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Intervirology. 1975-1976;6(3):150-5.

Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease to the patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) with cytopathological changes in in vitro cultivated brain cells.


The transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) to the patas monkey, Erythrocebus patas, has been accomplished. Clinical neurological disease was first noticed 47 months and 23 days after intracerebral inoculation of infected squirrel monkey brain. The disease progressed slowly and lasted 8 months. Microscopic examination of the brain and spinal cord revealed lesions of status spongiosus and astrogliosis in the cortical gray matter consistent with a diagnosis of experimental CJD. A vacuolating 'spongiform' cytopathological effect was seen in many of the in vitro cultivated brain cells in the outgrowth from explanted brain tissue of this monkey.

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