Prion protein degradation by lichens of the genus Cladonia

  title={Prion protein degradation by lichens of the genus Cladonia},
  author={James P. Bennett and Cynthia M. Rodriguez and Christopher J. Johnson},
  journal={The Lichenologist},
  pages={523 - 531}
Abstract It has recently been discovered that lichens contain a serine protease capable of degrading the pathogenic prion protein, the etiological agent of prion diseases such as sheep scrapie and cervid chronic wasting disease. Limited methods are available to degrade or inactivate prion disease agents, especially in the environment, and lichens or their serine protease could prove important for management of these diseases. Scant information is available regarding the presence or absence of… Expand
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