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Apoptosis involves a sequence of biochemical processes leading to typical changes in cell appearance (degradation of cytoskeleton and subsequent change in cytoplasmic membrane shape, cell shrinkage, nucleus fragmentation). Subsequently, the remnants of this cell are gently removed.
Control mechanisms ensure that cells in the body that are damaged or have already accomplished their task die and release space for new cells. In cancer cells, the mechanisms of apoptosis are blocked, cells grow and multiply. Some anticancer drugs lead to apoptosis unblocking.