Joan Torrent

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Accumulation of PrP(Sc), an abnormal form of cellular prion protein (PrP), in the brain of animals and humans leads to fatal neurodegenerative disorders known as prion diseases. Limited protease digestion of PrP(Sc) produces a truncated form called PrP(27-30) that retains prion infectivity and is the main marker of disease targeted in most diagnostic tests.(More)
Prion diseases are characterized by the accumulation in the central nervous system of an abnormally folded isoform of the prion protein, named PrPSc. Aggregation of PrPSc into oligomers and fibrils is critically involved in the pathogenesis of prion diseases. Oligomers are supposed to be the key neurotoxic agents in prion disease, so modulation of prion(More)
No effective treatment currently exists for prion diseases and therefore the development of experimental non-human primate models of prion neurotoxicity, to better understand the underlying mechanism and to test new treatments relevant to humans, represents an urgent medical need. However, the establishment of such models is challenging due to animal(More)
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