Targeting the autophagy/lysosomal degradation pathway in Parkinson´s disease

Pilar Rivero-Ríos, Jesús Madero-Pérez, Belén Fernández, Sabine Hilfiker

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

44 Scopus citations


Autophagy is a cellular quality control mechanism crucial for neuronal homeostasis. Defects in autophagy are critically associated with mechanisms underlying Parkinson´s disease (PD), a common and debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Autophagic dysfunction in PD can occur at several stages of the autophagy/lysosomal degradative machinery, contributing to the formation of intracellular protein aggregates and eventual neuronal cell death. Therefore, autophagy inducers may comprise a promising new therapeutic approach to combat neurodegeneration in PD. Several currently available FDA-approved drugs have been shown to enhance autophagy, which may allow for their repurposing for use in novel clinical conditions including PD. This review summarizes our current knowledge of deficits in the autophagy/lysosomal degradation pathways associated with PD, and highlight current approaches which target this pathway as possible means towards novel therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-249
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Neuropharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


  • Autophagy
  • LRRK2
  • Lysosome
  • Parkinson´s disease
  • Rapamycin
  • TFEB
  • mTOR
  • α-synuclein


Dive into the research topics of 'Targeting the autophagy/lysosomal degradation pathway in Parkinson´s disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this