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Low Levels of Toxic Proteins Linked to Brain Diseases
University of Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
E-Newsletter No. 81
A Brain with Alzheimer's disease
Note from Dr. Lee-Benner: This article reinforces my nutritional recommendation of one gram of quality protein per pound of body weight each day.
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's
could be better understood thanks to insight into proteins linked to such
conditions, a study suggests.
These rarely formed protein chains, which have
been linked with dozens of diseases, are produced as a result of a genetic flaw
or changes in body chemistry brought about by aging. When this happens, short
fibers are formed which become sticky and attract copies of themselves, forming
an endless chain. These chains spontaneously break, creating more filament ends
to which more proteins attach.
Researchers therefore believe that high levels of
the protein - which lead to these longer chains - may actually be protective.
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