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Beginning to Understand Autophagy, an Intracellular Self-degradation System in Plants.
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PMID:  22764279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved intracellular process for the vacuolar degradation of cytoplasmic components. There is no doubt that autophagy is very important to plant life, especially because plants are immobile and must survive in environmental extremes. Early studies of autophagy provided our first insights into the structural characteristics of the process in plants but for a long time the molecular mechanisms and the physiological roles of autophagy were not understood. Genetic analyses of autophagy in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have greatly expanded our knowledge of the molecular aspects of autophagy in plants as well as in animals. Until recently our knowledge of plant autophagy was in its infancy compared with autophagy research in yeast and animals but recent efforts by plant researchers have made many advances in our understanding of plant autophagy. Here I will introduce an overview of autophagy in plants, present current findings and discuss the physiological roles of self-degradation.
Kohki Yoshimoto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant & cell physiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-9053     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9430925     Medline TA:  Plant Cell Physiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
INRA, UMR1318, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, RD10, F-78000 Versailles, France; AgroParisTech, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, RD10, F-78000 Versailles, France.
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