Zou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, School of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Pathology, School of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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