Autophagy and Tumorigenesis in Drosophila

  • Royjar Khezri
  • Tor Erik RustenEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1167)


The resurgence of Drosophila as a recognized model for carcinogenesis has contributed greatly to our conceptual advance and mechanistic understanding of tumor growth in vivo. With its powerful genetics, Drosophila has emerged as a prime model organism to study cell biology and physiological functions of autophagy. This has enabled exploration of the contributions of autophagy in several tumor models. Here we review the literature of autophagy related to tumorigenesis in Drosophila. Functional analysis of core autophagy components does not provide proof for a classical tumor suppression role for autophagy alone. Autophagy both serve to suppress or support tumor growth. These effects are context-specific, depending on cell type and oncogenic or tumor suppressive lesion. Future delineation of how autophagy impinges on tumorigenesis will demand to untangle in detail, the regulation and flux of autophagy in the respective tumor models. The downstream tumor-regulative roles of autophagy through organelle homeostasis, metabolism, selective autophagy or alternative mechanisms remain largely unexplored.


Tumor Autophagy ras scrib Scribble yki Yorkie Notch Raf Autophagy vps34 LKB1 TOR ROS Mitochondria PI3K Atg Uvrag P62 NRF2 Keap1 Upd PERK Myc Stem cell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Cancer Cell Reprogramming (CanCell), Institute for Clinical Medicine, The Medical FacultyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Institute for Cancer ResearchOslo University HospitalOsloNorway

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