Autophagy pp 163-172 | Cite as

Studying Autophagic Lysosome Reformation in Cells and by an In Vitro Reconstitution System

  • Yang Chen
  • Qian Peter Su
  • Li YuEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1880)


Autophagic lysosome reformation (ALR) is the terminal step of autophagy. ALR functions to recycle lysosomal membranes and maintain lysosome homeostasis. Maintaining a functional lysosome pool is critical for generating autolysosomes, in which cellular components are degraded and turned over during autophagy. This unit describes methods to visualize ALR in cells. In addition, this unit provides detailed protocols to establish in vitro systems which can be used to reconstitute ALR as well as to reconstitute mitochondrial tubulation/network formation, another process that is driven by motor proteins.

Key words

Autophagy Autophagic lysosome reformation Autolysosome In vitro reconstitution Dynamic tubulation Mitochondrial network formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Precision Medicine Multi-Omics ResearchPeking University Health Science Center, Peking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD)Faculty of Science, University of Technology SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Membrane Biology, Biomedical Pioneering Innovation Center (BIOPIC)School of Life Sciences, Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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