The endolysosomal system and proteostasis: From development to degeneration

Bettina Winckler, Victor Faundez, Sandra Maday, Qian Cai, Cláudia Guimas Almeida, Huaye Zhang

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How do neurons adapt their endolysosomal system to address the particular challenge of membrane transport across their elaborate cellular landscape and to maintain proteostasis for the lifetime of the organism? Here we review recent findings that address this central question. We discuss the cellular and molecular mechanisms of endolysosomal trafficking and the autophagy pathway in neurons, as well as their role in neuronal development and degeneration. These studies highlight the importance of understanding the basic cell biology of endolysosomal trafficking and autophagy and their roles in the maintenance of proteostasis within the context of neurons, which will be critical for developing effective therapies for various neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9364-9374
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018


  • Autophagy
  • Endosomes
  • Lysosome
  • Membrane trafficking
  • Neurons
  • Polarity


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