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Title: The toxicity of prion protein fragment PrP(106-126) is not mediated by membrane permeabilization as shown by a M112W substitution
Author: Henriques, Sónia Troeira
Pattenden, Leonard Keith
Aguilar, Marie-Isabel
Castanho, Miguel A. R. B.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Biochemistry 2009, 48, 4198–4208
Abstract: Prion diseases result from a post-translational modification of the physiological prion protein (PrPC) into a scrapie isoform (PrPSc). The PrP(106-126) fragment is conserved among various abnormal variants and shows PrPSc pathogenic properties. It has been proposed that the PrP(106-126) fragment may exhibit its toxic effects through membrane pore formation. Our previous studies showed that PrP(106-126) does not interact with membranes under physiological conditions. In the present study, PrP(106-126) affinity for membranes was increased by modifying PrP(106-126) with a M112W substitution, and pore formation was further evaluated. However, while the peptide exhibited an increased local concentration in the membrane, this did not lead to the induction of membrane permeabilization, as verified by fluorescence methodologies and surface plasmon resonance. These results further support the idea that PrP(106-126) toxicity is not a consequence of peptide-membrane interaction and pore formation.
Description: © 2009 American Chemical Society - The final version of record is available at
Peer review: yes
URI: hhtp://
ISSN: 1520-4995
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