Certain Mitochondrial Protein May Help Protect Airways in COPD

Certain Mitochondrial Protein May Help Protect Airways in COPD

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Certain Mitochondrial Protein May Help Protect Airways in COPD

Scientists have found that a certain protein helps cells in the airways to clear away mucus, such as the mucus that builds up in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This discovery, they noted, suggests that boosting the activity of this protein, called adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT), could become a future therapeutic strategy for COPD. Their findings were reported in a study, “Adenine nucleotide translocase regulates airway epithelial metabolism, surface hydration and ciliary function,” published in…

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