Destruction of Intracellular Microbes by Autophagy

Intracellular microbes, such as viruses and bacteria that invade host cells, can also be engulfed once they enter the cytosol of the cell by a process called autophagy. Induction of autophagy enhancers causes a phagophore to begin to form around the microbe and the surrounding cytosol, eventually forming an autophagosome. A lysosomes fuses with the autophagosome to form an autolysosome and the microbe is destroyed.

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