Nag, S., et al. A folding transition underlies the emergence of membrane affinity in amyloid-β. Phys Chem Chem Phys 15, 19129–19133 (2013). Publisher's VersionAbstract
Small amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers have much higher membrane affinity compared to the monomers, but the structural origin of this functional change is not understood. We show that as monomers assemble into small n-mers (n < 10), Aβ acquires a tertiary fold that is consistent with the mature fibrils. This is an early and defining transition for the aggregating peptide, and possibly underpins its altered bioactivity.