The transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) through blood transfusions has created new concerns about the iatrogenic spread of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs)/prion diseases through blood and plasma-derived products and has increased the need to develop efficient methods for detection of the agent in biologics. Here, we report the first successful generation of spleen-derived murine stromal cell cultures that persistently propagate two mouse-adapted isolates of human TSE agents, mouseadapted vCJD, and Fukuoka 1. These new cell cultures can be used efficiently for studies of the pathogenesis of the disease, for development of diagnostics and therapeutics, and as a rapid ex vivo assay for TSE inactivation/removal procedures.
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- Insect Science