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Prions, the lesser known first cousin of the moron.
Thank you for posting. This is excellent research. One step closer to understanding prions.
Questions from a novice:
“What causes the proteins to fold, replicate and become prions if there is no DNA, or RNA?” Another enzyme?
“Why is PrP so structurally sound and resistant to protease enzyme destruction?” Heat at 600 degree C., Boiling water, radiation .... Wow..
I find the research this past year showing how the lichen Parmelia sulcata when consumed by deer, elk and moose denature the prions in chronic wasting disease in the wild. Is is possible that the solution to denaturing prions is with fungal prions that do not affect humans? If PrPc is necessary for long term potentiation in the hippocampus and the variations of PrPsc block potentiation by creating amyloid plaques, the firewall to block Alzheimer’s just might be found in lichen prion research.
Natural Born Prion Killers: Lichens Degrade Mad Cow Related Brain Pathogen
By Philip Yam | May 19, 2011
Too bad I’m over the hill. I would love to return to the university for a degree in microbiology/biochemistry. This stuff sure beats crossword puzzles! I find the whole field of epigenetic research and all of its sub fields absolutely fascinating.
No, I do not want to watch "Brokeback Mountain" with you.
I would love to know more about this and CJD. A friend of mine died last week from this disease and there just doesn’t seem to be much out there on how one gets it and there is no cure. We watched my friend in her early 50’s go from her normal, active self to passing away in a matter of about six weeks.
**** has now shown that the same molecules can also render the prions harmless, and potentially cure fatal nerve-destroying illnesses.***
So there is potential hope for liberals?
Thanks for the interesting post.