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Michael Wakelam 1955 - 2020

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We have established methods to analyse neutral lipids, phospholipids and sphingolipids using a Shimadzu IT-TOF mass spectrometer coupled to a Prominence HPLC system

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Autophagy compensates for defects in mitochondrial dynamics.

Haeussler S, Köhler F, Witting M,

PLoS genetics
16 3: 19 Mar 2020

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008638

PMID: 32191694

Editorial: Autophagy and Ageing: Ideas, Methods, Molecules.

Proikas-Cezanne T, Ktistakis NT,

Frontiers in cell and developmental biology
8 1: 2020

DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2020.00141

PMID: 32185175

Epigenetic changes occur at decidualisation genes as a function of reproductive ageing in mice.

Woods L, Morgan N, Zhao X,

Development (Cambridge, England)
147 6: 17 Mar 2020

DOI: 10.1242/dev.185629

PMID: 32184271