New field of application for versatile helper: Alzheimer medication

Small heat shock protein as model for Alzheimer medication

This is a space-filling model of alphaB crystallin. The hexameric subunit is indicated in color. Credit: Andi Mainz / Technical University of Munich

In Alzheimer's disease proteins clump together to long fibrils causing the death of nerve cells. Small heat shock proteins can counteract this effect. Scientists, therefore, hope to deploy them as agents in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Using the example of a small heat shock protein, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the…

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