Aggregation propensity of neuronal receptors: potential implications in neurodegenerative disorders

Written by Susanna Navarro, Marta Diaz-Caballero, Ricard Illa & Salvador Ventura

Misfolding and aggregation of proteins in tissues is linked to the onset of a diverse set of human neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In these pathologies proteins usually aggregate into highly ordered and β-sheet enriched amyloid fibrils. However, the formation of these toxic structures is not restricted to a reduced set of polypeptides but rather an intrinsic property of proteins. This suggests that the number of proteins involved in conformational disorders might be much larger than previously thought. The propensity of a protein to form amyloid assemblies is imprinted in its sequence and can be read using computational...

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