Problem

Infectious proteins

Other Names:
Prions
Nature:

Prion diseases, according to the leading theory, occur when "infectious proteins" called prions misfold and then recruit normal proteins to do likewise. The misshapen proteins clump together, eventually killing brain cells. These diseases at present can be diagnosed definitively only by examining a brain after death. Misshapen molecules have been linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and more common, non-infectious brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Lou Gehrig's.

Broader Problems:
Viruses
Values:
Infection
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
Biosciences Proteins
Medicine Pathology
Date of last update
09.04.2019 – 11:51 CEST