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Vet. Res.
Volume 39, Number 4, July-August 2008
Prion diseases in animals
Number of page(s) 14
Published online 15 February 2008
How to cite this article Vet. Res. (2008) 39:30
How to cite this article: Vet. Res. (2008) 39:30
DOI: 10.1051/vetres:2008010


PrP genetics in ruminant transmissible spongiform encephalopathies

Wilfred Goldmann

Roslin Institute Neuropathogenesis Unit, Ogston Building, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH 93JF, UK

Received 5 July 2007; accepted 24 January 2008 ; published online 15 February 2008

Abstract - Scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and chronic wasting disease (CWD) are prion diseases in ruminants with considerable impact on animal health and welfare. They can also pose a risk to human health and control is therefore an important issue. Prion protein (PrP) genetics may be used to control and eventually eradicate animal prion diseases. The PrP gene in sheep and other representatives of the order Artiodactyles has many polymorphisms of which several are crucial determinants of susceptibility to prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). This review will present the current understanding of PrP genetics in ruminants highlighting similarity and difference between the species in the context of TSE.

Key words: scrapie / transmissible spongiform encephalopathy / PrP / genetics / ruminant

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