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Self-Replication of Prion Protein Fragment 89-230 Amyloid Fibrils Accelerated by Prion Protein Fragment 107-143 Aggregates

Self-Replication of Prion Protein Fragment 89-230 Amyloid Fibrils Accelerated by Prion Protein Fragment 107-143 Aggregates

Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Oct 8; 21(19):E7410.
doi: 10.3390/ijms21197410

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摘要

Prion protein amyloid aggregates are associated with infectious neurodegenerative diseases, known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Self-replication of amyloid structures by refolding of native protein molecules is the probable mechanism of disease transmission. Amyloid fibril formation and self-replication can be affected by many different factors, including other amyloid proteins and peptides. Mouse prion protein fragments 107-143 (PrP(107-143)) and 89-230 (PrP(89-230)) can form amyloid fibrils. β-sheet core in PrP(89-230) amyloid fibrils is limited to residues ∼160-220 with unstructured N-terminus. We employed chemical kinetics tools, atomic force microscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, to investigate the effects of mouse prion protein fragment 107-143 fibrils on the aggregation of PrP(89-230). The data suggest that amyloid aggregates of a short prion-derived peptide are not able to seed PrP(89-230) aggregation; however, they accelerate the self-replication of PrP(89-230) amyloid fibrils. We conclude that PrP(107-143) fibrils could facilitate the self-replication of PrP(89-230) amyloid fibrils in several possible ways, and that this process deserves more attention as it may play an important role in amyloid propagation.