July 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;7/15/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 2, piii
Academic Journal
British diagnostics company, Microsens SA said on May 26, 2004, that it had won the race to detect abnormal prion proteins in the blood of patients with suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The London-based private equity company presented findings of this report at the NeuroPrion Conference in Paris, France. Microsens has developed a ligand-based technology, called Seprion, into a simple immunoassay. It is reported that an affinity ligand captures the abnormal protein, an antibody detects it, and an enzyme signals the positive result by turning the sample blue. The technology was used to compare blood samples from a human patient with symptoms associated with CJD to control samples.


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