Tuite, M.F. (2000) Cell biology. Sowing the protein seeds of prion propagation. Science, 289 (5479). pp. 556-557. ISSN 0036-8075 .
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Ever since Prusiner first proposed his radical "protein-only" hypothesis to explain how certain infectious proteins (prions) are transmitted from one mammal to another in the absence of DNA or RNA, scientists have been trying to prove him right (or wrong). The study of mammalian prions, such as those causing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, scrapie in sheep and mad cow disease in cattle, has been slow to yield answers. However, as Tuite discusses in his Perspective, the Sup35p and Ure2p proteins of yeast that exist in both normal and infectious forms are providing evidence that the "protein-only" hypothesis may be right (Sparrer et al.).
|Additional information:||0036-8075 (Print) Comment Journal Article|
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Biopolymers Fungal Proteins/*chemistry/genetics/metabolism Liposomes Molecular Weight Mutation Phenotype Prions/*chemistry/genetics/metabolism Protein Conformation Saccharomyces cerevisiae/*chemistry/genetics/metabolism *Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences > Protein Science Group|
|Depositing User:||Mick Tuite|
|Date Deposited:||27 May 2009 07:08|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:20|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5460 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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