Solution structure of a 142-residue recombinant prion protein corresponding to the infectious fragment of the scrapie isoform.

The scrapie prion protein (PrPSc) is the major, and possibly the only, component of the infectious prion; it is generated from the cellular isoform (PrPC) by a conformational change. N-terminal truncation of PrPSc by limited proteolysis produces a protein of approximately 142 residues designated PrP 27-30, which retains infectivity. A recombinant protein… CONTINUE READING