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Biologists at UC San Diego identify key protein in cell's 'self-eating' function
Date:3/11/2008

t the biologists found, he said, is that this new protein can mediate peroxisome selection during pexophagy that is, it is necessary for pexophagy, but not for other autophagy-related processes.

Suresh Subramani, a professor of biology who headed the team, said they have established that Atg30 is a key player in the selection of peroxisomes for delivery to the autophagy machinery for re-cycling.

For the first time, we can use a protein to control the process, Subramani said. Its an important step in understanding the workings of cells.


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Contact: Paul K. Mueller
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858-534-8564
University of California - San Diego
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