autophagocytosis


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autophagocytosis

[¦ȯd·ō‚fag·ə·sī′tō·səs]
(cell and molecular biology)
The cellular process of phagocytizing a portion of protoplasm by a vacuole within the cell.
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LC3 protein, which is a biochemical marker for autophagic cells (Tanida 2011), was used to obtain independent evidence supporting the conclusion that WK triggers autophagocytosis.
In addition, autophagocytosis (demonstrated by the presence of autophagic vacuoles) and macrophagocytosis (phagocytized, degenerated tumor cells which have previously been described as Councilman bodies and are now referred to as apoptotic bodies) were noted in the giant tumor cells with multiple nuclei.
The discovery involves the identification of a specific mechanism by which VLDL is degraded or broken down, a process referred to as autophagocytosis.