Generation of infectious prions and detection with the prion-infected cell assay Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • Prions: Methods and Protocols


  • Cell lines propagating prions are an efficient and useful means for studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms implicated in prion disease. Utilization of cell-based models has led to the finding that PrPC and PrPSc are released from cells in association with extracellular vesicles known as exosomes. Exosomes have been shown to act as vehicles for infectivity, transferring┬áinfectivity between cell lines and providing a mechanism for prion spread between tissues. Here, we describe the methods for generating a prion-propagating cell line with prion-infected brain homogenate, cell lysate, conditioned media, and exosomes and also detection of protease-resistant PrP with the prion-infected cell assay.

publication date

  • 2017