Pathogens 2013, 2(3), 436-445; doi:10.3390/pathogens2030436

The Functional Role of Prion Protein (PrPC) on Autophagy

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Received: 2 May 2013; in revised form: 11 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Prions)
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Abstract: Cellular prion protein (PrPC) plays an important role in the cellular defense against oxidative stress. However, the exact protective mechanism of PrPC is unclear. Autophagy is essential for survival, differentiation, development, and homeostasis in several organisms. Although the role that autophagy plays in neurodegenerative disease has yet to be established, it is clear that autophagy-induced cell death is observed in neurodegenerative disorders that exhibit protein aggregations. Moreover, autophagy can promote cell survival and cell death under various conditions. In this review, we describe the involvement of autophagy in prion disease and the effects of PrPC.
Keywords: prion; Prnp-deficient; prion diseases; autophagy; autophagic flux; oxidative stress
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Shin, H.-Y.; Oh, J.-M.; Kim, Y.-S. The Functional Role of Prion Protein (PrPC) on Autophagy. Pathogens 2013, 2, 436-445.

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Shin H-Y, Oh J-M, Kim Y-S. The Functional Role of Prion Protein (PrPC) on Autophagy. Pathogens. 2013; 2(3):436-445.

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Shin, Hae-Young; Oh, Jae-Min; Kim, Yong-Sun. 2013. "The Functional Role of Prion Protein (PrPC) on Autophagy." Pathogens 2, no. 3: 436-445.

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