Cure Research for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease


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Research list: The list of research areas and treatments under analysis mentioned in various sources for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease includes:

Research discussion: The leading scientific theory at this time maintains that CJD is caused by a type of protein called a prion. The harmless and the infectious forms of the prion protein are nearly identical, but the infectious form takes a different folded shape than the normal protein. Researchers are examining whether the transmissible agent is, in fact, a prion and trying to discover factors that influence prion infectivity and how the disorder damages the brain. Using rodent models of the disease and brain tissue from autopsies, they are also trying to identify factors that influence the susceptibility to the disease and that govern when in life the disease appears. 1

Medical research for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to medical research for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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