Navigation Links
Tracking down the cause of mad cow disease
Date:10/8/2008

This release is available in German.

The cause of diseases such as BSE in cattle and CreutzfeldJakob disease in humans is a prion protein. This protein attaches to cell membranes by way of an anchor made of sugar and lipid components (a glycosylphosphatidylinositol, GPI) anchor. The anchoring of the prions seems to have a strong influence on the transformation of the normal form of the protein into its pathogenic form, which causes scrapie and mad cow disease. A team headed by Christian F. W. Becker at the TU Munich and Peter H. Seeberger at the ETH Zurich has now "recreated" the first GPI-anchored prion in the laboratory. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, they have been able to develop a new general method for the synthesis of anchored proteins.

The isolation of a complete prion protein that includes the anchor has not yet been achieved, nor has it been possible to produce a synthetic GPI-anchored protein. The function of the GPI anchor has thus remained in the dark. A new synthetic technique has now provided an important breakthrough for the German and Swiss team of researchers.

The sugar component of natural prion GPI anchors consists of five sugar building blocks, to which further sugars are attached through branches. Details of the lipid component have not been determined before. As a synthetic target, the researchers thus chose a construct made of the five sugars and one C18-lipid chain and worked out the corresponding synthetic route. First, the anchor was furnished with the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine. The prion protein was produced with the use of bacteria and was given an additional thioester (a sulfur-containing group). The centerpiece of the new concept is the linkage of the protein and anchor by means of a native chemical ligation, in which the cysteine group reacts with the thioester. This allowed the prion protein to firmly attach to the vesicle membranes by way of the artificial anchor.

This new concept will allow production of sufficient quantities of proteins modified with GPI anchors for in-depth studies. Experiments with the artificial GPI prion protein should help to clarify the influence of membrane association on conversion of the protein into the pathogenic scrapie form. This should finally make it possible to track down the infectious form of the prion.


'/>"/>

Contact: Christian F. W. Becker
christian.becker@ch.tum.de
49-892-891-3343
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Tracking feline memories on the move
2. Louisiana Tech researchers investigate tracking, sensors to assist Air Force
3. NIH recognizes Clemson nanotechnology for molecule tracking
4. GestureTek/Imagination Launch AirPoint, Worlds First Hand-Tracking Unit, for Shell Group.
5. Tracking stroke
6. Tracking influenzas every movement
7. Tracking prions
8. Paleozoic sediment curve provides new tool for tracking sea-floor sediment movements
9. deCODE discovers cause of major subtype of glaucoma
10. Study begins to reveal clues to the cause and progression of sepsis
11. Bleeding, not inflammation, is major cause of early lung infection death
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tracking down the cause of mad cow disease
(Date:4/13/2017)... , April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its ... Summits will run alongside the expo portion of the ... panels and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D ... design and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... GARDENS, Fla. , April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... management and secure authentication solutions, today announced that ... by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to ... IARPA,s Thor program. "Innovation has been ... and IARPA,s Thor program will allow us to ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 No ... but researchers at the New York University Tandon ... of Engineering have found that partial similarities between ... systems used in mobile phones and other electronic ... The vulnerability lies in the fact ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 17, 2017 , ... ... cancer research and personalized medicine, today announced the launch of a new breast ... Missouri. The study’s goal is to evaluate the potential for early detection of ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... While art and ... much more closely connected than one might think. A Mesh Is Also a ... at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) on August 17 and ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... England , Aug. 16, 2017  Kingfisher Talent, the ... and leadership development, and Virdis Group, global executive search specialists ... alliance that enables clients to leverage the expertise and reach ... our clients here in the Boston ... population of leadership talent throughout the US, Canada ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... 15, 2017 , ... Pittcon is pleased to once again ... instruments. This year’s symposium, organized by the Pittcon 2018 program chair, Annette Wilson, ... This dynamic presentation will discuss novel ionization processes, high throughput IMS-MS technologies, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: