Multifaceted Roles of Plant Autophagy in Lipid and Energy Metabolism

Jessica A.S. Barros, João A.B. Siqueira, João H.F. Cavalcanti, Wagner L. Araújo*, Tamar Avin-Wittenberg

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Together with sugars and proteins, lipids constitute the main carbon reserves in plants. Lipids are selectively recycled and catabolized for energy production during development and in response to environmental stresses. Autophagy is a major catabolic pathway, operating in the recycling of cellular components in eukaryotes. Although the autophagic degradation of lipids has been mainly characterized in mammals and yeast, growing evidence has highlighted the role of autophagy in several aspects of lipid metabolism in plants. Here, we summarize recent findings focusing on autophagy functions in lipid droplet (LD) metabolism. We further provide novel insights regarding the relevance of autophagy in the maintenance and clearance of mitochondria and peroxisomes and its consequences for proper lipid usage and energy homeostasis in plants.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1141-1153
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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  • fatty acid
  • lipid droplet
  • lipophagy


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