Amyloid: Friend and foe

Neha Jain, Neal D. Hammer, Xuan Wang, Bryan A. McGuffie, Matthew R. Chapman

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Abstract

Amyloidogenesis is the aggregation of soluble proteins into structurally conserved fibers. Amyloid fibers are distinguished by their resistance to proteinase K, tinctorial properties and β-sheet-rich secondary structure. Amyloid formation is a hallmark of many human diseases including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and the prion diseases. Therefore, understanding amyloidogenesis will provide insights into the development of therapeutics that target these debilitating diseases. A new class of 'functional' amyloids promises a unique glimpse at how nature has harnessed the amyloid fiber to accomplish important physiological tasks. Functional amyloids are produced by organisms spanning all domains of life. Understanding how functional amyloid assembly is coordinated will provide new perspectives on what can go wrong when proteins adopt β-rich polymers. Herein we reviewamyloidogenesis, with special attention focused on the similarities and differences between the best characterized disease-associated amyloidogenic protein, amyloid-β (Aβ), and the formation of several functional amyloids. The implications of studying functional amyloidogenesis and the strategies organisms employ to limit exposure to toxic intermediates will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease
PublisherIOS Press
Pages297-311
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781614997061
ISBN (Print)9781614997054
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Amyloid
Amyloidogenic Proteins
Endopeptidase K
Prion Diseases
Poisons
Huntington Disease
Alzheimer Disease
Polymers
Proteins
Staining and Labeling

Keywords

  • Amyloid
  • Amyloid-β
  • Biofilms
  • Neurodegeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Jain, N., Hammer, N. D., Wang, X., McGuffie, B. A., & Chapman, M. R. (2017). Amyloid: Friend and foe. In Handbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease (pp. 297-311). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-706-297

Amyloid : Friend and foe. / Jain, Neha; Hammer, Neal D.; Wang, Xuan; McGuffie, Bryan A.; Chapman, Matthew R.

Handbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease. IOS Press, 2017. p. 297-311.

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Jain, N, Hammer, ND, Wang, X, McGuffie, BA & Chapman, MR 2017, Amyloid: Friend and foe. in Handbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease. IOS Press, pp. 297-311. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-706-297
Jain N, Hammer ND, Wang X, McGuffie BA, Chapman MR. Amyloid: Friend and foe. In Handbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease. IOS Press. 2017. p. 297-311 https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-706-297
Jain, Neha ; Hammer, Neal D. ; Wang, Xuan ; McGuffie, Bryan A. ; Chapman, Matthew R. / Amyloid : Friend and foe. Handbook of Infection and Alzheimer's Disease. IOS Press, 2017. pp. 297-311
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