Neuroinflammation and common mechanism in Alzheimer's disease and prion amyloidosis: amyloid-associated proteins, neuroinflammation and neurofibrillary degeneration

A.J.M. Rozemuller, C. Jansen, A. Carrano, E.S. van Haastert, D. Hondius, S.M. van der Vies, J.J.M. Hoozemans

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Background: In cases with a long (>1 year) clinical duration of prion disease, the prion protein can form amyloid deposits. These cases do not show accumulation of 4-kDa β-amyloid, which is observed in amyloid deposits in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In AD, amyloid is associated with inflammation and neurofibrillary degeneration, and it is elusive whether prion amyloid is associated with these changes as well. Objectives: The presence of inflammation and neurofibrillary degeneration was evaluated in prion amyloidosis. Material and Methods: Cortical areas of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD; n = 3), young sporadic CJD (n = 4), different Gerstmann-Strussler-Scheinker's disease patients (n = 5) and AD cases (n = 5) were examined using immunohistochemistry and specific stainings for amyloid. Results: In both AD and prion disease cases, which were negative for 4-kDa β-amyloid, parenchymal and vascular amyloid deposits were positive for amyloid-associated proteins such as complement protein and were associated with microglia clusters. Tau and ubiquitin were found near prion plaques in some of the Gerstmann-Strussler-Scheinker's disease and sporadic CJD cases and also near vascular prion amyloid deposits. In variant CJD cases, occasionally, microglia clustering was found in plaques but no ubiquitin or complement proteins and hardly tau protein. Conclusions: In both AD and prion disease amyloid formation, irrespective of the protein involved, there seems to be a neuroinflammatory response with secondary neurofibrillary degeneration. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-304
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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