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What is the difference between an amyloid and a prion? Is alzheimer's suspected to be from a prion?
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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
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In brief: No
Prion causes different disease that also causes dementia.
Prion is a different protein than amyloid. It is infectious while amyloid is not.

In brief: No
Prion causes different disease that also causes dementia.
Prion is a different protein than amyloid. It is infectious while amyloid is not.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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In brief: Great question, but
Prions are v small protein-like structures that have been found to be essential to normal memory-indeed that underly most of biology (see susan whitehead prion research).
Amazingly, they replicate without nucleic acids. They are also implicated in other neurodegenerative disease. That they might cause ad excited many researchers, yet little evidence for this has been found.

In brief: Great question, but
Prions are v small protein-like structures that have been found to be essential to normal memory-indeed that underly most of biology (see susan whitehead prion research).
Amazingly, they replicate without nucleic acids. They are also implicated in other neurodegenerative disease. That they might cause ad excited many researchers, yet little evidence for this has been found.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Sam Gandy
Neurology
In brief: Prions are amyloids
But not all amyloids are prions.
Alzheimer's disease behaves like a prion in its spread through the brain but not from person to person.

In brief: Prions are amyloids
But not all amyloids are prions.
Alzheimer's disease behaves like a prion in its spread through the brain but not from person to person.
Dr. Sam Gandy
Dr. Sam Gandy
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