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Studies on the role of amino acid stereospecificity in amyloid beta aggregation

Gupta, Veer Bala and Indi, SS and Rao, KSJ (2008) Studies on the role of amino acid stereospecificity in amyloid beta aggregation. In: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 34 (1). pp. 35-43.

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Amyloid beta (A \beta) deposition and neurodegeneration are the two related events in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Several factors modulate the conformation and physical properties of A \beta, which in turn affects its biological functions. Among these, age-dependent changes in the stereospecificity of the amino acids comprising A \beta is one such factors. In the present study, we investigated the aggregation property of A \beta as a function of the stereospecificity of amino acids comprising the peptide. We carried out our study by comparing the physical properties of A \beta(1-40) all-L and A \beta(1-40) all-D enantiomers using various biophysical techniques. These results indicated that the aggregation and folding parameters of A \beta are stereospecific and the aggregation property strongly depends upon the amino acid sequence and their stereospecificity. This may possibly help to understand the stereospecific role of amino acids comprising A \beta in its aggregation and its relevance to neurodegeneration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience
Publisher: Humana Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Amyloid beta; Enantiomers; Conformation; Aggregation; Stereospecificity; Aging; Fibrils
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 13:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/13022

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