Monday, June 21, 2010

"peptide self-assembly mimic" (PSAM) scaffold

PSAMs are engineered water-soluble proteins that mimic a segment of beta-rich peptide self-assembly, and they are amenable to standard biophysical techniques and systematic mutagenesis. The PSAM beta-sheet contains rows of repetitive amino acid patterns running perpendicular to the strands (cross-strand ladders) that represent a ubiquitous structural feature of fibril-like surfaces. These engineered proteins are study systems for understanding degenerative amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's or Creuzfeld-Jacob disease.

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