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Description:Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this photomicrograph of a neural tissue specimen harvested from a scrapie-affected mouse, revealed the presence of prion protein stained in red, which was in the process of being trafficked between neurons by way of their interneuronal connections, known as neurites. Please see the Flickr link below for additional NIAID photomicrographs of various microbes.
Prion proteins can become infectious, causing neurodegenerative diseases such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), which includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly referred to a “mad cow disease”. Scrapie is a TSE that is related to BSE, but affects sheep and goats.
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Content Providers(s):National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP); BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)
Flickr –National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Microbes; Images of Various Microbes
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.