W Sumudhu S Perera

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The neurodegenerative spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases, are characterized by the conversion of the normal cellular form of the prion protein PrP(C) to a pathogenic form, PrP(Sc) [1]. There are four copies of an octarepeat PHGG(G/S)WGQ that specifically bind Cu(2+) ions within the N-terminal half of PrP(C) [2--4]. This has led to proposals that(More)
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is essential for the pathogenesis and transmission of prion diseases. Although PrP(C) is known to be located in detergent-insoluble lipid rafts at the surface of neuronal cells, the mechanism of its internalisation is unclear, with both raft/caveolae-based and clathrin-mediated processes being proposed. We have(More)
Endoproteolysis of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) modulates both the normal function of the protein and the pathogenesis of the neurodegenerative prion diseases. PrP(C) undergoes alpha-cleavage to generate the N-terminally truncated fragment C1. Utilizing various constructs of PrP(C) expressed in human neuroblastoma cells we investigated the(More)
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is critical for the development of prion diseases. However, the physiological role of PrP(C) is less clear, although a role in the cellular resistance to oxidative stress has been proposed. PrP(C) is cleaved at the end of the copper-binding octapeptide repeats through the action of reactive oxygen species (ROS), a process(More)
Our 11 anti-RhD's in conjunction with 37 previously published RhD antibodies, produced by hybridoma technology were analysed for germline gene usage and restriction in VH and VL pairings. The 17 VH germline genes used by the hybridoma anti-RhD IgG were derived from 4 VH families (VH1, VH2, VH3 and VH4). Eighteen kappa chains were restricted to only 5(More)
The prion protein (PrP) has been proposed to display sequence and structural similarities to membrane-anchored signal peptidases [Glockshuber et al. (1998) FEBS Lett. 426, 291-296]. We have investigated the role of Tyr-128 and His-177 in the proteolytic fragmentation of murine PrP by mutating these residues to Phe and Leu, respectively, and expressing the(More)
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