Issue Date: January 17, 2011
Cataracts Via Protein Interactions
For some human cataracts caused by genetic mutation, the change in eye-lens opacity that results in the condition can be due to a protein interaction, researchers have found. Previously known mechanisms of cataract formation induced by genetic mutation involve problems with a single eye protein, such as damage, destabilization, or loss of solubility and consequent condensation of that one protein. The new study shows that cataracts also can arise from a mutation in the lens . . .
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