Amyloidosis - Mechanisms and Prospects for Therapy

Edited by Svetlana Sarantseva, ISBN 978-953-307-253-1, 226 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published September 22, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/757
Edited Volume

Amyloidoses are a heterogeneous group of diverse etiology diseases. They are characterized by an endogenous production of abnormal proteins called amyloid proteins, which are not hydrosoluble, form depots in various organs and tissue of animals and humans and cause dysfunctions. Despite many decades of research, the origin of the pathogenesis and the molecular determinants involved in amyloid diseases has remained elusive. At present, there is not an effective treatment to prevent protein misfolding in these amyloid diseases. The aim of this book is to present an overview of different aspects of amyloidoses from basic mechanisms and diagnosis to latest advancements in treatment.