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Medicinal Plants: A Natural Chaperones Source for Treating Neurological Disorders

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Currently, no pharmaceuticals for the etiological treatment of neurodegenerative protein-misfolding diseases (e.g., ALS, Alzheimer's or prion diseases) are available. In this brief communication the development of chaperone-based medications from medicinal plants (e.g., Ginkgo biloba) are reviewed as referred to specific protein-protein interactions of plant metallochaperones and human enzymes. It is indicated that bioactive copper chaperones for superoxide dismutase isolated from medicinal plants may be lead molecules for drug development in several diseases concerning metal ion metabolisms of man and animals.

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Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; CCS; Ginkgo biloba; Metallophytochaperones; SOD; apoenzymes; blood; metal ion homeostasis; plant extracts; plant molecular farming

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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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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