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Phenoptosis as a Phenomenon Widespread among Many Groups of Living Organisms Including Mammals (Commentary to the Paper by E. R. Galimov, J. N. Lohr, and D. Gems (2019) Biochemistry (Moscow), 84, 1433-1437)

V. P. Skulachev1,a

1Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow, Russia

Received July 31, 2019; Revised July 31, 2019; Accepted August 24, 2019
Author congratulates David Gems and co-authors on a brilliant discovery – direct proof of acute phenoptosis in the nematode – but argues that the authors underappreciate the significance of their work by suggesting that phenoptosis is a rare natural phenomenon not typically observed in mammals.
KEY WORDS: phenoptosis, acute phenoptosis, nematode, mammals, ageing

DOI: 10.1134/S0006297919120022