volume 141, issue 1-2, P66-71 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2006.02.022
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Abstract: A key molecular event in prion diseases is the conversion of the prion protein (PrP) from its normal cellular form (PrP(C)) to the disease-specific form (PrP(Sc)). The transition from PrP(C) to PrP(Sc) involves a major conformational change, resulting in amorphous aggregates and/or fibrillar amyloid deposits. Here several lines of evidence implicating membranes in the conversion of PrP are reviewed with a particular emphasis on the role of lipid rafts in the conformational transition of prion proteins. New cor…

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