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Chaperones - Chaperones And Human Disease

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It is clear that molecular chaperones assist with the folding of newly synthesized proteins and correct protein misfolding. Recent studies now suggest that defects in molecular chaperone/substrate interactions may also play a substantial role in human disease. For example, mutations linked to Alzheimer's disease have been shown to disrupt the expression of chaperones in the endoplasmic reticulum. In addition, several genes linked to eye degeneration diseases have recently been identified as putative molecular chaperones.

Patricia L. Clark


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Wickner, Sue, Michael R. Maurizi, and Susan Gottesman. "Posttranslational Quality Control: Folding, Refolding, and Degrading Proteins." Science 286 (1999): 1888-1893.

Internet Resources

"Chaperone." Nurse Minerva. <http://www.nurseminerva.co.uk/chaperon.htm>.

"Innovations." Environmental Health Perspectives. National Institutes of Health. <http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/1994/102-6-7/innovations.html>.

"Molecular Chaperones." Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. <http://www.faseb.org/opar/protfold/molechap.html>.

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