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Mad Cow Disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. The nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. For reasons that are not yet understood, the normal prion protein changes into a pathogenic (harmful) form that then damages the central nervous system of cattle.
Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

New antibodies may halt key pathological mechanisms across several neurological diseases

New antibodies may halt key pathological mechanisms across several neurological diseases

Research suggests how malformed proteins linked to Parkinson’s could spread from the gut to the brain

Research suggests how malformed proteins linked to Parkinson’s could spread from the gut to the brain

Study unravels mystery of how nerve cells are damaged in neurodegenerative diseases

Study unravels mystery of how nerve cells are damaged in neurodegenerative diseases

New research shows how to prevent prions from growing into deadly diseases

New research shows how to prevent prions from growing into deadly diseases

Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics

Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics

New detection method could lead to noninvasive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

New detection method could lead to noninvasive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Study finds blood thinning drugs derived from cattle and pigs have equivalent anti-clotting properties

Study finds blood thinning drugs derived from cattle and pigs have equivalent anti-clotting properties

Prion proteins can drive emergence of new traits and adaptive opportunities

Prion proteins can drive emergence of new traits and adaptive opportunities

Groundbreaking research unravels structure of infectious prions that cause mad cow disease

Groundbreaking research unravels structure of infectious prions that cause mad cow disease

Scientists unravel effect of prion proteins on the nerves

Scientists unravel effect of prion proteins on the nerves

Researchers clarify beneficial function of brain protein linked to mad cow disease

Researchers clarify beneficial function of brain protein linked to mad cow disease

UTHealth researchers receive $11 million grant to study prion diseases

UTHealth researchers receive $11 million grant to study prion diseases

Actin filaments may be key to molecular machinery that forms, stores long-term memories

Actin filaments may be key to molecular machinery that forms, stores long-term memories

Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Advanced assay offers better sensitivity for detecting a prion disease affecting elk

Scientists propose that Alzheimer's disease should be treated separately

Scientists propose that Alzheimer's disease should be treated separately

Novel approach promises easier way to detect protein fibers implicated in neuro-degenerative diseases

Novel approach promises easier way to detect protein fibers implicated in neuro-degenerative diseases

Research shows how prion-like proteins critical for maintaining long-term memories

Research shows how prion-like proteins critical for maintaining long-term memories

UAlberta scientists explore physical principles underlying formation of misfolded protein aggregates

UAlberta scientists explore physical principles underlying formation of misfolded protein aggregates

Academics from University of Zurich selected to receive EU's most prestigious research grant

Academics from University of Zurich selected to receive EU's most prestigious research grant