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Cell biology

Regulated self-cannibalism

Cells consume parts of themselves to survive starvation and during development. But how do they control this process of self-eating so that it begins at the right time and does not end up killing the cell?

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Figure 1: Cellular self-eating: the basics.


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Klionsky, D. Regulated self-cannibalism. Nature 431, 31–32 (2004).

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