COVID-19 Protein Found to Speed Toxic Alpha-Synuclein Buildup

COVID-19 Protein Found to Speed Toxic Alpha-Synuclein Buildup

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COVID-19 Protein Found to Speed Toxic Alpha-Synuclein Buildup

A protein present in the SARS-CoV-2 virus — the virus that causes COVID-19 — is able to interact with alpha-synuclein and speed the formation of amyloid fibrils, the toxic clumps that trigger nerve cells death and are a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, a study has shown. “We show, in test tube experiments, that … SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein (N-protein) considerably speeds up the aggregation process,” the researchers wrote. N-protein is one of the virus’ two most…

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