Protein Fibrils As Alternative Plastics? Amyloids Are Not Just Pathological Agents, They Are Interesting Nanomaterials, University of Tel Aviv Researchers Find

Published: May 29, 2008

Wiley InterScience -- Amyloid deposits in tissues and organs are linked to a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type II diabetes, and prion diseases such as BSE. However, amyloids are not just pathological substances; they have potential as a nanomaterials. “The potential applications of these supramolecular assemblies exceed those of synthetic polymers,” state Ehud Gazit and co-author Izhack Cherny in the journal Angewandte Chemie, “since the building blocks may introduce biological function in addition to mechanical properties.”

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