Contact: Patrick Regan
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Caption: This is a microscopic image of a spinal cord section, in which energy-producing organelles (mitochondria) were labeled using a fluorescent protein derived from jellyfish. The nuclei of cells are labled in magenta. The spinal cord is the site of an important class of neurodegenerative diseases ("motor neuron diseases," such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS) -- and disturbed transport or functioning of mitochondria is widely believed to be a causative step in this group of diseases.
Credit: Misgeld lab, TU Muenchen
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