Methods for studying mitophagy in yeast

Panagiota Kolitsida, Hagai Abeliovich*

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Under some experimental conditions, eukaryotic cells, from yeast to man, will digest a portion of their mitochondrial cohort through an autophagic process termed mitophagy. In humans, defects in mitophagy have been proposed to play a causative role in a number of late-onset degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and type II diabetes. As a consequence the study of mitophagy, as a quality control process in eukaryotic cells, has become an increasingly important focus in contemporary cell biology. When faced with the task of assaying mitophagy in yeast, the experimentalist has at his or her disposal a variety of induction conditions and assay systems to choose from. Here, we survey several well-established protocols for inducing and monitoring mitophagy in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and discuss their relative merits, limitations, and potential pitfalls.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019.


  • Assay
  • Autophagy
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Membrane trafficking
  • Mitophagy
  • Quality control
  • Western blotting


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