Marquette scientists discover new insights into the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases

New research by Marquette University biologists and mathematicians has found that newly formed prion amyloids are infectious, a discovery that provides insights into the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.

 

“Previous work has shown that mature amyloids, or amyloids that have around for a while, could be transmitted,” said Dr. Anita Manogaran, assistant professor of biological sciences, the lead researcher for the study published recently in Scientific Reports . “It was unclear whether newly formed amyloids are pathogenic by themselves, or if amyloids need to mature or stick around for a while in order to be infectious. We isolated newly formed amyloids and were shocked that these misfolded proteins were infectious.”

 

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