Keeping our mitochondria healthy is necessary to keeping us healthy. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell and can weaken over time if abused.
Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and lead researcher at Jefferson’s MitoCare Center recently spoke with WHYY Newsworks about why mitochondria abuse makes our muscles weaker.
“Recycling of the whole [damaged] mitochondria is difficult and energy-expensive,” Dr. Hajnoczky said. “Replacing components by fusion seems to be a very practical way to keep them in shape.”
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