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Keywords:

  • Fluorescence microscopy;
  • Aox3;
  • Pexophagy;
  • Yarrowia lipolytica

Abstract

We constructed the fusion of peroxisomal acyl-CoA oxidase 3 and the enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (EYFP) for fluorescent labeling of Yarrowia lipolytica peroxisomes. Using the spectral overlap between EYFP and FM4-64, we developed a procedure for simultaneous observation of Y. lipolytica peroxisomes and vacuoles with the single fluorescein isothiocyanate filter set. Using this procedure we were able to follow the Y. lipolytica peroxisome—vacuole dynamics under pexophagy conditions and show that Y. lipolytica peroxisomes are degraded in the vacuoles by a macropexophagic mechanism.