LBDA

"Shape-shifting" found in LBD-related protein

Mutations in the gene that produces alpha-synuclein have been linked to early-onset Parkinson's disease, as well as Lewy bodies. Scientists also have found the protein in plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. As reported in Science Daily, researchers are investigating whether the protein's ability to assume different shapes is linked to its ability to form disease-related aggregates.