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Prion proteins and infertility: insight from mouse models


Genoud, N; Behrens, A; Arrighi, I; Aguzzi, A (2003). Prion proteins and infertility: insight from mouse models. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 103(3-4):285-289.

Abstract

A wealth of evidence points to an abnormal form of the prion protein called PrP(Sc) as the transmissible agent responsible for prion diseases. However, the physiological function of its normal conformer, the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)), is still unknown. Recently, a homologue of PrP(C) was discovered and denoted Doppel (Dpl). In contrast to PrP, mice deficient for Dpl suffer from an important pathological phenotype: male sterility. This phenotype shifts the attention from the brain, where most of the investigations on Dpl have been performed, to testis, raising hope to resolve the long lasting search of PrP(C) function.

A wealth of evidence points to an abnormal form of the prion protein called PrP(Sc) as the transmissible agent responsible for prion diseases. However, the physiological function of its normal conformer, the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)), is still unknown. Recently, a homologue of PrP(C) was discovered and denoted Doppel (Dpl). In contrast to PrP, mice deficient for Dpl suffer from an important pathological phenotype: male sterility. This phenotype shifts the attention from the brain, where most of the investigations on Dpl have been performed, to testis, raising hope to resolve the long lasting search of PrP(C) function.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2003
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:26
Last Modified:07 Jul 2016 13:33
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1424-8581
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000076814
PubMed ID:15051949
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1885

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