5O3L

Paired helical filament in Alzheimer's disease brain


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
  • Resolution: 3.4 Å
  • Aggregation State: TISSUE 
  • Reconstruction Method: HELICAL 

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Literature

Cryo-EM structures of tau filaments from Alzheimer's disease.

Fitzpatrick, A.W.P.Falcon, B.He, S.Murzin, A.G.Murshudov, G.Garringer, H.J.Crowther, R.A.Ghetti, B.Goedert, M.Scheres, S.H.W.

(2017) Nature 547: 185-190

  • DOI: 10.1038/nature23002
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  5O3O, 5O3T

  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease, and there are no mechanism-based therapies. The disease is defined by the presence of abundant neurofibrillary lesions and neuritic plaques in the cerebral cortex. Neurofibrillary lesi ...

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease, and there are no mechanism-based therapies. The disease is defined by the presence of abundant neurofibrillary lesions and neuritic plaques in the cerebral cortex. Neurofibrillary lesions comprise paired helical and straight tau filaments, whereas tau filaments with different morphologies characterize other neurodegenerative diseases. No high-resolution structures of tau filaments are available. Here we present cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) maps at 3.4-3.5 Å resolution and corresponding atomic models of paired helical and straight filaments from the brain of an individual with Alzheimer's disease. Filament cores are made of two identical protofilaments comprising residues 306-378 of tau protein, which adopt a combined cross-β/β-helix structure and define the seed for tau aggregation. Paired helical and straight filaments differ in their inter-protofilament packing, showing that they are ultrastructural polymorphs. These findings demonstrate that cryo-EM allows atomic characterization of amyloid filaments from patient-derived material, and pave the way for investigation of a range of neurodegenerative diseases.


    Organizational Affiliation

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 0QH, UK.




Macromolecules

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetails
Microtubule-associated protein tau
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J
73Homo sapiensGene Names: MAPT (MAPTL, MTBT1, TAU)
Find proteins for P10636 (Homo sapiens)
Go to Gene View: MAPT
Go to UniProtKB:  P10636
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
  • Resolution: 3.4 Å
  • Aggregation State: TISSUE 
  • Reconstruction Method: HELICAL 

Structure Validation

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Entry History & Funding Information

Deposition Data


Funding OrganizationCountryGrant Number
Medical Research Council (United Kingdom)United KingdomMC_UP_A025_1013
Medical Research Council (United Kingdom)United KingdomMC_U105184291
Medical Research Council (United Kingdom)United KingdomMC_UP_A025_1012
European UnionUnited KingdomMarie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship
European UnionUnited KingdomJoint Programme-Neurodegeneration Research
European UnionUnited KingdomHorizon 2020 IMPRiND
National Institutes of HealthUnited StatesP30-AG010133

Revision History 

  • Version 1.0: 2017-07-26
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2017-08-02
    Type: Data collection