Autophagy as a decisive process for cell death

Seonghee Jung, Hyeongjeong Jeong, Seong-Woon Yu*

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Autophagy is an intracellular catabolic pathway in which cellular constituents are engulfed by autophagosomes and degraded upon autophagosome fusion with lysosomes. Autophagy serves as a major cytoprotective process by maintaining cellular homeostasis and recycling cytoplasmic contents. However, emerging evidence suggests that autophagy is a primary mechanism of cell death (autophagic cell death, ACD) and implicates ACD in several aspects of mammalian physiology, including tumor suppression and psychological disorders. However, little is known about the physiological roles and molecular mechanisms of ACD. In this review, we document examples of ACD and discuss recent progress in our understanding of its molecular mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-930
Number of pages10
JournalExperimental and Molecular Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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