The discovery could be useful in a variety of fields. Not only can it lead to new methods to detect and treat the brain diseases that amyloid causes (see earlier press release below), amyloid may also be used as a building block for future nanomaterials.
"It is possible to create these protein aggregates artificially in a laboratory", says
The amyloid aggregates are as hard and rigid as steel. The difference is that steel is much heavier and has defined material properties, whereas amyloids can be tuned for specific purposes. By attaching a material's molecules to the dense amyloid, its characteristics change.
Keywords for this news article include: Amyloid, Dementia, Proteins, Tauopathies, Brain Diseases, Alzheimer Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Central Nervous System Diseases,
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