Scientific and clinical studies have demonstrated that insufficient or impaired mitophagy – a process where dysfunctional mitochondria are selectively cleared from the cell – is involved in IPF pathogenesis (Kurita et al Respiratory Research, 2017 18:114). Insufficient mitophagy in IPF has been implicated in both increasing apoptosis and cellular senescence in epithelial lung cells and enhancing fibrogenic myofibroblast differentiation in lung fibroblasts.
There is a significant unmet medical need for the treatment of IPF, as current therapies are limited to reducing certain symptoms only.
Therefore activating mitophagy through USP30 inhibition has the potential to be a promising therapeutic approach for treating IPF.
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