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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Dictionary

MeSH terms

  • Autophagy*
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Proteins