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Immunity against prions?


Heppner, F L; Arrighi, I; Kalinke, U; Aguzzi, A (2001). Immunity against prions? Trends in Molecular Medicine, 7(11):477-479.

Abstract

Several recent reports indicate that antibodies directed against the cellular form of the prion protein, PrPC, might eliminate the transmissible agent of spongiform encephalopathies (the prion) from scrapie-infected cells in vitro, and that a humoral immune response could prevent scrapie pathogenesis in vivo. These findings suggest that immunotherapeutical intervention against prion diseases is not unattainable. Will vaccines and post-exposure strategies based on antibodies ever prove useful against scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease?

Several recent reports indicate that antibodies directed against the cellular form of the prion protein, PrPC, might eliminate the transmissible agent of spongiform encephalopathies (the prion) from scrapie-infected cells in vitro, and that a humoral immune response could prevent scrapie pathogenesis in vivo. These findings suggest that immunotherapeutical intervention against prion diseases is not unattainable. Will vaccines and post-exposure strategies based on antibodies ever prove useful against scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease?

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
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:2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:21
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1471-4914
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S1471-4914(01)02182-7
PubMed ID:11689311

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