Nature Article: Apoptosis

Paul S. Brookes. brookes at uab.edu
Tue Jan 4 10:59:29 EST 2000

The assumption by everyone has been that what they're measuring is 
apoptosis.  What they in fact measure is cell viability by Trypan Blue 
exclusion.  No TUNEL staining, DNA laddering, or caspase activation.  The 
WT cells shown in Fig 2C don't look particularly apoptotic.   Thus it could 
be apoptosis, necrosis, or anything on the spectrum in between.

The notion that "apoptosis is something to be prevented in order to prolong 
lifespan" is certainly not proven by this paper.  What they have neatly 
shown is that prevention of cell death and prolonged lifespan are linked, 
which isn't exactly a great leap of faith for anyone.

By the way .... do MEF's have many mitochondria?


Dr. Paul S. Brookes.            (brookes at uab.edu)
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