Autophagy in leukocytes and other cells: mechanisms, subsystem organization, selectivity, and links to innate immunity. Academic Article Review uri icon


  • Autophagy is a fundamental biologic process that fulfills general and specialized roles in cytoplasmic homeostasis. The cell-autonomous antimicrobial functions of autophagy have been established in the macrophage. These cells and other leukocytes continue to be the cells of choice in studying autophagy in immunity and inflammation. This review uses several model examples that will be of interest to leukocyte and cell biologists alike. Furthermore, it comprehensively covers the subsystems in autophagy as they apply to all mammalian cells and incorporates the recent progress in our understanding of how these modules come together-a topic that should be of interest to all readers.© Society for Leukocyte Biology.

publication date

  • December 2016