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09/14/2017

Weeds in the brain

A common feature of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s is the accumulation of toxic protein deposits in the nerve cells of patients. Once these aggregates appear, they begin to proliferate like weeds.

Scientists at the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Neurobiology in Martinsried near Munich  have succeeded in generating a high-resolution, three-dimensional model of the huntingtin aggregates responsible for Huntington’s disease. The results are published in the journal Cell under the title: "In situ Architecture and Cellular Interactions of PolyQ Inclusions".



For further information please read press release: "Weeds in the brain"



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