Development of new tools to study membrane-anchored mammalian Atg8 proteins

Sang Won Park, Pureum Jeon, Akinori Yamasaki, Hye Eun Lee, Haneul Choi, Ji Young Mun, Yong Woo Jun, Ju Hui Park, Seung Hwan Lee, Soo Kyeong Lee, You Kyung Lee, Hyun Kyu Song, Michael Lazarou, Dong Hyong Cho, Masaaki Komatsu, Nobuo N. Noda, Deok Jin Jang, Jin A. Lee

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Mammals conserve multiple mammalian Atg8-family proteins (mATG8s) consisting of GABARAP (GABA type A receptor-associated protein) and MAP1LC3/LC3 (microtubule associated protein 1 light chain 3) subfamilies that tightly bind to autophagic membranes in a membrane-anchored form. These proteins are crucial for selective autophagy and recruit proteins bearing LC3-interacting region (LIR) motifs. However, because limited research tools are available, information on the specific roles of each membrane-anchored mATG8 in selective autophagy is scarce. In this study, we identified LIR motifs specific to the membrane-anchored form of each mATG8 and characterized the residues critical for their selective interaction using cell-based assays and structural analyses. We then used these selective LIR motifs to develop probes and irreversible deconjugases that targeted selective membrane-anchored mATG8s in the autophagic membrane, revealing that membrane-anchored GABARAP subfamily proteins regulate the aggrephagy of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-linked protein aggregates. Our tools will be useful for elucidating the functional significance of each mATG8 protein on autophagic membranes in autophagy research. Abbreviations: A:C autophagic membrane:cytosol; ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; ATG4 autophagy related 4; Atg8 autophagy related 8; BafA1 bafilomycin A1; BNIP3L/Nix BCL2 interacting protein 3 like; CALCOCO2/NDP52 calcium binding and coiled-coil domain 2; EBSS Earle’s balanced salt solution; GABARAP GABA type A receptor-associated protein; GST glutathione S transferase; HKO hexa knockout; Kd dissociation constant; LIR LC3-interacting region; MAP1LC3/LC3 microtubule associated protein 1 light chain 3; NLS nuclear localization signal/sequence; PE phosphatidylethanolamine; SpHfl1 Schizosaccharomyces pombeorganic solute transmembrane transporter; SQSTM1/p62 SQSTM1/p62; TARDBP/TDP-43 TAR DNA binding protein; TKO triple knockout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1424-1443
Number of pages20
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Autophagy
  • LIR motif
  • RavZ protein
  • mammalian ATG8
  • selective mATG8–PE delipidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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