, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 307–316 | Cite as

Accumulation of insoluble protein and aging

  • Anund Hallén


It is proposed that biological aging mainly depends on a deleterious accumulation of insoluble inert protein that has escaped physiological proteolytic degradation. Intracellularly, a three-dimensional network of polypeptide chains may exclude macromolecular structures and organelles from part of the cytosolic water. In this way vital intracellular transport mechanisms may be obstructed, providing a rationale to several observations linked to aging.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anund Hallén
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical Biochemistry and MicrobiologyUniversity of Uppsala, Biomedical CenterUppsalaSweden

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