Understanding human prion diseases.

Grant number: 454546 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

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Abstract

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 also exist. Prion diseases are transmissible by inoculation with, or dietary exposure to, infected tissues. The infectious agent, referred to as a prion , has not been conclusively identified. However, a major component of purified prions is an abnormal disease associated form of the host prion protein. Differences in the duration of illness and pathology of sporadic CJD suggests that the disease may be caused by different prion strains. The..

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