Extracellular proteins are drivers of many human diseases, ranging from inflammatory conditions to neurodegenerative disease to several cancers. In fact, over 1,000 extracellular proteins are linked to a disease.
Extracellular proteins can cause disease when they:
- act improperly
- fold incorrectly
- are produced at levels that are too high
- or are secreted at the wrong time or
place in the body
If the proteins causing these problems could be eliminated, these diseases could be treated or even potentially cured.