Journal article

Cavitation during the protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) method - The trigger for de novo prion generation?

Cathryn L Haigh, Simon C Drew

BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

The protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) technique has become a widely-adopted method for amplifying minute amounts of the infectious conformer of the prion protein (PrP). PMCA involves repeated cycles of 20 kHz sonication and incubation, during which the infectious conformer seeds the conversion of normally folded protein by a templating interaction. Recently, it has proved possible to create an infectious PrP conformer without the need for an infectious seed, by including RNA and the phospholipid POPG as essential cofactors during PMCA. The mechanism underpinning this de novo prion formation remains unknown. In this study, we first establish by spin trapping methods that cavitati..

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