Individual prions capable of cell damage

02/14/2012 | Medical News Today

New research challenges the concept that prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy are the result of prion aggregates, also called oligomers. Researchers found that a single prion protein, called a monomer, causes significant cell damage on its own. Since prion diseases are similar to conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, the findings may help the study of these illnesses.

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