18 January 2009

Lasers show potential to destroy amyloid proteins

Destroying amyloid proteins with lasers
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: 8 January 2009
Researchers have found that a technique used to visualize amyloid fibers in the laboratory might have the potential to destroy them in the clinic. The technique involves zapping the fluorescently-tagged fibers with a laser, which can inhibit their growth and degrade them.

This study, appearing in this week's JBC, may offer a non-drug alternative to treat amyloid-based disorders like Alzheimer, Parkinson, and Huntington diseases. … > full story (includes video clip)

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