How do glycosaminoglycans promote the propagation of prions?

Grant number: 400229


The prion diseases are a group of transmissible, neurodegenerative disorders affecting both humans and animals. The most common form in humans is sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), although acquired (variant CJD) and inherited (familial CJD) forms are recognised. Prion diseases are transmissible to the same species by inoculation with, or dietary exposure to, infected tissues. The infectious agent, referred to as a prion , has not been identified at the molecular level. However, a major component of purified prions is an abnormal disease associated form of the host encoded prion protein. Understanding how the disease associated form of the prion protein is generated and how host-deriv..

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