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  • Autophagy: the beginning of the end

    Autophagy, from the Greek for 'self-eating', is an essential process that isolates and recycles cellular components under conditions of stress or when resources are limited. Cargoes such as misfolded proteins or damaged organelles are captured in a double membrane-bound com-partment called the autop more

  • Cleaning craze in the brain

    Synapses consist of hundreds of different proteins. For correct transmission of brain signals, their building blocks must constantly be checked for functionality and replaced by new ones. A team of researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology Magdeburg, the German Centre for Neurodegenerat more

  • Scientists discover novel role for self-recycling process in the brain

    Scientists from the laboratory of Dr. Natalia Kononenko at the CECAD Center of Excellence in Aging Research at the University of Cologne have found out that autophagy – the process of cellular self-recycling, or waste clearance – is dispensable for the survival of the neurons in mice. The new findin more

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Nobel lecture: Yoshinori Ohsumi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2016

Autophagy - an Intracellular Recycling Systemby Yoshinori OhsumiTokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, JapanYoshinori Ohsumi delivered his Nobel Lecture on 7 December 2016 at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. more

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016

In 2016 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for discovering the mechanisms of autophagy. more

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Autophagy In cell biology , autophagy, or autophagocytosis, is a catabolic process involving the degradation of a cell's own components through the lysosomal machinery. It is a tightly regulated process which plays a normal part in cell growth ... more


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