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The term autophagy refers to the group of intracellular pathways that mediate delivery of cytosolic components to lysosomes for their degradation. Several types of vesicular compartments and dedicated molecular machinery that organize into dynamic protein complexes mediate each of the different steps of the autophagic process: activation, cargo recognition, cargo delivery to lysosomes, degradation, and recycling of essential constituents. Proper autophagic function is essential for the maintenance of the cellular energetic balance and for cellular quality control. The growing number of human diseases linked with autophagy malfunctioning supports the recent interest in modulating different autophagic steps with therapeutic purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Cell Biology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123944474
ISBN (Print)9780123947963
StatePublished - 2016


  • Autophagy-related genes
  • Chaperone-mediated autophagy
  • Chaperones
  • Endosomes
  • Lysosomes
  • Macroautophagy
  • Proteases
  • Protein degradation
  • Quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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