Augustine M K Choi , X. Wang

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The phenomenon of programmed cell-death, which is more commonly known as apoptosis, was first described by C Vogt in 1842. Apoptosis, the term was proposed by Kerr and colleagues in 1972, is an active process of cellular self-destruction with distinctive morphological and biochemical features It is indispensable in the development and maintenance of homeostasis within all multicellular organisms. The molecular machinery of apoptosis is also important for the regulation of homeostasis during adulthood, which is important for the control of neoplasia and autoimmunity. Understanding how apoptosis occurs in different situations will help to understand the pathogenesis of a number of human diseases and therefore provide clues to the treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine, Four-Volume Set
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780123708793
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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