If you haven’t already, first read part 1 of this post: Prions – Proteins that won’t follow the rules. Several fungal proteins that exhibit prion protein characteristics have been identified. As a group they are called yeast prions, due to their initial discovery in Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the 1990s. Some prions can help cells survive, … Read More

Prions are misfolded proteins that cause other proteins to refold into diseased states. In its native state, the prion protein is found in healthy cells, especially of the brain. If a misfolded prion comes into contact with a native state prion, it will cause the native state prion to refold into the misfolded state, forming … Read More

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with the degeneration of nerves in multiple areas of the brain that affect vital functions such as movement, balance, and involuntary functions, such as bladder control, heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure regulation. This disease shares many similarities with Parkinson’s Disease. It develops later in adulthood, … Read More

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