Here comes a protein to beat the signs of ageing

Last Updated: July 4, 2016 at 8:15 am

New Delhi: Researchers from the University of Michigan claim to have identified a protein that can be helpful in fighting aginst ageing.

Scientists claim that it acts as a powerful protectant against radicals which are responsible for causing ageing.

Scientists have sought new ways to repel free radicals for years.

Now, this study outlines the discovery of a protein that acts as a powerful protectant against free radicals.

Ironically, the protein is activated by excessive free radicals. Human mutations of the gene for this protein are previously known to cause a rare, neurodegenerative disease.

Lysosomes, which comprise the cell’s recycling centre, are crucial for cleaning up injured and dying parts of the cells, said lead researcher Haoxing Xu, associate professor at the University of Michigan (U-M) in the US.