© 1996

Prions Prions Prions

  • Stanley B. Prusiner

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 207)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. S. B. Prusiner
    Pages 1-17
  3. T. Kitamoto, J. Tateishi
    Pages 27-34
  4. G. A. Carlson
    Pages 35-47
  5. Z. Huang, S. B. Prusiner, F. E. Cohen
    Pages 49-67
  6. D. A. Harris, A. Gorodinsky, S. Lehmann, K. Moulder, S. L. Shyng
    Pages 77-93
  7. M. R. D. Scott, G. C. Telling, S. B. Prusiner
    Pages 95-123
  8. S. J. DeArmond, S. B. Prusiner
    Pages 125-146
  9. R. B. Wickner, D. C. Masison
    Pages 147-160
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 161-167

About this book


A series of remarkable discoveries in the past three decades have led to the molecular and genetic characterization of the transmissible pathogen causing scrapie in animals and a quartet of human illnesses: kuru, Jakob-Creutzfeld disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease, and fatal familial insomnia. To distinguish this pathogen from viruses and viroids, the term "prion" was introduced to emphasize its proteinaceous and infectious nature.
Stanley B. Prusiner, editor of this volume, was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his pioneering discovery of prions. The book reviews advances in studies of prions, which - as considereable evidence indicates - are novel pathogens composed only of protein.


Jakob-Creutzfeld' Pseudosklerose Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease Nervenkrankheit cell cell biology diseases gene genetics neuropathology pathology physiology protein proteins scrapie virus

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley B. Prusiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Prions Prions Prions
  • Editors Stanley B. Prusiner
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-59343-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-64640-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-60983-1
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 163
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Virology
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