Programmed cell death

开始时间: 待定 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 生物与生命科学

大学或机构: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)(慕尼黑大学)

授课老师: Barbara Conradt



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In this course, you will learn about the conserved, molecular machinery that eliminates cells through programmed cell death type I, also referred to as ‘apoptosis’. Through apoptosis many cells are eliminated from our body during development and throughout adult life, and deregulated apoptosis can lead to various diseases such as cancer and auto-immune diseases. Rather than just telling you about the molecular machinery of apoptosis and how it works to kill cells, I will walk you through and discuss with you the critical experiments that led to the discovery of the key components of this molecular machinery and the mechanisms through which they function. I will also discuss how apoptosis research can help to develop novel therapeutics and consider the questions that remain open in the field.

The course will cover the following topics:

1.      Introduction to programmed cell death and apoptosis

2.      The BCL-2 family of proteins

3.      Apaf proteins

4.      Caspases

5.      Mechanisms that regulate apoptosis

6.      Non-apoptotic functions of components of the central apoptosis machinery

7.      Diseases caused by deregulated apoptosis





Billions of cells in the body die every day. How and why do these cells die? If you want to know the answers to these questions and if you also would like to know how scientists figured them out, this course might interest you.





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