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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

Confocal Microscopy Evidence of Prion Protein Fragment hPrP[173-195] Internalization in Rat B104 Neuroblastoma Cell Line

Author(s): Emanuela Urso, Raffaele Acierno, Maria Giulia Lionetto, Antonia Rizzello, Andrea Papa, Trifone Schettino and Michele Maffia

Volume 16, Issue 11, 2009

Page: [1281 - 1290] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/092986609789353655

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The cytotoxicity of hPrP[173-195] prion peptide against a neuroblastoma cell model was found independent of its tendency to aggregate over time. Cytosolic and nuclear inclusions of peptide were highlighted by confocal microscopy, suggesting a role as a transcription factor in activating signal transduction pathways involved in cell toxicity.

Keywords: Prion disease, cellular prion protein (PrPC), helix-2, structural ambivalence, synthetic prion peptides, confocal microscopy

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