Issue Date: January 23, 2012
Tau Protein, Synthetically
Researchers in Germany have developed a method for producing a synthetic version of tau protein labeled with phosphate at a specific site. Being able to make a full version of tau—one of the main actors in Alzheimer’s disease—and to chemically modify it at a specific amino acid site should help scientists uncover more about the mechanism by which tau’s malfunction leads to disease.
Normally, tau stabilizes microtubules, which act as scaffolding inside cells such as . . .
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