A role for Atg8-PE deconjugation in autophagosome biogenesis

Nair, U., Yen, W-L., Mari, M., Cao, Y., Xie, Z., Baba, M., Reggiori, F. & Klionsky, D. J., 1-May-2012, In : Autophagy. 8, 5, p. 780-93 14 p.

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Formation of the autophagosome is likely the most complex step of macroautophagy, and indeed it is the morphological and functional hallmark of this process; accordingly, it is critical to understand the corresponding molecular mechanism. Atg8 is the only known autophagy-related (Atg) protein required for autophagosome formation that remains associated with the completed sequestering vesicle. Approximately one-fourth of all of the characterized Atg proteins that participate in autophagosome biogenesis affect Atg8, regulating its conjugation to phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), localization to the phagophore assembly site and/or subsequent deconjugation. An unanswered question in the field regards the physiological role of the deconjugation of Atg8-PE. Using an Atg8 mutant that bypasses the initial Atg4-dependent processing, we demonstrate that Atg8 deconjugation is an important step required to facilitate multiple events during macroautophagy. The inability to deconjugate Atg8-PE results in the mislocalization of this protein to the vacuolar membrane. We also show that the deconjugation of Atg8-PE is required for efficient autophagosome biogenesis, the assembly of Atg9-containing tubulovesicular clusters into phagophores/autophagosomes, and for the disassembly of PAS-associated Atg components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-93
Number of pages14
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1-May-2012


  • Autophagy, Cell Compartmentation, Green Fluorescent Proteins, Microtubule-Associated Proteins, Mutation, Phagosomes, Phosphatidylethanolamines, Protein Transport, Recombinant Fusion Proteins, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins, Signal Transduction, Vacuoles

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