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How do prions enter the body

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
By mouth: These abnormal proteins which can lead to brain degeneration are in food containing brain tissue from affected animals. Herds are checked for this so... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sam Gandy
Neurology 39 years experience
Cut skin, ingestion: Ingestion by eating or through broken skin is best established but i would not exclude the possibility of spread through mucosal membranes of the eyes... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology 47 years experience
Prion: Prions are proteins that have changed physical conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells cannot be accomplished. The... Read More
Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Prion: Sub viral protein which infects. Cause of jacob-creutzfeld disease, a dementing illness.
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Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Unknown and yes: We all have the prion protein in our dna. Its normal function is unknown. Problems occur when something causes this protein to misfold. Misfolded pri... Read More
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Dr. Neil Kudler
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Unclear: Prions, which are microscopic protein particles, are not free roaming. Infection by then is very rare and has been primarily associated with contamina... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Change in shape: Prions appear to damage cell proteins by twisting them into unnatural configurations that accumulate in the cells and disrupt normal function.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not clear: Prions are duplications of Amino Acid chains that populate the brain and crowd out the normal brain components, causing gradual dementia and motor ch... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Slow viruses: Proto-typical disorder include spongiform encephalopathies such as Jakob-Creuzfeldt disease, but also mad cow disease and Kuru.
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Dr. Steven Weissberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Not temp: It's a good question. Many bacterially affected food can be made safe by high temperature. Not so for prion infected meat. This means that whether col... Read More

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