Autophagy in Cell Life and Cell Death

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Department of Molecular, Cell, and Cancer Biology



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Book Chapter


Cell Biology | Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Developmental Biology


Macroautophagy (hereafter referred to as autophagy) is a process used by the cell to deliver cytoplasmic components to the lysosome for degradation. Autophagy is most often associated with cell survival, as it provides cells with molecular building blocks during periods of nutrient deprivation and also aids in the elimination of damaged organelles and protein aggregates. However, autophagy has also been implicated in cell death. Here, we review what is known about autophagy, its regulation, its role both in cell life and cell death, and what is known about autophagic cell death in vivo.

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Citation: Curr Top Dev Biol. 2015;114:67-91. doi: 10.1016/bs.ctdb.2015.07.012. Epub 2015 Sep 9. Link to article on publisher's site

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Apoptosis, Atg genes, Autophagy, Caspase, Necrosis, Programmed cell death

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