Special Issue "Microautophagy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: autophagy; endosome; lysosome; vacuole
The term microautophagy represents a category of autophagic pathways characterized by lysosomal (vacuolar) or endosomal membrane dynamics to enwrap cytoplasmic components. Although it was discovered in a very early stage of cell biology history (1960s) and has been found in three kingdoms (Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia), its molecular details and physiological functions are still mostly unknown. Recent studies with yeast experimental systems have demonstrated that some of the microautophagic processes rely on Atg (autophagy-related) proteins responsible for biogenesis of macroautophagic membrane structures (autophagosomes), while others do not, highlighting molecular variations in microautophagy.
Here, in this Special Issue, I would like to seek for novel microautophagic pathways operating in various experimental systems. Physiological functions of microautophagy are also discussed in this issue, since this process was suggested to contribute to basal-level, constitutive degradation of cytosolic proteins in a pioneering study on mammalian metabolism. I look forward to your contributions.
Dr. Masahide Oku
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