by Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Prions (proteinaceous infectious particles) are misfolded proteins with pathogenic potential, causing a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). These include Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD), fatal familial insomnia (FFI), Gerstmann–Sträussler syndrome (GSS), and kuru.

In this course, the student will be introduced to prions via the study of the characteristics of TSEs.

For optimal comprehension, the student will be required to have preliminary knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, histology, and physiology.

Course Details

  • Videos 8
  • Duration 0:36 h
  • Quiz questions 23
  • Concept Pages 1


Your Educators of course Prions

 Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Dr. Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University, in New York, USA.
He obtained his PhD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, in 1979 and joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1982.
Because of his achievements, he has received several awards, including the Irma T. Hirschl, Searle Scholars Program, Eli Lilly, and NIH Merit Awards. Dr. Racaniello is interested in using new media for medical education; he writes on his virology blog and hosts and produces several podcasts.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Racaniello teaches courses on Microbiology.

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Really Gr8!
By Joel C. on 26. February 2023 for Molecular Test for TSE Prions – TSEs

really gr8. to the point. fascinating. this whole program is quality cme. _JC

My review
By Ahmed A. on 11. November 2020 for Prions

I haven't reviewed the lecture but personally from watching some of the previous vids I feel that doc Vincent is not giving a USMLE lecture. while what he does is very good, lecturio is very specific for USMLE, the lecturer has to hit the most high yield points in the most concise and easy to understand way. the benchmark would be Hassan sattar in pathoma, very on the point summarizing massive topics to a single slide.

claro y conciso
By Cesar L. on 17. March 2020 for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSEs) of Humans

es un excelente vídeo, y esta muy bien explicado; justo el tema de mi próxima evaluación

I really liked it!
By Mariia R. on 04. June 2018 for Prions

By my opinion, very interesting and informative lectures. Thank you very much!