10. Prion Ecology

  1. Christon J. Hurst2,3
  1. Reed B. Wickner

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118025666.ch10

Studies in Viral Ecology: Microbial and Botanical Host Systems, Volume 1

Studies in Viral Ecology: Microbial and Botanical Host Systems, Volume 1

How to Cite

Wickner, R. B. (2011) Prion Ecology, in Studies in Viral Ecology: Microbial and Botanical Host Systems, Volume 1 (ed C. J. Hurst), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118025666.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Departments of Biology and Music, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  2. 3

    Engineering Faculty, Universidad del Valle, Ciudad Universitaria Meléndez, Santiago de Cali, Valle, Colombia

Author Information

  1. Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470623961

Online ISBN: 9781118025666

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Keywords:

  • prion ecology, relation of prions - and prion-carrying organisms to their environment;
  • prions, and self-action, as amyloid templating its own synthesis - or enzyme, modifying its own unmodified form;
  • variable phenotypic effects of prions - “phenotype” from mammalian prions, inexorable progression to death

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition of “Prion”

  • Prion Terminology

  • How to Find A Prion

  • Structural Basis of Yeast and Fungal Prions

  • Prion Variants, Phenotypes, and the Species Barrier

  • Prion Ecology

  • Conclusions

  • References