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What is a prion disease?

A prion disease (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) is a disease caused by prion aggregations. Some prion diseases include bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), kuru, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Full Answer

What are Prions and what disease they cause?

A prion is a misfolded protein that is considered an infectious agent because they cause properly folded proteins to convert into the misfolded, prion form. In humans, prions cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. In cattle, prions cause mad-cow disease. Full Answer

Infectious particle made of protein?

Prions are infectious proteins. Examples are the well known "mad cow disease" or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE; affects cattle), scrapie (affects sheep), Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, Kuru, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, and Fatal familial insomnia. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is the disease that occurs… Full Answer