Humanized knock-in mice expressing chimeric prion protein showed varied susceptibility to different human prions

Yuzuru Taguchi, Shirou Mohri, James W Ironside, Tamaki Muramoto, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto

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Mice to which human prions efficiently transmit in short incubation periods are valuable not only as research tools of human prions but also as reliable diagnostic tools. We recently produced a line of knock-in mouse expressing a unique human-mouse chimeric PrP (Ki-ChM mouse), which has mouse-specific residues practically only at the C-terminal part after posttranslational modification, and here we attempted transmission of various human prions to assess the susceptibility profile of the mouse. Susceptibility varied considerably depending on prions inoculated: highly susceptible to MM1 and MV1 types of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), developing disease within approximately 150 days, familial CJD with M232R mutation, and dura graft-associated CJD (dCJD) without amyloid plaque; less susceptible to MM2-type sporadic CJD and variant CJD, with some mice lacking any sign of transmission; and totally resistant to VV2 type sporadic CJD and dCJD with amyloid plaque. The rather short incubation time achieved by Ki-ChM mice suggests new approaches to produce mice that develop prion disease with very short incubation periods. We compared the characteristic susceptibility profile of Ki-ChM with those of other precedent transgenic mice and discussed, including the prospects in developing genetically engineered mice susceptible to human prions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2585-93
Number of pages9
JournalThe American Journal of Pathology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Brain
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome
  • Dura Mater
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Mutation
  • Plaque, Amyloid
  • Prions
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Time Factors
  • Tissue Transplantation


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