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How do PrP mutations lead to prion disease?

My understanding is: The PrP gene in human cells is expressed as both PrP-c (normal protein) and PrP-sc (prion disease protein). This happens post transcriptionally, that is, the normal and the ...
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Why do you get prion diseases from eating animal brains but not other parts of the animal?

Eating animal brains is considered a delicacy in parts of China. We know that eating animal brains can lead to prion related diseases. Prions are misfolded proteins that are potentially infectious. ...
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How do prions cross the blood brain barrier?

How does the PrP scrapie protein maintain its confirmation while going through the GI tract? How does the PrP scrapie protein cross the blood brain barrier? Wouldn't the host immune system recognize ...
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What's the difference between prions and prion-like proteins?

If I added a prion domain to a protein, does that make the protein a prion-like protein or would it be considered a prion at that point? I'm trying to understand what prions are, how they aggregate ...
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Is prion a term used to describe the normal form of the protein as well as the disease causing form?

I've been reading my textbook and it refers to prions as a normal protein with a helpful function but it can turn into a disease causing form. However, I look in my other textbook and it refers to the ...
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Could the denaturation of protein during cooking could generate a prion, by any chance?

It may sound silly, but it appeared to me as a theoretical possibility; not a practical fear. On a healthy and correctly folded protein if cooking process is applied (that includes heating and ...
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How does mad cow disease evade immune system? [closed]

The mad cow disease is caused by prions right? So how do prions avoid white blood cells and antibodies?
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What negative effects does cannabalism have in other species (like prion diseases) and how are they mitigated?

It is well known that human cannibals are likely to suffer from a variety of ailments, particularly prion diseases. However a great many other species, from insect to ape practice cannibalism at much ...
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How do prions transmit their conformation to other proteins?

I was reading about prions and many sources say something to this effect: "Prions may propagate by transmitting their misfolded protein state: When a prion enters a healthy organism, it induces ...
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What is the origin of prions?

We know something about the origin of the first cell. But what do we know about prions? How did they originate?
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Potential to destroy viruses using prions? [closed]

Could a prion be used to sufficiently deform a viral protein in order to make the virus it is a part of incapable of reproducing? For example, take the common cold's VP1 protein and turn it into a ...
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How can ingesting a prion “infect” someone?

That's something that's been bugging me for a while... Our gastrointestinal tract produces proteases that degrade proteins. Prions are proteins. Shouldn't they be broken by proteases? Also, how can ...
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Can Alzheimer's disease be caused by Slow Prion infection?

I found this claim in my study materials with explanation of amyloi plaques, in comparison to CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). Its characteristic are Long doubling time of at least 5.2 days (I think ...