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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.
Self-propagating aggregates key to Alzheimer's, other diseases

Self-propagating aggregates key to Alzheimer's, other diseases

Scientists identify specific type of receptor that may aid in treatment of AD, Parkinson’s disease

Scientists identify specific type of receptor that may aid in treatment of AD, Parkinson’s disease

Researchers create mouse models to advance the study of unusual deadly diseases

Researchers create mouse models to advance the study of unusual deadly diseases

Prion proteins responsible for Mad cow disease, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease

Prion proteins responsible for Mad cow disease, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease

Key to treating neurodegenerative prion diseases may lie in ribosome, shows research

Key to treating neurodegenerative prion diseases may lie in ribosome, shows research

New treatment strategy for patients with CMT disease on the horizon

New treatment strategy for patients with CMT disease on the horizon

New technique developed at MU may make food contamination testing more rapid, accurate

New technique developed at MU may make food contamination testing more rapid, accurate

TSRI scientists identify new drugs for human prion disease

TSRI scientists identify new drugs for human prion disease

Alzheimer's research demonstrates cell-to-cell transmission of neurodegenerative proteins

Alzheimer's research demonstrates cell-to-cell transmission of neurodegenerative proteins

Fast-progressing hearing impairment linked to fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Fast-progressing hearing impairment linked to fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Study identifies how new ALS gene mutations cause other diseases of the brain, muscle and bone

Study identifies how new ALS gene mutations cause other diseases of the brain, muscle and bone

Prions may be crucial in brain development during childhood

Prions may be crucial in brain development during childhood

Vaccine confidence: an interview with Dr Heidi Larson

Vaccine confidence: an interview with Dr Heidi Larson

Neuro-inflammation plays a crucial role in initiating prion disease

Neuro-inflammation plays a crucial role in initiating prion disease

Reducing copper in the body delays onset of prion disease

Reducing copper in the body delays onset of prion disease

Researchers identify new class of compounds that inhibit spread of prions

Researchers identify new class of compounds that inhibit spread of prions

Study details how Parkinson's disease spreads through the brain

Study details how Parkinson's disease spreads through the brain

Soon a single therapy for range of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Soon a single therapy for range of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Mad cow disease raises concern but safety nets are in place says USDA

Mad cow disease raises concern but safety nets are in place says USDA

LCP molecules can treat prion diseases

LCP molecules can treat prion diseases