The Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize 2019
Prof. Horwich and Prof. Hartl present their fundamental work on chaperones – folding aids for proteins – at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut.
Misfolded or aggregated proteins are characteristic features of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. For error-free folding, proteins require folding aids – other proteins known as chaperones. Prof. Hartl conducted research into folding mechanisms, while Prof. Horwich deciphered the atomic structures using X-ray structure analysis. An understanding of this mechanism is essential for finding approaches for the successful treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
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Prof. Arthur L. Horwich, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Prof. Klaus Cichutek, President of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut; Prof. Franz-Ulrich Hartl, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Munich
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