The role of autophagy in salivary gland homeostasis and stress responses

M. Morgan-Bathke, H. H. Lin, D. K. Ann, K. H. Limesand

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Autophagy is a catabolic process that has been shown to have a role in many cellular processes including the removal of excessive or damaged proteins and protein aggregates. The salivary glands play a critical role in oral health, and their secretory capacity may be critically intertwined with the autophagic process. This review describes the role of autophagy activation in normal salivary gland homeostasis and during the glandular stress responses of therapeutic radiation, ductal ligation, autoimmunity, and salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1040
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dental Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 25 2015


  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • cancer
  • ductal ligation
  • radiation
  • rapalogues
  • salivary physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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