Arches. Photo by Daniel Chia
HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Jun
26
2011

About Autophagy

Autophagy is a process by which a cell breaks down and recycles its own components. In normally functioning animal cells, autophagy occurs at a very low level. Autophagy pathways are activated when a cell is running low on nutrients. The cell breaks down already existing proteins and other cell components into their basic building block [...]

Jun
26
2010

Verapamil

Verapamil is a currently available FDA-approved drug traditionally used to treat irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. It has been discovered that verapamil can also modulate autophagy, a process by which cells gets rid of unwanted proteins and damaged cellular components. If this process is disrupted as it is in [...]