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The TSE family of diseases includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which affects cattle; transmissible mink encephalopathy; feline spongif0rm encephalopathy; chronic wasting disease of deer and elk; and kuru, both classical and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome, and fatal familial insomnia, five rare diseases in humans.
Abstract: Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is an inherited disease caused by a mutation in the protein prion gene.
Fatal familial insomnia and familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: disease phenotype determined by a DNA polymorphism.
The group includes BSE of cows, serapie which affect sheep and goats; transmissible mink encephalopathy (TME); feline spongiform encephalopathy; chronic wasting disease (CWD) of mule deer and rocky mountain elk; and kuru, Gerstmann-Straussler-Seheinker syndrome (GSS), fatal familial insomnia (FFI), Alpers syndrome, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) of man.
Scientists have discovered that the condition, called fatal familial insomnia, arises from a genetic mutation that creates prions, the same kind of misshapen proteins that cause scrapie, mad cow disease, kuru, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.