It is reported that UNC and Duke scientists' collaborative finding about cell division and metabolism may have implications for diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease to certain types of cancers.
"This suggests a number of future avenues for inquiry," says Adrienne Cox, PhD, associate professor in the departments of pharmacology and radiation oncology.
"We know that cellular metabolism is regulated through this process. Now that we know more about its disruption, the team will examine cellular metabolism in normal cells compared to cells where mitochondrial fission and re-fusion have been disrupted.
"There are implications for a number of diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, where we suspect that underlying cellular metabolism may play a role," she added.
The study was recently published in the journal Nature Cell Biology.