Issue Date: January 18, 2016 | Web Date: January 14, 2016
Fixing Iron Levels In Lung Cells Could Treat COPD
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a group of disorders that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema—struggle to breathe and rely on drugs called bronchodilators to widen their obstructed airways. But these drugs just relieve symptoms of COPD and don’t stop the underlying mechanisms that cause this progressive disease.
A new study reports a possible COPD mechanism in which iron levels in the mitochondria of lung cells are elevated, damaging the critical cellular powerhouses. A small . . .
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