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Methods for Monitoring Autophagy in Silkworm Organs

  • Aurora Montali
  • Morena Casartelli
  • Daniele Bruno
  • Annalisa Grimaldi
  • Gianluca Tettamanti
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series


In holometabolous insects, various larval organs are remodeled by autophagy during metamorphosis. Although moths and butterflies are among the first animal models in which this self-eating process was described, only in recent years autophagy has been analyzed in detail in these insects. In particular, the silkworm Bombyx mori, which represents a well-studied model among Lepidoptera, provides a wide repertoire of cellular and molecular tools useful for studying the occurrence of autophagy and for evaluating its role in postembryonic development. Here, we describe some morphological, biochemical, and molecular methods to monitor autophagy in silkworm organs.


Acid phosphatase Atg8 Autophagy Bombyx mori Gene expression Metamorphosis Midgut Silk gland Transmission electron microscopy 



This work was partially supported by FAR 2017 (University of Insubria) to GT. Aurora Montali is a Ph.D. student of the “Life Sciences and Biotechnology” course at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria. Daniele Bruno is a Ph.D. student of the “Biotechnologies, Biosciences and Surgical Technologies” course at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aurora Montali
    • 1
  • Morena Casartelli
    • 2
  • Daniele Bruno
    • 1
  • Annalisa Grimaldi
    • 1
  • Gianluca Tettamanti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology and Life SciencesUniversity of InsubriaVareseItaly
  2. 2.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of MilanoMilanoItaly

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