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Amyloidogenicity and Aggregate Cytotoxicity of Human Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (hGLP-1)

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The potential of human glucagon-like peptide-1 (hGLP-1) as a therapeutic agent is limited by its high aggregation propensity. We show that hGLP-1 forms amyloid-like structures that are preceded by cytotoxic aggregates, suggesting that aggregation of biopharmaceuticals could present a cytotoxic risk to patients besides the reported increased risk in immunogenicity.

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Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; amyloid fibrils; biopharmaceuticals; diabetes; hGLP-1; protein aggregation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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