Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: an unfolding epidemic of misfolded proteins.
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is an emerging infectious disease believed to be the human manifestation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Variant CJD belongs to a family of human and animal diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). The pathogenesis of TSE is not fully understood, but a modified form of a normal cellular protein plays a central role. Current measures to control vCJD aim to prevent transmission of the infectious agent from animals to hu...Expand abstract
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