iFly: The eye of the fruit fly as a model to study autophagy and related trafficking pathways

Péter Lo(double acute)rincz, Szabolcs Takáts, Manuéla Kárpáti, G. Juhász

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)


Autophagy is a process by which eukaryotic cells degrade and recycle their intracellular components within lysosomes. Autophagy is induced by starvation to ensure survival of individual cells, and it has evolved to fulfill numerous additional roles in animals. Autophagy not only provides nutrient supply through breakdown products during starvation, but it is also required for the elimination of damaged or surplus organelles, toxic proteins, aggregates, and pathogens, and is essential for normal organelle turnover. Because of these roles, defects in autophagy have pathological consequences. Here we summarize the current knowledge of autophagy and related trafficking pathways in a convenient model: the compound eye of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In our review, we present a general introduction of the development and structure of the compound eye. This is followed by a discussion of various neurodegeneration models including retinopathies, with special emphasis on the protective role of autophagy against these diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Eye Research
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Autophagy
  • Drosophila
  • Eye
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Pigment granule
  • Retinula cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'iFly: The eye of the fruit fly as a model to study autophagy and related trafficking pathways'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this