Cellular Self-Digestion Process Triggers Autoimmune Disease

Autophagy allows cells to degrade and recycle their cellular components. Researchers at UZH have now demonstrated that the autophagy machinery in certain immune cells leads to the immune system attacking the central nervous system. The researchers are using these findings as a basis to look into new approaches to treating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)