Croatian scientist discovers protein that cleans cells


Djikic, a professor at the Institute for Biochemistry at Goethe University and CEF (Cluster of Excellence Frankfurt) Institute has presented his latest discovery of a mechanism that mammals’ cells use for disposal of malign substances. He believes the discovery could be used to create more- successful medications.

The scientist identified proteins that take part in the process of cells’ removal of substances linked to tumours and neuro-degenerative diseases.

That mechanism has been known to scientists for a long time, but Djikic discovered receptors that make the process selective.

An article about this breakthrough discovery has been published in the well-known science magazine "Molecular Cell."

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