WHAT’S this then?
This is an electron-micrograph (a picture taken through an electron microscope), taken at 56,000x magnification. It also happens to have been taken by me. What you’re looking at is a filament of protein, called an ‘amyloid fibril’.
To understand something about amyloid, we need to do some very basic revision on what proteins are:
- Some proteins make up the structure of your body’s tissues;
- some act as cellular emails, enabling cells to talk to each other; and,
- some are also known as enzymes, and perform almost all of the millions of biochemical reactions that result in you.