Cytochrome C Enzyme Controls Cell Death

Enzymes in the human body plays a very important role. Different enzymes provide different results and features accordingly, however all are needed for survival purposes. Even though all enzymes are created by the body and are purposeful, a new study conducted in the University of Groningen by Groningen Associate Professor of Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy Patrick van der Wel has found an enzyme that might be affect the mitochondria.

Cytochrome c is an enzyme that directly affects the energy and production of mitochondria and the discovery has shown that it shows dangerous abilities in forcing cells to die. They have discovered that there is a way to control the production of cytochrome c for health purposes.

The enzyme is used to get rid of dead and destructive cells in the body through self-destruction. However, the high rates of destruction has showed to develop neurodegenerative disease such as Huntington’s disease.

This study might be expanded further to find ways to cure these diseases and prevent them through controlling the number of Cytochrome produced. Furthermore, the study of cells breakdown can be understood through further analysis of the enzyme.

The study contained the following, “If the active form of cytochrome c is still folded, it might be possible to develop drugs that stop it from oxidizing cardiolipin. Another possible point of intervention is the binding of the enzyme to specific membrane domains. And finally, problems with the mitochondria can either induce apoptosis or the less invasive removal of just the affected mitochondrion. If we could understand how this choice is made, we might be able to influence this process.”