Alzheimer’s and Amyloid Diseases: Explore Amyloids
Learn about Alzheimer’s symptoms and what Alzheimer’s has in common with Mad Cow and Parkinson’s disease at The Emergent Universe, an online interactive science museum about emergence.
Human Face of Fibril Diseases
What do Ronald Reagan, Normal Rockwell, Rosa Parks, Woody Guthrie, Rita Hayworth, and Mao Tse Tung have in common?
They all died from an amyloid disease. These diseases, which include Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow, Huntington’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as Type II Diabetes, all involve the formation of protein aggregates called amyloid fibrils. In afflicted individuals, proteins that normally reside in our bodies spontaneously self-organize into fibrous aggregates. It is this emergent phenomena of protein self-organization, then, that unifies this diverse set of diseases and which may assist us in finding a cure.
We focus here on Alzheimer’s because it is by far the most prevalent of the neurological amyloid diseases.