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Aguzzi, Adriano; Falsig, Jeppe (2012). Prion propagation, toxicity and degradation. Nature Neuroscience, 15(7):936-939.

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Prion science has been on a rollercoaster for two decades. In the mid 1990s, the specter of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE) provoked an unprecedented public scare that was first precipitated by the realization that this animal prion disease could be transmitted to humans and then rekindled by the evidence that BSE-infected humans could pass on the infection through blood transfusions. Along with the gradual disappearance of BSE, the interest in prions has waned with the general public, funding agencies and prospective PhD students. In the past few years, however, a bewildering variety of diseases have been found to share features with prion infections, including cell-to-cell transmission. Here we review these developments and summarize those open questions that we currently deem most interesting in prion biology: how do prions damage their hosts, and how do hosts attempt to neutralize invading prions?

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:02 Jul 2012 15:44
Last Modified:10 Dec 2013 06:07
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Publisher DOI:10.1038/nn.3120
PubMed ID:22735515
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 23
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