Prions have been described in mammals and fungi. The [Het-s] infectious genetic element of the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina is the prion form of the HET-s protein. This protein is involved in the control of a cell death reaction termed heterokaryon incompatibility. The infectious form of HET-s corresponds to a self-perpetuating amyloid. The purpose of the present paper is to describe the techniques that can be used to analyse [Het-s] prion propagation in vivo and HET-s amyloid aggregation in vitro. In addition, we report several methods that can be used to infect Podospora with recombinant HET-s amyloid.
- fungus podospora-anserina
- hydrogen/deuterium exchange