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Structure of the toxic core of α-synuclein from invisible crystals.

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, September 2015
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Structure of the toxic core of α-synuclein from invisible crystals.
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Nature, September 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature15368
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Jose A. Rodriguez, Magdalena I. Ivanova, Michael R. Sawaya, Duilio Cascio, Francis E. Reyes, Dan Shi, Smriti Sangwan, Elizabeth L. Guenther, Lisa M. Johnson, Meng Zhang, Lin Jiang, Mark A. Arbing, Brent L. Nannenga, Johan Hattne, Julian Whitelegge, Aaron S. Brewster, Marc Messerschmidt, Sébastien Boutet, Nicholas K. Sauter, Tamir Gonen, David S. Eisenberg, Rodriguez, Jose A, Ivanova, Magdalena I, Sawaya, Michael R, Cascio, Duilio, Reyes, Francis E, Shi, Dan, Sangwan, Smriti, Guenther, Elizabeth L, Johnson, Lisa M, Zhang, Meng, Jiang, Lin, Arbing, Mark A, Nannenga, Brent L, Hattne, Johan, Whitelegge, Julian, Brewster, Aaron S, Messerschmidt, Marc, Boutet, Sébastien, Sauter, Nicholas K, Gonen, Tamir, Eisenberg, David S


The protein α-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, the neuron-associated aggregates seen in Parkinson disease and other neurodegenerative pathologies. An 11-residue segment, which we term NACore, appears to be responsible for amyloid formation and cytotoxicity of human α-synuclein. Here we describe crystals of NACore that have dimensions smaller than the wavelength of visible light and thus are invisible by optical microscopy. As the crystals are thousands of times too small for structure determination by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, we use micro-electron diffraction to determine the structure at atomic resolution. The 1.4 Å resolution structure demonstrates that this method can determine previously unknown protein structures and here yields, to our knowledge, the highest resolution achieved by any cryo-electron microscopy method to date. The structure exhibits protofibrils built of pairs of face-to-face β-sheets. X-ray fibre diffraction patterns show the similarity of NACore to toxic fibrils of full-length α-synuclein. The NACore structure, together with that of a second segment, inspires a model for most of the ordered portion of the toxic, full-length α-synuclein fibril, presenting opportunities for the design of inhibitors of α-synuclein fibrils.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 2%
United Kingdom 6 1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 388 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 134 33%
Researcher 110 27%
Student > Master 35 9%
Student > Bachelor 30 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 5%
Other 80 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 146 36%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 99 24%
Chemistry 61 15%
Neuroscience 28 7%
Unspecified 27 7%
Other 50 12%

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