|Research Organization of Information and Systems National Institute of Genetics|
|The Autophagy Database aims to provide researchers with new information about autophagy-related proteins and their structure and also to make this data freely available to the wider interested public in a user-friendly format.|
Autophagy is a process of self-digestion that occurs in eukaryotic cells, by which starving cells degrade their materials in order to make the nutrients available for other important metabolic processes within the same organism. This process also serves to protect the organism against harmful antigens that may cause infection or disease. Autophagy may also be involved in developmental and anti-aging processes.
The study of autophagy is therefore of value in the academic arena as well as the medical field.
A list of autophagy-related proteins is provided, including their three-dimensional structures as well as a search option for their homologs and orthologs.
The Targeted Proteins Research Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan supports this database.
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|Sequence, Interaction/Pathway, Bibliography/Documents, 3D structure, Classification|