The role of the Bcl-2 family in proliferation and apoptosis and in mediating the development of lymphatic diseases
Author(s)Eipper-Mains, Marcie A., 1979-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Biology.
Jacqueline A. Lees.
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The development of the immune system is a highly dynamic process, characterized by quickly and frequently changing cell types and numbers. The orchestration of cell growth and proliferation and also of cell death is a necessarily complex process, taking cues from a wide variety of sources. The nematode Caenorhabditus elegans has provided an elegant and simple model of the control of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in metazoans. Apoptosis in mammals is regulated by pathways related to but more intricate than metazoans. Several key features define the onset of apoptosis in any given cell; these include DNA fragmentation and chromatin condensation, "blebbing" of the plasma membrane, and subsequent phagocytosis of the resulting cell fragments by adjacent cells (Kerr et al. 1972 and Wyllie et al. 1980).
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Biology, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves -).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Biology.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology