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World J Biol Chem. Jan 26, 2010; 1(1): 3-12
Published online Jan 26, 2010. doi: 10.4331/wjbc.v1.i1.3
Figure 3
Figure 3 Role of autophagy in liver pathophysiology. At least 4 different roles that autophagy may play in liver physiology and liver diseases: remove misfolded proteins, regulate hepatocellular organelle turn over, maintain hepatic lipid homeostasis, and influence hepatitis virus infection. As a result, defects in autophagy may lead to accumulation of alcoholic Mallory bodies, α-antitrypsin deficiency-induced liver injury, increased hepatocyte cell death, steatohepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. ER: Endoplasmic reticulum; ROS: Reactive oxygen species; LDs: Lipid droplets.