Programmed cell death in protists.

  title={Programmed cell death in protists.},
  author={Marcel Deponte},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  volume={1783 7},
Programmed cell death in protists does not seem to make sense at first sight. However, apoptotic markers in unicellular organisms have been observed in all but one of the six/eight major groups of eukaryotes suggesting an ancient evolutionary origin of this regulated process. This review summarizes the available data on apoptotic markers in non-opisthokonts and elucidates potential functions and evolution of programmed cell death. A newly discovered family of caspase-like proteases, the… CONTINUE READING

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