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Programmed cell death



A series of morphological changes during cell death after lethal damage
-staged cell death due to unintended damage


Physiological apoptosis

1. During embryonic development
2. During immune system development


Pathological apoptosis

1. Triggered by immune system cells in response to cell infection
2. Self induced due to defective function, developing cytotoxicity


Can necrosis be physiological and pathological?

No, it's always pathological


Necrosis involves

-disruption of the metabolic process
-cellular component desaturation
-loss of membrane integrity and release of cellular components to surroundings


Apoptosis during embryonic development

Phylogenic organism development programs use programmed cell death as a means of removing unwanted cells: tissue between fingers and toes


Apoptosis during immune system development

-T cells are tested against 'self antigens' and if they recognize and bind self antigens, they undergo apoptosis to remove their own lineage
-if they did not 'self-destruct' they would kill normal cells upon activation leading to autoimmune disorders


Apoptosis triggered by immune system cells

When a harmful/compromised cell is identified, innate immune cells trigger that cell's apoptosis program


After the cells innate immune cells trigger apoptosis what happens

-infected cells display 'non-self antigens'
-transformed 'cancer' cells display unusual attributes
-damaged cells or cells developing characteristics of damage


Self induced apoptosis

-cells that surpass specific thresholds acceptable for survival can self induce apoptotic programming. This may include slight metabolic defects or the accumulation of toxic substances such as aggregating proteins


Intrinsic apoptotic pathways

Initiated by interior signaling die to irreparable, irreversible DNA damage


What can cause a cell to undergo intrinsic apoptotic pathway?

-severe stress
-pro-apoptotic proteins from the nucleolus and mitochondria activate the CASPASE CASCADE
-caspases destroy proteins and other molecules with in the cell
-cell begins to bleb into vesicles
-phagocytes cells engulf and digest the 'blebbed' vesicles


Extrinsic apoptotic pathway

Initiated by exterior signals due to indications of damage or infection


What could cause extrinsic apoptotic pathway?

-T cell or TNFa induced activation of death domain proteins
-activation of capsase cascade
-capsases destroy proteins and other molecules with in the cell
-cell begins to bleb into vesicles
-phagocytes cells engulf and digest the 'blebbed' vesicle


AIF-apoptosis inducing factor

A capsase independent form of apoptosis


What is AIF initiated by?

Damage to the mitochondrion and release of material from the mitochondrial inner membrane space to the cytosol


AIF leaving the mitochondrial

Passes through the cytosol to the nucleus where it causes chromosome condensation


What happens once the chromosomes are condensed in AIF?

The DNA is chopped up


The over all effect of AIF

Results in the compete depletion of energy stores in the cell, no production of new proteins or metabolites, cell 'blebbing', and a quiescent cell death similar to apoptosis utilizing caspases


What is the difference between intrinsic/extrinsic and AIF

Extrinsic and intrinsic involve capsases


Which forms of apoptosis is considered quiescent?

All of them


What could be some unintended damage that would cause staged cell death (necrosis)?


Usually environmental in nature


What does necrosis involve?

-disruption of the metabolic process
-cellular component denaturation
-loss of membrane integrity and release of cellular components


Disruption of the metabolic process in necrosis

-Loss of TCA and ETS
-glycolysis drives formation of lactic acid.
-rely totally on glycolysis, build up of lactic acid


Cellular component denaturation in necrosis

Increasing lactic acid drives pH down denaturing proteins


Loss of membrane integrity and release of cellular components In necrosis

-complete loss of all cellular function results in the release of many cellular components that will cause problems in cells/tissues surrounding it


Overview of apoptosis

Form of cell death that is regulated and results in the formation of 'blebbed' vesicles containing the partially digested contents of the cell. This is considered a quiescent death and does not negatively impact the surrounding cells


Necrosis overview

Results in the complete breakdown of cellular organization. Lysosomal enzymes are released to conduct autolysis and heterolysis when the cell ruptures. Enzymes and materials released cause damage to surrounding interstitial and cells, perpetuating the damage. Opportunistic microbes may benefit. Inflammatory response occurs
-after extensive clean up, tissue repair and scar tissue forming fibroblasts must be activated