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Scientists discover how crystal meth causes cells to age rapidly and die

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Researchers used test rats and mice on their experiments to discover that the acceleration caused by meth within each cell involves a specific protein, known as nuclear factor kappa beta. When affected by meth, this protein triggers the rapid production of the lipid molecule ceramide that regulates energy and nutrients within a cell. With the dramatic increase of ceramide, every aspect of the cell's metabolism speeds up until it is dead.
 

 

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