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Autophagy. 2011 Nov;7(11):1273-94. doi: 10.4161/auto.7.11.17661. Epub 2011 Nov 1.

A comprehensive glossary of autophagy-related molecules and processes (2nd edition).

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  • 1Life Sciences Institute, and Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.


The study of autophagy is rapidly expanding, and our knowledge of the molecular mechanism and its connections to a wide range of physiological processes has increased substantially in the past decade. The vocabulary associated with autophagy has grown concomitantly. In fact, it is difficult for readers--even those who work in the field--to keep up with the ever-expanding terminology associated with the various autophagy-related processes. Accordingly, we have developed a comprehensive glossary of autophagy-related terms that is meant to provide a quick reference for researchers who need a brief reminder of the regulatory effects of transcription factors and chemical agents that induce or inhibit autophagy, the function of the autophagy-related proteins, and the roles of accessory components and structures that are associated with autophagy.

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