Research Continues in the Cause of CWD

 

Chronic wasting disease is a growing threat for deer, elk, and moose in North America, infecting a larger portion of the populations each year.

The fatal disease attacks the neurological system and seems, at this point, impossible to cure. Adding another layer to this complicated issue is a recent discovery that might indicate that efforts to stop it have been misaligned, with silver-lined implications that could have dire consequences if not heeded.

 

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Phage therapy: A different approach to fighting bacteria

What is Phage therapy? 

Phage therapy (PT) is also called bacteriophage therapy. It uses viruses to treat bacterial infections. Bacterial viruses are called phages or bacteriophages. They only attack bacteria; phages are harmless to people, animals, and plants.

Bacteriophages are the natural enemies of bacteria. The word bacteriophage means “bacteria eater.” They’re found in soil, sewage, water, and other places bacteria live. These viruses help keep bacteria growth in check in nature.

Phage therapy might sound new, but it has been used for 100Trusted Source years. However, the treatment isn’t well known. More research is needed on bacteriophages. This therapy for disease-causing bacteria may be a useful alternative to antibiotics.

 

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Novel Spiroplasma sp. Isolated From CWD

Novel Spiroplasma sp. Isolated From CWD Is an Extreme Bacterial Thermoacidophile That Survives Autoclaving, Boiling, Formalin Treatment, and Significant Gamma Irradiation

Abstract


Rapid spreading of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wildlife and captive cervid populations has exposed lack of progress in deal- ing with the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) of man and animals. Since the TSE transmissible agent was resistant to extremes in environmental and chemical treatments, focus was on an unconventional agent including the prion theory. Recent break- through research has revealed consistent isolation of a novel Spiro- plasma sp. from TSE-affected tissues that propagates in cell-free media and on agar. Here, we developed a live culture assay to test whether the CWD spiroplasma isolate possessed unconventional bi- ologic properties akin to those of the transmissible agent of TSE.

 

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Major NIH grant will support early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease via skin testing

CLEVELAND, October 4, 2019--Wenquan Zou, MD, PhD, an expert in degenerative neurological diseases, along with his collaborators Shu G. Chen, PhD also from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Jiyan Ma, MD, PhD, from Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Thomas Beach, MD, PhD, from Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, Arizona, have received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD) via an innovative skin testing approach. Also part of the team is Steven Gunzler, MD, a neurologist at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the School of Medicine.

The methodology uses highly sensitive technology to detect the presence in the skin of "misfolded" alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) proteins that are the cause of nerve cell dysfunction and death in PD.

 

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Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania Backing Dr. Bastian

Dr. Frank Bastian, formerly of the Louisiana State University (LSU), has promoted a theory since about 2003 that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is caused by spiroplasma bacteria. Nearly every other researcher has determined that CWD is caused by misfolded prions, which are protein materials. According to Dr. James Kroll and others, Bastian's theory has been discredited because no other researcher has been able to replicate Bastian's findings. Because of his controversial theory, Bastian lost his privilege to do research at LSU.

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