Enhanced Phosphorylation of Bax and Its Translocation into Mitochondria in the Brains of Individuals Affiliated with Alzheimer's Disease.

Conclusion: The amount of phospho-p38 kinase is increased in AD brains and the activated p38 kinase appears to phosphorylate Thr residue(s) of Bax, which leads to its mitochondrial translocation, contributing to apoptosis and ultimately, neurodegeneration. PMID: 29290835 [PubMed]
Source: The Open Neurology Journal - Category: Neurology Tags: Open Neurol J Source Type: research

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