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  • Newly Discovered Infectious Prion Structure Shines Light on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
    Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. ...More
    September 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Could Alzheimer's Be Transmissible Like Infectious Prions?
    Up until now, Alzheimer's disease has not been recognized as transmissible. Now researchers at the University of Zurich and the Medical University Vienna demonstrated Alzheimer-type pathology in brains of recipients of dura mater grafts who died later from ...More
    January 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Synthetic Prion Series is Created in the Lab
    The International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), in collaboration with the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute in Milan, established ideal lab conditions to create synthetic prions which act like biological ones, in a repetitive manner. Synthetic prions produced in a ...More
    January 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Prion Disease Detected Soon After Infection and in Surprising Place in Mouse Model
    Prion diseases--incurable, ultimately fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of mammals--are believed to develop undetected in the brain over several years from infectious prion protein. In a new study, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report they ...More
    September 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Finding a Way Forward in the Fight Against Prion Disease
    For much of her adult life Valerie Sim has been fascinated by a disease very few in the world can claim to even begin to understand. Sim is one of Canada's foremost authorities on prion disease--more commonly known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease in ...More
    September 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Multiple System Atrophy is First New Human Prion Disease Identified in 50 Years
    Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson’s disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin to the misfolded proteins involved in incurable progressive brain diseases such Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), ...More
    September 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Brain Infection Study Reveals How Disease Spreads From Gut
    Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. The study reveals how the proteins -- called prions -- spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Grass Plants Can Transport Infectious Prions
    Grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The research was published online in the latest issue of Cell Reports. Prions are the protein-based infectious ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop Nasal Test for Human Prion Disease
    A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their Italian colleagues. ...More
    August 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Infectious Prion Protein in Urine of Patients with Variant CJD
    The misfolded and infectious prion protein that is a marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – linked to the consumption of infected cattle meat – has been detected in the urine of patients with the disease by researchers at the University of Texas Health ...More
    August 7, 2014 Posted in News
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