Oligomeric alpha-synuclein and its role in neuronal death

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Alpha-synuclein is a natively unfolded protein associated with a number of neurodegenerative disorders that include Parkinson's disease. In the past, research has focused on the fibrillar form of the protein. Current research now indicates that oligomeric alpha-synuclein is the form of the protein most likely to causes neuronal death. Recent research has suggested that a unique oligomer associated with the copper binding capacity of the protein is the neurotoxic form of the protein. This review looks at the evidence for this possibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-339
Number of pages6
JournalIUBMB Life
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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