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Techniques to Study Autophagy in Plants

Author(s): GĂ©raldine Mitou | Hikmet Budak | Devrim Gozuacik

Journal: International Journal of Plant Genomics
ISSN 1687-5370

Volume: 2009;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Autophagy (or self eating), a cellular recycling mechanism, became the center of interest and subject of intensive research in recent years. Development of new molecular techniques allowed the study of this biological phenomenon in various model organisms ranging from yeast to plants and mammals. Accumulating data provide evidence that autophagy is involved in a spectrum of biological mechanisms including plant growth, development, response to stress, and defense against pathogens. In this review, we briefly summarize general and plant-related autophagy studies, and explain techniques commonly used to study autophagy. We also try to extrapolate how autophagy techniques used in other organisms may be adapted to plant studies.
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