Electron cryomicroscopy revealed two major particle populations of similar to 60 and similar to 45 nm in diameter. The similar to 60-nm particles
were characterized by a membrane bilayer (presumably an envelope) that is spatially separated from an internal structure (presumably a capsid), VE-821 mouse and they were enriched in fractions that displayed a high infectivity-to-HCV RNA ratio. The similar to 45-nm particles lacked a membrane bilayer and displayed a higher buoyant density and a lower infectivity-to-HCV RNA ratio. We also observed a minor population of very-low-density, >100-nm-diameter vesicular particles that resemble exosomes. This study provides low-resolution ultrastructural information of particle populations displaying differential biophysical properties and specific infectivity. Correlative analysis of the abundance of the different particle populations with infectivity, LB-100 solubility dmso HCV RNA, and viral antigens suggests that infectious particles
are likely to be present in the large similar to 60-nm HCV particle populations displaying a visible bilayer. Our study constitutes an initial approach toward understanding the structural characteristics of infectious HCV particles.”
“A number of neurotoxin- and gene-based rodent models of acute neurodegeneration of nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurons are used to study Parkinson’s disease (PD). The rapid degeneration achieved by many of these current models limits the capacity of the model to develop pathogenic mechanisms and display the various stages of motor degradation representative of the human Parkinsonian condition. Chronic rodent models have been the only ones to reproduce these characteristics, yet do not show correlated progress of DA loss with multiple to stepwise behavioral deficits as seen in humans. In the present
study, we have developed a progressive model of increasing DA loss and motor dysfunction via progressively increased administration of the neurotoxin, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), in the C57BI/6J mouse. Mice were administered a daily (5 d/wk) dose of MPTP that increased weekly over the course of 4 weeks (4 mg/kg, 8 mg/kg, 16 mg/kg and 32 mg/kg). Each treatment group was tested for exploratory and motor behavioral changes after every week leading up to their final dose, as well as changes in tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity (TH-ir) of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) and caudate putamen (CPu). We detected a 24% decrease in the mean number of TH-ir SNpc neurons/section after 1 week, and a 62% decrease after 4 weeks as compared to the vehicle group. CPu TH-ir began at a 35% loss after 1 week and increased to a 74% loss after 4 weeks compared to the vehicle group. CPu DA content showed an initial decrease of 20% after 1 week, and a final decrease of 70% following week 4 versus the vehicle group.