Serpin polymerization and its role in disease - The molecular basis of alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency

Anja Sylvia Knaupp, Stephen Paul Bottomley

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Protein aggregation is the cause of several human diseases. Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in protein aggregation requires knowledge of the kinetics and structures populated during the reaction. Arguably, the best structurally characterized misfolding reaction is that of alpha(1)-antitrypsin. Alpha(1)-antitrypsin misfolding leads to both liver disease and emphysema and affect approximately 1 in 2000 of the population. This review will focus on the mechanism of alpha(1)-antitrypsin misfolding and the development of potential therapeutic strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 5
Number of pages5
JournalIUBMB Life
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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