Patent Number: 6,166,187

Title: Method of concentrating prion proteins in blood samples

Abstract: A sample is prepared from blood in a manner which makes it possible to further analyze proteins in the sample, e.g. to detect prions in the sample. Blood is extracted, allowed to clot and subjected to separation processing (e.g. centrifugation) to obtain serum. The serum is treated with a complexing agent which agent binds prions in the sample forming an agent/protein complex which makes it possible to concentrate the complex. Concentration of the complex results in a sample which can be successfully analyzed, e.g. assayed using a range of different types of assay methodologies for detecting prions.

Inventors: Prusiner; Stanley B. (San Francisco, CA), Safar; Jiri G. (Concord, CA)

Assignee: The Regents of the University of California

International Classification: G01N 33/68 (20060101); A23J 001/00 (); G01N 001/00 (); G01N 033/53 (); G01N 033/567 (); B01D 012/00 (); A61K 039/42 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017