OMIA 000944-34880 : Spongiform encephalopathy, susceptibility/resistance to in Nyctereutes procyonoides

In other species: domestic cat , cattle , goat , pig , sheep , American mink , golden hamster , blue antelope , white-tufted-ear marmoset , eland , domestic ferret , greater kudu , Arabian oryx , , puma , Eastern wapiti , cheetah , chicken , crab-eating macaque , Rhesus monkey , macaques , black-tailed deer , rabbit , dog , water buffalo , , Manchurian Wapiti , deer , domestic guinea pig , , Western roe deer , fallow deer , , , horse , white-tailed deer , chital , American bison , Eurasian elk , nyala , gemsbok , scimitar-horned oryx , reindeer , Arabian camel , red deer , Mallard , sika deer , domestic yak , Ring-necked pheasant , Bank vole

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) (MIM number): 176640 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: yes

Cross-species summary: Spongiform encephalopathies are a class of fatal neurological diseases. Clinical signs are characteristic of a progressive degeneration of the central nervous system; they include pruritis, abnormalities of gait and recumbency. Death is inevitable. On post-mortem, brain histopathology shows a characteristic spongy appearance. The infectious agent is a modified form of a protein encoded by a gene in the host. The name given to this infectious particle is prion. The host gene is called the prion protein (PrP) gene, which is a normal part of the genome of mammals and chickens. Its polypeptide product, called cellular PrP(superscript C), is a naturally-occurring protein attached to the outer surface of neurones and some other cells. PrP(superscript C) appears to play a role in maintaining the Purkinje cells of the cerebellum, which are essential for balance and muscular function. The infectious agent, called scrapie PrP(superscript Sc), is a modifed form of PrP(superscript C), where the modifications involve glycosylation and the creation of intra-strand di-sulphide bonds. It is important to realise that these modifications involve no change in amino acid sequence. When PrP(superscript Sc) molecules enter a previously uninfected host, they convert the naturally occurring PrP(superscript C) molecules, produced by the host gene, into infectious PrP(superscript Sc) particles, which ultimately cause clinical signs in that animal, and which can spread to other animals, both horizontally (by infection) and vertically (by maternal transmission).

Reference


2022 Jo, W.S., Kim, Y.C., Oem, J.K., Jeong, B.H. :
First report of structural characteristics and polymorphisms of the prion protein gene in raccoon dogs: The possibility of prion disease-resistance. Front Vet Sci 9:989352, 2022. Pubmed reference: 36204297. DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2022.989352.

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