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Tag: Mitophagy

High throughput screening
Researchers from the Laboratory for Cell Function Dynamics in Japan have developed a new method for detecting mitophagy, the process of recycling damaged mitochondria. The Necessity of Mitophagy Our mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells, turning the food we eat into ATP, the form of chemical energy that our cells use. However, over time,...
For the June edition of Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests took a look at the recent human trial of urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates that is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Urolithin A is a byproduct created when bacteria in the...
Scientists at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to make mitochondria more resistant to damage, which could potentially be used to halt Alzheimer’s and other, similar, diseases. Globally, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and cause of neurodegeneration. It causes brain damage and symptoms such as long-term...