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The accelerator of molecular motors: What drives peroxisomes to degrading pollutants

Peroxisomes are vital cell components that degrade cellular toxins and long-chain fatty acids. Their malfunction may result in severe, often lethal disorders. RUB researchers—Medical Faculty—have been studying the precise working mechanisms of peroxisomes for 25 years. In collaboration with Dortmund-based institutes at Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften, they have successfully identified the ‘molecular accelerator’ that activates the peroxisomal processes.