Snake-like cunning combats prion diseases

时间:2019-03-07 08:02:18166网络整理admin

By Debora MacKenzie INTERRUPTING the immune system may eventually lead to treatments for Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Two separate teams of researchers have discovered that a particular immune process helps prion proteins cause diseases such as BSE, scrapie and vCJD. One of the teams has managed to block with the process using cobra venom. Prion infections generally start when the victim eats or is injected with material from an infected animal. The deformed prion that causes the disease must hijack its host’s cells to replicate. In scrapie,