Alpha-synuclein is a major component of Lewy bodies in Parkinson's disease and is found associated with several other forms of dementia. As with other neurodegenerative diseases, the ability of alpha-synuclein to aggregate and form fibrillar deposits seems central to its pathology. We have defined a sequence within the NAC region of alpha-synuclein that is necessary for aggregation. Exploitation of chemically modified analogues of this peptide may produce inhibitors of aggregation.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Protein and Peptide Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|