During starvation,why lysosome digest its own cell organelles? what is the purpose of this process?

Asked by Bhathika1434 | 6th Oct, 2020, 10:39: PM

Expert Answer:

When starving conditions are prolonged, cells digest part of their own cytoplasmic components to recycle metabolites needed to synthesize essential molecules. For example, cells can digest long-lived proteins to release amino acids. Autophagy is a catabolic process in eukaryotic cells that delivers cytoplasmic components and organelles to the lysosomes for digestion. Lysosomes are specialized organelles that break up macromolecules, allowing the cell to reuse the materials.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 7th Oct, 2020, 11:14: AM