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Mechanism that allow cells to cope with stress? (3)



What happens when stress becomes too much for a cell?

Cell death occurs


What are the 2 options of cell death?



Does necrosis require energy?



Is necrosis physiological and/or pathological?

Always pathological


What are the 3 main types of necrosis?

Coagulative necrosisLiquefactive necrosisCaseous necrosis (mixture of the above 2)


What is coagulative necrosis?Usually caused by?What are dead cells consumed by?where is it often seen?

Type of necrosis where the cell outline is preserved for at least a couple of days usually caused by ischaemia or infarctiondead cells are consumed by various enzymatic processes and cells (microenvironment too toxic for proteolysis, etc.)Often seen in cardiac muscle - MI


What is liquefactive necrosis?Usually caused by?

Liquefactive necrosis (or colliquative necrosis) is a type of necrosis which results in a transformation of the tissue into a liquid viscous mass (no cell structure contains)Tissue is turned into pussOften it is associated with focal bacterial or fungal infections.Necrosis within the brain


What is another name for caseous necrosis?What is it usually associated with?What can it be considered as?

Cheesy necrosis - looks like cream cheeseTBA combination between coagulative and liquefactive necrosis


What is the characteristic appearance of TB?

Granulomatous inflammation with central caseous necrosis


What should be done if someone mentions caseous necrosis?

Think TB!!Ask for culture, PCR and look for result of Ziehl Neelson stain


What is apoptosis?

Programmed cell death in response to specific signals


Does apoptosis require energy?

Yes - it requires energy


What is necrosis?

the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.


Is apoptosis physiological and/or pathological?

Physiological - we sometimes need cells to die off, it may be part of normal growthCan also be pathological


Example of physiological apoptosis? (apoptosis required for health)

Fingers initially start off webbed and then apoptosis creates distinct digits


Example of apoptosis related to immune system?

Removal of self reactive lymphocytes(another example of physiological apoptosis is hormone-dependant involution)


Examples of pathological apoptosis? (6) - sign of disease

In response to injuryRadiation (including UV light)ChemotherapyViral infection - hepatitisCancersGraft versus host disease


What are capsases?

Protease enzymes which play an essential role in apoptosis and inflammation


What are the 2 possible pathways for activating capsases?



What is the extrinsic pathway for activating capsases?

Death receptor (a TNF receptor/ Fas receptor) is activated when its ligand bindsWhen a number of these come together they form another receptor for a protein which also has a cytoplasmic "death domain" e.g. fas-associated death domainThis activates caspase


What is the purpose of Fas ligand?

Fas is a type of TNFSome cells of the body express a Fas ligand and activated T lymphocytes always express the Fas receptor meaning if they join, capsase is activated = apoptosis


What type of conditions do patients with Fas mutations often get?

Autoimmune diseases


What is tumour necrosis factor?

A cytokine released by many leukocytes which is involved in many processes such as inflammation and can cause cell death


What is another name for the intrinsic pathway of activating capsases?What is involved in this?

Mitochondrial pathwayGrowth signals promote anti-apoptotic molecules in the mitochondrial membraneWhen the growth signals are removed, they are replaced with apoptotic regulators (Bax or Bak)These increase the permeability of the mitochondria which causes the release of proteins, e.g. cytochrome C, that stimulate capsases


What are capsases?

Any number of compounds consisting of haems bound to a protein


What is p53?

A tumour supressor protein which binds to DNA and stimulates genes involved in suppressing division halting the cell cyclep53 binds to damaged DNA and if it can't be repaired it induces apoptosis


What type of conditions can occur if there is too little apoptosis?

CancersAutoimmune disease


What type of conditions can occur if there is too much apoptosis?

Neurodegenerative disorders


What is the name for thethe irreversible condensation of chromatin in the nucleus of a cell undergoing necrosis or apoptosis?