AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Beneficial Role Clarified for Brain Protein Associated with Mad Cow Disease

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Scientists have clarified details in understanding the beneficial function of a type of protein normally associated with prion disease of the brain, such a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (commonly known as mad cow disease) and its human counterpart, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Studying mice and zebrafish, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Zurich have shown that the proteins – when properly folded – play a vital role in nerve cell function by maintaining the insulation around axons, the nervous system’s electrical “wiring.” To read more, click here.

Calendar/Courses

2017 National Neuroscience Review
March 31-April 1, 2017; National Harbor, Md.

Brain & Brain PET 2017
April 1-4, 2017; Berlin, Germany

Neurosurgical Society of America Annual Meeting 2017
April 2-5, 2017; Jacksonville, Fla.

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