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Pitfalls of Protein Folding

Study reveals new details on formation of amyloid plaques

Jülich/Düsseldorf, 20 April 2012 - Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Creutzfeld Jakob Disease - all of these conditions involve deposits of a striking amount of water-insoluble protein referred to as amyloid plaques between healthy cells. A team of scientists headed by Dr. Philipp Neudecker from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf have now investigated the formation of amyloid plaques in more detail. Their findings, which open up new opportunities for diagnosis and treatment, have been published in the current issue of the high-impact journal Science.

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