Autophagy Research Group
Mouse embryo fibroblast undergoing autophagy of mitochondria (red dots; lysosomes containing pieces of mitochondria). Photo: Yakubu Abudu Princely


The Autophagy Research Group performs basic research with a main focus on the molecular mechanisms and roles of selective autophagy in cell signaling and disease mechanisms.

Following our discovery of the first mammalian selective autophagy receptors p62/SQSTM1 and NBR1 we have focused our research on autophagy and particularly selective autophagy. Autophagy is an evolutionary conserved renovation process in cells, acting as a key regulator of cell survival or death in response to a variety of internal and external signals. Our work on the scaffold and signaling protein p62/SQSTM1 led to the discovery of autophagy receptors that specifically direct protein aggregates, organelles, nucleic acids, and pathogens for degradation.
Steps in the (macro)autophagy process

Disabled autophagy plays a major role in human diseases including cancer, heart failure, metabolic, inflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases. Specific protein-protein interactions and their functional consequences are being addressed in all projects using a set of biochemical-, cell biological- and immunological tools. Bioimaging and Proteomics are important in the research strategy of the group. Our research is funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society and the Research Council of Norway in addition to the support we receive from UiT.

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