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Infographic: Leaky Gates
Infographic: Leaky Gates

Infographic: Leaky Gates

A study explores how nuclear pore complexes are disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease.

Ashley Yeager
Ashley Yeager

Ashley started at The Scientist in 2018. Before joining the staff, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, a writer at the Simons Foundation, and a web producer at...

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Healthy Neurons

In healthy neurons, tau protein is confined to microtubules.

© Tami Tolpa

Diseased Neurons 

In Alzheimer’s, tau aggregates disrupt the flow of proteins and RNA into and out of the nucleus of neuronal cells and also draw the protein into the cytoplasm. Nup98’s presence in the cytoplasm leads to continued aggregation of tau into the neurofibrillary tangles that serve as a signature of Alzheimer’s disease.

© Tami Tolpa

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