Accumulation of altered aspartyl residues in erythrocyte proteins from patients with Down's syndrome.

Spontaneous protein deamidation of labile Asn residues, generating L-isoaspartates and D-aspartates, is associated with cell aging and is enhanced by an oxidative microenvironment; to minimize the damage, the isoaspartate residues can be 'repaired' by a specific L-isoaspartate (D-aspartate) protein O-methyltransferase (PIMT). As both premature aging and… CONTINUE READING