Apolipoproteins And Amyloid Formation In Atheroma

Grant number: 350229

Abstract

We propose to study the poorly understood, disease-associated process of amyloid formation, using a sensitive and reproducible model developed in our laboratory. Amyloid deposits are a feature of several neurodegenerative and metabolic disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and are also common in atherosclerotic plaque or atheroma. They are composed of tangled networks of fibrillar proteins together with several non-fibrillar proteins and proteoglycans. Atherosclerotic plaques typically consist of fibrous proteins, lipids and foam cells derived from macrophages via receptor-mediated uptake of oxidized low density lipoproteins. Our model system is based on the formation of amyl..

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