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2011-01-14 08:51:46

Airborne prions are also infectious and can induce mad cow disease or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder. This is the surprising conclusion of researchers at the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich and the University of Tbingen. They recommend precautionary measures for scientific labs, slaughterhouses and animal feed plants. The prion is the infectious agent that caused the epidemic of mad cow disease, also termed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and claimed the life of over...

2011-01-14 08:50:08

Scientists at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI; Tuebingen) have challenged the notion that airborne prions are innocuous. Details of how inhalation of prion-tainted aerosols induced disease are published January 13 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens. It is known that prions can be transmitted through contaminated surgical instruments and, more rarely, through blood transfusions. However, prions are not generally considered...

2010-12-17 16:15:21

Findings Point to Normal Prion Protein as Most Effective Therapeutic Target for "Mad Cow" and Related Diseases Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown that prions, bits of infectious protein that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or "mad cow disease," have the ability to adapt to survive in a new host environment. In this regard, although they lack DNA and RNA, they behave much like viruses,...

2010-12-03 13:27:50

A fast test to diagnose fatal brain conditions such as mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans could be on the horizon, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists. Researchers at NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have developed a highly sensitive and rapid new method to detect and measure infectious agents called prions that cause these diseases. "Although relatively rare in humans and other animals, prion...

2010-12-01 21:11:38

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that plasminogen, which helps break down blood clots, puts rogue prion proteins into overdrive, causing devastating brain diseases The joy of a juicy hamburger could make a comeback thanks a new discovery by scientists from the University of Kentucky. In a new research report in the December 2010 print issue of The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), scientists found that a protein our body uses to break up blood clots speeds up the progress of...

2010-10-19 20:39:16

The eyes of sheep infected with scrapie "“ a neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease "“ return an intense, almost-white glow when they're hit with blue excitation light, according to a research project led by Iowa State University's Jacob Petrich. The findings suggest technologies and techniques can be developed to quickly and noninvasively test for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, progressive and fatal neurological diseases such as mad cow disease in cattle and...

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2010-09-12 09:50:00

A cow's eyes may show signs of neurological disorders such as mad cow disease, according to scientists.Noticing the signs early enough may help prevent infected meat from reaching the food supply.Researchers at the Iowa State University examined the retinas of sheep infected with scrapie -- a disease similar to mad cow disease. The researchers stated in the journal Analytical Chemistry that the sick sheep's eyes had a unique "glow."People who eat contaminated meat may contract a brain-wasting...

2010-08-13 16:25:04

Variably protease-sensitive prionopathy shares genotype characteristics with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease A new sporadic prion protein disease has been discovered. Variably protease-sensitive prionopathy (VPSPr), as it has been named, is the second type of complete sporadic disease to be identified since Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) was reported in the 1920s. The landmark finding from the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University is published in...

2010-07-27 13:46:13

Metal surfaces spur conversion of normal prion protein into disease-causing prions In a startling new study that involved research on both sides of the Atlantic, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida and the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology in England have shown for the first time that abnormal prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, can suddenly erupt from healthy brain tissue. The...

2010-07-08 14:00:14

"Based on the monitoring records of spongiform encephalopathy in two Nordic countries, we studied the possibility of transmission of the sporadic form of CJD through general surgery", explains Jesús de Pedro, main author of the study and head of prion monitoring in patients at the National Epidemiology Centre of the Carlos III Health Institute. The finding, published recently in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, reveals that, with a few exceptions,...


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