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When cells 'eat' their own power plants; Pitt scientists solve mystery of cellular process
Date:9/30/2013

cells in other parts of the body.

"I think these findings have huge implications for brain injury patients," she said. "The mitochondrial 'eat me' signaling process could be a therapeutic target in the sense that you need a certain level of clearance of damaged mitochondria. But, on the other hand, you don't want the clearing process to go on unchecked. You must have a level of balance, which is something we could seek to achieve with medications or therapy if the body is not able to find that balance itself."


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Contact: Allison Hydzik
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412-647-9975
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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