The Alzheimer's peptide a beta adopts a collapsed coil structure in water.Zhang, S., Iwata, K., Lachenmann, M.J., Peng, J.W., Li, S., Stimson, E.R., Lu, Y., Felix, A.M., Maggio, J.E., Lee, J.P.
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- PubMed: 10940221
- DOI: 10.1006/jsbi.2000.4288
- PubMed Abstract:
- Simulation Study of the Structure and Dynamics of the Alzheimer's Amyloid Peptide Congener in Solution.
Massi, F.,Peng, J.W.,Lee, J.P.,Straub, J.E.
(2001) Biophys.J. 80: 31
- 1H NMR of A-Beta Amyloid Peptide Congeners in Water Solution. Conformational Changes Correlate with Plaque Competence.
Lee, J.P.,Stimson, E.R.,Ghilardi, J.R.,Mantyh, P.W.,Lu, Y.A.,Felix, A.M.,Llanos, W.,Behbin, A.,Cummings, M.,Van Criekinge, M.,Timms, W.,Maggio, J.E.
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- Energy Landscape Theory for Alzheimer's Amyloid Beta-Peptide Fibril Elongation
Massi, F.,Straub, J.E.
(2001) Proteins 42: 217
The self-assembly of the soluble peptide Abeta into Alzheimer's disease amyloid is believed to involve a conformational change. Hence the solution conformation of Abeta is of significant interest. In contrast to studies in other solvents, in water Ab ...
The self-assembly of the soluble peptide Abeta into Alzheimer's disease amyloid is believed to involve a conformational change. Hence the solution conformation of Abeta is of significant interest. In contrast to studies in other solvents, in water Abeta is collapsed into a compact series of loops, strands, and turns and has no alpha-helical or beta-sheet structure. Conformational stabilization is primarily attributed to van der Waals and electrostatic forces. A large conspicuous uninterrupted hydrophobic patch covers approximately 25% of the surface. The compact coil structure appears meta-stable, and because fibrillization leads to formation of intermolecular beta-sheet secondary structure, a global conformational rearrangement is highly likely. A molecular hypothesis for amyloidosis includes at least two primary driving forces, changes in solvation thermodynamics during formation of amyloid deposits and relief of internal conformational stress within the soluble precursor during formation of lower-energy amyloid fibrils.
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