Elastases of white blood cells are involved in tissue destruction and can thus cause various diseases, including pulmonary emphysema. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the German Research Center for Environmental Healthin Neuherberg, have discovered a new isoform which could be involved both in the pathogenesis of diseases such as pulmonary emphysema as well as in the failure of some therapy approaches. The results of the study were published in March 2015 published in the journal Nature Communications.
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