autophagy

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autophagy

[′ȯd·ə‚fā·jē]
(cell and molecular biology)
The cellular process of self-digestion.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Directly or indirectly, AMPK activation in the presence of metformin is associated with neuroprotective effects that involve the cellular pathways related to autophagia, microglial activation, a decrease in the movement of sodium through the BBB, angiogenesis, and neurogenesis.
In his home after dark, he begins to eat himself, his autophagia the consummate allegory for the rapport between people and the paternalist state.
As noted by detractors, Gearhart used confrontational rhetoric to challenge confrontational rhetoric, but perhaps her remarks deserve better than Richard Fulkerson's cursory response to what he terms her "notorious" piece: "Gearhart's 'argument against argument,' which has been echoed by several feminist scholars, is always what Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca describe as 'autophagia.' It eats itself up" (276).