Arches. Photo by Daniel Chia
HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Nov
16
2010

misfolded protein

proteins have a certain shape, or structure that they should have in the cell, and this structure is often very important to a protein’s correct function. Under various conditions, a protein can misfold or take the wrong shape, which can impair the function of the protein, render it useless or even harmful.