Prion protein cleavage.

Grant number: 567123 | Funding period: 2009 - 2013



Prion diseases, including Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy (“mad cow disease”) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans are transmissible and fatal diseases that occur when the normal prion protein (PrPc) mis-folds and accumulates in the brain. The specific function of PrPc within a cell remains unclear, however its presence is essential for prion diseases to occur. This project aims to define how PrPc cleavage affects its biological function(s), and influences susceptibility to prion infection.