tonsil test for CJD prion

tonsil test for CJD prion

The identification of rogue prion protein in a small biopsy sample of tonsil from a suspected victim of new-variant CJD. The protein is digested with an enzyme proteinase K and the fragments subjected to electrophoresis. The resulting banding pattern in new-variant CJD differs from that of other forms of CJD.
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