Twisted protein aggregates and disease: The stability of sickle hemoglobin fibers

M. S. Turner, R. W. Briehl, F. A. Ferrone, R. Josephs

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Abstract

Twisted protein aggregates are now implicated in diseases from Alzheimer's to sickle cell disease. In this work, it is argued that the twisted nature of the fibrils is an important feature in their (mis)design. It is demonstrated how twist effects may be fundamentally responsible for the metastability, and hence proliferation of, pathological sickle cell fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128103/1-128103/4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume90
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 28 2003

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Turner, M. S., Briehl, R. W., Ferrone, F. A., & Josephs, R. (2003). Twisted protein aggregates and disease: The stability of sickle hemoglobin fibers. Physical Review Letters, 90(12), 128103/1-128103/4.