Autophagy and Bacterial Pathogenesis: An Interactive Overview

  • Madhu PuriEmail author
  • Trinad Chakraborty
  • Helena Pillich


Autophagy is a cellular homeostasis-essential mechanism in which damaged organelles, protein aggregates, or pathogens are enclosed in double-membraned autophagosomes and are subsequently degraded by lysosomal enzymes. Autophagic control of bacterial replication promotes bacterial clearance during infection. However, several pathogenic bacteria have devised strategies to escape/inhibit autophagy, so as to enable their growth. This review discusses the role of autophagy in the pathogenesis of some intracellular bacteria: recent mechanisms by which bacteria are targeted by autophagy and also the strategies employed by bacteria to counter autophagy.


Autophagy Intracellular bacteria Pathogenesis 



This work was funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (ERA-NET PathoGenoMics LISTRESS and Infect-ERA PROANTILIS to T.C.) and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB-TR84, project A04 to T.C.).


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  • Madhu Puri
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  • Trinad Chakraborty
    • 1
  • Helena Pillich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Medical MicrobiologyJustus-Liebig UniversityGiessenGermany

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