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Prion Protein
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Misfolding of PrPC causes prion diseases, which include kuru, CJD and mad cow disease.  PrP's normal function is related to copper and zinc regulation in the central nervous system. Cu2+ promotes an interaction between the protein's domains that suppresses inherent neurotoxicity. (J. Mol. Biol. 432:4408-25 2020, Meth. Enzymol. 666:297-314 2022)
PrPC is a primary receptor for the Aβ peptide and its aggregates, which form senile plaques that initiate Alzheimer's disease. Confocal microscopy shows that Aβ with a fluorescent tag (green) is imported into PrP expressing cells. (PNAS 117:28625-31 2020).

Research Funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH R35 GM131781                       

              Chemistry           PBSE             qb3          



Professor Glenn L. Millhauser
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

glennm at

office phone  831 459 2176
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