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  • Structure of protein that forms fibrils in Parkinson's patients could lead to new diagnostic and treatment options

    Led by University of Illinois professor Chad Rienstra, chemists have identified the full chemical structure of the protein that forms fibrils in the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer. Video by Marcus Tuttle.


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  • Editor's notes: To reach Chad Rienstra, call (217) 244-4655; email

    The paper “Solid-state NMR structure of a pathogenic fibril of full-length human α-synuclein” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1038/nsmb.3194