Journal article

Acute Neurotoxicity Models of Prion Disease

AMT Islam, PA Adlard, DI Finkelstein, V Lewis, S Biggi, E Biasini, SJ Collins

ACS CHEMICAL NEUROSCIENCE | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Prion diseases are phenotypically diverse, transmissible, neurodegenerative disorders affecting both animals and humans. Misfolding of the normal prion protein (PrPC) into disease-associated conformers (PrPSc) is considered the critical etiological event underpinning prion diseases, with such misfolded isoforms linked to both disease transmission and neurotoxicity. Although important advances in our understanding of prion biology and pathogenesis have occurred over the last 3-4 decades, many fundamental questions remain to be resolved, including consensus regarding the principal pathways subserving neuronal dysfunction, as well as detailed biophysical characterization of PrPSc species transm..

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