Understanding the processes and events that occur when a cell undergoes a prelethal injury or that lead the cell to death following a lethal injury has been the aim of our research for a number of years. Throughout this period much has been learned, recently at rapid rates, not only by us but by many other investigators as well. Based on the data gathered, we proposed a working hypothesis over a decade ago and have since continually updated it as new experimentation is performed. Our laboratory has focused particularly on the role of cytoplasmic ionized calcium ([Ca2+](i)) and the effects of its deregulation on prelethal events, including oncosis and apoptosis, and lethal events (necrosis) following cell death. [Ca2+](i) appears to be a major link and signalling event. Understanding the mechanisms involved by using a variety of in vivo and in vitro models, coupled with state-of-the-art methodologies, should now allow us to prevent cell death by killing cells when necessary through gene therapy and cancer chemotherapy.
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