Induction of genuine autophagy by cationic lipids in mammalian cells.

Autophagy is a cellular stress response that results in the activation of a lysosomal degradation pathway. In this report, we showed that cationic lipids, a common-used class of transfection reagents, induced genuine autophagy in mammalian cells. Extensive LC3 dot formation was observed by treatment with cationic lipids (with or without DNA), but not… CONTINUE READING