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Nature Microbiology volume 1, Article number: 16129 (2016) | Download Citation

A new study provides clues to the physiological function of amyloid-β (Aβ), the plaque-forming peptide associated with Alzheimer's disease and finds a role for Aβ in fighting infection in the brain, by entangling pathogens in a web of amyloid fibrils. These data add to a growing appreciation of the role of microorganisms in neurodegenerative disease.

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  1. Roman M. Stilling and John F. Cryan are at APC Microbiome Institute & Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

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