Prions are altered proteins that cause lethal transmissible encephalopathies, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, scrapie in sheep, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“mad cow” disease). Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease following corneal transplantation has been reported. See also BCSC Section 5, Neuro-Ophthalmology.
Prusiner SB. Shattuck Lecture: neurodegenerative diseases and prions. N Engl J Med. 2001; 344(20):1516–1526.
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