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Apoptosis and Cancer

Apoptosis and Cancer

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Published by: priyaa on Oct 27, 2009
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Apoptosis andCancer
 
What is Apoptosis?
Apoptosis is “programmed cell death”.
Apoptosis is a normal physiological process:
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Foetal development: finger and toe development requires loss of tissue between.
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Removal of endometrium at menstruation.
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Formation of synapses in brain requires loss of surplus cells.
Apoptosis is need to remove cells that pose a threat:
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Cytotoxic T lymphocytes kill viral infected cells by inducingapoptosis.
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Effector cells of the immune system must be removed after theresponse.
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Damaged cells must be removed if they cannot be repaired.
 
Apoptosis
 Apoptosis
from Greek, meaning
“to fallaway from.” 
 The release of apoptotic bodies fromcells is supposed to be analogous to
“leaves falling from trees.” 
 
Pronounced A-po-toe-sis

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