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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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.
They discovered that a process called autophagocytosis reduces the buildup of beta-amyloid in isolated cells and might be utilized to eliminate the buildup of beta-amyloid in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.