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Prion. 2020 Dec;14(1):88-94. doi: 10.1080/19336896.2020.1724608.

RT-QuIC-based detection of alpha-synuclein seeding activity in brains of dementia with Lewy Body patients and of a transgenic mouse model of synucleinopathy.

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Laboratory Animal Center, Division of Research Strategy, Korea Brain Research Institute, Daegu, Republic of Korea.
National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.


RT-QuIC is a shaking-based cyclic amplification technique originally developed in the prion field to detect minute amounts of scrapie prion protein (PrPSc). In this study, we applied the RT-QuIC assay to investigate a-synuclein (a-syn) seeding activity in brains of Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB) patients and in brains of G2-3 transgenic mice expressing human a-syn with A53T mutation. The results show that a-syn seeding activity varies between patients with detectable dilutions ranging from 10-3 to 10-8 dilutions of brain tissue and is stable under exposures to the cycles of freezing, thawing and sonication. A53T a-syn aggregates from G2-3 transgenic mice greatly favoured A53T recombinant human a-syn as substrates in comparison to wild-type a-syn, suggesting that conformations for wild-type a-syn to be able to adopt are not compatible with that of A53T aggregates from G2-3.


RT-QuIC; a-synuclein; seeded aggregation

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