To quantify, assess and control PrPsc exposition risk, suitable and reliable methods for detection of high risk material in foodstuff are crucial. A lack of specivity in recently published test systems for CNS material (Locker et al., 1999) is apparent: they are not species specific. All "classical" morphological methods (histological examination with staining, immunohistochemistry) are failing in this field, too. This is due to destruction, alteration and/or masking of the central nervous tissue structures during the production processes of meat products.
The aim of this project is to enable a high level of consumer protection by developing a species specific test system based on markers found specifically in risk material (e.g. central nervous tissue).<p>
To reach this goal, two ways are promising:<ol>
<li> Development of an antibody based test system for detection of species specific differences in amino acid sequence of proteins.
<li> A system based on detection of mRNA encoding such proteins.</ol>
<P> For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www.bayfor.org/en/portfolio/research-cooperations/world-of-livin…; target="_blank">FORPRION Research Program</a>.