Journal article

Prion infection of epithelial Rov cells is a polarized event.

Sophie Paquet, Elifsu Sabuncu, Jean-Louis Delaunay, Hubert Laude, Didier Vilette

Journal of Virology | Published : 2004


During prion infections, the cellular glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored glycoprotein PrP is converted into a conformational isoform. This abnormal conformer is thought to recruit and convert the normal cellular PrP into a likeness of itself and is proposed to be the infectious agent. We investigated the distribution of the PrP protein on the surface of Rov cells, an epithelial cell line highly permissive to prion multiplication, and we found that PrP is primarily expressed on the apical side. We further show that prion transmission to Rov cells is much more efficient if infectivity contacts the apical side, indicating that the apical and basolateral sides of Rov cells are not equally com..

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