Edited by Neeraja Sankaran

Seeding Plaques:Peter Lansbury and colleagues identified a possible mechanism for the formation of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease.

J.T. Jarrett, E.P. Berger, P.T. Lansbury, Jr., "The carboxy terminus of the b amyloid protein is critical for the seeding of amyloid formation: implications for the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease," Biochemistry, 32:4693-7, 1993. (Cited in 53 publications through April 1995)

Comments by Peter Lansbury, Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The popularity of this paper in the scientific community, suggests Peter Lansbury, Jr., a professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, may be due to the fact that "it was among the first to provide a chemical, mechanistic approach" to explaining the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease with respect to amyloid plaque formation.

Although the aggregation of b-amyloid proteins in plaques in the brain has long been recognized as a hallmark of the disease, Lansbury says...

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