(PRWEB) February 05, 2014
Scientists at the SENS Research Foundation have been working on obliterating unhealthy extracellular aggregates, which is junk that accumulates between cells to cause dysfunction and early death. Also referred to as “amyloids,” these toxic little protein clumps can cause big problems.
The human body maintains the structure of the proteins and other structures of which it is composed in a delicate balance. Complex physiological functions ensure that its tissues retain their composition — proteins that are intended to remain in a form that keeps them soluble in body fluids, for example, while the proteins in bones stay stiff and solid.
As the human body ages, however, some of the structures underlying our physiological functions begin to decline. Particularly, proteins that should have remained dissolved in our bodily fluids suffer damage and, consequently, begin to take on a clumped form known as an amyloid. These amyloid clumps are toxic and difficult to break down. In time, amyloid clumps accumulate in tissues and organs, negatively affecting the structure and function of those body parts.