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Prions

by Vincent Racaniello, PhD
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    The lecture Prions by Vincent Racaniello, PhD is from the course Microbiology: Introduction. It contains the following chapters:

    • Prions
    • Scrapie
    • Inactivation of Scrapie Infectivity
    • Current View of Prions
    • Sporadic CJD
    • Forced Cannibalism Spreads BSE
    • Chronic Wasting Disease

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Kuru
    2. Chronic wasting disease
    3. Exotic ungulate encephalopathy
    4. Feline spongiform encephalopathy
    1. The pathogenic prion is a conformational isoform of a normal host protein
    2. These diseases occur only in humans
    3. Prions contain a small nucleic acid component
    4. Prions are highly sensitive to UV and ionizing radiation
    1. Consumption of contaminated beef is known to have transmitted a TSE to humans.
    2. Humans may sporadically develop prion disease
    3. Scrapie can be transmitted to mice
    4. Humans may transmit prion disease to other humans via corneal transplants
    1. They involve collections of several different parasites all working together.
    2. They are uniformly undetectable before symptoms develop.
    3. No diagnostic tests exist that can tell if a person is infected with a prion.
    4. There are no effective treatments to cure a prion disease.
    5. They involve an incubation period and symptoms which involve neurological problems.

    Author of lecture Prions

     Vincent Racaniello, PhD

    Vincent Racaniello, PhD


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