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Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

The Body's Own Recycling System

Caption: Using a microscope, the researchers are able to zoom in on the cells: If autophagy proceeds undisturbed, they are able to observe little digestive bubbles, shown in red, inside of which material is being degraded (left). If the final step is blocked, autophagosomes accumulate inside the cell, shown here in green (right). The dark circular area at the center is the nucleus.

Credit: Ralf Höcker / HZI

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