Byron W. Caughey, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

TSE / Prion Biochemistry Section

NIAID/DIR

Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Building 2, Room 2106
903 South 4th Street
Hamilton, MT 59840

406-363-9264

bcaughey@niaid.nih.gov

Research Topics

Major Areas of Research

  • TSEs (prion diseases)
  • Prion structure, amplification and detection, and disease prevention and therapeutics
  • Prion protein functions and cell biology
  • Protein-folding diseases

Biography

Dr. Caughey received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and completed postdoctoral studies in pharmacology at Duke University Medical Center from 1985 to 1986. He has conducted TSE/prion research in the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases since 1986. He became a tenured senior investigator in 1994. Dr. Caughey is also an editor for the Journal of Virology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Selected Publications

  1. Orrú CD, Yuan J, Appleby BS, Li B, Li Y, Winner D, Wang Z, Zhan YA, Rodgers M, Rarick J, Wyza RE, Joshi T, Wang GX, Cohen ML, Zhang S, Groveman BR, Petersen RB, Ironside JW, Quiñones-Mateu ME, Safar JG, Kong Q, Caughey B, Zou WQ. Prion seeding activity and infectivity in skin samples from patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Sci Transl Med. 2017;9(417).

  2. Saijo E, Ghetti B, Zanusso G, Oblak A, Furman JL, Diamond MI, Kraus A, Caughey B. Ultrasensitive and selective detection of 3-repeat tau seeding activity in Pick disease brain and cerebrospinal fluid. Acta Neuropathol. 2017;133(5):751-765.

  3. Groveman BR, Orrù CD, Hughson AG, Raymond LD, Zanusso G, Ghetti B, Campbell KJ, Safar J, Galasko D, Caughey B. Rapid and ultra-sensitive quantitation of disease-associated α-synuclein seeds in brain and cerebrospinal fluid by αSyn RT-QuIC. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2018;6(1):7.

  4. Groveman BR, Raymond GJ, Campbell KJ, Race B, Raymond LD, Hughson AG, Orrú CD, Kraus A, Phillips K, Caughey B. Role of the central lysine cluster and scrapie templating in the transmissibility of synthetic prion protein aggregates. PLoS Pathog. 2017;13(9):e1006623.

  5. Orrú CD, Bongianni M, Tonoli G, Ferrari S, Hughson AG, Groveman BR, Fiorini M, Pocchiari M, Monaco S, Caughey B, Zanusso G. A test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease using nasal brushings. N Engl J Med. 2014;371(6):519-29.


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