Autophagy pp 669-678 | Cite as

Methods for Studying Mitophagy in Yeast

  • Panagiota Kolitsida
  • Hagai AbeliovichEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1880)


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.

Key words

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


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biochemistry, Food Science and NutritionHebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael

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