how does a prion reproduce.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 04:27 AM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 05:55 AM
The prion protein is a naturally occurring protein - the natural protein just needs the template of the prion form in order to turn into another prion protein.
Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:00 AM
the straight form: a bendy piece of iron
the 'W' form: a rigid magnet
Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:28 PM
Posted 7 September 2010 - 03:55 PM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:52 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:38 AM
ahh prions.... my specialist subject. I was going to launch into some detailed essay on protein folding, but I think the magnet analogy is really good! Normal, healthy prion protein (that everyone has) is made of alpha helices, 'bad', infectious prion protein is made of mainly beta-sheets. No one knows exactly (at the molecular level) how the infectious beta-sheet prions force the normal helical protein to change its shape, but experiments have shown that the normal protein definitely interacts with the beta sheet prion form and then changes its structure.
"how does a prion reproduce."
I suppose prion here would reproduces the same way as any other human does.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:14 AM
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