Microglial cells kill prion-damaged neurons in vitro by a CD14-dependent process.

Microglial cells killed primary cortical neurons exposed to the prion (PrP)-derived peptide HuPrP106-126. The survival of HuPrP106-126-damaged neurons was increased by pre-treating microglial cells with anti-CD14 antibodies, while microglial cells from CD14 knockout mice failed to kill HuPrP106-126-damaged neurons. In addition, HuPrP106-126-damaged neurons… (More)