New research from the Keck School of Medicine of USC has revealed a biological process that may be the link air pollution and lung disease, which would provide new insights on better ways to treat or prevent diseases related to pollution exposure.

The findings, published in Autophagy Reports, show that air pollution particles activate a cellular defense mechanism known as autophagy, which may reduce the ability of cells to fight off other dangers, such as cancer and pulmonary fibrosis.

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