Breaking the Chain: "Molecular Cap" Blocks Processes that Lead to Alzheimer's, HIV, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Study

Published: Jun 23, 2011

A new advance by UCLA biochemists has brought scientists one step closer to developing treatments that could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease and prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The researchers report that they have designed molecular inhibitors that target specific proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease and HIV to prevent them from forming amyloid fibers, the elongated chains of interlocking proteins that play a key role in more than two dozen degenerative and often fatal diseases.

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