Genetic manipulation and monitoring of autophagy in Drosophila.

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Drosophila melanogaster provides a model system useful for many aspects of the study of autophagy in vivo. These include testing and validation of genes potentially involved in autophagy, discovery of novel genes through genetic screening for mutations that affect autophagy, and analysis of potential roles of autophagy in specific developmental or physiological processes. In recent years, a number of techniques and transgenic and mutant fly strains have been developed to facilitate autophagy analysis in this system. Here, protocols are described for activating or inhibiting autophagy in Drosophila, and for examining the progression of autophagy in vivo through imaging-based assays. The goal of this chapter is to provide a resource both for autophagy investigators with limited familiarity with fly genetics, as well as for experienced Drosophila biologists who wish to test for connections between autophagy and a given gene, pathway or process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-667
Number of pages15
JournalMethods in Enzymology
StatePublished - 2008


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