Issue Date: June 25, 2012
Single Amino Acid Forms Fibrils
The amino acid phenylalanine assembles into toxic fibrils, researchers at Tel Aviv University and the University of Zurich report (Nat. Chem. Biol., DOI: 10.1039/nchembio.1002). This is the first time that individual amino acid molecules have been shown to assemble into fibrils.
The findings suggest that the disease phenylketonuria, which is characterized by phenylalanine accumulation and may lead to severe problems with brain development, could . . .
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