Glitter from silver lights up Alzheimer's dark secrets
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
While the origin of Alzheimer’s Disease, one that robs the old of their memory, is still hotly debated, it is likely that a specific form of the Amyloid beta molecule, which is able to attack cell membranes, is a major player. Everybody wants to make the key to solve Alzheimer’s Disease, but we don’t know what the lock looks like. The lock looks like a bunch of amyloid beta molecules in the shape of a hairpin, but with a twist. This may allow these bunch of amyloid beta molecules to form toxic pores in the cell membranes. They studied a tiny laser-induced signal from the amyloid beta which reported their shape.