New study reveals IRBIT's role in facilitating apoptosis
Billions of cells in our bodies die every day in an important process called apoptosis. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have mapped out a sequence of events that are necessary for apoptosis to occur properly. Published in eLife, the study focuses on the protein IRBIT and how its action near mitochondria in our cells can set off a chain reaction that leads to programmed cell death.

Disruptions in proper apoptosis can lead to serious medical consequences. As team leader Katsuhiko Mikoshiba explains, "Excessive apoptosis in the brain is associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, while impaired apoptosis is related to some cancers and tumor formation."....

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