Journal article

Glycosylation influences cross-species formation of protease-resistant prion protein

SA Priola, VA Lawson

EMBO JOURNAL | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2001

Abstract

A key event in the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) is the formation of aggregated and protease-resistant prion protein, PrP-res, from a normally soluble, protease-sensitive and glycosylated precursor, PrP-sen. While amino acid sequence similarity between PrP-sen and PrP-res influences both PrP-res formation and cross-species transmission of infectivity, the influence of co- or post-translational modifications to PrP-sen is unknown. Here we report that, if PrP-sen and PrP-res are derived from different species, PrP-sen glycosylation can significantly affect PrP-res formation. Glycosylation affected PrP-res formation by influencing the amount of PrP-sen bound to PrP-res, while..

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