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Illustration of mitochondria, specialized structures in cells that turn nutrients into energy

The study examines the role of metabolism in immune cell behavior

Our body is a network of trillions of individual living cells. Thus, our overall state of bodily health is an ideal portrayal of how...
Protecting cell powerhouse could offer better treatment of acute kidney injury

Protecting cell powerhouse could offer better treatment of acute kidney injury

Powerhouses, called mitochondria, which provide fuel for our cells, start to fragment, likely as one of the first steps in the kidney cell damage...
MIT biologists have discovered the first cellular response targeted at helping mitochondria when their protein import goes wrong. Image courtesy of the researchers and Ella Maru Studio.

Countering the stress of Mitochondria

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. They break down molecules and manufacture new ones to generate the fuel necessary for life. Mitochondria depend on...
The normal mitochondria, pictured, are found in the cytoplasm of most cells and contain enzymes responsible for energy production. Children born to mothers with mutation-bearing mitochondria can lead to grave, incurable diseases.

Mitochondrial replacement moratorium should be reconsidered, study

Moms with mitochondrial DNA changes frequently bring forth youngsters who confront hopeless and deadly ailments. In any case, a much-contemplated type of mitochondrial substitution...
The circadian rhythm of roughly 24 hours affects the energy metabolism of mitochondria. (Illustration: University of Basel)

Circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells’ powerhouses, study

Cell energy metabolism additionally takes the beat of the circadian clock. A University of Basel study has now demonstrated precisely how this functions by...