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Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Jan;33(2):197-204. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07500.x. Epub 2010 Dec 7.

Autophagy, inflammation and neurodegenerative disease.

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Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, SP30-2110, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.

Abstract

Autophagy is emerging as a central regulator of cellular health and disease and, in the central nervous system (CNS), this homeostatic process appears to influence synaptic growth and plasticity. Herein, we review the evidence that dysregulation of autophagy may contribute to several neurodegenerative diseases of the CNS. Up-regulation of autophagy may prevent, delay or ameliorate at least some of these disorders, and - based on recent findings from our laboratory - we speculate that this goal may be achieved using a safe, simple and inexpensive approach.

PMID:
21138487
PMCID:
PMC3059259
DOI:
10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07500.x
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