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Ann Neurol. 1999 Nov;46(5):774-7.

Detection of 14-3-3 brain protein in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with paraneoplastic neurological disorders.

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Service of Neurology and Institute d'Investigació Biomèdica August Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona, Spain.


The detection of 14-3-3 protein in cerebrospinal fluid by immunoblotting is useful for the diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). We found 14-3-3 protein in 10 of 80 (12.5%) patients with paraneoplastic neurological disorders (PNDs), whose presenting symptoms may mimic those of CJD. In 47 of 48 CJD patients, the 14-3-3 protein was detected as a single band, and it was detected as a double band in 1 patient. The double-band pattern was observed in 9 of 10 14-3-3 protein-positive patients with PNDs. The 14-3-3 protein assay may be positive in PND patients, but the immunoblotting pattern distinguishes most PND samples from those of CJD.

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