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Autophagy. 2017;13(12):2015-2017. doi: 10.1080/15548627.2017.1367473. Epub 2017 Sep 21.

In praise of M. Anselmier who first used the term "autophagie" in 1859.

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a Signalling Programme , The Babraham Institute , Babraham , Cambridge , UK.


A Google search for the combined terms "de Duve, autophagy, 1963" will reveal over 45,000 hits, most of them referring to the idea that the term autophagy was coined by the brilliant Christian de Duve on the sidelines of a symposium on lysosomes that took place in 1963. However, the first use of the term "autophagy" actually took place a century earlier.


autophagosomes; autophagy; history; origin

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